Special Needs Resource Guide for Families


Autism Society of Alabama
(Ad Sponsor)

The Autism Society of Alabama (ASA) responds daily to requests for information. 877-4AUTISM.
Parent Support- ASA has support groups to address a variety of issues. Monthly meetings in a variety of settings throughout the state provide support and information, guest speakers, informative topics, and question and answer sessions.
Lending Library- ASA has over 400 books and media on autism spectrum disorders that are available to our members. Items can be checked out through the office at 4217 Dolly Ridge Road, Birmingham, AL. If you have books on autism that you are willing to donate or for info on our lending library, please call 1-877-4AUTISM. ASA collaborates with various state and local agencies to increase awareness in the community, schools, and in the medical and professional arenas to promote education, understanding, resources, and to encourage the early diagnosis of autism.

Easter Seals Alabama
(Ad Sponsor)

Consists of eight community rehabilitation program sites and the world’s largest barrier free recreational camp, Camp ASCCA. Easter Seals Alabama services include: Medical Rehabilitation, Early Intervention, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Hearing Therapy, Job Training and Employment, Child Care & Camping and Recreation.
Easter Seals Achievement Center- 510 W Thomason Circle, Opelika, AL. 334-745-3501
Camp ASCCA Easter Seals- 5278 Camp ASCCA Drive, Jackson’s Gap, AL. 256-825-9226 or 800-843-2267. A special place where campers with disabilities have the opportunity to express their individuality and independence within a carefully supervised setting. Their families also are provided with a chance to relax in the knowledge that over thirty years of experience goes into providing a safe environment where fun can be had by all. The activities offered at Camp ASCCA include horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, repelling, zip-line, water tubing, archery and rifle range, mini-golf course, paved nature trails, and more. www.campascca.org
Easter Seals Central Alabama- 2125 East South Boulevard, Montgomery, AL. 334-288-0240.

Lee County Youth Development Center
(Ad Sponsor)

1109 Spring Drive, Opelika. 334-749-2996;
Times Change…Our Commitment Remains the Same. The Lee County Youth Development Center is uniquely set apart – singular in its design of offering a broad continuum of services and care for youth and families. Our agency strives to maintain the highest standards of quality care and innovative practices with expertise in the areas of prevention, intervention and residential care. One area served is Psychological Services:
Comprehensive clinical support for all residents admitted to our Intensive Residential Treatment Facility, Residential & out-patient psychological assessments, therapies, and other clinical services for children, adolescents, and families served under the LCYDC umbrella, 24-hour/7-days a week/365-days a year On-Call Emergency Psychological Services to clients, residents, and programs at LCYDC, Emergency Mental Status Examinations, Psychiatric Clinic for all program clients, with ongoing psychiatric consultation with clinical staff, Psychological Staffing for all program clients, with ongoing psychological consultation for clinical staff by licensed professionals and Referrals accepted from the Department of Human Resources, the Alabama Department of Youth Services, and the Juvenile Court System.

RehabWorks 4 Kids
(Ad Sponsor)

528-1964. A service of East Alabama Medical Center. We offer pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapies to children 0-18 yrs of age with a variety of diagnoses including: cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, receptive-expressive language delays/disorders, feeding/swallowing disorders, sensory integration disorders, torticollis, augmentative communication needs, sensory-motor group that meets weekly for 3-week sessions throughout the year & referrals to other community resources. kelly.shaw@eamc.org.

Smith Group Behavioral Consulting
(Ad Sponsor)

2206 Executive Park Drive, Opelika. Kimhsmith1@icloud.com; www.smithgroupbehavioralconsulting.com; 332-9077 (cell with confidential voicemail).
Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Organizational Behavior Management, and Education.
1) Working with Educators: Behavioral observation and consultation, functional assessments and functional analyses of maladaptive behavior, skill assessments, social skills training, development and monitoring of behavior reduction plans, competency-based training in ABA for teachers and school system staff, and classroom set-up and modifications to maximize learning.
2) Working with Families: ABA intervention programs for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, helping parents maximize their child’s learning at home by evaluating the home environment and home schedule, academic tutoring, development of behavior plans to reduce maladaptive behaviors at home, potty training programs, and training for immediate family members, extended family members, church staff, babysitters, etc…. on Autism Spectrum Disorders, ABA or other related topics.

