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Parent Resources

The following links can be valuable resources for parents and families.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and will be updated ongoing

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education

Written by the Federation for Children with Special Needs in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Guide is meant to serve as a resource for parents, and the organizations that serve them. The Guide contains the most current and accurate information available regarding the special education system in Massachusetts. It is the hope of the Federation that this publication will assist families in obtaining the supports and services that their children with disabilities need to succeed in school.

Disabilityinfo.org (an INDEX Website)

INDEX helps people with disabilities find the information they need. We collect and keep up-to-date information on programs, providers and services in Massachusetts that have something to offer to people with disabilities. INDEX is a project of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Helping people with disabilities and their families find the help and resources they need.

AANE- Asperger and Autism Network

The Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) helps people with Asperger's or similar autism spectrum and neurodiverse profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We provide individuals, families, and professionals with information, education, community, support, and advocacy — all in an inclusive atmosphere of validation and respect.

AANE (Asperger/Autism Network), one of the first Asperger-focused organizations in the United States, was founded in 1996 by a small group of concerned parents and professionals, shortly after the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome (AS) first appeared in the U.S. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, edition IV (DSM-IV). AANE builds a supportive community by providing education, information, and referrals to individuals with AS, their extended families, and the professionals who work with them.

Understood.org - Understanding Special Education

15 nonprofit organizations are diverse in their specialties but united by a common desire to help parents help children. We’ve come together to bring parents a comprehensive resource that no single organization could provide on its own

A user-friendly resource for topics relating to special education and disabilities