Resources

The following are great resources for families with a Special Needs loved one.

Recommended Sites

Enriching Kids – the go to source for children programs, education, and activities.

Visual Learning Disabilities by Latisse – Roughly 80% of what children learn is gained from visual acuity.

Books

Special Needs Project – A great book store and resource for disability related information!

Organizations

TheArcLink.org – A great website for anyone to easily find information in your home state about services, outreach, contacts and family supports throughout the U.S.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities – a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy.

Colorado Division for Developmental Disabilities – the State office that provides leadership for the direction, funding, and operation of services to persons with developmental disabilities within Colorado.

The Arc of the United States – the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental related disabilities.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites (AAIDD) – Professionals working to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Easter Seals – A general service provider for individuals with disabilities.

National Endowment for Financial Educations – General source for financial information

Advocates

American Association Of People With Disabilities – largest national cross-disability member organization in the United States.

The Autoimmune Disabilities Guide for Moms – AutoimmuneMom.com was born out of a frustration with a lack of online information about autoimmune conditions beyond the surface-level articles and blog posts, even on the top health websites.

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered – Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States.

Parents Helping Parents – PHP’s mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care.

Pacer Center – PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21 years old. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities.

Government Agencies

Administration for Children & Families – a US Department of Health and Human Services site to help parents and loved ones learn how to handle developmental disabilities.

The American Disabilities Act – the official US Department of Justice ADA Home Page.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – online source for credible health information from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Developmental Disabilities Medline Plus – a US National Library of Medicine site devoted to helping people understand developmental disabilities.

Directory of State Developmental Disabilities Agencies –  Provided by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDS).

Disability.gov – the federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

HUD – the US Department of Housing and Urban Development official website.

IDEA 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). US Department of Education.

Medicaid Reference Desk – The Desk info is a state by state guide about medicaid for people with intellectual disabilities.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – National Institute of Health site about developmental disabilities.

Social Security Administration – the official website of the US Social Security Administration

Attorneys

Special Needs Alliance – A National Alliance of Disability Lawyers. A helpful resource to find a knowledgeable disability law attorney near you.

Special Needs Answers – A community resource provided by the Academy of Special Needs Planners.


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