Alabama Scottish Rite Learning Centers-offers evaluations for Alabama school age children, generally age 7 through 9th Grade. Program has a network of speech/language pathologists, available to perform this free service. Children from all over Alabama are evaluated at various locations as time and funding permit. If you have a child at least 7 years old (and has been in a structured reading program for at least 6 months) that is exhibiting signs of learning language deficits, the speech, language and literacy evaluation will facilitate early identification and intervention for language learning differences. www.alsrlcenter.org/ALSR_Learning_Center/Welcome

• All for Children-2290 Moores Mill Road, Suite 400, Auburn. 209-2009: www.all-forchildren.com;
private practice providing the children of this area quality speech, language and literacy intervention.

• American Cancer Society– Relay For Life of Lee County- www.relayforlife.org/leeal
Support Groups-Bossum Buddies: EAMC Health Resource Center, Opelika. 288-3432.
Caregiver Support- Oak Park Dining Room, 1365 Gatewood Drive, Auburn. 3rd Thursday of the month. For more information or to reserve your spot, contact Cheri Rudgers 826-1899.
TOUCH (Today Our Understanding of Cancer is Hope)- This general cancer support group is for survivors and their family and caregivers. East Alabama Health Resource Center, Opelika. 288-3432.
I Can Cope- EAMC Health Resource Center, Opelika. 288-3432. General cancer educational program for recently diagnosed cancer patients.
Look Good…Feel Better- 288-3432. Free program conducted by cosmetologists to improve appearance related side effects of cancer. Sessions conducted as cancer patients request services and as cosmetologists are available.
American Cancer Society- 3054 McGehee Rd, Montgomery. 334-288-3432. Offers free wigs, turbans, and hats to cancer patients.

• Auburn University-Auburn University Autism Center was established in August 2003 with the vision of providing much needed services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder, their families, schools, and other agencies whose goal is to optimize the potential of individuals with autism. This vision translates into a model demonstration site for best practice; diagnostic services for children with autism spectrum disorder; training for families, teachers, and related professionals; outreach consultation; and research opportunities relative to effective intervention strategies.
The Autism Center provides: a model demonstration site for best practice education of persons with autism spectrum disorder, diagnostic services for children with autism spectrum disorder, outreach consultation services for families, schools and agencies that serve people with autism spectrum disorder, training for families, teachers and related professionals, and research opportunities relative to effective intervention strategies for people with autism spectrum disorder.
Best Buddies- The largest chapter of Best Buddies International, an international organization that promotes one-to-one friendships between college students and buddies. Founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,500 chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. The chapter won the Most Outstanding Chapter Award at the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference, held in July 2013.
The Summer Learning Clinic is an intensive four-week program that the Department of Rehabilitation and Special Education offers for students with mild learning problems, learning disabilities, behavioral difficulties and/or autism spectrum disorders. Since 1990, over 2,900 such students have received individually designed tutorial instruction through this outreach program. Instruction for students ages 6-13 is offered in reading, math, and language arts, with emphasis on areas of concern for individual students. 844-2004.
Speech and Hearing Clinic- Haley Center, 844-9600. offers screening tests for the general public free of charge each semester. The clinic performs audiological and speech-language evaluations, aural rehabilitation support and other clinical services for children and adults. Speech and language assessments related to language/speech delay, developmental delay, autism, cleft palate, stuttering, voice disorders, feeding/swallowing, and literacy. Auditory treatments include hearing aid selection and dispensing, assistive listening devices, and auditory rehabilitation.
Motor Behavior Lab- in the Department of Health and Human Performance provides a motor development program for kindergarten children with low motor proficiency. 844-4483.
The Center for Disability Research and Service- 215 S. Donahue Dr. in the Dawson Building, Auburn University Campus. offering additional resources to improve the lives of Alabama citizens with significant disabilities. Housed in the Dawson Building, the center is an extension of the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling/School Psychology in the College of Education and will focus on developing initiatives in autism and developmental disabilities, assistive technology, program evaluation and employment and community support. Research relating to autism spectrum disorder will expand on the work previously conducted by the Auburn University Autism Center, which has been absorbed by the new center. In addition, the new center will collaborate on projects with the Auburn Transition Leadership Institute, which provides support to youths with disabilities by providing continuous improvement resources to assist with their transition to adulthood.

• Autism Hope Center– 706 604 6333.
The Autism Hope Center is a free resource to both families and professionals throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. Since 2005, we have been instrumental in bringing programs, services, and support to individuals and their families in our area. We host a monthly support group and a number of monthly inclusive events. Additionally, the center helps connect families to advocates and helps promote self-advocacy.

• Benson Behavior Services
Jon N. Benson, M.S.,BCBA, jnbenson1@hotmail.com; 334-452-1709.
“From Challenge to Change”. Practical behavior therapy for parents and teachers. Offering in-home or school-based behavior therapy for autism and developmental disabilities. Hours and availability determined on a case-by-case basis.
• Brain Jogging & Camp Academia- 1507 Vernon Road, LaGrange, Ga. and 1022 2nd Avenue, Columbus, Ga. 706-884-4492. www.campacademia.com Areas of focus: Dyslexia, language processing deficiencies, ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and processing speed. Camp Academia has four primary programs designed to help your child achieve his or her potential:
Consultation / Testing Services– Full evaluation of your child’s strengths and weaknesses in learning utilizing both formal and informal methods and recommendations for charting their educational path.
Brainjogging– Camp Academia’s research-based learning tool is designed to enhance learning efficiency and proficiency by “exercising” weak areas of the brain.
Camps– Three-day residential camps and Summer Booster Sessions are designed to evaluate and prepare your child for the upcoming school year.

• Cast Ministries.org
Auburn, AL. 332-8411 and 821-1000. Amputee Support- If you or someone you love has suffered a loss of limb, we invite you to join our “team” as we learn to turn our weaknesses into our strengths. The Christian Amputee Support Team is committed to: “pursuing abundant life for amputees through the love of Christ.”
• Food Allergy Families of East Alabama
Our mission is to provide a supportive environment to those affected by food allergies and to network in order to share ideas and to educate ourselves and others while raising public awareness. For more information, visit our website at www.foodallergyfamiliesEA.org or email Crystal@foodallergyfamiliesEA.org

• Hearing Professionals of Alabama
2415 Moore’s Mill Road, Suite 225, Auburn 334.521.7501; www.hpoal.com
We are committed to providing the most comprehensive and professional audiological care for individuals of ALL ages with hearing concerns. We believe that children and adults with hearing loss deserve the opportunity to receive competent and reliable hearing healthcare close to home. We specialize in identifying, diagnosing, treating, monitoring and preventing hearing disorders. Hearing Professionals of Alabama also offers the most innovative hearing aid technology at affordable prices which you can receive in a relaxed and easy-to-access clinic setting. The ultimate purpose of all work in our office is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with hearing loss through our knowledge and compassion.

• Hospice of East Alabama Medical Center
665 Opelika Road, Auburn, AL. 826-1899; 800-303-4677. Hospice treats the whole person instead of the disease. Its focus is on the family as well as the individual. Hospice emphasizes quality of life rather than duration. The patient’s pain is treated aggressively, and suffering is recognized and dealt with by members of the interdisciplinary team. The patient’s final wishes are attended to, and efforts are made to allow terminally ill patients and their families to remain together in peace, comfort, and dignity as they experience the end of life. Hospice services extend to any location: a home, the hospital, an assisted living facility, Bethany House, or a nursing home. Our goal at Hospice of EAMC is to help our patients live fully by managing pain and symptoms so that their days are filled with more joy and comfort. We seek to provide patients and their families with physical, emotional, social and spiritual support throughout their journey. Hospice of EAMC now serves parts of eight counties within a 50-mile radius of its office in Auburn, AL. Hospice of EAMC is the only area hospice linked directly with the services and support of East Alabama Medical Center. We can offer seamless transitioning of patients from inpatient care to their own homes or to a nursing home if needed.

• In His Hands: Special Friends Ministry
Lakeview Baptist Church. 1600 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn. 887-7094. www.lakeviewbaptist.org. Program designed to help families who have children with special needs be able to worship together while their children are shown and taught about the love of Christ by familiar adults. Our goal is to form teams of buddies for each special friend that will assist them on Sunday mornings. Buddies will volunteer on a weekly or monthly rotation.

• Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy 742-2694. Opelika. After realizing the need for a local non-profit for the benefit of the autism families in Lee County, a group of dedicated parents has worked to develop Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy. Together with educators, business professionals and parents we hope to bring the communities of Lee County a better understanding of autism spectrum disorders and how families are affected as well as provide workshops, trainings and support for educators and parents. Monthly meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Age appropriate social groups are also available. Like us on Facebook (Lee County Autism Resource & Advocacy).

• The Little H.A.P.I.E. Tree Preschool
(Helping Auburn Parents-Intervening Early)
721 E. University Drive, Auburn, 887-4956. The preschool program is designed to provide intensive early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities ages 3-5 years old. We utilize strategies based on the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA) in teaching our children. We also offer speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy as needed for children enrolled. The primary focus of intervention is language acquisition but additional areas such as self-care skills, play skills, social skills, and pre-academic skills in preparation for kindergarten are also important. Our teachers plan developmentally and age appropriate lessons for children enrolled and utilize thematic teaching. Additional teaching procedures used at Little H.A.P.I.E. Tree include but are not limited to the following: discrete trial teaching, incidental teaching, least-to-most prompting sequences, most-to-least prompting sequences, shaping, reinforcement and differential reinforcement. There are four classrooms, each of which is supervised by a Lead Teacher certified in Early Childhood Special Education. Each Lead Teacher has the support of a full-time Teacher Assistant. Through a partnership with Auburn University we provide training at both the undergraduate and graduate level for a number of disciplines including Education, Human Development and Family Sciences, and Psychology.

• March of Dimes Alabama Chapter– Birmingham, AL. 205-824-0103. www.marchofdimes.com
Central Division in Montgomery, AL. 334-277-6910.

• Opelika Lions Club– www.opelikalions.org;
Service league providing support for diabetic awareness, sight conservation and The Miracle League Ball Field for Children with Disabilities.

• Precision Medical Solutions, LLP
2 Locations: 2515 East Glenn Avenue, Auburn. 334-826-0078 and 119 Market Place, Montgomery. 334-260-3767. www.precisionmedicalsolutions.com
Brace Yourself for Life! Precision Medical Solutions strives to provide help to hurting people during their times of need. We carry a complete line of bracing, for children and adults, for most every part of the body.

• Storybook Farms– 300 Cusseta Road, Opelika, AL. 444-5966. www.hopeonhorseback.org; The year-round equine assisted activities are tailored to serve children ages 2 years to young adults who are challenged with life-threatening illnesses, disabilities, mental and/or emotional trauma, and grief. The gentle nature of our horses provides hope and healing. In addition to our “hope on horseback” riding programs, Storybook Farm also provides weekly Enrichment Classes for local school system’s inclusive special education classes, “Forever Families” quarterly events for families created by adoption or fostering, as well as annual events such as Easter Eggstravaganza, SBF Horse Show, Fall Festival, and the Christmas Celebration.

• The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind
Serving Lee County and the surrounding area. www.aidb.org
Alabama School for the Blind- 705 South Street East, Talladega, AL. 256-761-3260.
Alabama School for the Deaf- 205 South Street East, Talladega, AL. 256-761-3278.
Helen Keller School of Alabama- 1101 Fort Lashley Avenue, Talladega, AL. 256-761-3377.
The Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrian Program- Talladega, Alabama has a covered indoor arena and a 3/4 mile Sensory Trail for students from preschool age to middle age for both therapeutic and recreational riding year round. mgheques@aidb.state.al.us

• The East Alabama Mental Health Center– www.eastalabamamhc.com; Family and Children’s Services-2300 Center Hills Dr., Building II; Opelika, AL. 742-2112. A public non-profit corporation established in 1967. The Center is a comprehensive community mental health center that provides a continuum of services for persons with a serious emotional disturbance, developmental delay, mental illness, mental retardation, and/or substance abuse problem. Prevention, consultation, and education are important aspects of the Center’s service delivery system. Services are provided to persons living or working in Lee, Russell, Chambers, and Tallapoosa Counties and are prioritized to serve the most severely disabled and those least able to afford services.
CHINS Intervention Program-The Center provides a range of services for children residing in Lee County who have been, or are at risk of being adjudicated CHINS (Child in Need of Supervision). These children display behavior problems such as truancy, breaking curfew, and refusing to follow the rules at school and at home.
ABC Child Development Center- The ABC (Actively Believing in Children) Child Development Center provides intensive services for toddlers and preschool children with autism or pervasive developmental disorders in an integrated child care setting.
Godparent Project -The Godparent Project provides parenting education, life skills training, and referral to community resources for pregnant and parenting adolescents.
Special Deliveries-The Special Deliveries program provides parent education, support, and referral services for families of infants and toddlers. The program also provides intensive in-home family support services for at risk families of children ages 0 to 5.
Other programs-Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Parent Power, In-School Programs, After-School and Summer Alternative Programs, Family Strengthening Programs, Mommy and Me, & ACATA: Alliance Counteracting Alcohol and Tobacco Advertising.

