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Professional organizations.

Membership in many professional organizations is often limited to professionals working in specific fields. However, many organizations offer information and resources to non-members. If interested in specific organizations, please contact them for further details.

This directory was compiled with the help of NICHCY (National Information Center for children and Youth with Disabilities), 1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009, (800) 695-0285 (V/TTY), (202) 884-8441 (fax).

Academy of DENTISTRY for Persons with Disabilities 211 E Chicago Ave, Ste 948 Chicago, IL 60611 Assists dentists, dental hygienists, students and other dental care providers in acquiring and maintaining skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive dental care to people with disabilities.

American Academy of PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY 211 E Chicago Ave, Ste 700 Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 337-2169 (voice) (312) 337-6329 (fax) Represents 3,700 members in pediatric dentistry. Emphasizes three-part approach to caring for children: practice, teaching and research.

American Academy of PEDIATRICS PO Box 927 Elk Grove Village, IL 60009 Represents 49,000 pediatricians. Dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Committee on Children with Disabilities studies the role of pediatricians in the care of children with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

American Alliance for HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION and DANCE 1900 Association Dr Reston, VA 22091 (703) 476-3400 (voice) (703) 476-9527 (fax) Concerned with improving physical education, sports, health and safety education, recreation and dance programs in schools and communities. Offers publications in planning, organizing and conducting programs for people with disabilities.

American ART THERAPY Association 1202 Allanson Rd Mundelein, IL 60060 (708) 949-6064 (voice) (708) 566-4580 (fax) Approves graduate-level training programs in art therapy and registers professional therapists.

American Association for VOCATIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS 220 Smithonia Rd Winterville, GA 30683 (800) 228-4689 (voice) (706) 742-7005 (fax) Publishes instructional books, videos and computer software on agriculture, home economics, and trade and industrial arts.

American Association of CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL CENTERS 1021 Prince St Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 838-7522 (voice) (703) 684-5968 (fax) Represents mental health facilities that meet required standards in therapeutic living, educational programs, group therapy and parent or family therapy for children with emotional problems. Provides technical assistance for new residential treatment center programs.

American Association on MENTAL RETARDATION 444 N Capital St NW, Ste 846 Washington, DC 20001 (800) 424-3688 (voice) (202) 387-1968 (voice) (202) 387-2193 (fax) Seeks to improve services to people who have mental retardation. Offers professional workshops and consultations for training and technical assistance.

American Association of UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAMS FOR PERSONS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES 8630 Fenton St, Ste 410 Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 588-8252 (voice) (301) 588-3319 (TTY) (301) 588-2842 (fax) Central office of the 54 university affiliated programs (UAPs). UAPs offer training of professionals and para-professionals dealing with people with developmental disabilities; screening, evaluation, treatment, planning and educational programming; technical assistance to service agencies and dissemination of research findings.

American COUNSELING Association 5999 Stevenson Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 (703) 823-6862 (voice) (703) 823-0252 (fax) Provides professional counselors, counselor educators and related human development specialists with programs and services for personal and professional growth. Accredits counselor education programs.

American DANCE THERAPY Association 2000 Century Plaza, Ste 108 Columbia, MD 21044 (410) 997-4040 (voice) (410) 997-4048 (fax) Approves educational programs in dance/movement therapy and registers professional therapists. Provides local professional contacts, free information on educational programs and guidelines for dance/movement therapy training and internships.

American HORTICULTURAL THERAPY Association 362A Christopher Ave Gaithersburg, MD 20879 (301) 948-3010 (voice) (301) 869-2397 (fax) Consults to institutions interested in establishing horticultural therapy programs. Registers professional therapists and sponsors national and regional workshops.

American MEDICAL Association 515 N Dearborn St Chicago, IL 60610 (800) 262-3211 (voice) (312) 464-5000 (voice) (312) 464-4184 (fax) Represents physicians, academicians, medical students and representatives of organized medicine.

American MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS Association 5999 Stevenson Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 (703) 823-9800 (voice) (703) 823-6862 (TTY) (703) 823-0252 (fax) A division of the American Association for Counseling and Development. Provides support to professional mental health counselors. Sets service training standards and advocates on legislative issues.

American Network of COMMUNITY OPTIONS AND RESOURCES 4200 Evergreen Ln, Ste 315 Annandale, VA 22003 (703) 642-6614 (voice) (703) 642-0497 (fax) Represents about 500 private service provider companies for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and other disabilities. Provides training and educational opportunities for its members.

American NURSES Association 600 Maryland Ave SW, Ste 100W Washington, DC 20024-2571 (202) 651-7000 (voice) (202) 651-7001 (fax) Represents more than 210,000 registered nurses. Advances nursing by upholding high standards of practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace and projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing. Lobbies on health care issues.

American OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Association 4720 Montgomery Ln PO Box 31220 Bethesda, MD 20824 (800) 377-8555 (TTY) (301) 948-9626 (voice) (301) 652-7711 (fax) Accredits educational programs, certifies practitioners and advocates on programs related to national health care issues. Distributes professional information packets on many subjects.

American ORTHOTIC and PROSTHETIC Association 1650 King St, #500 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 836-7116 (voice) (703) 836-0838 (fax) Represents manufacturers of orthotic and prosthetic devices and facilities providing prosthetic patient care. Provides a list of schools offering a curriculum in orthotics and/or prosthetics.

American PHYSICAL THERAPY Association 1111 N Fairfax St Alexandria, VA 22314 (800) 999-2782 (voice) (703) 684-2782 (voice) (703) 684-7343 (fax) Accredits academic programs in physical therapy, assists in composing state certification exams and offers educational courses and workshops. Refers people with disabilities to physical therapy facilities.

American PSYCHOLOGICAL Association 750 First St NE Washington, DC 20002 (800) 336-4980 (voice) (202) 336-5500 (voice) Works to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting human welfare. Promotes policy, research and standards of ethical conduct and education.

American REHABILITATION COUNSELING Association 5999 Stevenson Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 (703) 823-9800 (voice) (703) 823-0252 (fax) Division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). Seeks to improve rehabilitation counseling services to people with disabilities. Supports and participates in ACA's accreditation.

American SCHOOL COUNSELOR Association 5999 Stevenson Ave Alexandria, VA 22304 (703) 823-9800 (voice) (703) 823-6862 (TTY) (703) 823-0252 (fax) Provides support to counselors, counseling and guidance directors, supervisors, administrators and counselor educators.

American SCHOOL HEALTH Association 7263 State Rt 43 PO Box 708 Kent, OH 44240 (216) 678-1601 (voice) (216) 678-4526 (fax) Promotes comprehensive school health programs. Offers free publication catalog.

American SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING Association 10801 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20852 (800) 638-8255 (V/TTY) (301) 897-5700 (V/TTY) (301) 571-0457 (fax) Certifying body for professionals in speech, language and hearing therapy. Accredits graduate, clinic and hospital programs in speech-language pathology and audiology. Provides free information, referrals and consumer-oriented publications through toll-free (800) phone number.

Association for CHILDHOOD EDUCATION International 11501 Georgia Ave, Ste 315 Wheaton, MD 20902 (800) 423-3563 (voice) (301) 942-2443 (voice) (301) 942-3012 (fax) Concerned with development, growth and education from infancy through early adolescence. Sponsors annual conference. Offers about 100 books, pamphlets, videos and audiotapes through publication catalog.

Association for DRIVER EDUCATORS for the Disabled PO Box 49 Edgerton, WI 53534 (608) 884-8833 (voice) (608) 884-4851 (fax) Seeks to improve driver education and evaluation for people with disabilities. Provides information on teaching techniques, assessment methods and technological developments.

Association of Schools of ALLIED HEALTH Professionals 1730 M St NW, Ste 500 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 293-4848 (voice) (202) 293-4852 (fax) Represents health care professionals and educators in wide range of fields including corrective, occupational, physical and recreational therapies. Provides information on allied health, innovative projects and individual expertise. Sponsors annual conference, leadership workshops, fellowships and a world congress.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative LIBRARY Agencies American Library Association 50 E Huron St Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 545-2433 (voice) (312) 944-6780 (voice) (312) 944-7298 (TTY) (312) 280-3255 (fax) Represents librarians serving communities and special populations, including people with physical and mental disabilities. Provides printed information to libraries interested in developing services for people who are blind or who have mental retardation.

Association on HIGHER EDUCATION and Disability PO Box 21192 Columbus, OH 43221 (614) 488-4972 (V/TTY) (614) 488-1174 (fax) Committed to full participation in higher education for people with disabilities. Sponsors annual conference and publishes material for service providers. Maintains resume databank of people with disabilities seeking employment.

Council for EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN 1920 Association Dr Reston, VA 22091 (703) 620-3660 (voice) (703) 264-9494 (fax) Monitors and analyzes policies concerning children and youth with disabilities and children and youth who are gifted. Offers publications on special education, disability awareness, child abuse, recreation, parent-professional cooperation, career and vocational education and public policy.

National Association for MUSIC THERAPY 8455 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 589-3300 (voice) (301) 589-5175 (fax) Approves university curricula for music therapy programs, approves clinical facilities for training music therapists, certifies and registers professionals and provides technical assistance to researchers.

