Special Needs Resource Guide for Families

Alabama Resources

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
(256) 859-4900 www.alabamarespite.org

AL Public Library Service-AL Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
(800) 392-5671

Alabama Special Education Services
(334) 242-9700 www.alsde.edu

ALL KIDS Insurance
(888) 373-5437 www.adph.org/allkids

Civitan International Research Center
(800) 822-2472 or (205) 934-8900 www.circ.uab.edu

Governor’s Office on Disabilities
(888) 879-3582 www.good.alabama.gov

Mobile Arc (MARC)
(251) 479-7409 www.mobilearc.org

Southeast Americans with Disability Act Center
(800) 949-4232 or (404) 541-9001

Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama
(256) 325-8885 www.alabamashaa.org

Technology- STAR (Statewide Technology Access and Response for Alabamians with Disabilities)
(800) 782-7656 or (334) 293-7143

Vocational Rehabilitation-Department of Rehabilitation Services
(334) 281-8780 www.rehab.alabama.gov/vrs

Disability Specific Resources ADD-ADHD

Be Better Clinical Psychology
(Ad Sponsor)

22 North Florida Street, Mobile
Be Better Clinical Psychology – Joanna T. Koulianos, Ph.D. and Associates providing Neurodevelopmental and Psychoeducational evaluations that make a difference. Autism/ADOS-2 testing, ADD/ADHD, behavioral/emotional, vocational, LD/IQ, diagnosis and recommendations. Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Ages 2 and up. By appointment only. Now filing insurances.
(251) 300-2743

Bridgewater Psychiatry
(Ad Sponsor)

8990 Lorraine Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
Bridgewater Psychiatry is a multi-specialty psychiatric service clinic with Child and Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adult Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Social Work. We provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychology testing for mood, anxiety, cognitive, learning, educational and other needs. Our providers are board certified specialists, many with military and multi-national experience. Specializing in evaluation and/or treatments for Autism/Aspergers, Learning/Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety/OCD/Social Phobia, ADD/ADHD, Depression/Bipolar, Psychosis, Trauma/PTSD. Multiple evidence-based therapies used.
(228) 331-3310

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information; resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives. We provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them. For information call or email info@add.org.
(800) 939-1019 www.add.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHAD)
Provides education, advocacy and support for individuals. In addition to our informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD.
(800) 233-4050 www.chadd.org

Feingold Association of the United States
Provides informational materials, online/telephone support, and resources. Helps families introduce low-additive dietary programs for children with learning/behavior problems and chemically sensitive adults.
(631) 369-9340 www.feingold.org

Focus-MD, Inc.
3930 F Airport Boulevard, Mobile
Focus is a medical practice for kids and young people with ADHD and related problems. Dr. James Wiley started FOCUS so that he would have more time to devote to the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Focus provides objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies
(251) 378-8635 www.focus-md.com
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Offers support programs for parents, an information and referral network, legislation and school program development.
(412) 341-1515 www.ldaamerica.org


American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
(Ad Sponsor)

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne
American Autism & Rehabilitation Center (AARC) is a facility aimed at treating a variety of special needs in one convenient location. Our services are for children and adults and include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychological/diagnostic services, educational services and more. Our highly-trained professionals work collaboratively to provide treatment plans as unique as the individual in order to help patients reach their full potential. We offer a family-centered approach and seek to provide hope and help to each patient and family.
(251) 210-1632 www.Americanautismcenter.com

Autism Society of Alabama
(Ad Sponsor)

205 Lambert Avenue, Suite C, Mobile
The Autism Society of Alabama’s mission is to improve services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy. Current programs and services offered include, but are not limited to the following: Information and Referral Specialist, Online Resource Directory, Family Camps, 33 Network Support Groups in counties statewide, innovative website with a Transition Roadmap, Respite Program to give caretakers a break, First Responder Trainings, Conferences and Sensory Friendly Alabama. Please visit our website for a complete listing.
(251) 259-5553 or (877) 4AUTISM

Be Better Clinical Psychology
(Ad Sponsor)

22 North Florida Street, Mobile
Be Better Clinical Psychology – Joanna T. Koulianos, Ph.D. and Associates providing Neurodevelopmental and Psychoeducational evaluations that make a difference. Autism/ADOS-2 testing, ADD/ADHD, behavioral/emotional, vocational, LD/IQ, diagnosis and recommendations. Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. Ages 2 and up. By appointment only. Now filing insurances.
(251) 300-2743

Bridgewater Psychiatry
(Ad Sponsor)

8990 Lorraine Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
Bridgewater Psychiatry is a multi-specialty psychiatric service clinic with Child and Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adult Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Social Work. We provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychology testing for mood, anxiety, cognitive, learning, educational and other needs. Our providers are board certified specialists, many with military and multi-national experience. Specializing in evaluation and/or treatments for Autism/Aspergers, Learning/Cognitive/Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety/OCD/Social Phobia, ADD/ADHD, Depression/Bipolar, Psychosis, Trauma/PTSD. Multiple evidence-based therapies used.
(228) 331-3310

Alabama Autism & Asperger’s Statewide Info & Support Network
We are uniting, making connections and sharing knowledge and support for all 67 counties in our state & the world. A hub for Autism related events, videos, & support.

Auties & Aspies of LA- Lower Alabama Community Support Group
A community dedicated to support for and awareness of those on the Autism Spectrum and their families in lower Alabama. Our intention is to create a community for families in the lower Alabama area who have members on the spectrum. The goal is to be able to share information, support, inspiration, and prayers with other families who are living similar experiences. Visit and Like our page on Facebook for updates.

Autism Alabama
An initiative of Special Education Services, Alabama Department of Education provides on-line training resources for parents and educational professionals on autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America provides services in the areas of advocacy, education, awareness and research. We provide free, comprehensive, bilingual Information and Referral services via our toll-free number and through our online referral database, Autism Source ™. Our contact center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 9:00pm.
(800) 328-8476 www.autism-society.org

Autism Speaks
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. We strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and we work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals. Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle. For more information and resources, visit our website. You can also contact the Autism Response Team by calling or emailing us. Autism Response Team coordinators are specially trained to connect individuals with autism and their families with information, resources, and opportunities.
(888) 288-4762 www.autismspeaks.org

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
Programs include comprehensive and cutting-edge curricula that can be tailored to the specific needs of individuals from birth to 21 years of age. These programs help children learn to communicate, develop friendships, and lead happy, healthy lives.
(850)-416-4495 www.centerforautism.com

Pediatric Developmental Medicine Ctr (PDMC)
1707 Center Street, Suite 201, Mobile
The USA Autism Diagnostic Clinic sees patients with referral from a physician or other medical/educational professional. The mission of this clinic is to improve the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the greater Gulf Coast area through early identification and diagnosis, as well as to provide educational outreach to families, physicians, daycare centers, churches and other organizations who serve children in the community. Autism Spectrum Disorders include Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS). The USA Autism Diagnostic Clinic evaluates patients up to ten years of age. Services include: Medical Assessments-By Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians to evaluate health-related conditions; Cognitive Evaluation-To determine current developmental level of functioning; Speech/Language Evaluation–To assess communication level; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)-To observe social skills and communication abilities during a play session; Genetics Evaluation-To obtain a detailed family history and pertinent genetic laboratory tests; Occupational Therapy Evaluation-To evaluate motor skills, sensory processing abilities, and self care skills; Assistance with Community Resources-Upon completion of the evaluation, the staff will assist the family in obtaining appropriate community services; Consultation-By affiliated specialists with expertise in autism-related conditions.
(251) 415-8577

