Maryland Technology Assistance Program – The Equipment Link connects people who have disability-related equipment to sell, lend or donate with people who need it. The Link is a free service.
American Federation of the Blind – Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss.
Blind Industries and Services of Maryland – Positively changing people’s attitudes about blindness.
Lions Clubs – World’s largest service club – challenged by Helen Keller to be the “Knights of blind in the crusade against darkness”
Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services, Blind, and Vision Loss Services – Maryland vocational rehabilitation services agency.
National Federation of the Blind – Largest national organization for people who are blind or low vision.
Centers For Independent Living In Maryland
Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council (MSILC)
199 E. Montgomery Avenue, Ste. 100 Rockville, MD 20850
ALLEGANY, GARRETT & WASHINGTON COUNTIES
Resources for Independence, Inc.
Lori Magruder, Executive Director
30 North Mechanic Street, Unit B Cumberland, MD 21502
Phone: 301-784-1774 Fax: 301-784-1776
TTY: 711 Toll Free: 800-371-1986
ANNE ARUNDEL & HOWARD COUNTIES
Accessible Resources for Independence, Inc.
Center for Independent Living for Anne Arundel and Howard County
Katie Collins-Ihrke, Executive Director
1406B Crain Hwy South, Ste. 206 Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Ph. 443-713-3914 Fax: 443-713-3909
BALTIMORE CITY, BALTIMORE & HARFORD COUNTIES
Independent Marylanders Achieving Growth through Empowerment
(The Image Center)
Michael Bullis, Executive Director
Hampton Plaza, 300 E. Joppa Road, Suite 312 Towson, MD 21286
CALVERT, CHARLES & ST. MARY’S COUNTIES
Southern MD Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Sandra Dent, Executive Director
38588 Brett Way, Suite 1, Mechanicsville, MD 20622
Ph: 301-884-4498/5110 TTY: 711 Fax: 301-884-6099
CAROLINE, CECIL, DORCHESTER, KENT, QUEEN ANNE’S, SOMERSET, TALBOT, WICOMICO & WORCESTER COUNTIES
Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.
Dr. Katherine L.R. Jones, Executive Director
909 Progress Circle, Ste. 300 Salisbury, MD 21804
Ph: 443-260-0822 Fax: 443-260-0833
CARROLL & FREDERICK COUNTIES
The Freedom Center, Inc.
Jamey George, Executive Director
14 W. Patrick Street, Ste. 10 Frederick, MD 21701
Ph: 301-846-7811 Fax: 301-846-9070
MONTGOMERY & PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTIES
Independence Now, Inc.
Sarah Sorensen, Executive Director
12301 Old Columbia Pike, Ste. 101 Silver Spring, MD 20904
Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Maryland School for the Deaf – Free public education for children birth to 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Gallaudet University – Leader in liberal education and career development for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Maryland Deaf Seniors, Inc. – An educational and social organization of and for seniors who are deaf, blind or deaf-blind.
Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – Provides expertise on issues related to Marylander’s who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Telecommunications Access of Maryland – Serves Marylanders having difficulty using a standard telephone.
Administration for Community Living – The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACL is structured to provide general policy coordination while retaining unique programmatic operations specific to the needs of each population we serve.
Client Assistance Program – The Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps individuals who have concerns or difficulties when applying for or receiving rehabilitation services funded under the Rehabilitation Act.
Disabilities Forum of Maryland – Uniting people across disabilities for a voice in public decision affecting Maryland citizens.
Maryland Disability Law Center – Advocating to improve the lives of Marylanders with disabilities.
MidAtlantic ADA Center – Provides information and guidance on the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act.
American Red Cross – Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities.
NWA Disabilities and Emergency Planning Committee for Individuals with Disabilities – Disability Emergency Preparedness PSA
Ready.gov – Special Needs Disaster Preparedness
Disability.gov – The U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide.
Disability Scoop – The national developmental disability news site covering autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disability and more.
Eastern Shore Parent Resource Alliance – The purpose of this group is to communicate available resources, expand awareness on special needs, and identify resources while creating new offerings for families and practitioners.
Maryland Department of Disabilities – MDOD advances the rights and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully participate in their communities.
New Freedom Initiative’s Online Resource for Americans with Disabilities – The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing.
Office of Adult Services – Working with local departments of social services and community based organizations to coordinate services for the vulnerable adult population throughout Maryland to promote their safety, stability and independence.
Spinal Cord Injury Network – Providing support and services to people with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairing conditions, and to their families and friends.
United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore – For 40 years, United Way NCA has worked to inspire acts of caring, deliver hope and improve lives. United Way NCA raises approximately $30 million each year to address the needs of our community.
Maryland Department of Disabilities – The Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) is charged with coordinatingand improving the delivery of services to individuals with disabilities in the state of Maryland.
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development – The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is proud to be at the forefront in implementing housing policy that promotes and preserves homeownership and creating innovative community development initiatives to meet the challenges of a growing Maryland.
