Education About Disabilities/Diagnoses

Programs that offer workshops, discussion groups, activities and other types of training that sensitize participants to people with disabilities, visible differences, and mental health and mental illness. Includes information for individuals and families with these conditions, as well as information to help others experience what it is like to have a disability, and share techniques for positive communication and interaction with people who have disabilities. (Adapted from AIRS PH-6200.1850 Disability Awareness Programs )

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RI

Statewide

Organization Name: Care New England
Address: 555 Prospect Street
RI
Phone: 401-729-6200
Fax: 401-729-6203
Eligibility: birth to age 21
Services Provided: The staff of NEPIN- developmental/ behavioral pediatricians, clinical psychologists, pediatric neuropsychologists, a nurse practitioner and a parent consultant—understands that each child and adolescent is unique, so our assessments are individualized yet comprehensive as we determine how to help your child.
Services provided:
Neurodevelopmental Assessments
Lead Surveillance Assessments
Medication Consultations
Provider Profiles: The first facility of its kind in Rhode Island, NEPIN was established to assess and treat children and adolescents with disorders and disabilities that could impact their ability to learn and develop. We are affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and accredited by the American Psychiatric Association.

We are the only area facility working with children from birth up to the age of 21, offering a broad spectrum of mental and neurodevelopmental health services in one convenient location.

NEPIN
555 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/13/2018
Organization Name: The Autism Project
Address: 1516 Atwood Avenue
RI 02919
Phone: 401-785-2666
Fax: 401-785-2272
Eligibility: All are welcome.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Services Provided: Professional Training
Program, classroom and individual consultation
Parent Education Series and Support
Grandparent Support Groups
Social Skill Groups
Summer Camp
Advocacy
Provider Profiles: The Autism Project is a ‘Hub of Hope’ that connects people—with a spectrum of needs—to the available resources and education that support independent and purposeful lives.
Autism Project
1516 Atwood AVenue
Johnston, RI 02919
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/13/2018

East Providence, RI

Organization Name: Bradley Hospital
Address: Outpatient Services
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: 401-432-1119
Eligibility: ages 5-21
Services Provided: Outpatient care for specialized behavioral health needs of individuals ages 5-21 with developmental challenges , including Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety,mood dysregulation,ADHD,adjustment problems,aggression and oppositional behavior as well as challenges to parents and families. The clinic offers Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Training in behavior management, group therapy, Medication management, psychiatric consultation, and genetic psychiatry consultation
Provider Profiles: Clinical staff includes:
psychologists
social worker
psychiatrists
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/19/2019

Providence, RI

Organization Name: RI Department of Health
Address: 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-5954
Toll Free Phone: 401-222-5954
Eligibility: Middle School and High School and young adults
Services Provided: Trainings
State wide youth led conference with national speakers
Provider Profiles: Dare to Dream Initiative provides opportunities for youth with special needs to develop skills, relationships and leadership ability. The Dare to Dream Initiative provides a framework for local community groups and schools to receive technical assistance to start Dare to Dream clubs and to develop Dare to Dream workshops. The workshops highlight strategies that help prepare students for college, career and independent living.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/1/2016
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: Potter Building
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-8638
Eligibility: ages 6-18 , referred by physician or sub-specialist
Services Provided: Pediatric and nursing monitoring
Individual and family therapy
Nutritional services
Group therapy
Instruction in a skills-building curriculum focused on mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral coping strategies, and healthy emotional expression
90 minutes daily of educational programming, coordinated with home schools
Involvement with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and biofeedback as indicated
Provider Profiles: Our partial hospital program addresses the needs of 6-to 18-year-olds with the same range of diagnoses treated on the inpatient unit. Diagnoses may include gastrointestinal illnesses, eating disorders, diabetes, asthma, seizures, pain syndromes, somatoform disorders, and complex presentations needing diagnostic evaluations.

These children may not require an inpatient stay, but do require a high level of support due to impaired functioning in the home and school settings and/or limited response to outpatient intervention. Some patients may step down to the partial program after a stay as an inpatient, while others at high risk for hospitalization may be able to avoid an inpatient stay by participating.

The program is located in newly renovated and expanded space in the Potter Building, on the Hasbro Children’s/Rhode Island Hospital campus. Children spend an average of three to four weeks in the program, arriving Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and leaving at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. Children receive daily pediatric and psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/12/2018
Address: Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-8072
TDD: 800-745-5555
Fax: 401-456-8150
Languages Spoken: Spanish via RI Relay 711 or (866) 355-9241
Eligibility: Statewide
Services Provided: Services Provided:
• Technical assistance and training in the areas of Early Intervention, infant mental health and trauma-based care practices, inclusive practices in schools, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports in schools, learners with low incidence disabilities (vision, hearing, deaf-blindness), transition from high school, and community-based employment strategies for youth and adults.
• Services include:
o Instruction and mobility services to children who are blind or visually impaired.
o Educational Advocates for students with disabilities who are in state care.
o Benefits counseling and assistance for Social Security beneficiaries.
o Family support and navigation of services.
o Support group for self-directed support users (DDD)
o Plan writing for self-directed support users (DDD).
o Support for parents with intellectual disabilities.
o Support to students in post-secondary education.
Provider Profiles: Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence driven and designed to advance policies, practices, and research that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. There are 67 UCEDD programs in the United States. This national network is administered through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
The Sherlock Center partners with state and national agencies, schools, institutions of higher education and community providers to implement its core functions: preservice preparation, services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services), research, and information dissemination. As of 2016, the Sherlock Center is a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.
Areas of Emphasis:
Early Childhood and Education
Inclusion and Community Membership
Low Incidence Disabilities
Self-Determination
Transition, Employment and Adult Life
Workforce and Professional Development
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/21/2019
Hasbro Hospital Lower Level
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-6540
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: Hasbro Hospital Lower Level
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-6540
Fax: 401-444-6543
Services Provided: The Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Division at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Services:
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Flexible Bronchoscopy Service
General Pediatric Pulmonary
Pulmonology Function Test Lab
Ventilator Integration Program (VIP)
We consult and provide health care for children with a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions, including:

Asthma
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Chronic cough
Congential lung and airway abnormalities
Cystic fibrosis
Interstitial lung disease
Obstructive sleep apnea
Primary ciliary dyskinesia
Respiratory disease associated with gastroesophageal reflux
Respiratory disease associated with neurological and neuromuscular disorders
Sickle cell lung disease
Tracheostomy
Ventilator dependence
Vocal cord dysfunction
Provider Profiles: We consult and provide health care for children with a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
The Cystic Fibrosis Center is certified by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Additional Office Locations
East Greenwich Specialty Clinic
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
and
East Providence Offices
900 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/14/2018
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: P.O. Box 122
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-7563
Fax: 401-444-7018
Eligibility: If you are 13-18 years old and live with a chronic medical illness, you may be eligible to join TALC! We accept new TALC members year round.
Services Provided: The Adolescent Leadership Council ( TALC) ages 13-18 The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) strives to prepare teenagers for the transition to adulthood and independence by providing them with mentors they can relate to. Meets monthly during school year plus a yearly overnight summer leadership camp and other events.
TALC Jr. TALC Jr. is a program for 8 to 12 year olds and their parents that meets every other month throughout the school year. TALC Jr. has the same goals as TALC but is for younger kids. Some of the teens in TALC act as mentors for TALC Jr

TALC Parent Council - focuses on a topic related to their child’s chronic illness. The group is facilitated by medical residents. At least one college age mentor (who lives with a chronic illness) joins the parent group every month to give the perspective of a young adult who has an illness and has recently transitioned from high school to college.
Provider Profiles: Transitioning from childhood to being a teenager, to the independence of young adulthood is challenging. Consider what it would be like to cope with typical teen angst and have to manage a chronic illness as well.
For teens with a variety of chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, cancer, sickle cell anemia, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, they don’t have to do it alone. The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) provides a forum for adolescents ages 13-18 who are managing a chronic illness to interact with peers who are going through similar experiences and to meet college-age mentors who also have a chronic illness. Through programming, TALC members gain insights and perspective along with the confidence and advocacy skills needed to navigate their medical circumstance in the short- and long-term.
TALC teens meet monthly during the academic year, participate in social and art-related events, attend an annual team-building retreat and an annual overnight summer leadership camp. TALC also serves as the official “Youth Advisory Council” for the hospital.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/15/2018

