Development & Disability Resources
American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD)
The largest all-encompassing disability organization in the United States.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Portal
Answers to commonly asked questions about how the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) affects employment, transportation, public facilities and other areas of access.
A voluntary organization that works for the welfare of the mentally disabled and their families.
Association for People in Supported Employment (APSE)
APSE is an advocacy organization that works to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities.
Autism Society of America – Lehigh Valley Chapter (ASA)
ASA Lehigh Valley Chapter is a non-profit organization supporting families and professionals involved with autism. ASA offers a network in which parents, teachers, therapists, and other concerned professionals can support each other by exchanging ideas and information in a friendly atmosphere. Membership benefits include: monthly meetings, guest speakers on a variety of autism and parenting-related topics; social activities at which families can get together and network in a supporting and understanding environment; newsletter containing schedule and news of local programs, events and conferences; phone hotline available for questions and updates of upcoming activities 610-778-9212.
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.
Autism Society of America (ASA)
ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. ASA’s mission is to provide information and education, and support research and advocate for programs and services for the autism community.
Center for Research on Women with Disabilities
Located at Baylor College of Medicine, this site contains reports from national studies of interest to professionals.
Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.
Disability Education Rights and Defense Fund (DREDF)
A policy center dedicated to protecting the civil rights of disabled Americans.
Disability History Museum
Materials in the Library date back to the 18th century and represent all disabilities, illustrating daily life, work, charity, popular culture, local and national political milestones.
Disability Resources on the Internet
This is a national site that maintains an online guide to disability resources.
The federal government’s one-stop web site for people with disabilities, their families, employers, veterans, workforce professionals and many others. DisabilityInfo.gov connects people with disabilities to the information and resources they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
An advocacy non-profit organizations for disabled war veterans.
Down Syndrome Resource Guide
A listing of resources specific to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Clearinghouse
ERIC gathers and disseminates professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.
Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania
The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization that provides education, support and advocacy for people with epilepsy and their families. The Epilepsy Foundation Eastern Pennsylvania also promotes understanding of seizure disorders through a wide variety of programs presented to business, government and school communities, professional audiences, and the general public.
Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
HSRI assists states and the federal government to enhance services and supports to people with mental illness and people with and to support the development of alternatives to congregate care facilities. HSRI was active in the 1970s in the assessment of the impact of federal programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, housing subsidies, and vocational rehabilitation, and their application on the expansion of community services for people with disabilities. HSRI staff also participated in the implementation of the Community Support Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, and in the design of a housing research agenda for people with disabilities.
Lehigh Valley Family
Lehigh Valley Family is a resource serving the greater Lehigh Valley. The site is a monthly e-magazine and a quarterly, glossy magazine and directory of services for distribution to doctor’s offices, hospitals, day cares, preschools, churches, libraries, community centers and school districts.
Lifestyles Over 50
Lifestyles over 5o is a resource for an active life, retirement and care for boomers and seniors in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.
Makoa – disABILITY Information and Resources
This national resource listing of interesting sites is produced and updated by a person with disabilities. Makoa means courageous in Hawaiian.
Medicaid Resource Book
This reference book describes four pivotal aspects of how the Medicaid program operates: who it covers, what it covers, how it is financed, and how it is administered. This is the website for the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., with a growing role in global health. Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.
National Association of Disability (NOD)
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. By raising disability awareness through programs and information, together we can work toward closing the participation gaps.
National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH)
NISH is a national non-profit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities by securing Federal contracts through the AbilityOne Program, formally Javits-Wagner-O’Day (JWOD) for its network of community-based, non-profit agencies.
Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (PARF)
PARF is a statewide organization of facilities serving individuals with physical, mental, social and/or emotional disabilities. PARF works to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania disabilities Council (PADDC)
PADDC is made up of people with disabilities, family members, advocates, and state department representatives who work to create favorable conditions for people with disabilities and their families in the Commonwealth. PADDC learns about the present situation for people with disabilities and their families in Pennsylvania and considers actions and strategies that will lead to more integrated and productive lives for people with disabilities in our state.
QualityMall.org, a showcase of promising practices and innovations that promote quality of life for persons with disabilities, was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (RTC/ICI), the National Association of State Directors of disabilities Services (NASDDDS), and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).