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Parent / Caregiver Resources

American Foundation for the Blind Family Connect
Online community that can offer tips and support from other parents of children who are blind or visually impaired.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Services in WV Schools
This guidance document from the WV Department of Education Office of Special Programs provides education related information about autism spectrum disorders; and assists Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams, including parents, develop researched-based educational programs for children and youth who qualify for special education services under the autism disability category.

Beginnings for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is a non-profit that helps parents and families understand hearing loss, and the diverse needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Center for Parent Information and Resources: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The funding for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) ended in October 2013, but many of its products and webpages will live on here, where CPIR maintains their accuracy and continues to make them available to families, professionals, and Parent Centers.

The Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) Program
The Family Advocacy, Support & Training (FAST) program is a statewide parent and youth network that engages families in the planning, management and evaluation of their child's mental health treatment and service needs. It is sponsored by Legal Aid of WV. Toll-free number for Legal Aid of WV: 1-866-255-4370

Hands & Voices
Hands & Voices is a non-profit, parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Modified Diploma Brochure
Understanding Modified Diplomas: What teachers, parents and students need to know. This brochure is by the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE).

Mountain State Parents, Children & Adolescent Network (MSPCAN)
Parkersburg, WV

MSP-CAN promotes reforms in the service delivery system through a continuum of interrelated activities that educate and support parent, inform practitioners, and administrators and policy makers.

Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment provides relevant information and resources to parents, youth, and professionals through a variety of services: a website that inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; in-person and online workshops for parents on youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

Parent Educator Resource Centers (WVDE)
Nancy Cline

The purpose of the PERC project is to build partnerships between parents and educators to ensure that children receive the highest educational opportunities and achievement possible. Local education agencies participate in the project by establishing centers to work with families of children in the school system, educators, and others.
Understood is a non-profit serving families of kids with all types of disabilities find meaningful employment at inclusive companies.

WV Hands and Voices
WV Hands & Voices is dedicated to the non-biased support of families who have children who are deaf or hard of hearing without bias toward communication modality or methodology.