• The Exceptional Outreach Organization (E.O.O.)- Organized in 2000, the Exceptional Outreach Organization is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization whose mission is to provide programs for exceptional individuals with special needs by fostering growth through recreation, education, and social activities. Comprised of a volunteer Board of Directors with zero administrative costs, E.O.O. works to raise funds and awareness to sponsor and support Special Olympics of Lee County, the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Summer Camp, Best Buddies of Auburn University, Premier Athletics Shining Knights Therapeutic Cheerleading Team, and other therapeutic related programs. E.O.O. hosts the annual Love Your Heart Run and Crank Your Heart Ride as its sole fundraising event. 2015 marks the 26th Annual Love Your Heart Run and 8th Annual Crank Your Heart Ride, which will take place at Chewacla State Park. www.loveyourheartrun.com.

• The Sunshine Class– Farmville Baptist Church, 3607 AL. Hwy. 147 N., Auburn. 887-7361. Specially adapted for individuals with special needs to truly shine! We personalize the Bible and encourage a close and intimate relationship with Jesus through Bible stories, life experiences, prayer, and praise. Class meets every Sunday morning. For more information on the class and other possibilities for individuals with disabilities, please email office@farmvillebaptistchurch.org.


Auburn Parks and Recreation
(Ad Sponsor)

Offers recreational activities, programs/leagues, social activities and field trips for citizens who have mental and physical disabilities. We provide an opportunity for children and adults to build friendships in a fun, encouraging and safe environment. The programs are designed to strengthen and “show off” the participants’ abilities, rather than their disabilities. All programs are free, unless otherwise noted. The Therapeutics Program also supports the Lee County and State of Alabama Special Olympics programs and the Auburn University chapter of Best Buddies. If you are interested in finding out more information regarding our Therapeutics Program, please contact Dana Stewart or Alison Hall at 501-2930.
Fall Activities Include:
Monday-Bowling, Auburn Lanes. 1:00-3:00pm.
Monday- PEERS for Teens. Ages 13-18yrs. 5:30-7:30pm. Dean Rd Rec Center.
Monday- Drama Class. Ages 12 and up, 1:00-2:00pm, Dean Rd Rec Center.
Wednesday-Play Group, ages 6-12yrs, 3-5pm, Dean Rd Rec Center.
Tuesday Special Olympics Track and Field Practice, AHS Track. 5:30-6:30pm.
Wednesday-Fitness & Bingo, ages 12yrs and up. 5:30-7:30pm. Dean Rd Rec Center.
Thursday- Special Olympics Softball Practice, DSP-Field 3. 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday- Family Fitness Challenge@ the Pediatric Movement & Physical Activity Lab, Auburn Campus. 6:00-7:00pm.
Friday- Game Night, Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16. Dean Rd Rec Center. 5:30-7:30pm.
Friday-Special Olympics Basketball Practice, Dean Road Rec Center. 4:30-5:30pm.
Sunday-Special Olympics Volleyball Practice, Dean Rd Rec Center. 4:30-5:30pm.
Sunday- Special Olympics Flag Football Practice, AHS Soccer Field. 2:30-3:30pm
Sunday- Unified Softball, AHS Soccer Field, 3:30-4:30pm.
Special Olympics 2016-2017
Auburn Parks and Recreation supports Special Olympics by sponsoring teams for many of the Special Olympics events. Currently, we support athletes for basketball, bowling, golf, powerlifting, swimming, track and field, and volleyball events. Practices take place throughout the year with the help of local Special Olympics’ volunteer coaches. You must be at least 8 years of age and meet the requirements of the Alabama Special Olympics Guidelines in order to participate. We currently need Coaches for our Special Olympics Athletes…if you have the time and the interest to help coach these dynamic and fun-loving kids, please contact the Lee County Special Olympics Co-Directors or the State office today! www.auburnalabama.org/specialolympics
Therapeutic Summer Camp
A seven week summer day camp designed for young adults with various special needs. The Summer Camp is a joint project created and sponsored by Auburn Parks and Recreation and the Exceptional Outreach Organization. The curriculum program includes life skills training such as handling money, team work, social skills, Zumba, swimming, and other physical recreation activities. The campers also participate in cultural experiences, such as attending a Montgomery Biscuits baseball game and the Wild Animal Safari, Pine Mountain, GA.
27th Annual Love Your Heart Run /
9th Annual Crank Your Heart Ride
The annual Love Your Heart Run is sponsored by the Exceptional Outreach Organization and the City of Auburn Parks and Recreation department. The Love Your Heart Run is the premier fundraising event benefiting children and adults with special needs that participate in Special Olympics of Lee County, Best Buddies of Auburn University, Premier Spirit Academy Shining Knights Therapeutic Cheerleading Team and City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Summer Camp.

• Co. Athletics and Wellness
#AU.Some Adults- Tumbling program for autistic athletes. Open to ages 17-22yrs, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm. For more information or to register for a class, 334-649-3306 or 1004 Opelika Road, Auburn. www.athleticsandwellness.co

• Opelika Parks and Recreation
Awesome Goals Soccer-The program will focus on learning soccer skills in a safe and accepting atmosphere. Practice will be Sundays, 2:00-3:00pm. Lynette at awesomegoalssoccer@gmail.com.
Basketball- Practice and enjoy organized games. 1:00-3:00pm. Covington Center, 705-5550.
Christmas Ball- December TBD. Program is designed to provide a social outlet for mentally challenged adults. Sponsored by Opelika Parks & Recreation and EAMH-MR. David Scott with Opelika Parks and Rec. Covington Center.
Discover- An opportunity for high-functioning, intellectually disabled citizens that are no longer enrolled in school. Discover together through various activities and travel once a month. Scheduled trips may change meeting times. Thursday, 10am-12pm. John Huling, jhuling@opelika-al.gov
Expressions of a BraveHeart Program- Sponsored by Auburn University Social Work Program and the Opelika Parks and Recreation, Expressions of a BraveHeart is a fine arts program for youth and young adults (11-21 yrs. old) with special needs. Offering art, music and dance classes to youth and young adults. John Huling, JHuling@opelika.net
Special Olympics Swim Team- Participants must be 8 years of age or older and have an intellectual disability. John Huling, JHuling@opelika.net.
Tennis for Fun- A free tennis clinic for athletes with special needs that provides athletes with an opportunity to have fun playing tennis, to learn basic skills and to socialize with each other. Ages 11-21yrs, Fridays, 3:30-4:30pm, Calhoun Tennis Center.

• Paradise Pumpkin Patch: Free Paradise for Special Children
October 3, 2016 — 8:00 am till 4:00 pm (
910 County Road 79 S, Eufaula, AL 36027-4945, 334.687.6820; GPS enter this address: 1 Hawkins Road, Eufaula. www.paradisepumpkinpatch.com
Paradise Pumpkin Patch is offering its annual free field trip to the special needs and handicap children. The date for this field trip is October 1, 2012. This field trip is free to students, teachers and parents. Hot dog lunches will be provided to the students at no cost. Reservation are required for these fields trips and should be made through the school system or organization. There is limited availability for this day so please book early. All activities will be available based on the child’s ability to enjoy them safely. Also a small pumpkin will be given to each child.

• The Exceptional Foundation of East Alabama
(334)728-4727; www.Exceptionalfoundationofea.org
A non-profit organization established to serve adults with developmental disabilities and provide opportunities for them to thrive and be engage in social and recreational activities. How does this organization provide support? Through respite, peace of mind (loved ones no longer be home alone during the day), and alleviation of hardships (many are forced to pay a caregiver, quit work or take loved one along with them to work). November 4: Kick-off party featuring keynote speaker, Gene Stallings, with special guests Tim Hudson and Pat Dye, at Moore’s Mill Club, Auburn, 6:30pm. For table sponsorships, call Samantha Bradshaw, 334-524-6448.

