Resources

RESOURCES

Adaptive Learning Center is a nonprofit organization that maximizes the potential of young children with disabilities, and creates awareness and acceptance between non-disabled people and people with disabilities.

AADD assists individuals living with developmental disabilities to live, attend school, work, and recreate in their communities.

ATL3 is dedicated to finding the right fit with assistive technology and learning.

ConnectAbility offers a monthly respite night, parent support groups, sibling workshops, and other educational and social events for families.  We currently serve families from five counties (Lumpkin, Dawson, White, Forsyth, and Hall) All of our events and services are free of charge for families.

Dare to Hope works to raise awareness and better the lives of children with rare, critical, chronic and complex medical conditions. Services include procuring free or low-cost legal and advocacy assistance, furnishing medical supplies not covered by insurance, offering toys to brighten a child’s day, providing community resource referrals and coordination and offering emotional support to families.

Elaine Clark Center provides comprehensive care for individuals with special needs in all stages of childhood growth.

ESP Extra Special People, Inc. strives to enhance the lives of children with developmental disabilities and their families by focusing on their abilities – not disabilities. ESP provides services throughout the year to residents of nine counties in Northeast Georgia.

Fragile Kids helps fill the “insurance gap” between what is deemed medically necessary for a medically fragile child and what is actually covered by private insurance or Medicaid.

Friendship Circle of Atlanta aims to create an environment for teens that will nurture and inspire them with meaning, purpose, and self-value; a sense of connection to and responsibility for the greater Jewish community through innovative and stimulating programs.

Golden Soldiers is a faith based, non-profit focused on spreading the Golden Rule by providing year-round events, activities, and services for families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Great Prospects is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful options for post-secondary, and after-school programming for children with developmental disabilities.

Happy Club provides opportunities to enhance socialization and community skills through year-round activities for all teens and adults with developmental disabilities

Hi-Hope supports adults with developmental disabilities in Gwinnett County.

Joseph Sams School is a private, nonprofit school servicng children from birth through twenty-two years of age who have mile to severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities or diagnosed developmental disabilities.

Keeping It Specially Simple  offers specially designed consulting services–designed to help you and your child receive the maximum support within the school, home, and community settings.

Lekotek supports children with special needs and their families by providing accessible play, adaptive technology & toys, and information & resources to facilitate inclusion in family and community life.

Learning on the Log specializes in experiential social skills programs within sensory based recreational activities

L’Arche brings together people, some with developmental disabilities and some without, who choose to share their lives by living together in faith-based communities.

Parent to Parent provides emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’.

The Special Guide  reviews by and for the special needs community.

Sydney’s Voice Healthcare Advocates offer help individuals made decisions about the medical and long-term care needed for loved ones.

Sunshine On A Ranney Day (SOARD).   The mission of Sunshine on a Ranney Day is to create safe fun and uplifting dream-room makeovers for children with long-term illness.  In addition, we provide care and encouragement to the families of each child.

GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS

(New Options Waiver)  NOW/COMP  (Comprehensive Supports Waiver Program) offer home and community-based services for people with a developmental or intellectual disability.

Deeming Waiver (Formerly known as the Katie Beckett Waiver) permits the state to ignore family income for certain disabled children. It provides benefits to certain children 18 years of age or less who qualify as disabled individuals.

Heidi Moore Consulting Child Advocate

Debbie Dobbs – Health Care Consultant and Educational Child Advocate

 RESPITE

Next Step Ministries  fills the gap in services for special-needs young adults who have completed high school and are not able to participate in a job coaching situation, or other day program. They also offer Saturday respite care, school break care and summer camps.  Located in Woodstock.

Stone Soup has regularly scheduled respite on Friday Night for children and young adults with special needs and their siblings.  Located in Monroe, Georgia.

Matthew’s Time respite weekends throughout the school year in Mt. Airy, Palmetto, and Baxley, GA.

Dream House  Weekend Retreat is designed for medically fragile children with complex medical needs.  The Dream House is located in Gwinnett County.

Right in the Community  provides weekend respite care in a community respite home every weekend in Cobb County.

Spectrum and First Baptist Duluth partner to offer a respite Saturday once a month.

Corrigan Care provides affordable, developmentally appropriate care to children with special needs and support for their families. Marietta

Green Light Ministries is a respite care program designed for children who have special needs and their siblings, ages 3 – 12.

Your Respite is all about freedom and peace of mind for you and your family.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Baseball

Buddy Baseball Buckhead formerly known as Challenger Baseball is a program that enables children with disabilities to play the wonderful game of baseball.

Miracle League – North Metro serves aspiring athletes that are not able to participate in typical programs because of a disability in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Miracle League – Forsyth provides physically and mentally challenged children a safe and spirited program in which they can hit, run, and catch on a baseball field – just like other kids.

Miracle League – Newton County gives children/youth/adults with mental or physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball!

Miracle League – Fayette County.  Games are played at The Home Plate in Peachtree City.  Contact romanos4@comcast.net or ohvango@comcast.net or jlamonde@bellsouth.net for more information.

Miracle League – Rockdale County

Challenger Baseball Peachtree City.  Contact Michelle Cole or register here.

Christopher League is a baseball program for children with various disabilities that will not allow them to compete in NYO’s baseball or softball program.  Atlanta/Buckhead

Horizon League Acworth, Georgia

Grayson Athletic Association focus is to give players a chance to SHINE among friends and family, have FUN, establish new FRIENDSHIPS, and enhance SELF-ESTEEM by giving them the opportunity to concentrate on their abilities rather than their disabilities.

