Helpful Internet Resources

The resources on this page are designed to help our clients the help they need for their children with special needs. 

Medical Malpractice

Workers' Compensation

Automobile Accidents

  • Car safety

    Injuries and deaths on our highways due to car and truck accidents happen every day. Protect yourself and your family from negligent drivers. Find out about crash testing, rollovers, recalls and defects and see just how safe you are in your car.

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

    NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths and injuries resulting from automobile accidents on our nation's highways.

  • NHTSA'a Five Star Crash and Rollover Ratings

    Provides automobile crash testing results and ratings as well as information regarding automobile defects and recalls.

Educational Scholarships

  • Anne Ford Scholarship for Students with LD

    The Anne Ford Scholarship s a $10,000 award given to a high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree. The ideal candidate is a high school senior who has faced the challenges of having a learning disability; is committed to completing a college degree and setting career goals; has demonstrated perspective shaped by experiences in school, in the community, and with family and friends; understands how LD affects his/her life and recognizes the importance of self-advocacy; believes in contributing to society in a way that increases the opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities; and will feel comfortable serving as a role model for others who struggle with LD.

Financial Assistance

  • The Jill Memorial Fund, Inc

    The Jill Fox Fund provides grants to individuals with unmet medical and health care needs not paid for by medical insurance, government agencies, health associations, community organizations, public or personal resources.

  • Variety-The Children's Charity

    Variety Kids on the Go! exists to help children with physical challenges obtain confidence, freedom, and independence by funding durable medical equipment for those with the greatest financial need. This includes wheelchairs, walkers, van lifts, house ramps, adaptive car seats and strollers, specialty-equipped bicycles and tricycles, bath equipment, stair lifts and other items necessary to increase a child's access to and participation in the community.

  • Wheel to Walk

    The Wheel to Walk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children age 21 and younger with special needs. They are a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid employees, helping children who experience difficulty obtaining funding fro their insurance companies.

  • Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF)

    DCRF, a non-profit 502 (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 Dystrohpy, Spastic Quadriplegia, Encephalitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spina Bifida, Down's Syndrome, and other disabilities receive assistance. DCRF focuses special health insurance, especially the physically challenged. In some cases, DCRF may be the last resort.

Camps

  • Beacon Lodge, Newton Hamilton, PA

    Beacon Lodge is a non-profit summer camp for children and adults with visual impairments as well as other challenges.

  • Summit Camp, Wayne County, PA

    Summit Camp is a summer sleep-away camp for children ages 8-19 with issues of attention. The Weekender program is offered on school year weekends and is designed to foster peer relationships and enhance social skills.

  • Camp Sequoia, Pottstown, Pa

    Camp Sequoia is an innovative overnight camp that helps kids ages 8-18 work on social skills.

  • Aaron's Acres, Lancaster, PA

    Aaron's Acres provides ongoing supportive, educational and recreational services to children with special needs and their families. Summer camp and school year programs are available.

  • Easter's Seals of Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Easter Seals is a specialized summer day camp program for children, teenagers, and young adults who have physical or mental disabilities from each of the five countries in the surrounding Philadelphia area.

  • Camp WISP, Sewickley, PA

    Caps WISP is an enclusive summer program that enables children with Autism to be integrated successfully into typical summer camps with their peers. All children in WISP receive intensive intervention emphasizing the development of social skills within a traditional summer camp environment. 

  • Camp Lee Mar, Lakawaxen, PA

    Camp Lee Mar provides traditional summer camp experience for children with learning and developmental challenges. It provides an opportunity for social and personal growth. It also offers speech and language therapy.

  • Camp Easter Seals Virginia, Craig County, VA

    Offers children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to participate in traditional camp activities in an accessible setting. Communication, self-help, independent living skills specialty camps are also available. 

  • Camp Holiday Trails, Charlottesville, VA

    This camp provides children with special health needs an opportunity to enjoy a summer camp experience.

  • Charter House's Camp Courage, Richmond, VA

    Camp Courage is run by Charter House school for youth ages 16-21. It works with youths who have Asberger's Syndrome and focuses on developing social skills.

    (804) 371-4110

  • Camp Optimism, Prince William Forest Park, VA

    This summer residential camp for disabled and physically challenged children provides medical personnel and routine care on a 24 hour basis. Activities include swimming, boating, softball, crafts, games, and nature trails.

  • Camp Baker

    Weeklong overnight summer camps with day options available, weekend respite, and emergency respite.

Medical Services

  • FAMIS

    FAMIS is Virginia's health insurance program for children. FAMIS covers all the medical care growing children need to avoid getting sick, plus the medical care that will help them if they do get sick or get hurt.

  • Virginia Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

    Overview of programs for Virginia's children with special health care needs that work with families, service provides, and communities. These programs include:

    • Care Connection for Children (CCC): Statewide network of centers for children with special health care needs that provide leadership in the enhancement of specialty medical services; care coordination; medical insurance benefits evaluation and coordination; management of the CSHCN Pool of Funds; information and referral to CSHCN resources; family-to-family support; and consultation with community providers on CSHCN issues.
    • Child Development Services Program: A specialized program for children that have behavioral or developmental delays such as disorders of attention, learning problems, and mental retardation. Their team includes a pediatrician, nurse, social worker, educational consultant, and psychologist provides services. Core services include diagnostic assessment and care planning, follow-up coordination and referral.

Education

Respite Care

  • Jill's House, Vienna,VA

    Jill's House provides respite care for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the Greater Washington, DC area. They serve boys and girls, ages six though seventeen, allowing the parents time to rest. They also allow siblings to stay at Jill's House so that the parents and caregivers get a real break.

  • Arc of Virginia

    Local chapters provide families and caregivers with respite while their loved ones are participating in our programming.

  • Northern Virginia Family Services

    Provides short-term care for children up to age 18. The child or teen is matched with an appropriate respite family in the community with ongoing coordination from the referring agency. These respite homes give ongoing caregivers a needed break. Respite families are required to be certified under the guidance of the State of Virginia's requirement for foster care families. There are limited emergency placements.

Camps

  • Special Needs Kids Information

    A list of summer camps in the DC Metropolitan area, categorized based on different types of needs. Also provides recommendations for how to choose a camp, including a list of questions to ask about each camp.

D.C Health Care Services

  • Community of Hope, Washington, DC

    Serve all regardless of age and condition. They have five doctors, a pediatrician, a therapist, dental services, and a case manager.

  • Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc (HSCSN)

    DC Healthy Families is a program of the DC Department of Health Care Finance that provides free health insurance for District residents and their children. The qualifications, including eligible income levels, and enrollments locations can be found on he website.

  • DC Medicaid

    Service Center                         Address                                           Phone

    Anacostia                      2100 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE   (202) 645-4614

    ​Congress Heights         4001 South Capitol Street, SW             (202) 645-4546

    Fort Davis                     3851 Alabama Avenue, SE                    (202) 645-4500

    H Street                        645 H Street, NE                                    (202) 698-4350

    Taylor Street                 1207 Taylor Street, NW                          (202) 576-8000

Education

  • The Lab School of Washington

    The Lab School of Washington is an innovative, rigorous, arts-based program for intelligent students with learning disabilities and ADHD. In addition to the Washington campus, they also have a Baltimore Lab School.

  • DC Public Schools, Navigating the Special Process Guide

    The steps are briefly outlined in a one-page guide starting with recognition that your child might have a disability to the final steps of measuring progress and re-evaluation.

  • Easter Seal Disability Services, Greater Washington/Baltimore Region

    Easter Seals' Inclusive Child Development Centers provide inclusive programs to include early intervention and education, full day childcare, parental support and intergenerational activities.

  • Cerebral Palsy Ability Center

    Conductive education is a complex, integrated program of developmental learning (physical, social,emotional, and academic) for children with motor disorders caused by damage to the central nervous system. The most common applications are for children with motor disorders like cerebral palsy. The Cerebral Palsy Ability Center is the only conductive education program in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia.

    Summer Programs: Summer classes are designed based on the needs and demands of families. Programs have included indoor classroom sessions, outdoor activities and even aquatics. Classes are typically four to six weeks in length, and are offered in morning and afternoon sessions.

Transportation

Home Modification

  • Glickman Design Build, North Potomac, MD

    http://www.safer-home.net/

    Glickman Deisgn Build is a small firm specializing in residential construction with a focus on accessible design that comfortably accommodates clients' day to day needs. They have special expertise in helping elderly parents and growing children with mobility issues of physical disabilities. 

