(Posted by a Guest Blogger, Larry Dignan) No parent has to tend to a special needs child — no matter his or her age — alone. Even those whose lives involve serious or rare conditions will invariably find others with identical or similar experiences. In the digital age, blogs make it simple to connect with professionals and parents with plenty of advice, comfort, and resources to offer. Check out some of the following for detailed discussions about almost anything and everything related to raising an individual with special needs.
- The Assistive Technology Blog: Virginia Commonwealth University and the Virginia Department of Education join up to develop and discuss the latest in technologies designed to make life more accessible to special needs kids and adults alike.
- Assistive Technology: School psychologist Dr. Brian S. Friedlander specializes in assistive technologies in an educational setting, but his commentary certainly applies to outside of it as well sometimes.
- Assistive Technology Blog: Venkat Rao shares news and opinions regarding assistive technologies today, with some seriously cool devices on display.
- AT Blog: Check out Maryland Department of Disabilities’ official blog for thorough, detailed information about assistive technology developments, events, news, and plenty more.
- Assistive Technology Blog: Along with the blog, this absolutely essential resource also provides a podcast and product reviews to help parents, teachers, and other caretakers make the right choices for their kids.
- Indiana Assistive Technology Blog: Despite the name and talks of relevant legislation and regulation, much of the content discussed here still works on national and international levels.
- ATLA: Assistive Technology of Alaska: Another region-specific assistive technology blog whose m.o. applies to situations in other states and nations, making it a fantastic read.
- AT Blog: It may be based out of California, but AT Blog’s frank postings about assistive technology developments and implementations still engages audiences from different backgrounds.
- PATINS PROJECT Rapid Fire Blog: Both parents and teachers head here for advice about best practices to ensure equitable educational opportunities for special needs students.
- Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions: Not all of the articles posted at Innovative Technology Treatment Solutions necessarily involve AT, but the blog features enough on the subject to warrant consideration.
General Special Needs Resources
- To The Max: Parents.com blogger Ellen Siedman writes mostly about special needs parenting (as one can probably imagine considering the site), but she frequently branches out into general issues as well.
- Disability Studies, Temple U.: Follow this highly insightful blog for an academic dissection of special needs and intelligent solutions for properly addressing them.
- About.com: Children with Special Needs: Ideal for both parents and teachers, Terry Mauro’s website and blog for About.com covers a wide range of topics pertinent to making sure special needs children receive proper care in safe spaces.
- 5 Minutes for Special Needs: Special needs advocacy, education, parenting, and more are the name of the game here, making it a particularly essential digital resource on the subject.
- Friendship Circle Blog: Both the blog and the website that hosts it come packed with commentary and valuable resources for parents and teachers tending to special needs children and adults.
- Patti’s Blog – Advocate for Elders, People with Disabilities and Their Families: Any parents, caretakers, and family members contending with special needs individuals of any age must bookmark Patricia E. Kefalas Dudek’s — an attorney and advocate — official blog about everything they have to know about their rights.
- Different Doodles: Much of this blog’s content centers around education, but it includes enough general information about parenting, legalities, and more to warrant placement here.
- DisabilityInfo.org: The New England INDEX focuses on people and programs making a difference in the special needs community, providing inspiration for those living in other states and countries.
- The World of Special Olympics: Regardless of whether your child participates in Special Olympics events, savvy parents with an activism and advocacy bent would do well to follow what one of the leading organizations serving special needs individuals is doing for the community.
- Jews and Special Needs: Michelle Wolf analyzes special education trends and topics from an obviously religious perspective, though readers of all faiths can still walk away having learned something!
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