You Are Not Alone

For Parents When They Learn That Their Child Has a Disabilityby Patricia McGill SmithPDF versionIn Spanish | En españolUpdated October 2010If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it.When parents learn about any difficulty … [Read more...]

The Unplanned Journey

When You Learn That Your Child Has a Disabilityby Carole Brown, Samara Goodman, and Lisa Küpper Originally published 1992 2nd edition, 2003 Updated, 2010The birth of a child with a disability, or the discovery that a child has a disability, can have profound effects on the family. In “You are Not Alone,” Patricia McGill Smith offers the insights that she and others have gained through their own experience of having a child with a disability. … [Read more...]

Parent Groups

Updated October 2010Families with a child who has a disability have special concerns and often need a great deal of information: information about the disability of their child, about school services, therapy, local policies, funding sources, transportation, medical facilities, and much more. Many families find it very useful to join a parent group, which is what this page is all about.Quick-Jump LinksWhy join a parent group?Your PTI and CPRCThe Parent … [Read more...]

Sibling Issues

Revised May 2013In any family, each sibling is unique, important, and special. So are the relationships they have with each other. Brothers and sisters influence each other and play important roles in each other's lives. Indeed, sibling relationships make up a child's first social network and are the basis for his or her interactions with people outside the family.Brothers and sisters are playmates first; as they mature, they take on new roles with … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.