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Autism Center
5190 Bayou Boulevard, Building 2, Pensacola
At the Sacred Heart Autism Center, we offer a range of direct services for children on the autism spectrum, all with a family-centered approach to learning. Research shows when families are involved, children do better. Our services include: Direct, individualized Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. ABA is a research-based, systematic method for improving socially significant skills and behaviors; Parent instruction and hands-on training; Social skills groups for various ages; Group training for families and professionals.
(850) 416-4933

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism)
Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) is a national non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. For families who have just received the autism diagnosis, TACA aims to speed up the cycle time from the autism diagnosis to effective treatments. TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them, allowing them to share stories and information to help improve the quality of life for people with autism.
(855) 726-7810 or (949) 640-4401 www.tacanow.org


CdLS Foundation(Cornelia de Lange Syndrome)
The Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation is a family support organization that exists to ensure early and accurate diagnosis of CdLS, promote research into the causes and manifestations of the syndrome, and help people with a diagnosis of CdLS make informed decisions throughout their lives.
(800) 753-2357 www.cdlsusa.org

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy.org
Our Mission: to provide you with the most comprehensive, FREE resources and compassionate voice for all things related to caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy. We strive, every day, to be your ultimate resource for everything Cerebral Palsy. We provide a comprehensive resource, including a website and call center that parents and caregivers of children with special needs can turn to for needed, non-legal help, information and resources. We have recently updated our website to include a wide range of blog topics and have a thriving Facebook community we encourage you to check out! Email us, contactus@mychildwithcp.com.
(800) 692-4453 www.cerebralpalsy.org

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile
3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile
UCP of Mobile is dedicated to advancing the independence of people with disabilities. UCP offers a wide range of services for people of all ages, starting with one of our early intervention programs and continuing through adulthood with our supported employment program. Please contact us for information on several programs we offer.
(251) 479-4900 www.ucpmobile.org

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Alabama Chapter
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. We fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support.
(205) 870-8565 www.amabama.cff.org
Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Alabama
Down Syndrome Alabama’s mission is to promote awareness, acceptance and advocacy for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages.
(205) 988-0810 www.downsyndromealabama.org

Down Syndrome Society of Mobile
2827 Airport Boulevard, Mobile
Our mission is to provide enrichment through education, networking opportunities, advocacy, and emotional support for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the greater community.
(888) 454-0317 www.dssmobile.org


(Ad Sponsor)

15 Midtown Park West, Mobile
1048 Stanton Road, Suite G, Daphne
Read Write offers educational consulting, testing, and one-on-one academic therapy for students with language based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. We offer instruction in the following areas: reading, spelling, written expression, handwriting, grammar, math, and technology. We have special programs for homeschooled students and preschoolers.
(251) 287-1822 www.dyslexiaspecialist.net
Daphne: (251) 625-4020 www.dyslexiaspecialist.net

Alabama Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, The
Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy.
(855) 247-1381 www.idaalabama.org

Bright Beginnings School
3590 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile
Bright Beginnings Academy was developed to give parents an alternative for their children’s education. Each child is unique and should be taught in unique ways. At Bright Beginnings each child is individually challenged and taught to meet his/her specific needs. An individual educational plan is developed for each child and is taught in small group settings. Full day academic program specializing in dyslexia. All subjects. Serving grades 1-8.
(251) 525-9105 www.brightdyslexics.com

Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama
The Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama is a non-profit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Support programs for parents, an information and referral network, legislation and school program development.
(412) 341-1515 www.ldaamerica.org


Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with nearly 50 local organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against seizures since 1968. The Foundation is an unwavering ally for individuals and families impacted by epilepsy and seizures. The Foundation works to prevent, control, and cure epilepsy through community services; public education; federal and local advocacy; and supporting research into new treatments and therapies. The Foundation works to ensure that people with seizures have the opportunity to live their lives to their fullest potential.
(800) 332-1000 www.epilepsy.com

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama
273 Azalea Road # 310, Mobile
The Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama has a mission to educate and support individuals with epilepsy and their families, to increase awareness in the general community and to facilitate prevention and management of epilepsy. This includes providing services and programs for people with epilepsy and their families; educating and increasing awareness about epilepsy; providing leadership in advocacy for epilepsy issues and collaborating with other community resources in support of the mission of the people with seizure disorders.
(251) 341-0170 or (800) 626-1582 www.efala.org

Tourette Syndrome

National Tourette Syndrome Association
Founded in 1972, The Tourette Association of America (formerly known as the Tourette Syndrome Association) has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. Email: support@tourette.org
(888) 4-TOURET (486-8738) www.tourette.org

Muscular Dystrophy

Alabama Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
(205) 823-8191 or (800) 572-1717 www.mdausa.org

Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Mobile Chapter, Inc.
The mission of the Association is to “Empower clients and their families with knowledge, through quality comprehensive programs and services.” In carrying out this mission, the Association provides the following services to individuals throughout nine counties in southwest Alabama, including Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Choctaw, Conecuh, Clarke, Covington, Washington, and Monroe counties. For individuals with sickle cell disease: Case management services, Transportation to/from medical appointments, medical and pharmacy assistance for those without insurance. Career assistance, After School Tutorial Program (ages 6-18), Summer Enrichment Program, Client support groups and fun activities. For the general public: Sickle cell screenings, lab onsite, Genetic counseling for those who test positive for sickle cell trait, Educational seminars and certification program. ***All services provided free of charge.
(251) 432-0301 www.scdmobile.org

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Association of Alabama
The mission of the SBA of AL is to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to enhance the lives of all affected.


Disabled Children Relief Fund
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund (DCRF), a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Blind, Deaf, Amputees, and children with Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Spastic Quadriplegia, Encephalitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spina Bifida, Down’s syndrome, and other disabilities receive assistance. DCRF focuses special attention on helping children throughout the U.S. that do not have adequate health insurance, especially the physically challenged.
(516) 377-1605

Family Support
1050 Government Street, Mobile
Family Support is the home of the Individual & Family Support program in south Alabama. We help families in south Alabama help themselves, and do so by offering emotional support, information, referrals, flexible financial assistance, and special project assistance, all provided through local area volunteer councils. An area council member must be an adult with a disability or a family member of a child with a disability. This, then, results in a very unique low-cost resource for families that uses the wisdom gained by real-life experience to help others facing many of the same issues.
(251) 438-1609 www.famsupport.com

Individual & Family Support
Providing financial support to families with developmental disabilities and head/spinal cord injuries. For more information email susanpolizzi@comcast.net.
(251) 455-6760 or (251) 438-1609

Medicaid Waiver Program
Visit our website for more information about intellectual disabilities waiver and living at home waiver.

