Far North Region

Calendar of events

‌Our online event calendar has community activities, training opportunities, support groups and much more - all within the Far North Region.



Community organizations

Links to the organizations below will take you out of the Alaska Family Directory website and will open in a new browser window. 


Access Alaska


Access Alaska is a private, non-profit, consumer-controlled organization that provides independent living services to people who experience a disability. As an Independent Living Center, our mission is to encourage and promote the total integration of people who experience a disability to live independently in the community of their choice. 


Alaska Cares


Alaska Cares features nonprofit and charitable givers on their site, publicizes charitable events and shares heartwarming stories on their blog.


Alaska Center for Resource Families


The Alaska Center For Resource Families (ACRF) provides training, referral services, individual support and information to those who are or are interested in becoming foster parents, adoptive parents, relative caretakers or guardians.  


Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired


The Alaska Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired acts to make sure that vision loss is not the barrier to Alaskans meeting their vocational goals or living safely and independently in retirement.


Alaska Chapter of National Down Syndrome Congress


The Alaska Chapter of the National Down Syndrome Congress is a nonprofit organization of parents, relatives, professionals and friends of individuals with Down syndrome. Its membership includes families and professionals from around the state of Alaska.


Alaska Mental Health Association


The Mental Health Association in Alaska (MHAA) is a Division of the National Mental Health Association and is dedicated to the promotion of good mental health, the prevention of mental illness and ongoing improvement in the care and treatment of the mentally ill through advocacy, education, referral, research, legislative input and the monitoring of existing programs.


Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web


Mental Health Consumer Web (The Web) is the only behavioral health consumer-driven drop-in and engagement center in Anchorage. The organization’s activities are completely free and are funded by the Division of Behavioral Health and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.


Alaska Newborn Metabolic Screening Program


Alaska Newborn Metabolic Screening Program screens Alaska newborns for diseases that are not apparent at birth. Very early treatment can prevent or reduce physical effects and brain damage.


Alaska Youth and Family Network


A peer-run, peer delivered service, to create a more effective and inclusive behavioral health treatment system for Alaska's children, youth & families. 


The Arc of Anchorage


From birth to old age, The Arc of Anchorage has a full array of disability services for Alaskans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Alaskans we serve and their families are free to choose disability services that best meet their needs.




Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) connects Alaskans with disabilities to the tools they need to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. 


Catholic Social Services - Special Needs Services


Special Needs Services was established in 1981 to provide care for individuals who experience developmental disabilities and offers a support system for their families. Trained providers care for consumers in the consumers' home or out in the community.


Challenge Alaska


Challenge Alaska strives to improve the lives of people with disabilities and the whole community through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation and education.


FASD Family Support Project


Created for Alaskan families of children with prenatal alcohol exposure with the goal of providing information about community-based diagnostic teams, local agencies and programs that work with families, children and adults affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education


The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities.


Hope Community Resources


Provides services and supports, that are requested and designed by individuals and families who experience disabilities, that result in choice, control, family preservation and community inclusion.


Kawerak's Education, Employment, and Training Division


The EET Division of Kawerak Inc. is designed to provide support and assistance to tribal members who are looking for job training or continuing their education.


Maniilaq Association/Northwest Alaska


Provides extensive health, tribal, and social services to residents of rural Northwest Alaska. Service area includes Kotzebue, Ambler, Buckland, Deering, Kiana, Kivalina, Kobuk, Noatak, Noorvik, Pt. Hope, Selawik, & Shungnak.


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Alaska


NAMI Alaska is a nonprofit, support, education and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe brain disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and anxiety disorders, and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.


Office of Children's Services, Infant Learning Program 


Strengthening & supporting families to support healthy development of infant and toddlers.


Office of Public Advocacy


The Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) provides legal advocacy and guardianship services to vulnerable Alaskans. 


Programs for Infants and Children, Inc.


Programs for Infants and Children, Inc. provides early intervention services for children ages 0 - 3 with developmental delays or disabilities.


SERRC – Alaska's Educational Resource Center


SERRC provides customized direct student services, school and district support services, and community services (including adult education) to students of all ages, educators, schools and school districts throughout Alaska.

Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms


A not-for-profit international organization founded in 1988, dedicated to fostering research, professional development and clinical applications in the fields of light therapy and biological rhythms. ment and clinical applications in the fields of light therapy and biological rhythms.


Special Education Service Agency


SESA provides consultation and training to support the unique educational needs of individuals and the Alaskan communities that serve them.


Special Olympics


Special Olympics Alaska provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people eight years of age and older with mental retardation, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.


Stone Soup Group


Stone Soup Group is a statewide non-profit agency based in Anchorage, Alaska that provides assistance and support to families of children with special health, disability, mental health, and/or special education needs. 


University of Alaska Anchorage, Center for Human Development


The mission of the UAA Center for Human Development (CHD) is to improve the quality of lives for people who experience disabilities and their families, across the life span, through interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, exemplary service development, applied research and dissemination of information.


Women's, Children's and Family Health, Specialty Clinics


Specialty clinics improve access to care for children in need of consultation, screening, and follow-up. HCS brings medical specialists to regional centers to officer specialty care in or close to communities where children and their families reside. Efforts are made to involve local health practitioners in these clinics to insure coordination or care.


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