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RESOURCES and LINKS

Family Support Sites

Check the FRCNCA Directory for a listing of Early Start Family Resource Centers in California. Many FRCs have websites, which provide information about the parent-to-parent services they offer (including trainings, workshops, support groups and family events) and links to local and national resources.

AskABLE Project
http://askable.askvrd.org/index.asp

The AskABLE Project is a component of the University of Wisconsin-Stout's Teachable Moments Projec. You can log it, ask a question and receive a response, ususally within 48 hours. There is also an archive of previously-asked questions that you can browse.

California Association on Family Empowerment Centers (see also Advocacy)
http://www.cafec.org/

The purpose of the California Association of Family Empowerment Centers is to provide information, resources, technical assistance, and systems change advocacy for a statewide network of local FECs who provide family education, empowerment, and parent-professional collaborative activities for families of children with disabilities ages 3-22 years old.

Community Parent Resource Centers & Parent Training and Information Centers
http://www.taalliance.org/centers/region6.htm#CA

Parent centers serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

Family Education
http://www.familyeducation.com/home

Family Education provides parenting advice, child development and family reference. You can search by age, and by type of resource (school, entertainment, life). There is a special section on learning disabilities.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
http://www.fcsn.org/

Although this Massachusetts-based parent organization concentrates on state issues, it has a lot of worthwhile information for parents of children with disabilities anywhere. Its link to "All Kids Count" is a great resource.

Mothers From Hell
http://www.mothersfromhell2.org/

In addition to offering information, Mothers from Hell is the place to come for "Humor" and to subscribe to the "Brimstone Bulletin."

MUMS
http://www.netnet.net./mums/

MUMS provides parent-to-parent matching through its network of families of children with various disabilities. You can consult their database to see if there are other families with children with a matching disability, and contact MUMS to arrange a connection. They have a "Links" page with good disability-specific resources.

National Fathers Network
http://www.fathersnetwork.org/

This site is designed for fathers raising children with special needs, but it is good for non-fathers, too. Its news, resources and links are great. There is a bulletin board and information in Spanish.

PACER Center
http://www.pacer.org/

This is one of the most valuable websites out there for families of children with disabilities. PACER is a Minnesota-based PTI (parent and training information center) and their site is full of articles and publications. Information on behavior, transition and juvenile justice are only a few of the resources on this site They have an excellent "Links" section, too.

Special Child
http://www.specialchild.com/

Special Child is an on-line magazine/resource developed by a mother of child with special needs. Its Disorder Zone provides brief descriptions of many individual disabilities, sometimes including personal stories.

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Last updated June 28, 2007