Parenting Resources Including Equipment

There are many organizations that support parents of children with disabilities and there are many companies that produce and sell equipment.  Unfortunately, there are very few that sell adaptive baby gear. Parents are encouraged to make their own or search the internet for creative ideas. You may find some ideas at Through the Looking Glass or Parents with Disabilities Online.  You are also encouraged to search out organizations that focus on a specific disability. 


22 Free Things, Services and Grants for Kids with Special Needs
Resources for bikes, customized songs, photo shoots and more.

AlmostHome Kids 
Provides short-term transitional care to children with complicated health needs, training for families and respite.  Located in Chicago.

ASD and Sleep
The incidence rate of sleep problems is high among children and adults with ASD. A lack of sleep can exacerbate some of the behavioral characteristics of ASD, such as hyperactivity, aggression and lack of concentration.  This report addresses how ASD affects sleep, treatment options and sleep management tips.

child with fragile X syndrome

Camp Optimism
Based in Prince William County, Virginia, a residential summer camp for kids with physical disabilities.

Cerebral Palsy Guide
Offers information about cerebral palsy, treatments, and how to find doctors or legal help.

Center for Spectrum Services (formerly The Children's Annex)
Serves people with autism spectrum disorders with day programs, and community based pre-schools programs.  Serves the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York.

DREAMMS for Kids Inc.
Information about assistive technology for children from Developmental Research for the Effective Advancement of Memory and Motor Skills Inc. Mission is to facilitate access to technology for children with special needs.

Enabling Devices, a division of Toys for Special Children
Makers of adaptive toys and switches.

Estate Planning for Parents of Children with Autism
Site addresses the basics of estate planning, its challenges, and documents to have in order as you plan for a time when you won't be around to care for your child.

Family Resource Center on Disabilities
Chicago, IL
Provides parents of children with disabilities with information, training and assistance.

Carries fine and gross motor equipment, playground equipment, positioning, recreation and play, sensory, bikes and more.

Hard Manufacturing Co, Inc.

Carries cribs and youth beds commonly used in hospitals.

Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Based in Connecticut, boys and girls with cancer or serious blood diseases find camaraderie, joy and a renewed sense of being a kid. The camp offers sports, crafts, and lots of fun. Kids also get to do things that no one knew they were capable of doing.

Internet Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities
Advocacy, information, and support for parents, medical practitioners, caregivers, and family members to improve life for children with disabilities worldwide.

Managing Your Child's Transition to Adulthood
This article reviews
  five interconnected types of transitions between the ages of 14 and 25: financial, legal and healthcare, educational to vocational training, health insurance and housing.

Mobility 4 Kids
Custom-built, mobility products for adults and children with disabilities.

National Lekotek Center
Centers offer therapeutic play-based family sessions for families of children with disabilities.

NCWD for Youth
NCWD provides employment resources and information for youth with disabilities seeking gainful employment.

Pacer Center
Created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families.

Quarterly publication devoted to sport, physical education and recreation for those with disabilities.

Parents Helping Parents
A parent-directed, community-based organization providing information, training, and support services for families who have children with special needs.

Parents with Disabilities Online
Resources including adaptive parent aids, books, and a blog.

Pip Squeakers
Squeaky baby and toddler shoes and sandals, also gripper socks

Through the Looking Glass
Organization for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue. The downloads section has many articles including baby care assistive technology, deaf parents and hearing children, parents with disabilities, keeping our families together and more.