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Resource Centers

Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
1101 Vermont Ave NW # 302
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289 4607
The academy promotes the art and science of medicine related to otolaryngology head and
neck surgery, including providing continuing medical education courses and publications. It
distributes patient leaflets relating to ear problems, makes referrals to physicians and
publishes a journal and newsletter.

Access Publishers
1078 E. Otero Avenue
Littleton, CO 80122
(303) 797 2821
This publisher is working to transfer books to disk for personal computer users to have to
read from their PCs.

Access USA - Braille Services
242 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624
Access is a braille translation service for all types of copying, translation and printing

Access Unlimited - Speech Enterprises
9039 Katy Freeway
Suite 414
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 461 0006
Access Unlimited is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to enhancing the lives of people who
need large print or talking text on their PCs or other special access via touch monitors,
enlarged keyboards or switches. The company evaluates products, creates software and
serves as a clearinghouse for those needing information.

33500Van Bord Road
Wayne, MI 48184
(313) 467 1415
Adamlab, a research center, has a network database of information on training, diagnostic
and direct support. The center helps with information, referral, research, training and direct
support; disabilities - mental, speech.

Americaıs Disability Channel
1777 NE Loop 410
Suite 1401
San Antonio, TX 78217
(512) 824 7446
ADC is a cable channel focusing on programming for persons with disabilities; it includes
the 10-year old Silent Network for deaf and hearing impaired persons. Check with your
local cable company for information.

American Blind Lawyers Association
1010 Vermont Avenue NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424 8666
The association is an organization of attorneys who recognized the need for a national

American Hearing Research Foundation
55 E. Washington Street
Suite 2022
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 726 9670
The foundation informs physicians and others about the latest developments
in hearing research and education and publishes a newsletter.

American Heart Association
7320 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 706 1179
The AHA provides publications and research on stroke and cerebro-vascular disease; there
are local chapters nationwide.

American Paralysis Association
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
(800) 526 3456
APA's 24-hour toll free hotline provides referrals and other information on rehabilitation
and psychological adjustment.

American Parkinsonıs Disease Association
116 John Street
New York, NY 10038
(800) 223 APDA
The association provides information about the disease, including support groups, research
grants and centers.

The Arc (formerly, Association. for Retarded Citizens of the U.S.)
500 East Border St. #300
Arlington, TX 76010
(817) 261-6003 (817) 277-0553 TDD
This national association is an advocacy, support and information group for children and
adults with mental retardation and their families.

AT&T Accessible Communications Product Center
14250 Clayton Rd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Asthma & Allergy Foundation
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Suite 305
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 265 0265
This foundation makes funds available for research and provides information.

AT & T National Special Needs Center
2001 Route 46
Suite 310
Parsippany, NJ 07054-1315
(800) 233 1222 Voice
(800) 833 3232 TDD
This AT&T Center serves the communications needs of customers with hearing, speech,
motion or vision impairments and publishes a catalog on TDD services, long distance
information and products.

Books on Special Children (BOSC)
P.O. Box 305
Congers, NY 10920
914-638-0847 fax
bosc@J51.com - e-mail address.

Cancer Information Service (CIS)
Division of Cancer Control
Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Ctr Control-UCLA
1100 Glendon Ave, Suite 760
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 206 0278
(310) 206 3566 facsimile
CIS is a network of 22 offices supported by the National Cancer Institute to provide
accurate up-to-date information on cancer to patients and their families, health
professionals and the general public. The phone service is operated through a single
number (1(800) 4 CANCER) that serves the entire country. The staff utilize the PDQ
system to provide patients and their physicians with information on state-of-the-art
treatment and clinical trials.

Canine Companions for Independence
1447 E. Mainstreet
Spartenburg , South Carolina 29307
CCI, pioneer of the service dog concept, provides highly trained assistance dogs for people
with disabilities other than blindness to help them achieve greater physical independence.

