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  • The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy system.
    ADAP's mission is to provide quality, legally-based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights.

    Phone: (205) 348-4928
    Toll Free/TDD (800) 826-1675

  • Offers a continuum of services for individuals with developmental disabilities at home, in school and on the job. Services include Children's Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Services and Independent Living Services.

    Phone: (334) 281-8780
    Toll Free: ( 800) 441-7607

  • Provides services and supports to infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 are eligible to receive appropriate services if they are delayed by 25 percent or more in their cognitive, physical, communicative, social, emotional or adaptive development, or if they have a diagnosis of a physical and/or medical condition that will likely result in developmental delay.

    Phone: (800) 543-3098

  • Respite Care is temporary short-term relief for caregivers of individuals with special needs. If you are the caregiver of a child or adult with a disability or chronic illness, chances are you need a break. Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network list providers and other resources.

  • AL-APSE serves as an advocate for Alabama's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families; to empower them with the knowledge and opportunity to make informed choices and exercise control over their own lives; and to create a climate for positive social change to enable them to be respected, independent and productive integrated members of society.

  • Advocates for Alabama's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. Grant information, resource information for families. Also provides funds for individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members or guardians to participate in conferences, training events, public forums and other activities. For information on the consumer involvement fund, link to
    For general information:

  • Alabama department responsible for services to individuals with mental retardation, substance abuse issues and mental illness. Website has information for families and individuals, with specific information on waiting list applications and community providers.

  • Offers a resouce for financial planning for families with disabled loved ones. As families begin to plan their estate, they may realize that any direct commitment may jeopardize their entitlement eligibility, such as SSI, Medicaid and others.

  • A low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for Alabama children under age 19. Benefits include well child check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance absue services and much more.

  • A resource for individuals with autism and their family members. Also provides services such as information and referral, parent and sibling support, a lending library and advocacy. This website also contains information on the Alabama Autism Task Force.

  • The one-stop-shop for many of the state resources, including state agencies, family service centers, unemployment compensation, services, Medicaid, etc. Use the eligibility form to see if you qualify for various services.

  • Provides free educational information, financial options, and emotional support for parents and children affected by cerebral palsy.

  • Provides services to individuals with mental retardation in Shelby County, Alabama. Local contact for information on waiting list application for Alabama's Home and Community Medicaid waivers for individuals with mental retardation.

  • Provides assistance to families of children and youth with special health care needs in a variety of ways. They encourage families to developmental individual partnerships with their children's care providers and to look for opportunities to impact systems change. Includes links to Alabama resources.

  • Exists to assist individuals with disabilities and their families live the life of their choice. Provides training and resources for individuals and families.

  • Purpose: to provide people with developmental disabilities and their families with several opporunitunites. Provides flexible funding; allows people and their families to decide for themselves what supports they really need and want; and gives people and their families real decision making power about the way supports are provided in their communities.

  • A non-profit organization that promotes independence for persons with physically disabling conditions and opportunities to to pursue active healthy lifestyles. Offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults.

  • Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents. Alabama Medicaid is the primary funding source for services for adults with mental retardation and related disabilities in Alabama.
    For information on Alabama Home and Community-Based Waiver Services see:

  • Advocates for the needs of individuals with Downsyndrome and offers support, acceptance and encouragement for parents and families of persons with Down syndrome.

  • The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides information on the federal government's two disability benefit programs, title II social security disability benefits and title 16 SSI disability benefits. Covered topics include disability applications, denials on claims, the filing of appeals, and how the disability claim evaluation process works.

  • A state advocacy organization for people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families. Working to include all children and adults with developmental disabilities in every community.

  • The Arc is the world's largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides an array of services and supports for families and individuals. Information on local chapters of The Arc.

  • E-Newsletter from the Special Needs Alliance.

  • Provides quality programs and services for over 2,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities in Birmingham and the surrounding 10 counties. Includes programs such as early intervention for infants and toddlers, preschool programs, community living, and supported employment and others.

  • Provides resources for community partners. Also maintains the region's only comprehansive database of health and human services. Call 211 in the greater Birmingham area for information. Also use link below to access database of services.

  • Is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

  • The organization provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.

  • Provides medical information, like symptoms and treatment, as well as daily living topics, including counseling, abuse, college/careers, bullying and more.

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