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Dedicated to finding products and information to simplify Traveling with Kids, Across Town or Around the World.   http://www.travelingwithkids.com/

 

Family Travel Gear, specializing in products to assist families traveling with kids. So whether you're heading out on a road trip, or sight seeing abroad, let Family Travel Gear help make your next family vacation easier, safer, and a lot more fun! www.familytravelgear.com

 

Tots on the Go brings you the finest in quality strollers and travel baby products. We carry top brand name items such as the innovative Phil and Teds Sports buggy, baby backpack carriers, high end diaper bags and great travel gear. The current brands we carry include Phil and Teds, Valco, Micralite, Silver Cross, BOB Gear, Strollometer, JL Childress, Carry You, PortaMEe Baby Carriers, Red Castle Sport Carrier, Lascal, DadGear and so much more and we are continuously adding more high quality names to our family. www.totsongo.com

 

Temporary Tattoos With A Purpose - Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos™ are a unique way to help ensure if your child is lost they will be found. If your child gets lost or injured it can be a stressful situation for your child. Although memorized, a phone number may not be easy for your child to remember when lost. Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos™ help your child remember important phone numbers because they simply know to look for the tattoo.  www.TattoosWithAPurpose.com

 

 


Financial Aid

 

 

Social Security and Disability Resource Center provides information on the federal government's two disability benefit programs, title II social security disability benefits and title 16 SSI disability benefits. http://www.ssdrc.com/

 

 

New Parents

 

New Parent Package - National Down Syndrome Congress

Welcome to Holland, A Baby is a Baby First, Facts about Down Syndrome,

New Parent/Early Intervention Resources, Bibliography 2007 8 DOC /469 KB,
Listing of Medical Clinics, Public Awareness Language Guidelines,

Your Baby and Down Syndrome, Advice for New Parents
www.ndsccenter.org/resources/package.php

 

Prenatal Diagnosis
A publication written in 1999 designed by the Down Syndrome Association of Orange County (DSAOC) and printed in partnership with the NDSC. It is entitled Light at the End of the Tunnel and it is written by and for parents facing a prenatal diagnosis. It is their reflections on their journey. http://www.ndsccenter.org/resources/light.php

 


 


 

Inspirational
 

Sibling Stories, a blog featuring essays siblings by people with disabilities

http://siblingstories.blogspot.com/

 

Book on "Gifts, Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich their Lives"

http://www.giftsds.segullah.org/

 

A montage created at One True Media by RaeAnn

Sam was born 13 weeks premature and he has Down syndrome. He is blessed with an extra chromosome and we are blessed with so much more...he truely is amazing!

Samuel

 

The Simple Truths of Service

Inspired by Johnny the Bagger

http://www.simpletruths.com/simpletruths/a.aspx?af=219&mo=stsr

 

Michael Johnson is a contemporary naive artist who just happens to have Down syndrome.

http://users.psln.com/sharing/Michael

 

Dreams
Features children and adults who have Down syndrome talking about their dreams and what they're proud of in their lives. This fun and inspirational video made by Scott and Julia Elliott celebrates the work of the National Down Syndrome Society and the larger Down syndrome community.
View the video on YouTube (length: 4 min)
 

Homecoming Queen
A young woman is presented with the honor of Homecoming Queen by her classmates.
View the video (length: 30 sec)

 

Mother becomes a groundbreaking professor

A son with Down syndrome inspires his mother to become a groundbreaking professor in special education http://magazine.wcu.edu/2010/07/pioneers-together/

 

Paul Daugherty 2009 Keynote Address

Paul Daugherty delivered the keynote address at the Remarkable Families Symposium on Friday, April 3, 2009 in the Cintas Center. Paul is a graduate of Washington and Lee University with a degree in journalism.
Paul is also a dedicated husband and father who has been involved in disabilities advocacy for several years. Below is the text of Paul's keynote address, provided by Paul and posted with his permission. http://www.xavier.edu/familyresiliency/paul-daugherty-keynote.cfm

 

