Southwest Region

Calendar of events

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


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.


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 Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Alaska's FASD project is a comprehensive, integrated effort encompassing prevention of all fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), intervention targeted to high-risk women, screening and diagnosis of children at risk of FASD/ARBD and improved service delivery to families/individuals affected by FASD.


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.


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.



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