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Community and Internet Resources


Community: Support Groups and Disability Specific Organizations

General Disability Organizations and Support Resources


National
State Listings: CA / NH / OH / WI / / (Official USPS State Abbreviations)


National

American Disability Association is a membership organization that serves as a support group for people with disabilities. They provide an exchange of information on disability related issues, such as Social Security, legislation, and more.

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse is a keyword-searchable database of over 1,100 national, international, model and online self-help support groups for addictions, bereavement, health, mental health, disabilities, abuse, parenting, caregiver concerns and other stressful life situations. Also lists local self-help clearinghouses worldwide, research studies, information on starting face-to-face and online groups, and a registry for persons interested in starting national or international self-help groups.

MedSupport Friends Supporting Friends (FSF) is dedicated to educating and assisting persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers. They offer support and information through a variety of interactive, moderated forums and chat areas, as well as a bi-monthly newsletter and links to various other sources of information.

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. (NORD) involves the educating of the public and medical professionals in regards to orphan diseases. NORD has a worldwide clearinghouse of information, including simple written rare disorder information, the Rare Disease Database that serves people with rare disorders and disabilities, and a Physicians' Guide to Rare Diseases.

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State Listings


California

Arc of San Diego is the largest, most comprehensive provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County. Through classes,
workshops, community living, and individualized counseling, the dedicated staff of The Arc patiently guides individuals with disabilities toward the most self-sufficient life possible. The ultimate goal
of all programs and services at The Arc of San Diego is to help each individual reach their fullest level of independence.


New Hampshire

Circle of L.I.F.E. (Living, Independence, Freedom and Empowerment)is a membership organization that provides peer support and a number of other planned activities. Their website features disability news and information, disability resource links, a discussion board and information on legislation and policy development. For more information, call (603) 432-9072.


Ohio

Mid-Ohio Board for an Independent Living Environment has recently developed a Peer Support Network in which people may seek advice or insight from others who have had similar experiences or have faced the same issues relating to disability. Participants are matched based upon interests and experiences. For more information, call (614) 443-5936 Ext. 107 (Voice) or (614) 443-5957 (TTY).


Wisconsin

New Sign Broadscope Disability Services, formally United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin, fosters inclusion, empowers freedom of choice, and advances potential across the lifespan. They provide respite care services, and employment and independent living assistance. For more information, visit the website or write: Broadscope at 6102 W. Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53220, Phone: 414-329-4500 or send email to: info@broadscope.org

Cope Services provides Ozaukee county residents with 24-hour access to information, referral, and crisis intervention services. They provide several 24-hour hotlines for various groups. The general hotline can be reached at (262) 377-COPE (2673). Their website features an on-line directory of supportive resources, which includes disability-specific support groups and organizations that can be searched by topic. Their site also offers several informative newsletters. For more information on Cope's services, call (262) 377-1477 or e-mail cope@execpc.com.

Easter Seal Society of Wisconsin, Inc. Helpline is a service to help people in Outgamie County, Wisconsin find the services they need when dealing with any disability. Callers can receive up-to-date information about local, regional and national programs that serve people with disabilities. For more information, see the Easter Seal Society of Wisconsin homepage or email: jillq@sparknet.net or call the Disability Helpline at (920)832-0344.

Kindcare, Inc. is a community resource center at 1016 Milwaukee Avenue in South Milwaukee Wisconsin. The center is a drop-in resource facility for people with disabilities. For more information, contact (414) 571-5566, ext. 227.

Life Navigators of Greater Milwaukee formerly the ARC serves individuals with disabilities and their families. Since 1949, they have worked to improve the quality if life for individuals with disabilities. Leading the way in long-term care service delivery for individuals with disabilities. Life Navigators has over 60 years of experience in developing, implementing and coordinating service programs that support persons with disabilities and their families in the community. Their staff have extensive experience working with individuals and families and a strong understanding of the service system, public benefits and community based services. For more information, contact Life Navigators at 7203 West Center Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53210, 414-774-6255, F 414-774-7859, or send email to information@lifenavigators.org

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