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Resources on Abilities & Disabilities

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Cognitive Disability


I don't need easy.  I just need possible.  -Bethany Hamilton

General Learning Disability Resources

Child Mind Institute

Non-profit focused on helping families of children with mental health and learning disorders. is a website with extensive resources for inclusive education, including the Inclusion Press, the Inclusion Network, and the Marsha Forest Centre.

Institute on Disabilities at Temple University

The Institute on Disabilities supports people with disabilities in their pursuit of interdependence, contribution, and inclusion through training, technical assistance, services and supports, research, dissemination, and advocacy. Changing systems, so that Pennsylvanians with developmental and other disabilities can live, work, learn and play in the communities of their choice.


LD Online

Exhaustive resource on learning disabilities.

Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE)

“The Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education is an IRS approved 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that advocates for gifted students, their teachers, and their parents throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

The Jonathan Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, Inc

Addresses the needs of children with educational, emotional, and behavioral challenges through referral to professionals and organizations that provide advocacy, education, assessments and resources. Creates a collaboration between families and school districts. Increases public awareness and influence I.D.E.A. Statutory Revisions.

Kids Together

Kids Together is a parent-run all volunteer organization and website. “The goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. They support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.


Learning Disabilities Association of America

LDA visualizes a world in which learning disabilities are universally understood, so all individuals are accepted, supported, and empowered to live a self-determined life.  LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities through support, education, and advocacy.  We do this by: Promote Prevention; Foster Research in Best Practices; Encourage Identification; Support Intervention; Protect Rights

The National Center on Educational Outcomes

(NCEO) focuses on the inclusion of students with disabilities, English learners, and English learners with disabilities in instruction and assessments.  The scope of NCEO’s work includes issues related to accessibility of assessments across the comprehensive assessment system including formative assessment practices, classroom-based assessments, diagnostic assessments, interim assessments, and summative assessments.


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST provides technical assistance, coaching, and resources to increase the availability and use of accessible educational materials and technologies for learners with disabilities across the lifespan.


Networks for Training

Networks for Training and Development, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting inclusive communities through quality training, technical assistance, and demonstration for individuals with disabilities, families, businesses, and neighborhoods.”

Special Kids Network Program

Special Kids Network helps children and youth with special health care needs through service and support


Non-profit dedicated to serving families of children who think and learn differently.

Woodbine House

Publisher of the Special-Needs Collection…books for parents, children, teachers, and other professionals


Ascend Group

A network of families and professionals serving individuals with ASD and related disorders. Our mission is to raise public awareness about Asperger Syndrome and related disorders, to advocate for improved education and services, and to provide support and information to the Asperger and autism community.

ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA“ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA provides autism support across the state of Pennsylvania. We offer autism support to parents, including autism support groups, autism resources, and autism conferences and events. We also provide information on the signs and symptoms of autism, getting an autism diagnosis, and applying for medical assistance and health insurance. Finally, we help people with autism by providing information on autism treatments, links to autism research studies, and support groups for people on the spectrum.”



(Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training)
“Pennsylvania’s Leading Source of Autism-Related Resources and Information.” ASERT aims to enhance the lives of Pennsylvanians with autism of all ages and abilities provides access to direct therapeutic and educational support for children across the United States as well as additional online resources for children and parents, including helpful blog posts, educational and sensory sensitive videos, upcoming autism-related conferences and events, and autism-related news stories.


Autism Society of America – Greater Philadelphia ChapterThe Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.


Autism Cares Foundation

Supports and social opportunities for students with autism.

Autism Parenting Magazine

Finding professional resources and guidance can be challenging for families affected by autism as there is a lot of inconsistent information out there. At Autism Parenting Magazine, we aim to provide you with the most current information and interventions so you can make the most informed decisions about what will benefit your child.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism

Helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest

National Autism Association

The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.

Sesame Street Autism Initiative

Sesame Street resource for families with autism that promotes understanding from all families/communities.

Dr. Temple Grandin

The official website of Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD

ABA in PA Initiative

The ABA in PA Initiative is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit advocacy organization made up of parents, industry professionals, and lawmakers dedicated to change the future for all children in Pennsylvania with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by ensuring access to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy via Medical Assistance

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board

BACB® is a nonprofit corporation to meet professional certification needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior-analytic services. The BACB’s mission is to protect consumers of behavior-analytic services by systematically establishing, promoting, and disseminating professional standards of practice.

Model Me Kids

Model Me Kids has videos, teaching manuals and workbooks to teach social skills to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders. Free downloads of apps for iPod, iPad, Droid and iPhone of social skills lessons, including photo slide shows of children modeling appropriate behavior in various community locations. For free downloads, go to the toolbar on the Home page.


Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, Ellen Notbohm

The Reason I Jump:  The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-year-old Boy with Autism, Naoki Higashida

Look Me In the Eye:  My Life with Asperger's, John Elder Robison

The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, Tony Attwood

A Full Life with Autism, Chantal Sicile-Kira & Jeremy Sicile-Kira

What Color is Monday?, Carrie Cariello



Local satellite of CHADD National which offers support, advocacy, and education for children and adults with ADHD.



National organization which offers support, advocacy, and education for children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder



Smart But Scattered , Peg Dawson, EdD

Driven to Distraction, Edward Hallowell, MD

Taking Charge of ADHD, Russell A. Barkley, PhD

Down Syndrome


Bucks County Down Syndrome Interest Group


Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network

The mission of the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network is to connect, support, and provide accurate information to parents - and the medical professionals who serve them - from the time of diagnosis through age 3, while fostering the opportunity for lifelong connections. 

Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group


National Down Syndrome Congress

The National Down Syndrome Congress is dedicated to an improved world for individuals with Down syndrome. We are the leading national resource of support and information for anyone touched by or seeking to learn about Down syndrome.
Educate. Advocate. Empower. Inspire.

National Down Syndrome Society

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

Cognitive Disabilities

Visual Impairment

American Council of the Blind

Guided by its members, ACB advocates for equality of people who are blind and visually impaired, inspires community, and connects you with education, resources, and each other to support your independence.

Lighthouse Guild 

Lighthouse Guild provides exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals.

American Foundation for the Blind

The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.


National Federation of the Blind



Cerebral Palsy Group

We are an online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries.

United Cerebral Palsy

To be the indispensable resource for individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.


PA Tourette Syndrome Alliance, Inc.To identify, support the needs of, and advocate for individuals with Tourette Syndrome in Pennsylvania. To promote awareness through informational outreach and educational presentations.See amazing resource from

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Down Syndrome
Visual Impairment
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