Social Security Benefits. The social security and social security disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. www.socialsecurity.gov/disability
Federal PELL Grants – FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid www.fafsa.ed.gov. The PELL Grant Program provides direct federal grants to undergraduate students who require financial assistance to meet educational expenses. The non-repayable awards are available to eligible students attending approved colleges and universities, vocational-technical schools, hospital schools of nursing, and other approved postsecondary educational institutions.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. ERIC is Educational Resources Information Center. Search a bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations on education topics going back to 1966. Over 100,000 full text available for free. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1589. www.eric.ed.gov
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS), 900 Second Street, N.E., Suite 211, Washington, DC 20002. National Disability Rights Network. Protection and Advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Nationwide Network of congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies. www.napas.org
Parents Helping Parents. The Parent-Directed Family Resource Center for Children with Special Needs, 3041 Olcott Street, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Helping children with special needs receive the love, hope, respect, and services they need to achieve their full potential by strengthening their families and the professionals who serve them. www.php.com
National Mothers of Twins Club, Inc. A national organization for Parents of Twins (Triplets, Quadruplets and more). They have local support groups in each state; participate in research projects, which involve twins and/or their families. Have a newsletter that features current research, expert columns, book reviews, club news, and multiple birth related articles. Website is an excellent resource for parents of multiples www.nomotc.org
Anxiety and Depression Association of America. An Organization that focuses on improving quality of life for children and adults affected by these disorders. ADAA educates patients and their families about the disorders and helps them find treatment, resources, and support. www.adaa.org
Finding Our Voices. An online community for all of you dealing with selective mutism; whether you have SM yourself, know someone with it, or just want to find out a bit more about it. I hope we can share hints/tips on how we cope, give encouragement and ideas and help spread the word about selective mutism. www.findingourvoices.co
The team of experts at the Center for Online Education. They published a guide for students with disabilities that outlines legal rights, shows where and how to find assistance on campus, and provides an extensive list of websites, apps and software resources designed for students with disabilities. You can access the guide at the following website: College Support for Students with Disabilities. www.onlinecolleges.net
The Fully Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities. This is a guide to paying for college for students with disabilities. It is optimized to work with assistive technology for students with disabilities. It also includes a list of disability specific scholarships and rights for students with disabilities who are working through college: Goodcall College Guide. www.goodcall.com
Book Recommendation. I Have a Voice by Joni-Klein Higger and Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D. I Have a Voice emphasizes the cognitive therapy experience as part of its storyline in an effort to normalize the therapy process for children and their parents. This book also helps children who are shy and need assistance in expressing themselves. A question and answer section about selective mutism is included. Suggested age range for readers is 3-6. It is available at www.guardianangelpublishing.com and most online bookstores.
ACHIEVING A BETTER LIFE EXPERIENCE (ABLE) Act authorizes states to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Florida’s program for people with disabilities to save money without impacting/losing Federal benefits! Click for eligibility and valuable info. www.ableunited.com