Captioned Films/Videos for the Deaf
Modern Talking Pictures Service
5000 Park Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(800) 237 6213
Captioned Films provides free loans of educational and entertainment captioned films and videos.

Center for Accessible Housing
North Carolina State University
P.O. Box 8613
Raleigh, NC 27695-8613
(919) 737 7114
This center is the nation's first research and training center focusing on making housing
accessible to people with disabilities. It will conduct research and develop new designs for
homes and products.

Center for Developmental Disabilities
Benson Building
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(800) 922 9234
(803) 777 4839
The Center maintains a database, PSI-TECH, with information about resources across the
country, including rehab resource, assistive technology and lists of therapists and rehab

Center for Independent Living - Blind/Low Vision Services
2539 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
(415) 841 4776 Voice
(415) 848 3101 TDD
This center provides counseling, support groups, information, referral and independent
living skills training.

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (CH.A.D.D)
1859 North Pine Island Road
Suite 185
Plantation, FL 33322
(305) 384 6869
CH.A.D.D. is a non-profit support group providing education and information for parents
with children with ADD.

Clearinghouse on the Handicapped
Switzer Building, Rm 2319
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20202
(202) 732 1250
A national clearinghouse group providing information on disabilities.

College Placement Council
62 Highland Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(215) 868 1421
A national association with services for career planning, placement and recruitment

Computer-Disability News
National Easter Seal Society
5120 South Hyde Park Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60615
(312) 667 7400
This newsletter is a computer resource quarterly for people with disabilities and is
published by The National Easter Seal Society in Chicago.

Council for Learning Disabilities
P.O. Box 40303
Overland Park, KS 66204
(913) 492 8755
This professional membership organization works with students/clients who have learning
disabilities. It publishes a free quarterly journal and newsletter.

CREATE - Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Appropriate Technology Education
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco State Univ
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 338 1333
CREATE is a federally funded program for students - a hands-on, team approach to
identifying and designing solutions for persons with disabilities. Programs lead to several
masters degrees.

Developmental Disabilities Bureau
Dept. of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 245 0870
Support and advocacy services.

Direct Link for the Disabled
P.O. Box 1036
Solvang, CA 93464
(805) 688 1603
A non-profit referral agency, Direct Link maintains listings of more than 10,000
organizations and community-based resource centers for all ages and disabilities.

Estate Planning for persons with Disabilities (EPPD)
1200 Corporate Dr. Ste 330
Birmingham, AL 35242
(800) 448 1071
A national network of experienced, knowledgeable attorneys and financial planners who
provide affordable life and estate planning services to parents of a child or adult with a
disability. Free initial consultation.

Easter Seal Society
230 W. Monroe Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 726-6200
(312) 726-4258
National Easter Seal Society helps people with disabilities achieve independence.
Networking 109 affiliate societies with approx. 400 service sites serving 50 States, D.C.
and Puerto Rico, Easter Seals meets the needs of more than one million children and adults
annually.Servicing stroke, head trauma, amputation, developmental disabilities, spinal cord injury,
speech, language, and hearing disorders, polio, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular
dystrophy, Alzheimer and other disorders.

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Assoc. (EPVA)
1 (800) 489-8436
³Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act,² a video produced by the Eastern
Paralyzed Veterans Association, gives an overview of the ADA and demonstrates how we
all can benefit from this landmark law.

Easy Street, Inc
8 Equality Park West
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846 2580
The Free Easy Street Catalog offers ingenious products that make daily life easier, safer and
more enjoyable for people with physical or sensory limitations. Items for mobility,
household activities, dressing, bathing, writing, vision, hearing, recreation, incontinence
and safety.

1801 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20507
(800) 669-4000 (voice)
(800) 800-3302 (TDD)
Promulgates regulations, enforces Title I provisions prohibiting discrimination in
employment; provides technical assistance to employers and people with disabilities.

Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street
P.O. Box 299
Winnetka, IL 60093
(800) 323 4238
Home study courses for the blind: introduction to microcomputers & PCs. A tuition-free
and accredited correspondence course toward a high school degree is offered in braille or
audio cassette. Print courses are provided for sighted parents of blind children.

Handicapped and Disabled Citizens Organization (HADCO)
5601 Powerline Road
Suite 404
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
(305) 491 1744
HADCO is a national employer of disabled persons, providing employment primarily for
disabled artists.

Headlines: The Brain Injury Magazine
14 Central Avenue
Lynn, MA 01901
(617) 596 4914
This four-color magazine offers information pertinent to head injury rehabilitation
Health Enhancement Learning Programs
P.O. Box 543065
Dallas, TX 75354-3065
(800) 334 4403
(214) 902 8277
HEALTH sponsors the VIVA! Spinal Injury Series, a computer-based patient education
system on spinal cord injury.

Hear Now
4001 S. Magnolia Way
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80237
(303) 758 4919 Voice
(800) 648 HEAR TDD
HEAR NOW is a national charitable, non-profit organization which raises funds to provide
grants and/or loans to individuals with financial need to help cover the cost of hearing aids
of cochlear implantation.

Helen Keller National Center for the Deaf & Blind
111 Middle Neck Road
Sands Point, NY 11050-1299
(516) 944 8900
This national facility provides comprehensive evaluation and prevocational rehabilitation
training; it conducts extensive field services through regional offices, affiliated programs
and a national training team; it maintains the National Register of Deaf-Blind Persons and
designs and improves sensory aids. Publication: The Nat-Cent News.

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
5100 Travis
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 528 0504
The institute provides therapy and services to head injury patients who have lost their
speech or have unintelligible speech. Part of the Texas Medical Center, the institute is a
not-for-profit research and rehabilitation facility.

Job Accommodation Network
P.O. Box 6123
809 Allen Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506-6123
(800) DIAL JAN
Free consultant service. Gives assistance to people with disabilities and employer's in the
use of a variety of public programs.

The Kids on the Block Inc.
9385-C Gerwig Lane
Columbia, MD 21046
(800) 368 KIDS
(301) 290 9095
There are several U.S. chapters of this troupe of disabled and non-disabled puppets teaching
awareness about disabilities through Muppet-like characters interacting with the audience.

L. S. & S. Group Inc.-Catalog
P. O. Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
(800) 468 4789
(312) 498 9777
The L.S. & S. catalog features a wide range of products for the visually impaired. All are
designed to help visually impaired persons enjoy a trouble free and independent life.

2100 Ridge Avenue
Evanston, IL 60204
(312) 328 0001
The Lekotek program provides a caring place where families with special needs children can
come for support and encouragement to integrate kids into the family and the family into
the community. Receiving services are children with spinal bifada, Down syndrome,
muscular dystrophy, language delays, hearing and visual impairments, seizure disorders and
chronic illnesses.

Lions Club International
300 22nd Street
Oak Hill, IL 60570
(312) 571 5466
This international service club has 40,000 clubs in 166 countries. It provides assistance to
disabled, primarily in sight and hearing. Contact should be made through the local club;
the Oak Hill office provides information.

Mainstream Inc.
3 Bethesda Metro Center
Suite 830
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 645-2400
This organization works with employers and service providers to increase employment
opportunities for persons with disabilities. It operates a placement program in Washington,
DC, and Dallas, Texas.

Mainstream Magazine
2973 Beech Street.
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-3138
News and Lifestyle magazine by and for people with disabilities.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA National Office
3561 E. Sunrise Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85718
(602) 529-2000
MDA supports worldwide research and provides diagnostic services and rehabilitative
follow-up care for neuromuscular disorders through MDA-supported clinics.

NASA Technology Applications Team
P. O. Box 12194
RTP, NC 27709
(919) 541 6924
(919) 541 7202
The NASA Team works with organizations to match NASA-developed technology to
disability problems having wide impact. They collaborate with the public and private
sector to reengineer aerospace technology for use in terrestrial applications.

