National and State Resources

Below is a list of select national and state disability–related resources on a variety of topics. The list is not intended to be comprehensive and a link does not indicate any form of endorsement from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council.

National Organizations

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)
AIDD is a federal agency that funds a network of Developmental Disabilities Councils, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Protection & Advocacy Systems in each state and territory. AIDD also supports the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

National Council on Disability (NCD)
NCD is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of life. NOD provides disability employment resources through technical assistance, program design, and research.

The Arc of the United States
The Arc is a national, community-based organization advocating for and serving people with developmental disabilities and their families.

State Organizations

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
DDA is the principle state agency in Maryland that funds community-based services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS)
MACS is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in the community.

Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD)
MCDD is one of a national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). MCDD provides training, community service, technical assistance, and conducts research to build the capacity of the community to fully include people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The Resource Finder provides information to families and professionals about community services, trainings, research, and other information on developmental disabilities and related issues across the lifespan.

Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD)
MDOD advances the rights and interests of people with disabilities so they may fully participate in community life. MDOD’s website has a comprehensive list of resources, including, assistive technology, employment, housing, transportation and more.

Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS)
DHS is the State’s human services provider. DHS helps vulnerable Marylanders buy healthy foods, pay energy bills, and obtain medical assistance.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
MDOT provides transportation programs and services that support public or private transportation opportunities for people in Maryland. For information on the Maryland Transit Administration’s Mobility/Paratransit system, visit MTA Maryland

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM) 
DRM is the State Protection and Advocacy System for protecting and advocating for the rights of children and adults with disabilities.

Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD)
MHAMD offers programs to improve outcomes for children and adults living with mental illness.

Maryland Statewide Independent Living Council (MSILC)
MSILC is a governor-appointed advisory, advocacy, and planning council that promotes independent living services across the state of Maryland.

Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPMD)
PPMD supports families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need to have the knowledge and assistance they need to make informed decisions that support their child’s health, education, and development.


One Person One Vote
One Vote was created to encourage, facilitate, and empower people with disabilities, and those who support them, to vote.

Envisioning the Future: Allies in Self-Advocacy
Allies in Self-Advocacy shares information and resources on ways to strengthen self-advocacy efforts at both the state and national level.

People On the Go of Maryland (POG)
POG is Maryland’s statewide self-advocacy  organization consisting of local self-advocacy groups from around the state. Members are advocates with intellectual and developmental challenges who use their voices to advocate for common issues.

Self-Advocates Being Empowered (SABE)
SABE is a self-advocacy organization working for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community, throughout the 50 states and the world.

TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families, and advocates.

The Arc Maryland
The Arc Maryland is a statewide advocacy organization advocating on behalf of, and with, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Maryland.

The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SAR-TAC)
An online resource that categorizes, promotes, and shares the best tools and resources for self-advocacy across the country.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Olmstead

United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
ADA government site provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

ADA National Network
ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers that ensure the ADA is implemented wherever possible.

Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
ADA center provides information, guidance, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).


Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
MSDE provides leadership, support, and accountability for effective systems of public education, library services, and rehabilitation services.

Secondary Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities
The Maryland State Department of Education Transition Planning Guide for Individuals with Disabilities provides information to students, parents/guardians, educators, and community agencies about the transition process.

Maryland Learning Links
Maryland Learning Links is a resource for educators and families about issues related to special education and early intervention.


Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
DORS is a vocational rehabilitation program that offers services and supports that help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and live independently in the community.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP promotes policy strategies that affect the employment of people with disabilities. ODEP shares best practices and provides technical assistance to government agencies, service providers and non-governmental entities, as well as public and private employers.

Home & Community-Based settings (HCBS) rule

HCBS Advocacy Coalition
Information for advocates about the new home and community-based services rules.

HCBS Guide: Supporting the Right to a Community Life
This free resource prepares you to assist those you support to advocate for the community lives they want and share their experiences.

HCBS Guide: Your Right to a Community Life
This free resource prepares you for HCBS advocacy with information about the rule and tools to share about your experience receiving services.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC provides resources and information on protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
DHMH provides and monitors health care services and programs for the state of Maryland.

My Health Care Notebook
A systematic guide that shows parents of children with children with Special Health Care Needs how to create a health care notebook.

Family Voices
Family Voices provides families with tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a resource on health care.

Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (RRTCADD)
RRTCADD provides information and resources on aging with developmental disabilities, age friendly environments, health promotion, and family support.

The Arc – Health Care Issues for People with Disabilities
The Arc provides information on how the Affordable Care Act affects people with disabilities, health insurance benefits, and employers.


Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD)
DHCD manages rental, homeownership and other housing-related programs in Maryland.

Statewide Rental Housing Locator
The Locator is a free service that  searches for rental properties throughout Maryland, providing a multitude of important information about each unit. The site provides helpful tools for renters such as an affordability calculator.

Youth and Young Adults

National Collaboration on Workforce Disability for Youth (NCWD)
NCWD works toward improving employment outcomes for youth with disabilities by providing technical assistance to youth councils and other workforce development youth programs.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is a youth-led organization working to build power among people with disabilities between the ages of 16-28 years old.

Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)
YLF is an intensive weeklong leadership program for high school students with all types of disabilities in Maryland.

Youth On the Move
Youth On the Move provides information, strategies, and resources to teachers, counselors, family members, and community providers—to guide youth as they transition from high school to the adult world.

A child with a developmental disability and her mom

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