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A Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Differences - This page offers help identifying learning differences and suggestions for how to manage them.


AbleData - This is a page in the AbleData site that provides resources to Parents with Disabilities.


American Speech Language and Hearing Association - This site mainly supports speech and language professionals; however, it has public information that can help to understand types of impairments and supports for them.


The ARC - This national organization is of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. The site offers facts, contacts, news, discussion board and advocacy updates.


Asperger Support Online - Asperger Support Online is provided by parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome. Their guide was recently featured in the New York Times. They also offer chat rooms, bulletin boards and listservs; some for parents and others are for children. - This is an inclusive site loaded with information, but may be difficult to follow.


Care Notebook - The Care Notebook and Care Organizer are tools for families who have children with special needs. You can use the Care Notebook to keep track of important information about your child's health and care. This makes it easier to find and share key information with your child's providers.


Caring for Our Children and Exclusion and Inclusion of Ill Children in Child Care Facilities - This is a national report funded by the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services.


CDC-Autism Information Center - The information center includes: information about autism spectrum disorders; activities of CDC and other federal agencies; state activities funded by CDC; education, services, and research resources; and activities to help children use the Internet to learn more about autism spectrum disorders.


Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) - The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) is a parent-led, not-for-profit, web-based organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder.


Child Care and the Americans with Disabilities Act - This link will connect to a document that discusses child care and the ADA.


Child Care Health and Safety - This site has reports, regulations, standards, and quality indicators for child care for children with special needs. - This website covers a variety of children's disabilities with brief explanations of each, and then some resources to learn more.


Children and Adults with AD/HD - CHADD serves individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) through collaborative leadership, advocacy, research, education and support, they provide science-based, information about AD/HD for parents, educators, professionals.


Children's Environmental Health Network - This Web Site provides information about the Network, children's environmental health, and links to sources of information and resources.


Conduct Disorders - The Conduct Disorders site is organized by parents who are raising challenging children who have oppositional disorders and who are "resistant to parenting." They explain different treatment methods and offer support to parents.


Down Syndrome on the Internet — This website is comprised of a variety of links including national organizations, internet magazines, and medical resources related to Down Syndrome.


Facts for Families — The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers fact sheets on topics such as: understanding violent behavior, questions to ask before psychiatric hospitalization, talking to kids about mental illness, as well as condition-specific fact sheets on emotional and behavioral issues.


Family Voices - Family Voices is a national grassroots network of over 40,000 families supporting children with special health care needs.


Fathers Network - The Fathers Network provides information about fifteen programs designed to promote the resilience of all family members and to provide powerful, positive support and fellowship to fathers of children with special needs.


Guide to Adopting a Child with Special Needs - Practical information and suggestions about adoption by the Americans for International Aid and Adoption.


Learning Disabilities Association of America - LDA is a national agency of volunteers, individuals with learning disabilities, families and professionals. The site offers resources and publications and parental support.


Learning Disabilities Online - Resources on learning disabilities for teachers, parents and children.


National Adoption Information Clearinghouse - A comprehensive source for resources, statistics, regulations about adoption.


National Center on Physical Activity and Disability Summer Camps - Have you decided which camp you want to attend next summer? If not, NCPAD is an excellent source of summer camp information for children, teens, and adults with disabilities, including camp directories and the "Discover Camp" handbook.


National Deaf Education Center - How the IDEA applies to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - This national site contains information regarding the law, how it works, and its implications for families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It focuses on the laws that affect education.


National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities - NICHCY is a national information center that provides information on children and disabilities. It includes publications, state resources, and a page for teens to connect and chat called Zigawhat!


North American Family Institute - This organization offers community-based assistance to children and adults to maximize their independent function in the community. There is a chapter that covers both Maine and New Hampshire.


Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) - A coalition of parent groups that provides information on education and advocacy for children with disabilities.


Parents of Children with Down Syndrome - Parents of Children with Down Syndrome will find information about current research, medical information, educational strategies, and practical suggestions.


Paying the Bills Guide - This is a document called: Tips for Families on Financing Health Care for Children with Special Needs. It was developed by New England Serve.


The Research & Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health - The Center's research and training activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.


Service Tapestry Database - Developed by the Center for Community Inclusion. This is a searchable database of programs in Maine for youth in transition.


The Sibling Support Project - The Project's primary goal is to increase the availability of peer support and education opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special health and developmental needs.


Struggling Teens - The Struggling Teens site gives guidance about clinical and educational residential settings from the perspective of educational consultants.


Through the Looking Glass - This website is a forum for support and education for parents of children with disabilities.


Yoga for the Special Child - This site gives information about teaching Yoga to infants and children with cerebral palsy, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorder.


Zero to Three - This site is a great resource for parents with young children. The "parenting A-Z" section has a lot of information on a variety of topics.

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