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ABA Flashcards Produces CD-ROMs with color images that parents print as flash cards to teach children with Down syndrome, learning disabilities and developmental delays.

Abilitations Catalog company whose primary focus is serving the needs of individuals with special needs and disabilities. Occupational therapy, special education, physical therapy and speech therapy products focus on movement, positioning, sensory motor, exercise, aquatics and play

Academic Therapy Publications Offers range of assessments and supplementary education materials that can be used by regular classroom teachers, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, educational therapists, ESL teachers, parents and specialists in all fields working with persons with reading, learning and communication disabilities

Achievement Products Offers hundreds of top quality therapy, exercise and special education products from walkers and standers to therapy balls, feeder seats, rolls and wedges to help children achieve their best.

Add-A-Bands Assistive device designed to facilitate the development of normal movement patterns in children with low muscle tone and/or lax hip ligaments

Ambucs Dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by performing community service, providing AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to children with disabilities and providing scholarships to therapists

American Camping Association Community of camp professionals who have banded together to share knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. Provides database of over 2000 camps to search from and ability to search for camps specific to Down syndrome

Apraxia-Kids Online source for reliable and comprehensive information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech for families, professionals and all those who care about a child with apraxia

Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) Provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms Provides online information on assistive technologies, adaptive environments and community resources

Attainment Company Dedicated to helping people with cognitive disabilities succeed at school, work and life. Offers functional life skill curricula, assistive technology devices and instructional software, older adult product line and IEP Resources publishing bran

Autism Ally Helps provide managed freedom for the child in your care. Products include Wanderguard "Selective Monitoring" System, TABS Voice & Portable Door Alarm, CCTV System and Stop Siren Room Entry/Exit Deterrent

Band of Angels Press Celebrates persons with Down syndrome and supports them in reaching their full potential, beginning with providing accurate and positive information about Down syndrome at diagnosis. Promotes awareness of Down syndrome through jewelry, books, calendars, cards and outreach programs

Beckman Oral Motor Therapy Addresses issues concerning oral motor patterns and oral motor impairments. Workshops available.

Beyond Play Focuses on young children with special needs with the goal of providing selection of products appropriate for early intervention. For professionals of all disciplines, parents and caregivers.

Bridges4Kids Provides comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals seeking help for children from birth through transition to adult life

Child Development Media World’s largest single source of commercially available videos, books and curricula on childhood development and related topics, with over 1500 titles in its catalog

Circle of Inclusion Offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

Creating Solutions Seeks to do good work for and with people with developmental disabilities and their families, to improve the quality of life and communities

DisABILITIESBOOKS Offers books of interest to parents of children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, family members and professionals who serve children and/or adults and their families

Disability Mortgages and Loans Comprehensive guide to housing and mortgages for people with disabilities.  Covers terminology, process of buying a house, financial assistance and more.

Disability is Natural Disability is Natural. Like gender and ethnicity, it's simply one of many characteristics of being human, and it's time to share the good news with others!

Disability Resources, Inc. Established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently.

Discover Camp Resource for parents of children with disabilities selecting a camp for their child for the first time.

Discovery Toys Offers an array of products that grow with your child and support the development of a variety of skills for balanced learning

Do2Learn Supports those with special needs by offering free teacher and parent material, free computer-based instruction, educational supplies, games and resources and Make-A-Schedule Program

Down Syndrome Quarterly Interdisciplinary journal devoted to advancing the state of knowledge on Down syndrome. Covers all areas of medical, behavioral and social scientific research. Published in March, June, September and December. Distributed by subscription to individuals, organizations, and libraries.

Down Syndrome Research Online Advocacy Group Non-profit scientific and educational effort aimed at increasing public understanding and support for clinical and biomedical research into Down syndrome.

Down Syndrome WWW Page Original World Wide Web site composed of contributions from experienced professionals and knowledgeable parents who have researched the best information available.

Downi Creations, Inc. Sells collectible-quality dolls created with the realistic features of children with Down syndrome.

Down's Heart Group Offers parent-friendly support and information relating to heart problems associated with Down syndrome

Drymids Boxers Reusable protective underwear that looks and feels exactly like regular boxer shorts, but contains built-in Drymids pant for absorption and protection

DynaVox Systems Provides augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) solutions for individuals with speech, language and learning challenges

Exceptional Parent Magazine for parents of children or young adults with disabilities. Includes reports, forum, product links and books.

Family Friendly Fun Guide to family fun and recreation, family health and wellness, family life and relationships, special needs support for parents and children with disabilities and other family resources

Fat Wheels Training wheels are much more stable, durable and offer much less rolling resistance than traditional training wheels, regardless of the riding surface. Enable many kids with special needs to ride a bike.