State of Alabama Independent Living Waiver
This waiver program provides services to disabled adults age 18 years or older who have specific medical diagnoses and who would otherwise qualify for care in a nursing care facility. Diagnoses may include but not limited to; Quadriplegia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Spinal muscular atrophy, severe cerebral palsy, Stroke, and other substantial neurological impairments, severely debilitating disease or rare genetic diseases (such as Lesch-Nyhan disease).
(800) 441-7607 www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/4.0_Programs/4.3.0_LTC/

The Rileigh and Raylee Angel Ride Foundation
The Rileigh and Raylee Angel Ride Foundation is a foundation started by the inspiration of two children -Rileigh Glass and Raylee Odom. Rileigh was born with Down syndrome and Raylee with Muscular Dystrophy. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial assistance to families of children with unforeseen health problems. Upon careful review of an applicant’s files, awards are distributed on a needs basis. All files are documented with medical diagnosis, physician recommendations, family income, expense records; and an estimated cost of transportation, food and lodging. The Foundation genuinely seeks to assist families faced with financial burdens when health complications are not covered by health plans.
(251) 243-0365 www.angel-ride.org

General Resources

BayPointe Hospital
(Ad Sponsor)

5800 Southland Drive, Mobile
BayPointe Hospital is a free-standing psychiatric hospital specializing in child and adolescent acute inpatient and long-term residential care. Located in west Mobile on a beautiful 15-acre campus, it offers short-term, inpatient stabilization and long-term treatment in a residential setting for children and adolescents. Often these children have suffered from abuse, neglect or substance abuse, and an intervention is desperately needed. They may be disruptive, sometimes uncontrollable, exhibiting suicidal, aggressive or other unsafe behaviors and can no longer function in their homes and community settings. Many factors must be considered before admission to BayPointe is appropriate.
(251)450-2211 or (888) 335-3044

BayView Professional Associates
(Ad Sponsor)

1015 Montlimar Drive, Suite A-210, Mobile
BayView’s professional clinicians offer confidential and supportive, solution-focused counseling that can help children and families with problems, such as erratic behavior, aggression towards self or others, difficulty concentrating, unexplained weight loss, even physical symptoms like headaches. Our comprehensive clinical services consist of an interdisciplinary team including a child/adolescent board-certified psychiatrist, psychologists, and psychotherapists that provide complete evaluations and tests for learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, and cognitive (thinking) problems in addition to psychotherapy and treatment for children, adolescents and adults. Services may include individual, group or family counseling; play therapy; crisis intervention; behavior modification; psychiatric services; medication management; substance abuse services; and parent education. BayView accepts most major insurance, which includes PEEHIP and AllKids.
(251) 660-2360 or (888) 335-3044

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
100 North Union Street, Montgomery
Our Mission is to promote and support independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities. ACDD is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities.
(334) 242-3973 or (800) 232-2158 www.acdd.org

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
602 South Lawrence Street, Montgomery
Unique in the nation, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is comprised of state and federal programs that provide a continuum of services from birth through life for Alabamians with disabilities. ADRS has four major programs:

1. Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS)
– 1610 Center Street, Suite A, and Mobile (251) 439-7890, Toll-free number: (800) 543-3098 or TTY (800) 499-1816. A division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Early Intervention provides supports and services for infants and toddlers birth though age 2 (0 to 36 months of age) who have a medical diagnosis that can delay normal development or who have a developmental delay causing the child to not meet developmental milestones. Early intervention supports and services focus on teaching the parents and other caregiver’s ways to help the child learn and participate in everyday activities.

2. Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS)
CRS District Office – 1610 Center Street Suite A, Mobile. (251) 432-4560, Toll-free number: (800) 879-8163,
TTY (800) 499-1816 Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS) is a statewide organization of skilled professionals providing quality medical, rehabilitative, coordination and support services for children with special health care needs and their families. Every county in Alabama is served through a network of 14 community-based offices. This network provides specialty clinic and other services by physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, occupational therapists, registered dietitians, secretaries, and administrators. CRS staff members also work closely with local school systems to enable children with special health care needs to participate fully in school.

3. Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS)
2419 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile (251) 479-8611, Toll-free number: (800) 671-6842, TTY: (800) 499-1816. Vocational Rehabilitation Service (VRS), the largest division within the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, helps Alabamians with disabilities achieve independence through employment. VRS provides specialized employment- and education-related services and training to assist teens and adults with disabilities in becoming employed. In addition, VRS works with middle schools, high schools, junior colleges and universities statewide to assist students with disabilities in receiving appropriate educational opportunities.

4. State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service (SAIL)
2419 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile (251) 479-8611, Toll-free number: (888) 388-3245, TTY: (800) 499-1816 The State of Alabama Independent Living / Homebound Service (SAIL) provides specialized in-home education and counseling, attendant care, training and medical services to Alabamians with severe disabilities. The SAIL program has seven community-based offices located throughout the state to serve residents in all 67 counties. SAIL ensures the consumer can live as independently as possible at home and in the community through specialized programs.
(334) 293-7500 or (800) 441-7607

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) 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. ADAP’s vision is one of a society where persons with disabilities are valued and exercise self-determination through meaningful choices, and have equality of opportunity.
(205) 348-4928 www.adap.net

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind – Mobile Regional Center
1050 Government Street, Mobile
Our Mobile Regional Office serves Baldwin, Mobile, Clarke, Washington, Monroe, Conecuh, and Escambia Counties. The earlier children learn the better they progress. Some experts estimate that up to 20% of the skills learned in a lifetime are learned in the first five years. That’s why we place so much emphasis on helping families, and encourage families to come forward with their concerns as early as possible. Everyone around your child can be a teacher. Infants and toddlers will soak up language and information from every source. Regional Center staff members can give you the skills to make this happen. It takes time and creativity to communicate with a child who is blind or deaf, but the rewards of making that effort are incalculable.
(251) 432-7777 www.aidb.org

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
(256) 859-4900 www.alabamarespite.org

Alabama Scottish Rite Learning Center
We are happy to serve as consultants to teachers of students whom we have evaluated and who have been determined to be experiencing dyslexia, language-learning disabilities, or severe speech or language disabilities. We will work collaboratively with teachers and other members of the IEP team to develop goals and benchmarks necessary to assist students in reaching their academic potential. We will also provide teachers with in-service training in the areas of identification and remediation of dyslexia, in-service training in the areas of language-learning disabilities and severe speech or language disabilities. Free Testing of speech and language disorders such as dyslexia.
(205) 365-1640 www.alsrlcenter.org

AltaPointe Health Systems & Children’s Outpatient Services
301 Bishop Lane, Mobile
Children and teens with emotional problems need special attention and specialized care in an environment especially designed for them. AltaPointe Children’s Outpatient Services provides treatment for children and teens ages 3-19, and their families, with the ultimate goal of helping them maintain stability in the community. AltaPointe’s therapists use state-of-the-art, evidence-based practices. They specialize in treating trauma, grief, child sexual abuse, emotional and behavioral problems or significant school-related issues. Treatment focuses on problem resolution, symptom reduction, stabilization and/or prevention of movement to a higher level of care. Treatment is highly variable and depends upon the individual’s existing symptoms.
(251) 450-2211 or (888) 335-3044 www.altapointe.org/altapointe-services/child-outpatient-services/

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc.
ASHA is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively.
(256) 325-8885 www.alabamashaa.org

Bay Area Clinical Associates, LLC
Catalina M. Arata, Ph.D., M. Hope Jackson, Ph.D., Ellen L. Odom, M.S., L.P.C., Kelly R. Fountain, M.S., L.P.T.
2864 Dauphin Street, Suite A, Mobile
At Bay Area Clinical Associates, LLC, we specialize in a variety of areas and services for Mobile and the greater region of southwest Alabama and southeastern Mississippi. We provide psychological assessment and treatment to families, adults, adolescents and children with a variety of problems. Children ages 5+, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families. We specialize in issues of anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, grief, school-related difficulties, eating disorders and Post-divorce issues. Psycho-educational testing for ADHD, LD, and Gifted.
(251) 470-7607 www.bayareaclinical.com

Canine Companions for Independence
Largest non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs. We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs. We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs. We train four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs and Facility Dogs.

