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The listings below are currently grouped as follows:
  • (1) BLIND: Local Listing
  • (2) BLIND: National Listing
  • (3) BLIND: International Listing
  • (4) PSYCH: Local Listing
  • (5) PSYCH: National Listing
  • (6) HANDI: Local Listing
  • (7) HANDI: National Listing
  • (8) DEAF: Local Listing
  • (9) DEAF: National Listing
  • (10) PALSY: Local Listing
  • (11) PALSY: National Listing
  • (12) HEAR: Local Listing
  • (13) HEAR: National Listing
  • (14) AUTISM: Helpful Information
  • (15) Special Library BOOKS:
  • The services or organizations listed under each group provides information in the following order:
    Name of the service or organization
    Internet URL, if known
    Telephone number(s)
    Brief description of service

    * If doing a manual search, it is best to advance to the numbered group or groups that contain information categories being researched.
    The Groups and their listings start here.
    (1) BLIND: Local Listing Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind 202-462-2900 Provides instruction, services and products for people who are blind or have low vision in the Greater Washington area. Family Service Foundation 301-459-2121 Statewide organization offering counseling, psychiatric services, all problems and ages. Specialized treatment, residential, day habilitation for hearing, deaf, deaf-blind, developmentally challenged. Mon.- Sat. hours. Lions Of District 22-C Eye Bank And Research Foundation 301-577-7800 Pursuing the goal of sight restoration and blindness prevention by providing eye tissue for transplantation, research and education, free health screening and financial assistance. Maryland Society for Sight 410-243-2020 Enables 30,000 Marylanders annually to avoid needless blindness from eye disease and injury through eye screenings, eye examinations, and consumer eye health and safety information. Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association, Inc. 410-740-8791 Provides specialized programs teaching horseback riding to children and adults who are physically challenged, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, deaf or blind, serving Central Maryland. Metropolitan Washington Ear 301-681-6636 Free service provides readings from newspapers, magazines, and novels via closed-circuit radio and a Dial-in service for the blind and print-handicapped. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington 202-234-1010 Vision screening for children, glaucoma screening for adults, free eye care for poor and homeless, support groups for elderly visually impaired, education on eye health. Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic of Metropolitan Washington 202-244-8990 RFB&D provides recorded textbooks at all academic levels to students who have visual, perceptual, or physical disabilities. Most work is performed by volunteers. The Maryland School for the Blind 410-444-5000 Free day, residential, outreach education and therapy services for ages 0-21, blind or visually impaired, including multi-disabled, Maryland students. Volunteers for the Visually Handicapped 301-589-0894 Provides Braille and mobility instruction, counsels blind adults, trains volunteer readers/shoppers; sells assertive devices for the visually impaired, and provides transportation to monthly activities. York County Blind Center 717-848-1690 Provides sheltered employment, rehabilitation teaching, orientation and mobility, recreation, radio reading service, low vision clinic, preschool and adult vision screening, social services and support. (2) BLIND: National Listing American Council of the Blind www.acb.org 800-424-8666 Provides blind people scholarships, legal assistance, crisis support, a free monthly Braille magazine; and referrals to education, rehabilitation, jobs, recreation, and adaptive aids services. American Foundation for the Blind www.charities.org/afb.html 800-232-5463 - Promotes Braille literacy, develops training materials for teachers of deaf-blind children, monitors Americans with Disabilities Act, evaluates services for blind and visually impaired people. Blind Children and Adults Action Fund of America 410-659-9315 Help the blind attain independence with Braille newspapers, books and calendars. Allow blind children to read along with sighted parents using our braille/print books. Blind Children's Fund www.blindchildrensfund.org 517-333-1725 Providing parents and professionals information, materials, and resources that help them successfully teach and nurture blind, visually and multi-impaired infants and children. Blind Federation of America www.nfb.org 410-659-9314 Teaches the sight impaired self-reliance through new technology, Braille and recorded publications. BFA also provides scholarships, employment assistance and civil rights protection. BlindSkills www.teleport.com/~blindskl 800-860-4224 Where blind children and visually impaired adults get help with coping and adaptive techniques via a toll-free number and a quarterly publication, DIALOGUE. Blinded American Veterans Foundation www.bva.org 800-242-0161 Insuring, through volunteerism (free), that blinded and sensory disabled veterans attain their maximum potential through research, rehabilitation and re-employment services. Blinded Veterans Association www.bva.org 800-669-7079 Congressionally chartered to serve blinded veterans. Enhances employment opportunities, assists in procuring benefits offered by public and private agencies, provides educational information and scholarships. Christian Eye Ministry, Inc. 909-599-8955 Saving and restoring sight to the neglected blind in the Third World, particularly children. Training and enabling local medical personnel to perform sight saving surgeries. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust www.dav.org 606-441-7300 Your gift provides food, clothing and shelter to homeless veterans, transportation to medical facilities, and counseling and rehabilitation for amputee, blind, and severely disabled veterans. Disabled Childrens Relief Fund 516-377-1605 Crippled, blind, deaf, injured, developmentally delayed, and other children receive medical equipment, wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, and therapy especially when they have no health insurance. Eye and Tissue Banks International 800-756-4824 You will make a blind person see. TBI eye banks provide eye tissue for sight restoring corneal transplants and research. Go ahead. Make a miracle. Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation 860-243-5200 Raises and trains German shepherd guide dogs to be placed with persons who are blind to increase their independence and freedom. Foundation Fighting Blindness www.blindness.org 800-683-5555 Supports clinical and basic eye research to cure retinal degenerative diseases, including RP and Macular Degeneration, educates the public and serves as an informational clearinghouse. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind (R) 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787 USA www.guidedog.org Phone: (631) 930-9091 (800) 548-4337 (ext. 1191) Fax: (631) 361-5192 More than eyes for a blind person, a guide dog provides independence, security, and companionship. Help us breed, train, and give guide dogs without charge. Guide Dogs of America www.iam160.com 818-362-5834 Guide dogs and training are given free-of-charge to blind individuals throughout the United States and Canada, providing mobility, independence and freedom with dignity. Guiding Eyes for the Blind www.guiding-eyes.org 914-245-4024 Since 1956, has been breeding, raising and training guide dogs for legally blind individuals, including those with multiple disabilities. Lions Clubs International Foundation www.lionsclubs.org 630-571-5466 Supports volunteer community programs worldwide in rehabilitation/ vocational training, diabetes research, drug abuse prevention; with special emphasis on blindness prevention and sight restoration. Lions World Services for the Blind 501-664-7100 A comprehensive rehabilitation center for blind adults providing counseling, training in independent living and mobility skills, vocational evaluation, and high quality marketable job skills. Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. 909-795-8977 Through a network of 7000 volunteers, braille and large print materials are produced and given free to the blind and visually handicapped throughout the world. National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped 212-683-5068 - Develops national standards and administers the accreditation program for schools and rehabilitation agencies serving children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Prevent Blindness America www.prevent-blindness.org 800-331-2020 Fights sight loss through free info-line, adult and children's vision screenings, workplace, home and sports eye safety programs and medical research. Project ORBIS International 800-672-4787 Flies a jet-based teaching eye hospital around the world, training doctors and nurses while restoring sight to thousands. Research to Prevent Blindness 800-621-0026 Is the world's leading voluntary organization supporting scientific research into the causes, cure and prevention of all blinding diseases. Retinitis Pigmentosa International 800-Fight RP Mission is two-fold: 1) To raise funds for the research and 2) To maintain our human service programs for the blind and visually impaired. SEVA Foundation www.seva.org 800-223-7382 Seva's work: treatment and prevention of blindness in India, Nepal, and Tibet; community development in Guatemala and Mexico; diabetes treatment for Native Americans on reservations. Seeing Eye, Inc. www.seeingeye.org 201-539-4425 Is a philanthropy which provides trained dog guides to blind people. Southeastern Guide Dogs www.guidedogs.org 941-729-5665 Our guide dogs are humanely trained and provided free of charge to blind individuals, so they may travel with independence, safety, and dignity. The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation www.charities.org/drwf.html 202-298-9211 Scientific research into treatments and cure of diabetes. Conducts screenings, education programs to save lives from blindness, kidney failure, amputations. Publishes The Diabetes Wellness Letter. United States Association for Blind Athletes www.usa.net/~usaba 719-630-0422 Independence and self-confidence within the blind community. Nationwide sports and leadership programs provide blind youth equal training and competition programs as their sighted peers. (3) BLIND: International Listing Helen Keller International 800-638-8079 Works in developing nations to treat and prevent nutritional blindness, onchocerciasis, cataracts and trachoma and to educate and rehabilitate the incurably blind. International Eye Foundation 800-638-8079 Saving sight worldwide. Programs to control vitamin A deficiency, "river blindness," cataracts and infections. Provides local health worker training, technology transfer, eye surgery, equipment, medicines. (4) PSYCH: Local Listing AIDS Program of Whitman-Walker Clinic, 202-797-3500 Provides vital HIV/AIDS services, including education/prevention, medical, dental, housing, psychosocial and legal. Serves more than two of three area residents living with AIDS. Anchor Mental Health Association, Inc. 202-635-5900 Rehabilitates mentally ill people. Provides housing, food, clothing, medical and psychiatric treatment, job skills training and placement to help them achieve independent, productive lives. Arundel Lodge, Inc. 410-841-6131 Arundel Lodge's Psychiatric rehabilitation Program deal with reduction of homelessness, community crisis management, and independent living skills for the chronic mentally ill population in Anne Arundel County. Barney Neighborhood House 202-939-9000 Educational, social, recreational, counseling services (Wards I and VI) youth, adults, senior citizens. Psychosocial program for mentally challenged adults. Bell Socialization Services 717-848-5767 Provides psycho-social rehabilitation services to persons with mental health or mental retardation disabilities; also operates a 30-day emergency shelter for homeless families. Birthright of Montgomery County 301-946-3339 Provide pregnancy tests, maternity assistance, baby clothes, advice on medical help and social services. Discuss social relationships and the physical and psychological dangers of abortion. Boys Home Society, Inc. 410-669-7955 Boys Home provides care for abused and neglected male children 9-13 years of age. Our services include social work, education, recreation and psychological consultation. CHI Centers, Inc. 301-445-3350 Services for developmental disabilities children/adults; special education including physical/occupational/speech therapies; psychological/vocational evaluations/training; employment/residential services; habitation/recreation program; transportation. CPC Health (formerly Community Psychiatric Clinic, Inc.) 301-424-8300 Provides expert and comprehensive mental health services for persons of all ages and range of needs: hospital, residential, outpatient, rehabilitation treatment; and community outreach programs. Calvary Women's Shelter, Inc. 202-783-6651 Provides emergency shelter and transitional services, including case management, a Life Skills program and psychiatric services for 25 homeless women in Washington DC. City Lights School, Inc. 202-832-4366 City Lights is a psychoeducational Day Treatment Program. The program provides rehabilitation services that will help youth transition back to public/private school, and to become productive members of their community. Community Council for the Homeless at Friendship Place (CCH/FP) 202-364-1419 Helping homeless neighbors in upper northwest Washington rebuild their lives through outreach, health care, psychiatric and substance abuse counseling, case management, job referrals and housing. Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc. 302-652-3948 Provides statewide Mental Health Services for young people and families. Services include individual, family, and group therapies, medication treatment, psychiatric and psychological evaluation. Edgemeade - Maryland Center for Youth and Family Development, Inc. 301-888-1330 Edgemeade provides special education, residential, psychiatric, medical and family services to Maryland and D.C. adolescents who are emotionally disturbed and learning disabled. Family Life Center 410-997-3557 The Family Life Center provides individual and family counseling Therapy and Psychiatry. Group Therapy in specialty areas such as women, persons with HIV, Parenting. Family Service Foundation 301-459-2121 Statewide organization offering counseling, psychiatric services, all problems and ages. Specialized treatment, residential, day habilitation for hearing, deaf, deaf-blind, developmentally challenged. Mon.-Sat. hours. Family Services of Kent County, Inc. 410-778-2341 Family and individual counseling, including marital, stress and work related problems of non-psychiatric nature. Geriatric Services of Delaware 302-658-6744 Provides support to elderly-disabled Delawareans. Services include Meals On Wheels, Foster Care, Nursing, homemaker/housekeeping services, telephone reassurance, psychiatric nursing, medical transportation. Joseph Richey House, Inc. 410-523-2150 A licensed, Medicare certified, residential and home care hospice providing medical care, expert pain control, symptom relief, psychosocial and pastoral care. Lab School of Washington, The 202-965-6600 We offer comprehensive educational services for the learning disabled through a day school, adult night school, college and career counseling, tutoring, psychological services, occupational and speech therapy. Maryland Lupus Foundation 410-337-9000 Provides education and psychosocial support to lupus patients and their families, increases the public's awareness of lupus, and funds clinical and basic scientific lupus research. Mobile Medical Care, Inc. 301-460-3535 Provides outpatient medical and therapeutic care to low-income persons utilizing volunteer doctors, nurses, psychologists, and psychiatrists. No patients are turned away. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services 703-698-1655 We offer comprehensive, individualized services to people with serious mental illness, including treatment, counseling, return to work and substance abuse services, utilizing community resources. Southern Maryland Community Network, Inc. 410-535-4787 Provides services to persons with psychiatric disabilities by developing a natural support network, enabling them to work and live fully in the community. Vantage Place, Inc. 410-992-5071 Psychiatric rehabilitation program providing housing, skills teaching, entitlement assistance, advocacy, and crisis intervention to persons with chronic mental illness and persons with traumatic brain injuries. Women's Center, The 703-281-2657 Provides immediate, affordable counseling, education and information to women and families for their psychological, professional, legal and financial concerns, regardless of their ability to pay. (5) PSYCH: National Listing American Association of Suicidology www.cyberpsych.org 202-237-2280 Facts: 31,000 Americans commit suicide annually; one in six is under 25, most are preventable. We promote research, publicize warning signs, train care-givers and assist survivors. Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) www.health.org/nacoa 888-554-2627 Provides programs to identify and save children of alcoholics from physical and psychological abuse; advocates for children with schools, physicians, clergy, therapists, other professionals. Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors 215-946-2876 The only worldwide organization providing burn survivors with psychological support and many other services, aiming to return them to happy and productive lives. Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals www.psyeta.org 301-963-4751 Psychologists working to reexamine the ways people relate to animals, and through educational programs, to develop more compassionate attitudes and behavior toward people and animals. United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association www.uscpaa.org 410-848-2460 Offers competitive sports opportunities to persons with cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic-brain injury. Builds the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of the participant. American Paralysis Association www.apa.uci.edu/paralysis 800-225-0292 Encourages/supports research worldwide to find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury/other central nervous system disorders. Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled www.animalfunds.org/monkeyhelpers.html 617-787-4419 We provide specially trained monkeys as helpers and companions to paralyzed people. Monkey-helpers and lifetime support services are provided to disabled individuals at no charge. Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation 800-925-2873 Our mission is to support research targeted at curing paralysis caused by spinal cord injury, head injury or stroke. Paralyzed Veterans of America Spinal Cord Injury Education and Training Foundation (ETF) www.pva.org 202-872-1300 Improving the overall well-being of paralyzed veterans with spinal cord injuries, by enhancing the knowledge and abilities of healthcare professionals who care for them. Paralyzed Veterans of America Spinal Cord Research Foundation www.pva.org 202-872-1300 Dedicated to helping Americas paralyzed veterans lead fuller and more independent lives. We fund research for improved care and the eventual cure of paralysis. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, Inc. 800-782-6387 Supports spinal cord injury research (SCI) and provides educational and referral services to the SCI community. (6) HANDI: Local Listing American Red Cross, Montgomery County Chapter (MCCARC) 301-588-2515 Provides disaster/emergency relief, health/safety/social/casework services to servicemen/their families; volunteer services to hospitals/nursing homes (teaching, transporting poor/elderly/ handicapped persons). Associated Catholic Charities, Inc. 410-547-5508 Catholic Charities serves abused and neglected children, the homeless, handicapped, elderly, families, and the poor through more than 50 programs. Deaf-REACH (National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf) 202-832-6681TDD Deaf-REACH provides deaf adults who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, or otherwise handicapped the tools they need to live as independently as possible. Downtown Cluster of Congregations 202-347-7015 Break the cycle of poverty. Establishing life-style programs for homeless, handicapped and low-income groups. Emergency and long-term needs of the impoverished are addressed. Edgewood Area Thrift Shop (APG) 410-676-4733 The Shop serves as a medium for the sale of used merchandise in order to generate funds for charitable purposes. Helping Children Grow, Inc. 202-546-4064 Offers an alternative to prolonged institutionalization and incarceration of neglected, abandoned, abused or handicapped children by providing family home environments. Housing Development Corporation, St. Mary's Court 202-223-5712 Everyone deserves a safe home. We provide housing to the elderly, handicapped and underprivileged along with poetry classes, art, Spanish, exercise, travel and special events. Independent Living for the Handicapped, Inc. (ILH) 202-797-9803 We provide physically disabled adults with wheelchair-accessible housing, transportation, and personal care aide assistance. We train aides and perform referral, information, and advocacy services. Metropolitan Washington Ear 301-681-6636 Free service provides readings from newspapers, magazines, and novels via closed-circuit radio and a Dial-in service for the blind and print-handicapped. PACT: Helping Children with Special Needs, Inc. 410-455-0404 Provides education, therapy and family support to infants and toddlers who have developmental delays, complex