Resources! - This is broken down into sections for New Parents, Not so New Parents, and New Territory
New Parent Resources:
I put Noah’s Dad first because it is “real” and current information for a new parent. It is less sterile and more friendly. The National and Global sites have an overwhelming amount of information that is all helpful but pick and choose the information you are ready to look at 🙂
Noah’s Dad: This is a personally run web page documenting the lives of a young couple and their new baby Noah. Lots of uplifting information and web contacts.
National Down Syndrome Congress: The vision for NDSC is equal rights for all. This site has a lot of information in one place.
National Down Syndrome Society – 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. The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
Down Syndrome Community – Resources for parents of kids with Down Syndrome in Washington State.
Parents that have traveled a little way down the path…
Love and Logic– Love and Logic® provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with kids of all ages:
- Raise responsible kids
- Have more fun in their role
- Easily and immediately (first use) change their children’s behavior
Love and Logic is a philosophy founded in 1977 by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. It is the approach of choice among leading educators, parents, and other professionals worldwide. We found Love and Logic late (our oldest was in middle school) but it was/is helpful for all kids 🙂
Lose The Training Wheels – Lose The Training Wheels™ is more than just a bike-riding program. For many children with disabilities, it’s a seemingly impossible task they can typically master in less than a week’s time. Within days of learning to ride, many children exhibit independent behaviors for the first time ever. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Handwriting without Tears – Handwriting Without Tears makes learning and teaching easy and fun by providing superior educational products, training, and promotional materials to educators and parents. They are the leaders in providing easy-to-learn, easy-to-teach, developmentally appropriate, and inclusive materials to preschool and elementary students throughout the U.S.
Wrightslaw – Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Sports for Children with Special Needs – Great climbing for beginners to experts! Stone Gardens has over 16,000 sq. ft. of climbing. Top rope, lead and tons of bouldering!
The Friendship Circle – The Friendship Circle provides assistance and support to the families of children with special needs. In addition to helping those in need, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.
Places I’m looking for advice as Dev reached new territory in young adulthood:
The Ordinary Life of an Extraordinary Girl: This is Alex’s story. She is a young adult a few years ahead of Dev doing amazing things. Inspiring and fun.
Life After IEP’s: Has tons of information that I’m just starting to appreciate! Ideas for transition, housing, friends, school… the list goes on
English Web Show – Follow the episodes of Hilly and her friends.