CHANCES exists to help you and your family more easily navigate the world around you–which can be a challenge when you are faced with so much information! Below is a collection of our “best sites” to get you started on your journey or to help you out along the way. Please let us know if you don’t see something you think would be useful (contact us here).

The Ultimate Guide to Home Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities
https://www.redfin.com/blog/2016/04/the-ultimate-guide-to-home-accommodations-for-persons-with-disabilities.html

Whether you’re in an older home that needs significant changes or are looking for ways to make your newer home even more accessible to disabled needs, this guide is for you.

Choosing the Right Lot for you
http://info.stantonhomes.com/bid/56245/Choosing-the-Right-Lot-for-your-Universal-Design-or-Accessible-Home
Here’s what to keep in mind to help ensure the special features that make your home easy to use don’t end up costing a lot more than you’re ready for.

American Association of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AAID)
http://www.aaidd.org
Founded in 1876, AAIDD, and formerly known as AAMR, AAIDD, is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals (and others) concerned about mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

Epilepsy Foundation
http://www.efa.org
This web site provides information about epilepsy and its effects on peoples lives.

 The Missouri Association of County Developmental Disabilities Services (MACDDS)
http://www.macdds.org/
MACDDS is a statewide association of county boards for the developmentally disabled dedicated to local control and provision of supports and services.

The Arc
http://www.thearc.org
The Arc is a national association of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families.

Brown Bag Lunch Webinars
http://moddrc.org/?catid=276

Disability Programs-Disability Starter Kit
http://www.ssa.gov/disability/disability_starter_kits.htm
The Disability Starter Kit will help you get ready for your disability interview or online application.

Missouri People First
http://missouripeoplefirst.org/?catid=210
People First of Missouri is a statewide organization that promotes equality for people with disabilities so they can live the life they want in the community.

Ability Transportation 
http://www.abilitrans.com/Ability
Transportation specializes in non emergency transportation for healthy individuals and thoses with special needs.  Serving all ages from infant to the elderly.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
http://www.brainandspinalcord.org/
Our mission is to be the most reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors. Our hope is that the site will be relied upon as a trustworthy resource for the community and for those who are searching for information. If you feel you have a case, we would love to lend you a hand.

Missouri Autism Spectrum Disorder Transition
http://asdtransition.missouri.edu
Provides information for preparing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders for adulthood.

Missouri Autism Report
http://www.moautismreport.com/ 
A monthly newsletter for individuals, parents, caregivers, therapist, physicians and educators who are a part of the Missouri Autisim Community.

Autism Speaks
http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/your-childs-rights?utm_source=social-media&utm_medium=E-speaks&utm_campaign=090211
Autism Speaks offers a wide spectrum of services and information from Family Services, Advocacy and Understanding The IEP Process

Autism Society of America (ASA)
http://www.autism-society.org
ASA is a national association for people with autism. The site connects individuals with autism and their famlies to reliable information and referral resources.

United Cerebral Palsy Association (UCPA)
http://www.ucpa.org
UCPA is a national association dedicated to research and information dissemination.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
http://www.dese.mo.gov
The DESE provides information concerning Missouri’s public schools and special education services.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
http://www.rarediseases.org
NORD is a unique federation of more than 140 organizations serving people with rare disorders and disabilities.

Project Linus
http://www.orgsites.com/mo/net
Provides weighted blankets which are beneficial for those in the autism spectrum

Securing a Home Loan with a Disability
https://www.mortgagecalculator.biz/resources/disabilities.php
If you have a disability and wish to buy your own home, this guide is designed to help you and your family during the process. It will help you confirm that buying your own property is the right decision for you and guide you through the steps of buying a home. You will also learn about the financial assistance available when you have a disability to help you secure home ownership.

Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
http://www.dcrf.com
Provides disabled children with assistance in obtaining wheelchairs, braces, glasses and more!

Maryville University
https://online.maryville.edu/disabilities-guide/
Free guide covers educational opportunities, preparation steps, knowing your rights, different types of disabilities, and would be a great informational resource for any student, family member or educator preparing for higher education regarding disabilities: