2016 Special Needs Resource Guide


Attention Deficit Disorder Assoc. (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 more information call or email.
(800) 939-1019 www.add.org

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHAD)
Provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with AD/HD. 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 those with AD/HD.
(800) 233-4050 www.chadd.org

Dr. Renee Lopez
401 North Section Street, Fairhope
Dr. Lopez is the co-developer of Autism Whispers, a national program certifying physicians in the prevention, treatment and recovery of Autism and other Neurodevelopmental disorders (including ADD/ADHD). The program is complete with the Autism Whispers Parent’s Guide, which includes biomedical interventions to evaluate and support neurological, immunologic and metabolic challenges children on the spectrum face. Where to start, what to expect, recipes and meal planning are just a few sections in the Parent’s Guide. Dr. Lopez’s second book is Brain Kids. Its core focus is on empowering parents to grow and develop a healthy brain in children during the following stages of growth and life: 3 month pre-conception, throughout pregnancy, infancy, early childhood and adolescence. Dr. Lopez is a DAN! Doctor and a Generation Rescue Doctor. She is committed to helping all children and their parents lead healthier, more integrated and purposed lives. For more information call or email our office at lfcpatientmanager@yahoo.com.
(251) 928-5058 www.MaximizedLivingDrLopez.com

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
28080 US Highway 98, Suite F, Daphne
Focus MD is a medical practice for kids and young people with AD/HD and related problems. Dr. James Wiley started FOCUS MD so that he would have more time to devote to the diagnosis and treatment of these patients. Focus MD provides objective testing, medical treatment as well as behavior modification strategies.
(251) 517-9025 www.focus-md.com
Second location: 3930-F Airport Boulevard, Mobile
(251) 378-8635 www.focus-md.com

Alabama Resources

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

Alabama Public Library Service-Alabama 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
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(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-Language-Hearing Assoc. of Alabama
SHAA offers resources for consumers on our website, though we do not provide or arrange speech and hearing services to consumers.  Our mission is to make continuing education and other services available to speech and hearing professionals, in order to maintain the high quality of therapy provided in our state.  If you are in need of speech or audiology services, please consult the yellow pages for your area.
(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


American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
(Ad Sponsor)

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL
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, AL
The Autism Society of Alabama’s mission is to improve services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education and advocacy.
(251) 259-5553 or (877) 4AUTISM

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 info, events, videos, & support.

Auties & Aspies of LA- Lower Alabama Community Support Group
Fairhope, AL
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 Diagnostics Clinic – USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital Pediatric Developmental Medicine Center (PDMC)
1707 Center Street, Suite 201 , Mobile, AL
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 www.usahealthsystem.com/

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 TM. Our contact center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
(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; en Español (888) 772-9050

Devoted to Raising Special Kids with Special Needs. The Our-Kids list consist of over 700 people representing children of varying diagnosis; everything from indefinite developmental delays and sensory integration problems, to cerebral palsy, to rare genetic disorders.

Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital Autism Center
5190 Bayou Boulevard, Building 2 (Seton Medical Office Park) , Pensacola, FL
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 www.sacred-heart.org/childrenshospital/autismcenter

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


(Ad Sponsor)

5278 Camp Ascca Drive , Jackson Gap, AL
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

2701 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL
Camp Rap-A-Hope is an organization that provides a week-long summer camp at Camp Grace 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 a week of fun-filled camping activities. Camp Rap-A-Hope offers additional opportunities for “fun” throughout the year. Family fun days and Holiday parties are a few ways that Camp continues the fun for the Campers and their families.
(251) 476-9880 www.camprapahope.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

Camp Smile
3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL
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

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!
(800) 692-4453 www.cerebralpalsy.org or http://facebook.com/cerebralpalsyorg

United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile
3058 Dauphin Square Connector, Mobile, AL
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


Center for Calm Living- Dr. David Kantra and Augusta Kantra, MS, LPC
150 South Church Street, Fairhope, AL
Treatment specialization includes psychological testing, ADD, LD, strengths, relationship needs and individual and family therapy. Please visit the website for a list of other services.
(251) 928-5363 www.centerforcalmliving.com

Chris Murphee, Psy.D.
761 Middle Street , Fairhope, AL
Dr. Murphree is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with children and adolescents. Types of evaluations offered are Learning Problems, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Functioning, Behavioral Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Abuse/Trauma and Depressive Disorders. The office accepts many types of insurance plans. Please call our office for an appointment.
(251) 928-4750 www.ChrisMurphree.org

Coastal Counseling Associates-
Dr. Sharon Ann Friday, PHD, LPC
307 South McKenzie Street, Foley, AL
Helping families stay together and deal with special needs issues. Specializing in trauma. Please call our office today for more information and to schedule appointment.
(251) 955-1232

CrossRhodes at The Centre-
Linda Colclough MS, LPC
1290 Main Street, Suite B, Daphne, AL
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

Crossway Counseling Center, Inc.
27625 U.S. Highway 98 Building A, Daphne, AL
CrossWay Counseling is a full Service Counseling Center assisting children and their families with the challenges presented by special needs. Our professionally trained counselors apply their knowledge of psychology and Biblical principles to serve individuals, couples, and families. The staff is trained to deal with a wide range of issues. You are encouraged to visit the Therapists page of the website for a summary of each therapist’s experience and his/her areas of specialty. For more information call or email our office.
(251) 626-7959 www.crosswaycounseling.org

Focal Point Professional Services-
Barry Swope, LPC
6642 Park Drive, Suite B, Daphne, AL
We offer ADHD and ADD assessments and related services. Our services also include individual and family counseling, drug treatment and conduct/emotional problems with adolescents. Visit our website or email our office.
(251) 625-6448 www.focalpointps.com

Larry D.
Faison, Ph.D.
27787 Moniac Cove , Daphne, AL
Specializing in ADHD, bi-polar disorder, behavior problems, and depression. We offer testing, counseling and consultation for children and adults. Evening and Saturday appointments are also available.
(251) 605-6927

Professional Counseling Associates Eastern Shore Counseling
29000 Highway 98, Suite A102, Daphne, AL
Faith based counseling services including AD/HD screenings, anxiety issues, relationship counseling and depression. Please visit the website for a full list of counseling services offered.
(251) 626-5797 www.easternshorecounseling.com

Stephanie Wright Williamson, LLCU
7 South Summit Street, Fairhope, AL
My passion is helping individuals, families and children support each other in every stage of life. I provide counseling services with Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, teen violence, parenting, family conflict, substance abuse, depression and coping skills.
(251) 379-0531

University of South Alabama Psychology Clinic
307 University Boulevard N, UCOM 2000, Mobile, AL
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 with reduced fees. 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

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Mobile Chapter
205 Lambert Avenue, Suite B , Mobile, AL
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.
(251) 436-0013 www.cff.org/Chapters/mobile or www.alabama.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 County
2827 Airport Boulevard, Mobile, AL
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


Read-Write Baldwin County
(Ad Sponsor)

1048 Stanton Road Suite G, Daphne, AL
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) 625-4020

Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore
(Ad Sponsor)

Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore is excited to offer several enrichment opportunities to local families. We pride ourselves in creating a learning environment that values the student as an individual, and helps each to realize his or her potential. Our curricular opportunities are designed to help our students propel past the barriers that are keeping them from fulfilling both their academic and life goals.We offer individual and group sessions for reading difficulties, services for dyslexia & dysgraphia, math tutoring, homework helper class, arts/writing tutoring, academic therapy and more. Formerly Learning Lagniappe, LLC. The Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore is a tax-deductible, nonprofit 501(c)(3). For more information visit our website or find us on Facebook.
(251) -990-0041 www.ESRenaissance.org

Lighthouse Learning Center
Do you have a child who struggles with reading, writing and/or spelling? Our program uses a multi-sensory approach to teach all subjects including cursive writing. Lighthouse Learning Center offers hybrid homeschooling for students with dyslexia, after school dyslexia therapy, math tutoring, screening and evaluations. For more information call Holli Hinton, M.Ed.,CALT or Susanne Avery.
(251) 747-6464 or (601) 319-9332 www.lighthousereadinglab.com

Educational Resources

High Hopes Campus of St. Benedict’s School
(Ad Sponsor)

12786 South Illinois Street, Elberta, AL
Our objective is to prepare children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays to independently participate in a traditional classroom. At High Hopes we specialize in preschool age children. We encourage parents and families to seek appropriate services for their child as soon as a need is suspected. Diagnosis is not required for any of our programs. We understand that it takes the whole family to make real progress. We practice research based Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques. We offer Individual ABA Therapy and Shadowing in the classroom. We also offer computer monitoring from your home while your child is in therapy.
(251) 986-7007 www.highhopes4autism.org

Huntington Learning Center
(Ad Sponsor)

6880 Us Highway 90, Suite 13 , Daphne, AL
Huntington Learning Center helps students of all ages and skill levels build the skills, confidence and motivation to succeed. Whether your student is looking for a better report card, stronger study skills, or a higher score on the ACT or SAT, Huntington offers a tutoring solution for you. The specialized ADHD program provides students with the immediate feedback and guidance they need to focus and grow. The Advanced Study Skills Program is a tailored program designed for students in 8th grade and higher to develop their study skills. At Huntington it’s about giving students the personal confidence and external support they need to reach their full potential and encouraging them to strive higher, work harder, and dream bigger. Come by our local center, visit our website or call to begin your child’s individualized program today.
(251) 621-1057 www.daphne.huntingtonhelps.com

Read-Write Baldwin County
(Ad Sponsor)

1048 Stanton Road Suite G, Daphne, AL
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) 625-4020

Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore
(Ad Sponsor)

Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore is excited to offer several enrichment opportunities to local families. We pride ourselves in creating a learning environment that values the student as an individual, and helps each to realize his or her potential. Our curricular opportunities are designed to help our students propel past the barriers that are keeping them from fulfilling both their academic and life goals.We offer individual and group sessions for reading difficulties, services for dyslexia & dysgraphia, math tutoring, homework helper class, arts/writing tutoring, academic therapy and more. Formerly Learning Lagniappe, LLC. The Renaissance Center of the Eastern Shore is a tax-deductible, nonprofit 501(c)(3). For more information visit our website or find us on Facebook.
(251) -990-0041 www.ESRenaissance.org

The Think Tank
(Ad Sponsor)

355 Manchester Lane, Foley, AL
The Think Tank Tutoring provides one-on-one in-home tutoring to general education, learning disabled and homebound 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.thethinktanktutoring.com

Baldwin County Public School System
The Baldwin County School System offers speech-language evaluations and therapy (if eligible) for children ages 3 and up. This service is available to children by law regardless of if they attend private, public or are homeschooled. Disabilities recognized include Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury and Visual Impairment. For more information call or email our Special Services Department.
(251) 972-6860 www.bcbe.org

Bright Beginnings Academy
3590 Pleasant Valley Road, Mobile, AL
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 programs specializing in dyslexia. All subjects. Serving grades 1st – 8th.
(251) 525-9105 www.brightdyslexics.com

Lighthouse Learning Center
Do you have a child who struggles with reading, writing and/or spelling? Our program uses a multi-sensory approach to teach all subjects including cursive writing. Lighthouse Learning Center offers hybrid homeschooling for students with dyslexia, after school dyslexia therapy, math tutoring, screening and evaluations. For more information call Holli Hinton, M.Ed.,CALT or Susanne Avery.
(251) 747-6464 or (601) 319-9332

27000 Bass Pro Drive, Spanish Fort, AL
A Better School Year Starts with Sylvan. Don’t worry about falling behind 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) 210-1337 www.sylvanlearning.com

The Learning Tree
4979 Lott Road, Eight Mile, AL
The Learning Tree, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides educational and residential services for children and adolescents, ages 2 ½ -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 Learning Tree –The Little Tree Preschool
1176 Azalea Road, Mobile, AL
The Little Tree Preschool offers high quality preschool education for children ages 2 ½ – 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 (251) 649-1226

The Learning Tree-Woody’s Song School
5459 Able Court, Mobile, AL
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

WyzAnt Tutoring
Looking for a tutor that specializes in working with your child’s special needs? Simply visit the website, type in the type of special need (ADD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Asperger’s, etc.) and your zip code to be connected with tutors in your area. Our “Good Fit Guarantee” protects your first hour with any tutor. You don’t pay for tutoring unless you find a good fit!
(877) 999-2681 or (312) 646-6365 www.wyzant.com


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.epilepsyfoundation.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama
273 Azalea Road # 310, Mobile, AL
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

Financial Resources

Alabama Department of Mental Health
100 Union Street , Montgomery, AL
The Alabama Department of Mental Health envisions a future for Alabama when everyone with a mental health need at any state of life has access to effective care and supports essential for living, working, learning and participating fully in the community with dignity, respect and hope.
(800) 367-0955 or (334) 242- 3454

Disabled Children Relief Fund
The Disabled Children’s Relief Fund is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to acting as an advocate for the rights and needs of children with disabilities. Founded in 1990, DCRF provides cash grants for disabled children, with preference given to families who do not have health insurance. Grants are provided for assistive devices, equipment, and rehabilitative services, as well as for innovative arts and humanitarian services for children with disabilities. DCRF publishes a regular newsletter entitled “The Challenger.”
(516) 377-1605 www.rarediseases.org/organizations/disabled-childrens-relief-fund/

Family Support
1050 Government Street, Mobile, AL
Family Support is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides assistance to those with disabilities. We help families in south Alabama help themselves 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. Assistance may include information and referrals, home modifications, food, clothing, therapy, prescription drugs, utilities assistance, childcare, special holiday help, etc.
(251) 438-1609 www.famsupport.com

Individual & Family Support
Dr. Gerald Oveson, Director, 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

Joyful Journey Mom’s Ultimate Guide
Joyful Journey Mom posted the “Ultimate List of Grants and Resources for Families with Special Needs”.

Medicaid Waiver Program
Info on intellectual disabilities 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.
(800) 441-7607 www.medicaid.alabama.gov/CONTENT/4.0_Programs/4.3.0_LTC/;

The Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride Foundation
The 2016 Angel Ride will be October 28th & 29th. at Oak Hollow Farms in Fairhope. The Rileigh and Raylee Angel Ride Foundation was 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. For more information call or email MC McDaniel or Dr. Albert Corte.
(251) 367-1981 or (251) 626-2654 www.angel-ride.org

General Resources

AltaPointe Health Systems – Children’s Outpatient Services in Baldwin County
(Ad Sponsor)

2009 Medical Center Drive, Bay Minette, AL
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 http://altapointe.org/altapointe-services/child-outpatient-services/
Additional locations:
372 South Greeno Rd, Fairhope
201 East Camphor Avenue, Foley

BayView Professional Associates
(Ad Sponsor)

24190 U.S. 98 (Suite D), Fairhope, AL
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.
(251) 660-2360 or (888) 335-3044

3Circle Church Special Needs Ministry
10274 Hwy 104 , Fairhope, AL
All of God’s children were created by Him and are precious to Him! Our Special Needs Ministry is designed to partner with the parents of children with various medical and physical challenges. Our team is committed to spending the entire service time teaching your child about Christ; we utilize a fun and engaging curriculum, specifically tailored to special needs children. The Special Needs Ministry currently meets during the 9:30 gathering on Sunday mornings. We also offer a quarterly “ Parents Night Out” for children and siblings in the Special Needs Ministry, as well as partner with Premier Cinema for Sensory Friendly Screenings. Please contact us at info@3circlechurch.com with any questions you might have!
(251) 990-3112 www.3circlechurch.com

4 Paws for Ability
4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
100 North Union Street , Montgomery, AL
Our Mission is to promote and support independence, advocacy, productivity and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities.
(334) 242-3973 or (800) 232-2158 www.acdd.org

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
205 North Conception Street, Mobile, AL
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, legal 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.
(251) 338-0950 or (205) 534-9373 www.adap.net

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
1050 Government Street , Mobile, AL
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 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 including dyslexia.
(205) 365-1640

ARC – Baldwin County
3650 South Magnolia Street, Loxley, AL
It is the mission of the ARC-BC, Inc. to ensure that appropriate and quality services are available to intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities. We provide a wide array of service options that can be tailored to individual needs. ARC-BC promotes family unity with community support systems to enhance the quality of life of citizens with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities in Baldwin County. We offer 3 separate locations in Loxley, Robertsdale and Foley. Visit our website and contact our Director Kathy Fleet for more information.
(251) 964-4451 or (251) 978-9125

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.

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

Dianne Craft – Child Diagnostics
Dianne Craft has a wonderful website filled with information, articles and resources for all learning disabilities including dyslexia, auditory processing and 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, AL
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 information visit our website or email us.
(334) 395-4489 www.alabama.easterseals.com

Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast
2448 Gordon Smith Drive, Mobile, AL
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 activities. Sessions include gymnastics, rock wall climbing, bowling, skating, music & movement, and tee ball. The University of South Alabama assists our staff by utilizing Volunteers in the Therapeutic Recreation and Occupational Therapy programs.
(251) 471-1581 www.goodwill-easterseals.org

ESpecial Needs
Especial Needs is dedicated to providing our clients with the best selection of adaptive equipment, rehab equipment and therapy solutions for children and adults with special needs. With over 10,000 special needs products focused to mobility, sensory needs and independent living, our experienced staff strives to provide the highest quality service. From the homepage, at the bottom, click on “Funding” to see a list of funding resources.