More Alike Than Different - NDSC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg2ZBPw2LyE&playnext=1&videos=9di9X_Spkdc&feature=mfu_in_order

 

 

 


 

Early Childhood / IEPs / School
 

Pledge to quit using the word online at http://r-word.org/

 

From Advocacy to Action is an organization that helps empower parents to transform the lives of their children with disabilities.  Their mission is to provide educational advocacy services to parents and children with disabilities.  http://fromadvocacy2action.com/Home_Page.html

 

Going to College - A resource for teens with disabilities

Videos and resources to help high school students with disabilities plan ahead for college

 www.going-to-college.org

 

Family Resource Center on Disabilities in Chicago


Answers for Special Kids is an independent alliance serving our
Special Needs Children  www.answersforspecialkids.org

 

Wrightslaw
Information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
www.WrightsLaw.com/


IPHCA - Illinois Primary Health Care Association

The purpose of this web site is to facilitate information sharing with Early Intervention providers, Early Intervention program participants and their parents or guardians, and Child and Family Connection agencies.
http://www.eicbo.info/

 

IEP4U makes an IEP easy, streamlined and efficient with 4000 goals and objectives.  www.iep4u.com/

Illinois State Board of Education - The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is the yardstick the state uses to measure the learning of students with significant cognitive disabilities.

www.isbe.net/assessment/iaa.htm

IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation)

groups.yahoo.com/group/IEP_guide/links/IEE_000993391696/


Create-a-Reader -is a literacy program that takes a student from beginning reading to a third grade reading level. It is tailored to your child’s pace of learning. Create-a-Reader is a supplemental tool that can be used with any literacy program. It also includes over 1500 words that can be used in custom spelling lists. http://www.create-a-reader.com

 

Starfall is a learn-to-read website primarily designed for first grade, but also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade.
www.Starfall.com

 

The Teaching Tools are intended to assist teachers in problem-solving a plan to support young children who are having challenging behavior.

ChallengingBehavior.fmhi.usf.edu/tools.html

 

CVC Flashcards - Online reading practice for the kids http://www.softschools.com/language_arts/phonics/games/cvc_flashcards.jsp

 

Earobics is a powerful and transformative multisensory reading intervention for raising academic achievement and empowering school districts, principals, and teachers to strengthen and rejuvenate their reading curriculums to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

www.earobics.com
 

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). www.nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/grade_g_2.html

 

Tar Heel Reader is a collaboratively developed library of books for beginning readers. Explore the collection and make your own contribution. The books are accessible in multiple formats, have text-to-speech options, and can be exported into multiple formats. http://tarheelreader.org/

 

Free Teaching Resources-for children with special needs

http://www.senteacher.org

 

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has produced a handout that are intended to support training on the five modules addressing the umbrella topic of The Individualized Education Program, Theme D. It explains each and every section of the IEP and includes a reference to the law.    http://www.nichcy.org/Laws/IDEA/Documents/Training_Curriculum/15-handouts.doc

 

Illinois State Board of Education Recommended Individualized Education Program (IEP forms and Instructions can be found at  http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/pdfs/iep_instructions.pdf

 

Equip for Equality can help you find answers to a variety of disability related concerns, including information on how to seek individual assistance with disability-related rights issues, information on legislation and public policy that impacts the disability community.   http://www.equipforequality.org/

 

IPad Apps  http://www.babieswithipads.blogspot.com/
 

App Store opens special education section
Mobile phones have caused conflicts between students and educators. But other mobile devices, especially iPads, have been seen as having educational value, especially for special education programs. http://www.appolicious.com/finance/articles/3675-app-store-opens-special-education-section

 

Ds Specific Books

FREE websites for math and science with short clips explaining the information and activities . Just scroll for search for the topic you want, http://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm

 


 


 

Other Down Syndrome Support / Web Groups
 

NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home.  nads.org/


NDSS - The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to realize their life aspirations. NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome.  www.ndss.org/


