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Here are some links that you may find helpful:
Please note that these links are not endorsements, they are provided for your convenience and that any views expressed on any of the sites below are not necessarily those of Friendship Circle.
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
    www.aaidd.org
    The AAIDD is a national organization whose mission is to promote "progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."
    See in particular their Religion and Spirituality Division at www.aaiddreligion.org
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    www.ada.gov
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Watch
    www.adawatch.org
    ADA Watch is a project of the National Coalition for Disability Rights (NCDR), a nonprofit alliance of hundreds of disability, civil rights, and social justice organizations united to defend and strengthen the rights of people with disabilities.
  • The Advocacy Center
    http://www.advocacyla.org/
    The Advocacy Center believes in the dignity of every life, and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, the Advocacy Center protects and advocates for the human and legal rights of persons living in Louisiana who are elderly or disabled.
  • The ARC
    www.thearc.org
    The ARC is a national organization whose mission is "to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community." The ARC of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, improving systems of supports and services; connecting families; inspiring communities and influencing public policy. It includes numerous local chapters.
  • Autism-PDD of Baton Rouge
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/autism-pddofbr/
    This is a group of parents and caregivers of children in Louisiana who have been diagnosed on the Autism spectrum of disorders. Please join us and share your story so that we may help each other with each joy and obstacle our little angel's encounter.
  • Autism Society of America
    www.autism-society.org
    ASA, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
  •  Best Buddies Louisiana
    www.bestbuddieslouisiana.org
    Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Louisiana (BIALA)
    www.biala.org
    The Brain Injury Alliance of Louisiana (BIALA) is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of persons with brain injury, their families, and care providers.
  • BREC – Recreation and Park Commission for Baton Rouge
    www.brec.org
    BREC offers inclusion sports, camps, and other activities. Check the website to learn more about all the programs offered.
  • Capital Area Human Services District
    http://www.cahsd.org
    Our mission is to improve the availability and quality of support to enhance each individual’s quality of life.
  • Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
    www.chadd.org
    A non-profit organization providing AD/HD information and support to parents, educators, professionals, the media, and the general public.
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Group – Baton Rouge (DSAGBR)
    www.dsagbr.org
    The Down Syndrome Awareness Group (DSAG) membership consists of parents, professionals and others concerned with Down syndrome. The group is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization governed solely by the members whose goals are to provide parent support; to promote a better understanding of Down syndrome to the general public,and to promote social conditions that allow the full growth and potential of children and adults with Down syndrome and improve their quality of life.
  • EarlySteps
    http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/?ID=334
    EarlySteps is Louisiana's Early Intervention System under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C. EarlySteps provides services to families with infants and toddlers from birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays.
  • Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge
    http://www.fhfgbr.org/
    Our mission is to provide the individualized services, information, and support needed to positively enhance the independence, productivity, and integration of persons with disabilities into the community
  • Families Helping Families of Louisiana
    www.fhfla.org
    Enables and empowers Louisiana families of individuals with special needs through an effective coordinated network of Resources, Support, and Services. FHF has a great website full or resources.
  • Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
    www.goda.la.gov
    The Governor's Office for Disability Affairs promotes the rights and opportunities for persons with disabilities in the State of Louisiana and addresses and resolve disability issues.
  • Louisiana Citizens for Action Now (LaCan)
    www.lacanadvocates.org
    Louisiana Citizens for Action Now is a statewide grassroots network of individuals advocating for a system that supports individuals to live in their own homes rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services. Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana's Community and Family Support System Plan.
  • Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)
    www.latan.org
    Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network assists individuals with disabilities to achieve a higher quality of life and greater independence through increased access to assistive technology as part of their daily lives.
  • Law Help – Louisiana
    http://www.lawhelp.org/LA/
    Guide to increase access to justice in Louisiana by giving the public easy and free internet access to information that will help with civil legal problems.
  • Louisiana ARC
    http://www.thearcla.org/
    ARC of Louisiana advocates for and with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that they shall live to their fullest potential
  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH)
    http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/
  • Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
    http://www.laddc.org/main/
    The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of people from every region of the state who are appointed by the governor to develop and implement a three year plan to address the needs of persons with disabilities.
  • Louisiana Disability Resources
    http://www.disabilityresources.org/LOUISIANA.html
    This site has a list of links relative to many disabilities, such as support groups or programs available.
  • Louisiana Fair Housing (LAFH)
    http://www.lafairhousing.org/
    The Louisiana Fair Housing "UPHIL" (United for Progress on Housing in Louisiana) Project has a goal to educate people with disabilities, service providers, and landlords on the rights of individuals with disabilities to fair housing.
  • Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
    http://www.dhh.state.la.us/offices/?ID=77
    The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (LA Dept. of Health and Hospitals) provides information, training and leadership in the development of a comprehensive array of individualized supports and services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
    http://www.dss.state.la.us/departments/lrs/Vocational_Rehabilitation.html
    Louisiana Rehabilitation Services provides career development programs that offer individuals with disabilities a wide range of services designed to provide them with the skills, resources, attitudes, and expectations needed to compete in the interview process, get the job, keep the job, and develop a lifetime career.
  • Louisiana Special Olympics
    www.laso.org
    Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance, and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities.
  • National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
    www.thenadd.org
    The National Association for the Dually Diagnosed provides education, training, and info on mental health issues as they relate to people with cognitive impairments.
  • National Disabilities Rights Network
    www.ndrn.org
    The National Disability Rights Network is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the P&A/CAP network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.
  • Work Pays
    www.work-pays.org
    The Work-Pays web site is for people with disabilities, employers and the community at large. Work-Pays is a consortium of people who came together to increase the employment opportunities of persons with disabilities in Louisiana.
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