State by State Resource Guide
Introduction to Resource Guide
This resource manual serves as a guidebook for navigating community, governmental and advocacy resources for people with special needs in select states. This is not an extensive or complete list of disability resources in the listed states. These resources were compiled from research, professionals and caregivers . If you are aware of beneficial resources in your state that are not listed in this manual, please email email@example.com.
Mental Health and Wellness
SEEMA aims to advocate for mental health by way of educational workshops and support groups, providing access to professionals, as well as offering scholarships to encourage graduate studies in the field of mental health and social work. SEEMA embraces mental health illness by assuring those who request information and need mental health care referral have confidential access to the appropriate information and know how to obtain care. SEEMA’s mental health mission is to promote improved mental wellbeing for all individuals and families within our Muslim communities through education, support, and advocacy.
Launched in 2006, Naseeha is a telephone support line for young Muslims in North America, to talk about, and work through their issues with trained counsellors. Muslim Youth Helpline provides a confidential youth helpline for young Muslims to receive immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone from 6 – 9 pm, Monday to Friday (Eastern Standard Time).
Khalil Center is a community psychological and spiritual wellness center. Khalil Center’s approach emphasizes: psychological reconstruction, behavioral reformation and spiritual elevation. Khalil Center utilizes faith based approaches rooted in Islamic theological concepts while integrating the science of psychology towards addressing social, psychological, communal and spiritual health.
National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI HelpLine allows them to respond personally to hundreds of thousands of requests each year, providing free referral, information and support.
Resources for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Global Deaf Muslim
GDM’s mission is to advocate for the advancement and inclusion of deaf Muslims in the Muslim Ummah and to raise awareness of deaf Muslims issues within the broader Muslim community
To view a list of organizations of and for people who are deaf and hard of hearing visit:
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Resources for Individuals who are Blind or Vision Impaired
Islam By Touch
Islam by touch is an organization which aims to make Islam accessible to the blind community. The organization’s current campaign is focused on producing and distributing copies of the braille Quran in English Translation for free.
American Foundation for the Blind
Employment opportunities for job seekers who are blind or visually impaired.
The National Federation of the Blind
Resources for individuals who are blind.
Technology Resources for College Students with disabilities
This guide provides a quick overview of the different common disabilities some college students have and the different resources and technologies available to them.
MUHSEN Masjid Certification Program
MUHSEN has created a comprehensive 3 tiered checklist chart that lists the various ways a masjid can be accommodating to Muslims with different types of special needs. By implementing these accommodations, masjids can work towards becoming nationally recognized as inclusive and special needs friendly. To see a list of certified masjids in your state, go to your state subheading in the manual.
For additional information on MUHSEN’s Masjid Certification Program or to request certification for your masjid, visit the following link: https://muhsen.org/masjid-certification/.
The following are a list of questions regarding the rights of students with disabilities and common educational challenges faced by caregivers:
1. What is Section 504?
Section 504 is a civil rights statue which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This means students with disabilities cannot be discriminated in public schools which receive federal financial assistance.
2. What services are available for students with disabilities under Section 504?
Section 504 requires recipients to provide to students with disabilities appropriate educational services designed to meet the individual needs of such students to the same extent as the needs of students without disabilities are met. An appropriate education for a student with a disability under the Section 504 regulations could consist of education in regular classrooms, education in regular classes with supplementary services, and/or special education and related services.
3. What students qualify under Section 504?
To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to: 1) have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or 2) have a record of such an impairment; or 3) be regarded as having such an impairment.
4. What is an IEP?
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a plan that details the support and services (such as speech therapy or multisensory reading instruction) a school will provide to meet the individual needs of a student with a disability who qualifies for special education.
5. Who attends the IEP meeting?
You and your child’s IEP team attend every IEP meeting. The IEP team includes:
- Parents of the child
- At least one of your child’s general education teachers (unless your child doesn’t work with general education teachers)
- At least one special education teacher
- A school district representative knowledgeable about general education and special education
- A school psychologist or other specialist who can interpret your child’s most recent evaluation and test results
6. Can a teacher be excused from an IEP meeting?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) sets clear rules about when and why teachers on the IEP team can ask to be excused from a meeting. IDEA gives parents the right to ask the school district not to excuse any member of the team from their child’s IEP meeting.
7. Can I invite someone to attend the IEP meeting?
Yes, you can invite someone who understands your child’s needs (e.g. tutor, therapist) or an advocate (e.g. attorney) to attend your child’s IEP meeting. Let the school know about any guests ahead of time.
8. What should be discussed at IEP meetings?
Every IEP meeting should cover these key aspects:
- Present level of performance: The team will create a statement about your child’s current level of academic and functional performance and goals. This is based on data and observations from you and other team members.
- Annual goals: After reviewing your child’s progress, the IEP team should develop new and revised goals to be specific, measurable, and tailored to your child.
- Individualized supports and services: The team will assess how well your child’s accommodations, modifications, and specialized instruction are working. Collectively, the team should update the supports and services to match your child’s present level performance and new annual goals.
9. Can I take notes at an IEP meeting?
Yes, parents are encouraged to take notes during the IEP meeting because the IEP form used by the school doesn’t include a separate section for notes. Some parents find it hard to take notes and effectively participate in the IEP meeting. In that case, you can ask someone else to come with you for that purpose.
10. Will the school provide a translator at an IEP meeting if I need one?
Yes, federal law (IDEA) obligates schools to provide parents with translators for IEP meetings. Let your child’s school know ahead of time so the staff can make arrangements to have an interpreter at the meeting.
11. What do I do if I object to a decision the IEP team makes during the meeting?
Depending on the severity of the situation and the school’s receptiveness, the IDEA offers the following suggestions for resolving an IEP dispute:
- Informal negotiation
- Due process hearing
- Civil lawsuit
- State complaint
- Office for Civil Rights complaint
12. Does the school have to reschedule the IEP meeting if I can’t attend?
Yes, federal law (IDEA) states that schools must ensure that the IEP team includes the parents of the child. So schools must give enough advance notice for parents to have the opportunity to attend. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, let the school know.
For additional information on how to prepare for your child’s IEP meeting, visit the following link:
The following checklist can be used as guideline to prepare for your child’s next IEP meeting.
Notes, Lists and Suggestions:
- How your child seems to be doing in school and how he feels about classes
- Your child’s strengths and weaknesses—academically, socially and physically
- Your child’s activities and notes on how he interacts with others outside of school
- Strategies that do or don’t seem to be working at home
- Accommodations you propose
- New or updated annual goals you propose for the IEP
- What you want to learn at the IEP meeting, including questions about special education services your child may be receiving
Documents and Reports About Your Child:
- The current IEP
- Reports of progress toward annual goals in the current IEP
- Recent class papers, tests and report cards
- Results of your child’s most recent evaluation(s), including those conducted by professionals not employed by the school (such as a pediatric neurologist or other doctors)
- A recent photo of your child (if your child is not attending)
Other Items to Consider:
- Tape recorder if you’ll be recording the meeting
- A notebook and pen to take notes
- Assistive technology tools or apps you plan to demo
- A short bio for any guests you’ll introduce at the meeting
- A folder to keep important documents received during the meeting—be sure to request a copy of any documents you sign during the meeting
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children. The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
COPAA’s mission is to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. COPAA’s primary goal is to secure high quality educational services and to promote excellence in advocacy
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
State Specific Advocacy Agencies
List of State and Federal agencies that can help you if you’re disabled.
Web based community for job seekers with disabilities. This site provides employment opportunities in each state for persons with disabilities.
JAN- Job Accommodation Network
Source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
EARN- Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
EARN supports employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities
ABILITYJobs / JobAccess has lead the way in helping companies find talented employees. We are the first and the largest employment site connecting job seekers, that happen to have a disability, with business, non-profits and government.
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. We offer a variety of exciting jobs, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement.
The Federal Government is actively recruiting and hiring persons with disabilities. People with disabilities can be appointed to Federal jobs non competitively through a process called Schedule A. Learn how to be considered for Federal jobs under the noncompetitive process.
Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people who are older or who have disabilities. Each state has its own rules about who’s eligible, and what Medicaid covers. Some people qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
To find out if you might be eligible for Medicaid visit https://www.medicaid.gov
Medicare is our country’s health insurance program for people age 65 or older. People younger than age 65 with certain disabilities or permanent kidney failure can also qualify for Medicare. The program helps with the cost of health care, but it doesn’t cover all medical expenses or the cost of most long-term care.
To find out if you might be eligible for Medicare visit https://www.medicare.gov
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows millions of Americans to buy nutritious food at their local grocery stores. It is available for both single people and families who have low-income.
To find out if you might be eligible for SNAP, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap
Social Security pays a monthly benefit to older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. When you retire, your Social Security payment is based on your average earnings over your working career. If you are determined to be disabled, your benefit is based on the amount of income on which you’ve paid Social Security taxes.
For more information visit https://www.ssa.gov
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly benefits to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or older. Some of your income and your resources are not counted when deciding whether you’re eligible for SSI. Your house and your car, for example, usually don’t count as resources.
For more information visit https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in IL.
Islamic Center of Naperville
2844 Ogden Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Islamic Foundation North
1751 O’Plaine Rd Libertyville, IL 60048
Islamic Foundation Villa Park
300 W. Highridge Rd Villa Park, IL 60181
Muslim Education Center
8601 Menard Ave Morton Grove, IL 60053
Orland Park Prayer Center
16530 S. 104th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60467.
16W560 91st Street , Willowbrook, IL 60527
351 Veterans Pkwy Bolingbrook, IL 60490
21W525 North Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148
Islamic Community Center of DesPlaines
480 Potter Rd, Des Plaines IL 60016
Special Needs Weekend School Classes
MUHSEN provides special needs islamic weekend school classes for students with disabilities. Programs are structured to meet the needs of each student. MUHSEN weekend school programs provide individualized goal planning, progress monitoring, and one on one instruction for academic goals related to islamic education. The following are a list of special needs Islamic Weekend School Programs in IL.
PUNS (Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services)
PUNS is a statewide database that records information about individuals who have developmental disabilities who are potentially in need of services. The State uses the data to select individuals for services as funding becomes available, to develop proposals and materials for budgeting, and to plan for future needs. For more information on PUNS and how to apply visit the following sites:
Services for Blind/Visually Impaired
Illinois Department of Health and Human Services offers programs for adults with visual impairments to enable them to work and participate fully in family and community life.
Home Services Program
The Home Services Program (HSP) provides services to individuals with severe disabilities so they can remain in their homes and be as independent as possible.
Illinois Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for determining the eligibility of Illinois citizens to receive benefits under Social Security’s disability programs. These programs are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Early Intervention Services
This service is to help children between the ages of birth to 3 with disabilities or delays, to learn and grow. Infants and toddlers are evaluated to see if there is a delay in movement, learning, dealing with others, behavior, and/or self help skills.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program (ITAP)
IATP’s mission is to increase access to and the acquisition of Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services for individuals of all ages with disabilities. IATP provides AT information and services in the areas of education, employment, community living, and IT/ telecommunications.
AIM-CIL: The Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living
Empowers persons with disabilities to effectively control and direct their lives. The Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living provides leadership through training, community development and advocacy to enable persons with disabilities to fully participate in family, social and community life.
Family Resource Center on Disabilities
FRCD is here to help you learn about your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), make informed decisions about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), obtain appropriate services for your child, communicate more effectively with school professionals, and come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference
Illinois Parents of Adults with Developmental Disabilities (IPADD)
IPADD’s purpose is to give Illinois parents, self-advocates, adult sibs and others who care about adults with developmental disabilities a dedicated online platform for networking, advocacy and information-sharing. Primary focus areas are: Employment, Community Service, and Rec/Leisure opportunities; Effective Transition Planning; Transportation; Housing; and how to pay for all of it.
Association for Individual Development
Provides family support, day services, employment services and more.
Helping Hand Center
Helping Hand Center is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of of personcentered programs and services that enhance the educational, therapeutic, residential, and employment opportunities to children and adults with disabilities in suburban Cook County and greater Chicagoland communities.
Ray Graham Association
Empowers people with disabilities through residential services, life skills services, employment services, recreational services, and family support.
Trinity Services is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that provides person-directed services and supports to people with disabilities and mental illness so that they may flourish and live full and abundant lives.
UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago
UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago is a charitable not-for-profit agency serving individuals with disabilities in metropolitan Chicago and beyond.
College of Dupage Continuing Education
These courses are designed for 21- to 40-year-old developmentally disabled students who conduct themselves appropriately in a classroom situation and who can independently and safely find their way to classes.
The Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt (ICRE-R)
The Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt (ICRE-R) is a residential school for students with severe physical disabilities and other health impairments, located in the Illinois Medical District of Chicago.
Donka, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities. Through use of computers and assistive technology, our clients become more self-sufficient and independent members of the community.
The Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA)
The Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy (ELSA) is a four-year, post secondary certificate program for young adults, ages 18-28, with differing abilities.
P.A.C.E. at National Louis University
Path to Academics, Community and Employment (P.A.C.E) is a three-year, postsecondary certificate program designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities
Little Friends’ Adult Day Services Program has provided individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to achieve career and personal goals for nearly 50 years.
Parents Alliance Employment Project
mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through individualized employment services.
Family Benefit Solutions
Meet privately with families to thoroughly assess their individual situation and pursue the appropriate benefit assistance program(s), personally guiding them through the application process.
Life’s Plan Inc.
Services include drafting trust agreements that meet Social Security requirements, coordinating care services for individuals, administering two pooled special needs trust (OBRA) and (3rd Party Sub-accounts), and offering charitable grants for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Guide’s you through the process of planning that future, alleviating anxieties and transforming uncertainty into positive action that secures a brighter future for loved one’s with special needs. Assist with government benefits, employment, residential, and more.
Autism Home Support
In home and center based autism therapy programs.
Community Access Naperville
The first half of a day at Community Access Naperville (CAN), which meets at First Congregational UCC Naperville, consists of vocational activities, which might include collating, shredding, weeding, food repackaging, or creating products for CAN to sell. https://www.communityaccessnaperville.org
Connection of Friends
Connection of Friends is a community-based program which provides a place for teens, age 16 and older, and adults with special needs to gather socially with an emphasis on life skill, volunteer and fitness activities on a daily basis and Saturday evenings.
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA)
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association (FVSRA) is an extension of the Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswegoland, St. Charles, Sugar Grove Park Districts, and South Elgin Parks & Recreation Department to provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with] disabilities to experience active, healthy, and fulfilling lifestyles.
Marklund is a nonprofit organization that serves infants, children, teens and adults with serious and profound developmental disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Ready Set Ride
Ready Set Ride’s mission is to provide therapeutic equine recreational activities to special needs or terminally ill individuals regardless of race or religion.
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in TX.
Valley Ranch Islamic Center
9940 Valley Ranch Pkwy W, Irving, TX 75063
East Plano Islamic Center
1350 Star Ct, Plano, TX 75074
Special Needs Weekend School Programs
The following is a list of special needs Islamic Weekend School Programs in TX.
This refers to state benefit programs for people with little or no money who are in need. Information on SNAP, healthcare, support services, and TANF cash help can be found here.
The Autism Program
The Autism Program was developed in an effort to mitigate the need for services for the growing number of children born with ASD. The program champions excellence in the delivery of services for families of ch ildren with autism. Services are provided through grant contracts with local community agencies and organizations that provide applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and other positive behavior support strategies.