UPS for DOWNS: A local support group for parents of children born with Down syndrome. We serve hundreds of families in the Chicago/Metro area and are a parent-run, volunteer organization that accomplishes these activities with minimal financial resources  www.UpsforDowns.org/


UPS for DOWNS (WEB Group) - United Parent Support for Down syndrome is a volunteer organization of parents of children with Down syndrome. While we are mostly from the metropolitan Chicago area, we hope that this group will be a beneficial way for our members and others to communicate and interact regarding important issues.  health.groups.yahoo.com/group/UpsforDowns/


GiGi’s Playhouse is a Down syndrome awareness center.  With multiple locations, we offer activities, resources, educational programs and support for individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.  GigisPlayhouse.com/


Band of Angels Foundation - When you share this vision through our cards, calendars, and books, you directly support our outreach programs and help spread realistic and inspiring information about Down syndrome! www.BandofAngels.com/


The Arc - The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.  www.TheArc.org/


The Arc of Illinois - The Arc of Illinois is committed to empowering persons with disabilities to achieve full participation in community life through informed choices.  www.Thearcofil.org/splash.asp


Down Syndrome Info Exchange (Web Group)  Are you looking for a list that offers 'one stop shopping' ? Are you tired of joining list after list in an effort to cover all your bases??  Would you like to talk to other parents about conditions that your child may have such as a congenital heart defect(CHD), gastroesphogeal reflux disease (GERD, hypothyroidism, etc.? health.groups.yahoo.com/group/DownSyndromeInfoExchange/


What is a STAR NET Family Fellowship?  Family Fellowships are used to reimburse parents for the expense of attending workshops, seminars or conferences. Parents can be reimbursed up to $200.00 per year.
Preference is given to in-state events. 
www.TheCenterWeb.org/starnet/fund-fellow.html


DownSyn Forum - Extra Chromosome... Extra Family  www.DownSyn.com/phpbb2/index.php

 

Illinois Life Span Project

Is a free information and referral service for people with developmental disabilities. www.illinoislifespan.org

 

FINDS - Family Ideas Network for Down Syndrome - FINDS is a parent support group serving McHenry County and Northern Kane counties in Illinois. We share information with our members through monthly coffees, a bi-monthly newsletter, educational speakers, and several parties during the year.  www.findsdownsyndrome.com

 

Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group is a community group of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis, provides support and information to parents of children with Down syndrome in Southwestern Illinois.   www.altonweb.com/cs/downsyndrome/index.htm?page=may07.html

 

The National Down Syndrome Congress  - The mission of the NDSC is to provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.

www.ndsccenter.org

 

Special Kids Special Families - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialkidsspecialfamilies/

 

DownSyndrome.com - Directory of Down Syndrome Internet Sites www.downsyndrome.com

 

Down's Heart Group - a charity offering support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down's Syndrome.  www.dhg.org.uk

 

Lake County Center for Independent Living

is a disability rights organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.  Lake County Center for Independent Living offers services and advocacy that promote a fully accessible society, which expects participation by persons with disabilities.

http://www.lccil.org/

 

TASH is an international grassroots leader in advancing inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy. www.tash.org

 

The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by BraveHeart Press, the family-owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included. www.disabilityisnatural.com

 

One Place for Special Needs-helps you find more and do more in the disability community. It's the perfect place for the newly diagnosed family as well as seasoned special needs parents and individuals.  http://www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/

 

Canadian Down Syndrome Society
http://www.cdss.ca/images/pdf/parent_information/
There are some really nice white papers on here - the toilet training one, the
"running" one, the school one...thought I'd share in case anyone is interested.
(from the Canadian DS society!)

 

 


 

Special Ed Recreation / Sports

 

Need help teaching your child to ride a bike?
People call Richard Klein the Bike Doctor for his work in teaching special-needs children to ride their bikes. During the process, Klein replaces bike tires with a series of eight custom-built rollers. His process usually takes four to five days. Easter Seals has offered camps featuring Mr. Klein and his “Lose The Training Wheels” program. For more information visit www.losethetrainingwheels.org.

 

Bright Stars

All-star co-ed cheerleading for Special Needs Athletes ages 6- 18.
For more info or to volunteer call Kelly or Craig at (847) 856-8573
or  www.ultimateathletics.net 

 

Yoga for the Special Child™ is a comprehensive program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs.
www.SpecialYoga.com/

 

Special Camps a camp that challenges mentally handicapped youth and adults to new activities, increasing independence and self-esteem in a loving, all-volunteer run overnight summer camp.  www.specialcamps.org

For more information contact Colleen McDonald

Phone / Fax: (630) 690-0944, e-mail @ mcdcolleen@yahoo.com

 

Camp Buckskin- for children with ADHD, LD, Asperger’s and similar challenges.
8100 Wayzata Blvd., Golden Valley, MN 55426, (952) 930-3544, www.campbuckskin.com


Camp Kodiak – for children and teens with ADHD, LD, NLD & Asperger Syndrome, 4069 Pheasant Run, Mississaugoa, Ontario, Canada L5L 2C2,
1-877-569-7595, www.info@campkodiak.com


Camp Friendship-educational, recreational and social opportunities for people of all ages with mental and physical developmental disabilities, 10509 108th St. NW, Annandale, MN 55302, (800) 450-8376, www.friendshipventures.org


Camp Red Leaf -designed to serve youth and adults with developmental disabilities, ranging in age from 9 to 90, Jewish Council for Youth Services, 26710 W. Nippersink, Ingleside, IL 60041, 847-740-5010, www.jcys.org


Champions Day Camp-Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America, www.threefirescouncil.org

 

The Northwest Special Recreation Association strives for each participant to function at his/her highest level of ability. Benefits of participation include increased socialization and community awareness, development of new leisure skills, increased physical and emotional well being, and increased self esteem, all in a fun, safe and structured recreation environment. 16 park districts that are served through the NWSRA include Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mt. Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights, River Trails, Rolling Meadows, Salt Creek, Schaumburg, Streamwood and Wheeling.  www.nwsra.org/

 

Hoofbeats and Heartbeats Association is dedicated to providing equine-assisted therapy opportunities to children and adults in financial need, and to educating the public on the benefits of therapy in the natural environment. http://www.hbhb.org

 

Kids Together, Inc has a mission to promote inclusive communities where all people belong.  www.kidstogether.org

 

On the Same Team - Building collaborative special education relationships between home and school.

"A collaborative home-school relationship is the cornerstone to a successful education."

Register for "The Backpack" - Receive free weekly newsletters about important developments in special education and disability-related issues. http://www.onthesameteam.org

 

Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities is dedicated to leading change in Illinois so that all people with developmental disabilities are able to exercise their rights to freedom and equal opportunity. www.state.il.us/agency/icdd/

 

Project CHOICES is a "least restrictive environment" initiative funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. www.projectchoices.org

 

What is SRACLC? The Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County was formed in 1976 as a cooperative effort of Member Agencies with the purpose to provide year round community based recreation services to individuals with disabilities and their families.

sraclc.org/index.html
 

 


 

General Medical / Health


Down Syndrome: Health Issues - Author's note: I'm a pediatrician and the father of Avi, 12 years old, and Nathan, 15 years old. (Photos!) Avi has Down Syndrome ("DS" for short) and has inspired me to write these essays about children with DS for other parents. I have put them here for general reading. You may E-mail me with any questions about these essays. I have also included some other pediatric items of interest for parents.  www.DS-Health.com/


Down's Heart Group - a charity offering support and information relating to heart conditions associated with Down's Syndrome.  www.dhg.org.uk

 

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation provides financial assistance toward the family's share of the cost of medical services.  www.uhccf.org 

 

MedCalc: Interactive Growth Charts  MedCalc.com/growth/


The Adaptivemall.com® understands the challenges that you face while caring for someone with special needs. We serve every customer with this concern in mind while helping families find the best equipment to support their children at their highest functioning level.  www.AdaptiveMall.com/index.html


Adopt-A-Mouse for Down Syndrome - Researchers have developed a mouse with Down syndrome. This mouse is unraveling the mysteries and changing the landscape of genetic research in Down syndrome.  www.AdoptaMouse.com/


NuTriVene-D

We specialize in nutritional and dietary supplements for children and adults with special healthcare needs.