National Amputation Foundation
12-45 150th Street
Whitestone, NY 11357
(718) 767 0596
This foundation provides information for amputees and their families.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
814 Thayer Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587 1788
The oldest and largest consumer organization of deaf people, NAD is concerned with
communication skills, legislation, employment rights and advocacy. Affiliated chapters are
nationwide. NAD is one of the largest publishers of deafness related materials.
Publications: Broadcaster, Deaf American.

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (NAPSEC)
1522 K Street NW
Suite 1032
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 408 3388
(202) 408 3340
NAPSEC is comprised of 200 private special education facilities throughout the country
who serve over 62 disability categories. In addition to providing referrals to parents and
others who are looking for a special education facility, opportunities to develop
professional relationships with colleagues in the private special education sector are

National Center for Youth with Disabilities
Box 721 - UMHC
Harvard St. at East River Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(800) 333 6293
(612) 626 2825
NCYD is a resource center focusing on adolescents with chronic illness and disabilities.
NCYD offers an on-line resource library, training and educational materials, an assistance
referral network and a newsletter.

National Clearinghouse on Technology and Aging
University of Massachusetts
Medical Center
55 Lake Avenue N.
Worcester, MA 01655
(800) 433 2306
(508) 865 3662
The clearinghouse provides a variety of services, including the Sensory Technology
Information Services (STIS) which provides persons with sensory disability information
on assistive technology and special services.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
Bethesda, MD 20892
(310) 468 2162
Write for catalog of publications and services.

National Down Syndrome Congress
1800 Dempster
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(312) 823 7550
This national organization of parents and professionals provides a clearinghouse of
information of Down Syndrome, including a comprehensive referral/resource network,
literature and an annual family convention.

National Information Center for Orphan Drugs & Rare Diseases
P.O. Box 1133
Washington, DC 20013-1133
(800) 336 4749 (301) 565 4167
This group provides a hotline for rare diseases such as Lou Gehrigıs Disease, Touretteıs
Syndrome and Addisonıs Disease, including a free referral service to foundations, volunteers
and support groups.

National Information System
Benson Bldg. -
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
(800) 922 9234
(800) 922 1107
The National Information System is a toll-free information and referral service providing
information about specialized services for children who have developmental disabilities and
special health-care needs.

National Institute of Art and Disabilities
551 23rd Street
Richmond, CA 94804
(415) 620 0290
NIAD is a comprehensive, visual arts center for people with disabilities featuring a creative
art studio, exhibition, teaching, consultation, publications, research and advocacy.

National Organizations Responding to AIDS
1828 L Street, NW, Ste 802 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 331 8600
This organization is a coalition of 150 national non-profit groups committed to developing
humane federal AIDS policy.

National Parkinson Foundation
1501 NW 9th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136-9990
(800) 327 4545
(305) 547 6666
The National Parkinson Foundation is a major force in research, treatment and
rehabilitation programs for Parkinson syndrome. Assistance is provided in finding
diagnostic and treatment services.

National Spasmodic Torticollis Association
P.O. Box 873
Royal Oak, MI 48068-0873
(313) 647 2280
NSTA is a support/advocacy group for persons with this neurological disorder affecting
muscles of the neck causing the head to pull or jerk toward the shoulder. Usually a chronic
condition, ST affects 72,000 people in North America. The association publishes a

National Special Education Alliance
2025 Mariani Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014
(800) 732 3131
(408) 974 7910
NSEA is a resource center which provides local services, information and hands-on training
for individuals with disabilities, their families, therapists and others interested in applying
technology for persons with disabilities.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association
600 W. Cummings Pk #2000
Woburn, MA 01801
(617) 935 2722
(800) 962 9629
Local associations throughout the country. Disability information and

National Theatre of the Deaf
The Hazel E. Stark Center
Chester, CT 06412
(203) 526 4971
(203) 526 4974
Concerned with the artistic professional development of deaf actors, this theater tours
widely, presents its Little Theatre of the Deaf productions in schools and sponsors a
professional school, with full scholarships available for deaf persons.

