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District of Columbia - Developmental Disability Assistance in DC

State Developmental Disability Resources for District of Columbia


Updated September 30, 2012

If your child has a developmental disability, find a comprehensive list of essential developmental disability resources available in your state. These essential developmental disability contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these developmental disability resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

1. Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21

States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Office of Special Education
District of Columbia Public Schools

825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202)442-4800

2. Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities

Infant and early childhood programs provide services to infants and young children with disabilities such as developmental instruction, and speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth to Age Three:
Early Care and Education Administration
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Division
Department of Human Services
717 14th Street, N.W., Suite 1200
Washington DC 20005
Telephone: (202) 727-6436

Ages Three to Five:
Office of Special Education
District of Columbia Public Schools

825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202)442-4800

3. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Vocational rehabilitation services help people with disabilities live more independent lives by providing education, support, and services to assist them with becoming employed. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4425 N. Market Street
P. O. Box 9969
Wilmington DE 19809-0969
Telephone: (302)761-8275, (302)761-8336(TTY)
Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

4. Mental Health Services Agency

State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Department of Mental Health
64 New York Avenue, NE, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202)673-7440
24-Hour Access Helpline: Call 1(888)793-4357 for a referral to emergency assistance or ongoing care with a mental health provider.
Llame a la linea Telefonica de ayuda disponible las 24 houras: 1(888)793-4357
TTY Access Helpline (202) 673-7500

5. Disability Advocacy Services

Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy
3220 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20020
Telephone: (202)645-7175 Website: Protection and Advocacy

Client Assistance Program
University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 547-0198 (V)
(202) 547-2657 (TTY)

6. Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

Department on Disability Services
1125 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 730-1700

Councils on Developmental Disabilities DC Developmental Disabilities Council
Department of Human Services
64 New York Avenue, N.E., Room 6161
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 671-4385

7. Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Department of Outreach Services
Health Services for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
2124 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 580-6485
(202) 467-2708

The HSC (Health Services for Children) Pediatric Center
1731 Bunker Hill Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017
(800) 226-4444
(202) 832-4400
(202) 832-7848 (TTY)

CHIP Program (health care for low-income uninsured children) DC Healthy Families Insurance Program
4601 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
(888) 557-1116

8. Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Ward 5, CWI Unit & One Stop Center
DC Rehabilitation Services Administration
Department on Disability Services
810 1st Street, N.E., 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-8629

Telecommunications Relay Services for Individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or with Speech Impairments (800) 643-3769 (V) (800) 643-3768 (TTY); 711 (TTY) (800) 898-0137 (ASCII) (800) 898-0740 (Speech to Speech) (800) 546-7111 (Spanish TTY) (800) 546-5111 (Spanish Voice)

9. Programs for Children and Youth who are Blind or Visually Impaired

Visual Impairment Unit
DC Rehabilitation Services Administration
810 1st Street, N.E., 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-8628

10. Americans with Disabilities Act Center - Disability Civil Rights

Regional ADA Technical Assistance Center
DBTAC: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center
TransCen, Inc.
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 700
Rockville MD 20850
(800) 949-4232 (V/TTY DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
(301) 217-0124 (V/TTY)

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