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Welcome to the Special Needs Resource Project

Information and Special Needs Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs or Disabilities

Special Needs Resource Project (SNRP) provides a basic guide for parents of children with chronic health issues, disabilities and special needs. This site is designed to help you get a jump-start in your search for helpful information and resources. Every situation is unique. Our aim is to help you learn the basic skills you'll need to obtain the specific resource information, equipment, and services your child and family needs. Though focused on children ages 0-22, most of the information we offer is applicable to adults as well.

What's New

  • Want to know what's current with SNRP? We're continuing to highlight great resources and organizations with some great services and informational tips daily on our Facebook page. Don't forget to "Like" and "Follow" Special Needs Resource Project so you won't miss anything new.
  • State Resource Links lists are being checked weekly for accuracy and continuity. If you find a broken link please feel free to let us know the name of the link and the list it's on. Simply click on Contact Us then put Broken Link in the subject line. We'll take it from there.
  • Dependency Determinations and Letters of Medical Sufficiency continue to be Hot Topic questions. You can find the Dependency Determination information in the May 2010 newsletter Dependency Determination and the Letters of Medical Sufficiency information in the September 2009 newsletter titled "Medical Sufficiency Letters Simplified".
  • As always, please feel free to contact us if we've missed anything important. To send an e-mail simply click on Contact Us and we'll answer as quickly as we can.

Special Needs Resource Project Resource Links Policy

SNRP staff manages thousands of resource links specifically for government programs, charities and nonprofit organizations serving individuals and families with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington D.C., the US Military and Native Americans. Links are listed either on the National list, U.S. Military, Native Americans list or by state, only. We do not accept links to non-disability related sites or commercial links to informational pages by for-profit companies as many of these informational pages are narrow in scope and can be misleading. SNRP DOES NOT provide listing services for commercial businesses simply because they provide an "information page" regarding a disability or disease process. The few business links we currently provide are specifically disability related and closely vetted. SNRP WILL NOT list ANY links to for-profit law/legal practices, insurance brokers/providers, supplement manufacturers and other non-related commercial pages. Medical information must be directly linked back to its original medical source.

Our Executive Director vets all requests for links listings and has the last word on link list additions. If you'd like your organization to be considered for a resource link please click on Contact Us and send us an email for more information.

IEP - Individualized Education Plan - Keeping a Parent's Notebook

Parent's IEP Notebook - Individualized Education Plan Management

For most children involved in special education programs IEP meetings may occur any time they need a change in their program during the school year. Some children may need IEP meetings several times a year. To make this complicated process simpler for parents to manage we have provided directions and forms for creating a basic Parent's IEP Notebook. One place for all those forms, letters, Parent's Guides and notes you'll be taking. Downloadable forms available here.

If you are looking for something specific that does not appear to be covered on our website please PLEASE CONTACT US!

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to assure the quality and accuracy of information provided on this website. Though we have tried to include as much detail as possible, the information contained here in is intended only as a guide to pointing you in the right direction. Each individual's circumstances are unique and may require additional steps or effort above and beyond that which is specified. Inclusion on the Resource links list does NOT imply endorsement by SNRP. While we have made every effort to provide quality Resources it is the responsibility of the viewer to exercise reasonable discretion when using ANY sources.

Hints & Tips

Brace Fitting

Being fitted for leg braces can be a messy business. Casting plaster goes everywhere! Try having your child wear a pair of long shorts or a loose pair of sweats. This will eliminate any struggles you might have trying to roll up pant legs and keep them out of the way.