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Life Planning: Birth to Three


Easter Seals offers a range of services for babies and young children with disabilities. Easter Seals Child Development Centers are located throughout the United States. These centers provide an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities learn and play together. Comprehensive Birth to Three services are also provided. Visit the Easter Seals website to locate a center in your area.

First Signs is dedicated to helping parents and professionals better identify early warning signs of developmental, behavioral, and learning disabilities. The First Signs website provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a comprehensive directory of information and resources concerning Babies and Toddlers with Disabilities Parents can explore articles on such topics as preparing an Individualized Family Service Plan, can learn about the laws that protect their children, and find programs and services available in their state. NICHCY has also recently developed a brief roadmap that guides families that are new to disability: New to Disability?.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center provides a Directory of Early Childhood Projects funded by the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers provides a State Directory of Parent Centers. Parent Centers serve families of children of all ages (birth through 26 years) with all disabilities; physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional. Services for babies and toddlers and their families can include, new parent information packets and early childhood intervention services.

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison has developed a guide entitled The CORE of a Good Life: Guided Conversations with Parents Raising Young Children with Disabilities. The guide talks about the importance of not just relying on professional supports but drawing from natural supports (such as family, friends, neighbors, etc.) while raising a young child with a disability.

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