Center for Attention & Learning
829 University Blvd South, Mobile
John I. Bailey, Jr., MD Medical Evaluation & Treatment for School Learning & Behavioral Problems, Classroom & Homework Difficulties, ADHD-ADD, LD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Tourette, & Depression & other Mood Problems. Over thirty years’ experience. Member, Professional Advisory Board of the National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.
(251) 342-6443 www.centerforattentionmobile.com

Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation
600 BelAir Boulevard, Suite 110, Mobile
Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping those with low vision and blindness. The clinics provide professional evaluation by a Medical Doctor (M.D.) or an Optometrist (O.D.), Occupational Therapists, Ophthalmic technicians, Computer Specialists and others. It works in collaboration with state agencies, regional and national resources. Our Board of Directors includes a broad spectrum of community leaders active in improving the access to care and quality of life for those living in Southwest Alabama.
(251) 476-4744 www.csvrlowvision.org

Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation
29653 Anchor Cross Boulevard, Daphne
Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to helping those with low vision and blindness. The clinic provides professional evaluation by eye doctors (ODs and MDs), occupational therapists, ophthalmic technicians, computer specialists and others. It works in collaboration with state agencies and regional and national resources.
(251) 928-2888 www.csvrlowvision.org

Delicious Dietician
55 Midtown Park East, Mobile
The Delicious Dietician offers “One- on- One” Disease Management services specific to the client’s individual needs. The Delicious Dietician understands the need for education and practical advice when dealing with health problems requiring restricted diets. Let The Delicious Dietician teach you how to live deliciously, despite having limitations with your meals. For questions email info@4tdd.com.
(251) 478-2233 or (800) 876-3230 www.4tdd.com

Dianne Craft – Child Diagnostics
Wonderful website filled with information, articles, resources for learning disabilities, dyslexia, auditory processing, right/left brain learning. We provide nutritional therapy and supplement recommendations. You can purchase Dianne’s DVDs, CDs, Books, vitamins, and other various products through her online store.
(303) 694-0532 www.diannecraft.org

Easter Seals of Alabama
5960 East Shirley Lane, Montgomery
Our organization consists of several community rehabilitation program sites and the world’s largest barrier free recreational camp, Camp ASCCA. Easter Seals Alabama services include: Medical Rehabilitation, Early Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Hearing Therapy, Job Training and Employment, Child Care & Camping and Recreation. We provide services for people with disabilities and their families. For more information visit our website or email info@al.easterseals.com.
(334) 395-4489 www.alabama.easterseals.com

Easter Seals of Gulf Coast
2448 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile
Easter Seals offers Parent Education and Support, Child Development Centers, Early Intervention and a Wonderful Recreation Program that provides school-age children (6 – 12) of all abilities the opportunity to participate in a variety of community recreational activities. Sessions include gymnastics, rock wall climbing, bowling, skating, music & movement, and tee ball. Staff is assisted by volunteers from the University of South Alabama Therapeutic Recreation and Occupational Therapy Programs.
Our organization consists of eight community rehabilitation program sites and the world’s largest barrier free recreational camp, Camp ASCCA. Easter Seals Alabama services include: Medical Rehabilitation, Early Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Hearing Therapy, Job Training and Employment, Child Care & Camping and Recreation. We provide services for people with disabilities and their families.
(251) 471-1581 www.goodwill-easterseals.org

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities – The ARC of Alabama
The Arc of Alabama, Inc., is a non-profit, volunteer-based membership organization whose primary role is to advocate for the rights and protections of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. This advocacy is provided through Information and Referral services, educational opportunities like the annual Alabama disability Conference, and public policy initiatives. The Arc of Alabama provides chapter support to 29 local chapters across Alabama – all of them unique non-profit organizations sharing their passion for advocating and providing a variety of supports and services to those with I/DD and their families.
(334) 262-7688 or (866) 243-9557 www.thearcofal.org

Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama
The Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama, Inc. (LDAA) is a non-profit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. LDAA strives to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities.
(334) 277-9151

March of Dimes Mobile Alabama Chapter
205 Lambert Street, Suite A, Mobile
The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter has one goal: to help babies in our community start life in the healthiest way possible. Through education and intervention, we help moms-to-be learn how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy. We are also there when things don’t go as planned, providing comfort and information to families when a baby is born too soon. The Alabama Chapter also partners with local medical groups and organizations to establish guidelines for how to care for pregnant women and premature babies. And we provide grants to researchers working to understand birth defects and premature birth and to find treatments and solutions. To find out how you can be involved call or email Riley Bridges, Sr. Development Manager, ebridges@marchofdimes.org.
(251) 438-1360 www.marchofdimes.com/alabama

Mental Health National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Alabama is an organization comprised of local support and advocacy groups throughout the state dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with a mental illness in Alabama. The number of such groups is growing rapidly as families become more determined to improve treatment and care for Alabamians diagnosed with a mental illness. The mission statement/purpose of NAMI Alabama is to provide support, education, and advocacy for persons with mental illnesses, their families, and others whose lives are affected by these brain disorders. Numerous local meetings. Meetings listed under the support information on our website.
(251) 461-3450 or (334) 396-4797 www.namimobile.org

Mobile Association for the Blind
2440 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile
The Mobile Association for the Blind is now a 45,000 square foot manufacturing facility where many visually impaired individuals who are not able to join the public workforce are employed in our Sheltered Workshop. Our organization also provides assistance to other citizens with disabilities. Counseling and evaluation, skills training, and job placement are just some of the services we provide to help create the self-esteem needed to become productive members of society.
(251) 473-3585 or (877) 292-5463

Mulherin Custodial Home
2496 Halls Mill Road, Mobile
Mulherin Home provides a home for individuals, children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our foremost concern is the happiness, comfort, and welfare of the residents at Mulherin Home. The Mulherin Custodial Home is a 501(c) (3) organization, and a United Way agency.
(251) 471-1998 www.mulherinhome.com

Santa America
308 Belrose Avenue, Daphne
Santa America is a national volunteer service organization with a very special mission. Over 200 hundred Santas across America visit children and families in crisis. Santa Claus visits when a child or family needs him, twelve months a year, bringing love, hope and joy to special needs children in a loving visit of about an hour at home, hospital, or hospice. Santa’s visits are free. There is no charge for a visit from Santa Claus ever.
(251) 626-6609 www.santa-america.org

Sight Savers America
337 Business Circle, Pelham
Sight Savers America is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that assists children with obtaining eye exams, glasses, and other needed eye care from local eye care providers and clinics. Children are referred to Sight Savers via failed vision screenings at school, referrals from teachers, school administrators, school nurses, eye-care professionals and parents. Children of families who qualify for our program receive the eye care they need at no cost to the family.
(877) 942-2627 www.sightsaversamerica.org

