Office of Disability Services


Disabilities Resources for Adult Learning Professionals

National Resources
Learning Disabilities Organizations
Psychiatric & Medical Disabilities Organizations
Attention Deficit Disorder Organizations
Vision Impaired Organizations
Speech & Hearing Impaired Organizations

National Resources

Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Information Line
1-800-514-0301 (voice)
1-800-514-0383 (TDD)

The Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted July 26, 1990 prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

Person in wheelchairAssociation on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
107 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 204
Huntersville, NC  28078
(704) 947-7779 (Voice/TDD)
(704) 948-7779 (fax)

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. AHEAD promotes leadership and exemplary practices; provides professional development, disseminates information; and orchestrates resources through partnership and collaboration

The Job Accommodations Network (JAN)
PO Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
(800) 526-7234 · v/TTY in the US or (800) ADA-WORK · v/TTY in the US
(304) 293-7186 · v/TTY Worldwide
(304) 293-5407 · fax

JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available.  JAN provides information on job accommodations and information on the Americans with Disability Act.  JAN’s work helps employers, people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals, and people affected by disability.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
Main Office
1629 K Street NW, Suite 503
Washington, DC 20006
(800) 840-8844
(202) 457-0046 · v/TTY 

AAPD is the largest, national, nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the US, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency & political empowerment for the 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation & enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the ADA of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Wheelchair #2The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
4200 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 202
Lanham, MD 20706
(800) 346-2742 
(301) 459-5900 · v
(301) 459-5984 · TTY

NARIC is an on-line, information Center funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to serve members, health professionals, educators, rehab counselors, students, librarians, administrators, researchers, and other professionals.

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
(800) 695-0285 · v/TTY
(202) 884-8441 · fax

NICHCY, a national information & referral center, provides information on disabilities/disability-related issues for families, educators, and professionals.  NICHCY provides information and makes referrals in areas related to: specific disabilities, early intervention, special disability organizations, professional associations, educations rights, transitions to adult life, etc. 

The National Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities (HEATH)
The George Washington University
HEATH Resource Center- 2121 K Street, NW Suite 220
Washington, DC 20037
(800) 544-3284, (202) 973-0904 · v/TTY
(202) 973-0908 · fax

HEATH is a center for information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities for individuals with disabilities.  HEATH publishes resource papers, fact sheets, directories, and fosters a network of professionals in the arena of disability issues.


National Association for Rare Disorders (NORD)
55 Kenosia Avenue
PO Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
(800) 999-6673 (voicemail only)
(203) 744-0100 · v, (203) 797-9590 · TTY
(203) 798-2291 · fax

NORD is a unique federation (NOT a government agency) of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them.  It is a non-profit, voluntary health agency that exists to serve rare-disease patients and their families. Our primary sources of funding are contributions, membership fees, and revenues from the sale of our products, such as our books and Rare Disease Database reports. Most of the money donated to NORD goes directly to programs and services.

Personal Assistance

Learning Disabilities Organizations

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
(412) 341-1515 · v, (412) 344-0224 · v

LDA is a national, non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities.  LDA is devoted to defining and finding solutions for the broad spectrum of learning disabilities.  LDA has a local chapter in all fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
381 Park Avenue South Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016
(888) 575-7373, (212) 545-7510 · v
(212) 545-9665 · fax

The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential and to have opportunities to participate fully in society. NCLD accomplishes its mission by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conducting educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and providing national leadership in shaping public policy.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)Woman reading
Chester Building, Suite 382
8600 LaSalle Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21286-2044 USA
(410) 296-0232 · v, (410) 321-5069 · fax

IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA, the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation, provides a comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

Northeast Technical Assistance Center
National Technical Institute
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604
(716) 475-6433 (V/TTY)

Psychiatric and Medical Disabilities Organizations

Autism Society of America (ASA)
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
(800) 3autism (28-8476)
(301) 657-0881 · v, (301) 657-0869 · fax

The Autism Society of America was founded in 1965 by a small group of parents working on a volunteer basis out of their homes. Over the last 35 years, the Society has developed into the leading source of information and referral on autism. The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)Depressed character
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
(703) 524-7600 · v, (703) 516-7227 · TTY
(703) 524-9094 · fax

