Resource Library

Giving Back with Some Help

A collection of trusted resources for you, your family, and your organization.

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) -Autism Support

It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. 

Autism Action Partnership

To improve the quality of life of persons on the Autism Spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Through the “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program, CDC and its partners aim to improve early identification of children with ASD and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need.

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center

The Administration on Aging/ Administration for Community Living (AoA/ACL) funds the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC). 

Alzheimers & Related Dementias Education & Referral Center

The Federal Government portal to information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias care, research, and support.

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center

A number of financial resources may be available to help cover the costs of care for the person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Some may apply now and others in the future.

United States Department of Labor

If you are looking for information to promote an inclusive workforce and increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities, please visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) homepage. To find additional disability information, we recommend using publicly available search engines and visiting the following links.

Resources for Americans with Disabilities

GSA is your advocate for ensuring facilities are designed and built to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. From building to purchasing to policy, GSA is actively involved in making your government accessible. GSA develops policies guaranteeing government technology is available to all Americans.

U.S. Department of Education

ED’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse - USA.gov

Find mental health services, including treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. Get help for veterans and family members to deal with mental health issues.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse - HHS

Learn more about mental health problems, drug misuse and abuse, and how to find treatment for mental illness or substance abuse.

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities - Managed Care

The system of supports for people with developmental disabilities has evolved over the years from an institution-based system to a community-based support system based on meeting the needs of each person. This evolution was brought about by the people that we support, their family members, providers and our staff all working together.

New York Housing Resource Center

The New York Housing Resource Center (HRC) for People with Intellectual / Developmental Disabilities was developed by New York Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation (Formerly NYSACRA & NYSRA) with funds received through the Balancing Incentive Program grant (BIP).

Voc Rehab Doubling Down On Transition - Age Youths

Founded in 2008, Disability Scoop is the nation’s largest news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community.

Types of College Accommodations and Services

All colleges are required by law to provide certain supports and services to students with learning disabilities. But some provide more than the bare minimum. Refer to this list as you compare the accommodations and services at different schools.

Kind Words from Our Friends

The Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter is so pleased to be a part of the Embrace the Difference initiative. Robyn’s jewelry design is beautiful and simple, yet it perfectly represents the connectedness and differences in all of us. While we are very grateful for the donations it has brought to our organization, we also believe in their vision of acceptance for everyone, regardless of disability, age or illness.

Lynn W.

Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter

The reviews regarding the Embrace the Difference jewelry are consistently enthusiastic and positive. Men and women love the variety of jewelry items and the opportunity for lovely gifts! Staff and families have expressed their positive feelings about “Embrace the Difference”, and love the significance of the name. Bornhava is most grateful for the promptness we receive the bonus from purchases These financial gifts enable Bornhava to provide the extras that are so significant to children—We are most thankful.

Barbara-Jo H.

Bornhava

Embrace the Difference is not only beautiful, but it speaks to people. When you see someone with an Embrace the Difference piece, you are curious to know their story. Danceability, a dance and movement program for children and adults with special needs and their families, is thrilled to be one of the Embrace the Difference charities. The donations we have received are making a difference for our dancers. We all can’t wait to see what piece of jewelry is next!

Robin Bishop

Co-Executive Director, Danceability

Robyn created a version of the two tone Embrace the Difference ring that is as extraordinary as my Eric. I proudly wear it daily as it connects me to my son in a new way that pictures and memories could not. It inspires me to continue creating awareness and outreach efforts relating to chronically ill children in need of specialized long term care facilities, the mission of the Eric Brigandi Foundation.

Rosalie LaRocco

Founder, The Eric Brigandi Foundation

Evergreen Health Services and Embrace the Difference share the same values. Every day, the Evergreen staff works to provide quality care to the WNY community. We’re so pleased that this jewelry exists as a beautiful reminder of what we’re all working toward: understanding, inclusion, respect. We are proud to promote Embrace the Difference, and to be a recipient of their charitable giving.

Ron Silverio

President/CEO, Evergreen Health Services

As a service provider, “Embrace the Difference” speaks to me on 2 levels: spiritual and support. To embrace, love, accept, and include people with other abilities is what we should be all about. This concept of inclusion IS our mission and must be our passion. To be supported financially from the generous donations of the sale of the jewelry further reinforces the provider who embraces that mission and passion. The Zimmer family “gets it!” I am very happy to be drawn into their circle.

Michael G.

Heritage Centers

Type 1 diabetes makes our kids strong, independent, and resilient. We “Embrace the Difference” as we face our challenges with hope.

Alexandra Kobza.

JDRF

As a mother of a child who passed away, I am always looking for where I am supposed to be and where I fit…..and again, with your design, I feel like it is possible to find my place again! Thank you for giving me a little bit more hope everyday, more so, thanks for giving my students a feeling of belonging now! YOU ROCK!!

Ashley Smith Chauvin

Joubert Syndrome Children

We are all true believers that “we are connected” as we embark on our individual journeys. We are connected by our strength, our fears, our hopes and our differences. Thank you for designing jewelry and gifts that assists us with promoting acceptance and understanding while also raising money for Kaely’s Kindness Foundation. We are so very grateful that we have been chosen to assist in spreading the message of kindness and acceptance.

Maggie Dreyer

Kaely's Kindness Foundation

We are proud to be a participating charity. Robyn’s jewelry is stunning and beautifully symbolizes that we are all interconnected despite our differences. As an organization, we appreciate the donations received and the families and individuals we serve are grateful to have a unique piece of jewelry that means so much to them.

Megan A. Thering

Development Specialist, Summit Educational Resources

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We Provide Gifts With Meaning

As a mother of a child with developmental differences I am well aware of the many challenges faced each day by people with chronic illness, physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. I designed the Embrace The Difference® symbol to show support, acceptance and kindness no matter what difference we may have.

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