Family Tree Chiropractic
8158 Highway 59, Suite 106, Foley
Dr. Jen Aliment is a member of EPIC Pediatrics, a chiropractic training program specializing in taking care of pediatric and special needs patients.
(251) 943-0569 www.familytreefoley.com

Guide Dog Foundation
To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs.
(800) 548-4337 www.guidedog.org

March of Dimes Mobile Alabama Chapter
205 Lambert Street, Suite A , Mobile, AL
The March of Dimes Alabama Chapter has a passion 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 available 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. 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 more involved call or email Riley Bridges, Sr. Development Manager.
(251) 438-1360 www.marchofdimes.com/alabama

Mental Health-National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI BALDWIN COUNTY)
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 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. Family Support Group: Groups are held 1st and 3rd Thursday 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., 308 Greeno Road, Fairhope at The Harbor. Contact: Vonnie Hamilton, (251) 424-7918 or vlbeall13@gmail.com. Connection Group: 1st and 3rd Thursday, 6:30pm – 8pm, 308 Greeno Road, Fairhope at The Harbor Contact: James Hamilton, (251) 504-9769 adamanntt13@gmail.com Educational Programs: Family-To-Family 12-week educational program, Contact: James Hamilton or Vonnie Hamilton, (251) 504-9769 or (251) 424-7918 NAMI Basics: 6-week educational program. Contact: Melissa Shilling, (251) 402-4115 or namibc@gulftel.com. Peer to Peer: 10 weeks educational program. Contact: James Hamilton.
(334) 396-4797 or (251) 965-6264
www.namialabama.org or www.namibaldwincounty.org

Mobile Association for the Blind
2440 Gordon Smith Drive , Mobile, AL
In 1924, a group of concerned citizens in Mobile started the Mobile The Mobile Association for the Blind is a 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, AL
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
Project Lifesaver
(251) 972-6845

S. W. Regional School for the Deaf and Blind
3980 Burma Road , Mobile, AL
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.afb.org or http://regional.mcs.schoolinsites.com (please note, using www with this address does not work, you must type in http://)

Santa America
308 Belrose Avenue , Daphne, AL
Santa America is a national volunteer service organization with a very special mission. Over one hundred Santa’s 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.santaamerica.org

Sight Savers America
337 Business Circle, Pelham, AL
Sight Savers America works to identify and secure treatment for these needs, from the first pair of eyeglasses that allow a child to succeed academically and gain more self-confidence, to extensive sight saving treatment for serious eye conditions. With the help of our partners and donors, we work to ensure that every child is as healthy as he or she can be! 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.
(877) 942-2627 www.sightsaversamerica.org

Speech-Language-Hearing Assoc. of Alabama
ASHA is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively. For more information please contact Vickie Copeland.
(256) 325-8885 www.alabamashaa.org

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 or (801) 622-5676

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing
Tommy Hilfiger proudly partnered with Runway of Dreams™ to create a very special collection addressing the challenges the differently-abled community faces each day when getting dressed. Faux buttons and cuff plackets conceal a patented MagnaReady® magnet closure for ease of dressing.
Muscular Dystrophy

Alabama Muscular Dystrophy Association
Birmingham, AL
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

Organizations for Parents

Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC)
10520 US Highway 231, Wetumpka, AL
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. Please contact us or visit our website for detailed information.
(866) 532-7660 or (334) 567-9938

Family Voices of Alabama
1050 Government Street, Mobile, AL
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 & Speech Therapy

American Autism and Rehabilitation Center
(Ad Sponsor)

8909 Rand Avenue, Daphne, AL
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

BlueBird Pediatric Therapy, Inc.
(Ad Sponsor)

6312 Piccadilly Square Drive, Suite 3, Mobile, AL
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

Jubilee Pediatric Speech Services, LLC
(Ad Sponsor)

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

Pediatric Physical Therapy of Mobile
(Ad Sponsor)

881 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL
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, AL
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

Thomas Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation
(Ad Sponsor)