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support/advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, etc.  NAMI today works to achieve equitable services & treatment for more than 15 million Americans (& their families) living with severe mental illnesses.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22311
(800) 969-NMHA (6642), (703) 684-7722 · v (Main Switchboard)
(800) 433-5959 · TTY,  (703) 684-5968 · fax

NMHA was established in 1909 by former psychiatric patient, Clifford W. Beers.  The National Mental Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. We have educated millions about mental illnesses and reduced barriers to treatment and services. As a result of our efforts, many Americans with mental disorders have sought care and now enjoy fulfilling, productive lives in their communities

Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA)
4351 Garden City Drive
Landover, MD 20785-7223
(800) 332-1000,  (800) 213-5821 · Membership and catalog sales
(800) 332-4050 · National Epilepsy Library
(301) 577-2684 · fax

EFA is a national, charitable organization, founded in 1968.  The only such organization wholly dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, our mission is simple: to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service. EFA has a national Epilepsy Library available to allied health professionals and the general public. EFA is a member of the National Health Council and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.

National Chronic Pain Outreach Association, Incorporated (NCPOA)Mentally ill
P.O. Box 274
Millboro, VA 24460
(540) 862-9437 · v (9am-6pm Eastern)
(540) 862-9485 · fax

NCPOA is a non-profit organization established in 1980. Its purpose is to lessen the suffering of people with chronic pain by educating pain sufferers, health care professionals, and the public about chronic pain and its management.  NCPOA helps people with chronic pain regain control of their lives, spreading the message, "You can lead a fulfilling life despite the pain." NCPOA is funded entirely by membership fees, donations, foundations, corporate gifts, along with federal, state, and local government employee contributions.

Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA)
8201 Greensboro Dr., Suite 611
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 761-0750 · v
(703) 761-0755 · fax

The Brain Injury Association of America encompasses a national network of more than 41-chartered state affiliates across the country, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups.  BIAA is proud to be a national nonprofit organization working on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families. The Association recognizes the tireless accomplishments of its constituents across the country—from individuals with brain injury, medical professionals and family members to educators, attorneys and corporate partners. Much of the Association’s success is due to the support of these courageous people.

The American Association On Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

444 North Capitol Street, NW                                                    
Suite 846                                                                        
Fax: 202-387-2193
Washington, D.C. 20001-1512                                         
Telephone: 202/387-1968


American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 846
Washington, D.C. 20001-1512
(800) 424-3688, (202) 387-1968 · v
(202) 387-2193 · fax

AAIDD has adopted a 13-point set of principles to accomplish the mission:

(1) Achieving full societal inclusion and participation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

(2) Advocating for equality, individual dignity and other human rights.

(3) Expanding opportunities for choice and self-determination.

(4)Influencing positive attitudes and public awareness by recognizing the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities.

(5) Promoting genuine accommodations to expand participation in all aspects of life.

(6) Aiding families and other caregivers to provide support in the community.

(7)Increasing access to quality health, education, vocational, and other human services and supports.

(8)Advancing basic and applied research to prevent or minimize the effects of intellectual disability and to enhance the quality of life.

(9)Cultivating and providing leadership in the field.

(10)Seeking a diversity of disciplines, cultures, and perspectives in our work.

(11)Enhancing skills, knowledge, rewards and conditions of people working in the field.

(12)Encouraging promising students to pursue careers in the field of disabilities.

(13)Establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with organizations that share our values and goals.

Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA)
4590 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20007-4226
(800) 621-3141, (202) 944-3285 · v
(202) 944-3295 · fax

SBAA exists to promote the prevention of spina bifida, and enhance the lives of all affected. The Association was founded in 1973 to address the specific needs of the spina bifida community, and serves as the national representative of almost 60 chapters. SBAA's efforts benefit thousands of infants, children, adults, parents and professionals each year. The SBAA is a §501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SBAA provides services such as toll free (800) Information and Referral Service, bi-monthly newsletters, insights, legislative updates, publications, scholorship fund, etc.

