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U.S. Government Resources

Government resources for people with disabilities, families, and researchers.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ADD) is the U.S. Government organization responsible for implementation of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act. ADD, its staff and programs, are part of the Administration for Children and Families, of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Autism Research Network

Provides a single source of information about the networks supported by the National Institutes of Health that are dedicated to understanding and treating autism.

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) works to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center

The Clerc Center has been mandated by Congress to develop, evaluate, and disseminate innovative curricula, instructional techniques and strategies, and materials. The aim of the Clerc Center is to improve the quality of education for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth from birth through age 21.

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health

The National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health provides national leadership to the maternal and child health community in three key areas--program development, education, and state-of-the-art knowledge--to improve the health and well-being of the nation's children and families.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness works collaboratively with families, federal, state and local agencies to provide technical assistance, information and personnel training. NCDB brings together the resources of three agencies with long histories of expertise in the field of deaf-blindness.

National Eye Institute

The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. As one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NEI conducts and supports research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other disorders of vision.

National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

The NICHD, established by congress in 1962, conducts and supports research on topics related to the health of children, adults, families, and populations.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

(Prevention Online)--National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defenseā€¦"

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)

The PCPID provides advice to the President and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning a broad range of topics relating to people with intellectual disabilities.

Teacher's Guide to U.S. Department of Education

The New Teacher's Guide to the U.S. Department of Education is designed to provide information about the latest departmental initiatives, an update on specific programs for schools and teachers, and a complete listing of the services and resources, both at our headquarters here in Washington, D.C, and in the field.

U.S. Department of Education (Ed.gov)

ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.