When raising a special needs child, there will be times when you have questions or are unsure your child is getting the right assistance. There are a lot of different websites or information that you aren’t always sure is credible or applies to your situation. I know as a parent that sometimes all of the information can be overwhelming or confusing at times. I have compiled a list of resources for parents that is reliable and also helpful for those just starting the process. Keep in mind that these are only some of the great resources out there.
Raising Special Kids -This is a great resource for parents. They are very hands on in helping parents find the right resources for each family’s needs. They have many workshops and tools geared towards parents navigating the system.
NICHCY (National Information Center for Children & Youth With Disabilities) – This is a national source of information on disabilities and other information for parents. They also direct you to state resources.
PACER CENTER – This is a national resource for families and educators dealing with special needs children. It also works in coalition with 18 other disability organizations across the country.
Arizona Center for Disability Law -This is a state resource for families with all ages of children that have disabilities to advocate for services and legal rights. They can offer limited legal advice on a personal basis.
Familes and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) – This is an additional site run by the Pacer Center that provides updates on national laws and policies for improving and assisting special needs children and adults.
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) – This is a resource for families that needs assistance with mediation or even understanding basic IEP guidelines.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition -This is a national resource for parents as they transition their special needs children to secondary education. This is a great resource for parents trying to navigate the highschool years or preparing for the highschool years.
Parent Information Network -This is a state information network for parents that provides information on parental rights and special education procedures. The best way to contact them is: 1-877-230-PINS.
The more information you have to help your child, the better it will be for all of you. Hopefully these resources will be able to give you the guidance and information you need to make informed decisions about your child’s education needs.