Nutrivene.com/


NARHA - North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.  NARHA promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with and without physical, emotional and learning disabilities. For individuals with special needs, equine-assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development, as well as emotional well-being. And it's fun!  www.narha.org/


Special Education Services - Plano Independent School District.  Occupational Therapy's Notes to Parents
k-12.pisd.edu/currinst/sped/OT/OTParentPoints2.htm


Juice Plus+® -is a whole food based product providing the wide array of nutrients found in a variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and grains. www.JuicePlus.com

 

Center for Motor Behavior & Pediatric Disabilities - Division of Kinesiology - University of Michigan.

Our Mission: To conduct and disseminate basic scientific research to better understand the complexity of individuals with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida and to utilize this knowledge to design and test innovative clinical services
www.umich.edu/~cmbds/

 

Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup -  designed exclusively to help people who have difficulty swallowing pills. Its unique, patented design facilitates the natural swallowing reflex to help you swallow medications or pills without stress or discomfort. The Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup can be used by anyone who experiences difficulty in swallowing pills, including children, adults and seniors.  http://www.Oralflo.com

 

NutriChem Pharmacy was created in the early 1980s by Kent MacLeod. It has always been NutriChem's goal to provide health professionals and clients with current research and innovative professional services.
http://www.nutrichem.com

 

Illinois Department of Insurance - The mission of the Department of Insurance is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry's market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace.

http://insurance.illinois.gov/

 

Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation:  There has been a lot of debate over recent decades regarding the usefulness of vitamin and/or mineral supplementation in people with Down Syndrome. I have collected here a number of scientific articles which address this topic.  http://www.ds-health.com/vitamin.htm

 

Grants for Medical Services - The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is offering support to meet the needs of children across the United States with assistance grants for medical services not fully covered by health insurance.  Grants of up to $5,000 are available for child's healthcare. Income restrictions apply.

http://www.uhccf.org

 

Online resources on hygiene skills including hand washing and sneezing properly, menstrual cycle, how to shave, using deodorant, brushing teeth and more all in one place. http://bit.ly/gRl9YC
 


 


 

Feeding issues / speech


Out of the Box Reading  ...For Children Who Learn Differently!  www.outoftheboxreading.com
 

The Speech Bin - Your single best source for books, computer software and tests, and materials for persons of all ages who have special needs in: Speech, Language, Hearing and Listening, Stuttering, Voice, Autism, Sensory-Motor, Skills, Cleft Palate, Aphasia, Dementia, Swallowing  www.SpeechBin.com

 

Mealtime Notions LLC was created to provide mealtime support for parents and professionals who feed infants and young children with special feeding challenges.

www.MealtimeNotions.com/

 

Easierliving.com is part of the Alimed, Inc. Family of Web Sites.  AliMed is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high quality products - everything from pre-formed orthoses, alarms for fall management, cushions, diagnostic imaging and operating room accessories, orthopedic rehabilitation equipment, ergonomic workplace solutions and now our latest endeavor into Emergency Preparedness.

Swallowing problems

www.easierliving.com


Speechville Express - Resources for Oral Motor Exercises

www.Speech-Express.com/helping-at-home/oral-motor-excercises.html


Love and Learning - Our technique and materials (DVDs, audio tapes, books and computer programs) help Infants and Toddlers with Language and Reading development.

www.LoveandLearning.com/home.shtml


HandSpeak is a subscription service to learn sign language on-line.  www.HandSpeak.com

 

American Sign Language Browser

The ASL Browser is an excellent resource for looking up ASL signs that are recorded as sign videos.

www.CommTechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm

 

