Resources for Consumers
For Expecting Parents: Cord Blood Banking
For Parents: AAC | Autism | Cerebral Palsy (CP) | Communication Milestones | Explaining Special Needs |Cochlear Implant | Hearing Loss | Medical | (Special) Education | Funding
For People with Hearing Loss: Fitness Options | Addiction Treatment
For People with Disabilities: Preparedness and Resources | Fire Safety | Home Remodeling | Other
For Expecting Parents
https://www.cordbloodbanking.com - "There have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants worldwide. We can further save the lives of children suffering from cancers, blood disorders and many other serious disorders and disabilities including cerebral palsy (now in FDA regulated clinical trials at Georgia Regents University - Oct. 2015)."
Also, visit https://www.cordbloodguide.com for a free downloadable guide and information about cord blood and cord blood banking.
AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
What is Autism?
After the Autism Diagnosis: Staying Connected as a Couple
The Guide to Securing Life-long Accommodations for Adult Children with Special Needs
When an Autism Diagnosis Comes in Adulthood
Creating a Sensory-Friendly Home for Your Autistic Child
Supporting Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Coping with Grief and Loss through Death or Divorce
http://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com - Educational materials for families and individuals affected by cerebral palsy, including information about different therapies, treatment options, and financial resources.
http://www.cerebralpalsyguidance.com - A comprehensive informational website on cerebral palsy, from information on symptoms to financial assistance to daily living articles.
http://www.cerebralpalsysymptoms.com - "Our goal is to raise awareness globally for cerebral palsy and other birth injuries."
https://cerebralpalsygroup.com - "A national organization ... here to provide information and support ... resources and education to those affected by CP."
Communication Milestones and Tips
https://identifythesigns.org/communicating-with-baby-toolkit/ - Seven handouts detailing communication skill milestones and tips for how to support children's development. Developed in cooperation with the group Read Aloud 15 MINUTES.
Explaining Special Needs to Children
Cochlear Implant Guide
This guide educates readers on important aspects to consider when selecting a cochlear implant. It answers common questions about the components, processes and style of the device. It also addresses hearing implant candidacy and breaks down the pros and cons of the major cochlear implant brands with verified reviews.
www.babyhearing.org - Boys Town National Research Center site
www.handsandvoices.org - Site dedicated to advocacy for deaf and hard of hearing children
www.johntracyclinic.org - Free courses for families of infants and preschoolers with hearing loss
www.listen-up.org - Parent-run site for parents of children with hearing impairments
www.OtiKids.com - Facts about hearing loss and games for kids
www.signingtime.com - Videos for learning sign language
Spanish Language Video on Early Hearing Screening from the CDC (8 min.): ¿Que tan bien oye su hijo? Lo que los padres deben saber. Spanish-speaking families who received "did not pass" or "refer" results for their babies' hearing screening describe how they felt and what they did next. Their stories provide facts and encouragement to help other parents seek out the follow-up services their baby needs.
Socialization and the Child who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing
www.entnet.org - All about Otolaryngology
http://brainconnection.positscience.com - Information about brain research and education
www.specialeducationguide.com - Lots of info and resources about Special Education
www.SightWords.com - For parents and educators. Sponsored by the GA Preschool Association
UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) is a charitable organization that provides medical grants to help children gain access to health-related services not (fully) covered by insurance.
Apply at www.uhccf.org/apply
Request a brochure from -855-MY-UHCCF or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For People with Hearing Loss
Article: 5 Fitness Options for the Deaf Community
Addiction Treatment and Rehab For Deaf And Blind Individuals
PSA (A YouTube video from FEMA)
Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities
Fire Safety & Disabilities Guide
The Guide To Fire Safety For People With Disabilities
Fire Safety Guides For Kids (Also Includes A Section For Kids With Special Needs)
An Interesting Discussion On Quora: How do people in wheelchairs safely exit a multi-level building during a fire evacuation if the elevator is unavailable?
Fire Safety For Wheelchair Users (including how to evacuate people with limited mobility)
Fire Safety for People with Disabilities: A How-To Guide for Prevention and Evacuation
Disability Accommodation Cost Guides
Disability Remodeling - What is the Average Cost to Renovate?
Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs: What You Need to Know
A guide to mobility and accessibility devices, including speech-generating devices
An extensive 2017 resource page for college students with disabilities
Guide for college students with disabilities - Info about legal rights, how to prepare for classes, and specific suggestions for college prep for those with speech disorders, hearing impairment, autism, ADHD, cognitive disabilities, and more
College Resources for Disabled Students - Best Colleges, Government Programs, Scholarships and Helpful Apps
HUD Housing Resource Locator Addiction Treatment Resources for Americans with Disabilities
The Disabled Job Seeker's Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent
A How-to Guide on Job Searching with a Disability
The Guide to Buying Used Accessible Vehicles
Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities, a detailed walkthrough of discounts and special offers
Guides to bedding, mattresses and adaptive equipment: SleepCupid | Best Mattress Reviews | Adjustable Bed Reviews
Moving an Aging or Disabled Parent into Your Home: 4 Things You Should Know
Your Guide to the Disability Process
Be Ready to Go: Disability-Specific Supplies for Emergency Kits
Disability Air Travel: Information for Seniors & Disabled
Transportation Options for Seniors Who Don’t Drive
Fully Accessible Guide to Flying With Physical Disabilities
Assisted Living Options for People With Disabilities