medical needs, and handicapping conditions. Volunteers for the Visually Handicapped 301-589-0894 Provides Braille and mobility instruction, counsels blind adults, trains volunteer readers/shoppers; sells assertive devices for the visually impaired, and provides transportation to monthly activities. (7) HANDI: National Listing 52 Association for the Handicapped www.charities.org/52.html 212-868-1217 Founded in 1945, "52" offers free confidence-building, post- therapeutic rehabilitation programs to physically disabled individuals, including children, at its Confidence Through Sports Centers. Adoption Center www.adopt.org/adopt 800-TO-ADOPT Your donation helps find loving adoptive families for abused and handicapped children and brothers and sisters who want to stay together. America the Beautiful Fund www.charities.org/abf.html 800-522-3557 Assists 50,000 volunteer efforts to grow food for the needy, restore blighted neighborhoods, help the handicapped, create jobs for young people, and encourage good citizenship. Children's Disability Service Association www.friendshipventures.org 800-450-8376 Impoverished, handicapped children provided leisure, respite care, social and support services. Your gift eases suffering and funds quality programs for the afflicted and their families. Disabled and Alone/Life Services for the Handicapped www.childrenscharities.org/disabled_alone_handicapped_services.html 800-995-0066 What will happen to my handicapped child when Im not here? Help us assure a safe, caring world for disabled persons after their parents die. FACES: The National Association for the Craniofacially Handicapped www.childrenscharities.org/FACES.html 800-332-2373 Craniofacially disfigured children require specialized reconstructive surgery. We take care of these children and their families while treatment is received. Rebuilding faces - rebuilding futures. Father Flanagans Boys Home www.charities.org/ffbh.html 800-448-3000 Boys Town provides food, clothing, shelter, education, spiritual, and medical care to homeless, neglected, abused, and communicatively handicapped youth. Holiday Project www.holiday-project.org 707-763-2160 On holidays, when the need is greatest, volunteers spend time with the ill, elderly, disabled and handicapped, bringing needed attention, gifts of necessities and love. Janey Foundation, Inc. 410-461-1661 Establish centers for the handicapped children in India. Provide counseling services to ethnic families in the Metropolitan Washington area in marital and family problems. Lutheran Braille Workers, Inc. 909-795-8977 Through a network of 7000 volunteers, braille and large print materials are produced and given free to the blind and visually handicapped throughout the world. National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped 212-683-5068 Develops national standards and administers the accreditation program for schools and rehabilitation agencies serving children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. National Association for Visually Handicapped www.charities.org/navh.html 212-889-3141 A program, solely to benefit partially seeing of all ages, offers educational outreach, referral, large print, emotional support and visual aids services. Call collect. National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped 303-298-9650 All people deserve a healthy smile. Dentists donate treatment and some programs offer housecalls to needy persons disabled by handicaps, advanced age or medical problems. National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped (NTWH) 800-618-6622 Provides professional theatre training to talented, disabled adults so they may pursue success in professional theatre or enhance their chances in the wider workplace. Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Development Program 302-478-6574 Service to those who are: poor, young, growing, elderly, uneducated, AIDS patients, handicapped, ignorant, homeless, addicted, refugees, desperate, hungry, mentally afflicted, hospitalized, searching, suffering, unemployed. St. Marys Infant Home 804-622-2208 Provides residential services to 88 severely multi-handicapped children ages birth to 18. The Infant Home refuses no child for a lack of financial resources. USA Baseball 609-586-2381 Fosters national/international amateur baseball, designates/sponsors individuals/teams to represent United States in international competitions; encourages participation by women and handicapped individuals in baseball. (8) DEAF: Local Listing CONTACT Delaware, Inc. 302-761-9800 CONTACT Delaware, Inc. provides statewide 24-hour helpline services: CONTACT Crisis Helpline, Deaf CONTACT Helpline, Rape Crisis CONTACT Support Services, and daily Reassurance CONTACT Program. Deaf Access Services, Inc. 301-696-1550 Promotes communication accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing people primarily in Frederick County; provides sign language interpreting, community education, information and referral, youth services. Deaf Outreach/A. Eugene Hoeper Foundation 301-596-6928 TDY-Provide volunteer services for chronically ill, homebound deaf individuals using Sign Language, visitation, emotional support, respite care, cheer-by-mail and loaning specialized equipment. Deaf-REACH (National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf) 202-832-6681TDD Deaf-REACH provides deaf adults who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, or otherwise handicapped the tools they need to live as independently as possible. Family Service Foundation 301-459-2121 Statewide organization offering counseling, psychiatric services, all problems and ages. Specialized treatment, residential, day habilitation for hearing, deaf, deaf-blind, developmentally challenged. Mon.