The Centre
1290 Main Street, Suite B, Daphne
The areas of specialization include: Treatment of Depression and Anxiety, Grief, Abuse/Trauma Issues, Life Adjustments, Spiritual Issues, Career Planning, Divorce Recovery, Attention-Deficit Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Problems, Parenting Skills, Peer Conflicts, Family Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Relationship/Marital Therapy, Medical and Health Concerns, Psychological Testing, Psycho-Educational Evaluations. The Centre’s CrossRhodes Art Therapy Program provides counseling for children who are facing life-threatening illnesses. The nurturing therapeutic environment allows them to ask questions and express feelings in a healthy, healing way. Art becomes an added voice for telling their story. It gives them a self-soothing avenue to practice coping strategies they can use in their daily lives.
(251) 625-0118 www.thecounselingcentre.com
1507 Dauphin Street, Mobile
(251) 471-5844 www.thecounselingcentre.com

The Listening Program
The Listening Program (TLP) is a music listening therapy that provides engaging brain stimulation to improve performance in school, work and life. It gently trains the auditory system to accurately process sound. Auditory processing problems can lead to academic, emotional, cognitive and social challenges, including problems with ADD, Listening, Speech & language, memory, communication, Social skills, reading, Sensory Integration, Balance and coordination and self-regulation. Auditory processing problems are often found in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, dyslexia and learning disabilities.
(888) 228-1798 www.advancedbrain.com

Organizations for Parents

Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC)
We believe that parents have the greatest impact on their children’s lives. APEC provides families with the training, information and support they need to help them ensure that their children become productive, well-educated citizens.
(866) 532-7660 or (334) 567-9938

Family Voices of Alabama
Family Voices of Alabama (FV of AL) aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our national network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
(877) 771-3862 www.familyvoicesal.org

Parent-to-Parent USA
Parent-to-Parent USA (P2PUSA) is a national non-profit organization committed to promoting parent support across the country. Our website highlights statewide organizations that offer parent to parent support programs and evidence-based P2P USA endorsed practices. We provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs by matching parents with an experienced, trained “Support Parent”.

Physical and Speech Therapy

BlueBird Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
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6312 Piccadilly Square Drive, Suite 3, Mobile
At Bluebird Therapy, we offer occupational therapy, speech therapy, feeding therapy and special needs kid’s yoga. We believe in providing therapy that addresses the whole child and ultimately, helps the family provide their child with independence and confidence. Each service focuses on addressing the child’s needs through a playful and encouraging environment that is grounded in child development and focuses on purposeful play to promote the areas of need while also teaching the parents what to do at home to further promote their child’s abilities. Some of the special techniques that we use during occupational therapy and speech therapy treatment include, Integrative Listening Systems, Sensory Integration Techniques, Handwriting Without Tears, DIR/Floor time Concepts, Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques, Brain Gym, Kinesiotaping, Augmentative Communication, Kaufman Approach to Apraxia, etc. Our feeding therapy team consists of an occupational therapist and speech therapist who use a holistic approach that focuses on helping the child overcome the sensory, oral motor and behavioral difficulties that can inhibit the child from having age appropriate feeding skills and an age appropriate diet for the appropriate caloric and nutrient intake for a healthy lifestyle. The feeding therapists have training with the SOS Feeding Therapy Approach, Beckman Oral Motor Approach, and the Melanie Potock-It’s not just about Swallowing Approach. We currently have openings available for new client evaluations and are in-network providers for a variety of insurance companies. Give us a call today to find out more about the services we offer or to find out how to sign up! We look forward to meeting you!
(251) 287-0378 www.bluebirdtherapy.com

Pediatric Physical Therapy of Mobile
(Ad Sponsor)

881 Hillcrest Road, Mobile
It is the mission of Pediatric Physical Therapy to provide Mobile and Baldwin County pediatric patients with options for out-patient physical therapy services. Treatment will be individualized, assertive, and aggressive to maximize functional outcomes. We strive to have child-friendly, play-based treatment programs which are family centered. We believe in empowering the patient and the family to heal themselves through patient education. We believe in physical fitness for all ages and abilities thus will promote pediatric fitness and sports. Pediatric Physical Therapy strives to utilize state of the art technology and evidence based practice during treatment. Families will be guided toward area community resources. Services will be coordinated with other community agencies and other health professionals working with the child. We will provide students of physical therapy a problem based clinical with emphasis on adult learning. The clinic will practice according to the guidelines and ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association.
(251) 450-0070 www.pptmobile.com

Therapy Services at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital
(Ad Sponsor)

1610 Center Street, Mobile
Therapy Services at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital offers a team-oriented program of pediatric physical, occupational and speech-language therapies. Services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. We offer pediatric-specific care for infants and children with varied diagnoses. Services include assessment and treatment of: Developmental Delays, Orthopedic Injuries, Neuromuscular Problems, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, etc., Burns and Wounds, Speech and Language Deficits, Feeding Problems, Sensory Problems, Attention Problems & Loss of Function Due to Chronic Illness.
(251) 415-1670 www.usahealthsystem.com

Buckaroo Barn, L.L.C.
39821 Duffee Lane, Bay Minette
Buckaroo Barn, LLC provides physical therapy specializing in hippotherapy for special little buckaroos. Kristye Chastang is certified to use hippotherapy as a treatment tool for children with disabilities. Hippotherapy is a therapy tool which uses the movement of the horse to influence the patient’s posture, balance, stability & sensory processing. The therapist can direct the movement of the horse, analyze the patient’s response and adjust the treatment accordingly. It is rewarding for every one involved & is so much fun, the kids won’t even know its therapy. Visit our website or call for information.
(251) 604-3904 www.buckaroobarnllc.com

Gulf Coast Therapy
Gulf Coast Therapy is a state-of-the-art outpatient therapy center serving Mobile and Baldwin County. We are committed to offering our patients a center of excellence for the treatment of pain and/or disability. The mission of Gulf Coast Therapy is to provide our patients with the skills they need in order to function at their highest level of independence and increase their quality of life. Services include: early intervention, outpatient pediatrics and school-based therapy.
(251) 928-7312 www.gulfcoasttherapy.com

Jubilee Pediatric Speech Services, LLC
9086 Merritt Lane, Daphne
Providing quality speech and language therapy to children while partnering with parents to promote communication development.
(251) 340-2166 www.jubileespeech.com

Kids Kount- Therapy Services, LLC
2504 Dauphin Street, Suite A, Mobile
Our therapy techniques skillfully weave sensory experiences and practical application into activities of daily living. Children learn to work through challenges in a caring, supportive environment; and we all celebrate their accomplishments. We strive to instill compassion and confidence in each child, and we give each child encouragement to become their own unique self. We provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy for children from birth to 21 years.
(251) 517-0355 www.kidskounttherapy.com

Kids Kount- Therapy Services, LLC
26420 Kensington Place, Suite C, Daphne
Our therapy techniques skillfully weave sensory experiences and practical application into activities of daily living. Children learn to work through challenges in a caring, supportive environment; and we all celebrate their accomplishments. We strive to instill compassion and confidence in each child, and we give each child encouragement to become their own unique self. We provide speech, occupational, and physical therapy for children from birth to 21 years.
(251) 517-0355 www.kidskounttherapy.com

