Family Resources

About Special Kids

About Special Kids is a “Parent to Parent” organization that works throughout the state of Indiana to answer questions and provide support, information, resources, and training for families of children with special needs. We are parents of children with special needs and we help families and professionals understand the various systems that are encountered related to raising a child with a disability or chronic illness.

Autism Evansville

Autism Evansville offers children with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder up to the age of 18 are eligible for assistance if living in the counties of Posey, Gibson, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Pike in Indiana. Autism Evansville also has Parent Support Groups and Family Fun Nights.

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) was established in 2012 with the purpose “to support parental choice, including the full continuum of communication options (including American sign language, other forms of sign language, cued speech, listening and spoken language (oral), or any combination of these skills)” and with the goal “to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities, regardless of the mode of communication used” (IC 20-35-11).

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) 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. 

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

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 education curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college and career-ready standards.

Cerebral Palsy Group

The Cerebral Palsy Group shares helpful and up-to-date resources to assist family members and caregivers in making the best decisions for their loved ones. Their team of doctors and healthcare professionals provide high quality, medically-reviewed data on everything related to cerebral palsy as well as birth injury topics.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. CEC hosts ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) a clearinghouse on disabilities and gifted education information.

Family Voices

Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.

Hands & Voices

Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The organization is non-biased about communication methodologies and believe that families can make the best choices for their child if they have access to good information and support.


IN*SOURCE provides support services and educational resources for Indiana’s families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities. They offer frequent training workshops throughout the year. 

LD Online

If you are a parent or a family member of a child with learning disabilities or ADHD, LD OnLine has information to help you get started in understanding what your child needs, your rights and responsibilities in working with the school, and ways to support your son or daughter at home.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials provides resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

OSEP IDEAS that Work

The Office of Special Education Programs provides documents that were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents of children with disabilities become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings.

PACER, Inc. (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights)

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Through its ALLIANCE and other national projects, PACER, a national center, responds to thousands of parents and professionals each year. PACER offers assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a parent resource for teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle. Guide for Students with Disabilities has information on common accommodations available for students to use when attending college online. 

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