-Sat. hours. Lutheran Social Services - South Region 717-848-6238 Provides interpreting and other services for the deaf, counsels abusive men through the ADVANCE program, provides case management, and offers volunteer outreach through Touch-a-Life. Maryland Therapeutic Horsemanship Association, Inc. 410-740-8791 Provides specialized programs teaching horseback riding to children and adults who are physically challenged, mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, deaf or blind, serving Central Maryland. Neurofibromatosis, Inc. Mid-Atlantic 301-577-8984 We provide information on this tumor-causing disorder, peer counseling, newsletters and other materials, small equipment, speakers; support research; conduct meetings with interpreter for deaf. (9) DEAF: National Listing American Foundation for the Blind www.charities.org/afb.html 800-232-5463 Promotes Braille literacy, develops training materials for teachers of deaf-blind children, monitors Americans with Disabilities Act, evaluates services for blind and visually impaired people. Auditory - Verbal International, Inc. www.digitalnation.com/avi 703-739-1049 Provides the choice of listening and speaking for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through education, advocacy and family support. Deafness Research Foundation village.ios.com/~drf1 800-535-3323 The largest national voluntary health organization supporting research into the causes, treatments and prevention of deafness and serious ear disorders. Disabled Childrens Relief Fund 516-377-1605 Crippled, blind, deaf, injured, developmentally delayed, and other children receive medical equipment, wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, and therapy especially when they have no health insurance. Dogs for Disabled Americans (NEADS) chamber.worcester.ma.us/neads 508-422-9064 Trains rescued dogs and donated puppies to help special needs children and people who are deaf or physically disabled with everyday tasks and increased independence. Dogs for the Deaf 541-826-9220 Rescues dogs from shelters, trains them to serve as the ears for people who are deaf, and places these special canine helpers nationwide. International Hearing Dog, Inc. 303-287-3277 Trains dogs to alert deaf and hard of hearing persons to doorbell, phone, smoke alarm, alarm clock, baby cry, etc., at no cost to recipient. John Tracy Clinic for Preschool Deaf Children www.johntracyclinic.org 800-522-4582 Provides, free of charge, support for parents in dealing with the impact of deafness and training to help their hearing-impaired preschooler develop communication skills. National Association of the Deaf www.nad.org 301-587-1788 Voice; 301-587-1789 TTY Nations largest organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. National Black Deaf Advocates First call the MD Relay at 800-735-2258, then request 301-322-4523 The largest consumer organization of African American deaf/hard of hearing people in the United States, advocates and promotes their education, cultural, and economic advancement. National Cued Speech Association 800-459-3529 You can help a deaf child learn language and become literate by helping fund cued speech family support and education through your workplace contribution. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. 301-608-0050 Opens the line of effective communication between deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people by promoting excellence in interpreters/ transliterators and providing information to consumers. SoundAid www.childrenscharities.org/soundaid.html 714-494-4777 100% volunteer organization. We provide hearing aids, books, medicines, and services to deaf and poor children in Mexico, Guatemala, and Turkey, supplying hope and opportunity. (10) PALSY: Local Listing Cerebral Palsy of Prince George's and Montgomery Counties 301-262-4993 We provide educational, vocational, residential, social and therapeutic supports so individuals with cerebral palsy and related disorders can live as independently as possible. United Cerebral Palsy Of South Central PA., Inc. 717-632-5552 Provides early intervention services for babies with disabilities and attendant care services for mentally alert, physically challenged adults. United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc. 302-764-2400 Serves people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities through these programs: Case Management, Respite Care, Client Assistance Program, After School Care, and Summer Day Camping. United Cerebral Palsy of Washington and Northern Virginia, Inc.