- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 23, 2001

Books

• "Health Care Financing for Severe Developmental Disabilities," by Arnold Birenbaum, Dorothy Guyot and Herbert J. Cohen, Monographs of the American Association on Mental Retardation, 1990. This booklet provides an overview of family health-care costs linked to mental retardation and autism and offers specific policy recommendations.

Associations

• The Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities, based in the District, is a nonprofit organization that advocates for those with physical and mental disabilities and their families. Address: 1730 K St. NW, Suite 1212, Washington, D.C. 20006. Phone: 202/785-3388. Web site: www.c-c-d.org.

• The American Association of People With Disabilities, with 49 million members, is a forum through which people with disabilities can access economic and other benefits while promoting the goal of full inclusion. Address: 1819 H St. NW, Suite 330, Washington, D.C. 20006. Phone: 202/457-0473. Web site: www.aapd.com.

• The Arc of the United States, a nonprofit group founded in 1950, functions to help people with mental retardation and similar developmental disabilities and their families. Address: 1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 650, Silver Spring, Md. 20910. Phone: 301/565-3842. Web site: www.thearc.org.

Online

• The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (www.cns.state.va.us/dmas) is the state's Medicaid agency. The Web site offers various documentation and information pertaining to disability support and services, including the Mental Retardation Waiver application. In Maryland, Medicaid issues are addressed at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (www.dhmh.state.md.us/mha/). In the District, the D.C. Department of Health, through the Medical Assistance Administration (www.dchealth.com/maa/welcome.htm), administers Medicaid.

• "A Key of Our Own: Unlock the Waiting List" is a national campaign sponsored by the Arc to draw attention to reducing or eliminating waiting lists for services for the developmentally disabled. The Web site (www.thearc.org/misc/waiting.html) offers background information, state statistics and a strategic plan.

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