Organizations serving people with disabilities and their families

The Arc Maryland

By Their Side

The Coordinating Center

Parents Place of Maryland

Pathfinders for Autism

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council

Service Coordination

Maryland State Bar Association – School Law In Maryland: Educational Rights Of Children With Special Needs

Special Needs Alliance

Helpful Planning Guides

Planning Now Guidebook

Maryland Department of Education Transition Planning Guide

Maryland state government agencies

Maryland Development Disabilities Administration (DDA)

DDA Waivers

Maryland Department of Education, Transition Guide for Students with Disabilities

Maryland Medical Assistance

Maryland Registers of Wills

Maryland State Judiciary Assistance for Guardians

Federal government agencies



Medicare savings programs

Social Security Administration

ABLE accounts and advocacy

National ABLE Resource Center

Maryland ABLE Program

Elder law resources

Maryland State Bar Association – Nursing Home Admission Contracts In Maryland

Aging Life Care Association

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – Find a Lawyer

Estate administration resources

Maryland Register of Wills

Maryland Orphans’ Courts FAQ

America Bar Association – The Probate Process

Maryland Comptroller – Estate & Inheritance Tax FAQs

Estate planning resources

Maryland State Bar Association – Wills & Estates

American Bar Association – Estate Planning FAQs

LGBTQ law resources

Maryland State Bar Association – HIV and The Law

FreeState Justice – Free Legal Services to Low-Income LGBTQ Marylanders

Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce

National LGBT Bar Association

Trans Maryland

Mental health advocacy

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

National office

Local Maryland affiliates:

Baltimore County/City

 Howard County

Montgomery County

Blogs and newsletters of interest



The Voice™ from the Special Needs Alliance

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national organization comprised of attorneys committed to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena. The SNA is an invitation-only organization.

The Voice ® is a regular newsletter written by SNA member attorneys for individuals with disabilities and their families on a broad range of topics such as how does a trust pay taxes, updates on SSI and Medicaid rules, and leaving retirement accounts to a trust.


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