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Parent Resources - National
Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Differences - This
page offers help identifying learning differences and suggestions for
how to manage them.
- This is a
page in the AbleData site that provides resources to Parents with Disabilities.
Speech Language and Hearing Association - This site mainly supports
speech and language professionals; however, it has public information
that can help to understand types of impairments and supports for them.
ARC - This
national organization is of and for people with mental retardation and
related developmental disabilities and their families. The site offers
facts, contacts, news, discussion board and advocacy updates.
Support Online -
Asperger Support Online is provided by parents of children with Asperger's
Syndrome. Their guide was recently featured in the New York Times. They
also offer chat rooms, bulletin boards and listservs; some for parents
and others are for children.
- This is an inclusive site loaded with information, but may be difficult
- The Care Notebook and Care Organizer are tools for families who have
children with special needs. You can use the Care Notebook to keep track
of important information about your child's health and care. This makes
it easier to find and share key information with your child's providers.
Caring for Our
Children and Exclusion and Inclusion of Ill Children in Child Care Facilities
- This is a national
report funded by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in
Child Care, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, US Department
of Health and Human Services.
Information Center -
The information center includes: information about autism spectrum disorders;
activities of CDC and other federal agencies; state activities funded
by CDC; education, services, and research resources; and activities to
help children use the Internet to learn more about autism spectrum disorders.
and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) - The Child and
Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) is a parent-led, not-for-profit,
web-based organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or
at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder.
Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act
This link will connect to a document that discusses child care and the
Health and Safety -
This site has reports, regulations, standards, and quality indicators
for child care for children with special needs.
This website covers a variety of children's disabilities with brief explanations
of each, and then some resources to learn more.
and Adults with AD/HD - CHADD serves individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity
Disorder (AD/HD) through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research,
education and support, they provide science-based, information about AD/HD
for parents, educators, professionals.
Environmental Health Network -
This Web Site provides information about the Network, children's environmental
health, and links to sources of information and resources.
Disorders - The Conduct Disorders site is organized by
parents who are raising challenging children who have oppositional disorders
and who are "resistant to parenting." They explain different treatment
methods and offer support to parents.
Syndrome on the Internet —
This website is comprised of a variety of links including national organizations,
internet magazines, and medical resources related to Down Syndrome.
— The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers
fact sheets on topics such as: understanding violent behavior, questions
to ask before psychiatric hospitalization, talking to kids about mental
illness, as well as condition-specific fact sheets on emotional and behavioral
- Family Voices is a
national grassroots network of over 40,000 families supporting children
with special health care needs.
Network - The Fathers Network provides information about
fifteen programs designed to promote the resilience of all family members
and to provide powerful, positive support and fellowship to fathers of
children with special needs.
to Adopting a Child with Special Needs -
Practical information and suggestions about adoption by the Americans
for International Aid and Adoption.
Disabilities Association of America - LDA is a national
agency of volunteers, individuals with learning disabilities, families
and professionals. The site offers resources and publications and parental
Disabilities Online - Resources on learning disabilities
for teachers, parents and children.
Adoption Information Clearinghouse - A comprehensive source
for resources, statistics, regulations about adoption.
Center on Physical Activity and Disability Summer Camps -
Have you decided which camp you want to attend next summer? If not, NCPAD
is an excellent source of summer camp information for children, teens,
and adults with disabilities, including camp directories and the "Discover
Deaf Education Center - How the IDEA applies to Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Students - This national site contains information
regarding the law, how it works, and its implications for families
with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It focuses on the
laws that affect education.
Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities -
NICHCY is a national information center that provides information
on children and disabilities. It includes publications, state resources,
and a page for teens to connect and chat called Zigawhat!
Family Institute -
This organization offers community-based assistance to children and adults
to maximize their independent function in the community. There is a chapter
that covers both Maine and New Hampshire.
Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER)
- A coalition of parent groups
that provides information on education and advocacy for children with
of Children with Down Syndrome - Parents of Children with
Down Syndrome will find information about current research, medical information,
educational strategies, and practical suggestions.
the Bills Guide
This is a document called: Tips for Families on Financing Health Care
for Children with Special Needs. It was developed by New England Serve.
Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental
Health - The Center's research and training activities focus
on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional,
or behavioral disorders and their families.
Tapestry Database - Developed by the Center for Community Inclusion.
This is a searchable database of programs in Maine for youth in transition.
Sibling Support Project -
The Project's primary goal is to increase the availability of peer support
and education opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special
health and developmental needs.
Teens - The Struggling Teens site gives guidance about
clinical and educational residential settings from the perspective of
the Looking Glass -
This website is a forum for support and education for parents of children
Yoga for the
Special Child -
This site gives information about teaching Yoga to infants and children
with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and attention
Zero to Three
- This site is
a great resource for parents with young children. The "parenting
A-Z" section has a lot of information on a variety of topics.