Ability & Disability Sites for Children and Families

Last updated: May 21, 2016

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  • Accessible Games and Puzzles for People with Disabilities
  • Ability Kids
  • Accessible Periodic Table from Syngenta Learning Zone. Syngenta provides interactive activities, experiments, games and case studies about science, agriculture and food production. [UK]
  • Administration for Children & Families is a federal agency (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
  • AbleNet products and solutions for teaching children with disabilities
  • Audio Games AudioGames.net is a site dedicated to audio games (games based on sound) and blind-accessible games.
  • Camps and Recreations for Children with Special Needs (.pdf)
  • Caring Communities respite care resources for families of children with disabilities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia)
  • Check & Connect: A Model to Engage Students in School and Prevent Dropout provides information about current field studies to reduce dropout rates and increase school completion for youth with and without disabilities in grades K-12 in urban and suburban communities
  • Children’s Hospital Pre-Surgical Tour for families to visit the hospital for a pre-surgical tour so children and caregivers can familiarize themselves with the process. The tours, which take place every Sunday at 2 pm, end with refreshments and a question-and-answer period.
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Defects in Children Fact Sheet
  • Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement an electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999, designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life
  • (CTY) The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins University, CTY helps fulfill the university’s mission of preparing students to make significant future contributions to our world. Today, CTY is the Center where young talent thrives. A former CTY student started Facebook. Another co-founded Google. CTY supports and encourages academic talent and achievement; to help in locating and nurturing talent from all neighborhoods and nations; and to engage in, and communicate, meaningful research to advance the understanding of teaching the world’s most capable young people. An academic center at Johns Hopkins University, CTY is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. [Baltimore, Maryland]
    • CTYOnline CTYOnline connects gifted students to challenging courses, engaging faculty, and other gifted students around the world. Each year, thousands of students in Pre-K to 12, from more than 60 countries, enroll in CTYOnline, CTY's unique distance learning program that offers challenging courses throughout the year. Students can work from home or school at times convenient for them, and many earn credit or placement for their CTYOnline courses.
  • Diakon Adoption & Foster Care Services
  • Enabling Devices
  • Euro-Pēds National Center for Intensive Physical Therapy for children and young adults with cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders
  • Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center a North Carolina parent’s center
  • Family friendly fun ideas and family health resources to enhance the quality and enjoyment of family life for families with disabilities
  • Family League of Baltimore City Inc. [Maryland]
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.
  • Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works. The National Federation works to develop and implement policies, legislation, funding mechanisms, and service systems that utilize the strengths of families. Its emphasis on advocacy offers families a voice in the formation of national policy, services and supports for children with mental health needs and their families.
  • Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program [Maryland]
  • From Children to Children (for Sign Writing Children and Teachers)
  • Games and Puzzels [international list from Australia]
  • Hole in the Wall Gang Camps
    • The Hole In The Wall Camp a network of nine camps (and growing) around the world provide a recreational and therapeutic camping experience for children with serious illnesses. Children from more than 27 countries and 34 states attend camp programs. Some sessions are specialized for children with like illnesses. Camps serve children from more than 30 different disease groups. All children attend the camps free of charge as a result of generous contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other organizations. Hole in the Wall Camps are the dream of actor Paul Newman who started the first camp in 1988.
    • SeriousFun Children's Network More than two decades ago, actor Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children living with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, "raise a little hell." In 2012, we changed our name from The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps to SeriousFun Children’s Network. Our new identity embodies the root of our work—highlighting Paul Newman’s belief that taking fun seriously can make a real difference in the lives of children who need it most. Today, we continue Paul's legacy with SeriousFun Children's Network, a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs. Our dedicated team helps children and their families reach beyond illness to discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities—always free of charge. – See more at: https://www.seriousfunnetwork.org/about-us/the-beginning
  • HomeworkSpot a free homework information portal that features the very best reference and news information for K-12 students
  • How to Prepare Your Child for Pediatric Surgery The first step in reducing anxiety is being prepared for the hospital experience. This can be done through visually seeing the place your child will be and removing any misconceptions or fantasies about the hospital. The tour will be designed to help your child understand the sights, sounds, staff, equipment, and routines of the hospital. From Medstar Georgetown University Hospital.
