LIST OF RESOURCES
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Autism Speaks has resources available in several
languages including: Spanish, Somali, Arabic, French, Korean plus others
Website: Autism Speaks Non-English Resources
Center For Autism and Related Disorders - Español (CARD)
206 South 13th Street - Suite 1000
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227
Phone: (402) 472-8044
Toll Free: (800) 746-8420
The site provides internet based support and information for Nebraskans with special needs. The website is a place where families, caregivers, and professionals can subscribe to e-mail discussion groups; search the Nebraska Resource Referral System (NRRS) database Nebraska Resource Referral System (NRRS); submit questions to a registered pharmacist through "ASKRx" or to the expert of the month; finds links to numerous federal, state, and local government agencies and organizations.
Answers for Autism
Website: Answers for Autism
The mission of Answers for Autism is to make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve. We provide ABA services to people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to help in areas of language, social skills, academic, daily living skills, and self management. Our pledge is to treat each person we serve as an individual first. Our philosophy is guided by the quote from Dr. Stephen Shore, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism."
The local chapter of a nationwide network of parents, professionals, and concerned citizens committed to promoting and protecting the rights and interests of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. The ARC of Lincoln provides individual assistance, support groups, resource materials, informational sessions, and connections to other Families.
Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP)
3901 N. 27th Street, Suite 5
Lincoln Nebraska 68521
Phone: (402) 471-0734
Toll Free: (888) 806-6287
Website: Assistive Technology Partnership
ATP is dedicated to helping Nebraskans with disabilities, their families, and professionals obtain assistive technology devices and services. Services provided include: information, on-site technical assistance, training, accessing equipment and funding. There are ATP offices located in Lincoln, Omaha, Kearney, and Scottsbluff. The ATP Education Offices are located in Cozad, Ainsworth, Ogallala, Omaha, and Wakefield.
Autism Center of Nebraska
Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc.
9012 Q Street
Omaha, NE 68127-3549
Phone: (402) 315-1000
Fax: (402) 315-1001
Website: Autism Center of Nebraska
ACN is a certified developmental disabilities service provider under contract with the State of Nebraska Health & Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. Nearly one hundred and thirty individuals receive services from ACN, ranging in age from seven to 60. Although ACN specializes in autism, we serve persons with a variety of developmental disabilities. Individualized services and supports are designed to lead to a higher level of independence for each individual receiving services, addressing the individual’s desires for his/her future. ACN provides a variety of residential, vocational, pre-vocational and educational services. At ACN, we believe that every person, regardless of disability, is valuable, and deserves to be considered valued members of their home community.
Autism Society of Nebraska
PO Box 83559
Lincoln, NE 68501-3559
Phone: (402) 637-5670
Toll Free: (800) 580-9279
Website: Autism Society of Nebraska
The Autism Society of Nebraska site provides a network of services to provide support families all across Nebraska. ASN has been a part of the Nebraska landscape since 1975. We are committed to helping the families and individuals living with autism spectrum disorders by supporting the local legislation, publishing a parents resource book, fundraising, and helping plan the annual statewide Autism Conference.
Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
253 Barkley Memorial Ctr
Lincoln, NE 68583-0747
Phone: (402) 472-4194
Website: Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network
The site provides a network of services to provide support for local school districts, educational service units, and parents of children with ASD's. There are five regional ASD Network Teams. Each region has a lending library consisting of books, videos and other resources that is available to school districts and parents upon request.
Behaven Kids - Lincoln (Omaha, and Elkhorn locations available)
1145 High Street
Lincoln, NE 68502
Website: Behaven Kids
To passionately teach effective skills that change children’s lives and ultimately changes our future. Our programs are designed to bring hope and help to children and adolescents with mental and behavioral health concerns.