Springhill Medical Center- Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
100 Memorial Drive Suite 1-C (at Dauphin and I-65), Mobile
Rehabilitation Center offers Physical, Occupational and Speech therapy services to children from Pediatric to Geriatric. Our therapists will screen, analyze and evaluate children who may be experiencing limitations or difficulties in daily life environments or developmental performance areas. Together with parents or caregivers a treatment plan will be developed to maximize the child’s independence, behavior and self-esteem. Upon referral by the child’s physician, an appointment should be scheduled by calling (251) 340-0688. Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday; 8am- 5pm. Facebook: Springhill Medical Center Rehabilitation.
(251) 340-0688 www.Springhillmedicalcenter.com

University of South Alabama Psychology Clinic
307 University Blvd North, UCOM 2000, Mobile
As a training clinic for the USA Clinical and Counseling Psychology doctoral training program, USA Psychological Clinic also offers low-cost services for children, adults, and families, including psychological testing and counseling, martial counseling, and stress management. Under the supervision of Licensed Psychologists, graduate students provide a variety of clinical services, offering reduced fees (therapy $5-$25/session, evaluations $250-$500). Psychology faculty members also see clients for a fee and accept some insurance. Services offered include Individual Therapy (Adult and Child), Family Therapy, Group Therapy, The JAGSS Group (Junior Autism Group for Social Skills), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Evaluations and Assessments.
(251) 460-7149 www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/psychology

USA Speech and Hearing Clinic
1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North, Mobile
The clinic serves two primary purposes: to provide services in speech, language and hearing to citizens of Mobile and surrounding areas and to provide the supervised clinical experiences needed by the students for graduation and to obtain professional licensure/certification. Because the USA Speech and Hearing Clinic functions as a service facility and teaching facility, activities and procedures address both purposes. Diagnostic and treatment services in speech, language and hearing are provided to persons of all ages and with all types of speech-language and hearing disorders.
(251) 445-9378 www.southalabama.edu/colleges/alliedhealth/speechandhearing/clinic.html


BlueBird Pediatric Therapy, Inc.-Kids Yoga
(Ad Sponsor)

6312 Piccadilly Square Drive, Suite 3, Mobile
Bluebird Therapy offers yoga for children with and without special needs. The yoga class is taught by a pediatric therapist who is yoga certified but also works at Bluebird Therapy and is familiar with the needs of children with and without special needs. Each class will incorporate poses, breathing techniques and purposeful postures to strengthen the body, calm the nervous system, and teach a fun way to exercise. Each class series will be designed to meet the needs of those who are signed up for the class. Sign up ahead of time is required and each class series ranges from a 4-6 week commitment 1x each week. For further information on signing up and on the upcoming dates for yoga classes please email Danielle at bluebirdtherapy@gmail.com .
(251) 287-0378 www.bluebirdtherapy.com

Access To Recreation
Provides exercise and recreational equipment for people with disabilities.
(800) 634-4351 www.accesstr.com

Celisse’s School of the Equestrian
2568 Sollie Road, Mobile
We provide Therapeutic Riding Lessons to those with special needs (mental or physical), blind or deaf, and recovering from injury. It is our goal that everyone who wants to experience, learn, and benefit from horses is able to do so.
(251) 289-1244 www.kcequestrianarts.com

City of Mobile Parks and Rec Center Special Activities Therapeutic Recreation
261 Rickarby Street, Mobile
Therapeutic Programs for Special Needs. Classes vary so call or check our website for more information.
(251) 208-1651 www.cityofmobile.org/parks

Dance Without Limits
63 Midtown Park East, Mobile
Offering dance classes exclusively to the special needs community! We will offer a preschool class for ages 3-5, hip hop classes ages 6-11 (or based on cognitive level), ballet classes and a teen/adult class. Classes are led by Kerrie Benson, a dance teacher for over 20 years and mom to a special needs child along with occupational therapists Mia Manning and Victoria Rowan. Tuition rates are $50 per month – there will be a few scholarships available provided by our generous donors. Most classes will be assisted – meaning each dancer will have a volunteer helper to work with them through class. These volunteers are dancers at Broadway South, Camp Smile counselors, special ed teachers and speech and OT students at South. All dancers will perform at the Broadway South Dance recital and at community events throughout the year. Our schedule is available on our Dance Without Limits Facebook page. Call (251) 610-4969 or email dancewithoutlimits@aol.com for more info!
(251) 610-4969

Exceptional Arts Drama by Sunnyside Theater
63 Midtown Park East, Mobile
Sunnyside Theater proudly presents Exceptional Arts Drama. Drama and Theater classes for adults and children with special needs ages 8-80! Exceptional Arts Drama is committed to providing fun and creative theater opportunities for children and adults with special needs! We adapt roles to give each cast member the chance to showcase their unique talents on stage. Our actors learn how to put on a play, memorize scripts, perform choreography, and role play during dress up! With Azalea City Center for the Arts, cast members and volunteers work together with the common goal of putting on a great show for our families and friends! Tuesday nights 6:00pm-8:00pm. $50/month. At end of semester we will present a full length play. For more information please contact Chris Paragone, azaleacity@mindspring.com or call 510-1808.
(251) 510-1808 www.azaleacityarts.com

Hope Outdoors
P.O. Box 1421, Chatom
Glenn & Karen Sansing, Alabama Chapter Directors
Hope Outdoors has a passion to spread the love of God and provide the fun of the great outdoors to those who may be ill or challenged. Some are looking to be re-introduced into an activity they once loved, while others are discovering a new and exciting way to live life to its fullest. We provide opportunities for fishing, deer hunts, archery shoots, bird and turkey hunts, and other ways to get close to nature and enrich lives no matter the challenges life may have given you. We now have chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, and 3 chapters in Mississippi. All events are free to participants and their families. Hope Outdoors provides all meals, game processing and licenses. Participants are only responsible for travel to and from the event. Our Alabama event will be held the 3rd weekend in January 2017. Applications can be found on our website. To find out how you can be a part of Hope Outdoors call or visit our website today. Visit us on Facebook for photos and event updates.
(251) 769-0711 or (251) 769-5642

Inner Strength Martial Arts
9120 Airport Boulevard # H, Mobile
Taekwondo for children and adults of all levels. Rick Hoadley, Master Instructor 7th Degree Black Belt in the martial art of Taekwondo has over 35 years of professional experience. Also offering program for special needs children.
(251) 776-1978 www.innerstrengthmartialarts.info

Kallie’s Cheer & Gymnastics
8680 Howells Ferry Road, Semmes
Mobile’s first Christian cheer/gymnastics/dance studio. Special Needs classes offered.
(251) 401-5841

Langan Park
4901 Zeigler Boulevard, Mobile
This is a Boundless Playground. The Boundless Playground is designed so that children of all abilities can enjoy the park. There is a Pedestrian Bridge connects the playground and park area of Langan Park to the Mobile Museum of Art across Three Mile Creek.

