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A Guide to Special Needs in Huntsville

We know all kids are special, but raising a child with special needs and abilities requires a great Village, something we here at Rocket City Mom strive to be. Whether it is Autism, ADHD, Downs, Dyslexia, Giftedness, 2e, or the spectrum of abilities in-between, we hope the resources listed below will help make parenting easier for you in Huntsville.

Do you have an addition you want to share with local parents? Email us at editor@rocketcitymom.com and we’ll add it in.


Transportation services, service dogs, wheelchairs, and Independent Technology services in Huntsville

Service Dogs of Alabama | 334-676-3733

Kind Hearts Behavior Center | 256-881-5700

Handi-Ride of Huntsville | 256-427-6857

Huntsville TN Valley AMBUCS | 256-520-5194 | Facebook Page

Mobility Works of Huntsville | 256-217-9680

T.A.S.C. (Technology Assistance for Special Consumers) | 256-859-8300 | Facebook Page


Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) | 205-348-4928
Provides legal services to Alabamians with disabilities to protect, promote and expand their rights and is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).

Alabama Psychological Services Center | 256-533-9393
Huntsville & Madison locations offer testing for ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, and learning problems in children and adolescents.

AL Special Education Consultations and Advocacy Services in Huntsville | 256-797-4442
Helping families in North Alabama obtain appropriate educational services for children with special needs.

Ability Plus | 256-489-4696
Maintains residential homes and day habilitation for individuals in North Alabama with intellectual disabilities.

Applied Behavior Concepts, Inc. | 256-464-8405
Provides therapeutic behavioral and educational intervention services for children with Autism, Aspergers, Pervasive Developmental Delays, Oppositional Defiance Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X and other developmental delays and behavioral disorders.

The ARC of Madison County | 256-539-2266
An advocate for all those with disabilities – from infants to adults. They assist with Early Intervention, Job Coaching, Adult Day Services, and Residential Services.

Autism Society of Alabama | 205-951-1364
Alabama’s premier state agency for autism awareness, advocacy, and resources.

Behavior Intervention Services, Inc. – 256-527-7061
A private consulting service for parents/schools conducting intensive behavioral treatment for a child diagnosed with autism or a related disorder.

Children’s Rehabilitation Services of Alabama  | 256-650-1702
A statewide organization of skilled professionals providing quality medical, rehabilitative, coordination and educational support services for children with special health care needs and their families. Every county in Alabama is served through a network of 14 community-based offices.

City of Huntsville Special Populations Department | 256-427-5780
A city program dedicated to offering advocacy & programs to the physically and mentally challenged from preschool through senior citizens.

The Gallini Group | 205-970-6090
The Gallini Group is the only law firm in Alabama dedicated entirely to the field of special education law, representing children with disabilities whose families disagree with their public school districts. They are dedicated to obtaining individualized educational services for students with special needs throughout Alabama.

Hope 2 Joy Advocacy, Carol Woodard | 256-489-7560
A great local advocate for kids with special needs and their families.

Lighthouse Clinical Social Work | 256-322-6272
Individual outpatient psychotherapy services provided by an experienced independent clinical social worker.

Madison Behavior Therapy | 256-325-0433
Provides high quality, effective programming in Applied Behavior Analysis to individuals with autism and related disorders, as well as other behavioral diagnoses. Offers transition programming services in the classroom.

Madison City Disability Advocacy Board | Email info@mcdab.org
Established to strengthen public understanding of the needs of persons with disabilities and to ensure that all citizens with disabilities have equal access to the City of Madison’s resources and opportunities.

Making Connections | 256-541-1542
A parent-led networking group for families and professionals in Madison County, Alabama, and the surrounding region. We strive to improve the lives of individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

United Cerebral Palsy Huntsville | 256-852-5600
UCP offers a variety of program and services to best serve clients of all ages and abilities. They offer therapy, support groups, rehab, early interventions, advocacy & many more services.


Alabama’s New Dyslexia Legislation Laws

Choosing a Pediatrician for Your Special Needs Child

The Importance of Early Intervention

Navigating IEP Meetings

Mom Recommendations for Local Tutors


Sports, camps, activities and recreation for kids of all abilities.


AYSO VIP Soccer | 800-872-2976
Soccer program for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities.

City of Huntsville Special Populations Department | 256-427-5780
A city program dedicated to offering recreational programs to the physically and mentally challenged from preschool through senior citizens.

Master Mary’s Teakwondo Academy | 256-509-3502
Martial Art training for children with Autism. Class sizes are kept small to help the student focus, and get more individualized attention.

Merrimack Hall Dance Your Dreams | 256-534-6455
Weekly dance class for students ages 3-12 with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other disorders.

Miracle League of North AlabamaEmail
A non-profit organization focused on providing a safe and enjoyable team sport experience for kids and young adults with physical & mental disabilities regardless of his or her experience level of ability. Players of all ages are welcome.

North Alabama TOPSoccerEmail | Facebook Page
This program is designed specifically for children between the ages of 4-18 with physical, mental, or emotional challenges that have a desire to play and learn the game of soccer.

Special Olympics of North Alabama | 334-242-3383
Through sports, health, education and community programming, Special Olympics is tackling inactivity, intolerance, isolation and injustice that people with intellectual disabilities throughout the world face.