(UCP) 202-269-1500 United Cerebral Palsy serves people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities and their families through programs which provide direct care, information, respite, technology and advocacy. (11) PALSY: National Listing American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine 847-698-1635 To foster and stimulate education and research in cerebral palsy and development medicine for the welfare of patients and their families. United Cerebral Palsy Associations www.ucpa.org 800-USA-5UCP The national organization of UCPA, promotes through legislation, research and direct services programs equal access to all things in life for people with disabilities. United Cerebral Palsy Research and Educational Foundation 800-872-5827 Provides grants for research and training on causes and prevention of cerebral palsy and on improving the quality of life of persons with cerebral palsy. United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association www.uscpaa.org 401-848-2460 Offers competitive sports opportunities to persons with cerebral palsy, stroke, or traumatic-brain injury. Builds the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of the participant. (12) HEAR: Local Listing American Heart Association, Maryland Affiliate, Inc. 410-685-7074 The American Heart Association is dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke through research, community programs, and public and professional education. American Heart Association, Montgomery and Prince George's Region 301-990-8900 Dedicated to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke through research, community programs, and public and professional education in Montgomery/Prince George's counties. American Heart Association, Nation's Capital Affiliate (AHA/NCA) 202-686-6888 Fighting the nation's number one and number three killers . . . cardiovascular disease and stroke, we fund important public health education/research in the Washington, D.C. community. American Heart Association, Virginia Affiliate, Inc. 703-941-8500 World's largest non-governmental supporter of cardiovascular research. Provides heart education to public throughoutNorthern Virginia in reducing disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center of Loudoun County (BRSH) 703-777-5050 Provides evaluation, therapy to individuals experiencing speech or language disorders. Dispenses hearing aids, other hearing devices; serves outpatients, homebound clients, nursing homes and preschools. Deaf Access Services, Inc. 301-696-1550 Promotes communication accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing people primarily in Frederick County; provides sign language interpreting, community education, information and referral, youth services. Family Service Foundation 301-459-2121 Statewide organization offering counseling, psychiatric services, all problems and ages. Specialized treatment, residential, day habilitation for hearing, deaf, deaf-blind, developmentally challenged. Mon.-Sat. hours. Fidos For Freedom, Inc. 410-880-4178 Specially trained assistance dogs providing independence and companionship to people with mobility or hearing impairments and unconditional love to nursing home residents through dedicated volunteers. Hearing and Speech Center, Washington (formerly Washington Hearing and Speech Society) 202-244-4420 Provides complete hearing evaluations, fitting/dispensing of hearing aids, on-site hearing screening, speech and language evaluations and therapy. Sliding fee available based on ones income. Hearth, Inc. 410-247-7947 Hearth, Inc. provides transitional shelter and supportive services for homeless women and children and develops affordable housing for income eligible families. Heartly House 301-662-8800 Temporary shelter and/or emotional support for survivors and their children seeking refuge from domestic violence and/or rape/sexual assault, and education groups for batterers. Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association (NVYSA) 703-642-8051 Sponsors four orchestras for promising musicians ages 8-20. Orchestras rehearse weekly under outstanding conductors. Presents full season of affordable concerts for the community. RPJ Housing Development Corporation 703-528-5606 Develops/preserves low-income housing. Acquisition/renovation affordable rentals. Organizes volunteer home repairs: metro-wide Hearts/Hammers, Fairfax/Arlington Christmas-in-April. Provides transitional housing. Home ownership programs. Shiloh Family Life Center Foundation 202-232-4200 We provide child care, after school educational enrichment and youth mentoring programs, emergency financial assistance and counseling, and a center to support hearing impaired seniors. The Hearing and Speech Agency of Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. 410-243-3800 Provides evaluation and treatment for children and adults with communication disorders; speech-language pathology, audiology, special education, social work, sign language, interpreters and related services. Washington Hospital Center 202-877-6558 Private non-profit hospital with specialties in burn, cancer, eye, emergency, heart, maternity, renal transplantation and trauma. (13) HEAR: National Listing Advertising Council, Inc. www.adcouncil.org 212-922-1500, ext.245 Raising a better tomorrow. We give children the voice they need to be heard by the American public. We create hundreds of messages detailing how everyone can help improve children's lives. American Hearing Research Foundation 312-726-9670 Supports hearing research and education. High Index Provides site listings for communications systems and specific
    Special Help / handicapped assistance index Brings you back to
