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Financial/Legal Assistance

Angel Flight Soars, Inc.
The Mission of Angel Flight is to arrange free air transportation to those who need it most. We serve the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times.

Website: http://www.angelflightsoars.org
Phone: 770-452-7958

 

Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc.
Provides financial assistance, social support, and information for families of children with brain and spinal cord tumors.

Website: http://www.braintumorkids.org/
Phone: 404-252-4107

 

Champions for Children
Helps provide financial assistance for supportive services to help cover the cost of caring for their children at home.  The Champions for Children Program is designed to primarily assist children and families who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid program.

Website: http://www.championsforchildrenga.org/
Phone: 1-866-584-3742

 

The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation
The Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization established in February, 2008. Dreams of Recovery focuses on three major factors involved in the lives of individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries: granting financial support for individuals to participate in approved therapy programs which are not covered by insurance; granting individuals equipment to improve daily life; and granting approved institutions necessary funding to conduct scientific research to find a cure for paralysis. Through knowledge and experience, the foundation is dedicated to promoting awareness and need for funding of scientific research to find a cure for paralysis. The organization is funded by the generosity of individual donations, multiple fundraisers, corporate sponsors and philanthropic foundation grants.

Website: http://www.dreamsofrecovery.org
Phone: 1-770-675-6565

 

Mark’s Money
Mark’s Money provides financial assistance to persons with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life by meeting their daily living, employment, medical, residential, or social needs.

Website: http://www.marksmoney.org
Phone: 678-642-8787

 

National Kidney Foundation of Georgia
The National Kidney Foundation, Inc., a major voluntary health organization, seeks to prevent kidney and urinary tract diseases, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increase the availability of all organs for transplantation. Provides dialysis clinical referral, vocational rehabilitation, financial assistance, summer camp etc.

Website: http://www.kidneyga.org/
Phone: 770-452-1539

 

Medical Assistance

Angel Flight Soars, Inc.
The Mission of Angel Flight is to arrange free air transportation to those who need it most. We serve the community by flying patients to distant medical facilities, delivering supplies to disaster areas and reuniting families during desperate times.

Website: http://www.angelflightsoars.org
Phone: 770-452-7958

 

Atlanta Ronald McDonald Houses
Provides temporary housing and emotional support to families of critically ill and injured children who must travel to Atlanta area hospitals.

Website: http://www.armh.com/
Phone: 404-847-0760

 

Bayada Nurses
Founded in 1975, Bayada Nurses provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, and personal home health care services to children, adults, and seniors in the comfort of their own homes. We have over 13,000 nurses, home health aides, and therapists working from more than 170 offices in 18 states.

Website: http://www.bayada.com/
Phone: 770-856-1876

 

Chastain Horse Park Therapeutic Program
NARHA Premier Accredited Center. Offers year-round equestrian assisted activities and therapies for children with physical, cognitive or emotional challenges.

Website: http://www.chastainhorsepark.org/
Phone: 404-252-4244

 

Diane Shearer
Diane Shearer is an experienced counselor, mediator and trainer, who has specialized in working with families in transition for almost 20 years. She is author of “Solo Parenting: Raising Strong & Happy Families”. She also writes a self-syndicated monthly column for regional parenting magazines entitles “Successful Single Parenting.” Diane has offered her services to BBA families for low-cost or no-cost, depending on financial need.

Website: http://www.dianeshearer.com
Phone: 404-218-1739

 

Easter Seals of North Georgia
Provides services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Pediatric therapy services in-home, at childcare centers or at Easter Seals locations.

Website: http://www.easterseals.com
Website: http://www.northgeorgia.easterseals.com/
Phone: 404-943-1070

 

Embraced
The mission  of Embraced is to ensure that all people have access to quality orthopedic and prosthetic medical equipment that can improve the quality of their lives.

Website: http://embracedatlanta.org/
Phone: 404-592-4569

 

FODAC – (Friends of Disabled Adults & Children)
FODAC’s mission is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to the disabled and their families. Our programs have evolved to include free or low-cost vehicle and home adaptations and more.We seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who have any type of illness or physical disability. Since 1986, FODAC has collected and distributed more than 29,000 wheelchairs!

Website: http://www.fodac.org/
Phone: 770-491-9014 or 866-977-1204

 

Fragile Kids Foundation
Fragile Kids provides medical equipment for medically fragile children that are not covered by insurance or Medicaid programs. Children living with genetic/traumatic disorders can receive wheelchair lifts, ceiling and stair lifts, ramping, bathing, toileting and seating equipment, therapy bikes, standers, gait trainers, specialized car seats and other items for therapy and quality of life. The Foundation serves children from birth to age 21 in every county in Georgia.

Website: http://www.fragilekids.org/
Phone: 770-951-6111

 

Handicapped Driver Services, Inc.
Handicapped Driver Services is a specialized team of adaptive equipment professionals. Our compassionate and committed workforce is dedicated to providing increased vehicular mobility and independence to individuals not fully served by the traditional automotive market. Our team provides innovative solutions and superior products to assist each client in obtaining the highest quality of life possible.

