Cognitive, Autism, and Brain Injury

Cognitive Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
The association gives information about intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS)
ACDS is a service provider in Long Island, New York, dedicated to providing resources on Down syndrome.

Center on Human Policy
The center promotes the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in community life.

Kiwanis International
The Kiwanis organization has a special emphasis on helping children with disabilities, including cognitive.

National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS)
NADS is the oldest national organization to offer information and advocacy for families affected by Down syndrome.

National Resource Center on Community Integration, Syracuse University
This organization assists people to network, provides educational materials, conducts seminars and conferences, and stimulates creative projects concerning the full participation of children and adults with disabilities in community life.

Special Olympics
Special Olympics empowers individuals with mental retardation to become physically fit through sports training and competition.

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) promotes the health of babies, children, and adults, and enhances the potential for full, productive living.


Asperger Disorder
This site presents information about Aspergers in a question and answer format.

Autism Society of America
The society promotes education, awareness, and advocacy on critical issues related to autism.

Center for the Study of Autism (CSA)Center for the Study of Autism (CSA)
The center provides information about autism and conducts research on various therapeutic interventions.

Health Issues Specific to Autism

Autism Resource Guide by

A Guide to Keeping Your Children with Autism Safe

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of America
The association acts as a clearinghouse of information for persons with a brain injury, legislative advocacy, and prevention.

Brain Injury Center
The center is a resource for how the brain works and how it can be injured, and the effects of the injury.

Brain Injury Resource Center
A service of Head Injury Hotline, the center provides difficult-to-find information about head injuries.
The NeurologyChannel is a source of information on seizures, stroke, coma, and other brain system disorders.

University of North Carolina’s “The Brain Spot”
The Brain Spot offers games, activities, and computer instruction for people with memory loss.

Special Needs Programming
The partnership between the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County and the Autism Society of North Carolina's Mecklenburg County chapter, training videos have been produced by PLCMC staff members who have been planning and presenting programming specific to children with special needs and their families since 2008. While the programming is geared for all types of special needs, the primary audience for this type of program is children in the autism spectrum.

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