Parent Websites

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  • ACT Advocating Change Together
    AT ACT, people with disabilities and allies come together to tell their stories, make friends, compare struggles and celebrate life. Because of this mutual support, people are willing to take risks and practice leadership.
  • CAST - technology for people with disabilities
    Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. UDL provides rich supports for learning and reduces barriers to the curriculum while maintaining high achievement standards for all.
  • Center for Parent Information and Resources
    This webpage (formerly NICHCY) connects you quickly with brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability.
  • Center on Technology and Disability
    A website with a robust library of multimedia resources on assistive and instructional technology, discussion forums within a user-friendly café, and learning modules, many available for continuing education.
  • Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
  • is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide.
  • Disability and Special Education Acronyms
    National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides this list of special education and disability related acronyms.
  • Disability Benefits 101
    DB101 helps people with disabilities learn how income may impact benefits so they can make informed choices, reduce fears, and ensure work is part of the plan.
  • Disability Minnesota Home
    The purpose of this website is to provide a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. We also provide access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas.
  • Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
    ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota
    EFMN offers services across Minnesota and eastern North Dakota to those facing the challenges of epilepsy.
  • FAPE - Families and Advocates Partnership for education
    The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.
  • Family Voices of Minnesota
    A free, statewide, parent-to-parent peer support program for families who have children with chronic and complex health care needs.  This program is called CONNECTED.
  • IRIS Center Online Resources
    Special Education Resources for Inclusion, Scientifically-Validated and Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies. Inluding an online dictionary.
    ISEEK is Minnesota's official resource for career exploration, education and training, and employment information .
  • Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss (aka Duluth Lighthouse for the Blind)
    Help and resources for you or someone that has low vision or blindness.

  • Mom Enough | ME
    Podcasts and forums with information from a mother/daughter team on the many facets of motherhood.
  • MN Children with Special Needs (MCSHN)
    Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN) provides statewide leadership through partnerships with key stakeholders including families, children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), providers, public health and other state and/or community organizations for the purpose of improving the access and quality of, health care and other service systems that are designed to meet the needs of CYSHCN and their families.
  • MN Department of Education
    The Minnesota Department of Education strives to be an innovative education agency serving a wide range of customers: approximately 850,000 K-12 students and their families; 118,000 young children participating in a variety of early learning programs including Head Start and ECFE; 82,000 adult learners participating in adult education programs including GED and citizenship programs; Minnesota's 339 school districts and over 52,000 licensed teachers.
  • MN Department of Education - Special Education
    MDE's Special Education home page.
  • MN Department of Education - Division of Compliance and Assistance
    The Division of Compliance and Assistance oversees the implementation of certain state and federal education laws. The division also provides resources to assist school districts and parents in maintaining compliance with these laws.
  • MN Legislative Reference Library Law and Legislation
    State Statutes, code and much more.
  • MNSIC (MN System of Interagency Coordination)
    The purpose of the Minnesota State Interagency Coordination (MnSIC) system planning initiative is to assist local school board and county boards to establish a coordinated service system for children with disabilities, ages 3 - 21, and their families.
  • Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance
    Their mission is to enhance the quality of life and bring the promise of a better tomorrow for all people affected by brain injury.
  • Minnesota Low Incidence Projects
    The Minnesota Low Incidence Projects are designed to assist school districts across the state in the areas of implementation of the IDEA, professional development and insuring the availability of high quality staff in the low incidence areas of Special Education.
  • Minnesota Special Hockey
    Minnesota Special Hockey exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. In addition to physical hockey skills, the program emphasizes the development of desirable individual characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, concentration, teamwork, willingness to share and personal accountability.
  • My Next Move
    A free online career interest inventory assessment that provides a printed report.
  • National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
    A website to provide important information and resources to support families, youth, educators, and employers as they help teens and young adults with disabilities reach their goals in adulthood. This state-of-the art website offers interactive learning opportunities, an extensive resource library, compelling videos, and inspirational success stories, all presented in a parent-friendly way.
  • Office of Special Education Programs (OSERS)
    The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
  • PACER - Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational 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.
  • Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder
    This guide is intended to help parents understand what autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, recognize common signs and symptoms, and find the resources they need. From the National Institute of Mental Health.
  • Surrogate Parent Program and Training - by PACER
    PACER's surrogate parent project reaches out to surrogate parents, potential surrogate parents, and foster parents from across the state to assist their advocacy efforts.
  • The Youthhood
    A curriculum-based youth Web site. The Youthhood is a free, interactive Web site that young adults and their teachers, parents, and mentors can use to plan for life after high school.
  • Txt4life
    TXT4Life is a suicide prevention resource for residents in Minnesota.  They can help with relationship issues, general mental health, and suicide. Free and confidential.
  • Top 10 Topics: Parents Concerns and Matching Resources - by PACER
    PACER has compiled an extensive variety of helpful web-based information from multiple national and statewide organizations to address the 10 topics parents are most concerned about. Questions and resources have been sorted by age group: birth to 5, 6 to 13, and 14 to 21.
  • University of MN, Extension - Family Relations Website
    Information and links on Parenting Education, Nutrition and Health, Family Resource Management and Housing.