LINCS Federal Government Resources


AbleData, the largest information source in the nation on disability-related products, is a continually updated database. It features detailed information on products for use in all aspects of independent living, including personal care, transportation, communication and recreation. AbleData is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education:

This is a directory of federal agencies and organizations relating to disabilities. A specific section is devoted to children and youth with disabilities. Also the site links to state websites. Information is available on Social Security and other federal benefits for disabled children and youth:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Site contains fact sheets on various disorders including depression, autism, Tourette's syndrome and attention deficit. Information on clinical trails and medications is also provided:

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

A clearinghouse of information for parents, teachers and children, NIDCD includes news reports, clinical trials, publications that can be ordered, legislation issues and a directory of organizations. Spanish is available for some topics:

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

A government agency that supports programs to assist in educating and rehabilitating children with special needs: