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This area provides a comprehensive list of sites that we feel are of interest to the TelAbility community. Use the search interface below to search by keyword or category for sites related to your area of interest. We are constantly reviewing and adding new links so please check back often.

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  • ACCESS North Carolina: A Guide to Travel Site Accessibility
    The 2012 edition of this travel guide was produced by ACCESS North Carolina, a program of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Distribution is coordinated by the NC Department of Commerce through its Division of Travel and Tourism.
    Sites in this book are also found in the North Carolina Travel Guide produced by the Division of Travel and Tourism. Travel attractions were reviewed by the editor or volunteers as to their physical accessibility.
    The information in this edition reflects the impressions of site reviewers.
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  • AMBUCS
    This company, headquartered in Greensboro, NC, designs and manufactures therapeutic tricycles (AmTrykes?) to enhance mobility and independence for people with disabilities who are unable to operate traditional bikes / bicycles.
    This website offers information about the organization and its chapters, a calendar of events, instructional videos, online catalogs, newsletters, and more.
  • Alpha-1 Association Mission
    Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency is a common hereditary disorder characterized by a reduction of serum levels of Alpha-1, emphysema, and occasionally liver disease.
    The alpha 1 association provides education, information, advocacy, and supports research.This site features research, links, information, and realted events.
  • American DanceWheels
    a non-profit organization in Bala Cynwyd, PA that seeks to provide people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to partner dance by pairing
    one person with an ambulatory disability with an able bodied partner.
    Their website contains information about the organization, news, videos, and more.

  • Ask Dr. Greene
    An on-line resource established by a certified pediatrician to answer many of your child care related questions.
  • Assistive Technology Exchange Post
    Hosted by Partnerships for Assistive Technology, this online exchange post puts AT equipment that is not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from it. Updated monthly.



  • Autism Society of North Carolina Bookstore
    The Autism Society of North Carolina Bookstore was foundd in 1988 in response to parent requsts for information on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Over the past 17 years the bookstore has grown to become the largest non-profit ASD-specific bookstore in the United States, with nearly 500 titles in stock.
  • AutismBuddy.com
    AutismBuddy aims to provide a FREE user-friendly website that provides high quality pintables and resources for teachers and parents for use with children with Special Educational Needs. You will find easy to download resources in many categories including booklets, puzzles and games, flashcards, worksheets, visual timetabling, activities, visual aids, emotions, teaching aids, matching and sorting, classroom display, clip-art, E-books and social skills and many more.

  • Automobile Restraints for Children with Special Needs (Quick Reference List)
    A list of current adaptive car seats for children with special needs developed by SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., a national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety.
  • Axis Dance
    An Oakland, California-based dance company whose missions are 1)to create and perform contemporary dance that is developed through the collaboration of dancers with and without disabilities, 2) to teach dance and educate about collaboration and disability through community education and outreach programs and 3) to promote and support physically integrated dance locally, nationally and internationally.
    This website includes information about the organization, its performances, workshops and educational programs.