Fathers Network Provides support and resources for fathers and families of children with chronic illness and developmental disabilities

Flash! Pro2 CD-ROM Contains comprehensive set of 10,000 printable, color photo-quality flashcards in 65 categories to teach speech, language and communication

Friendship Ministries Believes that people with mental impairments are a vital part of God's family, is based on a unique concept of groups and one-to-one relationships and provides material for classes for people with mental impairments. Materials are also available in Spanish.

From Emotions to Advocacy (FETAWEB) Offers information for parents, educators, advocates and attorneys on how to advocate effectively and recognize pitfalls and avoid mistakes that prevent successful advocacy

Grandparent to Grandparent Place to find information and support from other grandparents. Recognizes that grandparents have the potential to be a great support to families, and that grandparents have their own questions and concerns

Greenhouse Publications For preschool, kindergarten, special education and early elementary teachers, speech therapists, educational therapists, inclusion specialists, ESL, resource specialists, occupational therapists and parents.

Guided Tour, Inc. Supervised travel, recreation and vacation program for persons with developmental disabilities and mental retardation

Hands & Voices Dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them

HandSpeak Sign language website consisting of American Sign Language (ASL), online dictionary, ASL grammar, sign language art and literature, manual alphabet (fingerspelling) and numeral, baby talk, international sign language, gesture and ASL storytelling

Handwriting Without Tears Developmentally-based program helps children to develop good handwriting skills. Provides superior educational products, training and promotional materials to parents and educators

Healthy All Over, Ltd. Produces exercise videos for people with special developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome, mental retardation and mild cerebral palsy.

Hitchcock Shoes for Men Specializes in providing over 200 styles of men's shoes in widths EEE, EEEE, EEEEE and EEEEEE in sizes 5 through 13.

I Can! An online community for people with disabilities. Offers information and resources on travel, employment, health, relationships and advocacy.

IEP4U Developed to help parents, teachers and anyone involved in the education of a child with a disability develop and carry out an IEP. Provides over 4000 free goals and objectives (IEP-ITP), each with changeable benchmarks

Inclusion Daily Express International subscription email service reporting on the movement toward full-community inclusion, self-determination and human rights for people with disabilities. About creating and sharing tools, ideas and resources. For citizens, educators, human service workers, teachers, families, individuals and organizations.

Innisfree Village Voluntary community for adults with mental disabilities located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Dedicated to providing a life-sharing home and work environment in an atmosphere of beauty, warmth and respectfulness.

Innovative Therapists International (ITI) Offers oral-motor speech and feeding seminars (live or via DVD) and full line of therapy products for use with Sara Johnson’s oral-motor techniques

Internet Resources for Special Children Provides valuable information for parents, educators, medical professionals, etc. who interact with children who have disABILITIES

ISAAC Patented, powerful, fully individualized cognitive prosthetic system specifically designed for individuals with a wide range of cognitive disabilities. Allows for the organization and delivery of individualized procedural and personal information and prompts, assisting the user to live and work more independently.

James Stanfield Company Offers videos on school to work transition, work skills, daily living and social skills, relationships and sexuality and conflict resolution.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability-related legislation and educating callers about self-employment options.

Kennedy Krieger Institute Internationally recognized facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents with pediatric developmental disabilities through patient care, special education, research and professional training.

Kids Together Non-profit agency whose mission is to promote inclusive communities where all people belong by providing information and resources to children and adults with disabilities.

KidzMouse Product development company for computer peripherals and educational products. Peripheral products are generally oriented toward the small hand market for children and adults.

Laureate Learning Systems Software for adults or children with language, cognitive or developmental disabilities, autism and other special needs.

Love and Learning Produces learning materials (DVDs, audio tapes, books, computer programs) in order to help infants, toddlers and older non-verbal children with language and reading development. Recently developed vocabulary and reading computer program for older children and adults.

Marblesoft Developer of Mac and Windows special needs software for special education, preschool and early elementary students.

Martha Lloyd Community Services Provides full range of services for the mentally handicapped, including adult day care, senior center and respite care.

Mealtime Notions Provides mealtime support for parents and professionals who feed infants and young children with special feeding challenges.

Melmark Provides residential, educational, therapeutic and recreational services for children and adults with developmental disabilities

National Professional Resources, Inc. Produces videos and DVDs in the latest hot topical areas in the educational arena, publishes and distributes books for staff development in the field of education and sponsors conferences and workshops around the country.

New England Village Residential community where adults with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities can lead dignified and enriching lives filled with opportunities for growth and friendship.

Broadreach Training and Resources Provides keynote addresses, workshops, professional in-service and training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, conflict resolution and other disability rights issues. Norm and Emma use humor, personal experience and poignant stories to reveal how people with disabilities can become contributing members of our schools, workplaces and communities.

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) Montana statewide parent organization that provides support, resources and training to families who have children with special needs and the professionals who work with them.

Pathfinder Village Private, non-profit residential community located in Central New York that accepts residents who have a primary diagnosis of Down syndrome, ages 5 and up. Provides residential, health, educational, vocational, recreational and outreach programs.

PEAK Parent Center Provides training, information and technical assistance to equip families of children birth through 26 including all disability conditions with strategies to advocate successfully for their children. Services include telephone hotline, workshops, conferences, website and publications.

Phonics Phone Teaching tool allowing students to hear themselves more clearly when reading aloud, thus enabling them to work on word pronunciation and improve phonics skills. Practice can be done individually or with a partner.

Precision Academics Provides effective and affordable adapted educational programs for children with a wide range of special learning needs.

Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Covers the legal services of children with disabilities for a lifetime.

Professional Fit Clothing Provides adaptive clothing and apparel for individuals with disabilities.

Program Development Associates Offers disability training and multimedia solutions from experts on disability awareness, advocacy, developmental and learning disabilities, special education, physical disabilities, mental health, assistive technology and vocational rehabilitation.

Project Lifesaver Rapid response partnership with law enforcement aiding lost and wandering individuals with Alzheimer's disease and other disabilities.

Project Participate Provides families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs, facilitates team collaboration and promotes the appropriate uses of technology in the classroom. Sample curricular adaptations, handouts for training, intervention planning forms and more available for download.

Quality Mall Provides free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities.

RecruitABILITY Online recruiting site for people with disabilities. Includes job posting service and resume database.

School Psychology Resources Offers information on learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health and more.

Sensory Resources Offers resources for raising children sensory-motor, developmental and social-emotional challenges.

Sign2Me Teaches hearing parents to communicate with their hearing children through genuine sign language.

Slater Software, Inc. Produces easy-to-use software tools that promote literacy and communication within the special needs community.

Smart Crossword Outgrowth of the Love and Learning technique that are designed for learning at all levels.

Special Education Guide to hundreds of sites dealing with special education, advocacy, discipline, home school, inclusion and more.

Special Needs Advocates for Parents (SNAP) Provide information, education, advocacy and referrals to families with special needs children of all ages and disabilities.

Special Needs Resource Directory Comprehensive reference tool helping parents, caregivers and health providers get information on specific disabilities, identify strategies to help you in advocating for your child and develop community connections through ongoing support.

Special Offspring Offers unique, one-of-a-kind education programs specifically created to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome and other developmental delays. Provides Reading, Handwriting, Spelling and Phonics Programs to support inclusion in the regular classroom

Special Reads for Special Needs Produces unique reading books designed for children with special needs, developmental delays or visual impairment.

Specs 4 Us Produces "Erin’s World," an eyeglass frame specifically designed for children with Down syndrome. Frames come in 5 styles, each of which comes in 3 colors and sizes.

Time Timer LLC Dedicated to making the concept of elapsed time simpler to easier for people of all ages and ability levels. Produces line of products using simple, visual depiction of elapsed time to help solve time perception problems.

Training Resource Network, Inc. Offers resources on the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in communities.

Trips Inc. Special Adventures Provides travel outings to adults of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere. Designed for people with developmental disabilities and special needs who require staff assistance for a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Turtle Books Publishes easy-to-read books that honestly talk about what it's like to be a child with a disability. Warm, colorful illustrations and simple, beautiful stories offer insights into dealing with children who have physical and mental disabilities.

Uno Mas! Down Syndrome Online Celebrates uniqueness of people with Down syndrome and offers support to new and expectant parents. Helps all families share experience, advice and support.

US Department of Education Publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students and others with a stake in education.

WatchMinder Vibrating, silent alarm and reminder system featuring 30 daily alarms. Effective for persons with attention and learning disorders (ADHD, LD), autism and other developmental delays. Useful for parents and teachers of children with school and behavioral problems, improving medication compliance, time management, developing independent living skills, and toilet training.

Woodbine House Publisher specializing in books about children with special needs, such as ADHD, autism, celiac disease, Down syndrome, early intervention, inclusion, special education, communication skills and more.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) Recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers with highly motivated postsecondary students with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs.

Wrightslaw Provides parents, educators, advocates and attorneys with accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Contains thousands of articles, cases and free resources about special education law and advocacy.

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