Organizations

Disability.gov
Disability.gov is the federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others. This is an excellent special needs resource.

The Arc of the United States
The Arc advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Promotes global development  and dissemination of progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual disabilities. This is an excellent special needs resource.

The Institute for Community Inclusion
The Institute for Community Inclusion supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. As practitioners, researchers, and teachers, we form partnerships with individuals, families, and communities. Together we advocate for personal choice, self-determination, and social and economic justice. This is an excellent special needs resource.

Autism Society of America
This is the official web site of the Autism Society of America.

Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, they are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder.

National Down Syndrome Society
This is the official web site for Down Syndrome Society.

The National Down Syndrome Congress
The purpose of the NDSC is to promote the interests of people with Down syndrome and their families through advocacy, public awareness, and information.

Global Down Syndrome Foundation
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy

Developmental Disabilities Council
This site will help you connect with your state chapter of the DDC. This is an excellent special needs resource.

Easter Seals
a general service provider for individuals with disabilities.

National Endowment for Financial Education
General source for financial information.

CCD
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a Coalition of national consumer, advocacy, provider and professional organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 1973, the CCD has advocated on behalf of people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities and their families. CCD has worked to achieve federal legislation and regulations that assure that the 54 million children and adults with disabilities are fully integrated into the mainstream of society. This is an excellent special needs resource.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
This site serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Yellow pages for kids with  Disabilities 
All the information you in need in one place. Separate listings for each state and territory. Disability information groups. Evaluators. Tutors. Support Groups. Advocacy Groups. State Agencies. This is an excellent special needs resource.

The HSC Foundation
The HSC Foundation is dedicated to improving access to services for individuals who face social and healthcare barriers due to disability, chronic illness, or other circumstances that present unique needs.

The Treatment and Learning Centers
TLC is a local, non-profit organization in Rockville, MD founded in 1950. They offer many first-rate programs and services for the community, including a Family Hearing Center, Childcare, and Preschool programs, testing and tutoring services, and a community education program.

Formed Families Forward
Non-profit organization dedicated to supporting foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. We serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area.

Shared Horizons, Inc.: A Pooled Special Needs Trust Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities
Shared Horizons, Inc. is a nonprofit organization established by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc., in conjunction with University Legal Services and the District of Columbia Government. Shared Horizons was created to manage the Wesley Vinner Memorial Trust, a pooled special needs trust in Washington, D.C. charged with helping individuals with disabilities enhance their quality of life, maintain their public benefits and protect personal assets.

Inclusion Solutions
A business that works to find affordable, common-sense ways for people with disabilities to gain access to restaurants, businesses, shopping areas, polling places and more.

Sep
21
Tue
5:30 pm B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Gr... @ The Glen Apartments
Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
B/DC Weekly Check in/Teaching Group & Taco Night (Bethesda/DC PODs) @ The Glen Apartments | Bethesda | Maryland | United States
Join us for our weekly check in/teaching group (Bethesda/DC pods). This week we will be cooking tacos! (Attendance is highly recommended.) (Masked and Socially Distanced) Hosted by Gabby The Glens Apartments 4998 Battery Lane Bethesda,[...]
Sep
25
Sat
9:00 am ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
ALL Hike.Bike.BBQ
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
**ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED** Everyone welcome: Fully Participating Families, Community Group Families, Self-Advocates, Friends, Family, Supporters! 9:00-11:00 am – Hike or Bike in beautiful Carderock Park (optional) 11:00-1:00 pm – Picnic/BBQ $40 per[...]
Oct
5
Tue
7:00 pm Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Upper Montgomery County Family P... @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Upper Montgomery County Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.
Oct
12
Tue
7:00 pm What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
What is ABLE? (PARENT PRESENTATION) @ Zoom (tbd)**
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
*Must be an active member of ILO’s Community Group. To learn more go to: www.ilonow.org/ilo-community-group **Dates and topics subject to change based on availability of speakers.
Oct
17
Sun
3:00 pm Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Bowling at Bowlero, Bethesda – (... @ Bowlero Bethesda (Bowling)
Oct 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Self-Advocates – join us for a fun Sunday afternoon at Bowlero Bethesda. The $23.00 per person fee includes 1-1/2 hours of unlimited bowling, free shoe rental, pizza and soda (or alternative for those with food[...]
Oct
19
Tue
7:00 pm DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
DC Family Pod Meeting @ Zoom (By Invitation)
Bethesda Family POD Meetings take place every other month allowing ILO families to build their networks of support.

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