for Parents: Books, Catalogs & On-Line Websites
There are a number of excellent
books written for parents of children with disabilities:
- You Will Dream New
Dreams: Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities
(2001) edited by Stanley D. Klein and Kim Schive and published by Kensington
- Special Kids Need
Special Parents: A Resource for Parents of Children with Special Needs
(2001) written by Judith Loseff Lavin and published by The Berkley Publishing
- Raising a Handicapped
Child: A Helpful Guide for Parents of the Physically Disabled
(2000) written by Charlotte E. Thompson, MD and published by Oxford University
- Do You Hear What I
Hear? Parents and Professionals Working Together for Children with Special
Needs (1999) written by Janice Fialka and Karen C. Mikus and published
by Proctor Publications, LLC.
- Special Children,
Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability
(1997) written by Robert A. Naseef and published by Carol Publishing Group.
- Steps to Independence:
Teaching Everyday Skills to Children with Special Needs (1997) written
by Bruce Baker and Alan Brightman, and published by Brookes Publishing.
- After the Tears: Parents
Talk about Raising a Child with a Disability (1987) edited by Robin Simons
and published by Harcourt, Brace & Co.
There are also two major
publishers who focus on books about parenting children with specific disabilities
such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
You can access catalogs from these publishers online:
Websites to Link To:
Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) at
www.nichcy.org is a national information center that provides information
on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, administrators,
journalists, and students. Their special focus is children and youth (birth
to age 22).
Resource for Special Children (IRSC) at www.irsc.org provides valuable
information to about children with disabilities to parents, family members,
caregivers, friends, educators, and medical professionals who provide them
services and support.
with Disabilities at www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org/aboutsite.html
presents families, service providers, and other interested individuals with
information about advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation,
technical assistance, and transportation for children with disabilities.
at www.wrightslaw.com provides parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys
with accurate, up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities.
Parent Magazine at www.eparent.com provides information, support, ideas,
encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities,
and the professionals who work with them.