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GRIEF WATCH is a publisher and manufacturer of bereavement books and materials used by families and professionals around the country. It is based at the 18th Ave Peace House, site of a variety of ministries focused on hospitality, community, peace-making, and care for the dying.
US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization which hosts a team of world-renowned professionals with expertise in Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD and other related disorders. USAAA hosts a compendious world conference in the U.S. each year, establishes standards for ASD training, and aligns with local community resources to offer support for the entire autism community.
The LifeLine Canada Foundation (TLC) is a registered non-profit committed to positive mental health and suicide prevention in Canada and Worldwide. The Foundation works on initiatives such as: The LifeLine Mobile App (The Free National Suicide Prevention and Awareness App) and Companion Paws. The LifeLine Canada website is both a platform for information about the Foundation’s initiatives as well as a one stop portal, through which an extensive amount of information, intervention and postvention education, resources, guides, pattern interrupts, tools and more are right at one’s fingertips.
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We partner with recreational programs nationwide to ensure that children of ALL abilities have a place to participate and belong. No child should sit on the sidelines.
Since its founding in 1986, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), has had the mandate to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.
NEADS is a consumer-controlled, cross-disability charitable organization (corporation # 1007761975RR0001). We represent our constituents through specific projects, resources, research, publications and partnerships. NEADS is governed by a national Board of Directors representative of all of the provinces and territories.
Our work as an organization focuses on three core Strategic Program areas:
Student debt reduction
Student experience in class and on campus
Student and graduate employment
The organization functions collaboratively with post-secondary stakeholders, other non-governmental organizations, employers, disability service providers (on college and university campuses) and communities that can improve opportunities in higher education and the labour market for persons with disabilities in Canada. NEADS also provides ongoing expert advice to Employment and Social Development Canada and provincial/territorial governments. We have been a stakeholder group of the Government of Canada's National Advisory Group on Student Financial Assistance -- Chaired by the Director General of the Canada Student Loans Program -- since 1987. Our work includes promoting government programs and services that support higher education for Canadians with disabilities. The Association is a member organization of the Council of Canadians With Disabilities (CCD).
The Missouri Eating Disorders Council, in collaboration with appropriate organizations and stakeholders, in addition to the Departments of Mental Health, Health and Senior Services, Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education, will lead the development of eating disorders education, awareness and research initiatives throughout the state, and promote increased access to treatments supported by clinical practice guidelines (i.e., considering the relevant scientific literature, as well as the potential harms and benefits of treatment for each case).1-3
The Council will focus on children, adolescents, and adults with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), atypical AN, sub threshold BN, sub threshold BED, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID). These are the major diagnostic categories included in DSM-5.4 It will include the sub threshold diagnoses (atypical AN, sub threshold BN, sub threshold BED) because patients with these disorders demonstrate levels of distress and/or impairment similar to full-syndrome AN, BN, and BED.5
Eating disorder awareness, detection, prevention, treatment and recovery is of paramount importance and must start early. Early intervention is linked to better treatment outcomes, but requires enhanced awareness and screening.6 The Council will focus on helping professionals to recognize individuals with eating disorders and individuals at high risk for developing an eating disorder (e.g., those with high weight/shape concerns or low levels of compensatory behaviors).7-8 The Council will advocate for increased access to care for this population, as well as promote early intervention and prevention programs and recovery supports.
The absence of adequate coverage for treatment is a critical barrier to access to care for the patient.9 The high costs of medical complications, disability, and loss of life are significant health concerns.10-12 The Council will advocate for third party reimbursement for eating disorders, including coverage through private and public insurance plans.
The Council will work with identified partners, including state departments, to develop an eating disorders awareness program that targets patients with eating disorders as well as non-patient community members. This program will be designed to communicate that eating disorders are serious illnesses that require complete treatment, and to foster recognition of eating disorder symptoms and support for seeking treatment. The objectives of the awareness program are to educate Missouri citizens on the true and serious nature of the disease, dispel myths on who is affected, drive early intervention and encourage appropriate treatment for those suffering or those at risk.
Established in 1980, Access Living is a change agent committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully–engaged and self–directed lives. Nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community, Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights and champions social reform. Their staff and volunteers combine knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the future they envision.
The mission of Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth or in the first few months of life. The work of Share and its supporters often goes unnoticed until tragedy occurs. At Share, bereaved parents find comfort in friendship, strength in shared experiences and hope for healing and happiness. Share, which has more than 75 groups across the country, strives to support every family that is put into these tragic circumstances by hosting support group meetings, by providing online support through Facebook, and by distributing bereavement resources and information. The national office also offers bereavement education and training to professionals, clergy and funeral directors throughout the United States. Share has been offering support to families since 1977. The National Office is headquartered in St. Charles, MO. For more information about Share, please call the National Share Office at 636-947-6164 or visit www.nationalshare.org.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
Information, comfort and support for anyone coping with or anticipating the loss of a loved one, whether that is a person or a cherished animal companion. Includes useful articles on various aspects of loss (including pet loss), recommended book lists, inspirational writings and poetry, and categorized links to dozens of other helpful resources ~ including the Grief Healing Blog and the online Grief Healing Discussion Groups. Hosted by Marty Tousley, CNS-BC, FT, DCC, a nationally certified grief counselor who also specializes in pet loss.