Henry County Sunshine League provides children the chance to play baseball regardless of their limitations.

Cheerleading

Ace Dreamcatchers special needs program offers our children the opportunity to practice like an athlete, compete like an athlete, and win like an athlete.  Peachtree City.

Chattooga Gymnastics provides a variety of competitive and performance activities with mainstream and Special Olympic athletes. Marietta .

All Star Cheerleading – Johns Creek

Dance

Atlanta Dance Central The Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy is provide a dance training-ground for students with Down syndrome. Roswell.

Newnan School of Dance offers a Creative Movement Dance Class for students that need extra assistance.

Equine

CORRAL - Newnan

Calvin Center – Hampton

Haven Hills Theraputic Center – Fairburn

The Reece Center -  Palmetto

Soccer

TopSoccer is designed to reach and meet the needs of children aged 4-19 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program caters to player development rather than competition.

GOALS Soccer is a philanthropy organization based out of Georgia Tech and partnered with Special Olympics of Georgia to provide children with special needs the opportunity to experience the values of team sports and exercise

Swimming

ATL3 (see above) also offers adaptive swimming lessons.

Adaptive Aquatics of Georgia offers programs for infants (starting at 6 months), children, teens, and adults with disabilities.  Private, semi-private, small group, and inclusive group class options.  Classes include aquatic survival, fitness, stroke, and more.

YMCA Ashford Dunwoody offers Adapted One-on-Three Swim Sessions, ages 3 & Up.  Provides adapted techniques to teach basic aquatic skills to ages 3 & Up with disabilities.  Bilingual.  Various dates & seasons.

Tennis

Adaptive Tennis at Blackburn Park

Special Pops Tennis is a community based program designed to reach and meet the needs of children aged 4-19 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program caters to player development rather than competition.

Wheelchair Sports

Titans Wheelchair Sports primarily serves physically challenged young adults who have aged out of high school and who no longer have the opportunity to participate in youth athletic and social programs.

Henry County Wheelchair Sports provide sports programs for youth and adults with physical disabilities that prevent them from competitively playing in traditional sports, to promote and facilitate healthy lifestyles, and to empower people with physical disabilities to become productive members of society.

AAASP American Association of Adapted Sports  develops and supports a standardized structure for school-based athletic competition to improve the well-being of students with physical disabilities.

Special Olympics of Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

ART

Bubbles and Brushes arts classes for students with special needs. Newnan

The Child’s Legacy is a non-profit organization that works with children that have disabilities to create their own fine art piece.

MUSIC

The George Center

Therabeat

CAMPS & SUMMER PROGRAMS

Blaze Sports America. BlazeCamp is a five-day, four-night overnight summer camp that provides youth ages 8-18 with a physical disability with an opportunity to become involved in sport and recreation activities, make friends and most of all have fun.

Camp Twin Lakes is a network of overnight camps providing programs to kids with serious illness and other challenges. Rutledge and Winder, Georgia

Camp Dream  Warm Springs

Camp Hawkins  provides opportunities for children 9 years old to young adult with Autism/Asperger’s to grow socially and emotionally through motivating peer-group experiences in a beautiful overnight camp setting at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way.

Camp Journey provides opportunities for children 9 years old to young adult with Autism/Asperger’s to grow socially and emotionally through motivating peer-group experiences in a beautiful overnight camp setting.

enAble of Georgia helps people with developmental disabilities lead fulfilled lives – physically, intellectually, and socially.  Summer camp emphasizes the core values of:  Dignity & Respect, Integrity & Honesty, with Choices & Opportunities.

Sparrowwood At Camp Glisson is designed specifically for campers with mild to moderate developmental disabilities in a faith based setting. Dahlonega.

Special Touch Ministries.   Mission…to ease and enrich the lives of people impacted by disability.  Vision….to provide faith-based support and response to needs that arise in the disability community.

SPECTRUM Camps and Clubs enrich and enhance the physical, emotional, social development of children, teenagers and young adults with Autism/Asperger’s within a safe, warm, caring and stimulating day camp and/or overnight community.

Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering in a safe and medically sound environment.  North Carolina

Wellspring Camp is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian camp for children and adults (ages 8 through adult) with disabilities and special needs. Jefferson.

 

AUTISM

Appleseeds Learning Center.  Serving children between the ages of 18 months to approximately age 10 with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) with individualized and holistic programs for students and their families.

TACA Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.

F.A.C.E.S.  provide education, information, and a sense of community and fellowship to families, friends, caregivers, and others affected in a variety of ways by Autism/Asperger’s. Monroe

New Directions of Georgia  provides support for adults with Autism or Asperger’s syndrome, who need assistance with activities of daily living in a safe, caring, stimulating and enjoyable environment which maximizes their potential.

Spectrum was established for families, friends and teachers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within Gwinnett County, Georgia and the surrounding areas. It is a parent operated group whose mission is to provide support, education and resources encompassing the entire spectrum of ASD for children and adults.

Social Skills Today provides respite opportunities for families of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome and other social, communication, sensory, and behavioral needs through the avenues of: Summer Camp Programs, Monthly Social Skills Groups, and Overnight Weekend Retreats. It is our goal to provide social skills training, behavioral accommodations, and language-building activities in a safe and enriching environment for individuals functioning at all levels ages four to young adults.

DOWN SYNDROME

Gigi’s Playhouse increases positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.

Down Syndrome Association

WHEELCHAIR USER INFOSome websites we found interesting from NurseGroups.com

Wheelchair Transportation Safety

Wheelchair Safety Tips

Wheelchairs & Kids

Air Travel Tips for Wheelchair Users