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Disabilities and Health-related Needs

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Organizations that Support Individuals with Disabilities

See a list of organizations that can provide support or assistance to people with disabilities.

American Council of the Blind (ACB)


Phone: 1-202-467-5081
Fax: 1-202-467-5085
Mail: 1155 15th Street, NW Suite 1004; Washington, DC 20005


An information referral and advocacy agency with 51 state and regional affiliates and 21 national special interest and professional affiliates. Goals include legislative advocacy, improvement of educational and rehabilitation facilities, empowerment and public education.


Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA)


Phone: 1-301-231-9350
Fax: 1-301-231-7392
Mail: 11900 Parklawn Drive, Suite 100; Rockville, MD 20852


The ADAA promotes the prevention and cure of anxiety disorders and works to improve the lives of those who have them.


Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CH.A.D.D.)


Phone: 1-800-233-4050 — toll free
Fax: 1-301-306-7090
Mail: 8181 Professional Place, Suite 201; Landover, MD 20785


CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national organization with over 32,000 members and more than 500 chapters nationwide that provides support and information for parents who have children with AD/HD and adults with AD/HD.


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)


Phone: 1-888-CEC-SPED — toll free
TTY: 1-703-264-9446
Fax: 1-703-264-9494
Mail:  1110 North Glebe Road, Suite 300; Arlington, VA 22201-5704


The largest international professional organization committed to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities.


Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)


Phone: 1-800-826-3632 — toll free
Fax: 1-312-642-7243
Mail: 730 North Franklin Street, Suite 501; Chicago, IL 60654-7225


The DBSA is a nonprofit organization aimed at helping people with depressive spectrum illnesses and their families.


Hearing Loss Association of America


Phone:  1-301-657-2248
Fax:  1-301-913-9413
Mail:  7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200; Bethesda, MD 20814


Provides awareness and information about hearing loss, assistive devices and alternative communication skills through publications, exhibits and presentations.


International Dyslexia Association (IDA)


Phone: 1-410-296-0232
1-800-ABCD-123 — toll free for messages
Fax: 1-410-321-5069
Mail: 8600 LaSalle Road, Suite 382; Baltimore, MD 21204-6020


The IDA is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of learning disabilities and dyslexia. For nearly 52 years, the IDA has been helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, teachers, physicians and researchers to better understand dyslexia.


Learning Ally


Phone: 1-609-452-0606
1-800-221-4792 — toll free (book orders)
Fax: 1-609-520-7990
Mail: 20 Roszel Road; Princeton, NJ 08540


Learning Ally is recognized as the nation's leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audiotape from elementary through postgraduate and professional levels. Students with print disabilities can request cassette or diskette versions of books and order four-track tape players and other audio equipment.


Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)


Phone: 1-412-341-1515
Fax: 1-412-344-0224
Mail:    4156 Library Road; Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349


LDA is the largest nonprofit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. LDA has more than 600 local chapters and affiliates in 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. LDA seeks to educate individuals with learning disabilities and their parents about the nature of the disability and inform them of their rights.


National Association of the Deaf (NAD)


Phone: 1-301-587-1788
TTY: 1-301-587-1789
Fax: 1-301-587-1791
Mail: 814 Thayer Avenue; Silver Spring, MD 20910


The oldest and one of the largest consumer organizations advocating for equal access by people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the areas of employment, education, telecommunications and rehabilitation.


National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)


Phone: 1-212-545-7510
1-888-575-7373 — toll free
Fax: 1-212-545-9665
Mail: 381 Park Ave. South, Suite 1401; New York, NY 10016


NCLD's mission is to promote public awareness and understanding of children and adults with learning disabilities, and to provide national leadership on their behalf, so they may achieve their potential and enjoy full participation in society.


National Federation of the Blind (NFB)


Phone: 1-410-659-9314
Fax: 1-410-685-5653
Mail: 1800 Johnson Street; Baltimore, MD 21230


A consumer group that answers questions about blindness and refers people to appropriate resources or adaptive equipment. Maintains publications list and a job listing and referral service.


Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Inc. (OCF)


Phone: 1-203-315-2190
Fax: 1-203-315-2196
Mail: 337 North Hill Road; North Branford, CT 06471


The OCF is an international not-for-profit organization composed of people with OCD and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals.