Resources for Families

Overview

The regional center is a key point of contact for families with a family member who has a developmental disability, however there are many other resources available to help families navigate this experience. Links to several of of these resources are listed below.  If you know of a good resource to add to our list, please contact us through your Service Coordinator. 

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WeEMBRACE

Free Enrichment Programs

WeEMBRACE offers free leisure and enrichment programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They offer classes in dance, social, cooking, arts and crafts, health and fitness, and music. Their classes are designed to:

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Lending Library for Chromebooks

ACRC obtained a limited number of Chromebooks available for clients and families who have an identified need for a device in order to participate in web-based services such as email, video meetings (IPPs, IFSPs, ISPs, IEPs, etc.), online therapies, accessing information from the web and/or applying for generic resources. The borrower can keep the equipment for up to three months, with monthly renewal if continuing need is confirmed by their Service Coordinator (SC).

Learn about eligibility requirements. Read the user agreements.

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National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation’s agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NASDDDS promotes visionary leadership, systems innovation, and the development of national policies that support home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities and their families.

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Parent Training and Information Centers

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is on a mission to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. 

DREDF is a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the US Department of Education. PTIs serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 26 with all disabilities. They help families:

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Family Resource Centers

Family Resource Centers are part of the Early Intervention Program (ages 0-3). Staffed by families of children with special needs, family resource centers offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. They offer support services and resources which may include newsletters, resource libraries, websites, parent-to-parent groups, sibling support groups, and information and referral for parents and professionals; some resources may be available in multiple languages. 

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Immigration Resources

In response to requests from our local communities,  ACRC has compiled resource information from multiple agencies that address immigration, legal assistance, personal rights and family preparedness plans.  The resources are available to download and print for personal use or you can phone your service coordinator to request that they provide you with copies. 

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National and Local Organizations

Links to organizations that provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. 

AAIDD (formerly AAMR): Promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc: This website holds information about The Arc and it’s Chapters. Also has a press room and info on intellectual disability.