Family Resources

Resource Description
About Special Kids

About Special Kids is a “Parent to Parent” organization that works throughout the state of Indiana to answer questions and provide support, information, resources, and training for families of children with special needs. We are parents of children with special needs and we help families and professionals understand the various systems that are encountered related to raising a child with a disability or chronic illness.

AIM (Accessible Instructional Materials) Across Settings

A tutorial that will acquaint families with the decision making process of the CCC (Case Conference Committee), the value of parental input, and how the ICAM (Indiana Center for Accessible Materials) resources can help families in and out of school. This provides links to important websites for families.

Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

The Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education (CDHHE) was established in 2012 with the purpose “to support parental choice, including the full continuum of communication options (including American sign language, other forms of sign language, cued speech, listening and spoken language (oral), or any combination of these skills)” and with the goal “to ensure that children who are deaf and children who are hard of hearing acquire optimal language skills and academic abilities, regardless of the mode of communication used” (IC 20-35-11). 

Center for Parent Information and Resources
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. 

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general education curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. CEC hosts ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) a clearinghouse on disabilities and gifted education information.

This is a government-sponsored site that offers information by topics: benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.


The American Foundation for the Blind and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments created the FamilyConnect website. It's designed to give parents of children with visual impairments a place to support each other, share their stories and concerns, and find resources on raising their children from birth to adulthood.

Family Voices

Family Voices Indiana is a family-led organization that provides information, education, training, outreach, and peer support to families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them.


IASF Inspiring Autism Spectrum Families - Children with a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder up to the age of 18 are eligible for assistance if living in the counties of Posey, Gibson, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer and Pike in Indiana.  

IASF also has Parent Support Groups and Family Fun Nights.


IN*SOURCE provides support services and educational resources for Indiana’s families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and young adults with disabilities. They offer frequent training workshops throughout the year. Executive Director: Richard Burden 

Learning Ally/Indiana

Learning Ally (formally known as RFB&D: Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic) and ICAM’S partnership serves all Indiana students with print disabilities. Speak with the DRMs (Digital Rights Manager) in your school corporation about accessing Learning Ally's library of more than 61,000 titles.

LD Online

If you are a parent or a family member of a child with learning disabilities or ADHD, LD OnLine has information to help you get started in understanding what your child needs, your rights and responsibilities in working with the school, and ways to support your son or daughter at home.

LD Resources Foundation Awards Program

The LD Resources Foundation Awards are designed to provide the necessary foundation by which students can build a strong academic future by enabling them to receive testing to determine which assistive technologies will best accommodate their learning needs.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials Provides resources and technical assistance for educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS).

National Center for Accessible Media

NCAM's mission is to expand access to present and future media for people with disabilities; to explore how existing access technologies may benefit other populations; to represent its constituents in industry, policy and legislative circles; and to provide access to educational and media technologies for student with special needs.  NCAM's Beyond the Text project studied ways to make multimedia (images, audio and video) used in e-books and digital talking books (DTBs) accessible to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind or visually impaired.

NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Center

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs has awarded CAST two 5-year Cooperative Agreements to establish two national centers to further develop and implement the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). On this site you can learn about the choices that are available for accessible instructional materials (AIM), the policies and practices that schools are adopting to provide AIM, and find tools and resources related to AIM.

OSEP IDEAS that Work

The Office of Special Education Programs provides documents that were written specifically for parents and include information they need as they work with schools to ensure that their children are receiving a quality education. These materials provide information that will help parents of children with disabilities become active and informed participants in IEP discussions and other decision-making meetings.

PACER, Inc. (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights)

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Through its ALLIANCE and other national projects, PACER, a national center, responds to thousands of parents and professionals each year. PACER offers assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.


Read:OutLoud is an accessible text reader that helps every reader be  successful. Read:OutLoud 6 is simple to learn and provides supports to help students with dyslexia, students with print disabilities that interfere with fluent reading, students with low comprehension, and students who read below grade level. Take-home rights make it easy to reinforce reading skills out of the classroom.

Reading Rockets A parent resource for teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities

This site has links to find information about issues related to laws, education, health, mental health, transition and parental supports. With a click of a button, all of the information is accessible in Spanish. 


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