Resource and Support Organizations


CA State Resources

  • FEC – Family Empowerment Centers on Disability
    The FECs throughout California provide services to families with children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 22 to ensure that parents, guardians, and families of children and young adults with disabilities have access to accurate information, specialized training, and peer-to-peer support.

  • FRC – Family Resource Center
    The FRCs are part of the Early Start Program and are staffed by families of children with special needs. FRCs offer parent-to-parent support and help parents, families, and children locate and use needed services. Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates states to implement a comprehensive early intervention service system for all infants and toddlers with disabilities or at risk, and their families.

  • PTI – Parent Training and Information Centers
    Parent Training and Information Centers are parent-directed, non-profit organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Education, authorized under the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and private sources. PTIs serve families of children and young adults with disabilities birth to age 26. They provide training, information, parent-to-parent support, advocacy, support groups and resources to develop the skills necessary to effectively participate in planning and decision making relating to early intervention, educational, and transitional services.

National Resources

  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
    Professional association website that provides programs, policy work, and resources for all professionals involved in the work of engaging families and communities in the development and advancement of children.

  • Pacer Center
    Parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. Serves families across the nation. Find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for children with disabilities.

  • The Center for Parent Information and Resources
    Find links to resources and articles related to children with disabilities, NICHCY Legacy resources, as well as links to every state’s Parent Center.
  • National PTA — Special Ed Toolkit
    Educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services and resources available to them.

  • Wrightslaw
    Provides information to parents, educators, and advocates about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.