• The Miracle League of East Alabama– “Every Child Deserves A Chance to Play Baseball.” West Ridge Park, Opelika. The Miracle League is an organization that provides the opportunity for persons of ALL AGES with cognitive or physical disabilities to play baseball. Giving ability a chance The Billy Hitchcock Miracle Field Complex -the largest of its kind in the country-will serve disabled people of all ages and their families from the East Alabama and West Georgia area.The complex is located alongside the other baseball fields and the playground area at West Ridge Park. The playground includes slides, tunnels, a sandbox and swings all completely accessible for the disabled. The baseball field includes a dugout, a handicap-accessible announcers’ box, as well as picnic tables and a pavilion.

Easter Seals Camp ASSCA
(Ad Sponsor)

256-825-9226; www.campascca.org
Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Providing weekend and week sessions, open year-round. Located in Alabama on Lake Martin, offers campers a wide variety of recreational and educational activities. 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.

• Camp Frog– The Autism Society of Alabama. Camp ASCCA, Jackson’s Gap. Ages 6-18 years and their families. Scholarships available. www.autism-alabama.org

• Camp Newhope & Camp Newsong
205-877-2224; www.alfoundationforoncology.org/campnewsong.php. A free program open to all grieving children in Alabama. Camp sessions are held at the YMCA Hargis Retreat in Chelsea, Alabama for children ages 6-18.

• Camp Shocco for the Deaf– 1314 Shocco Springs Road, Talladega, AL. 256-761-1100; www.campshocco.org; This camp gives every hearing impaired student, ages 8-high school, an opportunity to have an unforgettable week of fun, games, and spiritual growth. Not only that, they learn the essence of teamwork, while also developing their own unique abilities and talents that can often be overlooked. There is no language barriers, therefore, they are never excluded.

• Camp Smile-a-Mile-1-888-500-7920;
www.campsam.org; Children’s Harbor on Lake Martin. Year round challenging, recreational and educational experiences for young cancer patients, their families as well as young adult survivors from Alabama at no cost. 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.

• Camp Sugar Falls & Camp Seale Harris
205-402-0415; www.southeasterndiabetes.org
Provides kids with the chance to learn about effective diabetes management, while at the same time allowing them to interact with other children living with this same illness.

• Lakeshore Foundation-205-313-7400;
Offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults who experience diagnostic conditions including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amputation, and visual impairment.

• ADA Center– Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services- 334-613-3471 (Montgomery office); 205-290-4540 (Birmingham office); (800) 205-9986. www.rehab.state.al.us/ada
DBTAC – Southeast ADA Center; 1419 Mayson Street, Atlanta, GA. 800-949-4232; www.sedbtac.org

• Alabama’s Early Intervention System– Birth through 2- Department of Rehabilitation Services/ Division of Early Intervention- Montgomery, AL. 800-543-3098; www.rehab.alabama.gov/ei

• Blind or Visually Impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind– www.AIDB.org
Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind- Mobile , AL. 251- 432-7777. Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services-Montgomery, AL. 334-281-8780.

• Career & Technical Education – Alabama State Department of Education- Montgomery, AL. 334-242-9111; www.alsde.edu/

• Children with Disabilities– Ages 3 through 5- Contact Special Education. Transition Services/ Special Education Services -Alabama State Department of Education- Montgomery, AL. 334-242-8114; www.alsde.edu

• Developmental Disabilities -Alabama Department of Mental Health-Montgomery, AL.
334-242-3107; www.mh.alabama.gov/

• Developmental Disabilities Council-Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities –
Montgomery, AL. 800-232-2158; www.acdd.org

• Governor’s Office on Disabilities
Montgomery, AL. 334-353-0353 or 888-879-3582.

• Mental Health Rep. for Children/Youth
Office of Children’s Services/ Alabama Department of Mental Health-Montgomery, AL. 334-353-7110; www.mh.alabama.gov

• Protection and Advocacy– Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)-The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. 800-826-1675;

• Respite Care– is temporary short-term relief for caregivers of individuals with special needs such as: developmental and physical disabilities or other chronic illnesses that are related to health concerns, medical fragility, or for those at risk of abuse and neglect. Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network-Anniston, AL. 256-237-3683.
Birmingham, AL. 205-991-0927; 1-866-RESTALA.

