Physical Disabilities

Alzheimer's Association
225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17
Chicago, IL 60601-7633
Toll-free: (800) 272-3900l
Phone: (312) 335-8700
Fax: (312) 335-1110

The Alzheimer's Association is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. They provide support and assistance to those affected by the disease and their families.

American Diabetes Association (ADA)
ATTN: National Call Center
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: (800) DIABETES (800-342-2382)

Arthritis Foundation
P.O. Box 7669
Atlanta, GA 30357-0669
Toll-free: (800) 568-4045
Phone: (404) 872-7100 or (404) 965-7888

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions with advocacy, programs, services and research.

American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (AJAO)
Phone: (404) 965-7538

AJAO is a council of the Arthritis Foundation devoted to serving the special needs of children, teens and young adults with childhood rheumatic diseases and their families.

Autism Society of America (ASA)
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 300
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-3067
Toll-free: (800) 3AUTISM (800-328-8476)
Phone: (301) 657-0881

The ASA's mission is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for individuals within the autism spectrum and their families. They offer support through education, advocacy, public awareness, and research.

Cancer Care
National Office
275 7th Avenue
New York, NY, 10001
Phone: (800) 813-HOPE (800-813-4673)

CancerCare provides free professional counseling, support groups, education, condition and treatment information, and referrals to anyone affected by cancer.

Children and Adults With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
National Resource Center on AD/HD (800) 233-4050
Phone: (301) 306-7070
Fax: (301) 306-7090

Chadd is the nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education and support, CHADD provides information about AD/HD to parents, educators, professionals, the media, and the general public.

Friendship Unlimited
Northport Baptist Chuch
400 Elmwood Road
East Northport, NY 11731

"A ministry for, to, and by the Able-Disabled." Friendship Unlimited seeks to serve disabled individuals and their families by sharing God's love and encouragement in an effort to lift them out of spiritual poverty.

James, Margaret. Asked for Healing ... Given Grace. Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1998.

In this small fifty-nine page booklet, Mrs. James, who suffers with Parkinson's disease, encourages us to discover God's plan, purpose, perspective, and passion in our illness or disability. Her testimony: God's grace is guaranteed.

Joni and Friends
PO Box 3333
Agoura Hills, CA 91376
Phone: (818) 707-5664
Fax: (818) 707-2391
TTY: (818) 707-9707

Joni and Friends--founded by Joni Eareckson Tada after she was paralyzed from a diving accident--is a not-for-profit Christian organization dedicated to accelerating Christian ministry in the disability community. Through its various divisions--Area Ministries, Communications, Correspondence, Family Retreats, and Wheels for the World--Joni and Friends encourages the Christian community to reach out to persons with disabilities in the United States and around the world.

Visit their Resource Center on their website. They provide an excellent and comprehensive resource list that includes information on the following:

  • Accessibility Checklist
  • ADA
  • AD/HD
  • Adoption
  • Advocacy
  • Amputee
  • Art
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Ataxia
  • Autism
  • Bibles and Christian Literature
  • Blind
  • Brain Injury
  • Building Accessibility
  • Camps for the Disabled
  • Cancer
  • Caregivers/Independent Living
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • College
  • Computer
  • Counseling
  • Deaf
  • Disability Ministry Curriculum/ Training Resources
  • Employment
  • Financial Assistance
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Invisible Disabilities
  • Mental Impairments
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parents of Children with Disabilities
  • Pen Pal
  • Polio
  • Prison Ministries
  • Publications
  • Residential Centers, Christian
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Travel Information for the Disabled
  • Vehicle-Mobility
  • Wheelchair/Adaptive Equipment

  • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA)
    National Office
    2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 710
    Washington, DC 20036
    Toll-free: (800) 558-0121 (Information request line)
    (800) 558-0231 (Para información en Español)
    Phone: (202) 349-1155
    Fax: (202) 349-1156

    LFA is the nation's leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. The organization provides research, education, and patient services.

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS)
    733 Third Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    Phone: (800) FIGHT-MS (800-344-4867)

    This private organization is a supporter of basic and clinical scientific research to cure, prevent, and treat MS. Local chapters and branches offer information and referrals, peer support, professional counseling, loans of medical equipment, physical fitness programs, legislative advocacy, assistance obtaining benefits, employment assistance, and social or recreational events. Their offices will answer questions, offer referrals to local resources and send educational literature upon request. They have been a great help to me since my diagnosis eleven years ago.

    National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. (NPF)
    1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road
    Miami, Florida 33136-1494
    Telephone: (305) 243-6666
    Toll Free National: (800) 327-4545
    Fax: (305) 243-5595

    The National Parkinson Foundation is the largest organization serving persons affected by Parkinson disease throughout the world. NPF provides information, support, and education for persons with Parkinson, their families, and health care professionals.

    New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD)
    Main Office:
    44 Holland Avenue
    Albany, NY 12229
    Phone: (518) 473-9689

    OMRDD offers many services and supports to individuals with mental retardation and /or developmental disabilities. Support is also provided for their families. Through their Family Support Services Voucher Reimbursement Program, Danielle has received funding for camp fees, medical expenses, and recreational activities. Check your local telephone directory for the comparable State office in your area.

    Dr. Roy Nuzzo
    Pediatric Orthopedics, PC
    Overlook Hospital 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Suite 750
    Summit, New Jersey 07901
    Phone: (908) 522-5801

    Dr. Nuzzo is one of the world's renowned experts in gait analysis, surgical intervention, and extending function for children with physical disabilities. He is also Danielle's favorite doctor! Visit his website for information on the following:

  • scoliosis, spondylolysis
  • walking disorders, gait analysis
  • genetic disorders
  • perthes disease, LCPD
  • slipped epiphysis, SCFE
  • cerebral palsy, erb's palsy
  • anoxic brain injury
  • encephalopathy
  • peripheral neuropathy
  • hip dysplasia, hip dislocation
  • club foot, equinovarus
  • spina bifida & birth defects
  • muscular dystrophy, MD, M.D.
  • trauma, fractures, bones
  • drooling, skull shapes

  • Prescription for Hope (HIV/AIDS)
    Samaritan's Purse
    P.O. Box 3000
    Boone, NC 28607
    Phone: (828) 262-1980
    Fax: (828) 266-1053

    The Prescription for Hope program of Samaritan's Purse supports frontline grassroots HIV/AIDS ministries around the world. These organizations are working in the areas of prevention, Bible-based education, orphan care, hospice care, counseling, chaplain training, and medical programs. Most important, though, they provide loving, Christian care to those affected by the disease and share the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ with these people in a real and tangible way.

    Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.

    PO Box 502928
    San Diego, CA 92150
    Phone (toll free in USA): 888-751-7378
    Phone (outside USA): 858-486-4685

    Support while living with illness. RM offers Sunroom Social Network, Small Group HopeKeepers Program, HopeKeepers Magazine, daily devotions, podcasts, and more.

    United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. (UCP)
    1660 L Street NW, #700
    Washington, DC 20036
    Phone: (800) USA-5UCP (800-872-5827)
    TTY: (202) 973-7197
    Fax: (202) 776-0414

    UCP is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP was invaluable to me as a parent of a child with CP. They gave Danielle a strong foundation for independence and productivity in the world at large and they equipped me with knowledge and practical supports in raising a child with a disability to be a complete and happy human being.


    If your disability or illness is not listed in this Resource Support section, you will be able to find extensive information and resources from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NIH website is a plethora of health information with a massive A-Z index of health resources, clinical trials, and toll-free health hotlines. They also offer information on research, health news, and more.

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, Maryland 20892
    Phone: (301) 496-4000
    TTY: (301) 402-9612


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