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Information can be hard to come by or you may not be aware of services available for you or your loved one. We have created this Resource page to easily access accurate contact information for organizations and businesses that provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) or are "IDD-friendly."


If your organization or business would like to be added, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page. 

Abound Health

Recreation, Health/Wellness, Financial Planning, Day Programs, Education, IDD Service Provider

We empower those who are diagnosed with disabilities. We provide one-on-one and group services to improve skills, adult day programming, community integration, adult residential, respite and so much more!

Leilani Maness


AllAbility Recruiting

Employment, Other IDD-Friendly Business

Focused on people's capabilities, not their inabilities. A disability recruitment firm specializing in connecting the disability community with meaningful employers. Leave No Ability Behind

Anessa Powell


Amy Dunn Counseling

Other IDD-Friendly Business

I provide counseling services to parents of kids with special needs.

Amy Dunn


Best Buddies International- North Carolina Office

Employment, Recreation, Other IDD-Friendly Business

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Tammy Medlock



Employment, Education, Other IDD-Friendly Business

Cakeable is a nonprofit workforce development program for adults who live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We offer vocational training and opportunities in our bakery and the Cakeable Café (coming 2023!) Our mission is to empower people, businesses, and communities to achieve their fullest potential through inclusive environments. We envision joyfully inclusive communities where EVERY PERSON has the opportunity to experience their value and express their abilities and purpose!

Renee Ratcliffe


Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte

Education, Recreation

The Down Syndrome Association (DSA) of Greater Charlotte is an approved 501(c)3 non-profit, family support organization. The goal of the DSA of Greater Charlotte and its families is to enable individuals with Down syndrome (Ds) to reach their full potential and become respected members of their community.

Victoria Coles


Illumination Foundation of NC

Other IDD-Friendly Business

We strive to facilitate community inclusion for people with various disabilities of all ages and allies. Services we provide are: IEP/504 planning, service navigation, employee training and community navigation. In addition we sponsor a baseball league for an inclusive baseball team ages 15 and up.

Kathy Moore


Keith Family YMCA

Recreation, Health/Wellness

The Keith Family YMCA is proud to offer Adaptive Programs for individuals with diverse abilities. Check out our website for more information on our programs!

Lydia McGinnis


No Limits Counseling, PLLC


No Limits Counseling provides virtual mental health services to teens (ages 16+) and adults with Down syndrome. In addition to counseling, we facilitate relationships and boundaries groups, dating workshops, and sexuality education courses for individuals of all I/DD diagnoses. We are available to partner with local non-profits and schools serving the disability community and offer in-person groups at your facility.

Michelle Mattox


Piedmont Music Therapy

Recreation, Health/Wellness

The mission of PMT is to engage, empower and accompany individuals to reach their goals grounded in the frameworks of music therapy and social work. PMT strives to meet students and clients where they are and support them in improving their quality of life.

Gretchen Benner


Special Needs Community Initiative

Housing, Recreation

Our mission is to create and sustain an affordable co-housing community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) so that they may independently in a safe environment that is rich in opportunities for personal growth through our LEARN, WORK, and PLAY program. We envision a community that supports residents through life’s challenges and joys; that fosters independence as well as a connection with each other and the larger community; and an environment that is safe and sustainable.

Josette Duncan


Special Olympics North Carolina


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community



The Horizons School

Education, Employment, Health/Wellness, Housing, Recreation

The Horizons School is a two-year, community-based, postsecondary education school located in Birmingham, AL. Our curriculum facilitates the transition of students with learning disabilities, autism spectrum and other developmental disorders into gainful employment and independent living.

Shon Jackson


nP Online (nonPareil Institute)


nP Online offers live virtual training to students with autism. nP Online is interactive and teaches technical skills in Art and Design. The virtual environment helps students apply their knowledge and creativity while learning work-readiness and being a part of the community through clubs/groups.

Melody Marshall


Abilities Tennis Belmont

Health/Wellness, Recreation

We provide FREE tennis instruction to those with intellectual disabilities

James Dover


Alliance Health

Health/Wellness, Service Provider

Alliance Health serves people in North Carolina's Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, Mecklenburg, Orange and Wake counties who are insured by Medicaid or are uninsured. Our network of providers offers treatment and support for mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of the people we serve by ensuring highly effective, community-based support and care.

John Giampaolo


Arin's Good Girl Dog Treats


Our mission at Arin’s Good Girl Dog Treats is to expand the impact of Arin’s passion and support careers for individuals with disabilities that reinforce independence, resilience, and purpose. Our vision is to provide employment opportunities for all individuals who need adaptability.

Talia Wucherer


Buddy Break

Recreation, Day Programs

We are a no cost respite program for families of kids with special needs between ages of 2–16. We meet one Saturday each month for 3 hrs; 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Each child has their own "Buddy" for the day that does crafts, games and more with them.

Brandi Proffitt


Camp Blue Skies

Recreation, Health/Wellness

Since 2009, Camp Blue Skies has provided camps to adults with developmental disabilities and enhanced their lives through recreation, socialization, and life skills education. Our camps are in the spring and fall in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At Camp Blue Skies, people 21 and older will enjoy traditional camp fun, recreational activities, and the chance to make new friends.

Crystal Dempsey


Dreamweavers Unlimited

Service Provider

We believe in your child’s potential! We work with children and adults with delays and developmental disabilities through Speech Therapy, Innovations Waiver services, Infant-Toddler services, and Lil’ Dreamers Language and Learning preschool. Please call or check out our website for more information.

Betsy Short


Inspire Inclusion Dance

Education, Recreation

Inspire Inclusion Dance is a dance program for dancers with and without disabilities. Our mission is to bring all bodies together in movement with an understanding that we all have beautiful moves to share on the dance floor. If you can breathe, you can dance and we can't wait to breathe and move

Sarah Howe


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation / Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation


Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation offers Recreation opportunities, facilities, parks and open spaces to citizens of Mecklenburg County. Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation Services provides therapeutic recreation programming to youth, teens and adults with disabilities, and supports inclusive programming across all recreation center, aquatics, athletics, therapeutic and nature programs offered through Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.



Philips Academy of NC


We are a non-profit school for students and young adults with complex language, learning and/or cognitive disabilities. Our mission is to provide our students with the academic, occupational and social skills needed to be self-reliant, confident and contributing members of their community.

Amy Firth


RyzAb0ve Fitness


RyzAb0ve Fitness provides exercise classes and socialization opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to inspire them to live a healthy and more fulfilling lifestyle.

Ryan Bost


Special Olympics Gaston County


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In Gaston county we provide over 11 year-round sporting opportunities with practice and competition seasons. We also provide leadership, social, and other recreational opportunities for athletes. We offer unified events in which individuals both with and without intellectual disabilities can participate together in sports and other recreational events, as well as a Young Athletes program for athletes ages 2-7, healthy athletes events, social events, and more.

Ashley Anderson


The AdvocaZine

Other IDD-Friendly Business, Service Provider, Recreation, Education, Health/Wellness

A fun resource to help students/parents to communicate their interests and challenges. Customizable PDF template for you to type or write into, designed by 2 graphic design moms with their neurodivergent sons.



Winthrop Think College


Winthrop Think College is a 2 year program for students with intellectual disability. We provide support and services in Independent Living, Coursework, and Employability as students develop into independent and contributing members of their community



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