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Government Agencies

Government agencies dedicated to serving people with disabilities are listed below:

Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

The Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) is dedicated to ensuring that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families are able to fully participate in and contribute to all aspects of community life in the United States and its territories.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a resource for local, state, national, and international agencies, organizations, and policy makers concerned about people living with developmental and other disabilities and their families. Members engage in a range of interdisciplinary activities including: exemplary services for children, adults, and families, academic training, basic and applied research, training and technical assistance to schools, communities, and all levels of government, policy advocacy, program evaluation, and dissemination of best practices and new information.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. by conducting critical science and providing health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responding when these arise. The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is dedicated to helping people live to the fullest. Much of their work focuses on protecting people who are especially vulnerable to health risks - babies, children, people with blood disorders, and people with disabilities.

Genetics Home Reference

Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

The mission of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is to provide leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health (MCH) population which includes all of the nation’s women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, including fathers and children with special healthcare needs.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Find a list of NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) understands the many challenges still facing individuals with disabilities and their families and is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – The Center for Mental Health Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. Check your case status or make an appointment at your local office using this resource. 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s mission is to secure the nation from the many threats we face and keep America safe. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector.

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