Nationwide

555 E. Wells Street, Ste 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-918-3014
Address: 555 E. Wells Street, Ste 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-918-3014
Fax: 414-276-2146
Services Provided: A multidisciplinary scientific society devoted to the study of cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities, to promoting professional education for the treatment and management of these conditions, and to improving the quality of life for people with these disabilities.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 3/22/2018
4340 East-West Highway Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-657-0881
Address: 4340 East-West Highway Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-657-0881
Toll Free Phone: 800-328-8476
Email: info@autism-society.org
Services Provided: We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Disability Awareness Programs
Specialized Information and Referral
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/7/2019
Haworth Hall, Room 313
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Phone: 785-864-7600
Organization Name: University of Kansas
Address: Haworth Hall, Room 313
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7534
Phone: 785-864-7600
Fax: 785-864-7605
Services Provided: The Beach Center on Disability is a multidisciplinary research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them. Internationally-recognized leaders in research on and interventions to promote the self-determination of children, youth, and adults with (and without) disabilities.
Provider Profiles: Based at the University of Kansas.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 1/10/2019
730 N Franklin St, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654-7225
Phone: 800-826-3632
Address: 730 N Franklin St, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60654-7225
Phone: 800-826-3632
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: Educates patients, professionals, and the public concerning the nature of depressive, bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) or mood disorder. Maintains over 1000 support groups around the country.
Provider Profiles: National
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 12/18/2017
8301 Professional Place East Ste 230
Landover, MD 20785-2356
Phone: 301-459-3700
Address: 8301 Professional Place East Ste 230
Landover, MD 20785-2356
Phone: 301-459-3700
Toll Free Phone: 800-332-1000
Fax: 301-577-2684
Email: ContactUs@efa.org
Eligibility: Individuals with epilepsy, their families and friends.
Services Provided: Provides information, advocacy, and assistance finding doctors, legal assistance, support groups and transportation reimbursement. Learn about epilepsy, types of seizures, triggers, diagnosis, treatment, etc. Offers a seizure diary app self-management tool.
Provider Profiles: Spanish Speakers Phone number: 866-748-8008
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/6/2019
CB 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180
Phone: 919-966-2622
Organization Name: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Address: CB 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180
Phone: 919-966-2622
Services Provided: Enhances the lives of children and families through interdisciplinary research, technical assistance, professional development, and implementation science. FPG is one of the nation's oldest and largest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of young children and their families. About 275 researchers, implementation and technical assistance specialists, staff, and students work on more than 75 projects related to developmental disabilities; early care and education; physical and social health; professional development, technical assistance, and implementation science; public policy and evaluation; and racial, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 1/10/2019
Address: 110 West Road Ste 300
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 800-296-4433
Fax: 410-321-9165
Email: frontdesk@primaryimmune.org
Eligibility: Individuals with primary immunodeficiency diseases and their families
Services Provided: A national patient organization dedicated to improving the diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life of persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases through advocacy, education, and research. Learn about primary immunodeficiencies, it's diagnosis, treatment; and living with PI, at different ages, getting support, finding a physician, insurance, school, etc.

IDF Physician Finder to locate a physician by location, last name, specialty and more.
Original Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 7/11/2019
806 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: 213-748-5481
Address: 806 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: 213-748-5481
Fax: 213-749-1651
Eligibility: Infants and preschool children with hearing loss.
Services Provided: A leading diagnostic and education center for young children with hearing loss. It provides free, parent-centered services. The Clinic offers worldwide family services, local family services, professional education, preschool, and hearing testing. The Clinic has over 60 years of expertise in the spoken language option, called "oralism," serving 25,000 families each year.

Hearing Screening
Parent Support Groups
Preschools
Online courses
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/7/2019
Address: 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-349-1155
Toll Free Phone: 800-558-0121
Fax: 202-349-1156
Email: info@lupus.org
Services Provided: Provides education and support services to people affected by lupus. We collaborate with experts to provide clear, easy-to-use information, programs and resources to help you navigate every step of your journey with lupus. An online community, an expert series, a resource database, a nurse and certified health educator call line.
Original Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 8/6/2019
24 South 1100 East, Suite 205
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: 801-328-8080
Organization Name: Bateman Horne Center of Excellance
Address: 24 South 1100 East, Suite 205
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Phone: 801-328-8080
Fax: 1-866-555-1122
Email: support@batemanhornecenter.org
Eligibility: None
Wheelchair Accessible: Complete
Services Provided: Leading the way in the medical advancement and treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia. Formerly the Fatigue Consultation Clinic (FCC) and the Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education & Research (OFFER), BHC been committed to the education of medical providers for more than 25 years.
Provider Profiles: Lucinda Bateman M.D.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 3/21/2019
Address: 375 Kings Highway North
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Toll Free Phone: 800-532-7667
Fax: 856-661-9797
Email: MSquestions@mymsaa.org
Eligibility: Individuals with MS
Services Provided: Ongoing support and direct services.

