It's natural to have a lot of questions and concerns when you find out that your baby has special needs. Tap into the expertise of these respected organizations and websites. They can help you figure out how to best give your baby the care she needs to grow up happy and healthy.
1. Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights
PACER partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) to create Possibilities, an online financial guide and website designed to help parents navigate the financial challenges associated with caring for a child with special needs.
2. Parent to Parent USAP2PUSA.org
This organization matches parents of children with special needs with trained volunteer support parents who provide emotional support, resources, and guidance.
3. My Child Without LimitsMyChildWithoutLimits.org
Although this site is maintained by United Cerebral Palsy, the information focuses on a variety of disorders that can cause developmental learning delays, including Down syndrome, epilepsy, and hearing and vision impairments. The online community offers an opportunity for families to connect and share words of encouragement and to provide solutions to everyday problems.
4. Easter SealsEasterSeals.com
This nonprofit organization provides services that include early intervention therapies and child-care centers for families with children with special needs. Easter Seals also collaborated with the NEFE to create a free online financial planning guide called With Open Arms for parents caring for children with special needs.
5. Parenting Special NeedsParentingSpecialNeeds.org
This free online magazine is designed specifically for parents of children with special needs.
6. Exceptional ParenteParent.com
ep (Exceptional Parent) Magazine provides educational information for families of children with disabilities and special needs, as well as health-care professionals involved in the care and development of special needs children.
7. The Early Childhood Technical Assistance CenterECTACenter.org
The ECTA Center's goal is to improve state early intervention services and early childhood special education service systems. Information provided on the site is aimed at helping families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Center is funded by the U.S. Department of Education?s Office of Special Education Programs.
8. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)Idea.Ed.Gov
9. Sibling Support ProjectSiblingSupport.org
As the name implies, this organization provides support and hosts programs for children whose siblings have special needs.
10. National Association of Parents with Children in Special EducationNAPCSE.org
NAPCSE maintains online databases of information on special education and services for special-needs children. An online forum connects families with others in similar situations.
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