10556 Combie Rd., Ste. #6219
Auburn, CA 95602
Central Registry of used Medical Equipment, Accessible Housing and Personal Care
Providers. Via the Internetıs World Wide Web
(You do not need a computer or computer experience to place your ad on the WEB!)

New Eyes for the Needy IncP.O. Box 332
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(201) 376 4903
This organization pays for glasses under certain conditions, recipient obtains own
prescription, a social service department requests glasses if proof in writing that no other
assistance is available, a voucher is given to social worker to give to recipient.

Orton Dyslexia Society
724 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
(800) ABCD 123
(301) 296 0232
There are 43 branches, including Canada and Bermuda, providing support and advocacy for
people with dyslexia.

Parkinsonıs Disease Foundation
640-650 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
(212) 923 4700
This is a medical research foundation at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center;
publication: Newsletter. The PDF provides educational booklets and referral to competent
neurologists. It conducts research and maintains a fellowship program.

Presidentıs Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
1331 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 376-6200 (voice)
(202) 376-6205
Provides information and technical assistance on employment of people with disabilities.
Works with state organizations (Presidentıs Committee Partners) to increase employment

Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People
7800 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 657 2248
(301) 657 2249
SHHH promotes awareness and information on hearing loss, communication, assistive
devices and alternative communication skills through publications, exhibits and
presentations. Publication: Shhh.

Sharp HealthCare Rehabilitation Services
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123
1 (800) 788-5658
Sharp Spinal Cord Injury Program ranks among the national leaders as a center of
excellence in spinal cord injury care.

Special Someone Social Club - STAX Inc
P.O. Box 890368
Temecula, CA 92589
(909) 694-3000
This organization is dedicated to facilitating social
communication among persons with disabilities. Annual membership fee of $25.00
includes advertising in bi-monthly newsletter for pen pals, video pals and cassette pals, and
access to various social functions.

Travel Aids for the Blind
325-B North Pottstown Pike
Exton, PA 19341
(215) 524 1886
Travel devices are provided to eligible blind persons; scholarships for mobility instructors
are also available.

Triformation Braille
Changed to:
Braille International, Inc.
3290 S.E. Slater
Stuart, FL 34997
(407) 286 8366
(800) 336-3142
This company prints Braille Sales brochures, Catalogs, Business Cards, Technical
Manuals, Employee communication materials for ADA, Restaurant Menus. Theme Park
Guidebooks. William A. Thomas Braille Bookstore a division of BII currently offers more
than 350 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults and children.

United Cerebral Palsy Association
(National Headquarters)
1522 K Street NW
Suite 1112
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 872 5827
(202) 842 1266
The national headquarters for UCP is a support and advocacy organization; they will
provide information about the nearest local affiliate association.

Very Special Arts
1331 F St. 8th Flr NW
Washington D.C.20004
Tel (202) 628-2800
TDD (202) 737-0645
Enriching the lives of people with disabilities.

Washington Library for Blind & Physically Handicapped
821 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98129
(800) 542 0866
(206) 464 6930
The library provides Talking Books, Braille books, large print, transcription and reference

Washington Business Group on Health
777 N. Capitol St., NE, Ste 800
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408 9320 (voice)
(202) 408 9333 (TTD)
Promotes the employment of people with disabilities.

Wheelchair Getaways
P.O. Box 605
Versailles, KY 40383
(800) 642-2042
Wheelchair Getaways rents
accessible full size and mini vans equipped with wheelchair lifts or ramps by the day, week
or month. Rentals available throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

World Institute on Disability
1720 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
(415) 486 8314 Voice/TDD
The World Institute on Disability is a public policy center run by persons with disabilities.
It used research, public education, training and model program development to create a
more accessible and supportive society for all - disabled and non-disabled.