After School Care

  • Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports (BARS), Sparks, MD

    BARS is a community based, non profit organization dedicated to providing year round recreational opportunities to both children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Family and friends are welcome to join us for all outings.

  • The Arc of Prince George's County

    The Arc Childcare Programs support children with disabilities in inclusive settings within the Bowie YMCA and the Easter Seals NARA Childcare Developmental Center. 

    Recreation: The Arc provides a Summer Camp Guide that includes a directory of day and overnight camps. The website also includes a Calendar of Events in the area.

  • Totally Active Kids, LLP Rockville and Bethesda, MD

    Totally Active Kids is a company that specializes in designing programs for children with special needs and young kids at risk for motor delays. Programs that they provide are summer camps, afternoon activities, social skills group, weekend activities, and individual sessions.

  • Community Support Services, INC., Gaithersburg, MD

    A non-profit organization providing community-based support and services to children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Individuals are supported in accordance with their needs in school, work,home and the community. Services are designed by the individual, the individual's family, and others who know the individual well. Programs include after-school and summer camps for children.

Camps

  • Camp Dragonfly, Chestertown, MD

    Dragonfly Heart Camp is a special summer camp for children who have received a heart and/or lung transplant, or are diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension. It is the first camp in the country that is specifically designed to accommodate children with  these complex cardio-pulmonary conditions.

  • Camp Greentop, Thurmont, MD

    The League at Camp Greentop is a traditional sleep-away summer camp for youth and adults with disabilities. It provides joyful, life-changing experiences in a safe environment and builds meaningful relationships in the lives of youth and adults.

  • Camp Fairlee, Chestertown, MD

    Camp Fairlee provides recreational camping for children and adults with disabilities, and respite for caregivers.

  • Camp Aristotle, Silver Spring, MD

    The Auburn School offers full day and half day camp options for students in grades k-8. They work with children who have Asberger Syndrome, high-functioning autism, and anxiety related disorders.

  • Quest Therapeutic Camp, Bethesda, MD

    Summer camps for children and teens ages 6-18 with mild to moderate difficulties  behaviorally, emotionally, or socially such as; ADHA, anxiety disorders, Asperger Syndrome, depression, learning disabilities, and social disabilities.

  • National Speech/Language Therapy Center, Bethesda, MD

    Day camps for 2-6 year olds with a variety of speech, language, and cognitive disorders and difficulties. Licensed speech-language pathologists use methods such as group therapy and ABA/VB strategies.

  • Camp C.A.R.E, North East, MD

    Summer day camp for children with disabilities that provides daily recreation and activities as well as recreational an educational field trips. Must be a resident of Cecil County, MD

  • Camp Accomplish, Nanjemoy, MD

    Day and overnight summer amps for children and teens of all abilities ages 5-18. Activities include swimming, creative arts,sports, canoeing, campfires and talent shows. 

  • Camp Attaway, Columbia, MD

    A 3-week summer day camp program for children ages 7-13 with emotional and behavioral disorders. Includes not only activities for the children but also a weekly support and education group for the parents

  • The League for People with Disabilities, Camping and Therapeutic Recreation, Thurmont, MD

    Summer programs that include a sleep-away camps as well as day camp options. Winter camp is offered December 28th through January 2nd. They also offer weekend respite during the winter months.

  • Maryland Development Disabilities Council: Family NET Works

    This site provides a list of links to camps in Maryland.

Support Groups

Therapy

  • Children's Innovative Therapy Group, LLC, Bethesda, MD

    Speech-Language Therapy and OT services. CITG specializes in treatment of children on the autism spectrum who present with a wide range communication delays. Therapists have expertise in the development of feeding, language, auditory processing, communication/pragmatics/social,play, and reading skills.

  • Kid's village Therapy, Columbia, MD

    Provide speech language, occupational therapy, and social work services for children and young adults, from birth through 21 years of age.

  • Kid's village Therapy, Columbia, MD

    Provide speech language, occupational therapy, and social work services for children and young adults, from birth through 21 years of age.

  • Annapolis Children's Therapy Center

    Providing interventions to infants, children, and teenagers. They offer occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy. Summer camps are also available.

