ATL Inclusive: A Special Needs Resource Guide

Finding help for a child with special needs or learning differences can be challenging. Here are resources to help you along the journey.


Atlanta Dance Central

Atlanta Dance Central provides Physio Jazz classes for students age 4-adult, culminating in an annual recital performance. Physio Jazz is a specialized curriculum for students with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities that is designed to increase coordination, focus and social skills in a safe and supportive environment.

The Atlanta Public Schools

The Atlanta Public Schools’ special education programs are founded on the belief that students with disabilities will receive a quality education, leading them to meaningful academic, social, emotional and behavioral outcomes. They offer a broad continuum of services for students ages 3 through 21 who have learning, speech, vision or hearing disabilities and/or physical, cognitive or health impairments.

Atlanta Speech School

School, Disrupted. Solution? The Clinic at Atlanta Speech School. Clinic specialists collaborate with parents and teachers to determine a student’s needs and areas of strength, from preschool through high school, so every child has the chance to be confident and academically successful in their current learning environment.

Autism Learning Partners

For more than 30 years, Autism Learning Partners (ALP) has served as a leader in the field of Autism and developmental disabilities. Clinical teams provide ABA and ancillary medical services in 15 states across the country.

Big Gym Therapy

Children of all abilities can enjoy the gymnastics environment! We provide traditional one-on-one physical therapy in a setting that is less like work and more like fun. Find a location near you. See you at the gym!

ChanceLight Autism Services

ChanceLight’s skilled therapists work with families throughout Georgia to deliver individualized services to children up to age 21 diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder. They utilize ABA therapy, which is widely recognized as the most effective, evidence based treatment and develop a customized treatment plan to make the greatest positive impact on each child.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Marcus Autism Center

Marcus Autism Center is dedicated to helping children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We provide comprehensive evaluations, diagnostic services, behavioral therapy and research programs to families living with ASD.

Circus Arts Therapy
The research based Circus Arts Therapy® Fitness and play therapy program for children and teens with learning differences focuses on helping clients who need extra support in areas of social thinking, motor control, impulse control, sensory processing differences, emotional regulation, self-esteem, body image, managing anxiety, managing frustration and fear of heights.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia

College prep academics for special needs students with Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other learning differences. Fully accredited with small classes. Cumberland Academy is an exceptional school for exceptional students. Grades 4-12.

Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta

DSAA’s vision is to equip and ready individuals with Down syndrome for a world that is ready for them. They connect Atlanta’s Down syndrome community to the resources they need to thrive.

Easterseals North Georgia Children Services

Providing proven and effective services to ensure that children with disabilities or special needs have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.


EDgevising has virtual programs that will cater to students with all academic needs, specifically targeting those with learning differences. Working together with EDgevising to address these needs can help struggling learners become more motivated with the right amount of confidence needed to gain an edge on
their education.

Frazer Center

Frazer Center’s Child Development Program serves children from birth to 5 years. At Frazer, children with and without disabilities learn side by side through the play-based Creative Curriculum®.

Fulton County Schools’ Services for Exceptional Children

Offers free diagnostic evaluations for children ages three and older with a suspected disability, including developmental, speech and language delays, autism, hearing, vision and orthopedic impairments.

Georgia Association for Play Therapy

Through Play Therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem solving skills and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Learn about the benefits of play therapy and find a Registered Play Therapist on our website.

Georgia Center for Autism and Developmental Pediatrics

Developmental issues impact the entire family, not just the individual child. GCADP develops a comprehensive plan to help the child and family thrive. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Monroe and learn how GCADP can help.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

The mission of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities is to advance social change, public policy, and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia’s communities.


Kadiant is science with heart, focused on outcomes and backed by 20+ years of experience in Applied Behavior Analysis. They provide 1-to-1 therapy at home or in-clinic, helping with language development, toilet training, social skills and more.

Katherine Hamm Center at Atlanta Speech School

The Hamm Center partners with families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop strong foundations for communication, literacy and confidence using Listening and Spoken Language. Hamm students learn alongside peers with typical hearing, where relationships grow and conversation abounds.

Kids Creek Therapy

Kids differ by personality, ability, growth… But what if progress isn’t what you expect? Is something wrong? After 20 years serving Atlanta parents, Kids Creek Therapy created a free online tool to help. Get an instant recommendation on speech, PT, OT, feeding, ADHD, and sensory issues.

David Kurtzman, DDS

For more than 25 years, Dr. Kurtzman has been providing comprehensive dental care to patients with special needs and developmental disabilities. Located in Marietta, Dr. Kurtzman serves patients in Georgia as well as surrounding states. Call 770-592-1711 to schedule an appointment today.

Porter Academy

Porter Academy’s believes that each and every child has the potential to have a bright, successful future. Rather than creating a one size fits all education model, the faculty focuses on creating a program that is tailored to each student’s specific academic, developmental and social-emotional needs. Pre-K-8th grade.

Teachers as Tutors

Teachers as Tutors offers in-home and online tutoring for students K-12 throughout metro Atlanta, as well as advocacy support with writing and running Individualized Education Program meetings. Our experienced tutors are former special needs teachers who can help you navigate your student’s next IEP meeting by making sure all services and accommodations are covered.

Telic Empowerment

Telic Empowerment is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded by four PTA moms, each with a child that has a disability. They provide free, personalized disability resources
to families through monthly parent empowerment support groups and free inclusive community events in DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties for ages 3-30.

Threshold Community Program

TCP is a non-profit private therapeutic and educational program serving adolescents and adults with autism and related disabilities. TCP is an accredited high school, offers post-secondary education support, transition-to-adulthood services, counseling, and much more.

Wellstar Center at Barrett Parkway

The Wellstar Center at Barrett Parkway offers blood work, lab tests, X-rays, imaging, EKGs and more for patients with special needs and developmental disabilities. Sedation and anesthesia are available when needed. Tell your physician about Wellstar’s services and schedule your testing or imaging by calling 678-797-5747.

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