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.
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!
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
Amy Dunn Counseling
Other IDD-Friendly Business
I provide counseling services to parents of kids with special needs.
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).
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!
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte
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.
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.
Keith Family YMCA
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!
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.
Piedmont Music Therapy
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.
Special Needs Community Initiative
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.
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.
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.
Abilities Tennis Belmont
We provide FREE tennis instruction to those with intellectual disabilities
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.
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.
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.
Camp Blue Skies
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.
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.
Inspire Inclusion Dance
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Resource Submission Form
Please fill out this form to be added to our list of resources above.
An address is not required but please include your city and state.