Resources for Parents & Families

Autism Society: Since 1965, the Autism Society has been providing information for individuals on the spectrum, family members, and professionals.

Council for Exceptional Children: The Council for Exceptional Children provides information and resources about Special Education.

Easter Seals: For almost 100 years, Easter Seals has been providing services to those with special needs and disabilities.

Family Voices: Children and youth with special health care needs can benefit from Family Voices.

Federation for Children with Special Needs: The focus of the Federation for Children with Special Needs is on the parents and providing support for them, which in turn benefits the child with special needs.

Family Hope Center: When children or adults have special needs, the Family Hope Center provides support to the entire family.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities: Training, assistance, and information are given to parents of children with disabilities by the Family Resource Center on Disabilities.

National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE): Parents of Special Education students can learn how to be their child’s best advocate.

National Council on Independent Living: NCIL promotes social change and strives to do away with disability driven discrimination.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Children and adults with learning disabilities will benefit from the information and resources available from the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability: NCWD for Youth provides strategies and development systems for youth with disabilities to join the workforce.

National Down Syndrome Society: The ndss supports people with Down Syndrome by providing resources such as wellness, education, and research.

Pacer Center: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights utilizes the idea of parents helping parents and provides support and resources for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Parent to Parent USA: Parent to Parent USA offers support to parents of children with special needs.

United Spinal Association: The United Spinal Association offers support, advice, and resources for those with spinal cord injuries.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) – One of the leading national non-profit organizations solely dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals, and media that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. Learn more at:

Autism Speaks – Autism Speaks promotes advancements in medicine across the autism spectrum, while trying to increase understanding and tolerance of the disorder. Read more at:

CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD offers an informative website, publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD. More information can be found at:

Eating Disorder Hope – This organization aims to end eating disorders while encouraging affected individuals to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Learn more at:

Evidence-Based Behavioral-Practice (EBBP) – The EBBP project houses professional training materials and works to bring together healthcare stakeholders who focus on behavioral health research and clinical settings to improve the overall practice. More information can be found here:

Families for Depression Awareness – Families for Depression Awareness helps those who may be coping with bipolar disorders, depression, and suicidal thoughts by offering education, training, and a close-knit community to rely upon. Read more at:

Info About Kids – This organization is an ongoing collaboration of the Consortium for Science-based Information on Children, Youth, and Families. More information at:

International OCD Foundation – Their mission is to help those affected by obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders to live full and productive lives. Find more at:

Mood Letter – Trustworthy information, hope, and help for those living with mood and anxiety disorders, their families, and the professionals who work with them. Learn more at:

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Learn more at:

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health – An organization dedicated to helping children with mental health challenges and their families obtain supports and services so that children are able to maximize their potential. Read more at:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – NIMH is the primary federal agency responsible for research on mental health. Its website offers an array of information on mental health disorders and treatments. Learn more at:

PsychCentral – PsychCentral is a comprehensive website covering the field of psychology and mental health issues. It houses a large index of online support groups and other helpful resources, including treatment options, psychology blogs, and Q&As. More information at: