Below is a guide to online resources focusing on mental health and intellectual disability:
Early Intervention and Intellectual Disabilties
The Arc — The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.
The Arc Pennsylvania
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — Since 1876, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has been providing worldwide leadership in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Best Buddies — An organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.
CHADD — Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
Children with Disabilities — Offers families, service providers, and other interested individuals information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation covering a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities.
Down Syndrome Society — The original World Wide Web site composed of contributions from experienced professionals and knowledgeable parents.
The Dual Diagnosis — Dedicated to facilitating activities which will assure that individuals with mental retardation who also have a mental illness are treated with respect, dignity, quality services and choice in their community.
Early Intervention Technical Assistance
Liberty Resources — Promotes independent living for persons with disabilities.
National Association for the Developmentally Disabled (NADD) — An association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
Early Childhood and Technical Assistance System — Supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
The Pacer Center – Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
Parents Helping Parents — A comprehensive, not-for-profit family resource center run for and by parents of children with special needs.
QualityMall.org – Collects and disseminates information related to or useful in promoting quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities.
Speaking For Ourselves — A pioneering organization in the area of self-advocacy for people with disabilities.
Self-Determination — Promotes the self-determination initiative.
TASH — An international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.
Special Education Resources — List of resources for disabilities include behavioral disorders, communication challenges, developmental disabilities, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities.
Behavioral Health Resources
Addiction Guide — Comprehensive up-to-date information about various addictions and how to overcome them.
The Advocacy Alliance – A Mental Health Association — Northeastern Pennsylvania advocacy organization.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry — Assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents.
Mental Health Matters — Information and resources for consumers, professionals, students and supporters.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill — The nation’s voice on mental illness.
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression
National Institute of Mental Health
National Mental Health Association — The country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.
Office of the Surgeon General
Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Information Center
Children’s Health Insurance
American Academy of Pediatricians — Information on the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Program — Information about the CHIP program.
National Governors’ Association