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Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University provides an online Community Services Locator, an online directory service providers and families can use to find health, mental health, family support, parenting, childcare, and other services in their communities. Topics include education and special needs, health and wellness, mental health and wellbeing, family support, parenting, childcare and early childhood education, and financial support.

Plugged In: Positive Development Strategies for Disconnected Latino Youth (April 2011)
“Plugged In,” from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), gives information on NCLR’s Escalera Program, a Latino-serving, community-based youth workforce development program. This report discusses the value of effective, culturally relevant programs that re-engage high-needs populations in decreasing the high unemployment and dropout rates of Latino youth; how the Escalera Program improves academic and employment outcomes for disconnected youth; and recommendations for policy and programmatic improvements highlighting collaboration, case management services, longer periods of service, and the power of family support.

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Enables all youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. 4-H provides organized clubs, school-enrichment groups, special interest groups, individual study programs, camps, school-age childcare programs, and instructional television programs.

Adolescent Health Transition Project
This Web site provides a wealth of information on the health needs of young adults with disabilities. It contains downloadable and printable versions of the Adolescent Autonomy Checklist, Web sites of Interest to Teens, and a Transition Resource List.

AmeriCorps engages more than 50,000 Americans in intensive, results-driven service each year. AmeriCorps members train volunteers, tutor and mentor at-risk youth, build housing, clean up rivers and streams, and meet other community needs. After their term of service, AmeriCorps members receive education awards to help finance college or pay back student loans.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
A national research and information center on physical activities and people with all types of disabilities. The center has a very helpful Web site with lots of information and resources about physical activity and disability. NCPAD has information to help people with disabilities find ways to become more active and healthy. NCPAD also has information to help people who work in parks, fitness centers, schools, recreation facilities, camps, and other health and fitness areas make sure that their programs, services, and facilities are accessible to people with disabilities.

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
The National Council on Independent Living is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society. This Web site contains a wealth of information on independent living as well as resources and a directory of all Centers for Independent Living in the United States.

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
The National Endowment for Financial Education® is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial education to members of the public—in particular, to underserved individuals whose financial education needs are not being addressed by others. This site provides curriculum and online tutorials for increasing financial literacy among youth.

National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
Created in 1978, NIDRR is a national leader in sponsoring research. NIDRR is located in Washington, D.C., and is one of three components of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) at the U.S. Department of Education. It is the mission of NIDRR to generate, disseminate, and promote new knowledge to improve the options available to people with disabilities. The ultimate goal of the organization is to support individuals to perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its disabled citizens. NIDRR has an excellent Web site with many reports on the status of persons with disabilities around the United States, as well as information about the many programs and centers it currently funds.

PACER Health Information and Advocacy Center
This PACER Center project provides a central source for families of children and young adults with disabilities to obtain support, advocacy, and information about the health care system. The Center provides information about making informed choices about health care providers, agencies, and companies, communicating and working in collaboration with health care providers, understanding health insurance—including managed care filing insurance appeals, understanding legal rights in the health care system, and general health resources, as well as a wealth of other information. is a very comprehensive Web site with a great deal of information about person-centered services for persons with developmental disabilities. Here you can find a wide variety of resources, such as information on books and publications, Web sites, and interesting agency programs that promote quality in community supports.

Social Security Administration: Disability Programs
The SSA Web site provides helpful information about the many income support and medical insurance programs it offers. This Web page acts as a portal to all the information on social security programs specifically designed to assist persons with disabilities.

Social Security Administration: Work Incentives Network Youth Page
The Social Security Administration has also designed a Web site especially for youth to explain their work incentive options.


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