Website: http://www.hdsvans.com
Phone: 877-437-8267

 

Metro Atlanta Respite & Developmental Services
Offers respite services as well as an early intervention program, inclusive childcare center and therapy services.

Website: http://www.mards.org/
Phone: 404-691-5570

 

Southwest Christian Care- Hope House Children’s Respite Center
Provides onsite respite care for medically fragile children and in-home respite care for other special needs children
Website: http://www.swchristiancare.org/
Phone: 770-969-8354

 

The Marcus Institute
Services include evaluations, pediatric feeding disorder program, speech language pathology and a mental health psychotherapy clinic for children ages birth-22 with developmental or learning disability.

Website: http://www.marcus.org/
Phone: 404-419-4000

 

Community Support Program

American Association of Adapted SPORTS Programs
Interscholastic sports for kids with physical disabilities–elementary through high school.

Website: http://www.adaptedsports.org/
Phone: 404-294-0070

 

Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation
We are a 501c3 that is honored to be able to help kids with special needs receive the life-enhancing therapy devices they need to thrive. We are privately funded by in-kind donations and businesses that have big hearts.  Inspired by Anna Molloy, a little girl who refused to be defined by her illness and lived her life with spunk, charisma and an extreme kindness for others. we continue her mission with the mindset of One HUGE Heart Can Change the Hearts of Many. She wanted to ensure kids like herself were able to have the things that otherwise may not be able to be provided.  Examples are: Adaptive Tricycles, Therapy Balls, Special Assistance Dogs, Hearing Aides, Wheelchair Ramps, Autism Therapy Tools – just to name a few.

Website: annascelebrationoflife.org
Email: annacelebrateslife@gmail.com

 

BlazeSports
Providing a range of sports programs including wheelchair basketball, track and field, swimming, boccia, soccer and more for children, veterans and active duty service members with physical disabilities across Georgia. In addition we offer a multisport residential summer camp at a fully accessible camp location in Warm Springs Georgia. Our mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport.

Website: http://www.blazesports.com/
Phone: 404-270-2000

 

Brain Injury Association of Georgia
Provides community support programs assisting individuals and their families to have a better understanding of the effects of brain injury and to facilitate rehabilitation opportunities.

Website: http://www.braininjurygeorgia.org/
Phone: 800-444-6443

 

FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress)
FOCUS provides emotional, informational, and physical support to parents of children with disabilities or with ongoing medical needs. FOCUS families deal with a variety of developmental delays, including rare syndromes, cerebral palsy, heart problems, immune deficiencies, and neurological involvement.

Website: http://www.focus-ga.org/
Phone: 770-234-9111

 

Georgia’s Unlock the Waiting List Campaign
Advocates working to eliminate waiting list for home and community based services for people with disabilities

Website: http://www.unlockthewaitinglists.com/
Phone: 877-WAITLIST

 

Give Kids the World
Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

Website: http://www.gktw.org/
Phone: 407-396-1114

 

The Golden Soldiers
The Golden Soldiers, Inc. is a faith based, non-profit focused on spreading the Golden Rule by providing year-round events, activities, and services for families and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Website: http://www.thegoldensoldiers.org/
Phone: 800-204-3338

 

Kate’s Club
Kate’s Club is a non-profit organization that empowers children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. By creating friendships with kids and young adults that share the experience, Kate’s Club guides children through their grief journey in a comfortable, safe, and uplifting setting. The Kate’s Club website also offers an extensive resource list of bereavement resources.

Website: http://www.katesclub.org/
Phone: 404-347-7619

 

Kingdom Kids
Kingdom Kids’ focus is on helping children and families in the local community. We find our donors are much more interested and involved when they understand it is helping deserving kids in their own backyard. Our Mission is to aid individuals and organizations with the common goal of improving the quality of life for children facing challenging circumstances.

Website: http://supportkingdomkids.com
Phone: 770-861-5925

 

The Lighthouse Foundation
Lighthouse Family Retreat serves children with cancer and their families at a seaside retreat to help them to laugh, restore family relationships and find hope in God.

Website: http://www.lighthousefamilyretreat.org
Phone: 678-290-2955

 

Make-a-Wish
Make-A-Wish® grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories.

Website: Wish.org
Phone: 602-279-9474

 

McKenna Farms Therapy Services
McKenna Farms Therapy Services is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 that provides therapy services to special needs individuals in Northwest Georgia. McKenna Farms is a 501C3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in and around our community.

Website: http://www.mckennafarmstherapy.org/
Phone: 770.443.9672

 

Parent to Parent of Georgia
Statewide network of parents whose children have disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Website: http://www.parenttoparentofga.org/
Phone: 800-229-2038

 

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally)
Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.

Website: http://rallyfoundation.org
Phone: 404-847-1270

 

Special Olympics Georgia Family Action Network
Special Olympics Georgia provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens.

Website: http://www.specialolympicsga.org/
Phone: 770-414-9390

 

Spina Bifida Association of Georgia, Inc.
Promotes the achievement of full potential for persons born with spina bifida while emphasizing the prevention of this birth defect.

Website: http://www.spinabifidaga.org
Phone: 770-939-1044

 

The Starlight Foundation-Great Escapes
For more than 25 years, Starlight Children’s Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

Website: http://www.starlight.org/georgia
Phone: 404-969-3021

 

Support for Special Needs
A web community where people with special needs, or their caregivers can exchange wisdom and ideas with each other. Website includes support groups, live chats, articles, etc.

Website: http://www.supportforspecialneeds.com

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Atlanta
Since its founding, UCP of Georgia has grown into a comprehensive service organization offering a range of supports for people living with any developmental disability (not just those with cerebral palsy). The array of services includes engaging day supports for seniors, in-home supports, community living supports, after school care, and day supports.

Website: http://www.ucpga.org/
Phone: 770-676-2000

 

United Special Sportsman Alliance
United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit national wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams!

Website: http://www.childswish.com/
Phone: 715-884-2256

 

Angelwish
Angelwish.org was created in 1999 with the mission to provide the public with an easy way to grant wishes to the millions of children that are living with chronic illnesses around the world.

Website: http://angelwish.org
Phone: 201-672-0722

 

Dream Foundation
Dream Foundation grants wishes for adults facing a life-threatening illness.

Website: http://www.dreamfoundation.org/
Phone: 805-564-2131

 

Education/Child Care Program

Adaptive Learning Center
Maximizes the potential of young children with disabilities, and creates awareness and acceptance between people with and without disabilities.

Website: http://www.adaptivelearningcenter.org/
Phone: 770-509-3909

 

Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities
Provides advocacy, collaborative recreation programs, referrals, transportation services, life skills training for students and more.

Website: http://www.aadd.org/
Phone: 404-881-9777

 

Camp Braveheart
For kids with heart defects and heart transplant recipients.

Website: http://www.choa.org/campbraveheart
Phone: 404-785-6735

 

Camp Courage
For kids with craniofacial disorders.

Website: http://www.choa.org/campcourage
Phone: 404-785-4425

 

Camp Inspire
For individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Website: http://www.specialolympicsga.org/
Phone: 770.414.9390

 

Camp Kudzu
For kids with type I diabetes and their families.

Website: http://www.campkudzu.org
Phone: 404-250-1811

 

Camp New Hope
For kids with Sickle Cell Disease.

Website: http://www.sfrpatlanta.org/Site/Camp_New_Hope.html
Phone: 404-755-1641

 

Camp No Limb-itations Family Camp
For kids with amputations and their families.

Website: http://www.choa.org/Childrens-Hospital-Services/Orthopaedics/Programs-Services/Orthotics-and-Prosthetics/Amputee%20Family%20Camp
Phone: 404-785-7361

 

Camp Rainbow
For kids with cancer and rare blood disorders.

Website: http://www.mcghealth.org/georgia-kids-first/McgContentPage.aspx?nd=2474
Phone: 706-721-3957

 

Camp Sunshine
For children with cancer.

Website: http://www.mycampsunshine.com
Phone: 404-325-7979

 

Camp Sweet Life
For kids with type I and insulin-dependent diabetes.

Website: http://www.mcghealth.org/childrens-medical-center-community-programs/McgContentPage.aspx?nd=2433
Phone: 706-721-0749

 

Elaine Clark Center for Exceptional Children
Accredited, non-profit early-intervention program dedicated to special needs children from 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Website: http://www.elaineclarkcenter.org/
Phone: 770-458-3251

 

Frazer Center
The Frazer Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides exceptional care-giving services to infants, preschoolers and adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, sickle cell anemia, autism spectrum disorders and other genetic anomalies.

Website: http://www.thefrazercenter.org/
Phone: 404-377-3836

 

FOCUS Under the Stars
For children and teens with developmental and physical disabilities and their families.

Website: http://focus-ga.org/stars.htm
Phone: 770-234-9111

 

Lekotek of Georgia
Teaches new and creative ways to make play successful and interactive for children with special needs. Loans adapted and traditional toys for families to use at home and provides individualized support and resources to build on existing family strength.

Website: http://www.lekotekga.org/
Phone: 404-633-3430

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Provides informational materials, networking/matching, referrals to local resources and summer camps.

Website: http://www.mdausa.org/
Phone: 770-973-3269

 

Quality Care for Children
Quality Care for Children ensures all children have superior early learning experiences and are ready for school. We are Georgia’s leader in equipping parents and child care providers with the tools they need to receive and provide high quality, affordable child care.

Website: http://www.qualitycareforchildren.org/
Phone: 877-ALL-GA-KIDS

 

Second Chance Family Weekend
For kids with solid organ transplants and their families.

Website: http://www.choa.org/Childrens-Hospital-Services/Transplant/Family-Support-Services/Programs-and-Events/Family-Weekend
Phone: 404-785-6735

 

Toni’s Camp
An interfaith camp retreat for youths and adults with developmental disabilities.

Website: http://www.archatl.com/ministries/disabilities/toniscamp.html
Phone: 404-888-7809