212 Hospital Drive, Suite B , Fairhope, AL
Thomas Hospital’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Department provides comprehensive care to children who require occupational, physical, and speech therapy. Located in the Wellness Center at Thomas Hospital, we offer an environment where all 3 therapies can work together with families to guarantee each child is receiving exactly what he or she needs. Our facility enables us to meet the unique needs of our patients from birth through adolescence and allows parents to be an integral part of their child’s therapy. Therapy gyms and offices have viewing windows and headphone systems for parents to observe their child’s therapy sessions, full spectrum lighting to enhance learning needs of patients, and wireless laptop computers to further diminish distractions. Some of the specialized treatment modalities provided at Thomas Hospital include: Vital-Stem neuro-muscular electrical stimulation for Dysphagia, Augmentative/Alternative communication training and support, Ipad applications, Integrated Listening System training (ILs), Interactive Metronome, TheraSuit, Lite Gait, Braces, AFOs, splinting, and a comprehensive team for feeding/swallowing therapy. Visit us on Facebook at Infirmary Health Pediatric Therapy.
(251) 279-1640 www.infirmatryhealth.org

USA Speech and Hearing Clinic
(Ad Sponsor)

1119 HAHN, 5721 USA Drive North, Mobile, AL
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.usahealthsystem.com or www.southalabama.edu/alliedhealth/speechandhearing/clinic.html

Buckaroo Barn
39821 Duffee Lane, Bay Minette, AL
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

Equine Education Consultants, Inc. at Lake Forest Stables
268 Equine Circle, Daphne, AL
Equine Educational Consultants, Inc. was created to provide an opportunity for those with special needs to experience the joy and motivation that horses provide just by allowing us to share their world. For more information call or email the Stables.
(251) 210-8819 www.lakeforeststables.org

Gulf Coast Therapy
21040 Miflin Road, Foley, AL
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) 923-0888 www.gulfcoasttherapy.com
Second location:
9890 Twin Beech Road, Fairhope, AL
(251) 928-7312 www.gulfcoasttherapy.com

Kids Kount- Therapy Services, LLC
26420 Kensington Place, Suite C , Daphne, AL
Kids Kount Therapy Services was established with a primary mission to foster a sense of achievement within each child and to improve the quality of life for those children and their families. Kids Kount Therapy Services recognizes and respects the uniqueness of every child. We firmly believe that every child deserves an opportunity to learn and play with optimal function at home, at school, and across all social settings. Each child is assessed and treated with an individualized program to meet his or her developmental learning needs. 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.facebook.com/KidsKountTherapy or www.kidskounttherapy.com

Melanie Waters -Spoken Word Speech Language Services LLC
29000 Highway 98 Suite 102C, Daphne, AL
At Spoken Word Speech Language Services, evaluation and treatment is available for the following areas: speech sound problems (including childhood apraxia of speech), tongue thrust, poor listening skills, auditory processing disorder, reading difficulties such as dyslexia, social pragmatic deficits, stuttering, late talkers, and communication problems associated with autism. Fast ForWord products and monitoring are also available. Therapy may also be offered at your child’s school or daycare/preschool during morning hours of the school year. For more information call or email our office.
(251) 786-8255 www.spokenwordspeech.com

Shelley Scott BS & MSCCC-SLP – Speech Pathologist
11125 Pontchartrain Loop , Daphne, AL
Certified provider of Fast ForWord, a neuro cognitive computer program. For more information call or email our office.
(251) 767-2366 www.scilearn.com

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center
1613 North McKenzie Street, Foley, AL
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Therapy Center offers a variety of services, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. In most cases, the same therapist provides a patient’s care for the duration of treatment. This provides for continuity of care for the patient and improved communication with the referring physician. Visit our website for information on each division of therapy services.
(251) 949-3580 www.southbaldwinrmc.com

Recreation & Social

Bay City Gymnastics
(Ad Sponsor)

7980 American Way, Daphne, AL
Now offering Special Needs field trips! Come and join us to “let loose” and have fun at Bay City Gymnastics. Did you know that gymnastics is the greatest overall body conditioning activity that you can have your child involved in? It develops strength, flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, muscular control, endurance, coordination, agility, speed, balance, courage, grace, posture and poise! Your children will be gaining so many valuable tools while having so much fun!
(251) 621-2112 www.bcgagymnastics.com

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

6312 Piccadilly Square Drive, Suite 3, Mobile, AL
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

The Exceptional Foundation of the Gulf Coast
(Ad Sponsor)

