Children & Families
Early intervention can enhance the overall well-being and development of children who have or are “at risk” for developmental disabilities. Children should live in a family home, grow up enjoying nurturing adult relationships both inside and outside a family home, learn in their neighborhood school in a regular classroom that contains children of the same age without disabilities, participate in the same activities as children without disabilities, and play and participate with all children in community recreation.
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Additional resources and publications provided by The Arc US.
Exceptional Lives makes free online Guides that help parents navigate the complicated processes they face in caring for family members with disabilities. Guide topics include special education/IEPs, health insurance, guardianship, SSI and more. The Guides are written in plain language, focused on actionable steps, based exclusively on content from expert sources, and tailored to each family.
Family TIES of Massachusetts provides information and referral services, emotional support, and trainings to parents of children and youth with special needs.
The Federation is a non-profit organization providing information and services for parent advocates and parent organizations involved with children with special needs. Publications include a detailed Parent’s Guide to Special Education
, written in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Find direct care, educational, legal, healthcare, and other professionals; special education schools and learning centers; treatment programs; community centers; parent groups; respite care; grassroots organizations; government programs; and much more for children with disabilities.
Provides information about the types of accommodations & modifications
that can help individuals with learning disabilities and other intellectual disabilities to participate in school or work in a way that matches their learning strengths and needs.
Hosted at The United Arc, the Center provides a variety of services and supports to families headed by parents with cognitive challenges, intellectual limitations, or learning disabilities. Also sponsors The New England Coalition for Supporting Parents with Cognitive Challenges and publishes the Positive Parenting Quarterly. For more information, contact Susan Jones, Positive Parenting Coordinator at The United Arc, at (413) 774-5558, x 1005, or firstname.lastname@example.org
American Association of People with Disabilities
The mission of the AAPD Interfaith Initiative is to support people with disabilities and their families as they seek spiritual and religious access, and to bring the powerful and prophetic voice of the faith community to the 21st Century disability agenda.
National Jewish Council for the Disabled
An offshoot of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, the NJCD is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities within the Jewish community. Deals with all types of disabilities.
National Catholic Partnership on Disability
The disability voice of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
Joni and Friends Greater Boston
Vision New England has a “Disability Ministries” outreach program
Offers valuable information on Special Needs workshops, seminars and more regarding financial help, legal help, and free or low cost family and support programs. There is a special section on programs just for teens and young adults and their unique needs.