Families - General Resources

      • 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
      • Brookes Publishing: Publishes books covering a wide variety of disability issues. 800.638.3775
      • Camp Search: The search engine for summer camps.  Encompassing 22 countries! 416.593.3000 x.234
      • Caring Communities, Inc.: Respite care provider registry, respite training, etc. 410.549.5707
      • 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.
      • Kids Camps: A comprehensive directory of traditional and specialty overnight camps, tours and adventures, and experiences for children, teenagers, and families. 877.242.9330
      • 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 Collaborative on Workforce and Disability: Helps you navigate the workforce world and can help you find a job
      • Trips, Inc.: Travel opportunities in a safe, respectful, and fun atmosphere 800.686.1013
      • 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
      • 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).

Networking & Community

      • Best Buddies: Best Buddies International is a dynamic and growing organization, thanks to the people that help advance its mission every day. From the Board of Directors to the summer interns, everyone on the Best Buddies team shares their energy and enthusiasm as they work to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
      • E-Buddies: e-Buddies promotes social inclusion online for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
      • Change, Inc.: Was founded in 1954 as a Children's Program by a group of parents who realized a program was needed to care for the needs of their children with developmental disabilities. 
      • Disability Scoop: Founded in 2008, Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities.
      • The ARC: Promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Financial Planning

For Family Members

      • Special Needs Planning: Figure our your special needs financial planning. 
      • Financial Planning for Kids with Special Needs: As friends worry out loud about how they'll pay for their kids' college education, the parents of children with special needs have worries that extend beyond the few years it takes to get a college degree.
      • Sibling Leadership Network: Provides siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support, and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families
      • Sib Shops Programs: Millions of US citizens with disabilities have at least one typically developing brother or sister who can benefit from having information and support to make a positive difference in their life and in the life of their family.
      • Sibling Support: Founded in 1990, the Sibling Support Project is the first national program dedicated to the life-long and ever-changing concerns of millions of brothers and sisters of people with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns. 
      • Family Support Network: 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 Coalition of Families: Empowers family members to advocate for improving services in all systems of care for children, youth, adults, and families.
      • Parents’ Place of Maryland: Our mission is to empower families as advocates and partners in improving education and health outcomes for their children with disabilities and special health care needs.
      • Maryland Family Network: Maryland Family Network is pleased to offer a new eLearning module, Supporting Children with Developmental Disabilities, thanks to funding from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council. On this page, you will find resources that are part of the training.