Down Syndrome Clinic
The Down Syndrome Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital provides services that help ensure the healthy development of children with Down syndrome and help you nurture your child’s best qualities so they can develop their own special gifts.
University of Houston Eye Institute
The University Eye Institute SNAPS clinic cares for patients with a variety of disabilities and with different levels of cognitive aptitude. Teens and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, or anyone with developmental delays receive a comprehensive eye examination and special testing as indicated.
Katy Autism Support
Katy Autism Support is committed to educating and empowering families living with autism in our community by raising awareness of the needs of families, offering information, referrals and resources regarding therapies, special education issues, biomedical treatments and other interventions, advocating for the fair, respectful treatment of all children regardless of the presence of a disability, building bridges to schools, faith-based organizations, and other public- and private-sector entities in Katy.
Family to Family Network
Family to Family strives to provide programs that help families of children with disabilities by providing information, training, referral, and support. By providing IEP parent support in Houston, education and training events on the special education process, developmental disabilities diagnosis information, reliable online resources, and referral to community resources,Family to Family Network offers families of children the opportunity to also network with other families in oder to learn from and help on another.
Aging and Disability Resource Center
It can be confusing to find help for older adults and people with disabilities. Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) are part of the No Wrong Door system, which is designed to streamline public access to long-term services care programs.
Texas Parent to Parent
Texas Parent to Parent (TxP2P) is committed to improving the lives of Texas children who have disabilities, chronic illness, and/or special health care needs. TxP2P empowers families to be strong advocates through parent-to parent support, resource referral, and education.
Provides a comprehensive list of links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Texas. They may be able assist with disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
Disability Rights Texas
Disability Rights Texas (DRTx) is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas.
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in MI.
Muslim Community of Western Suburbs of Detroit (MCWS).
40440 Palmer Road, Canton, MI, 48188
29707 West 10 Mile Rd Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD)
14350 Tireman Ave, Detroit, MI 48228
On this page you will find the services and programs for people with disabilities offered by the State of Michigan as well as other sites of interest. Whether you’re looking for assistance in finding a job, want to learn about the latest assistive technology, or have a question about your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you will find it here.
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Services for Blind persons (BSBP)
The mission of the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons is to provide opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired to achieve employment, and/or achieve maximum and meaningful independence in life through comprehensive rehabilitative services.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Develops customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals with disabilities.
Aging and Disability resource Collaboration (ADRC0
Michigan’s Aging and Disability Resource Collaboration is the best place for family, friends, caregivers and providers to get information about long-term supports and services for older adults and persons with disabilities.
The Arc Michigan
The mission of The Arc Michigan is to ensure that people with Developmental Disabilities are valued in order that they and their families can participate fully in and contribute to their community. The vision of The Arc Michigan is that all people realize and fulfill their dreams of having employment, education, meaningful relationships, and living independently within their community.
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in the DMV area.
46903 Sugarland Road.
Sterling, Virginia 20164
6408 Edsall Road
Alexandria, VA 22312-6475
(703) 278 – 3717
Islamic Community Center of Potomac
10601 River Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854
Special Needs Weekend School Programs
The following is a list of special needs Islamic Weekend School Programs in the DMV area.
Applying for Disability Benefits in Virginia
Step by step directions on applying for disability benefits in the state of Virginia.
Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority
The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (ATLFA) is a Commonwealth of Virginia State Authority created with public funds to help Virginians with disabilities obtain assistive technology.
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
DBVI is an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia that is dedicated to its mission of providing services and resources which empower Virginians who are blind, vision impaired or deaf blind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
Employment Service & Special Programs (ESSP)
The Division of Rehabilitative Services’ Employment Service & Special Programs (ESSP) partners with community rehabilitation providers to provide employment and vocational services throughout the state. They provide long-term support fund management; standards oversight of Employment Service Organizations (ESOs); and coordination and support of special programs such as, Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Virginia Easy Access
Designed especially for adults with disabilities, seniors, and caregivers. Provides list of resources for long-term support options, housing, money management, transportation, government services and benefits, and other supportive services. This website allows you to search for specific services in each community.