• Special Education Services-Alabama Department of Education- Montgomery, AL. 800-392-8020; www.alsde.edu/

• Special Format Library- Alabama Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 6030 Monticello Drive , Montgomery, AL. 800-392-5671; www.statelibrary.alabama.gov

• Special Health Care Needs- Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services/Children’s Rehabilitation Service– Montgomery , AL. 800-441-7607; www.rehab.alabama.gov/crs

• Technology- STAR (Statewide Technology Access and Response for Alabamians with Disabilities)-Montgomery, AL. 800-782-7656;

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association– is committed to ensuring that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders receive services to help them communicate effectively. www.asha.org/public

• University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities- Civitan International Research Center-University of Alabama at Birmingham; Birmingham, AL. 800-822-2472;

• Vocational Rehabilitation-Department of Rehabilitation Services– Montgomery, AL.
334-281-8780; www.rehab.alabama.gov/vrs
Career and Technical Education- Montgomery, AL. 334-242-9111; www.alsde.edu/


• Asthma & Allergies-Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America. 800-727-8462, www.aafa.org

• Attention Deficit Disorder-To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD). 800-233-4050; www.chadd.org

• Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)- 800-939-1019; info@add.org;

• Autism- Autism Society of Alabama
4217 Dolly Ridge Road; Birmingham, AL.
877-4-AUTISM; 205-951-1364; contact@autism-alabama.org; www.autism-alabama.org

• Blind/Visual Impairments– American Foundation for the Blind- 800-232-5463; afbinfo@afb.net;
• Cerebral Palsy- United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Birmingham- 800-654-4483; www.ucpbham.com

• Downs Syndrome- Down Syndrome Alabama- Birmingham; 205-988-0810; www.downsyndromealabama.org

• Epilepsy- Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama-
Mobile, AL. 800-626-1582; www.epilepsyfoundation.org/

• Food Allergies- The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network- www.foodallergy.org

• Head Injury-Alabama Head Injury Foundation- Hoover, AL. 800-433-8002 ; www.ahif.org

• Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
The Arc of Alabama, Inc., Montgomery, AL.
866-243-9557; info@thearcofalabama.com;

• Learning Disabilities-Learning Disabilities Association of Alabama- Montgomery, AL.
334-277-9151; www.ldaal.org

• Mental Health– NAMI Alabama-Montgomery, AL. 800-626-4199; www.namialabama.org

• Speech and Hearing– Speech and Hearing Association of Alabama; 256-325-8885; Info@AlabamaSHAA.org www.alabamashaa.org

• Spina Bifida– Spina Bifida Association of
Alabama- Madison, AL. 256-325-8600;
• Tourette Syndrome- Tourette Syndrome
Association Mid-South Regional Office-Auburn, AL. 334-502-0055.

• United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, Inc.
Mobile, AL. 888-630-7102; info@ucpmobile.org;


• Exceptional Parent Magazine– Publishes monthly magazine for parents of children with disabilities and professionals providing services to children and families. www.eparent.com

• Family Voices of Alabama– Encourages families to develop individual partnerships with their children’s care providers, and to look for opportunities to impact systems change by working collaboratively with the many agencies in the state that care about services for children and youth with special needs; www.familyvoices.org

• FighterMom™-is a program for any mom who not only cares for a child with a demanding disease or health condition, but who wants to get organized to defeat that condition by raising money, winning publicity, working with researchers, and making her case in Washington. www.fightermom.org

• May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders– Pathways Educational Series: Guiding families after an autism diagnosis. 6298 Veterans Pkwy, Suite 9B. Columbus, Ga. 706-571-7771. This FREE education series runs for eight consecutive weeks. Meetings last 90 minutes. Childcare is provided. The first four weeks are designed for parents of children newly diagnoses with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The second four weeks are designed for parents struggling to manage problem behaviors at home.

• Parent to Parent USA– provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’. www.p2pusa.org

• Parent Training and Information Center / Early Intervention Family Alliance– Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC)- Wetumpka, AL. 866-532-7660; www.alabamaparentcenter.com.

• Partners in Policymaking of Alabama
Montgomery, AL. 800-846-3735; http://acdd.org

• The Epilepsy Foundation Parents Website– www.epilepsyandmychild.org/

• The Sibling Support Project– a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

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