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All-Inclusive Guide - Resources for Children of All Abilities

Advocacy | Arts & Recreation | Books, Toys, Publications & More
Community Services | Educational Resources | Family Support
Fitness | Health | Internet Disability Resources
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Research Studies


The Transition Work Group
The Transition Work Group hosts resource fairs for young people preparing to leave high school, ages 14+. Dates/ resources at Please email your questions to

Arts & Recreation

Adventure Theatre MTC Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performances
Adventure Theatre MTC's main stage lights are turned up, sound turned down and sign language is provided in shows specifically tailored for children on the autism spectrum. , 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD, 301-634-2268.

The Art League School
Ages 5+. Courses offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and select fine crafts, with some of the country's most talented artists. Summer camp and workshops. Full schedule online. We accommodate children with special needs, please inquire. , Old Town Alexandria, VA, 703-683-2323.

Ashburn Ice House
Loudoun County's premier full service community ice rink accommodating children with Special Needs, please inquire., 21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn, VA, 703-858-0300.

Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods is a premiere recreation destination for international families. We have three after-school programs that are specific to your child's needs. , Germantown, MD, 301-948-3357.

Gaithersburg Book Festival
Featuring a fun-filled children's village, presentations and signings by best-selling authors Tom Angleberger, Carole Lindstrom, Juana Medina, Bob Shea, Pablo Cartaya, Adam Gidwitz and Nic Stone. , 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg,

Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage's commitment to accessibility stretches from professional sensory-friendly and ASL-interpreted performances to arts access classes and inclusive supports specifically designed for students with disabilities. ,, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, MD, 301-280-1660.

Maryland Youth Ballet
Maryland Youth Ballet offers therapeutic dance instruction to young children with physical and developmental disabilities through its Music & Motion program. , 926 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring, MD, 301-608-2232.

Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center offers audio-described, sign-interpreted and sensory-friendly performances. Please request services through , 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring R, Olney, MD, 301-924-3400.

Sesame Street
Jump to the beat with your friends on Sesame Street! Introducing an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world's most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood. EagleBank Arena, May 2-3, 2020.,

Shakespeare Theatre Company
Shakespeare Theatre Company offers wheelchair-accessible seating, assistive listening devices, Audio Described and Open Captioned performances, large-print programs and Braille program notes. Please contact the Box Office for more information. , 610 F St., NW, Washington, DC, 202-547-1122.

Strathmore's sensory-friendly performances create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to families of children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities. , 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD, 301-581-5100.

Washington Revels
"Christmas Revels," December 7-15, 2019. All shows wheelchair accessible. Large-print programs available. Audio description at selected performances. , Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, 301-587-3835.

YMCA Loudoun County
There will be plenty of time to make new friends, sing, swim, play, explore, learn and laugh - all under the watchful eyes of fully trained staff. Fun for kids, peace of mind for you. , 26B Fairfax St. SE, Leesburg, VA, 703-777-9622.

Books, Toys, Publications & More

Discovery Toys
Donna Rachelle Price, Educational Consultant
Discovery Toys is the premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children learn and grow through pure play. , 936-715-7255.

Community Services

Kennedy Krieger Institute
Thanksgiving Weekend, Maryland State Fairgrounds. A family event benefiting Kennedy Krieger, featuring 800+ holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbreads, an accessible carousel, entertainment, Santa and more! ,

Educational Resources

Bretton Woods
Bretton Woods, located in Germantonw, MD, is a premiere recreation destination for international families. Hosting a Private School Fair on October 27, 2019; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair inlcues private schools from the Montgomery County and DC. Schools on site serve PreK through 12th grade amd some have diverse learning programs. ,, 301-948-3357.

Commonwealth Academy - Summer Camps
Grades 3-12. Weekly camps in June and July, offering a variety of activities and sports. Perfect for kids with ADHD challenges. Register by May 1st! ,, Alexandria, VA, 703-548-6912.

Easterseals Camp Fairflee
Camp Fairlee is a traditional, overnight summer camp for children and adults with all types of disABILITIES! Accessible programs while providing respite care to caregivers. , Chestertown, MD, 40-778-0566.

Exceptional Schools Fair
November 17, 2019; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Showcasing school choices available to families of children with diverse learning needs. Find out about individualized programs that help children thrive both academically and socially. Admission is free. Parking is free. ,, Katzen Art Center, American University, Washington, DC, 202-726-0740.

Independent School Options
Day and Boarding School Placement. Therapeutic Program Guidance. SSAT Flex Testing. Reading and Learning Skills Support. Options for students with learning differences. , 703-671-8316.

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
Tutoring & Coaching
Our tutors get to the heart of your child's learning problem with individualized tutoring plans and instruction. Offering psychoeducational testing, organizational coaching and counseling. LD/ADHD specialists. We now offer TLC Online Plus Tutoring, providing an integrated approach to tutoring while offering convenience. ,, 2092 Gaither Rd., Ste. 100, Rockville, MD, 301-424-5200.

Family Support

Parent Encouragement Program
The Parent Encouragement Program (PEP) is a nonprofit organization that provides classes, workshops and other resources to parents and all who care for children from toddlers through teens. , 10100 Connecticut Ave., Kensington, MD, 301-929-8824.

Therapuetic Recreation Services
Recreation, Respite and Leisure opportunitites for individuals with disabilities and their families. ,, 12011 Government Ctr. Pkw, 10th Floor, Fairfax, VA, 703-324-5532.


Motion Education at The Agility Center and Dynamite Gymnastics Center
Specifically designed for children with learning differences, physical challenges and/or sensory needs. We use gymnastics and agility to help build strength, confidence, focus, motor planning and social skills. One-on-one sessions are customized to work toward each student's needs and goals. Offered at Dynamite Gymnastics and The Agility Center, above Randolph Hills Shopping Center in North Bethesda. Call 301-770-2710 to learn more and set up an assessment for your child. , North Bethesda, MD, 301-770-2710.


Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry
At Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry we understand that some children have unique individual needs that may require special considerations and accommodations. We are experienced and knowledgeable in the handling of their special oral health needs. ,, 8401 Connecticut Ave., Suite 650, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-272-1246.

Dental Excellence Integrative Center
You will receive the highest quality of care. We provide custom smile design, baby and children's oral health and holistic care. , 3116 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA, 703-745-5496.

Falls Church Pediatric Dentistry
Roselyne Gichana, DMD
We are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate dental care to our infant, child and adolescent patients. Providing general checkups, exams, cleanings and fillings. Dental care for patients with compromised medical conditions and special needs. Emergency pediatric dental services available. Call to schedule a complimentary tour of our office. , 6400 Arlington Blvd., Suite 80, Falls Church, VA, 703-533-5511.

Healthy Mamas
Scientifically-researched and carefully-selected organic products for trying, expecting and nursing mamas. Healthy Mamas can be tailored to exact stages of pregnancy with our first, second and third trimester boxes. Delivered to your door monthly. ,

Palisades Pediatrics
Dr. Christi Hay
A small practice with direct access to the physician and home visits. Dr. Hay manages complex cases that require referrals, coordination of care and follow up, as well as routine and sick visits. ,, PO Box 40814, Washington, DC, 202-735-7600.

Pediatric Dental Care
Pediatric Dental Care provides advanced oral care for children of all ages, including those with special needs, in a fun and caring atmosphere. Fairfax Office: 10614 Warwick Ave., Suite B, Fairfax, VA, 703-383-3434. Springfield Office: 6120 Brandon Ave., Suite 114, Springfield, VA, 703-992-7100. ,

Internet Disability Resources

D.C. Disability Guide
An online disability information resource for Washington, D.C. Information on wheelchair rental, handicapped parking, accessible restaurants, hotels and museums. ,

disABILITY Information and Resources
Extensive list of Internet resources, including adapted special needs clothing, housing resources, computer accessibility resources and disaster preparedness information for individuals with disabilities. ,
Provides information on disability-related government resources. ,

Family Village
A comprehensive website with a wide range of helpful disability-related resources for families. ,,


Dorie Howell Photography
Dorie Howell Photography provides custom portrait photography for families with children of all abilities. Everyone should have beautiful portraits of the people they love, portraits that capture the individual personality of each child. , 703-766-8399.