Birth Injury Center
Website: Birth Injury Center
A birth injury is a health problem that an infant is born with that is, in most cases, completely preventable. While birth injuries can be caused by a variety of reasons, Birth Injury Center was created to raise awareness and shine a light on this important issue. Our easy to navigate and comprehensive website is dedicated to promoting awareness of common birth injuries and their causes. Our mission is to help users find helpful information on devastating birth injuries and their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
Center For Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
233 S 13th St #1100
Lincoln, NE 68501
Phone: (531) 530-0297
At CARD, access ABA services without delay. CARD provides services to patients of all ages across all settings at locations throughout the United States.
Cerebral Palsy Group
Website: Cerebral Palsy Group
Cerebral Palsy Group provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy. We are dedicated to providing information, material and resources that are available to parents with children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Cerebral Palsy Guidance
Website: Cerebral Palsy Guidance
A Helping Hand On Your Journey. We provide vital guidance and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Cerebral Palsy Guidance was created to provide answers and assistance to parents of a child with cerebral palsy. Our goal is to reach as many members of the cerebral palsy community as possible, building up a network of support, as well as providing necessary assistance. We cover cerebral palsy from all angles–from symptoms, causes, and treatment, to daily living information, such as communication and transitioning to adulthood articles.
Communication Works Speech and Language Services
1540 South 70th Street, #101
Lincoln, NE 68506
Entertainment Guide for Families of Children with Special Needs
Website: Entertainment Guide for Families of Children with Special Needs
This resource shines light on information regarding cerebral palsy as well as an activity map. The map consists of aquariums, museums, theme parks and zoos across the United States that have made a mission to make the experience friendly for those with special needs. The resource also provides helpful tips for a day out along with additional resources and tips.
Cerebral Palsy Guide
3208 E Colonial Dr. #241
Orlando FL 32803
Website: Cerebral Palsy Guide
Cerebral Palsy Guide is a national organization that helps familes and individuals affected by cerebral palsy. They share information about therapies and treatment, the causes of CP and support for those with this disorder.
Developmental Disabilities System
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-8501
Website: Developmental Disabilities System
The Division of Developmental Disabilities is charged by State Statute with the responsibility for carrying out the Developmental Disabilities Services Act. Responsibilities include certification, technical assistance, regulations and payment for providers of community-based developmental disabilities services, and operation of the Beatrice State Developmental Center (a 24-hour intermediate care facility for persons with developmental disabilities).
Disability Rights Nebraska
The Center for Disability Rights, Law and Advocacy
134 S. 13th Street, Suite 600Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 474-3183
Toll Free: (800) 422-6691
Website: Disability Rights Nebraska
As the protection and advocacy system in Nebraska, NAS has the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services to people with disabilities. Other activities include public education, information and referral, and public policy analysis.
Easterday Recreation Center
6130 Adams St.
Lincoln, NE 68507
Website: Easterday Recreation Center
Easterday Recreation Center is a Lincoln Parks and Recreation facility providing community recreation programs and human services for all ages. Providing community recreation programs and Special Olympics programs.
Easter Seals Nebraska
12565 West Center Road, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68144
Phone: (800) 650-9880
Website: Easter Seals Nebraska
Provides services to help ensure all people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to live, learn, work, and play. Services include employment, recreation, respite, alternative finance, and support solutions.
Handprints and Footsteps
5930 Vandervoort Dr Ste A
Website: Handprints and Footsteps
Handprints & Footsteps Clinic is a physio clinic which has qualified physical therapists who deals with joint motion, muscle strength and endurance, function of heart and lungs, and performance of activities required in daily living, among other responsibilities. Treatment includes therapeutic exercises, cardiovascular endurance training, and training in activities of daily living.
Heartland Speech & Occupational Therapy
1651 N. 86th St., Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68505
Our SLPs and OTs have vast experience treating children of all levels of need. We have had the great pleasure of working with kids with many different diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Cleft Palate, genetic disorders, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ADHD, Williams Syndrome, torticollis, and developmental delay.
Website: Homer's Heroes
The Homer’s Heroes division is for boys and girls with physical or intellectual disabilities, ages 5 to 17. In 2019, 95 players participated in the program. Six weeks of games are played starting the first Saturday of June. Volunteer “Buddies” encourage and assist each player during the game. One game is played at Haymarket Park with the Lincoln Saltdogs players. The Optimist Clubs of Lincoln established the program in 1992 and has coordinated this baseball league since that time.
2444 O Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68510
The struggle IS real. Mental health issues and trauma are hard for anyone to overcome, especially if you’re a kid. When things feel hopeless, HopeSpoke helps families find confidence.
HopeSpoke plays an invaluable role in providing children and families with the skills to feel empowered and be successful; helping them heal, be courageous and find strength to live well.
With a long history and positive presence, HopeSpoke continues to reach out with expert care to make our community a better place—full of happy, hopeful, healthy families.
Horses for Healing - Equine Therapy & Research Center
6300 Princeton Rd
Firth, NE 68358
Website: Horses for Healing
By using both horse interaction and horseback riding, Horses for Healing; Equine Therapy and Research Center helps people of all ages and abilities overcome physical or mental challenges so they can live a more fulfilling life.
Hotline for Disability Services
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-0801
Toll Free: (800) 742-7594
Website: Hotline for Disability Services
The Hotline provides information and referral to Nebraskans who have questions or concerns related to a disability. This includes information about rehabilitation services, transportation, special parking permits, legal rights and other areas. Also provides information on brain injury for NEBrainstorm, Nebraska's Brain Injury Resource Network.
Josh the Otter Water Safety & Awareness Project
Mail: 8445 Executive Woods Drive
Lincoln, NE 68512
Toll Free:1-800-576-5764 (JOSH)
Our mission is to educate children and adults worldwide about water safety through the utilization of drowning prevention campaigns & early childhood water safety training.
Our goal is to educate children with a fun and simple message:
TO STAY AWAY FROM WATER UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
“Josh the Baby Otter” was created to help children comprehend and remember this important message. Ultimately, we want to create a water safety behavior for all children that will be passed on from generation to generation.
We have already distributed several thousand copies of the book to daycares, preschools, and kindergarten classrooms across the country. With ongoing support, we will continue our efforts to incorporate this life saving message into every educational curriculum in the United States and beyond. We believe the book; “Josh the Baby Otter” has and will continue to save countless children’s lives.
Learning Strategies Center
Linda Schutz-Muehling, CCC.SLP
Lovass Institute for Early Intervention
5000 Central Park Drive
Lincoln, NE 68504
Nebraska Office: (402) 328-0283
Website: Lovass Institute
The Lovaas Institute provides behavioral treatment utilizing the principles of applied behavior analysis. The Lovaas Model of Applied Behavior Analysis has undergone rigorous research at UCLA under the direction of Dr. Lovaas, proving its effectiveness in treating children with autism.
1530 S 70th St, Lincoln, NE 68506
Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Phone: (402) 559-6430
Toll Free: (800) 656-3937 ext 96430
Website: Munroe Meyer Institute
The Monroe Meyer Institute specializes in working with persons with genetic disorders and developmental disabilities. Focus areas are education, research, training, and clinical services provided in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment to support individuals with special healthcare needs and their families. Some of the main areas of basic and applied research include: molecular genetics, brain malformation, heritable conditions involving connective tissue and inherited cranio facial disorders.
Phone: 211 or (402) 444-6666
This site provides online access to information on human services in Nebraska, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Nebraska Child Find
Steve Miller, Statewide Coordinator 3901 N. 27th Street, Suite 5
Lincoln, NE 68516-2204
Phone: (402) 471-2447
Toll Free: (888) 806-6287
Website: Nebraska Child Find
Serving Nebraska's children and young adults with disabilities by help parents, educators, and service providers find answers to development and special education concerns. Information is provided on rights, resources, and referrals.
Nebraska Family Helpline
Phone: (888) 866-8660
Trained counselors 24/7/365. Children's behavioral issues. Parent/child conflict resolution. Youth mental health referrals.
Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2330
Website: Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Governor appointed state council members who focus on improving system of support for persons with disabilities and their families by examining support systems across the lifespan. The Council funds six regional councils to carry out goals at the local level.