National Association for PERINATAL ADDICTION Research and Education 200 N Michigan Ave, 3rd FI Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 541-1272 (voice) (312) 541-1271 (fax) Addresses perinatal addiction and the long-term outlook for children exposed in utero to illicit drugs. Provides national network for exchange of information, provides education, coordinates research and translates current research into public education programs and public health policy.

National Association for the EDUCATION OF YOUNG CHILDREN 1509 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036-1426 (800) 424-2460 (voice) (202) 232-8777 (voice) (202) 328-1846 (fax) Represents 90,000 early childhood professionals and others dedicated to improving the quality of early childhood education programs for children birth through age eight. Accredits early childhood programs. Offers books, brochures, posters and videos.

National Association of DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES COUNCILS 1234 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 103 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 347-1234 (voice) (202) 347-4723 (fax) Promotes development of public policy for community integration and services to people with developmental disabilities through developmental disabilities councils in states and territories.

National Association of MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SERVICES 625 Slaters Ln Alexandria, VA 22314-1176 (703) 836-6263 (voice) (703) 836-6730 (fax) Represents more than 2,000 home medical equipment and rehabilitation technology suppliers. Promotes access to quality home medical equipment services and rehabilitation/assistive technology.

National Association of PRIVATE SCHOOLS for Exceptional Children 1522 K St NW, Ste 1032 Washington, DC 20005 (202) 408-3338 (voice) (202) 408-3340 (fax) Promotes the role of private special education. Serves as national voice regarding policies that affect children and youth with disabilities.

National Association of REHABILITATION FACILTIES 1910 Association Dr Reston, VA 22091 (800) 368-3513 (voice) (703) 648-9300 (voice) (703) 648-0346 (fax) Advocates on behalf of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities. Provides field services and technical assistance to members and others. Conducts research, sponsors educational forums and develops policy.

National Association of SOCIAL WORKERS 750 First St NE, Ste 700 Washington, DC 20002 (800) 638-8799 (voice) (202) 336-8310 (fax) Proposes and promotes sound public policies and programs aimed at meeting human needs and improving quality of life.

National Association of STATE DIRECTORS OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES 113 Oronoco St Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 683-4202 (voice) Facilitates exchange of information among its 53 state/territorial mental retardation program directors on providing care and treatment for people with mental retardation.

National Association of STATE DIRECTORS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION 1800 Diagonal Rd, Ste 320 Alexandria, VA 22314 (703) 519-3800 (voice) (703) 519-7008 (TTY) (703) 519-3808 (fax) Represents personnel from state education agencies who have legal responsibility for the administration and supervision of special education programs in public schools. Assists local, state and national communities in promoting and enhancing special education.

National EDUCATION Association 1201 16th St NW Washington, DC 20036 (202) 833-4000 (voice) (202) 822-7767 (fax) Informs its members about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Members receive a teacher's guide to IDEA and information on training to help regular teachers integrate students with and without disabilities.

National THERAPEUTIC RECREATION Society 2775 S Quincy St, Ste 300 Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 820-4940 (voice) (703) 671-6772 (fax) Committed to recreation and leisure services for all. Offers professional assistance, publications and conferences.

Registry of INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF 8719 Colesville Rd, Ste 310 Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 608-0050 (V/TTY) (301) 608-0508 (fax) Certifies interpreters (American Sign Language/Spoken English) and transliterators (Signed English/Spoken English). Maintains and promotes code of ethics and operates grievance system. Sells annual directory listing certified interpreters and transliterators. Provides information on finding and using interpreters, careers in interpreting and professional development.

RESNA 1700 N Moore St, Ste 1540 Arlington, VA 22209 (703) 524-6686 (voice) (703) 524-6639 (TTY) (703) 524-6630 (fax) Represents rehabilitation professionals. Seeks to transfer science, engineering and technology to the needs of people with disabilities. Sponsors annual conference and publishes books and a video.

SCIENCE Association for Persons with Disabilities c/o Dr Janet Davies Colorado Christian University 180 S Garrison St Lakewood, CO 80226 (303) 238-5386 (voice) (303) 274-7560 (fax) A division of the National Science Teachers Association. Promotes science and encourages the development of curricula for people with disabilities. Provides information about teaching science to people with disabilities.

World Association for INFANT MENTAL HEALTH ICYF Kellogg Ctr, #27 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824 (517) 432-3793 (voice) (517) 432-3694 (fax) Concerned with optimal development of infants and caregiver-infant relationships. Holds world congress every four years.

Zero to Three/National Center for CLINICAL INFANT PROGRAMS 2000 14th St N, #380 Arlington, VA 22201-2500 (703) 528-6848 (voice) (703) 528-0419 (TTY) (703) 528-6848 (fax) Dedicated to improving the chances of healthy physical, cognitive and social/emotional development of infants, toddlers and their families, Distributes free publication catalog upon request.
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Date:Jan 1, 1995
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