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  • Writer's pictureChristine McCarty

My Top Special Needs Websites

There are several websites offering advice when raising a special needs child. Like anything, some are useful, and some are worth leaving behind. I am drawn to sites that offer factually backed data and research as well as moral support. As I have stated before, I think it’s important to find outlets and resources that you can depend on when raising a special needs child. Listed below are my top special needs websites and why.


  • One of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism and become familiar with the typical developmental milestones that your child should be reaching. Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

  • Millions of children – as many as 1 in 5 – struggle with mental health or learning challenges. Due to stigma, misinformation, and a lack of access to care, the average time between onset of symptoms and any treatment at all is over 8 years. Child Mind Institute Is dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders by giving them the help they need. They’ve become the leading independent nonprofit in children’s mental health by providing gold-standard evidence-based care, delivering educational resources to millions of families each year, training educators in underserved communities, and developing tomorrow’s breakthrough treatments.

  • The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and serving them and their families. We work tirelessly to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with IDD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. With hundreds of state and local chapters across the country, The Arc’s chapter network is on the frontlines from first breath to last to ensure that people with IDD have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.


I’m hoping one of these sites is useful/helpful for you and your child. Please share in the comments section if you have other sites you like as well.


Much love,

Raising Addy


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