The following links may be of assistance to you. The inclusion of the websites below do not indicate an endorsement of services/resources. The listings are alphabetical and not in order of importance. For information, contact The Arc of Shelby County at (205) 664-9313.

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Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program

The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nationwide federally mandated protection and advocacy system. ADAP’s mission is to provide quality, legally-based advocacy services to Alabamians with disabilities in order to protect, promote and expand their rights.

Phone: (205) 348-4928
Toll Free/TDD (800) 826-1675

Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services

Offers a continuum of services for individuals with developmental disabilities at home, in school and on the job. Services include Children’s Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Services and Independent Living Services.

Phone: (334) 281-8780
Toll Free: ( 800) 441-7607

Alabama Early Intervention System

Provides services and supports to infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Infants and toddlers from birth to age 2 are eligible to receive appropriate services if they are delayed by 25 percent or more in their cognitive, physical, communicative, social, emotional or adaptive development, or if they have a diagnosis of a physical and/or medical condition that will likely result in developmental delay.

Phone: (800) 543-3098

Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network

Respite Care is temporary short-term relief for caregivers of individuals with special needs. If you are the caregiver of a child or adult with a disability or chronic illness, chances are you need a break. Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network list providers and other resources.

Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-APSE)

AL-APSE serves as an advocate for Alabama’s citizens with developmental disabilities and their families; to empower them with the knowledge and opportunity to make informed choices and exercise control over their own lives; and to create a climate for positive social change to enable them to be respected, independent and productive integrated members of society.

Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities

Advocates for Alabama’s citizens with developmental disabilities and their families. Grant information, resource information for families. Also provides funds for individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members or guardians to participate in conferences, training events, public forums and other activities. For information on the consumer involvement fund, link to For general information:

Alabama Department of Mental Health

Alabama department responsible for services to individuals with mental retardation, substance abuse issues and mental illness. Website has information for families and individuals, with specific information on waiting list applications and community providers.

Alabama Family Trust

Offers a resouce for financial planning for families with disabled loved ones. As families begin to plan their estate, they may realize that any direct commitment may jeopardize their entitlement eligibility, such as SSI, Medicaid and others.

All Kids

A low-cost, comprehensive healthcare coverage program for Alabama children under age 19. Benefits include well child check-ups and immunizations, sick child doctor visits, prescriptions, vision and dental care, hospitalization, mental health and substance absue services and much more.

Alabama Autism Society

A resource for individuals with autism and their family members. Also provides services such as information and referral, parent and sibling support, a lending library and advocacy. This website also contains information on the Alabama Autism Task Force.

Chilton/Shelby Mental Health Center

Provides services to individuals with mental retardation in Shelby County, Alabama. Local contact for information on waiting list application for Alabama’s Home and Community Medicaid waivers for individuals with mental retardation.

Family Voices

Provides assistance to families of children and youth with special health care needs in a variety of ways. They encourage families to developmental individual partnerships with their children’s care providers and to look for opportunities to impact systems change. Includes links to Alabama resources.

Full Life Ahead

Exists to assist individuals with disabilities and their families live the life of their choice. Provides training and resources for individuals and families.

Individual and Family Support Service

Purpose: to provide people with developmental disabilities and their families with several opporunitunites. Provides flexible funding; allows people and their families to decide for themselves what supports they really need and want; and gives people and their families real decision making power about the way supports are provided in their communities.

Lakeshore Foundation

A non-profit organization that promotes independence for persons with physically disabling conditions and opportunities to to pursue active healthy lifestyles. Offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults.

Alabama Medicaid Agency

Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, disabled individuals and nursing home residents. Alabama Medicaid is the primary funding source for services for adults with mental retardation and related disabilities in Alabama.


Advocates for the needs of individuals with Down syndrome and offers support, acceptance and encouragement for parents and families of persons with Down syndrome.

Social Security and Disability Resource Center

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website provides information on the federal government’s two disability benefit programs, title II social security disability benefits and title 16 SSI disability benefits. Covered topics include disability applications, denials on claims, the filing of appeals, and how the disability claim evaluation process works.

The Arc of Alabama

A state advocacy organization for people with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities and their families. Working to include all children and adults with developmental disabilities in every community.

The Arc of the United States

The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Provides an array of services and supports for families and individuals. Information on local chapters of The Arc.

United Ability

Provides quality programs and services for over 2,000 infants, children and adults with disabilities in Birmingham and the surrounding 10 counties. Includes programs such as early intervention for infants and toddlers, preschool programs, community living, and supported employment and others.

United Way of Central Alabama

Provides resources for community partners. Also maintains the region’s only comprehansive database of health and human services. Call 211 in the greater Birmingham area for information. Also use link below to access database of services.