Special Needs Athletes Programs. Our mission is to give developmentally disabled citizens in the greater Mobile, Baldwin County Alabama area, the opportunity to participate in a recreational sport with others of the same skill level and to have fun doing it. We work to partner our special athletes with mentors to help them learn the game of bowling, to develop their skills and to be a positive role model.
(251) 285-0224 www.snapofalabama.com

Special Olympics Mobile County
2827 Airport Boulevard, Mobile
The mission of Special Olympics of Mobile County is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics of Mobile County is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large, by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition, and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs. Find us on Facebook.
(251) 408-1395

Springhill Taekwondo – Super Samaris
63 Midtown Park East, Mobile
Springhill Taekwondo Super Samaris-a taekwondo class designed for special needs. Ages 5+. Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Improve gross motor skills and build confidence!
(251) 554-5425

The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast
28788 North Main Street , Daphne
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast is a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization dedicated to enhancing the social, recreational and artistic abilities of the special needs community. EFGC provides daily programs, which include arts & crafts, music, social events and Special Olympics. Our program is available to the special needs individual upon completion of high school. We also offer a summer program for school-aged children. Our Hours are Monday and Thursday from 8:00am-6:00pm. For more information contact Jennifer Flad, Executive Director at Jennifer.Flad@exceptionalfoundationgc.org.
(251) 625-8955 www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org

Turning Point Dance Academy
4880 Lakeland Drive Suite D, Mobile
Why should you choose to be a part of the TPDA family? “We are a conservative studio that gives each child the individual attention that they deserve.” Special needs class for all ages.
(251) 422-0262 or (251) 602-8900

VSA of Alabama, Art Partners
VSA Alabama is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities through the arts. Programs offered by VSA Alabama include: visual arts, music therapy, therapeutic drumming & rhythm, art therapy, drama, creative movement, and creative writing. This program is FREE to participants! The Eastern Shore Art Center has participated in this unique program since its inception. For information, visit www.esartcenter.com.

Westside’s Buddy Ball League
This Division of Babe Ruth Buddy Ball is a program for mentally and physically challenged youth between 5-21 years of age in an athletic environment structured to their abilities. Our program strives to teach the community to recognize the abilities of our participants rather than their disabilities. More than the skill of baseball is learned through the experience. The value of the Babe Ruth Buddy Ball is therapeutic and socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of participants’ self-esteem, the opportunities to mainstream into other divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. Young adults, teens and children can volunteer to be a buddy to the participants. Email: rochellejdn@aol.com.
(251) 633-9853 www.westsidebaseball.com

Recreation Camps

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Lake Martin
ASCCA is an acronym that stands for Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. Beginning in 1976, Camp ASCCA has been a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation and is known throughout the world for its superior quality services. Providing camping experiences for children and adults with disabilities, Camp ASCCA is open year-round. Within its barrier-free environment, Camp ASCCA offers 230 wooded acres on the shores of beautiful Lake Martin in Alabama. Camp ASCCA serves an average of 7,000 people annually. Activities include horseback riding, fishing, tubing, swimming, environmental education, arts and crafts, canoeing, a splash pad, outdoor adventure elements like the zip-line, and much more.
(256) 825-9226 or (800) THE-CAMP

Camp Bridges
1600 7th Avenue South, Birmingham
Our mission is to provide camps and programs to pre and post transplant children, teens, young adults and their families from Alabama and neighboring states. We create a fun and educational environment for heart, kidney, liver and lung transplant recipients that encourage positive self image and healthy transplant living. For more information emailinfo@campbridges.com.
(205) 558- 2090 www.campbridges.org

Camp Mash
P.O. Box 850548, Camp M.A.S.H. is a weeklong recreational program for children ages 7 to 17 with a form of juvenile arthritis or a related autoimmune disease. Our camp is planned specifically for the needs of our campers in order to empower them to live life to the fullest and to build friendships with others on similar journeys. Camp M.A.S.H. is offered at NO COST to our families. We have activities such as fishing, swimming and the ropes course, as well as horses, archery, and arts & crafts. All activities and accommodations are fully accessible, and a medical staff team on site around the clock. Camp MASH is open to children living in Alabama, Mississippi, the Florida Panhandle, and on a case-by-case basis other kids from surrounding areas as we have space.
(251) 599-5688 www.campmash.org

Camp Smile
3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile
The mission of Camp SMILE is to empower children and adults with disabilities to live their lives without limits by providing an inclusive summer camp experience where there is no limit to the adventure. Camps are typically held from Tuesday-Friday. Each session serves a maximum of 75 campers. Campers are assigned to a counselor who is with them 24 hours/day. A cabin leader, who is a trained adult, supervises each camper/counselor pair. Contact us today for detailed information.
(251) 479-4900 www.campsmilemobile.org

Camp Smile-a-Mile
Camp Smile-A-Mile’s mission is to provide year round challenging, unforgettable recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families as well as young adult survivors from Alabama at no cost to the families. Our purpose is to provide these patients, families and survivors with avenues for fellowship, to help them cope with their disease, and to prepare them for life after cancer.
(205) 323-8427 or (888) 500-7920 www.campsam.org

Camp Sugar Falls & Camp Seale Harris
Southern Diabetes Education Services camps and local community programs provide needed diabetes education, encouragement, and friendships for children with diabetes and their families. Camp is a place where having diabetes is the norm; where you can compare and share stories with peers; and where you don’t have to explain diabetes all the time because everyone here gets it. They understand exactly what it’s like living with diabetes, because they live with diabetes too. Children learn independence in managing blood sugar levels and medication, making healthy food choices, and being physically active. Trained adult volunteer counselors with diabetes are joined by physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, nutritionists, and pharmacists to provide safe supervision and real time feedback. Camps include fun activities that vary by location. Local programs include safe family-oriented recreation throughout the year.
(205) 402-0415 www.campsealeharris.org

Camp Rap-A-Hope is an organization that provides a week-long summer camp in Mobile, Alabama and is open to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have or have ever had cancer. The camp is offered at no cost to the campers and their families as cancer has been costly enough. Each year the children enjoy a typical summer camp environment that includes swimming, kayaking, horseback riding, arts and crafts and many other activities depending on the theme for the year. Many of these children have forgotten what it’s like to be a kid because much of their childhood has been spent hearing the sounds and seeing the inside of hospitals. It is our privilege to give a part of their childhood back to them through fun-filled camping activities.
(251) 476-9880 www.camprapahope.org

Lakeshore Foundation
4000 Ridgeway Drive, Birmingham
Lakeshore is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Since 1984, Lakeshore has helped advance and promote the impact of positive, long-term physical and emotional effects of physical fitness on people with disabilities. From infants to seniors, to injured soldiers and elite-level athletes, every participant is free to discover his or her own potential. Our mission is to enable people with a physical disability and chronic health conditions to lead healthy, active and independent lifestyles through physical activity, sports, recreation and research.
(205) 313-7400 www.lakeshore.org

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge
Camps are available for fourth grade through high school-age students. Additional programs are offered for trainees who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing and have other special needs.
(800) 637-7223 or (256) 837-3400 www.spacecamp.com

Schools and Educational

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15 Midtown Park West, Mobile
Read Write offers educational consulting, testing, and one-on-one academic therapy for students with language based learning disabilities such as dyslexia. We offer instruction in the following areas: reading, spelling, written expression, handwriting, grammar, math, and technology. We have special programs for homeschooled students and preschoolers.
(251) 287-1822 www.dyslexiaspecialist.net
1048 Stanton Road, Suite G, Daphne
(251) 625-4020 www.dyslexiaspecialist.net

