We are extremely excited to offer a list like this. We have traveled all over the country and have met some amazing people and amazing organizations. We felt that their had to be a way where these organizations could be recognized. Then we thought, WELL DUH! We have our own blog, let’s do it ourselves! That’s how this idea of creating a killer resource list was born. We are not saying that these are the only 72 resources, or that these are the best resources, what we are saying is these resources are great and we want to bring light to them. We know that you will enjoy this list!
1. JJ’s List – Evanston, IL
A communications and marketing social enterprise that helps businesses incorporate disability-aware marketing, customer service and employment best practices into core business strategies. They provide meaningful career paths in communications, technology and digital marketing to people with disabilities at the same time.
Twitter : @JJsList
2. Best Buddies International
Best BuddiesÂ® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Twitter : @BestBuddies
3. Abilities ExpoÂ Â
Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what is offered!
Twitter : @AbilitiesExpo
4. Parenting, Movement, and Nutrition – Dr. Mike Saatkamp
Parenting,Â MovementÂ &Â NutritionÂ for special needs families, is an Internet-based audio and video learning program for the parentsÂ of special needs/brain injured kids. In the research informed and experience based learning community, you will find practical solutions for the daily challenges of stress, sleep deprivation, food selection, adequate exercise, social support, and learn strategies for creating a more engaged and meaningful life. You will learn from the latest research and world-renowned experts in Brain Science, Parenting, Movement Science, and Nutritional Science.
Dr. Mike Saatkamp has been a special needs father for 22 years and a Chiropractor since 1984. He lives in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He has completed over 1,000 hours of post-doctoral training in clinical neurology for the purpose of helping his daughter, Maren, who has cerebral palsy, and making the complex world of science understandable to parents of special needs children.
Twitter : @SaatkampComm
5. Reaching For The Stars
Launched in late 2005 by two mothers in Atlanta, GeorgiaÂ “Reaching for the Stars. A Foundation of Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy”Â (RFTS, Inc.), has grown into the largest pediatric Cerebral Palsy nonprofit foundation in the world. Led by parents and focused on theÂ Prevention, Treatment and Cure of Cerebral Palsy RFTS is committed to serving the needs of children with Cerebral Palsy, their families, and the care givers involved in their care.
6. Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House keeps families together to help kids heal faster and cope better by providing housing and other programs. Since 1974 their network of local Chapters has been making children happier and healthier by keeping families together ““ giving them a place to rest and refresh. A place that feels like home! These programs, tailored to meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 62 countries and regions across the globe.
Twitter : @RMHC
7. RIC ““ Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
RIC is the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, having virtually defined the entire field during the last half of the 20th century. RIC also embodies the future of rehabilitation care, and possesses the intellectual, physical, human, brand, and spiritual capital to sustain and advance this worthy cause for an underserved population.
Twitter : @RIC_Ability
8. Pathways – Glenview, IL
Founded in 1985, Pathways Center is a multidisciplinary, state-of-the-art pediatric outpatient clinic dedicated to ensuring that children meet their fullest potential. Their licensed therapists collaborate with parents and caregivers to set meaningful goals for each child. Through play-based therapy sessions at Pathways, children stay engaged and active while meeting key developmental goals.
Twitter : @PathwaysOrg
9. Inclusion Solutions – Evanston, IL
Inclusion Solutions is about building bridges. They strongly believe that discrimination against and exclusion of people with disabilities is unacceptable in American society. Their work produces common-sense solutions that balance a respect for the dignity of the disability community with the financial concerns of business people on matters of inclusion. Changing the perception of people with disabilities and promoting inclusion at all levels is Inclusion Solutions’ goal. They believe that while changing minds is more difficult than changing physical barriers, one can truly lead to the other.
Twitter : @InclusSolution
10. National Inclusion Project
National Inclusion Project is a non-profit organization, founded in 2003 by Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel, dedicated to promoting the inclusion of children with disabilities in activities with their non-disabled peers. Inclusion means all participate and all belong. They work every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. Since National Inclusion Project’s inception, they have made a real impact by ensuring that children nationwide can experience all that life has to offer.
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. By partnering with communities and inclusive programs National Inclusion Project creates awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.
Twitter : @IncludingKids
11. Karen Pape MD – Canada
Karen Pape,Â MDÂ is an experienced pediatrician, neonatologist and medical innovator with one abiding passion – helping children reach their personal best. She goes against the grain by discounting totally outdated, yet widely accepted, theories that just haven’t worked and have led to patient/parent frustration, confusion and isolation ““ and by adopting new therapies and approaches that offer real hope and tangible results. Through her work isolating when abnormal movements were wired into young damaged brains (cerebral palsy or spinal cord and brachial plexus injury), it is possible to reset the brain to normalize certain movements and habits.
12. Association of Horizon, INC.
The Association of Horizon is an organization with hundreds of volunteers that provides opportunities for adults with and without physical disabilities to socialize, interact, and learn from one another. Although Horizon has existed for many years, the current organization was formed in 1991 in response to a cut in funding that kept adults with disabilities from attending the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp. Horizon has since successfully produced Summer Camp Programs for adults with a wide range of physical disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.
Twitter : @HorizonCamp92
13. Off Balanced by Zachary Fenell
InÂ Off BalancedÂ author Zachary Fenell gives readers an honest in-depth look into teen life with mild spastic cerebral palsy. He shows how less then stellar balance, muscle tightness, and other CP symptoms impacted his confidence throughout adolescence.Â Off BalancedÂ will surely stimulate conversation and also provide comfort to those who feel alone in their feelings.
Twitter : @ZacharyFenell
14. Team Hoyt Chairs
The official custom built chair of Rick & Dick Hoyt. Team Hoyt Chairs produces race chairs allowing physically challenged individuals the opportunity to experience the thrill of the race.
15. JetBlue Airlines
JetBlue has been the preferred airline when we have to fly. The comfort of the plane and the customer service are top notch.
JetBlueÂ offers flights to 80+ destinations with free inflight entertainment, free brand-name snacks and drinks, lots of legroom and award-winning service.
Check out this story written by a mother of a child with autism. Thank You Jet Blue!
Twitter : @JetBlue