Be sure to leave your comments and personal experiences at the bottom of the page. We can all learn from your first-hand knowledge and would love to know about any tips and tricks!
Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses. Provide temporary housing and emotional support to families of critically ill and injured children who must travel to Atlanta area hospitals. Atlanta, 404-315-1133; Sandy Springs, 404-847-0760. armh.com.
Department of Labor, Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Provides employment, independent living and specialized services for ages 16 and up that help prepare for work and personal independence. 1700 Century Cir. Ste. 300, Atlanta. 404-486-6331. vocrehabga.org.
Destiny’s Child, Inc. In-home personal support for assistive living for adolescents and young adults with developmental, emotional, and psychological disabilities and needs. 2221 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste. D-621, Atlanta. 404-696-4400. destinyschildinc.com.
Disability Resource Center. Provides advocacy, independent living skills training, peer support and information and referral for any individual who is disabled. 470-A Woodsmill Rd., Gainesville. 770-534-6656. disabilityresourcecenter.org.
Douglas County Retardation Association, Inc. Home-based and group home services for individuals with mental retardation, cerebral palsy and autism. Offers day programs and weekend respite. 6497 E. Strickland St., Douglasville. 770-942-1131. douglascountyretardation.org.
Dream House for Medically Fragile Children. Temporary, therapeutic foster homes for medically fragile children. 2092 Scenic Hwy., Ste. B, Snellville. 770-717-7410. dreamhouseforkids.org.
Georgia Community Support and Solutions. Residential services, respite, family support, day programs, job training and summer camp. 1945 Cliff Valley Way, Ste. 220, Atlanta. 404-634-4222. gacommunity.org.
Hope House Children’s Respite Center. Provides onsite respite care for medically fragile children and a Saturday “We-Care” program for non-medically fragile children. 7225 Lester Rd., Union City. 770-969-8354. swchristiancare.org.
Independent Living Research Utilization Program. Center for information, training, research and technical assistance in independent living. 2323 S. Shepherd, Ste. 1000, Houston, TX. 713-520-0232. ilru.org.
Institute for Child Health Policy. Supports improved healthcare systems for children with special needs. Focus is on the transition of youth with special needs to work, independence and the adult health care system. 1329 SW 16th St., Rm. 5130, Gainesville, FL. 352-265-7220. ichp.ufl.edu.
Living Independence for Everyone. Offers information and referrals, helps in locating funding, peer support, independent skills training and advocacy. Also provides specialized adaptive equipment purchase, home accessibility modifications in some rural areas. 12020 Abercom St., Savannah. 912-920-2414. lifecil.com.
Metro Atlanta Respite and Developmental Services. Offers respite services, as well as an early intervention program, inclusive childcare center and therapy services. 1335 Kimberly Rd. SW, Atlanta. 404-691-5570. mards.org.
Pediatric Services of America. PSA HealthCare provides quality, cost-effective home care services to pediatric and adult patients and their families. A registry with over 3,500 skilled nurses and respiratory therapists throughout 20 states. 310 Technology Pkwy. Ste.A, Norcross 770-441-1580. psahealthcare.com.
Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia. Provide systems advocacy, peer counseling, independent living skills training and information and referrals. 755 Commerce Dr., Ste. 415, Decatur. 770-270-6860. silcga.org.
Walton Options for Independent Living. Offers advocacy, assistive technology services, Braille instruction, community education, computer training, independent living skills training and other services. 948 Walton Way, Augusta. 706-724-6262. waltonoptions.org.
Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program. A highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. Clients receive training in money management, cooking, cleaning, household management, laundry, social skills and other areas. 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta. 770-677-9326. yourtoolsforliving.org.