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  • Brain Injury Partners: Navigating the School System
    A website designed to give parents of school-aged children with a brain injury the skills they need to become successful advocates.
    Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and made in collaboration with the Brain Injury Association of America.
  • Bridging Apps
    A Houston-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to bridge the gap between assistive technology and people with disabilities.
    This website offers links, forums, community boards as well as a special App tool (called Insignio) designed to help users identify apps that will help people with disabilities better communicate and function in different situations.
  • Bullying and Teasing of Youth With Disabilities: Creating Positive School Environments for Effective Inclusion
    An informational webpage from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition.
    Includes definitions of bullying and teasing, strategies to limit their occurrence and a list of resources for more information and support.
  • Care Notebook and Care Organizer
    The Care Notebook and Care Organizer are tools for families who have children with special health care needs.
    At this website, you can download forms to keep track of important information about your child's health and care.
    From the Center for Children with Special Needs in Washington state.
  • Child Care plus+: The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood
    This website offers a number of free and inexpensive resources to help facilitate the inclusion of young children with disabilities in early childhood programs.
  • Children's Law Clinic
    A program of the Duke University School of Law the Children's Law Clinic provides free legal advice, advocacy, and legal representation to low-income children. The Children's Law Clinic is one of the few programs in North Carolina with expertise in special education and school discipline law.
    This website offers program and contact information.
  • Cool Hub Caps
    A company that sells customized spoke guards for wheelchair users.
    This website offers an online product catalog, and directions to ensure a good fit.
  • Coping with Stress During the Holidays
    This article by the American Psychiatric Association provides helpful tips to help families cope with the stress and busyness often associated with the holiday season.
  • Counseling Families Who Choose Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Their Child With Chronic Illness or Disability
    A policy statement (March 2001) from the American Academy of Pediatrics which provides information and assistance for pediatricians when counseling families about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
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  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
    The website of the North Carolina chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
    This website lists local events and support group meetings along with information from the national organization.
  • Custom Weighted Vests
    An online company run by the parent of a child with sensory processing disorder, this website gives you information about custom made weighted vests and blankets that are said to improve attention and focus, body awareness and regulation.
  • DanceAbility International
    DanceAbility International?s mission is to encourage the evolution of mixed-abilities dance by cultivating a common ground for creative expression for all people. The mission is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training and workshops.
    This website has information about the organization, videos of dances, an online store and more.
  • Dental Care for Children with Special Needs Financial Aid Program
    Sponsored by the Humanitarian Foundation of the Grottoes of North America, this program helps to provide free dental care to children who have Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy,
    Mental Challenges or who have received an Organ Transplant. The program allows families to see their local dentists and helps to cover what insurance does not include.
    This webpage provides information about the program and how families can access these funds.
  • DynaVox Technologies
    DynaVox Technologies is a company that creates tools to make it easier for individuals challenged by significant speech, language, learning and physical disabilities to communicate and take control of their lives.
    At this website you can learn more about their products, funding resources, tech support, and more.
  • EFM Connections
    This website, from the US Department of Defense, is designed to provide information on services and resources available to military families with special medical or educational needs. The site also has a discussion board for families to exchange information, a list of disability related links, and information about military and community services around the country.
  • Early Intervention and Early Childhood Libraries
    At this website, users can search North Carolina's Early Intervention and Early Childhood libraries by keyword (a list is provided), title or author and then contact them to borrow the materials.
    A short list of related websites is also provided.
  • Easter Seals UCP North Carolina
    Easter Seals UCP North Carolina creates opportunities, promotes individual choice and changes the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential for living, learning and working in their communities.
    Services include individual and family support, children's therapy, advocacy, recreation, equipment, and support groups.
    This website includes descripitons of their services, news about their programs, job opportunities, and more.
  • Educating Children with Autism
    A 2001 report from the National Academy of Sciences that explores education interventions for young children with autism.
    To read the report online, click on the icon in the upper left portion of this homepage.
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  • Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
    The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is one of the nation's oldest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families.
    Research and education activities focus on child development and health, especially factors that may put children at risk for developmental problems.
    This website offers information about the institute and its many programs, investigators, publications, and products.
  • Greater Raleigh Spina Bifida Support Group
    A new website (started in 2010) from a group of families and providers who care for children with spina bifida in the Triangle region of North Carolina.
    Here you can find more information about the organization and mission, a calendar about upcoming local events relevant to the group, a blog, photos and other information about group members.
  • Hatchbacks Footwear
    A great idea for children who wear braces, these shoes (up to size 3/adult size) open up in the back, making it much easier to fit a foot wearing a brace into and out of the shoe.
    This website gives you information about their products, allows online shopping and also provides a list of stores in your state that carry their products.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, and Stroke
    An evidence report from the US Department of Health and Human Service's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2003).
  • Jacob's Ladder
    A private practice in Clayton, NC that specializes in behavioral management strategies for children (ages 2-8) and their families.
    In addition to psychoeducational groups, programs also include Floor Time,Theraplay, and Parent-child Relationship therapies.
    Takes Medicaid and Healthchoice.
    Spanish - speaking receptionists and therapists available.
  • KIDBASE (Kids Information Database Access System for Emergencies)
    The website for North Carolina EMS program that enables parents of children with special needs to fill out a medical information sheet that can be used by emergency personnel to optimize care for a child with disabilities. This information sheet was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Emergency Physicians especially for the use of medically fragile children. The sheet includes the name and address of the child as well as the medical diagnosis, baseline information, current medications, and any emergency medical plans that may already be in place. Copies of this information sheet are then given to the local EMS agency who will keep them on file.
    This website provides information about the program, and links to the medical information sheet.
  • Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home
    In 2010, Safe Kids USA partnered with MetLife Foundation to create an online video series designed to help parents and caregivers prevent unintentional injury to children with special health care (CSHCN) needs.