Tourette Syndrome Association, Incorporated (TSA)
42-40 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361-2820
(718) 224-2999 · v
(718) 279-9596 · fax

The Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. (TSA) was founded in 1972 in Bayside, New York. TSA is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field. Its mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for, and control the effects of this disorder. Today, TSA has grown into a major national health-related organization with approximately 50 U. S. Chapters and 300 support groups, and international contacts around the world. TSA develops and disseminates educational material to individuals, professionals, and to agencies in the fields of health care, education and government; coordinates support services to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS; funds research that will ultimately find the cause of and cure for TS and, at the same time, lead to improved medications and treatments.

United Cerebral Palsy Association, Incorporated (UCP)
1660 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 872-5827, (202) 776-0406 · v
(202) 973-7197 · TTY, (202) 776-0414 · fax

For 50 years UCP has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national organization and its nationwide network of more than 100 affiliates in 37 states, and the District of Columbia, strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society—from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, through our commitment to the principles of independence, inclusion and self-determination.

Attention Deficit Disorders Organizations

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
National Resource Center on AD/HD
(800) 233-4050
(301) 306-7070 · v
(301) 306-7090 · fax

CHADD, founded in 1987, is a national non-profit, tax-exempt §501(c)(3) organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD.  In addition to an informative web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD.  The organization has a small national staff, which manages the day-to-day responsibilities, while its Board of Directors sets policy and oversees the organization's well being. CHADD is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association's success by providing support, education and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 543
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 945-2101 · v
(610) 970-7520 · fax

ADDA is a national nonprofit organization as defined by §501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It has been in existence since 1989. The mission of ADDA is to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals working with them. In so doing, ADDA generates hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of AD/HD through bringing together science and the human experience.

Vision Impairment Organizations

  American Council of the Blind (ACB)Seeing eye dog
1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004
Washington, DC 20005
(800) 424-8666
(202) 467-5081 · v
(202) 467-5085 · fax

ACB is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities, etc.  ACB offers a number of services such as toll-free information on all aspects of blindness, scholarship assistance, public education and awareness training, support to consumer advocates, legal assistance on matters relating to blindness, etc.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
(212) 502-7600 · v, (212) 502-7777 · fax

AFB, to which Helen Keller devoted her life in 1921, has been eliminating barriers that prevent the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired from reaching their potential. AFB is dedicated to addressing the most critical issues facing this growing population: independent living, literacy, employment, and technology. AFB is a one-stop information and referral resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations and individuals that serve them, and the general public. AFB is the leading publisher of professional materials on blindness and low vision.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
(866) 732-3585 · v, (800) 221-4792 · member services
(609) 987-8116 · fax

RFB&D is an organization that serves all people with “print disabilities” by providing recorded textbooks and other school related materials to individuals who cannot read standard print because of a disability.

Speech/Hearing Impairment Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 498-2071 · Professionals/Students
(800) 638-8255 · Consumer Line, (301) 897-7355 · fax

ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for over 110,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.  ASHA's mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate more effectively.

American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 121
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-4500
(301) 495-4402 · TTY
(301) 495-4403 · v, (301) 495-4404 · fax

AADB endeavors to enable deaf-blind persons to achieve their maximum potential through increased independence, productivity and integration into the community.  AADB has deaf-blind members from all walks of life with diverse educational, vocational, social, and ethnic/racial backgrounds.

Support groupNational Association of the Deaf (NAD)
814 Thayer Avenue Suite 250
Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500
(301) 587-1789 · TTY
(301) 587-1788 · v, (301) 587-1791 · fax

NAD, established in 1880, is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications.   A private, non-profit organization, NAD is a dynamic federation of 51 state association affiliates including the District of Columbia, organizational affiliates, and direct members.

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID)
333 Commerce Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 838-0030 · v
(703) 838-0459 · TTY
(703) 838-0454 · fax

It is the goal of RID to promote the professions of interpreting and transliterating American Sign Language and English.  RID provides international, national, regional, state, and local forums and an organizational structure for the continued growth and development of the professions.  Information on speakers, workshops, and classes are offered for the following: the American with Disabilities Act, the interpreting profession, Interpreter Preparation Programs, National Testing and Certification, Certification Maintenance Program for professional development, national Ethical Practices System, Testimony/Technical Assistance, Interpreter Referral Services, career opportunities, mentoring, internships, and scholarships to cover testing fees.