Huntsville TN Valley AMBUCS | 256-520-5194 | Facebook Page
Biking & tryking across Madison County, this group is active in parades and special events all over Huntsville.


Camp FrogEmail
Children on the autism spectrum enjoy traditional camp activities in a supportive environment with their families.

Summer Reading Camp | 256-551-4439
Half day camp at Greengate School for grades 1-6 that will help strengthen language, math, art, and study skills for children with reading difficulties using Orton-Gillingham instruction.

UCP Summer Camp | 256-852-5600
From preschool to teens, UCP has fun summer activities for kids of all ages and abilities.

Special Needs Summer Camps in Huntsville (updated each year)


Everybody Can Play Splashpad
Address: Brahan Springs Park, 500 Drake Avenue, Huntsville (map)
Water fun for the hottest summer days for kids of all abilities.

SNAP Playground & Splashpad
Address:406 Nance Ford Road, Hartselle AL (map)
Water fun for the hottest summer days for kids of all abilities.


Sensory-Friendly Films in Huntsville
Valley Bend 18 will be offering Sensory Friendly Films for any family with children who find it difficult to sit quietly in the dark through an entire film.

After-Hours Sensory Nights at U.S. Space & Rocket Center | 256-837-3400
U.S. Space & Rocket Center in partnership with Making Connections is offering special sensory-friendly family activities for those affected by autism.


These schools and programs work with students that have specialized learning abilities.

Cardinal School of Huntsville
Address: 125 Electronics Blvd, Suite F, Huntsville
Phone: 256-508-2267
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The Cardinal School is designed for students with learning differences. Some of our students have been diagnosed as learning disabled, ADD/ADHD, or on the Autism Spectrum. They may also be struggling because the current school setting isn’t challenging enough.

Greengate School
Address: 2800 Poplar Ave NW, Unit B, Huntsville
Phone: (256) 551-4439
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Our Mission is to educate and support students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences by offering a challenging curriculum in an environment responsive to individual needs.

Huntsville Achievement School
Address: 4217 9th Ave SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
Phone: 256-539-1772
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A school with the vision to meet the incredible needs of those with Autism, Aspergers, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, ODD, development delays, and other learning differences in the Huntsville-Madison County area.

The Riley Behavioral & Educational Center
Address: 4092 Memorial Pkwy SW #105, Huntsville
Phone: (256) 882-2457
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The Riley Center seeks to provide comprehensive services using a multidisciplinary approach to fulfill the urgent need for earlier diagnosis and treatment for children and their families faced with autism.  Our staff implements the most current research-proven treatments and educational practices in a caring and supportive environment.

UAH Rise School/Early Learning Center
Address: 5050 Technology Dr NW, Huntsville
Phone: (256) 489-7512
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The UAH Rise School provides the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with developmental disabilities and children without disabilities. This program provides children 9 months up to 6 years of age with a firm foundation for their next educational experience.

Huntsville City Schools GATE
Wendy Graham, Gifted Coordinator for Huntsville City Schools
Phone: 256-428-6872 | View Website
HCS’s Gifted and Talented Education program believes all children should have equitable educational opportunities to develop their abilities to the fullest potential.

1-800- CHILDFIND to make a referral (to state)


Back to School for Special Needs Students

RISE School of Huntsville’s Inclusion Program

School Spotlight: Greengate School 

School Spotlight: The Riley Center


Medical Services/Practices that specialize in treating special needs and/or providing therapy for children.


Alabama Pediatric Dental Associates
24 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL 35758 | 256-772-7373
4001 Balmoral Drive, Huntsville | 256-539-7447
6727 Highway 431, Owens Crossroads | 256-693-8900
2699 Sandlin Road, Decatur | 256-280-9755
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Madison Pediatric Dentistry
7559 Hwy 72 W Suite 108, Madison
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Ability Plus
111 Research Blvd., Madison 35758
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Alabama Psychological Service Center
4800 Whitesport Circle Suite 2, Huntsville
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Applied Behavior Concepts, Inc.
100 Jetplex Blvd Huntsville, AL 35834
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Behavioral Intervention Services, Inc.
PO Box 4416 Huntsville, AL 35815
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Center For Speech & Language
600 Saint Clair Avenue SW Building #6, Huntsville
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Child’sPlay Therapy Center
3057 Lorna Road, Suite 220, Birmingham
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Cradle to Rocker
210B Exchange Place NW, Huntsville
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Effective Communication Speech Therapy
285 Chateau Drive, Huntsville
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Footsteps of Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 1522, Madison
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Glenwood Outpatient Autism Clinic
4092 Memorial Pkwy SW #102, Huntsville
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Lighthouse Clinical Social Work
953 Jeff Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
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Madison Behavior Therapy
230 Hughes Road, Suite F, Madison
475 Providence Main Street Suite 201, Huntsville
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Madison Speech Associates
103 Intercom Drive, Suite C, Madison
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Pediatric Therapy Link of North Alabama
97 Hughes Rd Suite H, Madison
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The Riley Behavioral & Education Center
1900 Golf Road, Suite E Huntsville
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Silver Linings Neurodevelopment
185 Chateau Drive, Suite 102, Huntsville
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United Cerebral Palsy Huntsville
2075 Max Luther Dr NW, Huntsville
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Valley Christian Counseling
5151 Research Dr. NW, Huntsville, AL 35805
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