Resources for Consumers

For Expecting Parents: Cord Blood Banking
For Parents: AAC | Autism | Cerebral Palsy (CP) | Communication Milestones | Explaining Special Needs
Cochlear ImplantHearing Loss | Medical | (Special) Education | Funding 
For People with Hearing Loss: Fitness Options | Addiction Treatment 
For People with Disabilities:
Preparedness and Resources | Fire Safety | Home RemodelingOther

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.

For Parents

AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

Click here for a table of AAC resources in Alabama

Autism

What is Autism?

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

Cerebral Palsy

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.

Hearing Loss

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

Medical 

www.entnet.org - All about Otolaryngology

(Special) Education

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

Funding

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 customerservice@uhccf.org.

For People with Hearing Loss

Article: 5 Fitness Options for the Deaf Community

Addiction Treatment and Rehab For Deaf And Blind Individuals

For People with Disabilities

Preparedness 

FEMA Campaign

PSA (A YouTube video from FEMA)

Ready.Gov Website

Disaster Preparedness for People with Disabilities

 

Fire Safety 

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

Home Remodeling

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  

Other Resources

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

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