Posted on October 1, 2002
Funding for Children & Youth: Resources for the Disabled
PND Special Issue: Children & Youth, Youth with Disabilities
National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice
The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice is a program designed to develop more effective responses to the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. EDJJ is a collaborative effort involving faculty and staff from the University of Maryland, the University of Kentucky, Arizona State University, the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C., and the PACER parent advocacy center in Minneapolis.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities is a national, nonprofit information center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues.
New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children is a not-for-profit health and social services agency that serves children with medical disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families. NAC provides comprehensive health and social services to support family preservation, reunification, or adoption.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children through its network of 171 local chapters currently serving in forty-four countries. The charity makes grants to nonprofit organizations and provides support to Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide. To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and global network of local chapters have awarded more than $340 million to children's programs.
Special Kids Fund
The Special Kids Fund is an alliance of social service organizations, hospitals, camps, and schools that care for children with disabilities and at-risk youth. Funding from the Special Kids Fund makes it possible to provide programs open opportunities for the educationally, emotionally, and physically challenged.
An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA Arts is an international organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The organization offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts implemented primarily through its network in thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia, collaborators in ten states, and seventy international affiliates in sixty-seven countries.
Wow Online is a nonprofit organization that works with kids in wheelchairs. The Wow Web site is aimed at the kids themselves, but includes additional resources for parents and volunteers. The site provides an introduction to the Internet; games, activities and Web sites for kids; and a bi-monthly internet newsletter. Additional information and resources for parents, corporations, and volunteers including frequently asked questions, bulletin boards, chat rooms, and links to WOW organizations nationally are available online.