• January 29, 2014 / 

    I’ll be providing links to and contact information for special needs resources which can help with your fiduciary needs.

    The descriptions of each entity is taken directly from their website and I do not attest to the veracity of each statement.

    Achieving Independence http://achievingindependence.com/ – Achieving Independence is dedicated to educating and supporting persons with disabilities, their families and the professionals supporting them.

    Arc http://www.thearc.org/ – The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment.  We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

    Autism Society http://www.autism-society.org/ – The Autism Society’s magazine, the Autism Advocate reaches Autism Society members, supporters and professionals. The magazine offers a diverse collection of the latest issues in autism (e.g., employment, environmental health, therapies/interventions, adult issues, caregiving, etc.), Autism Society news, personal perspectives of families and individuals living with autism, and tips from parents and professionals.

    Autism Hangout http://www.autismhangout.com/ – Autism Hangout is an online discussion forum that reports news, complies facts and community-submitted personal experiences and invites ongoing discussion to discover insights on how best to deal with the daily challenges of autism.

    Autism Speaks http://www.autismspeaks.org/ – Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

    Ca. Gov State Council on Developmental Disabilities http://www.scdd.ca.gov/ – The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/facts.html – All you want to know about diseases and maybe more than you want to know! Here is link to autism

    Dale Law Firm http://dalelawfirm.com/ – The Dale Law Firm, PC offers full service estate planning, with a focus in developing estate plans that involve persons with disabilities. These Estate Plans promote independence, while preserving eligibility for essential public benefits such as Special Needs Trusts and Limited Conservatorships.

    The Dale Law Firm, PC believes that the best plan can be established with a “team” approach, working with our clients’ advisors including their CPA, insurance professional or financial planner. We are members of the Wealth Counsel Estate Planning Attorneys with over 1,000 attorneys committed to excellence in all aspects of estate planning.

    Exceptional Parent Magazine http://www.eparent.com/– EP (Exceptional Parent) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.

    HelpGuide.Org http://www.helpguide.org/ – This site promotes itself as a “Trusted guide to mental, emotional & social health.” They collaborate with Harvard Health Publications.

    Learning Disabilities Association http://www.ldaamerica.org/The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a national network of volunteers with thousands of members including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. It has over 100 state and local affiliates throughout the United States and members from countries around the world.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness http://www.nami.org/ NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

    National Down Syndrome Society http://www.ndss.org/ – The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.

    National Institute for Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/autism-spectrum-disorder-qf-15-5511/index.shtml – One can spend hours on this site but here is one link amount hundreds that is helpful.

    National Multiple Sclerosis Society http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx – The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

    Special Needs Alliance http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/ – The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Many of our member attorneys have family members with special needs; all of them work regularly with public benefits, guardianships/conservatorships, planning for disabilities and special education issues. We volunteer significant time to the special needs community and advocate for legislative and regulatory change to improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

    Tuck Sleep http://www.tuck.com/ – Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NBC News, Lifehacker, and Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.

    United Cerebral Palsy http://ucp.org/ – United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities.

    Web Search This is a general resource page to go to other sites: http://phdinspecialeducation.com/special-needs/

    While I am not on Twitter, it seems that it has become another resource for our special needs children and clients. This is put out there by Cheri Larson. http://phdinspecialeducation.com/special-needs-twitter-accounts/

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