Attention Deficit Disorder Institute (For Profit)
131 Kings Highway North, Westport, CT. 06880
Tel. (203) 221-4710 or (203) 221-4706
Medical & counseling for persons who have attention deficit disorder.
Family Support/Respite Groups
Contact: Daniella Buri-Kurtz The Kennedy Center, 2440 Reservoir Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06111
Tel. (203) 365-8522 ext.233
Meets monthly/every other month. Morning/evening support groups for families.
Padres Abriendo Puertas
Angel Avila and Maria Engborg, Coordinators
50 Glenville Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Tel. (203) 531-1880 ext. 303 and 314
Provides assistance, support, and training to Latino parents of children with developmental disabilities. Focuses on the concerns with the educational sysytem.
Nanette Jordan, 33 1/2 A Plymouth Avenue, Norwalk, CT. 06581
Tel. (203) 847-5963
Meets first Tuesday of every month; provides informal information sharing and support group during supper at Post Corner Pizza in Darien.
SPED*NET Wilton is a special education network that holds a monthly forum for discussing issues and ideas and developing strategies for special education. Additionally, it serves as both a parent to parent support system and an advocacy network for families of those with special needs.
STEPs of Darien (Support for our Town’s Exceptional People) YWCA of Darien/Norwalk, 49 Old Kings Highway North, Darien, CT 06820
Phone: (203) 655-2535 ext. 27
Fax: (203) 655-9137
This organization supports parents in their role as advocates for their children with special needs. STEP is committed to advancing, involving and including Darien’s residents with disabilities in all facets of our community.
Westport SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association)
Westport Town Hall
110 Myrtle Ave. Westport, CT 06880.
Contact: Rebecca Bruno, Educational Support
SEPTA is a PTA within a school district. Brings together people who are interested in special education and children with special needs. Supports, strengthens and promotes the welfare of children with special needs. Promotes an understanding of special education and strives to enrich the lives of children with special needs.
20 Jessup Road, Westport, CT 06880
Contact: Eva Greenwald (203) 554-4462
Calendar of summer children's programs includes Tuesday Storytime (10:30-11:00) at Longshore Country Club, Wednesday Storytime on the Green (11:00-11:30), or Friday Fun Films 11:00-11:30 among other options.
Projects: assist parents of children with special needs in learning to transition their children into the mainstream of life; sibling supports; assessments for job matches.
Lynn Warner, Executive Director
43 Woodland Street Suite 260, Hartford, CT 06105
Tel. 860-246-6400 Fax: 860-246-6406
Statewide advocacy agency for persons and families of persons with developmental disabilities.
Atypical PDD/Asperger Syndrome Support Group
34 Bullfrog Lane. Trumbull, CT 06611.
Maggie Casciato Tel. (203) 374-9808, Email:
For persons with autism, social, emotional, behavioral, and
A regional, non-profit organization that supports individuals, families, and professionals by providing information, education, and consultation while promoting public awareness and understanding. CACLD's goal is to ensure access to the resources needed to help children and adults with learning disabilities and attention disorders achieve their full potential.
Mission is to promote empowerment and full integration of people with developmental disabilities and their families by changing systems to support interdependence, productivity, and accessibility in natural community life.
Connecticut Office of Protection & Advocacy
60B Weston Street, Hartford # B, Connecticut 06120-1551
Tel. (860) 297-4300 TTY (860) 566-2102
Fax (860) 566-8714 V/TTY (800) 842-7303 www.state.ct.us/opapd
Independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut by providing information, referrals, consultations, organizing assistance to local groups, and various types and levels of advocacy assistance.
A statewide training and information center for parents of children and youths with disabilities. It provides information on special education rights; referral services; workshops for parents; training for professionals; a lending library; SPEAK OUT newsletter and individual assistance. All services for parents are free and bi-lingual assistance is available.
Disability Resource Center
80 Ferry Boulevard # 210, Stratford, CT 06497
Tel. (203) 378-6977(V); (203) 378-3248 (TDD)
Non-profit, non-residential resource and advocacy center for people with disabilities. Offers ADA education, community advocacy, assistive technology and personal assistance researching, and trainings in disability awareness, independent living skills, and assistive technology. New Fairfield County site at South West Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center.
A research and training center that conducts research on family issues which are translated into a wide range of research, dissemination, and training projects addressing family well-being across the life span. Newsletters and a publication catalog available upon request.
Children's Defense Fund
122 C Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Tel. (202) 628-8787
Advocates for all children, especially those who are poor, those who have disabilities, or those belong to a minority group.
Unites the fragile X community to enrich lives through educational and emotional support, to promote public and professional awareness, and advance research toward improved treatments and a cure for fragile X syndrome.
Nation-wide support group for parents/ foster parents of children with any disability, delay, or disorder. MUMS provides support through a networking system that matches parents with others whose children have similar conditions.
National Fathers Network
The Merrywood School, 16120 N.E. Eighth Street, Seattle, WA 98008
Tel. (206) 747-4004 James May, Fax (206) 284-2859
Advocates for fathers through mentor program and newsletter support.
National Health Information Center, U.S.
P.O. Box 1133, Washington DC 20013-1133
Tel. (800) 336-4797 Tel. (301) 565-4167
Provides free information, referral system and publications on rare diseases and the drugs used to threat them. Referrals and some fact sheets are available.
National Information System for Health Related Services
Center for Developmental Disabilities
Benson Building, First Floor, Columbia, SC 29208
Tel. (800) 922-9234
This clearinghouse provides information and referral for parents and professionals concerned with children ages 0-21 who have developmental disabilities or special health care needs. Referrals are made to federal, state, and private non-profit agencies across the U.S.
People First is a global organization that is comprised of self-advocacy groups of people with learning difficulties, people with intellectual disabilities, people with developmental disabilities and/or people with disabilities who speak up for themselves and work to improve the lives of their members.
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Founded in 1990, we have been working hard for the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities
Search and Respond
c/o Exceptional Parent Magazine, Suite 303, Brookline, MA 02146
Tel. (617) 730-5800 Fax (617) 730-8742
Prints letters from people in search of others who are dealing with similar issues.
Sibling Support Project, Children's Hospital Medical Center
P.O. Box 5371, CL-09, Seattle, WA 98105-0371
Tel. (206) 368-4911 Fax: (206) 368-4816
A national program dedicated to the interests of brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs