Connect: Resources

Throughout the year, organizations, schools, and resource centers will contact with information to distribute to our family members and athletes.  Listing on this page does not serve as an endorsement from Special Olympics Maryland.


Cerebral Palsy Guide  provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.


The Resource Finder: A Project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute

National Down Syndrome Society

National Down Syndrome Congress

Down Syndrome International

Down Syndrome: Health Issues

Down Syndrome Association of the UK

European Down Syndrome Association

CDC Down Syndrome Birth Rates

NICHD DS Consortium



College Guide for disabled students



Morgan Stanley Smith Barney



En esta sección encontrará recursos de Olimpiadas Especiales sobre las diferentes iniciativas y programas de la organización, Planificación Estratégica, Información General, Comunicaciones, etc.



Achievable Concepts Provides a wide range of adapted equipment and specialized products including cycles, wheelchairs, bowling aids, etc.

►Adapt My World Information about adaptations for people with disabilities and products for home or work.

Adaptive Adventures Creates sports and recreation opportunities for youth by providing access to the outdoors and helping families work toward inclusion in their local communities. 877.679.2770

Advocates for Children and Youth Working to further positive policy, education and advocacy. 410.547.9200

All Health Net: Children’s Health – Special Needs Provides comprehensive listing of websites addressing adaptive clothing, adaptive hardware-software computer aids, disabilities, independent living centers, parent centers, special education, travel.

►America’s Athletes with Disabilities They offer disability awareness education programs and the Disabled Youth Sports Training and Competition Program 800.449.8991

American Wheelchairs Electric wheelchairs, scooters, and vehicle lifts.  Mobility for seniors and people with disabilities.

ARC of Southern Maryland – Developmental Disabilities Resource Lending Library More than 400 books and resource guides; software, instructional videos, tactile toys, and access to two computer terminals with internet access and touch-screen capability. Monday-Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Autism Resources Info on autism

HealthCare Access Maryland, Inc. Statewide information on special health care needs, respite, camps, SSI, Medicaid waivers, foster and kinship care, etc. 410.649.0510

Beach Wheelchair All-terrain wheelchair provides beach access 800.441.7789

Behavior Change A website for parents, teachers, and trainers of children and adults with disabilities who exhibit severe problem behavior or limited communication skills. 407.629.1099

Behavioral Intervention Association Provides home community programs for autistic children as well as consulting and workshops for the community.

Best Buddies A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. 410.327.9812 is a web-based resource rich in highly relevant educational materials for those who are interested in a college education

Brookes Publishing Publishes books covering a wide variety of disability issues. 800.638.3775

Camp Search The search engine for summer camps.  Encompasses 22 countries! 416.593.3000 x.234

Caring Communities, Inc. Respite care provider registry, respite training, etc. 410.549.5707

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice Extensive collection of web links related to emotional and behavioral problems in such areas as education, families, mental health, juvenile justice, child welfare, early intervention, school safety, etc.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services SCHIP, HIPAA publications, local information, statistics & data research, laws & regulations, and public affairs.

Change, Inc. Free sitter service for children with disabilities and their siblings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group, Inc. 410.321.5434

Children Special Needs Pediatric eye care, children’s vision impairments.

Council for Children with Behavior Disorders An international professional organization committed to promoting and facilitating the education and general welfare of children and youth with behavioral and emotional disorders.

Delmarva Community Services Respite programs for those with developmental disabilities and family caregivers. 800.439.1222

Developmental Disabilities Administration Guide to services – Southern, Western, Eastern, and Central Regions. 877.463.3464

Developmental Disability Council (Maryland) General information and resources about disabilities and programs and “Planning Now” a guide to future and estate planning.

►Disability Policy Resources Training materials and policy papers on advocacy, ADA, education, employment, etc. links to more than 10,000 national, state and local resources. Guides to Information & Resources — Get Answers to Your Questions about Disability Benefits, Housing Assistance, Long-Term Care and Much More

Disability Scoop The Premier Source for Developmental Disability News

National Down Syndrome Society Dedicated to helping new parents understand down syndrome and to appreciate the capabilities of their wonderful child.

Down Syndrome Connection Consisting of parents, educators, therapists, and concerned persons, seeks to optimize the quality of life for individuals with down syndrome by offering direct services. 888.279.2279

►Down Syndrome Homepage

►Down Syndrome Parent Network Organization whose goal is to provide accurate, up-to-date information on down syndrome to parents, family, the general public, and professionals.

E-Buddies The Best Buddies cyberspace community of friendships.  With a few clicks, you can change the world for yourself and for a person with developmental disabilities.

Eastern Shore Respite Care Project Providing family-to-family relief care for individuals with developmental disabilities living in Kent, Talbot, Cecil, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico counties. 800.439.1222

Exceptional Parent Library Disability resources, books, videos, software, free, etc.

Family Networks Maryland’s most comprehensive online resource for disability-related information and supports.

