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These websites offer great information for families with disabilities.   


Lifting the Fog   Lifting the Fog Surrounding Texas Support for People with Developmental Disabilities
For people in Texas, this brief presentation describes several of the state services available, what they provide, eligibility qualifications, and how to enroll.  


Care.com   http://www.care.com/ ;     GoNannies.com   http://www.gonannies.com/
These are great resources for finding quality care providers for special needs children, the elderly, typical kids, and even pets.  We have used them to find help at home as well as on vacation.  You can scan the backgrounds of local providers for free, and then join when you want to contact someone.


Children of Destiny
   http://www.childrenofdestiny.org/ 
Children of Destiny is a Christian ministry dedicated to bringing God’s hope, life, and restoration to families and individuals struggling with autism and related disorders through the development and promotion of effective prayer, inspirational messages, and spiritual support.


Disability Scoop   http://www.disabilityscoop.com/
Disability Scoop is the first nationally focused online news organization serving the developmental disability community including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fragile X and mental retardation, among others.  Sourcing information from top media outlets, Disability Scoop sifts through the clutter to provide a central, reliable source of information and resources.


It's A New IDEA   2016 IDEA Manual (pdf)
Developed by The Arc of Texas and Advocacy, Inc., this 87 page manual is an invaluable resource for families dealing with IEPs, ARDs, and the rest of special education's alphabet soup.  Though focused on Texas, the guides and checklists can help families across the country.


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rightslaw
   http://www.wrightslaw.com/
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.  You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources on dozens of topics.


Joni & Friends   http://www.joniandfriends.org/
The vision of Joni & Friends is to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community.  They communicate the Gospel and equip Christ-honoring Churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.  Among their programs are annual retreats for families with disabilities, which we have attended for years.


BibleGateway   http://www.biblegateway.com/
Though not disability related, this is one of my favorite websites.  The Bible Gateway is a tool for reading and researching scripture online -- all in the language or translation of your choice! It provides advanced searching capabilities, which allow readers to find and compare particular passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.