The Center for Speech and Language Disorders in Elmhurst

The CSLD in Elmhurst is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing treatment at or below cost of service to all children in need, regardless of ability to pay.

http://www.csld.org


Talk Tools - Muscle Based Therapy - "Our goal at TalkTools®/ITI is to educate you as we teach you how to correct or address a problem. Our programs, books, videos, and therapy materials are unique, and you may have questions along the way. We are here to help, and can be reached via email at info@talktools.net. One of our therapists will personally respond to your questions and concerns. You are not alone."
www.Talktools.net

 

Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup -  designed exclusively to help people who have difficulty swallowing pills. Its unique, patented design facilitates the natural swallowing reflex to help you swallow medications or pills without stress or discomfort. The Oralflo Pill Swallowing Cup can be used by anyone who experiences difficulty in swallowing pills, including children, adults and seniors.  http://www.Oralflo.com
 

Signing Time - Two Little Hands productions offers a wide variety of American Sign Language (ASL) fun and educational products for baby, toddlers, children and kids of all ages.

www.SigningTime.com/products/
 

 



Celiac Disease / Reflux


RefluxinChildren.com/

 
health.groups.yahoo.com/group/feeding_g-Tubes/


www.Celiac.org/


Digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/


www.Celiac.com

 

 



Hirschsprung's Disease


www.eapsa.org/parents/hirschsprungs.htm


health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Hirschsprungs_Disease
 

 



Infantile Spasms


www.neuro.wustl.edu/epilepsy/pediatric/articleInfantileSpasms.html


health.groups.yahoo.com/group/InfantileSpasms


health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ISGrads
 


 

ID / Monitoring Devices

 

LoJack SafetyNet is a system for the caregivers of anyone with a medical conditions that may cause him or her to wander or become lost. http://www.lojacksafetynet.com/bringthemback/


Temporary Tattoos With A Purpose - Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos™ are a unique way to help ensure if your child is lost they will be found. If your child gets lost or injured it can be a stressful situation for your child. Although memorized, a phone number may not be easy for your child to remember when lost. Lost and Found Temporary Tattoos™ help your child remember important phone numbers because they simply know to look for the tattoo. www.TattoosWithAPurpose.com


Child Monitoring Products - The ionKids system allows you to monitor up to four tagged objects at once. Children, seniors, pets or anything you might lose and want to keep safe. http://www.ion-kids.com


One Place for Special Needs
Velcro wristbands where you can write emergency information for your child http://bit.ly/aANqH4


Road ID Original is the "original" or "first" version of Road ID that we offered. This classic ID allows you to personalize up to 7 lines of laser-engraved text. www.roadid.com


 


 


Miscellaneous Products

 

Life skills applications (40+) that include literacy, manners, money, safety, etc. It also provides FREE webinars and some FREE sampler programs. http://www.conovercompany.com/ipod/apps/ 


SPECS4US - Eyewear specially designed to fit children with Down syndrome. www.specs4us.com

 

eSpecial Needs is dedicated to providing our clients with the best selection of adaptive equipment and therapy solutions for children and adults with special needs. With over 5,000 products ranging from rehab supplies to treatment tables, special needs car seats to indoor swings, autism toys to child locators, our adaptive therapy products focus on movement, positioning, sensorimotor, exercise, play, rehabilitation and therapy while educating the parents, caregivers and teachers. www.especialneeds.com

 

Hip Helpers® Support Shorts are the answer to excessive hip abduction in babies and toddlers with low muscle tone. They have been found to improve rotational movement and limit "W" sitting in babies who are developing their movement skills.  www.HipHelpers.com/


Able Play - Finally, independent ratings and reviews of toys for children with special needs.  AblePlay.org/


Abilitations Creations - Our products often come from people just like YOU!!  Maybe you have an idea you've tried. We're in the business of bringing ideas into reality that can truly make a difference for children with special needs. Many of our products, like those listed below come from people just like you: therapists, parents, teachers and others working with children with special needs as well as those of us right here at Abilitations.  www.Abilitations.com/index.jsp


