Parents with children who have special needs can benefit from family support that increases their knowledge and confidence, enhances coping skills, and addresses the social isolation that can accompany having a child with disabilities. The following web resources may be of assistance:
Family Support Network™ of North Carolina - How can the Family Support Network™ of North Carolina help you?
- Put you in touch with other parents with similar experience
- Provide a "listening ear"
- Help you become a volunteer Support Parent
- Connect you to resources in your community
All services are free and confidential
- NICHCY, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Information on many topics is available including parenting a child with special needs.
- Parents with Disabilities Online – Provides support for parents with a disability, a person with a disability who is planning to become a parent, or the partner of a parent with a disability.
- Social Security -This Federal program is designed to ensure continuing income to families when a worker retires, dies, or becomes disabled. Social Security's family protection features include provisions for who can get benefits on a parent's Social Security record and using Social Security information in planning family financial security.
- The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC) provides Parent Centers, Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), with technical assistance, information, and resources and materials. A major goal of the ALLIANCE National PTAC is to build the capacity of Parent Centers in order to improve results for children with disabilities ages 0 -26 in rural, urban and suburban areas and from underrepresented and underserved populations.
- NC’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) - The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC) has been providing services to North Carolina families with children with special needs, their teachers and other professionals since 1983. Parent educators and PTI staff help parents navigate the special education service system and provide information and tools to be a informed and active participant in a child’s education. The Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) is funded through the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.