Low Vision Center
The Low Vision Center is a nonprofit organization that helps people with low vision maintain their independence. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, we offer information services as well as a demonstration area full of a variety of low vision aids and ideas.
The Arc of Virginia
The Arc of Virginia promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Department of Medical Assistance Services’
The Department of Medical Assistance Services’ (DMAS) is the agency that administers Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program = (CHIP) in Virginia.
Mid Atlantic ADA Center
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
Search for local services such as transportation, in home help, and caregiver support in the state of Virginia.
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Virginia. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)
The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinating and improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland.
The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
The Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP) is available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support.
Blind Industries & Services of Maryland
Blind Industries & Services of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing career and training resources to blind residents of Maryland.
Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland
Volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families through awareness, advocacy, education, service and collaborative efforts
Maryland School for the Blind
As a statewide resource center, the School provides outreach, educational and residential services for students by preparing them to be as successful, independent and well-rounded contributing members of their communities as possible.
Maryland School for the Deaf
The Maryland School for the Deaf provides an equitable and exemplary education in a nurturing, engaging, and challenging environment to ensure students achieve personal excellence and become responsible lifelong learners.
American Association on Health and Disability
List of Maryland Public and Private Disability resources
Community Support Services, Inc.
Community Support Services, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization under Maryland law and Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Established in 1994, CSS is committed to providing quality, community based service to children and adults with autism and other severe developmental disabilities
Abilities Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists individuals with disabilities in Maryland to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. Abilities Network’s mission is to challenge the community to acknowledge the value and equality of people of all abilities.
The Parents’ Place of a Maryland
The Parents’ Place is a Maryland nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and parent center. We help families of children with disabilities and special health care needs throughout Maryland.
DC Autism Parents
The Mission of DC Autism Parents is to improve the lives of all affected by autism in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area through advocacy, education, support, services, and research in order to promote community inclusion and awareness.
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Washington D.C.. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in NJ.
Muslim Center of Middlesex County
1000 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Islamic Society of Central Jersey
4145 Route 1 South and Promenade Blvd Monmouth Junction, NJ
State Disability Benefits
How to apply for disability benefits in the state of New Jersey
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a federal government program designed to protect workers against the loss of ability to earn an income due to complete disability.
New Jersey Department of Human Services Division of Disability Services
Within the Department of Human Services, the Division of Disability Services (DDS) provides a single point of entry for those seeking disability related information in New Jersey.
The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
This agency’s mission is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independent living and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or vision impaired, their families and the community.
The New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH)
The division provides education, advocacy and direct services to eliminate barriers and promote increased accessibility to programs, services, and information routinely available to the state’s general population.
Division of Developmental Disabilities
The Division of Developmental Disabilities provides public funding for services and supports that assist New Jersey adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities age 21 and older to live as independently as possible.
Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
The Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) administers Medicaid’s state-and federally- funded NJ FamilyCare programs for certain groups of low- to moderate income adults and children.
Family Support Services
The following services generally are offered in all regions of the state, though individual regions may have different options: Respite, Summer Camp Funding Assistance, Assistive Technology Devices, and Home and Vehicle Modifications.
New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Connection (ADRC)
ADRC provides information and assistance to older persons, adults with physical disabilities, caregivers and professionals looking for services or programs.
Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)
Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) refers to the delivery of long-term services and supports through New Jersey Medicaid’s NJ FamilyCare managed care program.
The Arc of New Jersey
The Arc of New Jersey promotes and protects the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
New Jersey MENTOR
New Jersey MENTOR supports hundreds of adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as youth and families facing complex emotional and behavioral challenges.
Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD) Waiver
This Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver is a five year, renewable federal program. The purpose of the Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD) Waiver is to help eligible individuals remain in the community or return to the community, rather than be cared for in a nursing facility or a hospital setting.
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Any individual with a physical, mental, cognitive, or other form of disability that has a substantial impediment to employment may qualify for the following services through the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS).
The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) serves as New Jersey’s federally funded assistive technology project through a sub contract with New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Waiver
This program is designed to provide community alternatives for brain injured individuals who are currently in nursing facilities or who are in the community and at risk for placement in nursing facilities and who meet the established criteria stated below.
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in New Jersey. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
NY Connects, a service that provides information and assistance about long term services and supports in Westchester County for anyone who needs information on long-term services and supports.
New York Medicaid Choice
New York Medicaid Choice is New York State’s managed care enrollment program
The New York State Independent Living Council (NYSILC)
The NYSILC mission is to promote independent living for people with disabilities across New York State, in partnership with the network of community-based Centers for Independent Living (CILs).
New York State Education Department Adult Career & Continuing Ed Services
Assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living
Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs
The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.
Office for the Aging
New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) helps older New Yorkers be as independent as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families.
New York State Commission for the Blind
NYSCB provides rehabilitation services to children who are legally blind https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/childrens.asp
AHRC New York City
AHRC New York City provides resources for families including Respite, Training Workshops, Educational Advocacy, Sibling Services, and Guardianship information.
Early Intervention Program
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. he Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including: family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups, special instruction, speech pathology and audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological services, service coordination, nursing services, nutrition services, social work services, vision services, assistive technology devices and services
Assistive Technology (TRAID) Program
The TRAID Program’s mission is to coordinate statewide activities to increase access to and acquisition of assistive technology in the areas of education, employment, community living and information technology/telecommunications.
Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver program
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waiver program provides services to persons with a TBI.
List of Disability Resources in the State of NY
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in New York. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
MUHSEN Certified Masjids
The following is a list of MUHSEN certified masjids in CA.
MCA Santa Clara
3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
MCC East Bay
5724 W Las Positas Blvd #300, Pleasanton, CA 94588
Special Needs Weekend School Programs
The following is a list of special needs Islamic Weekend School Programs in CA.
Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases
California Department of Rehabilitation
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) is an employment and independent living resource for people with disabilities.
California Department of Developmental Services
The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
The Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL)
The Disability Resources Agency for Independent Living (DRAIL) is dedicated to increasing the independence of individuals with disabilities through resources, advocacy and services.
List of California suicide hotlines
Pacific ADA Center
The Pacific ADA Center is one of ten Regional Centers in the ADA National Network set up across the United States to provide information and referral, training, consultation, and technical assistance to the business, state and local government, and disability communities about their responsibilities and rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for the Developmentally Disabled (HCBS-DD)
Provides home and community-based services to developmentally disabled persons who are Regional Center consumers as an alternative to care provided in a facility.
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.
FACT- family, adult, and child therapies
Resource for therapeutic supports for family, adults and children in the state of California.
Mental Health Association of Orange County (MHA)
The Mental Health Association of Orange County is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Orange County residents impacted by mental illness through direct service, advocacy, education and information dissemination.
The Assisted Living Waiver (ALW)
The Assisted Living Waiver (ALW) is a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver that was created to facilitate a safe and timely transition of Medical eligible seniors and persons with disabilities from a nursing facility to a community home-like setting in a Residential Care Facility (RCF), an Adult Residential Care Facility (ARF), or public subsidized housing.
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) assists Californians with disabilities to obtain and retain employment and maximize their equality and ability to live independently in their communities.
Assistive Technology Program
List of Disability Resources in the State of CA
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in California. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
The Blind Children’s Center
The Blind Children’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1938 by Southern California Delta Gammas. Each year the Center serves approximately 100 children who are blind or visually impaired and provides an array of support services for more than 350 family members
Braille Institute’s Los Angeles Center offers services for the blind and programs and events for the visually impaired.
California Association of the Deaf
Communicate Deaf issues with governments, businesses, and organizations. CAD aims to be the one-stop shop for Deaf Californians searching for local information.
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP)
Provides telephone communications access for all deaf and disabled Californians.