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    Click on this link to see this Internet site. The Digital Hearing Aids Depot This is a products available to help hearing needs. Products To Help Hearing Impaired American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation 301-897-5700 Advances knowledge and improves practice in serving children and adults with speech, language, or hearing disorders through research, education, and innovative special projects. American Tinnitus Association www.teleport.com/~ata 800-634-8978 Tinnitus, (ear and head noises) afflicts millions. ATA provides information; makes hearing-health referrals; publishes quarterly journal and bibliography; funds research and coordinates support groups. Assistance Dog United Campaign 800-284-DOGS Guaranteed! 100% of your donation goes toward providing loving assistance dog partners (guide, service, hearing, social/therapy dogs) to disabled individuals through ADUCs seventy-two member Auditory - Verbal International, Inc. www.digitalnation.com/avi 703-739-1049 Provides the choice of listening and speaking for children who are deaf or hard of hearing through education, advocacy and family support. Cancer Curing Society www.gerson.org 619-585-7600 Help us teach patients and physicians safe, proven alternatives that cure cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart and other M-fincurable diseases - and replace non-curing surgeries and drugs. Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence www.cpsdv.org 206-634-1903 Prevention of sexual abuse and domestic violence is at the heart of this interreligious organization which trains and consults religious communities nationwide. Child Advocates, National Association of www.childadvocacy.org 202-289-0777 The voice defending America's neediest children - the homeless, hungry, sick, abused, and neglected. Help protect these kids, keeping their voices heard and their rights defended. Childrens HeartLink www.charities.org/heartlink.html 612-928-4860 An international medical charity, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of heart disease in needy children and assisting cardiac centers in developing countries. Christian Service Organizations of America www.csoa.org 888-728-2762 Opening our hearts in Christian love and compassion to those in need, sharing God's word, His blessings, and ourselves through your generosity. Disabled Childrens Relief Fund 516-377-1605 Crippled, blind, deaf, injured, developmentally delayed, and other children receive medical equipment, wheelchairs, braces, hearing aids, and therapy especially when they have no health insurance. HEAR NOW www.leisurelan.com/hearnow/ 800-648-HEAR Hearing aids provided to the poor of all ages. 20,000,000 Americans need hearing aids - 5,000,000 cannot afford them. Your donation gives the gift of sound. 1457 Heart To Heart International 913-764-5200 Humanitarian response the Midwest way. Person-to-person, ordinary people mobilizing medicines and supplies to meet critical needs in the United States and around the world. Heart of the Matter, Inc. 818-447-6420 Education, emphasizing teacher training, USA and abroad, through instruction, support of academics, health, sanitation and provision of basic needs, exemplifying Christian values and ethics. Heartbeat International of West Central Florida 813-933-7136 Free pacemakers and medical services to poor children and adults in developing countries. Also provides state-of-the-art training to physicians treating these patients. Heartspring www.heartspring.org/heartspring 800-835-1043 A residential school for children with multiple disabilities. Specializing in programs for children with autism, mental retardation, behavior disorders, seizure disorders, vision and hearing impairments. Hope Heart Institute 206-328-8600 Dedicated to reducing death and disability caused by cardiovascular disease through our research and education to advance disease treatment and prevention. Human Rights Documentation Exchange 512-476-9841 Helps political asylum seekers who flee persecution, torture, or death, to receive a fair hearing, by providing evidence of human rights violations in their countries. International Hearing Dog, Inc. 303-287-3277 Trains dogs to alert deaf and hard of hearing persons to doorbell, phone, smoke alarm, alarm clock, baby cry, etc., at no cost to recipient. John Tracy Clinic for Preschool Deaf Children www.johntracyclinic.org 800-522-4582 Provides, free of charge, support for parents in dealing with the impact of deafness and training to help their hearing-impaired preschooler develop communication skills. Medical Research Agencies of America www.mraa.org 888-215-6722 AIDS. Arthritis. Cancer. Diabetes. Heart disease. Herpes. Fight back by supporting medical research and help discover the prevention and cure for these and other diseases. National Association of the Deaf www.nad.org 301-587-1788 Voice; 301-587-1789 TTY Nations largest organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. National Black Deaf Advocates - First call the MD Relay at 800-735-2258, then request 301-322-4523 The largest consumer organization of African American deaf/hard of hearing people in the United States, advocates and promotes their education, cultural, and economic advancement. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. 301-608-0050 Opens the line of effective communication between deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people by promoting excellence in interpreters/ transliterators and providing information to consumers. Self Help for Hard of Hearing People ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/shh 301-657-2248 The largest consumer organization dedicated to individuals with hearing loss. SHHH offers support, referral, and information through the National office and 260 local chapters nationwide. Sertoma Foundation 816-333-8300 North American volunteer organization, primarily benefitting people with speech and hearing disorders. 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