Father holding son with cerebral palsy while mother serves birthday cake. Older brother watches.The organizations in this area of the website address the information and support needs of families. Many of them are developed and managed by parents of children with disabilities. National, state and local websites with information for families are also found here.

Support Organizations for Specific Disabilities
If you are looking for an organizations that support families with a specific disability please visit the Disability-Specific area of the website.

For information about local support groups for families try visiting County Specific Resources and find the link to your local Early Start Family Resource Center or call them. They connect families to support organizations and local groups regularly.

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

It happens to every child in one form or another – anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life’s anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, try these simple phrases to help your children identify, accept, and work through their anxious moments.

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center on Disability consists of a rehabilitation research and training center on policies and families, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U. S. Department of Education; doctoral training programs and research initiatives funded by the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education; and a research center on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the Human Genome Project, funded by the National Human Genome Project Institute, National Institutes of Health.

California Childcare Health Program

The mission of the California Childcare Health Program is to improve the quality of child care by initiating and strengthening linkages between the health, safety and child care communities and the families they serve. Established in 1987, the California Childcare Health Program is a community-based program of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, Department of Family Health Care Nursing. Our multidisciplinary team staffs our toll-free Child Care Healthline, trains professionals on health and safety issues related to early care and education settings, and conducts research. We produce a wealth of materials on health and safety in early care and education settings for professionals and families.

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), produced under the US Department of Education Office of Special Education, serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. The site provides resources by topic area, some in English and Spanish and when available, by state.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

  • CTD Library
  • Isabel Needs Assistive Technology (Video)
    In this story, you’ll meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. This video is captioned in English and is “described” as well. FCTD and Dicapta invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve. This video was originally produced as a Spanish-language resource. Voice-over and captioning were added to provide access to larger audience.

Child Care Aware

Child Care Aware is a nonprofit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. It does this by raising visibility for local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide, and by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs. The site has links to Child Care Resource and Referral organizations (CCR&Rs), local experts on child care that provide parents with many services, including referrals to local child care providers.

  • “In the States” Interactive Map 2012
    “In the States” Interactive Map includes information about child care licensing in each state, a link to the state page from Child Care Aware of America’s reports reviewing child care center and family child care home policies in every state, and a link to Child Care Aware of America’s one-page fact sheet with child care information related to the demographics in the state, the price of child care, and other data related to child care.

Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio

Award winning, world renowned authors, psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, advocates and respected children’s foundations join us to help you better understand a special needs child…. and yourself. You are your child’s best advocate – if not you then who – become an informed educated parent here at The Coffee Klatch.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

Telephone: 919-962-2001
TDD: 919-843-3269
Fax: 919-966-7463
Email: ectacenter@unc.edu

ECTA is comprised of several recent OSEP-funded TA centers (NECTAC, CELL and TACSEI and ECO within the next two years). The purpose of ECTA is to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the education outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.

Family Resource Center Network of California (FRCNCA)

Email: info@frcnca.org

The FRCNCA is a coalition of California’s 47 Early Start Family Resource Centers. Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. They offer support services and resources in many languages, which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, warmlines, and information and referral for parents and professionals.

Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle of Michigan is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. With over 75,000 visitors a month, the Friendship Circle Special Needs Resource blog is one of the biggest special needs blogs in the world. Currently the blog has over 500 articles on special needs topics including: parenting, special education, products, therapy tips, videos and more.

Kids in the House

The Ultimate Parenting Resource offers over 8000 videos on a comprehensive range of topics for a variety of age ranges for every type of family. Well respected experts present positive, useful information in short videos. For example take a look at the videos from:

  • Dr. Dan Siegel , award winning author and lecturer. Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts easy to understand and exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, and clergy. Or explore the various topics under:
  • Special Needs
  • Top Tips for How to Raise a Happy Child

Kids Included Together (KIT)

Telephone: 858-225-5680
Fax: 619-758-0949
Email: info@kitonline.org

KIT stands for Kids Included Together, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in San Diego, California in 1997. The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development, and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT’s goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our work in San Diego County and across the nation.

  • KIT National Training Center on Inclusion (NTCI)
    NTCI was established to support the overall mission of Kids Included Together through training, technical assistance and resources of the highest quality for staff in out of school time programs at all levels of experience and interest. KIT’s National Training Center on Inclusion utilizes a combination of the latest technology coupled with live presentations by dynamic and experienced trainers and practitioners to support providers like you in welcoming children with disabilities.
  • National Training Center on Inclusion Free Community Trainings

Love in A Different Language: Open Letter to Paraprofessionals

To the Teacher’s Aide in my Son’s Special Education Classroom: I see what you are doing. This letter acknowledges the very important role of paraprofessionals in supporting children with special needs in the classroom.

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL)

NCFL provides support and strategies to a network of entities involved in advancing education and families learning together, including educators, schools, community based organizations, and libraries. Our efforts support learners of all ages in these environments in concert with our advocates and partners.

National Father’s Network

The National Father’s Network provides resources and support for fathers of children with disabilities. It has wonderful articles by fathers, many of them in Spanish. The organization also produces written and video resources for fathers. The website is an excellent source of links for fathers, disabilities, and families.

Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (NAPTAC)

NAPTAC is a project within EPICS to provide training and technical assistance to Parent Training Information Centers (PTI’s) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC’s) nationwide on providing effective, culturally responsive services to Native American families of children with disabilities, as well as youth with disabilities.

PACER Center

The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers is an innovative project that provides technical assistance to the over 100 Parent Centers funded under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The ALLIANCE National Center at PACER Center conducts national conferences, produces materials on special education topics, and offers high quality expertise to Parent Centers nationwide.

Parent Companion: First Five Years

  • The Four Stages of Adaptation: Stage 1 Surviving
    The Four Stages of Adaptation model was developed by Dr. Nancy Miller, a psychotherapist and social worker. She worked with four moms over a period of five years and distilled their experiences into the book Nobody’s Perfect: Living and Growing with Children Who Have Special Needs. The model came from conversations with the moms, experiences working with families, and the writings of many parents and professionals.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Parents Helping Parents is a parent organization that has a wealth of information and resources on disabilities. The website includes a library of books and videos that can be borrowed.

Raising Children Network, the Austrailian Parenting Website

On the Raising Children website, parents will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs. The website is growing all the time and covers a broad range of up-to-date parenting topics.

All content on the website has passed through a rigorous quality assessment process developed by the Raising Children Network (RCN) team and the RCN Scientific Advisory Board. The Board is made up of some of Australia’s pre-eminent experts in child health and development, and oversees the website’s content development.

The quality assessment process ensures that each piece of website content is approved by at least two independent experts for accuracy and validity. A professional web editing team also assesses each piece on its accessibility and communication values to ensure the information is easy to understand, remember and act on.

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    Our popular Baby Karaoke is available as a free smartphone app! With the mobile version of Baby Karaoke, you can sing with your child in the car, on holidays, waiting at the dentist, or under the blanket on a rainy day.

Schwab Learning

Schwab Learning is an operating program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation that funds programs in learning disabilities and human services. Schwab Learning provides free information, resources, publications and support to parents of children who struggle with learning and to kids themselves through two websites and Outreach and Community Services. Schwab’s Learning Outreach and Community Services further supports the needs of kids and families through educational workshops, seminars, presentations, exhibits, and special projects.

Through the Looking Glass (TLG)

Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. TLG provides home-based services in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

United Cerebral Palsy: Transportation Safety

Children and adults with disabilities might require specialized car seats or vehicle modifications to ensure safe transportation. The resources on this page can help ensure safer travel.


Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. The website contains articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about dozens of topics in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.

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