  • MIW Occupational Therapy

    They offer summer programs and summer camp: Motion Education Camp combines Occupational Therapy with Developmental Gymnastics to provide an opportunity for campers to build confidence, improve fine and gross motor skills, and develop techniques for overcoming challenges. 

  • BasicConcepts, LLC

    A private practice providing language and educational services for children of all ages and abilities. They offer speech  language and educational social skills groups, and additional consultant services. Additionally, they offer a summer camp designed to improve language, academic, and social skills.

Medical Services

Education

  • The Shafer Center, Reisterstown, MD

    The Shafer Center for Early Intervention provides resources and treatment to children on the autism spectrum form the age of 18 months to age 10 and support services to their families.

  • Pria Schoo, LLP, Potomac, MD

    Pria School provides services for children with developmental delays using positive reinforcement, applies behavior analysis (ABA), and socialization via inclusion as its primary methods of instruction. For children aged 24 months to six years.

  • National Children's Center, Silver Spring, MD and Washington, DC

    School programs utilize a developmentally appropriate individualized educational plan, which is developed and updated by the students, his or her guardian, and an interdisciplinary team of professionals.

  • Treatment and Learning Centers, Rockville, MD

    What they offer: Services such as Family Hearing Center, childcare and preschool programs, testing and tutoring services and a community education program. For children preschool through twelfth grade with moderate to severe learning and language disabilities and high-functioning autism. 

Respite Care

  • Agape Health Consulting

    Agape Health Consulting provides respite care under the Autism Waiver for the State of Maryland.

Education

Transportation

  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

    They support professionals working in the field of driver education/driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination. The website provides a directory of driver rehabilitation specialists by state and fact sheets on driving with specific disabilities, such as cerebral palsy.

  • National Mobility Equipment Dealership Association

    NMedia is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufactures, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment.

  • Maryland Department of Disabilities, Transportation

    Links to different modes of transportation offering services for people with disabilities. This includes cab services and Mobility/Paratransit programs ("curb to curb" service for people with disabilities who are not able to ride fixed route public transportation).

Respite Care

  • The Arc of Frederick County

    Parent's Day Out is a respite program offered each month free of charge, held one Saturday a month from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in The Arc's training room. Children can participate in a wide variety of activities including crafts, games, and outdoor play while in a safe, supervised environment.

  • The Arc of Prince George's County, Fort Washington, MD

    The Arc's Respite House provides respite services. The house is open from 6pm Friday to 6pm Sunday and offers respite for up to three guests at a time. Three weekends each month are reserved for children; second weekend of each month is reserved for adults. Guests participate in games, outings, arts and crafts, movies, and many other activities.

  • Autism Speaks, State Search

    A list of respite services in the area complete with contact information, websites, and brief descriptions of the organizations.

  • Maryland Learning Links

    A contact list of local respite organizations organized by county, a lis of some national respite services.

  • Elizabeth Cooney Agency, Baltimore, MD

    Elizabeth Cooney Agency an provide live-in or hourly staff/nurses for after school care, supply 1:1 staff for the day or overnight camp, and much more.

  • Lollipop Kids Foundation

    Their respite care program provides short-term care for children with developmental disabilities, enabling their regular caregivers to have a brief respite.

    Lollipop Kids Foundation's monthly respite program invites children with all disabilities to join them for a day of games, outings, arts and crafts, movies and other activities.

    The Lollipop Kids Foundation is located in Washington, D.C.

  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

    Overview of state-funded respite care; links to other state-funded respite care.

General

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA Camp

    Overnight cap for children ages 6-17 who are residents of Maryland diagnosed with most types of muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular diseases covered under the MDA's program.

  • My Building Blocks, LLC, Laurel, MD

    Early intervention for young children. Specialize in teaching young children (infant-8) and coaching their families in order to attain developmental milestones and skills.

  • American Association for Justice

    The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system. Mr. Donahoe and Mr. Kearney are long time members of the American Association for Justice.

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

    To learn more about the National Board of Trial Advocacy, visit www.nbtanet.org.

  • American Inns of Court

    In addition to Board Certified trial advocates, Mr. Donahoe and Mr. Kearney are members of Washington D.C. area Inns of Court. Inns of Court consist of lawyers, judges and law students and promote professionalism and civility in the practice of law.