Resources for Caregivers of Children with Special Needs
Sharon Special Education Parent Advisory Council
The Mission of the Sharon Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SSEPAC) is to work towards the understanding of, respect for, support, and appropriate education for all children with special needs in the community of Sharon, Massachusetts.
SSEPAC Library: The Council has a large collection of books, pamphlets, videos etc. These items are currently held in the Sharon High School Library. Some of their holdings are currently searchable on-line (using the keyword term SSEPAC) with more being added weekly until all holdings will be listed on-line. You may request to check out materials and request delivery if you are unable to get to the Sharon High School Library to check them out. You may also request to receive materials that are checked by someone else when they are returned.
Sharon Public Library
Books related to persons with special needs are mainly found under the call numbers 371.8 through 371.9 and 616.85 through 616.89, and 649.15. Or search the catalog for the following topics:
Asperger's syndrome, Asperger's, Autism,
Child mental health, Child psychology,
Children with disabilities, Children with mental disabilities,
Developmentally disabled children, Down syndrome,
Parents of children with diabilities, Special education
Sharon High School Special Education Department
The Sharon High School has a wide variety of opportunities to support its many students. Programs include Academic Lab, The Networks Program and Team Based Learning.
Special Needs Alliance
The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, not for profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena.
Massachusetts Department of Education Resources for Parents
Providing information for parents on special education, the American Disabilities Act, links to organizations and resources in Massachusetts and national organizations/resources.
Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Website provides news, research updates, links to resources.
An accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Free memberships for qualified U.S. students and schools. Books and periodicals for every age and interest. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
Children's Behavioral Health Initiative
The Children's Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) is an interagency initiative of the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Health and Human Services whose mission is to strengthen, expand and integrate Massachusetts state services into a comprehensive, community-based system of care, to ensure that families and their children with significant behavioral, emotional and mental health needs obtain the services necessary for success in home, school and community. Website offers information to families with children who have mental health issues on applying for benefits, screenings and other resources.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Adminstration: Massachusetts
SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
Department of Mental Health Resource Guides
The DMH Resource Guide is a directory of the DMH, its Areas, Service Site Offices, facilities and contact information. A handy listing of cities and towns will direct you to the appropriate DMH Site Office and contact.
The DMH Consumer and Family Resource Guide is a listing of information and referral resources made available from the DMH Information and Referral Line, toll free at 1-800-221-0053. Tailored for the needs of consumers and families, this guide provides information and referral in a variety of categories from accessing DMH services to listings of consumer organizations to contact information for legal resources for consumers.
The Emergency Services Programs (ESP) Resource Guide lists all ESPs statewide, their location, corresponding cities and town and toll-free crisis number.
The DMH Young Adult Resource Guide has been developed and updated to reflect the changing needs of the young adult population in DMH as well as those services and supports that accompany the young adult’s journey through education, employment, transportation, and housing. This guide is intended for young adults who need assistance in navigating these areas so that they may achieve their goals of recovery and become successful, independent adults who live and thrive in the community.
Australia's Open Colleges website includes this guide for teachers as part of its InformEd series.