Alabama Department of Mental Health
The Alabama Department of Mental Health is the state agency responsible for serving Alabama citizens with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse addictions.
Connecting the disability community to information & opportunities
The official benefits website of the U.S. government informs citizens of benefits they may be eligible for provides information on how to apply for assistance



Social Security Administration

Social Security Online
The work site… The Ticket to Work Program provides most people receiving Social Security benefits (beneficiaries) more choices for receiving employment services. Under this program the Social Security Administration (SSA) issues ticket to eligible beneficiaries who, in turn, may choose to assign those tickets to an Employment Network (EN) of their choice to obtain employment services, vocational rehabilitation services, or other support services necessary to achieve a vocational (work) goal. The EN, if they accept the ticket, will coordinate and provide appropriate services to help the beneficiary find and maintain employment.


Alabama Association of Nonprofits
Strengthening and supporting Alabama nonprofit organizations in serving their communities.

Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
Providing both public housing and Section 8 rental assistance to more than 125,000 residents across Alabama, you will be surprised at the many other things our Association is doing.

Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment(AL-APSE)
The AL-APSE, The Network on Employment is part of a 5,000-member organization with chapters in over 31 states. APSE, The Network on Employment was formed to improve and expand integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for persons experiencing disabilities. Supported employment enables people with disabilities who have not been successfully employed to work and contribute to society. Supported employment focuses on a person’s abilities and provides the supports the individual needs to be successful on a long-term basis.

Alabama Autism Resources
Information, research, and online support for people concerned with autism spectrum disorders; message board, calendar, e-mail newsletter, and links.

Adaptive Aquatics
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the introduction, teaching, and advancement of adapted water skiing for children and adults with physical disabilities.

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities
The Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to improving the lives of those with developmental disabilities through advocacy, capacity building and systems change.

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy (P&A) system.

Alabama Respite Resource Network
Information on temporary relief for caregivers and families of people with disabilities.

Alabama Work Incentives Network
The Alabama Work Incentives Network (Ala-WIN) helps Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, between the ages of 14 and 64, understand their work options so that they may make more informed choices regarding employment.

Association for Persons in Supported Employment
APSE leads in the advancement of equitable employment for people with disabilities. Connecting People, Advancing Employment

Autism Risk & Safety Management
Autism training and resources for law enforcement, emergency first responders, parents, educators, care providers, and the autism community.

Alabama’s special camp for children and adults

Children’s Harbor
“Strengthening children and their families” at the Lake Martin campus, providing camping and adventure services to children with long-term serious illnesses and the families.

Civitan International Research Center
Coordinates and conducts research related to human development, mental retardation, and developmental disabilities. A comprehensive listing of programs and links at the UAB Civitan International Research Center with information about mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
We connect charitable individuals, families, and businesses with new ways to use their resources to build a brighter future for everyone. Imagine what we can do together!

Employment Resources for the Disabled
For millions of people with disabilities, a stable and sufficient job may seem out of reach. Nearly 70 percent of adults who have some type of disability would like to work. That’s a staggering 18 million people who could be joining the workforce. Here you will find resources that could be of assistance to those with disabilities seeking employment.

The Exceptional Foundation
At The Exceptional Foundation, our mission is to meet the social and recreational needs of the mentally and/or physically challenged individuals in the greater Birmingham Area.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability
Knowing where to begin and how to proceed can be daunting, however. We’re here to help. The Family Center on Technology and Disability provides a wide range of resources on assistive and instructional technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEU’s for practitioners and educators. Try setting aside 30 minutes a day to review an FCTD resource. Before you know it, you’ll know a lot more about both established and emerging technologies that can improve the lives of the children and youth with whom you work and live. Of course, we’re here for your just-in-time information needs as well. We hope you’ll visit our site often!

Family Voices
Keeping families at the center of children’s health care.

Family Voices of Alabama
Family Voices of Alabama (FV of AL) aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities.

Griffin-Hammis and Associates
GHA specializes in community rehabilitation improvement, job creation, and job site training, employer development, Social Security benefits analysis and work incentives, self-employment feasibility and refinement, management-leadership mentoring, and civic entrepreneurship. Our customers are wide-ranging and include businesses, community rehabilitation programs, state and local governments, universities, individuals, and others from the public and private sectors.

Independent Living Resources of Greater Birmingham
We encourage people with disabilities to support one another in reaching their own independent living goals. We also promote equal access and disability rights through advocacy and public awareness activities.

Lakeshore Foundation
Serves men and women, children and adults, who have experienced a wide range of conditions including arthritis, MS, spinal cord injury, strokes, amputations, head injury or cerebral palsy. Support comes from a wide variety of programs and includes sponsorship, coaching, resource materials, and education.

MAAP Services, Inc.
Asperger and Autism Information by MAAP Services, Inc. – The Asperger and Autism informational site by MAAP Services is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information and advice to families of More advanced individuals with Autism, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

Montgomery Center for Independent Living
The Center encourages people with disabilities to support one another in reaching their own independent living goals. The Center also promotes equal access and disability rights through advocacy and public awareness activities.

NAMI Birmingham – National Alliance on Mental Illness


Provide Information, support, and a sense of belonging to persons with serious mental illness and their families
Provide Advocacy for nondiscriminatory and equitable federal, state, and corporate policies
Provide Research into the causes, symptoms, and treatments for severe brain disorders

Provide Education to eliminate the pervasive stigma toward persons affected by serious mental illness

National Council on Independent Living
NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy. NCIL envisions a world in which people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

National Organization on Disability
The mission of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
Prescription assistance programs

Partners in Policy Making
A State of the Art leadership program for individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center

Special Equestrians in Alabama
It offers any physically, mentally or emotionally challenged person the opportunity to experience the benefits of the therapeutic horseback riding.

Tango Consulting
Prosperity planning, assisting authors in writing books, life and business coaching, steering families to resource ownership, helping them own their lives and resources.

Festivals feature performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations, and educational workshops where children, you, and adults with disabilities proudly share their artistic accomplishments with the public.

Work Incentives Transition Network
Free online course and factsheets on “Using SSI Work Incentives to Promote Successful Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth”.

Work World
Information, support and free copies of WorkWORLD, decision support software for personal computers designed to help people with disabilities, advocates, benefit counselors, and others explore and understand how best to use the work incentives associated with the various Federal and State disability and poverty benefit programs.