AADD/Bobby Dodd Institute empowers people with differing abilities to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion within their communities.
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.
ATL3 is dedicated to finding the right fit with assistive technology and learning.
AMS Vans – America’s Mobility Superstore is located in Tucker GA. AMS Vans is a nationwide provider of sales, service, and rentals for wheelchair accessible vehicles. We also offer a variety of equipment (wheelchairs, scooters, lifts) and driving adaptations.
Big Gym Therapy – Big Gym Therapy strives to make physical therapy effective, play-based, and fun by using all the dynamic possibilities of the community gymnastics gym.
Center for Leadership in Disability – Our mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.
Center for the Visually Impaired – Vision Services
Cerebral Palsy Guide – Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.
Cerebral Palsy Group provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.
ConnectAbility offers a monthly respite night, parent support groups, sibling workshops, and other educational and social events for families. ConnectAbility currently serves families from five counties (Lumpkin, Dawson, White, Forsyth, and Hall) All events and services are free of charge for 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.
Eli Project, formerly 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.
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.
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.
GA IPSEC is a group of people dedicated to ensuring that every Georgia student has access to learning after high school, regardless of intellectual or developmental disability.
Joseph Sams School is a private, nonprofit school serving children from birth through twenty-two years of age who have mild to severe intellectual and/or physical disabilities or diagnosed developmental disabilities.
Jacob’s Ladder is a SAIS-SACS accredited, SB-10 approved private school, serving students Pre-K through twelfth grade with any kind of neurological disorder.
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.
L’Arche brings together people, some with developmental disabilities and some without, who choose to share their lives by creating a faith-based, shared-housing community.
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.
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.
New Heights Academy is a nonprofit, private school for special needs students (K-12) with autism and other developmental disabilities
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.
NOW/COMP (New Options Waiver)/(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.
HIPP (Health Insurance Premium Payment) If your child has Medicaid, then you can apply to the state for reimbursement of the cost of your health insurance.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to help eligible persons with disabilities prepare for, start and maintain competitive employment, thus becoming productive and independent citizens in their communities.
Heidi Moore Consulting Child Advocate
Debbie Dobbs – Health Care Consultant and Educational Child Advocate
Parent Mentors – The Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership is parents and professionals working together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by enhancing communication and collaboration between families, educators and the community.
Georgia Medicaid Covers Diapers!! Read page 4 of FOCUS newsletter!
A Mother’s Rest is a 501c3 non profit health initiative which provides affordable, frequent respite opportunities exclusively for parents and caregivers who have loved ones with disabilities and/or chronic illness.
Emmy’s Academy, formerly Corrigan Care, provides affordable, developmentally appropriate care to children with special needs and support for their families in Roswell.
Matthew’s Time is a weekend camp experience through Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes, which also offer equine therapy and a week-long summer camp experience.
Right in the Community provides weekend respite care in a community respite home every weekend in Cobb County.
Shine Ministries is respite care designed for children who have special needs and their siblings, ages 3 – 12.
Spectrum and First Baptist Duluth partner to offer a respite Saturday once a month.
Stone Soup has regularly scheduled respite on Friday Night for children and young adults with special needs and their siblings. Located in Monroe, Georgia.
Your Respite is all about freedom and peace of mind for you and your family.
TRANSITION TO ADULT SERVICES
Annandale Village is dedicated solely to providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities.
Best Colleges – Prospective college students with disabilities will find that many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs.
Briggs & Associates is commited to not only finding jobs, but to helping to create successful lives.
Creative Enterprises, Inc. is a non-profit organization in Lawrenceville, GA dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities and others with barriers to employment in maximizing their potential.
Enable of Georgia, Inc offers Community Access Services that are geared toward preparing and assisting individuals to become part of their broader community.
The Frazer Center is an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn, and flourish together.
Jewish Family & Career Services – Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services (IDDS) is open to people of all faiths and offers programs and services that support individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers. Programs include community integration and an individualized living program.
Just People – A Support Program For Adults With Developmental Disabilities.
Nobis Works helps individuals with all types of disabilities to enter or return to employment, and to enjoy productive and independent lifestyles while contributing to the greater business community.
PRISM pursues lifelong learning which continues across the lifespan through adulthood. Located in Alpharetta.
Roosevelt at Warm Springs – To empower individuals with disabilities to achieve personal independence and employment success.
RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS
Best Buddy Program creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Several colleges participate.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
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!
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.
Chattooga Gymnastics provides a variety of competitive and performance activities with mainstream and Special Olympic athletes. Marietta.
Fleetwood Dance Center hosts the Saturday Morning Shining Stars for dancers with special needs. Contact Fleetwood for more information.
Equine / Hippotherapy
BEATS, Inc in Canton provides hippotherapy and therapeutic riding to children and adults with special needs.
Butterfly Dreams Farm in Watkinsville
CORRAL – Newnan
Calvin Center – Hampton
Hand, Hoof, and Heart – Marietta
Haven Hills Theraputic Center – Fairburn
Parkwood Farms Therapy Center – Snellville
The Reece Center – Palmetto
Saddle Buddies Therapy – Gainesville
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
ATL3 (see above) also offers adaptive swimming lessons.
Adaptive Aquatics of Georgia (Neverland Aquatics) 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.
Blackburn Park hosts DreamMakers: an organization dedicated to assisting children with special needs. Universal Tennis Academy provides free coaching and equipment 3 Saturdays of the month to children with special needs.
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.
BlazeSports offers a variety of sports and physical activities for children with physical disabilities.
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.
Exceptional Kids Athletics is a non profit that provides athletic programs to children with special needs ages 4 to 22yrs old with any type of physical/cognitive impairment from very high functioning children to medically fragile children in Gwinnett County.
Bubbles and Brushes arts classes for students with special needs. Newnan
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.
Camp Wheel-A-Way is a weekend camp at Camp Twin Lakes created especially for children and adults (6 to 30) living with cerebral palsy.
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.
ESP – Extra Special People. ESP empowers children with developmental disabilities to cultivate skills, self-confidence, and relationships through recreational therapy, community involvement, and the arts. Watkinsville / Athens
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
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.
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 mission is to educate stakeholders, unite our community, and build bridges between worlds, so that individuals with Down syndrome and their families are connected to opportunities for an amazing life.
WHEELCHAIR USER INFO – Some websites we found interesting from NurseGroups.com