Funding for Children & Youth:
Resources for the Disabled
October 1, 2002
PND Special Issue: Children & Youth, Youth with Disabilities
National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile
The National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile
Justice is a program designed to develop more effective responses
to the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice
system. EDJJ is a collaborative effort involving faculty and
staff from the University of Maryland, the University of Kentucky,
Arizona State University, the American Institutes for Research
in Washington, D.C., and the PACER parent advocacy center
National Information Center for Children and Youth with
The National Information Center for Children and Youth with
Disabilities is a national, nonprofit information center that
provides information on disabilities and disability-related
New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children is a not-for-profit health and
social services agency that serves children with medical disabilities
and/or chronic illnesses and their families. NAC provides
comprehensive health and social services to support family
preservation, reunification, or adoption.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities creates, finds, and supports
programs that directly improve the health and well being of
children through its network of 171 local chapters currently
serving in forty-four countries. The charity makes grants
to nonprofit organizations and provides support to Ronald
McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles worldwide.
To date, Ronald McDonald House Charities' national body and
global network of local chapters have awarded more than $340
million to children's programs.
Special Kids Fund
The Special Kids Fund is an alliance of social service organizations,
hospitals, camps, and schools that care for children with
disabilities and at-risk youth. Funding from the Special Kids
Fund makes it possible to provide programs open opportunities
for the educationally, emotionally, and physically challenged.
An affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, VSA Arts is an international organization that creates
learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities.
The organization offers arts-based programs in creative writing,
dance, drama, music, and the visual arts implemented primarily
through its network in thirty-nine states and the District
of Columbia, collaborators in ten states, and seventy international
affiliates in sixty-seven countries.
Wow Online is a nonprofit organization that works with kids
in wheelchairs. The Wow Web site is aimed at the kids themselves,
but includes additional resources for parents and volunteers.
The site provides an introduction to the Internet; games,
activities and Web sites for kids; and a bi-monthly internet
newsletter. Additional information and resources for parents,
corporations, and volunteers including frequently asked questions,
bulletin boards, chat rooms, and links to WOW organizations
nationally are available online.