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD)
The mission of GLAD is to ensure equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts. The organization’s general purposes and powers are directed around the promotion of the social, recreational, cultural, educational, and vocational well-being of its deaf and hard of hearing constituents.
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD)
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) advances the employment of people with disabilities in the state.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK)
TASK specializes in special education support for people with disabilities from birth to age 26 and their families. TASK support all disabilities, including mental illness, chronic health and medical conditions, and emotional challenges. Role is to provide emotional support and educate parents about special education systems and processes, so that they can be more effective participants in their child’s education.
Disability Rights California
DRC is the designated protection and advocacy system in California. We advocate for people with disabilities through several programs that use many different strategies, including individual legal advice or representation, support for self-advocacy, outreach and education, investigations, policy advocacy and impact litigation.
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (FCIC)
Provides training, technical assistance, research, systems change, and dissemination activities focused on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities to make informed choices and decisions about their lives, receive support and services that are based on individual goals and outcomes.
The Arc of Florida
The Arc of Florida works with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), prader-willi syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community.
Family Care Council Florida (FCCF)
The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.
Florida’s Medicaid web portal.
Disability and Health Program
The Disability and Health Program (DHP) is funded by a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goals of the program are to include Floridians of all ages with disabilities in all the Department of Health’s programs and activities for health promotion, disease prevention, wellness, and disaster preparedness.
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.
Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
Mission is to improve the quality of life for all Floridians with disabilities through advocacy and awareness activities that increase access to and acquisition of assistive services and technology.
Florida Division of Blind Services (DBS)
Vision is to create a barrier free environment in the lives of Floridians with visual disabilities.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) targets individuals who would otherwise qualify for Medicaid nursing home placement and provides them with a comprehensive array of home and community-based services at a cost less than nursing home care. Individuals who choose to enroll in PACE have both their medical and long-term care needs managed through a single provider.
Respite for Elders Living in Everyday Families (RELIEF)
The RELIEF Program offers in-home respite that is an expansion of respite currently available through other programs, including evening and weekend respite. The purpose of this service is to increase the ability of a family unit to continue to care for a homebound elderly individual by providing in-home respite beyond the basic provisions of current public programs.
Florida Developmental Disabilities Resources
The Florida Developmental Disabilities Resources Website is a public reporting resource for individuals with developmental disabilities living in or moving to the State of Florida. The primary purpose of this Website is to help individuals with developmental disabilities find a provider who best meets their needs.
Medicaid iBudget Waiver
The Medicaid iBudget Waiver provides home and community-based supports and services to eligible persons with developmental disabilities living at home or in a home-like setting, utilize an individual budgeting approach, and provide enhanced opportunities for self determination. The Budget Waiver is designed to promote and maintain the health of eligible individuals with developmental disabilities, and to provide medically necessary supports and services to delay or prevent institutionalization.
The Academy of Ability
The Academy of Ability is a school for children with physical and learning disabilities in Orlando.
Agency for Persons with Disabilities
The APD works in partnership with local communities and private providers to assist people who have developmental disabilities and their families. APD also provides assistance in identifying the needs of people with developmental disabilities for supports and services.
Adult Cystic Fibrosis (ACF) Waiver
The purpose of the Medicaid Adult Cystic Fibrosis (ACF) Waiver is to promote, maintain, and restore the health and functional ability of eligible recipients and to minimize the effects of illness and disability, in order to delay or prevent hospitalization or institutionalization.
The purpose of the Medicaid Model Waiver is to provide services to eligible children 20 years of age or younger who are medically complex/medically fragile or diagnosed with degenerative spinocerebellar disease.
Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury (TBI/SCI) Waiver
The purpose of the Medicaid Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury (TBI/SCI) Waiver is to maintain and promote the health of individuals with traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries through the provision of needed supports and services in order to delay or prevent institutionalization.
List of Disability Resources in the State of FL
Links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Florida. They may be able assist you with: disability advocacy, home health services, home care, nursing aide services, Medicaid, accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
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