Nebraska Transition College
Website: Nebraska Transition College
Nebraska Transition College seeks to empower individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or other learning difference with the freedom to experience their full potential through the power of choice, effectively changing their lives and our communities.
Parent Training and Information for families of Children with Disabilities
1941 S. 42nd St.
Omaha, NE 68105
Phone: (402) 346-0525
Toll Free: (800) 284-8520
Website: PTI Nebraska
PTI Nebraska is a statewide resource for families of Children with disabilities and special health care needs. Information is provided on disabilities, special education programs, and the provision of local workshops, and parent to parent support.
Social Security Administration
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
100 Centennial Mall North - Federal Bldg.
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (800) 772-1213
Website: Social Security Administration
This is the United States government Social Security site. On it you will find information on requirements for receiving SSI benefits for children. You can file an application for SSI as well as make appeals or check on the status of an appeal for a medical disability claim online. There you will also find information and forms for obtaining a new social security card or changing information on your card.
9427 F Street
Omaha, NE, 68127
Phone: (402) 331-5545
Website: Special Olympics Nebraska
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves athletes with intellectual disabilities working with hundreds of thousands of volunteers and coaches each year. Since the establishment of Special Olympics in 1968, the number of people with and without intellectual disabilities who are involved with the organization has been growing, but the unmet need to reach more people with intellectual disabilities is staggering.
It’s at the local level--right here--where interested volunteers meet the athletes. That’s where the perceptions start to change and where the miracle of transformation takes place.
Website: Top Soccer
Capital Soccer Association is the Premier Soccer Club in Lincoln, NE, offering Micro, Youth, Competitive Select, and Recreational programs for children ages 4-19, as well as adult indoor and outdoor leagues, tournaments, and a wonderful TOPSoccer program.
Therapy Works of Nebraska
6500 Holdrege Street
Lincoln, NE 68505
Phone: (402) 942-1329
Website: Therapy Works
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession that strives to promote health and well-being through participating in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enhancing the individual’s ability to participate by adapting the activity, the environment, and/or the person. In both the pediatric and adult populations our programs look to evaluate the performance skills of each individual and help them to develop the fine and gross motor, sensory processing and cognitive skills that are necessary for activities of daily living. Our therapists are specialized in the treatment and management of infants through geriatrics with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Occupational therapy gives people the skills for the job of living necessary for living life to the fullest.
Nebraska Lifespan Respite
Nebraska Resource and Referral System
206 S. 13th Street, Suite 1000
Lincoln, NE 68588-0227
We care for those who care for others. Respite care, planned or emergency, is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members with special needs.
The Nebraska Respite Network
Website: The Nebraska Respite Network
The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. For over 40 years, FCA has provided services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. Our services include assessment, care planning, direct care skills, wellness programs, respite services, and legal/financial consultation vouchers. Ongoing support is available with FCA, also now on a digital service platform. FCA is a longtime advocate for caregivers in the areas of policy, health and social system development, research, and public awareness, on the state, national and international levels.
Website: Windsong Equitherapy
The mission of Windsong Equitherapy is to provide high-quality equine assisted activities to individuals of all ages with varying abilities in a safe and supportive environment. We provide mounted therapeutic horseback riding to children, teens, and adults with a variety of physical, emotional, cognitive and developmental challenges.
5539 S. 27th St., Suite 101
Lincoln, NE 68512
Website: Wonderfully Made
We make Functional Skills Fun! Our goal is to provide fun opportunities for kids with special need in our community while also providing respite to their families.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Barkley Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic
203A Barkley Memorial Center
4075 East Campus Loop South
PO Box 830731
Lincoln, NE 68583-0738
The UNL Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic provides services for individuals with speech, language, hearing, and balance impairments. Clinic providers serve all ages and address a broad range of disorders. Services are provided by ASHA-certified speech language pathology and audiology faculty members and graduate student clinicians in our speech language pathology and audiology training programs.