28788 North Main Street, Daphne, AL
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. Our hours are Monday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Jennifer Flad, Executive Director at Jennifer.Flad@exceptionalfoundationgc.org.
(251) 625-8955 www.exceptionalfoundationgc.org

Thomas Hospital Rehabilitation Playground
(Ad Sponsor)

750 Morphy Avenue, Fairhope, AL
Climbing on a rock wall or playing on a see-saw can be a lot of fun for children but for the pediatric rehab patients at Thomas Hospital, those exercises also offer a fun alternative to traditional Occupational and Physical Therapy. The department’s new playground offers a safe way to help special needs children with their strength, coordination and balance. The playground, funded by the Thomas Hospital Foundation, includes a rock wall, balance beam, monkey bars, over head glider, chin bar, see saw, disc swing and a therapeutic seat swing all on a state-of-the-art cushioned flooring system.
(251) 279-1640 www.infirmaryhealth.org

Access To Recreation
8 Sandra Court, Newbury Park, CA
Provides exercise and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. Online equipment items such wheelchair accessories, daily living, replacement parts, bath and shower accessories, Lifts, safety equipment, ramps, manual and power chairs, etc.
(800) 634-4351 www.accesstr.com

Alligator Alley
19500 County Road 71, Summerdale, AL
Alligator Alley is ADA compliant. With over 20 acres of natural cypress swampland, our alligators roam freely in a protected environment. The whole family can safely observe alligators feeding, courting, and nesting from our elevated boardwalk. You’ll also observe other wild life such as: Ospreys, Owls, Turtles, Bull Frogs, and various field animals. In our gift shop area, we also display other amphibians, reptiles, and rare species. Call for more information or to schedule a tour!
(251) 946-BITE (2483) www.gatoralleyfarm.com

A charitable service organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities by providing AmTryke therapeutic tricycles to children with disabilities.
(800) 838-1845 www.ambucs.org

Back Country Trail
3801 Orange Beach Boulevard , Orange Beach, FL
We are ADA compliant. Explore the beauty and diversity of the Back Country Trail! Six trails among six distinct ecosystems make up more than 11 miles of the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail complex through Orange Beach and the Gulf State Park. Explore the Butterfly Garden, the mystical Freshwater Marshes, Coastal Hardwood Swamps and lots of wildlife. For trail maps, pictures, locations please visit the website.
(251) 981-1180 www.backcountrytrail.com
Baldwin County Special Olympics
For more information email Dawn Frenette or visit us on Facebook.
(251) 972-6854

Boy Scouts of South Alabama
2587 Government Boulevard, Mobile, AL
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
(251) 476-4600 http://www.scouting.org

Camp Bridges
1600 7th Avenue South, (ACC 516), Birmingham, AL
Our mission is to provide camps and educational programs at no cost for children, young adults and families residing  in Alabama and neighboring states who are living with an organ transplant. We create a fun and educational environment for heart, kidney, liver and lung transplant recipients that encourage positive self image and healthy transplant living. Those served receive and provide peer support and form lasting friendships to better cope with the unique challenges of transplantation.
(205) 558-2090 www.campbridges.org

Camp Mash
PO Box 850548, Mobile, AL
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-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. Physicians, nurses, diabetes educators, nutritionists, and pharmacists to provide safe supervision and real time feedback join trained adult volunteer counselors with diabetes. Camps include fun activities that vary by location. Local programs include safe family-oriented recreation throughout the year.
(205) 402-0415 www.campsealeharris.org

Captains for Kids
Annual day of fun activities (September 10 this year!) on the water for kids with special needs and illness’. We offer fishing charters, dolphin cruises, pirate cruises, sailing charters, parasailing, banana boat rides, airboat rides and more.
(850) 438-5555 www.captainsforkids.com

Center Stage Performance: Fairhope Troupe; Take 2 Show Choir; Center Stage Show Choir
155 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL
Take 2 Show Choir students are 3rd – 6th grade and Center Stage Show Choir students are 7th – 12th grades. They rehearse once a week in Fairhope, and perform at venues, festivals and special events in Baldwin County throughout the year, culminating in May with a professional Finale’ concert. Center Stage also offers classes in Voice, Piano, Acting, Backstage Design, and Musical Theatre Dance. For information, visit our website or contact Executive Director, Erin Harris.
(251) 928-1707 www.centerstageperformance.com

