Developmental Disability Organizations Federal

Florida's Voice on Developmental Disabilities is your resource for organizations that are here to help educate, inform and provide assistance. Please see the list below of federal government agencies for persons with developmental disabilities, their families and caregivers.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

AbilityPath (http://www.abilitypath.org)

AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life - through all phases of a child's growth and development. The website combines social networking features with expert content from AbilityPath.org's team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.

Americans with Disabilities Act - Department of Justice (http://www.ada.gov)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. The ADA also outlaws discrimination against individuals with disabilities in State and local government services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. This site provides information on all acts regarding disabilities as well as resources for commonly asked questions, aid, filing complaints and more. 

Disability.gov (http://www.disability.gov)

This is a Federal site by the Department of Labor providing trusted resources on disability-related issues, programs and services for the disabled and their families, employers, workforce and human resource professionals, veterans, educators, caregivers and many others. 

Easter Seals (www.easterseals.com)

The Easter Seals is a national organization providing services, education, outreach, and advocacy for people living with autism and other disabilities. This non-profit organization offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals. To find a local Easter Seals location click http://www.easterseals.com/florida/who-we-are/locations/.

MetroKids (http://www.metrokids.com)

MetroKids is a resource for parents living in the greater Delaware Valley — Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs, South Jersey and Delaware.

National Council on Disability (http://www.ncd.gov)

NCD is an independent federal agency composed of members appointed by the President of the United States who provides advice to the President, Congress, and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. 

Raising Children (http://raisingchildren.net.au)

Raising Children Network is the complete parenting resource for all stages from pregnancy to newborns to teens. We offer research-based content on hundreds of topics for children and grown-ups.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center (http://www.ssdrc.com)

The Social Secuirty and Disability Resource Center (SSDRC.com) is an informational website that provides answers to questions about how to apply for disability, how to appeal a claim in the event of a denial, how to navigate the federal system, and how to avoid certain mistakes that are commonly made by applicants.  To find out if you qualify for disability visit: http://www.ssdrc.com/disabilityquestions1-12.html.

The Arc of the United States (http://www.thearc.org)

The Arc is the world's largest community based organization of and for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org)


The Autism Society of America (www.autism-society.org)

The Autism Society, the nation's leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism 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.