The Learning Tree-Woody’s Song School
(Ad Sponsor)

5459 Able Court, Mobile
Woody’s Song School serves children ages 5-18 on the autism spectrum.The private, nonprofit school is a tuition-based, twelve month, day program. The school helps children with autism increase their skills in the areas of language, socialization and cognitive skills while decreasing behaviors that interfere with their learning.
(251) 331-8021 www.learning-tree.org

The Learning Tree-The Little Tree Preschool
(Ad Sponsor)

1176 Azalea Road, Mobile
The Little Tree Preschool offers high quality preschool education for children ages 2-5. Low student-teacher ratios are maintained and teachers are certified. Children are encouraged to grow as learners by building on individual strengths to establish a strong foundation for school success. The preschool includes services for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. The Little Tree Preschool is an inclusive learning environment that focuses on teaching readiness and prerequisite skills to prepare children for primary school. The curriculum is comprehensive and encourages children to explore and discover answers, and we provide a social setting to promote healthy self-esteem and sensitivity to the needs of others.
(251) 649-4220 ext. 1225 or 1226 www.learning-tree.org

The Learning Tree, Inc.
(Ad Sponsor)

4979 Lott Road, Eight Mile
The Learning Tree, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides educational and residential services for children and adolescents, ages 2-21, with developmental disabilities, including autism. The organization also provides and Individual and professional consultation and training. Programs are located in Mobile, Anniston, Auburn Jacksonville, and Tallassee.
(251) 649-4420 www.learning-tree.org

The Think Tank
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The Think Tank Tutoring provides one-on-one in-home tutoring to general education, learning disabled and home bound students. In addition to working one-on-one with students, The Think Tank tutors provide educational strategies to parents during each tutoring session. The Think Tank Tutoring and Educational Services works directly with the student’s teachers ensuring we follow the Individual Education Plan for special needs students. In addition, we follow the student’s current classroom curriculum. The Think Tank Tutoring provides homework help, test preparation, and study skills to students in grades Pre-K through 12 in all subjects. We have qualified educators to work with ADD, ADHD, hearing impaired, MR, Dyslexic, and speech impaired students.
(251) 414-4494 www.thinktankminds.com

Augusta Evans School
6301 Biloxi Avenue, Mobile
Augusta Evans School was organized to provide a quality education, appropriate for mentally handicapped students of Mobile County and individualized to meet each of these student’s needs. As Special Education practices in the United State, Alabama, and Mobile County move into a new century, it has become imperative that changes in philosophies and methods are forthcoming. To this end, the faculty, staff and parents of Evans School are dedicated to insuring that every special needs individual receives an education of the highest quality, an education appropriately designed for each individual, an education which provides each individual with the skills necessary to become a productive citizen, and an education delivered in a setting designed to allow each student to develop to his maximum potential. The faculty and staff of Augusta Evans School take pride in its leadership role in Special Education in Mobile County.
(251) 221-5400 www.evans.mce.schoolinsites.com

Bright Beginnings School
3590 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile
Bright Beginnings School was developed to give parents an alternative for their children’s education.Each child is unique and should be taught in unique ways. At Bright Beginnings each child is individually challenged and taught to meet his/her specific needs. An individual educational plan is developed for each child and is taught in small group settings. Full day academic program specializing in dyslexia. All subjects. Serving grades 1-8.
(251) 525-9105 www.brightdyslexics.com

Gordon Smith Child Development Center
2448 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile
Children of all abilities receive high quality instruction with small child-staff ratios. Programming includes Special Education Preschool (Part B) services through the local school system, Early Headstart classrooms and an Alabama “First Class” Voluntary PreK classroom. With high quality instruction, small child-staff ratios, and increased opportunities for inclusion, this program addresses all aspects of learning: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. Summer camp and afterschool programs are available for elementary school children.
(251) 471-1581 www.gesgc.org

Huntington Learning Center
2370 Hillcrest Road #D, Mobile
Our mission to give every student the best education possible has been our mantra since the beginning, and we love to see students realize “I can” when it comes to school success.
(251) 439-5829 www.huntingtonhelps.com

Kumon Learning Center
3152 Old Shell Rd Suite # 1, Mobile
Kumon is the world’s largest after-school math and reading enrichment program, unlocking the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own.
(251) 447-2264 www.kumon.com

Lindamood-Bell Learning
2864 Dauphin Street, Suite D, Mobile
“We create the magic of learning!” Founded in 1986 by Patricia Lindamood and Nanci Bell, Lindamood-Bell is dedicated to enhancing human learning. Our founders are the authors of critically acclaimed instructional programs that teach children and adults to read, spell, comprehend, think critically, and express language. The Lindamood-Bell programs have proven successful for individuals with a wide range of learning challenges, including previous, third-party diagnoses of learning disabilities such as dyslexia, hyperlexia, ADHD, CAPD, and autism spectrum disorders.
(251) 473-6808 or (800) 300-1818

S. W. Regional School for the Deaf and Blind
3980 Burma Road, Mobile
The mission of the Southwest Alabama Regional School for the Deaf and Blind is to create a positive, supportive educational environment that provides opportunities for sensory impaired students to reach individual potential in the areas of academics, independence, responsibility and social competence. This will be accomplished through the implementation of appropriate curricula, utilizing specialized communication and equipment, directed by a cooperative, dedicated, specially trained faculty and staff supported by parents and the community.
(251) 221-5454 www.regional.mcs.schoolinsites.com

2534 Old Shell Road, Mobile
Provide Tutoring SAT, GRE, ACT I and II Test Prep, ADHD Coaching for Children and Adults, All Subject Areas for Elementary and High School Students, Organizational, Study, Note Taking and Test Taking Skills classes, Homework Assistance, Writing Skills. We offer on-site tutoring during your child’s study hall. We monitor your child’s grades, along with their classroom teacher’s assignments to ensure we are all on the same path to success for your student.
(256) 252-8374 www.schoolworksedu.com

Springhill Child Development Center
10 Westminster Way, Mobile
At the Goodwill Easter Seals Spring Hill Child Development Center, we base our programs on the philosophy that all children can learn and here we provide the tools and support necessary to foster that learning. Children with and without disabilities receive comprehensive child-care services. Our center is licensed by the Department of Human Resources and provides a rich learning environment suitable for the developmental needs of each child. With high-quality instruction, small staff-child ratios, and increased opportunities for inclusion, this program provides an optimal setting for young learner’s ages 2 1/2 – 5 years old. Areas of learning addressed on a consistent basis are social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. Children with special educational needs receive programming in an inclusive preschool setting. Support services, including speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and music therapy, are provided by the Mobile County Public School System.
(251) 342-3122 www.gesgc.org

8020 Moffett Road, Suite A, Semmes
A Better School Year Starts with Sylvan. Don’t worry about falling behind later–start now, don’t hope for the best, get your child the help he or she needs today. Partner with Sylvan to give your child a leg up on schoolwork and a boost in confidence. Let our proven tutoring approach help your child start the school year off right. Our Tutoring Services include math, reading, writing, study skills, homework help, summer camps, state test prep, SAT/ACT prep, College Prep, SylvanSync, and many other services.
(251) 649-8522 www.sylvanlearning.com

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