Special Needs Resources

World Autism Organization | Call for Abstracts

"There is a vast disparity as regards the accessibility and affordability of services for individuals with autism around the world adversely affecting quality of life and the chance of reaching individual potential. The World Autism Organisation (WAO), where possible aims to facilitate opportunities where better resourced service providers, professionals and families can share their wealth of knowledge, experience and support with those in seriously less fortunate situations..." Read more

Tuck Sleep Foundation | Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep

"Sleep is a major issue for many adults and children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Recent studies suggest that up to 80% of young people with ASD also have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep at night. The incidence rate of sleep problems and disorders is also high among adults with ASD, particularly those who are classified as ‘low-functioning’. Lack of sleep can exacerbate some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression, and lack of concentration. As a result, people with ASD who have a hard time sleeping may struggle at work or in their classroom. This guide from the Tuck Sleep Foundation covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more..." Read more

Uniqkid | Recreation Center for Youth with Special Needs

"Uniqkid, Inc. is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated programming to the special needs community and their families. The organization was co-founded in December 2013, by Anton Revich and Karina Burman, both of whom have many years of direct work experience with youth on the autistic spectrum..." Read more

Cerebral Palsy and Bullying

"Studies concerning childhood bullying suggests that children with disabilities are often the target of harassment, typically during school. Although this is an unfortunate event that happens to many children, it doesn’t make it right and contrary to some people’s beliefs, it’s not “a normal part of growing up.” There are a number of ways parents, teachers, and caregivers can help combat bullying, which is especially important for children with cerebral palsy, who may not be able to properly defend themselves..." Read more

Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents

"Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids..." Read more

Sensory Processing Resources

"Sensory processing disorder is a stand alone disability as well as being prevalent in many other diagnoses including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, learning disability, nonverbal learning disability and Tourette syndrome. In addition to senses being under and over-stimulated, sensory processing disorder can adversely affect attention, learning and daily living. In this guide we've collected resources to help you understand this disorder, recognize different sensory issues and behaviors and engage in many fun sensory integration activities..." Read more

Estate Planning for Special Needs Kids

"As people grow older, especially parents, they begin to think about the future, and how their children will be provided for after they’re gone. For parents of children without developmental disabilities, this is easier, as those children can typically provide for themselves...." Read more