RESOURCES


Dreams for Kids DC works with many amazing organizations as partners to help create our life-changing adaptive clinics. Below are a few of our partners that you and your family can use as resources. Please make sure to come to our first ever Dream & Do Resource Fair (click here) on May 12th to learn more from some of these organizations!

The Autism Source Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to their constituents, therefore they have employed their nationwide network of affiliates and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Autism Source™Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings. Learn more by clicking here.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Learn more by clicking here.
Edge Ed is an SAT preparation course for students with diverse learning needs, designed for students with attention, processing, or anxiety issues. EDGE Ed is NOW offering a summer camp that dives into various interests – including media production, photography, and more! For more information, please click here.
KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

Visit KEEN’s website here.

Madison Fields is a fully functional farm that offers an inclusive environment where adults and children -with special needs, or not – can play, learn and work together. Located in Dickerson, MD, Madison Fields features a state-of-the-art riding stable, bank barn, corn crib, chicken coop, tenant housing, a guest house, a historic farmhouse, and two fully-enclosed out buildings. Their goal is to build a thriving agricultural community that embraces diversity, acceptance, and inclusion. Learn more by clicking here.

The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) is an independent, self-governing organization dedicated to advancing the inclusion of Marylanders with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The Council is 100% federally funded. Council members are appointed by the governor and are similar to a board of directors in that they establish the priorities of the Council and help guide the Council’s work. Council members include people with developmental disabilities, family members, local and non-profit organizations, state agency representatives, and representatives of Disability Rights Maryland and the Maryland Center on Developmental Disabilities. The majority of Council members are people with developmental disabilities and family members. The Council is in a unique position to bring together people with diverse perspectives, experiences and knowledge in meaningful partnerships. This work is led and supported by a staff of five. Council meetings are open to the public. Learn more by clicking here.
The National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID)’s mission is to promote research, professional preparation, service delivery, and advocacy of Physical Education for individuals with disabilities. Membership is open to all persons who are or have been involved in professional preparation, demonstration, or research activity related to physical education and recreation for individuals with disabilities. University faculty in adapted physical education as well as public school and residential facility personnel are encouraged to become members.

Visit the NCPEID Web site here.

peatc2014_logo_final-1The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) builds positive futures for Virginia’s children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities.

We do this by providing:

  • Services and support for families and professionals;
  • Easy-to-understand, research-based information and training; and
  • Opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.
Sunflower Bakery prepares young adults with learning differences through professional on-the-job training for employment in pastry, baking and related food industries. Sunflower Bakery is an inclusive workforce-training organization guided by Jewish values and engaged in community building. Learn more by clicking here.
unnamed-copySeptember of 2015, The Children’s Guild Public Charter School will open its doors in Washington, DC with the goal of recruiting 450 scholars. Our school values the unique talents of your child. We offer a personalized learning environment. The Children’s Guild’s philosophy of TranZed develops caring, committed and contributing young people for a cause bigger than themselves. The culture of our school is reinforced throughout our school goals, curriculum, environment and systems. At the heart is our student centered approach to teaching and learning where our principles are guided by the way we Think, Act, Care and Reflect.
TOPSoccer is a national program offered by United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) for players with special needs.

TOPSoccer Buddies are invaluable volunteers who assist the trainer and participate directly with individual players or within a team with several players to enable participation in soccer activities. The Buddies are not players and do not score goals, they help the TOPSoccer player succeed and keep them as safe as possible. Buddies can be a same-aged peer, a teenager or an adult. They can be a soccer player, someone who works with special needs children or someone who has no soccer experience, but a strong desire to enable children to have fun.

Advocates for Justice and Education seeks to empower families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services. Their values include:

  • Accountability: We promote school and agency accountability to ensure that all children, youth, and families receive proper services and supports.
  • Accessibility: We ensure accessibility to all families and the community at large.
  • Commitment to Children and Families: We are committed to the success of all children, youth, and families.

Learn more by clicking here.

Georgetown Prep is proud to participate in Challenger Baseball. Challenger Baseball gives boys and girls with physical and mental challenges the chance to play baseball along with the millions of other kids who participate in the game worldwide. In Challenger Baseball, everybody bats, everybody scores, and everybody wins! Learn more by clicking here.
Since 1900 Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Our work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active, and productive in our society. CLB’s Vision is to provide independence. CLB provides the right variety of life style changing services to enable each and every blind or visually impaired person in the region to achieve their highest level of economic independence and quality of life. Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind’s programs and services include training and consultation in assistive technology, employment marketing skills training, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care, and a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation services. CLB offers transition planning for teens in high school. During the academic year teens participate in a series of monthly workshops, where they focus on career and secondary education exploration . In the summer, teens have the option of participating in a three week intensive residential program on the campus of Catholic University, which includes a paid internship. CLB hosts a variety of family events throughout the year, as well as a week long summer youth camp for 6 to 12 year olds who are blind or visually impaired. Click here for more information.
logo-lpf-colorThe purpose of Leveling the Playing Field (LTPF) is to give underprivileged children the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of athletic involvement. LTPF collects donations of sports equipment from various collegiate athletic departments, county recreationdepartments, families and individual donors from across the nation. Studies show that students who participate in interscholastic athletics have higher grade point averages, attendancerates, standardized test scores, educational aspirations, health habits and feelings of connection and belonging. LTPF recognizes that giving children the prospect of athletics can change their lives!
Ignite Adaptive Sports’ mission is to provide integrated recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that will foster independence through the acquisition of lifetime skills. Ignite is a member organization of Disabled Sports USA, Professional Ski Instructors of America Rocky Mountain Division (PSIA-RM) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI-RM).

Visit Ignite Adaptive Sports’ website here.

unnamedKids in Action is an adaptive sports and social activities program for children and young adults with disabilities and their sisters and brothers. All kids should have the chance to play sports and be a part of activities with others their own age. We adapt our sports, social, and health-based activities and focus on each child’s goals and strengths.
In their first year, Linden Resources employed 26 individuals with disabilities. Since that time, Linden Resources has grown to employ, provide job placement and other innovative services and programs to serve each year nearly 450 individuals with barriers to being employed. Linden Resources is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) at the highest level of a three year term, is an approved Ability One vendor and is a licensed provider of services through the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, DC Rehabilitation Services Administration, and Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services.  We partner with Northern Virginia Community Service Boards, the Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, other non-profit organizations and agencies to achieve our mission and advance our strategic goals to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more about Linden by clicking here.
On the Edge wants to bring children and others together who would not typically be involved in water sports and activities. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience something different and challenging, something that they could take on, and have fun with at the same time.

Our philosophy is to have children/adults in a safe and successful environment and appreciate the company of other people who are eager for a challenge both mentally and physically.

We want everyone to feel like they belong to positive, supportive and creative environment where they can have fun, learn and be On the Edge.
Visit KEEN’s website here.

unnamedOne Way or Another seeks to improve quality of life by providing opportunities, access, equipment, and training to people with disabilities. This non-profit organization was formed in the spirit of remembrance for Sienna Caselle who took her life at the age of 16. Sienna had a passion for helping others. She was able to see past a persons disability, focusing on their ability. She loved to share snow and water sports with people who would not otherwise be able to participate in these activities. Programs include summer waterskiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing for people with disabilities and their families. Using specialized adaptive equipment and techniques, we are able to offer several levels of participation and independence. Family inclusion is important. We also have been working to cultivate a training program for volunteers to assist in the development of other programs throughout our region. Along with the summer program, we contribute to the winter sports programs throughout the area by providing scholarships to individuals for the purpose of attending snow skiing and snowboarding lessons and clinics. In addition, we would also like to help these organizations by assisting in the acquisition of specialized ski and snowboard equipment.
The Parents’ Place of Maryland (PPM) began in 1990 as a grass-roots effort of families, professionals and community leaders determined to provide resources, support, and information for parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. Their philosophy of “families helping families” reflects their commitment to support families from diverse cultures. Today, the Parents’ Place serves as Maryland’s Parent Training and Information Center and Family-to-Family Health Information Center where they support thousands of Maryland families each year through their programs and services. They believe that experienced parents are a key source of knowledge and support to help other parents become effective voices for their own children. The Parents’ Place is staffed mostly by parents who have faced the same challenges themselves. Their mission is to empower families as advocates and partners in improving education and health outcomes for their children with disabilities and special health care needs. For more information, please click here.
spirit-clubAt SPIRIT Club, we aim to strengthen people’s physical and emotional well-being by providing fun, high-quality fitness opportunities in social settings to people of all ages and abilities. Our certified instructors are trained to provide programs that are:

  • Social
  • Physical
  • Interactive
  • Respectful
  • Integrated
  • Involve Teamwork

The Taylor Listening Center is Baltimore’s premier audiology private practice. We are dedicated to providing the best care for all of our patients in a comfortable and family friendly environment.

At the Taylor Listening Center, we specialize in hearing testing, hearing aid fittings, hearing conservation, tinnitus management and providing complimentary on-site hearing screenings for local businesses. Learn more by clicking here.

Two Top Adaptive is a non-profit organization established to provide recreational activities and teach sports to mentally and physically challenged children and adults.

Visit Two Top Adaptive’s website here.