Resources
AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA - WWW.AUTISM-SOCIETY.ORG

ASA is the oldest and largest grassroots organization within the autism community. Today, more than 120,000 members and supporters are connected through a working network of nearly 200 chapters nationwide. ASA membership continues to grow as more and more parents and professionals unite to form a collective voice representing the autism community.

ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.




CHADD - CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER

WWW.CHADD.ORG

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

CHADD is a membership organization, produces the bi-monthly Attention! magazine (for members), and sponsors an annual conference. The National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC) is the CDC-funded national clearinghouse for evidence-based information about AD/HD.

Contact information for all local chapters is available online through the CHADD Chapter Locator.

CHADD was founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.



DEC - DIVISION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD

WWW.DEC-SPED.ORG 

The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) - the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. Founded in 1973, the Division is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, or are at risk of future developmental problems.



FFCMH - FEDERATION OF FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

WWW.FFCMH.ORG

Through a family and youth driven approach, children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families obtain needed supports and services so that children grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.

The FFCMH, a national family-run organization serves to:
  • Provide advocacy at the national level for the rights of children and youth with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges and their families 
  • Provide leadership and technical assistance to a nation-wide network of family run organizations 
  • Collaborate with family run and other child serving organizations to transform mental health care in America



NICHCY - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

WWW.NICHCY.ORG

NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on:
  • disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, 
  • IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, 
  • No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and 
  • research-based information on effective educational practices. 
Feel free to communicate with us in English or Spanish. We're here, we're listening, and it would be our pleasure to help you. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our Web site and make full use of all that we offer here.



NMHA - MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA


WWW.NMHA.ORG

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.



NORD - NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR RARE DISORDERS

WWW.RAREDISEASES.ORG

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.



PADDC - PENNSYLVANIA DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCIL

WWW.PADDC.ORG

The Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council is a group made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Commonwealth. The Council considers actions and strategies that will lead to more integrated and productive lives for people with developmental disabilities in our state.



PHLP - PENNSYLVANIA HEALTH LAW PROJECT


WWW.PHLP.ORG

PHLP provides free legal services and advocacy to Pennsylvanians having trouble accessing publicly funded health care coverage or services.
PHLP is a nationally recognized expert and consultant on access to health care for low-income consumers, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. For more than two decades, PHLP has engaged in direct advocacy on behalf of individual consumers while working on the kinds of health policy changes that promise the most to the Pennsylvanians in greatest need.



UNITED WAY OF PITTSBURGH

WWW.UNITEDWAYPITTSBURGH.ORG

United Way impacts what matters in our community to create lasting change in people’s lives.

In March of 2001, United Way launched their new web venture, www.unitedwaypittsburgh.org, which allows individuals to search for services, learn about issues like health care and parenting, provide disaster assistance, volunteer in their communities and even contribute online to non profit agencies and programs. This new technology initiative was designed to make it easier for people to find local health and human services, while revolutionizing United Way's core business of fund-raising, processing and volunteerism.



WASHINGTON DRUG & ALCOHOL COMMISSION, INC.

http://www.wdacinc.org

WDAC offers treatment, prevention, and other services related to drug and alcohol addictions.