Parent Support Resources
Here you will find resources to help you choose the best schools for your children and to understand what things students should be learning. This will help you work with your child’s teachers to ensure the best possible outcomes.
Flexible internet-based supports for parents and caregivers of youth and adolescents with disabilities.
Special Ed Connection (FREE)
The Florida department of Education is proud to provide access to Special Ed Connection® to Florida parents of students with disabilities.
Special Ed Connection® is a web-based resource that parents can use to gain an understanding of what special education is and how it works, as their child enters, progresses through and exits the world of special education requirements. From legal rights to practical application and from student referrals to IEPs, Special Ed Connection® explains specific procedures and provides real-world application strategies.
Parent Resources (General)
Family Education Network - http://www.familyeducation.com
Parent Smart - http://www.parentsmart.com
Scholarship Information - http://www.scholarshiphelp.org
Parent Help Line, Parent Network of Central Florida (800) FLA-LOVE
Exceptional Parent Magazine (201) 634-6550 - http://www.eparent.com
Learning Disabilities Association - (800) 825-5736 - http://www.ldanatl.org
CHADD (307) 306-7070 - http://www.chadd.org
Florida PTA - http://www.floridapta.org
US Department of Education (800) USA-LEARN - http://www.ed.gov
Family Care Council
The mission of the Family Care Council Florida (FCCF) is to advocate, educate, and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, partnering with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), to bring quality services to individuals for dignity and choice.
Click here to access information and resources http://www.fccflorida.org/
Click here to access the area 15 FCC serving Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties http://www.fccflorida.org/area-15-family-care-council.html
A FREE, bimonthly, online publication serving the special needs community. The magazine covers all ages and stages of guiding children/individuals with special needs, empowering parents, caregivers, teachers & friends of special needs children by providing resources, information and inspiration.
Parent Academy is a not-for-profit organization created to strengthen the families of St. Lucie County by giving parents and caregivers access to resources, information, and support they might not otherwise know about. Their focus includes
- Student achievement
- Parent development
- Family health and safety
- Adult learning
- Household financial and economic guidance
Family Network on Disabilities (FND) was founded in 1985 by a group of parents of children with disabilities who came together for mutual support and information-sharing. FND is a grassroots organization for persons with disabilities and their families that is family-centered and family-driven.
15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey with a mission to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences.
This parent-focused, user-friendly website provides recommendations to address academic and behavioral challenges for students in grades K-12 and beyond
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
CARD Statewide Resources
Statewide CARD resource page listing numerous state and national resources and online training modules on a variety of ASD-related topics, which is located at:
Information regarding the statewide Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA), in which Florida teachers and schools are matched to a CARD professional who will act as a mentor, may be accessed at http://doepartnership.fmhi.usf.edu.
From Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (FAU CARD)
FAU CARD is a community-based program providing assistance and supports to people with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities, their families, the professionals serving them, and the community.
From Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism. Their website has a lot of useful information and resources to support students with autism. http://www.autismspeaks.org/
The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Download the Free Tool Kit
Check out this enormous collection of useful instructional technology tools for English/language arts, mathematics, homework & study skills, and much much more! Thank you Sharon Bittle for creating this Live Binder for easy access!
successfully turn a lesson into a game. All of the word games listed are high-quality, free to use, and are hosted on sites that won’t drive you too crazy with incessant ad bombardment or dead links.
From Central Florida Parent Resource Center (CFPC)
CFPC provides Parent Training & Information (PTI) services to families in 30 counties in central and northeast Florida.
From the Technical Assistance and Training System's (TATS) Website for Families
TATS is a statewide project which supports programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training.
http://www.tats.ucf.edu/links.cfm?id=1111 Curriculum and Instruction
http://www.tats.ucf.edu/links.cfm?id=4142- -Universal Design for Learning
From the National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC expresses its mission in terms of three broad goals:
- Improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.
- Supporting early childhood programs by working to achieve a high-quality system of early childhood education.
- Building a high-performing, inclusive organization of groups and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.
12 Ways to Support Language Development for Infants and Toddlers
Specific tips for early literacy instruction
From National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
The AIM Center serves as a resource for stakeholders, including state- and district-level educators, parents, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about and implementing AIM and NIMAS.
Discussion on what supports your child may need.