INDEPENDENT LIVING RESOURCES
Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council – The MSILC is committed to enhancing freedom and independent decision making of individuals with disabilities.
National Council on Independent Living – NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.
Eastern Shore Hospital Center – To provide the highest quality inpatient mental health services on the Eastern Shore for adults age 18 and older.
Go Getters – Go-Getters is a psychiatric rehabilitation program offering a broad array of programs designed to assist people recovering from severe mental illness to integrate more fully into their chosen home communities.
Mental Health Association in Talbot County – Our Mission is To Promote Mental Wellness and Behavioral Health with Education and Advocacy.
Mid Shore Mental Health – MSMHS’s mission is to continually improve the provision of mental health services for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties through effective coordination of services in collaboration with consumers, family members, providers and community leaders. We believe that the mental health system should assure quality, cost-effective services that meet the needs of our consumers. Consumers are the focus of MSMHS, and it is our goal through partnership with other agencies to develop a full array of easily accessible services for the consumer. We strongly believe in the empowerment of individuals, consumers, and family members to help develop their fullest potential.
Maryland Access Point – Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC), known locally as Maryland Access Point (MAP), were established as the single entry point for individuals seeking long term support services. Maryland’s 20 local MAP sites provide individual, person centered counseling to consumers seeking information, referral and program support for long term services.
Maryland Department of Human Resources – The Office of Adult Services focuses on the needs of the elderly, disabled and vulnerable adult. We work with local departments of social services and community based organizations to coordinate services for the vulnerable adult population throughout Maryland to promote their safety, stability and independence.
Wicomico County Maryland Access Point (MAP) – MAP is a “one-stop shop” for aging adults and individuals with disabilities, of all income levels, who need information and assistance about navigating their health and support options for long-term care. Family members and caregivers who are trying to support a parent, spouse, or adult child can receive objective assistance to help them make informed decisions regarding their current and future needs.
Worcester County Maryland Access Point (MAP) – MAP of Worcester County is a centralized service to provide information and assistance for the individuals of all income levels who need long-term services or want to plan for future needs. Information is also available for family and care-givers trying to support a parent, spouse, or adult child.
Queen Anne’s County Maryland Access Point (MAP) – It serves as the single point of entry for aging adults and individuals with disabilities ages 18 and over, of all income levels
ALS Association – The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s disease on every front.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance – Provides guidance and assistance to parents of a child with Cerebral Palsy
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) – The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work or stay independent in their homes and communities.
Multiple Sclerosis Society – The Maryland Chapter works to improve the quality of life for people affected by MS in Maryland and raise funds for critical MS research. Join the movement toward a world free of MS.
Parkinson’s Support Group – The mission of the Lower Shore Parkinson’s Support Group is threefold: (1) provide support services that will improve quality of life for individuals with Parkinson’s disease; (2) raise public awareness and understanding of the disease; and (3) support research efforts seeking to enhance the treatment of symptoms, slow progression or find a cure for the disease.
Cecil Community Transit – This program supplements the cost of taxi services for senior citizens, people with disabilities and low income individuals.
Delmarva Community Services – Provides transportation throughout the Mid-Shore area at very affordable rates. Connections are available to Queen Anne’s County and the Lower Shore.
Shore Transit – Shore Transit is the public transit agency for the Maryland lower eastern shore counties of Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester.
Work & Benefits Resources
Social Security Administration – Delivers Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.
ABCmouse – ABCmouse.com is a global education initiative of Age of Learning, Inc. Our goal is to help children build a strong foundation for future academic success by providing a comprehensive and engaging online curriculum to greatly assist early learners to succeed in pre-k, kindergarten, and early elementary school programs.
Autistic Children’s Support Group of Worcester County – The Autistic Children’s Support Group of Worcester County offers: Support from parent volunteers that have children with special needs.
Children’s Mental Health Matters – A network of information and support for families across Maryland and raise awareness of Children’s Mental Health.
Kinera Support Group – Kinera Foundation will enhance the quality of life for children with special needs and their families by providing parent support groups, social activities, access to various treatments and therapies, while continuing to support inclusive and community programs.
Maryland Consortium of Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs – The Maryland Community of Care Consortium for Children with Special Health Care Needs (COC) is dedicated to improving systems of care for children.
Maryland Learning Links – Maryland Learning Links provides a wide range of information, topics, resources, and links to professional development.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services – Our mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
Parenting Special Needs Magazine – Help parents navigate the uncharted waters of raising a special needs child. Providing practical tips, sharing life’s lessons, and tackling the challenges.
Parent’s Place – Support group for parents of children with disabilities. Includes workshop schedule, publications, and resources.
Pathfinders for Autism – The State’s largest autism organization dedicated to helping individuals, parents and professionals find resources, supports and training while working to increase the awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Ryan’s Hope Support Group – Family Support Group for families of special needs children in Berlin, MD.