Baby BumbleBee - The Vocabulary Builder videos use many of the same techniques your child’s speech therapist probably uses with your child.  BabyBumblebee.com/learningdifferences.htm


Learning Resources is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms worldwide and learning toys.  www.LearningResources.com/home.do


One Step Ahead - Find thoughtfully selected products at One Step Ahead to help you and your baby...every step of the way!  www.OneStepAhead.com


Enabling Devices - Dedicated to providing affordable assistive and learning devices for the physically challenged since 1976. Toys for Special Children (Children’s Catalog) focuses on the needs of children with disabilities. Products for Independent Living (Adult Catalog) focuses on the needs of the adult disabled population.  www.EnablingDevices.com


Back To Basics Toys - Committed to providing a traditional, high quality play experience since 1988  www.BackToBasicsToys.com/


Imagine the Challenge - By choosing to spend a little while on our website you are introducing yourself to some of the most imaginative and challenging products available anywhere! We strive to offer unique toys and accessories that are fresh and different from what you might find at a mass-market toy store.  www.ImagineToys.com


Academic Therapy publishes tests and assessment materials, parent/teacher resources, and visual-perceptual aids. We serve the needs of educators, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, testing personnel, reading specialists, and all professionals working with students with special needs.
www.AcademicTherapy.com


Young Explorers - creative educational products  www.YoungExplorers.com


MindWare - brainy toys for kids of all ages  www.MindWareOnline.com


Sensational Beginnings - Toys and tools that celebrate the wonders of childhood.  www.sb-kids.com

Toys To Grow On is your online source for the best in children's toys! We have everything from baby & toddler toys to activity toys, art projects and educational toys for the preschool years. Whether you're looking for unique learning toys or super-safe toys for infants and babies, you'll find it at Toys To Grow On! www.ttgo.com


Beyond Play focuses on young children with special needs. Our goal is to bring you a great selection of products that are all appropriate for Early Intervention. Our catalog and web site are for professionals of all disciplines, as well as for parents and caregivers.  www.BeyondPlay.com


TouchMath is the leading multisensory teaching approach that bridges manipulation and memorization. Educators often think of it as mental manipulatives. Students interact with numbers on paper by seeing, saying, hearing and touching numbers as they arrive at the right answers without guessing. They learn math facts by using auditory reinforcement, flashcards and timed tests.  Though they sell materials, there is no need to purchase anything. There is a link to download worksheets. Just ignore the grade level set up and use those that meet your child's ability level. www.TouchMath.com

 

Constructive Playthings is made up of two divisions. Both the Early Childhood Division and the Parent/Family Division are award winning suppliers of the finest early childhood educational toys, equipment, books, records, tapes, videos, art supplies, and teaching aids available.  www.ConstPlay.com


The Creative Therapy Store is committed to providing the best play therapy toys, games, and books that will help you become a more creative therapist, teacher, or parent.  www.CreativeTherapyStore.com

 

Beds By George - We are a family owned bed company specializing in safety beds for special needs children and adults. Using the therapeutic philosophy of “Inclusion” as our guide, we created a revolutionary new design that combines SAFETY, FREEDOM, and AESTHETICS into a new kind of bed that will improve the quality of life for your family member. www.bedsbygeorge.com

 

Housing & Mortgages for People with Disabilities - This guide is for persons living with a disability and in need of useful information and assistance in buying a home.  www.mortgageloan.com/disabilities

 

Adaptivemall.com® offers the best in special needs strollers, special needs car seats and adaptive equipment for children.

 

care.com - Find babysitters, nannies, pet sitters and more...  A service to connect caregivers to families and also caters to special needs children. www.care.com

 

Soft Clothing for all children

For soft, tagless clothing  http://www.softclothing.net/

 

Chicago Office Space - http://www.offices.net/il/chicago/ - Find furnished, temporary or conventional office space in the Chicago area.

 

 

 


Travel

 

Help keep kids safely buckled up

http://www.buckleboss.com

 

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