The following organizations may be valuable resources to anyone affected by or living with developmental disabilities. The inclusion of these resources does no indicate any endorsement of services or resources. They are listed alphabetically, in no order of importance.
For information, contact The Arc of Morgan County at 256-355-6192.
Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-APSE)
AL-APSE serves as an advocate for Alabama's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families; to empower them with the knowledge and opportunity to make informed choices and exercise control over their own lives; and to create a climate for positive social change to enable them to be respected, independent and productive integrated members of society.
Alabama Autism Society
A resource for individuals with autism and their family members. Also provides services such as information and referral, parent and sibling support, a lending library and advocacy. This website also contains information on the Alabama Autism Task Force.
Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
Advocates for Alabama's citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. Grant information, resource information for families. Also provides funds for individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members or guardians to participate in conferences, training events, public forums and other activities.
Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Alabama department responsible for services to individuals with mental retardation, substance abuse issues and mental illness. Website has information for families and individuals, with specific information on waiting list applications and community providers.
Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services
Offers a continuum of services for individuals with developmental disabilities at home, in school and on the job. Services include Children's Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Services and Independent Living Services.
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy system. ADAP's mission is to provide quality, legally-based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights.
Alabama Early Intervention System
Alabama's Early Intervention System (AEIS) is a statewide system of services and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Any infant and toddler from birth to age three who has a qualifying diagnosis or a delay of 25% or more in their cognitive, physical, communication, social or adaptive development, and lives in Alabama is eligible for AEIS.
Contact Child Find at 1-800-543-3098 to refer a child.
Local programs providing Early Intervention Services are:
The Centers for Developmentally Disabled of North Central Alabama (CDD,NCA), Inc. Contact Jaime or Joy at 355-7596 and The North Central Alabama Mental Retardation Authority (MRA), Inc. Contact Angie, Allison, or Jana at 355-7315.
Between these two providers they serve 4 local counties: Morgan, Madison, Lawrence and Limestone .
For Services in other counties in North Alabama please contact
Patrick M. Kelly
District Early Intervention Coordinator
Alabama Family Trust
Offers a resouce for financial planning for families with disabled loved ones. As families begin to plan their estate, they may realize that any direct commitment may jeopardize their entitlement eligibility, such as SSI, Medicaid and others.
Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network
Respite Care is temporary short-term relief for caregivers of individuals with special needs. If you are the caregiver of a child or adult with a disability or chronic illness, chances are you need a break. Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network list providers and other resources.
Alabama Medicaid Agency
Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents. Alabama Medicaid is the primary funding source for services for adults with mental retardation and related disabilities in Alabama.
For information on Alabama Home and Community-Based Waiver Services see:
A low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for Alabama children under age 19. Benefits include well child check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance abuse services and much more.
The Arc of Alabama
A state advocacy organization for people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families. Working to include all children and adults with developmental disabilities in every community.
The Arc of the United States
The Arc is the world's largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides an array of services and supports for families and individuals. Information on local chapters of The Arc.
The one-stop-shop for many of the state resources, including state agencies, family service centers, unemployment compensation, services, Medicaid, etc. Use the eligibility form to see if you qualify for various services.
Children's Rehabilitation Service
CRS serves Alabama's children and youth with special needs from birth to age 21.
Services provided by CRS include:
Coordination of care
Education to enhance care skills and medical knowledge
Information and referral
Support, information, and opportunities for involvement for families and youth
Provides assistance to families of children and youth with special health care needs in a variety of ways. They encourage families to developmental individual partnerships with their children's care providers and to look for opportunities to impact systems change. Includes links to Alabama resources.
Full Life Ahead
Exists to assist individuals with disabilities and their families live the life of their choice. Provides training and resources for individuals and families.
Individual and Family Support Service
Purpose: to provide people with developmental disabilities and their families with several opportunities. Provides flexible funding; allows people and their families to decide for themselves what supports they really need and want; and gives people and their families real decision making power about the way supports are provided in their communities.
Individual and Family Support is a support program designed to bridge the gap between resources and unmet needs for individuals with development disabilities. Services may include guidance and assistance to find local resources to meet their everyday needs or financial support to purchase needed items such as specialized equipment, transportation, dental/medical care, etc. To apply for services in Morgan, Lawrence or Limestone Counties call (256)-355-7315.
A non-profit organization that promotes independence for persons with physically disabling conditions and opportunities to to pursue active healthy lifestyles. Offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults.
Morgan County Mental Health Center
The Morgan County Mental Health Center’s mission is to work for American’s mental health and victory over mental illness. Their goals include providing and promoting services and programs to meet the needs of individuals suffering from mental illness, to improve mental health and reduce conditions impeding the attainment and maintenance of mental health, and to educate the general public about mental health.
The North Central Alabama Mental Retardation Authority is the single point of entry to the service delivery system for the Alabama Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Information and referral services are provided to individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities in Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone Counties.
For more information, call 256-355-7315.
Advocates for the needs of individuals with Downsyndrome and offers support, acceptance and encouragement for parents and families of persons with Down syndrome.
People First of Alabama
People First of Alabama is an organization comprised of individuals living with developmental disabilities in Alabama who prefer to take their dreams into their own hands. They are dedicated to strengthening their organization which is based on self-advocacy and the opportunity to make decisions and plan success for themselves.
Saving Little Mending Hearts
These local mothers from our area found each other while at Children's Hospital have formed a support group for other parents in the area that have children with any type of heart problems. They have a package of information for new parents and also have a book available to help explain different heart conditions.
United Cerebral Palsy of Huntsville
United Cerebral Palsy’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities by minimizing the effects of cerebral palsy and 150 similar physical disabilities. The Huntsville, Alabama branch of UCP provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as educational and social services to 600 children in North Alabama.
United Way of Morgan County
The mission of the United Way of Morgan County is to be a leader with community and agency partners in providing for health and human needs. United Way of Morgan County has improved more lives in Decatur, Hartselle, Priceville, Trinity, Falkville, Danville, Lacey Spring, and Eva than any other human service agency. Each year, a United Way of Morgan County program reaches and assists one out of every 3 Morgan County residents.