Family Support Network Homepage To unify individuals with disabilities and their families to advocate for funding, services, and community resources that strengthen and support the individual.

Fragile X Research Foundation

Freedom Concepts, Inc. Manufactures specialty bikes for adults and children with special needs 800.661.9915

►Hospital for Sick Children – Information Resource Center Brochures on children with disabilities. 202.832.4400

►ICON, Inc. To broaden public awareness and improve access to opportunities in the community for people who have historically been excluded because of disability. 703.548.4048

Internet Resources for Special Children Dedicated to communicating information relating to the needs of children with disabilities on a global basis.

Intensive Behavior Management Services/ARC of Southern MD Around the clock emergency and behavioral assistance to individuals with developmental disabilities in Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s counties. 877.413.3088

Kids on the Block, Inc. Provides educational puppet programs that enlighten the children on the issues of disability awareness, medical-educational differences, and social concerns. 800.368.5437

Kids Camps A comprehensive directory of traditional and specialty overnight camps, tours and adventures, and experiences for children, teenagers, and families. 877.242.9330

Maryland Chapters – Autism Society of America

Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health Working to improve services and support for children with mental health needs and their families. 410.730.8267

Maryland Disability Law Center “Special Education Rights and Wrongs” handbook. 800.233.7201

Maryland Family Network was formed in 2009 with the merger of two leading nonprofit organizations– Maryland Committee for Children, founded in 1945 to advocate for high quality child care, and Friends of the Family, founded in 1986 to administer Maryland’s network of Family Support Centers.

Maryland Fragile X Resource Group

Maryland State Dept. of Education – Special Education 410.767.0238

Maryland Youth Leadership Forum The MD/YLF is a unique career and leadership program for high school students with disabilities who are in their final two years of high school.  The week long residential program is typically held on a college campus, giving students a taste of dorm life while offering opportunities for them to increase their independence. 301.277.2839

Medicare Advocacy A national, non-profit organization which provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities. 202.216.0028

National Center on Accessibility: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Promotes increased awareness of inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation, and tourism. 812.856.4422

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Monthly newsletter with articles and conference information. 800.900.8086

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD/Youth) 877.871.0744 TTY 877.871.0665

Pathfinders Autism Resource Center Information and referral service for families to assist in the processes of locating services in communities around Maryland. 410.769.9500

Parent Center of Prince George’s County Information, resources, support groups and workshops. 301.925.2811

Parents’ Place of Maryland Information, resources, and workshops. 410.768.9100

Partners in Policymaking Free online courses
►Partners Plus of Maryland Families and caregivers in partnerships caring for children and individuals with disabilities in the following counties: Carroll, Harford, Cecil, Wicomico, Worcester, Montgomery, Allegany, Frederick, Prince George’s, Charles, St. Mary’s, Anne Arundel, and Baltimore city.

Respite Services of Montgomery County Offers temporary relief to families who are providing full-time care to a family member with a disability.

Sib Shops Programs just for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Baltimore County – Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital  410.578.5169 Carroll County – The Westminster Senior Center  800.999.9442 x.5169 Howard County – The ARC of Howard County  800.999.9442 x.5169 Montgomery County – The ARC of Montgomery County 800.999.9442 x.5169

Sibling Support

Speaking For Ourselves A pioneer in self-advocacy for people with disabilities. 610.825.4592

Special Education Guide  site presents information on the challenges parents and teachers of children with special needs face (such as establishing a parent-teacher partnership, collaborating on an IEP, and more). Our most recent addition is a teacher certification section with guides to the certification process and requirements in each state (

►Special Fit Online Clothes ideal for adults with down syndrome.  Designed with you in mind, high quality, moderately priced, and designed to fit. 320.587.8777

Special Needs Planning – Beyond Trusts and Wills Financial planning for families for the future security of a member with a disability.

Trips, Inc. Travel opportunities in a safe, respectful, and fun atmosphere 800.686.1013

The ARC National Homepage

The League for People With Disabilities Year-round Camping at Camp Greentop; year-round Therapeutic Recreation Services including accessible sailing, assisted travel and social events; Adult Day Services; Vocational Rehabilitative Services; Employment opportunities via direct mail processing, bulk volume copying and database management; Wellness Center providing individualized fitness programs, floor aerobics, fully accessible pool, and state-of-the-art fitness equipment. 410.323.0500

The Medicaid Reference Desk Provides Medicaid information, eligibility standards, connects to helpful websites and answers consumers’ questions.

The National Fragile X Foundation 800.688.8765

The Resource Finder: A Project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute Information on developmental disability resources throughout Maryland 800.390.3372

Training Resource Network – Disability Update Publications and updates in the disability field: supported employment, person centered planning, self-determination, and supported living. 800.823.9800

U.S. Department of Transportation Travel Hotline Provides education and assistance with disability related air travel problems. 800.778.4838(voice) or 800.455.9880(tty).

Yoga for the Special Child Information on teaching yoga to infants and children with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, etc. 888.900.9642