Special Needs

Special Needs information and Websites

Take Another Step – Local website with news and information about activities for children and youth with special needs.

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center – Autism information and resources in CT

CT Parent Advocacy Center – Information and support for any family with a child or young adult with disabilities or a chronic illness.  This site is available in both English and Spanish.

CT Department of Public Health: Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Connecticut’s Medical Home Initiative – this page provides information for caregivers whose children have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and require health and related services beyond that required for children in general.  Additionally, it explains and provides links to the medical home model information.  A medical home is not a building, house or hospital, but rather an approach to providing health care services in a high-quality and cost-effective manner. Children and their families who have a medical home receive the care that they need from a pediatrician or pediatric health care professional whom they know and trust. The professionals and families act as partners in a medical home to identify and access all the medical and non-medical services needed to help children and their families achieve their maximum potential.  Many of these resources are explained in both English and Spanish.

National Organization for Rare Disorders – Information and resources regarding rare diseases and disorders.

State Education Resource Center – Information, current research, resources, and best practices in both general and special education in CT.  Formerly known simply as the Special Education Resource Center, SERC continues to maintain this invaluable resource center (library) for parents and educators alike.

Creating Ideal Lives: Helping Others Understand and Include Your Special Child – Information and articles about parenting, advocating, and understanding children and youth.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy – Leading website for accurate information on Special Education law, general education law, and advocacy for children with special needs.

DCF Booklet (2010 version): Medications Used For Behavioral & Emotional Disorders: A Guide for Parents, Foster Parents, Families, Youth, Caregivers, Guardians and Social Workers  To Download pdf copy, click here.