Private Schools

The Auburn School
Grades K-12. Offering a dynamic and integrated educational program for intellectually-curious students with challenges in organization, socialization, communication and language. Locations: Fairfax Campus (K-12), 3800 Concorde Pkwy., Ste. 500, Chantilly, VA, 703-793-9353; Silver Spring Campus (K-8), 9545 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 301-588-8048; Baltimore Campus (K-8), 7401 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville, Md, 410-617-0418. ,,

Offering unprecedented educational offerings for your child in every stage of academic development. We work with, and accommodate, children who have special needs on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire. ,

Commonwealth Academy
Commonwealth Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for bright students who benefit from small classes and instruction designed to address various learning styles, including organizational, attention and learning differences , Alexandria, VA,

Katherine Thomas School - TLC
KTS offers an exceptional educational experience and nurturing environment to students with special needs, preschool through 12th grade. KTS serves children with language and learning disabilities, autism, intellectual disabilities and/or other health impairments. ,, 9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD, 301-738-9691.

The Siena School
Grades 4-12. Offering a rich education program for bright, college-bound students who are challenged by language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia. ,, 1300 Forest Glen Rd., Silver Spring, MD, 301-244-3600.


Autism Learning Partners (ALP)
For 30 Years, ALP has served as a national leader in the field of developmental disabilities and specializes in the treatment of autism, offering ABA therapy. , 10411 Motor City Dr., Ste. 500, Bethesda, MD, 855-295-3276.

Behavioral Framework
Behavioral Framework helps families and children diagnosed with autism understand, cope and shine. We provide personalized in-home ABA therapy and related services to children ages 2-21 in DC, MD and VA. ,, Rockville, MD, 301-444-5001.

Center for Autism and Related Disorder, LLC (CARD)
CARD provides early intensive behavioral intervention using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ,

Cool, Confident and Courageous (CCC) Kids
Alvord, Baker & Associates, LLC
Cool, Confident and Courageous (CCC) Kids, a program for children with Selective Mutism or Severe Social Anxiety. 301-593-6554, ext. 41. ,, 8400 Connecticut Ave., Ste. 1120, Chevy Chase, MD, 301-706-6673.
An online directory of group therapy services for children, teens and parents offered by various clinicians/practices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. ,

Infinity ABA Therapy & Autism Services
Infinity provides behavioral services to children affected by Autism, ADHD and developmental delays utilizing principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to build integral skills of development with the goal of creating lifelong positive change for the child, family and community. ,, 297 Herndon Pkwy., Ste. 301, Herndon, VA, 571-241-8557.

Social Grace
Social & Executive Function Therapy
We equip your children with the critical skills and creative strategies they need to live life to the fulles thd thrive into adulthood. ,,

TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers
Speech-language and occupational therapy services for children of all ages. Programs include therapeutic, social skills groups, sensory integration, handwriting and summer programs. ,, 2092 Gaither Rd., Suite 100, Rockville, MD, 301-424-5200.

Research Studies

NIH Healthy Volunteer Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
Medically-healthy children, ages 8-17, can help scientists understand the mind. Join A Study. 301-402-8225, TTY: 1-866-411-1010,, ,,

NIH Pediatric Anxiety Research Study
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
Is your 8 to 17-year-old child anxious? Consider joining in a NIMH pediatric research study. Call about eligibility. 301-402-8225; TTY: 1-866-411-1010.
www.nimh.nih/gov/JoinAStudy ,,

NIH Reserach Study: Comparing ADHD to Severe Irritability in Children
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
Study describes moods and behaviors through interviews, research testing and brain scans. One to ten visits for eligible children ages 8-17 with an ADHD diagnosis. 301-496-8381, TTY: 1-866-411-1010. ,,

NIH Research Study: Severe Irritability in Youth
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health
Studies are enrolling children ages 8-17 to evaluate research treatments. If eligible, offered a diagnostic assessment and/or non-drug treatment options. 301-496-8381, TTY: 1-866-411-1010. ,,