  • Internet Resources for Special Children (ISRC)
  • Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital: Preparing for Surgery for infants to adolescents
  • K-12 Practice Math & English Language Arts dynamic, adaptive learning that feels like play
  • KidsHealth – a much-visited website for children's health and development.
  • Marbles, the Brain Store specialty toys for critical thinking, coordination, memory, visual perception, word skills
  • Maryland Programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities
  • Maryland Relay program “Keeping in Touch” a telecommunications service helping people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, or speech disabled to easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with anyone using a standard phone
  • Maryland Family Net ensures that young children and their families have the resources to learn and succeed. [Maryland]
  • Mothers with Attitude, "Humor and help for adoptive moms, special-needs moms, any old moms at all."
  • National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Information (NACHRI) and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACH)
  • Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council for children and families
  • Parents Helping Parents (PHP) PHP helps families who have children of any age with special needs. PHP's family resource and service staff field calls from families having children from infancy through their child's adulthood into their 50s and 60s! It is never too late to call PHP! Adult siblings who have responsibility for the care of their sibling with a disability call PHP too.
  • Pediatric Cardiology Children's National Heart Institute, Children's National Health System
  • Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA) Preemie Parent Alliance represents organizations that provide support to parents of preemies. We are committed to supporting the growth and development of our members to help improve the quality and effectiveness of the services they provide.
  • Signed Stories Signed Stories are multi-award-winning American Sign Language apps, accessible with narration, captions and music. They’re perfect for deaf children and for children with autism and dyslexia. Boost literacy and language skills with inclusive animated stories, a vocabulary builder and interactive learning games. Apps for schools and for families.
  • Skill: National Bureau for Students With Disabilities is a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of disability in post-16 education, training and employment across the UK. [United Kingdom]
  • Special Needs Toys visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, proprioception, motor, cognition, communication, socialization, independence toys and multisensory environments
  • School Specialty Abilitations We know that working with children with special needs can be a challenge. Our Abilitations mission is to provide therapists, educators and parents with the best practice products and solutions possible to ensure success. Our product line includes tools for positioning and mobility, fine motor, sensory processing and language/communication skills.
  • The Coordinating Center provides multiple services for individuals with complex medical needs and disabilities, their families and others who support them, as well as providers of services
  • Toys & Playtime Tips for Children with Special Needs from Fisher-Price®
  • Toy Guide for Differently-Abled Kids by Toys”R”Us.
  • University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Education, Research, and Service at the University of Southern California Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (USC UCEDD at CHLA) is a nationally recognized leader in developing and supporting quality services and systems for individuals with, or at risk for, behavioral, developmental and or special health care needs and their families. They have three centers: Center for Disability Studies and Community Inclusion, Center for Child/Family/Health Initiatives and Leadership Development (CHILD), and the Center for Community Mental Health (CMH).
  • Virginia Relay, enables people who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or speech disabled to communicate by TTY (text telephone) or another assistive telephone device with anyone who uses a standard phone.
  • Wheelrace (in Danish) an educational game for school children aged 11-14 to teach kids what life is like when you are bound to a wheelchair. Rulleræs is a wheelchair simulation, designed as a low-tech 3D game designed to administrative experience and runs on older school computers. It is used for educational purposes in public school 4th-5th class and the goal is to give students a greater understanding of the problems of accessibility in an urban environment where there typically are many obstacles to a wheelchair user. There are not many going to think of a curb or a path with loose gravel can be difficult hurdles to cross for a wheelchair user. Developed for Vanførefonden and Danish Centre for Accessibility. Wheelrace is made by Kongo Interactive and Guppyworks. [Denmark]
  • Widgit, software for special needs, including symbols for literacy
  • Woodbine House Books for Special Needs for children, parents, teachers, and professionals
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