MECS is committed to not only fostering a great environment for better peer understanding of differently-abled youth through our programs, but also helping to connect teens and young adults with the resources they need. Please check out the descriptions below for links to some great community-based organizations that share our mission!

HSC Foundation, a long-standing disability advocacy organization in the District, has opened the National Youth Transitions Center, a one-stop shop with a variety of services aimed at people with disabilities and injured veterans, ages 14 to 26. HSC also offers several awards– check out their website to apply! 

DC Autism Parents (DCAP) is a non-profit organization created by parents of children with autism for parents of children with autism. It offers a variety of programs for parents and youth with autism. 

The Maryland Coalition for Families for Children’s Mental Health (MCF) grew out of the joint effort and commitment of eight family and advocacy organizations: each working on behalf of children with mental health needs and their families. MCF believes that children and youth with behavioral health needs are valued and require individualized services to achieve their full potential. MCF provides a variety of services, and a list of resources is available on their website. 

The Children's Guild is a nonprofit, child-serving organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with trauma disorders, who have been traumatized by life experiences or who have autism spectrum disorder and/or multiple disabilities in Maryland and Washington D.C. Founded in 1953, The Children's Guild has become one of the largest providers of special education, group living, treatment foster care and family mental health services in Maryland. They offer special education day schools for kids aged 3 to 21, in Baltimore City and Prince George's county. Check out their website for more programs! 

Check out the Prince George's county website for a list of early childhood programs offered by PG county schools, including special education services. 

The Mason LIFE Program, hosted through George Mason University, is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. 

The Arc is a large grassroots organization committed to the welfare of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Prince George's County is one of over 700 Arc chapters nationwide. The Arc provides support through a variety of programs and services that match each person or family's individual needs, to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are given the skills, access, and information they need to fully participate as citizens in their communities.


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