Individual Advocacy
Information and Referral
Equipment Distribution Program by application
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/8/2019
6520 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132
Address: 6520 North Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2132
Toll Free Phone: 800-225-6495
Wheelchair Accessible: Ramps
Services Provided: Nonprofit organization, our primary mission is to ensure the best quality of life for those coping with MS by providing comprehensive support and educational programs.

Disease/Disability Information
Information Lines
Information and Referral
Medical Information Lines
Specialized Information and Referral
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/7/2019
9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760
Phone: 800-422-6237
Address: 9609 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-9760
Phone: 800-422-6237
Fax: (719) 776-3132
Email: cancergovstaff@mail.nih.gov
Eligibility: None
Wheelchair Accessible: Complete
Services Provided: A free public service of the National Cancer Institute providing the latest most accurate cancer information for patients, their families, the general public, and health professionals in a personalized confidential manner.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 7/2/2019
Address: 3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
Phone: 800-860-8747
TDD: 866-569-1162
Email: healthinfo@niddk.nih.gov
Eligibility: Contact for specific information.
Services Provided: NIDDK research creates knowledge about and treatments for diseases that are among the most chronic, costly, and consequential for patients, their families, and the Nation. Offers clinical trials, financial assistance for researchers, health information, and publications.
Original Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 7/30/2019
Address: 31 Center Dr., MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 800-241-1044
TDD: 800-241-1055
Eligibility: communication disorders
Services Provided: Information specialists provide callers with fact sheets, resources and referrals to other organizations and agencies. Topics include hearing, balance, smell and taste, voice, speech, and language disorders.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 7/23/2019
Address: 55 Kenosia Avenue
PO Box 1968
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-744-0100
Toll Free Phone: 800-999-6673
Fax: 203-263-9938
Languages Spoken: Spanish
Eligibility: Persons with a rare disease, financial need.
Services Provided: A patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD provides Patient Assistance Programs that provide financial assistance. In addition, NORD provides links to other financial assistance resources.
Patient Assistance Program, RareCare, provides medication, financial assistance with insurance premiums and co-pays, diagnostic testing assistance, and travel assistance for clinical trials or consultation with disease specialists.
Original Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 9/12/2019
401 Hackensack Avenue, 9th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-250-8440
Address: 401 Hackensack Avenue, 9th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: 201-250-8440
Toll Free Phone: 800-714-5437
Fax: 201-250-8435
Email: info@parentprojectmd.org
Services Provided: Information about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for families, including responding to a new diagnosis, finding care, and genetic testing. PPMD’s Decode Duchenne genetic testing program provides free genetic testing and counseling to people in the Duchenne or Becker muscular dystrophy community who otherwise could not afford genetic testing.

Runs Certified Duchenne Care Center Program, which supports standardized comprehensive care for people with Duchenne. Also promotes research and organizes advocacy initiatives.
Original Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 5/9/2019
Address: PO Box 5930
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 800-366-7741
Toll Free Phone: 800-366-7741
Fax: 804-744-9388
Email: psiops@uneedpsi.org
Eligibility: Financial assistance for insured and uninsured patients with chronic illnesses. Assistance is focused on a limited number of around 20 diseases, and the list always changes.
Services Provided: Provides online disease and treatment information as well as limited financial assistance for patients with chronic illnesses who are struggling to keep up with expensive premiums and copayments. Available programs and specific illnesses are regularly updated. Financial assistance includes: subsidizing the cost of health insurance premiums; providing pharmacy and treatment copayment assistance; assisting with Medicare Part D co-insurance; providing travel assistance for transportation reimbursement.
Provider Profiles: Online resources
Original Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 7/11/2019
42-40 Bell Blvd Suite 205
Bayside, NY 11361-2820
Phone: 718-224-2999
Address: 42-40 Bell Blvd Suite 205
Bayside, NY 11361-2820
Phone: 718-224-2999
Toll Free Phone: 888-486-8738
Fax: 718-279-9596
Email: support@tourette.org
Services Provided: A national organization serving children, individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome (TS.) Comprehensive online information includes six online CME/CNE programs, programs on Recognition, Diagnosis & Treatment, and training for Allied Professionals and Educators. The website also contains resources for patients and families.
Original Source: MedHome Portal
Last Updated: 8/6/2019