Center Stage Performance: Spanish Fort
10424 US Highway 31, Spanish Fort, AL
Performance Education after school in a fun environment! Announcing two locations for our musicals: Fairhope and Spanish Fort! Our K-4 thru 3rd graders will be performing “Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn KIDS” in December. Our 4th – 12th graders will perform “Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr” for school shows and public performances in December. They rehearse twice a week. For more information, visit our website or contact our Executive Director, Erin Harris.
(251) 928-1707 www.centerstageperformance.com

Disabled Sports USA
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 100 , Rockville, Maryland
Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs. These sports opportunities transform the people we serve, highlighting the potential in each of us, embodied in our motto: “If I can do this, I can do anything!” Each year through our nationwide network, we serve over 60,000 youth, wounded warriors and adults. We offer a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters in 37 states with over 30 different sports. For more information email us at info@dusa.org.
(301) 217-0960 www.disabledsportsusa.org

Exceptional Arts Drama by Sunnyside Theater
63 Midtown Park East , Mobile, AL
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! Classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. For information call or email Chris Paragone.
(251) 510-1808 www.azaleacityarts.com

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama, Inc. (GSSA) builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. GSSA focuses on activities and lessons that build leadership skills and develop a strong sense of self-worth. It is a safe and encouraging environment that challenges individuals and groups to make a difference in the world and create lasting friendships. For more information on how to become a volunteer or a Girl Scout, please call or email us.
(800) 239-6636 or (251) 344-3330 www.girlscoutssa.org

Hope Outdoors
P.O. Box 1421 , Chatom, AL
Glenn & Karen Sansing and Roger Hadley – 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. We provide opportunities for fishing, deer hunts, 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, 4 chapters in Mississippi and 2 in Missouri. All events are free to participants and their families. Hope Outdoors provides meals, lodging, licenses and will prepare game for travel if needed. Participants are 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

Lakeshore Foundation
4000 Ridgeway Drive , Birmingham, AL
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

SNAP (Special Needs Athletes Programs)
Skyline Lanes, Mobile, AL
Our mission is to give developmentally disabled citizens in the greater Mobile, Baldwin County Alabama area, the opportunity to participate in recreational sports with others of the same skill level and to have fun doing it. For more information contact us at joe@snapofalabama.com.
(251) 285-0224 www.snapofalabama.com

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge
One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL
Space Camp and Aviation Challenge offer a variety of programs for special needs students. We offer Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs specifically designed for special needs students, including camps for blind, and/or visually impaired, deaf and/or hard-of-hearing, and a week at the end of summer designated for special needs youth.
(800) 637-7223 or (256) 837-3400

Starfish-Special Olympics Swim Team
Sharon Brindle, Coach; The Starfish swim team trains handicapped participants to qualify for the State Special Olympics in Baldwin County. Visit us on Facebook for news and events.
(251) 978-0295 www.gulfshoresstarfish.webs.com

Water Planet Dolphin Therapy
203 Greenwood Drive, Panama City Beach, FL
We offer 2 therapy options to interact with the dolphins. The Harmony Program we have found can help a wide variety of children: most spectra of autism, manic depression, Rett Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, Down, and hyperactivity. Our Serenity Program caters to children with serious developmental delays, physical and motor disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, Head and Spinal Cord Injury, Mitochondrial Disorder. Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Angelman’s Syndrome and other disabilities, which require body work and specialized interventions.
(850) 230-6030 www.waterplanetusa.com

Westside 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.
(251) 633-9853 www.westsidebaseball.com

Sickle Cell

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Mobile Chapter, Inc.
The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America – Mobile Chapter, Inc. (SCDAA-MC) was founded in 1974. A volunteer Board of Directors governs a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. The mission of the Association is to “Empower clients and their families with knowledge, through quality comprehensive programs and services.” For individuals with sickle cell disease: Case management services, Transportation to/from medical appointments, Medical and pharmacy assistance for those without insurance. We provide Career assistance, After School Tutorial Programs (ages 6-18), Summer Enrichment Programs, Client support groups and fun activities. For the general public we offer Sickle cell screenings, lab onsite, Genetic counseling for those who test positive for sickle cell trait, Educational seminars and certification program. All services free.
(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.

Tourette Syndrome

Tourette Association of America
42-40 Bell Boulevard, (Suite 205) , Bayside, NY
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.
(888) 4-TOURET (486-8738) www.tourette.org

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