These organizations provide assistance, support, information and advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities in your area. You also can search our nationwide database of support groups below.

Arc of D.C.
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Advocates for the rights and full community participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

D.C. Coalition of Disability Service Providers
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A professional organization that provides support and services, consistent with choice, to people with intellectual and other disabilities.

D.C. Consortium of Legal Services Providers
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A coalition of 30 member organizations, all of which provide direct legal services to low-income D.C. residents. The Consortium's mission is to coordinate the delivery, expand the availability and improve the quality of legal services and advocacy for poor and disadvantaged people and groups of people in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Developmental Disabilities Council
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Seeks to strengthen the voice of people with developmental disabilities and their families in D.C. in support of greater independence, inclusion, empowerment and the pursuit of life as they choose.

D.C. Office of Disability Rights
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Works to ensure that the programs, services, benefits, activities and facilities operated or funded by the District of Columbia are fully accessible to, and useable by people with disabilities.

D.C. Resource for Children with Special Health Care Needs
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A resource for providers serving families with children and youth with special health care needs to help them know and understand the complex array of services and supports within the D.C. system. It is a “one-stop shop” of resources, supports, and services offered in the District of Columbia by both public and private entities.

District of Columbia Autism Society
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For more than thirty years, parents, teachers, and other professionals have advocated for appropriate education, services, and opportunities to ensure that all persons on the autism spectrum have a high quality of life in their own communities.

District of Columbia Council of the Blind
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Advocates for full independence and equality of opportunity for all blind and visually impaired residents of the nation’s capital and surrounding metropolitan areas.

Good Samaritan Advocates
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A faith-based legal aid organization providing no cost legal services to low-income individuals in greater Washington, D.C.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
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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).

Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
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An independent, non-profit advocacy organization focused on improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Autism Network International
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A self-help and advocacy organization for people with autism, run by people with autism.

Autism Speaks
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Seeks to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders, and is 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. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association
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A nonprofit organization, offering support and information to families of infants, children, and young adults who have hemiplegic cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, prenatal stroke, childhood stroke, infant stroke, perinatal stroke, neonatal stroke, in utero stroke, and stroke in neonates.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
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A coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Epilepsy Foundation
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A non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, with a mission to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Epilepsy in Young Children
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Intended to support parents and other caregivers of children with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Support Group
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EPILEPSY-L is an E-mail based support group (discussion list) for people with epilepsy and those who care about and for them. People with epilepsy (PwEs), parents of children with epilepsy, family and friends of PwEs, and health professionals who work with PwEs are all welcome to join.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
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Provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Fragile X Foundation
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Unites the Fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for Fragile X.

National Association of the Deaf
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Seeks to promote, protect, and preserve the rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
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A unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
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Makes self-advocacy available in every state including institutions, high schools, rural areas and people living with families with local support and advisors to help.

TASH
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An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
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The leading source of information on cerebral palsy and a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Wrightslaw
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Provides accurate, current information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 
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