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Administration for Children and Families

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW

Washington, D.C. 20201

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
3615 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016-3007
Fax: 202.966.2891

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
141 Northwest Point Boulevard
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098
Fax: 847.434.8000

American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242

The Arc of the United States
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 650
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Fax: 301.565.3843 or 301.565.5342

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C

Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Fax: 856.439.0525


Attention Deficit Information Network
58 Prince Street

Needham, MA 02492


Autism Network International  (ANI)

P.O. Box 35448

Syracuse, NY 13235-5448


Autism Society of America  (ASA)

7910 Woodmont Ave, Suite 300

Bethesda, MD 20814-3067


800.3AUTISM (800.328.8476)


Autism Speaks

2 Park Avenue

11th Floor

New York, NY 10016


Fax: 212.252.8676

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)
Office of Consumer, Family, and Public Information
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15-105
Rockville, MD 20857

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
Fax: 301.306.7090

Council for Exceptional Children
11920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091

Doug Flutie, Jr., Foundation for Autism, Inc.

P.O. Box 767

Framingham, MA 01701

866.3AUTISM (866.328.8476)

Learning Disabilities Association of America
4516 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234

MUMS: National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court

Green Bay, WI 54301



National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 1015
Arlington, VA 22203-3754

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)
900 Second St NE
Suite 211
Washington, DC 20002
Fax: 202.408.9520


National Autism Association

1330 W. Schatz Lane

Nixa, MO 65714

866.NAA.ORDERS (866.622.6733)

National Center for Learning Disabilities
99 Park Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10016

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013
Fax: 202.884.8441

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Public Information and Communications Branch
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Fax: 301.443.4279

National Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.

National Disability Rights Network
900 Second Street, NE, Suite 211
Washington, DC 20002
Fax: 202-408-9520

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
400 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20202

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
8161 Normandale Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55437
Fax: 952.838.0199

Unlocking Autism

P.O. Box 208

Tyrone, GA 30290


U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202




Mississippi Agencies & Advocacy Organizations


The Arc of Mississippi

MS Association for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

7 Lakeland Circle, Suite 600

Jackson, MS 39202



State CHIP Program
(health care for low-income uninsured children)
Mississippi Health Benefits
Division of Medicaid
Robert E. Lee Building, Suite 801
239 N. Lamar Street
Jackson MS 39201-1399

Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

5 Old River Place, Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39202


Department of Mental Health
1101 Robert E. Lee Building

239 N. Lamar St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Division of Children and Youth Services

Department of Mental Health 
1101 Robert E. Lee Building

239 N. Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

EMPOWER Community Parent Resource Center
Agnes Johnson, Executive Director
136 S. Poplar Street
Greenville, MS 38702-1733

Fax: 662.332.1622            


Families Advocating Collaborating Teaching and Supporting for

Children’s Mental Health, Inc.
The Gulf Coast Chapter of MS Families As Allies, Inc.

18041 Dedeaux Clan Road

Gulfport, MS 39503

First Steps Early Intervention System (children 3 and under)
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH)
P.O. Box 1700
570 E. Woodrow Wilson Boulevard, Room 107
Jackson, MS 39215-1700


Fax: 601.576.7540

Learning Disabilities Association of Mississippi

4080 Old Canton Road

P.O. Box 4477

Jackson, MS 39216

Mental Health Association of the Capital Area
Sylvia M. Thomas, Executive Director

407 Briarwood Drive, Suite 208
Jackson, MS 39206

Mississippi Councils on Developmental Disabilities
1101 Robert E. Lee Building

239 N. Lamar St.
Jackson, MS 39201

Mississippi Families As Allies for Children's Mental Health
5166 Keele Street, Building A
Jackson, MS 39206


Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center

5 Old River Place, Suite 101

Jackson, MS 39202


Fax: 601.709.0250

Mississippi SAFE KIDS Campaign
Lori Bezada, Project Coordinator

754 N. President Street
Jackson, MS 39202


Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association
P.O. Box 22664
Jackson, MS 39225-2664

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Mississippi (NAMI-MS)

Larry Swearengen, Director
411 Briarwood Drive, Suite 401
Jackson, MS 39206

Debra Wertz, Contact


No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Office of Innovative Support, Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771

Office of Special Education: Mississippi Department of Education
Dr. Ann Moore, Director, Special Education
359 North West Street, Suite 335
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
601.359.3498 or 877.544.0408
Fax: 601.359.1829

Parents for Public Schools of Jackson
3252 N. State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Mary Hardy, President
Mississippi Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
P.O. Box 1937
Jackson, MS 39215



Parents United Together (PUT)

Mandy Rogers, President
P.O. Box 2121
Madison, MS 39130

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children’s Medical Program
Board of Health
P.O. Box 1700
Jackson, MS 39215-1700


Mississippi Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.
Rebecca Floyd, Executive Director
5305 Executive Place
Jackson, MS 39206


Special Kids Family Network
Family YMCA
3719 Broadway Drive
Hattiesburg, MS
Cookie Smith


State Mental Health Agency
Department of Mental Health
1101 Robert E. Lee Building
239 N. Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Gary Neely, Director
Mississippi Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 1698
Jackson, MS 39215-1698
(601) 853-5230

TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi)
Bridgette Yeager, MPPA

Executive Director

P.O. Box 579

Magee, MS 39111


Fax: 601.849.2696


Weems Community Mental Health Center

Division of Children & Youth Services, Lee Lee Marlow, PhD, Director

1929 23rd Avenue

Meridian, MS 39305


Fax: 601.482.7366




Mississippi Support Groups


The Arc of Lowndes County

Norma Jones or Leslie Junkin

P.O. Box 5387

Columbus, MS 39704

662.245.1323 or 662.327.2965

Central MS Autism Support Network
149 Dry Creek Road

Magee, MS 39111

Pam Dollar
Fax: 601.849.3981

Columbus/North MS Autism Support Group
P.O. Box 205

West Point, MS 39773


Fax: 662.404.7533

DeSoto County Autism Support Group
Hernando, MS
Tonya Andrews

DeSoto County Schools Autism Support Group
Olive Branch, MS.
Dr. Sheila Williamson

Gulf Coast Autism Support Network
Ocean Springs, MS
Patty Gautier

Hattiesburg ADHD Parent Support Group, Pine Belt Satellite of CHADD

Hattiesburg, MS

Kathy Duke


Hattiesburg Autism Support Group
Hattiesburg, MS
Laurie Kleindinst

Meridian Autism Support Group, TEAAM Chapter

Meridian, MS

Teri Nolen, Contact

Natchez Autism Support Group
Natchez, MS
Susannah Heatherly

Northeast MS Autism Support Network
West Point, MS
Beverly Shields

Oxford Autism and Education Support Group
Oxford, MS
Nicole Boyd

662.832.6950 or 662.832.3718

Pine Belt Autism Support Group
Laurel, MS
Sharon Blackwell

Quitman ADHD Support Group, Quitman Satellite of CHADD

Quitman, MS

Steve & Becky Watkins



Quitman P.A.W.S. (Parent Advocates Working for Solutions)

Becky Watkins, Parent Contact

P.O. Box 277

Quitman, MS 39355-0277


Fax: 601.776.6994


Meagan Breaux, Website manager

Paws and Puzzles Yahoo online group:


SCORE-A (Stone Co. Open Resource Educating Autism)
Perkinston, MS
Theresa Angrisano
601.528.5727 or 228.209.0092 

Southaven Elementary Support Group

Southaven, MS

Gwen Cobb



TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi)
Bridgette Yeager, MPPA

Executive Director

P.O. Box 579

Magee, MS 39111


Fax: 601.849.2696


Tri-Lakes Autism Parent Support Group
Emily Thomas Johnson, PhD

4628 Union Road

Sardis, MS 38666

Fax: 662.487.3188

Vicksburg Autism Support Group
Vicksburg, MS
Regina Jeffers




Online Support Communities

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Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids. You will also find special education schools, learning centers, treatment programs, parent groups, respite care, community centers, grassroots organizations, and government programs for children with disabilities.



ASD-MS (Autism Spectrum Disorders—Mississippi)

Online support group for parents and family members of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Mississippi.  The purpose of the listserv is to bring family members together to support each other. 


Pam Dollar, 601.594.9314

Patty Gautier, 228.588.3016



Children's Autism Support Team of Mississippi

Online support group for people affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD), and Developmental Delays (DD).  The purpose of the listserve is to provide general information, promote positive public awareness, advocacy and information on community outreach projects.


Leah Price


Mississippi Autism Advocacy Network

Online network established to provide individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders, family members and professionals who provide autism related services, with an information system of current news, legislation and events in Mississippi regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Elle Sullivan



National Autism Association of MS online yahoo group:



Parents United Together  (PUT)



Quitman P.A.W.S. (Parent Advocates Working for Solutions)

Quitman PAWS is a parent-run and parent sponsored support group for special needs children and their families and caregivers in the Quitman, MS school district.  The Mission of PAWS is to provide awareness, advocacy and education to those serving and caring for our special kids.


Becky Watkins, 601.776.5433




Publications & Online Materials


ADDitude magazine
42 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018
Subscriptions: P.O. Box 500
Missouri City, TX 77459


A.D.D. Warehouse
300 Northwest 70th Avenue, Suite 102
Plantation, FL 33317
Fax: 954.792.8545


Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Educational Resources Ltd.

36 Carrier Crescent

Maple, Ontario



Fax: 905.303.3568



Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
223 Tacoma Ave S. #100
Tacoma, WA 98402
Fax: 253.572.3700


CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD
National Resource Center on AD/HD (NRC)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Suite 150
Landover, MD 20785
Fax: 301.306.7090


Exceptional Parent magazine
65 East Route 4,
River Edge, NJ 07661
Fax: 201.489.0074


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.


MISSISSIPPI State Board of Education Policy Manual

(REGS for Special Education Included)

State Board of Education (SBE) policies




Recommended Reading:                      ADHD


Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, by L. Susan Buttross, MD, FAAP, University Press of Mississippi
A concise, clearly written overview of the symptoms of ADHD and the range of possible treatments. The book provides useful, up-to-date information on a condition that can be treated with early diagnosis and intervention and is beneficial to anyone seeking a better understanding of children and childhood development.


ADD/ADHD Behavior-Change Resource Kit, by Grad L. Flick, PhD, Jossey-Bass, Inc.
Ready-to-Use strategies & activities for helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The ADD Hyperactivity Handbook for Schools, by Harvey C. Parker, PhD, Specialty Press, Inc.
Effective strategies for identifying and teaching students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders in elementary and secondary schools.

The ADD Hyperactivity Workbook for Parents, Teachers, and Kids, by Harvey C. Parker, PhD, Specialty Press, Inc.
Tips for parents, guidelines for teachers, stories for kids, sticker charts and mediation and behavior modification.

Children with Disabilities, by Mark L. Batshaw, MD, Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
Provides the individual working with and caring for children with disabilities the necessary background to understand different disabilities and their treatments, enabling affected children to reach their full potential.

Delivered from Distraction, by Edward M. Hallowell, MD & John J. Ratey, MD, The Random House Publishing Group
A comprehensive and up-to-date guide to living a successful life with ADD.


Patterns of Learning Disorders, by David L. Wodrich & Ara J. Schmitt, Guilford Publications, Inc.
Working systematically from assessment to intervention by providing a clear framework for assessment and evidence-based intervention planning under the revised IDEA guidelines.


Skills Training for Children with Behavior Problems, Revised Edition, A Parent and Practitioner Guidebook, by Michael L. Bloomquist, PhD, Guilford Publications, Inc.
A parent and practitioner guidebook addressing a broad array of behavior and adjustment difficulties. Ideal for practitioners collaborating with families in clinic, school, or community settings and can also be used by parents on their own.


Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition, The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents, by Russell A. Barkley, PhD, Guilford Publications, Inc.
The complete, authoritative guide for parents empowers parents by arming them with the knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need to ensure that their child with ADHD receives the best care possible.


Teenagers with ADHD A Parent’s Guide, by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, MS, Woodbine House
Covers symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, accommodations, advocacy, legal rights, family & school life, and options after high school.





Recommended Reading:  Autism Spectrum Disorders


A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive, by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson & James McPartland, Guilford Publications, Inc.

Provides an excellent overview of the topic written by psychologists. Focuses on understanding AS and high functioning Autism and provides ideas for living with AS at home, in school, and through the lifespan.

A Work in Progress: Behavioral Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism, by Ron Leaf, John McEachin & Jaisom D. Harsh, DRL Books
Describes the fundamentals of intensive behavioral intervention in plain English, with clear teaching guidelines, concrete examples, and a fully developed curriculum. (ABA-based teaching techniques).

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals, by Catherine Maurice, Gina Green & Stephen C. Luce, PRO-ED, Inc.
For parents of newly diagnosed children addressing most of the questions that parents have about the merits and mechanics of undertaking an intensive behavioral intervention program. 

Could it be Autism? A Parent’s Guide to the First Signs and Next Steps, by Nancy D. Wiseman,  Broadway Publishing
Easy-to-use checklists for milestones and early detection and intervention strategies for developmental delays.

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over Autism, by Catherine Maurice, Ballantine Books

A moving account of a parent’s quest to obtain effective treatment for her two children diagnosed with Autism igniting a world wide interest in intensive ABA treatment. 


Making a Difference: Behavioral Intervention for Autism, by Catherine Maurice, Gina Green & Richard M. Foxx, PRO-ED, Inc.
Follow-up book to Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism.  Covers a variety of topics including incidental teaching techniques to promote spontaneous language, maximizing conversation skills, teaching social skills, dealing with food problems, etc. 


Right From The Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children With Autism, by Sandra Harris, PhD & Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA, Woodbine House

For parents of newly diagnosed young children, providing all the essential information parents need to know about the urgent questions facing them.


Teach Me Language: A Language Manual for Children With Autism Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Developmental Disorders, by Sabrina Freeman & Lorelei Dake, SKF Books
User-friendly manual designed for parents and therapists, which targets language weaknesses common to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping and Healing, by Karen Siff Exhorn, HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
The book is written for parents by parents providing practical information, reliable research, and emotional support.

The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth,  by Stanley Greenspan, MD, Serena Wieder, PhD & Robin Simons, Perseus Books
The comprehensive approach to developmental challenges including Autism, PDD, language and speech problems, Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, ADD, and other related disorders.



Early Identification and Treatment of
ADHD * Autism Spectrum Disorders * Speech/Language Disorders

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