    The videos focus on a range of topics including fire and burn prevention, drowning, choking and fall prevention. Safety guidelines and step-by-step instructions are included to help parents and caregivers make safety improvements in the home.
  • Keeping Pace Shoes
    A Boston-based company that sells children's shoes that fits easily and quickly over a brace/afo without being oversized.
    This website describes their company, their products, offers FAQs and more.
  • Kids with Tubes
    A parent-run organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts, that provides information and support to families of children who received gastrostomy (g-tube) feedings.
    The website contains information about the organization, copies of newsletters about placing and using g-tubes, and more.
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  • Kids with Tubes
    A parent-run organization based in Bedford, Massachusetts, that provides information and support to families of children who received gastrostomy (g-tube) feedings.
    The website contains information about the organization, copies of newsletters about placing and using g-tubes, and more.
  • Lekotek
    The National Lekotek Center aims to contribute to the knowledge base about the link between play and early learning for children with special needs. This website provides information and resources for parents and professionals, including a listing of play and toy ideas developed for different conditions.
  • Let's Play Project
    This model demonstration project from the University at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology and Virginia Commonwealth University, provides families of children with disabilities with useful resources to help them play through the use of assistive technology.
    This wonderful web site includes lessons about the role of play in a child?s life, illustrated handouts about adapting toys for use by children with special needs, links to toy catalogs, websites, and lots of other resources.
  • Lifestyle Accelerator
    The work of a dedicated North Carolina parent, this is a website for adults with and families of children who have spina bifida where you can view articles, instructional videos, participate in threaded discussion groups (community forum) and more.

  • M-CHAT Scoring Sheet
    The Scoring sheet for the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT) screening tool.
    From FirstSigns.org

  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
    A screening instrument which helps identify young children who are at risk for having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A scoring checklist is free and available separately on TelAbilty as well as at www.FirstSigns.org
  • Mommy Speech Therapy
    This is a blog written and managed by Heidi Hanks, a mother and Speech Language Pathologist. The blog provides information on research and therapeutic practices, as well as website links and resources. It's a tool for both parents and professionals. (apraxia)
  • My Baby's Hearing
    A website from Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska that is designed to answer parents' questions about:
    * Infant hearing screening and follow up testing.
    * Steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss.
    * Hearing loss & hearing aids, language & speech.
    * Parenting issues.

    Funded by a grant from the National
    Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
  • NBIA Disorders Association
    A national non-profit organization based in El Cajon, California that offers families, physicians, and support providers information about an inherited disease called Neurodegeneration with Brain Iron Accumulation (NBIA).
    This website contains information about the organization, an FAQ section, a link to their Listserv, upcoming events, research updates, and more.
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  • NC Partners in Policy Making
    The NC Council on Developmental Disabilities is offering the Partners in Policy Making training opportunity. This is a program that educates people with disabilities and their families on developing leadership skills and how to work with policy makers to advocate for change in legislation and within communities.
  • NIDCD's Apraxia Page
    This is an informative page from the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders. The page provides a definition of and list of symptoms for apraxia; information on the types and causes of apraxia; diagnoses and treatments and additional resources.
  • National Ataxia Foundation
    A national organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education, and research.
    This website offers information about the organization, FAQs about ataxia, research opportunities, educational conferences and more.
  • National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
    Formerly the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities.
    Provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. An excellent site for policy issues, IDEA / special education, pertinent nationwide conferences and resource organizations at both the state and federal levels. Text-only version available.
  • National Maternal and Oral Health Resource Center
    Designed to promote better oral health care for children this national organization has publiations and conferences to help parents improve their child's dental care.
    The website contains contact information and regional conferences schedules.
  • North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Membership Directory
    An updated list of all members of the North Carolina Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Use it to find your local pediatric dentist
  • North Carolina Assistive Technology Project
    The NC Assistive Technology Program is dedicated to creating a statewide system that coordinates assistive technology services. Activities include awareness and training, consumer groups, expansion projects, funding information, technincal assistance, and much more.
    Be sure to take a look at the Check-It-Out program - an assistive technology equipment loan program for North Carolinians with disabilities, their families, and their service providers.
  • North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
    Based in Raleigh, this center improves child care services for children by providing information, training and technical assistance to North Carolina's Child Health Care Consultants.
    This website provides information about the resource center, training modules on asthma and sun protection, a listing of day care related links, and online editions of the NC Child Care Health and Safety Bulletin, available in both English and Spanish.
  • North Carolina Early Intervention Services
    The website of Together We Grow, the NC Early Intervention Services Program.
    This site includes information about the NC Interagency Coordinating Council (NC-ICC), the Infant Toddler Program (Part C - birth to age 3), and our state's Preschool Program (Part B - ages 3 to 5).
    This site also includes a training calendar, links page, brochures, and more.
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  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
    The website of this national non-profit organization offers a great wealth of information and support for caregivers, parents, providers, and researchers.
  • PICK - Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus
    The website for Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus (PICK), a parent-run non-profit organization dedicated to education and prevention of KI (kernicterus) as well as support and research for families affected by KI.
    On this website, you can learn more about kernicterus (it's causes, treatments, and outcomes), find family support resources, learn more about this organization, and more.
  • Partnerships for Inclusion
    A statewide technical assistance project providing technical assistance to support the inclusion of young children with disabilities in child care, school, and all aspects of community life.
    This website includes information about the organization, its programs, and its products.
  • Peak Developmenta Associates, PA
    A private practice in Apex, NC that provides psychiatric and psychological services to children and families in the Triangle region.
    This website describes their practice, their psychologists, their psychiatrists, the services they offer and links to related resources.
  • Pediatric Genetics
    This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)offers easy-to-read information on genetic disorders, family health history, genetic counseling, and newborn screening. The site also features a compilation of important data and scientific publications and more.
  • Playground Safety for Your Child with Special Needs
    Adapted from the National Program for Playground Safety, this handout from the Center for Children with Special Needs lists things to look for when considering how safe a playground is for a child with special needs.
  • Possibilities: A Financial Resource for Parents of Children with Disabilities
    This 227-page paper from the Pacer Center and the National Endowment for financial education covers everything you need to know to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child with special needs and prepare him or her for adulthood.
  • Project Inspire: Texas Women's Univeristy
    Includes information on programming, strategies, disabilities information sheets, legislation, and advocacy pertaining to adapted physical education.
  • Project: Proud Families, Inc.
    The website of a Christian non-profit in Siler City, NC designed to offer services to families who have a child or children with a special need(s). At this site, you can find information about the organization, its support group(s), workshops, family support activities, an Ask the Nurse or Pharmacist section, and information about their "Button Challenge".
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  • Right Under My Nose
    An online book that helps young children with spina bifida learn about and be comfortable with their bodies.
    With a fully interactive story, activities, tips, and a printable version of the whole book, this site is intended to be educational and fun.

  • Sibling Support Project
    A national program, the Sibling Support Project strives to increase the availiability of peer support and educational programs for the brothers and sisters of people with special health care needs and developmental disabilities. Information is geared to both younger brothers and sisters as well as adult siblings.
  • Sickle Cell Kids
    This is a great web site developed especially for kids. It's goal is to help kids with sickle cell disease learn what to do to stay healthy. It is full of interactive and fun educational activities.
  • Someone Special Like Me
    The website of a non-profit organization working to open a recreational facility designed specifically for children with special needs in Wake and surrounding counties. This Fun Center will serve all special needs children from birth to 17 years of age.
    This website provides information about the organization and its fundraising events.
  • Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
    A national not for profit organization dedicated to support people with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia and Primary Lateral Sclerosis.
    This website contains information about the organization, HSP and PLS, research updates, patient forums and more.
  • TEACCH
    Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) is a comprehensive, community-based program dedicated to improving the understanding and services for autistic and communication handicapped children and their families across the state. This website decribes TEACCH's programs, lists its regional centers, and offers information and resources about autism, Asperger's syndrome, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) and strategies for inclusion of children with autism-spectrum conditions.
  • TLC Sensory
    The website of a small business in St Louis, Missouri that makes and sells weighted blankets and lap bags for children who have sensory integration / sensory processing disorders.
    The website provides information about the company, online ordering and more.
  • The Expressive Communication Help Organization
    The Expressive Communication Help Organization (ECHO) is a parent-friendly resources & support website for children with oral motor speech disorders.

    ECHO is a volunteer-run non-profit charity established by parents for parents/caregivers of late-talking children diagnosed with or suspected of having Apraxia of Speech, Dyspraxia, Dysarthria or Oral Motor Speech Disorders. The site offers resources, information, friendship and support to those whose lives are touched by a late-talking child.

  • The Family Center on Technology and Disability
    A national resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities by offering a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies and augmentative communication.
    Includes a searchable database containing reviews of books, articles, and research, a monthly newsletter, updates on legislation and regulation, online conferences, and presentation materials on the subject of assistive technologies.
    Funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.
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  • The Fathers Network
    This website celebrates and supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.
    It contains news and resources, articles by dads, links, bulletin boards, and a photo album.
    Has materials in Spanish as well.
    Funded by the Office of Children with Special Health Care Needs, Washington State Department of Health.
  • The First Words Project
    The FIRST WORDS? Project and website is a longitudinal research investigation in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. The project's major goal is to identify early red flags of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and other communication delays in children under 24 months of age. Through research findings, the project aims to improve screening tools and early detection of communication disorders by maximizing the role of the family, which will help families obtain intervention services sooner.
  • The Sarah Jane Brain Project
    Begun by the father of a girl who sustained a brain injury, this national organization is working to create a model system for children suffering from all Pediatric Acquired Brain Injuries.
    At this website you can learn more about the organization, its events, find links to useful information and resources, follow Sarah Jane's progress in words and videos, and more.
  • Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT)
    This is the newest section of the Tots 'n Tech web iste that features AT ideas from early interventionists around the United States. It is being updated weekly with new categories and new ideas.
  • Tourette Syndrome information from the CDC
    This website from the Center for Disease Control provides an array of information on Tourettes Syndrome including a description, research, education & training, information for parents & heath professionals, free materials for parents, teachers, & professionals as well as young people. It also has a list of additional links to other websites related to Tourette Syndrome. CDC?s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities funds a cooperative agreement with the national Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) to educate physicians, allied professionals, and school personnel (and, to a limited extent, the general public) about TS by providing accurate, up-to-date, evidence-based information about the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of TS.
  • Toys R Us Guide for Differently Abled Kids
    An online catalog of toys available from Toys R Us that uses categories to make it easier to find the right fit between your child's abilities and stimulating toys that will promote development.
  • Wake Count Local Interagency Coordinating Council
    The Wake County LICC is a collaborative partnership among:
    ? parents,
    ? caregivers,
    ? public agencies,
    ? private and non-profit organizations,
    ? interested community members or organizations,
    to promote a coordinated and effective Early Intervention (EI) system in Wake County.

    This website provides an overview of the Wake LICC goal areas, showcases resources for families,and ofers a listing of Wake LICC Member agencies. Parents can download a copy of the Wake County Early Intervention Road Map, a short guide to help parents navigate the Early Intervention system. The guidebook provides information on early intervention services, an early intervention timeline, support groups, and much more. It's also available in Spanish.

  • Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group
    The Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group welcomes anyone whose child has a special need- whether it is a physical limitation, developmental delay, etc. Families dealing with all spectrums of Cerebral Palsy as well as other disabilities/diagnoses are involved. The support group welcomes anyone looking for a support group.
  • Wake County Public School Medication Form 1702
    The New Wake County Public School Medication Form to be completed by parents, then sent to their doctor for review and signature.
    This form is for school year 2011-2012 and on.
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  • We've Gotcha Covered
    The webpage for a start-up company providing babysitters and mother?s helpers for families living in North Raleigh, NC that specializes in watching kids with disabilities.
  • Yellow Pags for Kids
    This website is free through Wrightslaw services and is a site for people searching for reliable information and support for children with special needs. The site is organized by state and lists a variety of evaluators, educational consultants, tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents and professional get services for children with special needs.
  • Zot Artz Arts for All
    A Wisconsin-based company that makes special art tools (paint roller and chalk holder attachments for wheelchairs) designed so participants with limited movement or lack of fine motor skills can be successful in using what mobility they have to create, paint, draw, print and more.
    This website offers information about the company, contact information, and an online catalog.

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