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General links

 

Contact your State Legislator or Members of Congress - click here.

 

Are You Eligible?

State Benefit Programs and Federal Benefit Programs
 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - A comprehensive community-based Suicide Prevention Program. Call 1-800-615-1245 24 hours a day/7 days a week for Community Mental Health or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

 
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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

 

Parent Reviews Give an Inside View - How does your school do in meeting the needs of its students? Just click on Parent Reviews on any school profile to see personal, up-close comments about schools.

 
Children and Politics in Your State - click here.

 
Find your local Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC) - click here.

 

Homework Help for Kids & Teens - click here.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Law Enforcement support for programs preventing juvenile crime and violence.

 

For the substance abuse treatment facility nearest you, click here 

   

 For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.    

 

Find K-12 school information for your state - Visit Standard & Poors, Educational CyberPlayGround, SchoolMatch, or RateMyTeacher.

  

How to volunteer to help a child - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.

 

Find help in your state or region for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities - click here For resources in Spanish, click here

  

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) 

 

U.S. Department of Education

 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

 

No Child Left Behind

 

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

 

Visit School Websites - links to over 70,000 school websites from around the country. 

 

Covering Kids & Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

 

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  • State Government Website - click here.

  • Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

  • Contact List for Early Childhood Programs - click here.

  • Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk - click here.

  • Education Resources & Information - click here.

  • Literacy Resources - click here.

  • Articles of Interest - click here.

  • Miscellaneous Information & Resources - click here.

  • Things To Do & Places To See - click here.

  • Support Group Information - click here.

 
School house and school bell

Education Resources & Information

  

Department of Education - http://www.doe.mass.edu/

  

Download your state's educational profile - click here (click on State Profiles)

Special Education Mediation Services - click here.

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People working together

Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk

 

Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

 

Mental Health System Reform in Massachusetts
http://www.rosied.org/

The Rosie D. website provides a forum for stakeholders in the Massachusetts's children's mental health system to exchange information, ideas and resources about the restructuring of the system as mandated by the "Rosie D." court decision.  The website is designed to promote collaboration among all concerned persons, so that all children have a chance to obtain needed and timely community mental health services in their homes, with their families, and in their own communities.

 

Program Matches Youth With Disabilities to Adults With a Similar Disability to Build Mentor/Mentee Relationships (New England States, California, and New York).  Click here to learn more about this program.

 

stack of books

Literacy Resources

 
Find State & Local Literacy Hotlines - http://www.literacydirectory.org/hotlines.asp

 

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newspaper

Articles of Interest

  

MA Dorchester School's Seniors All Accepted to College - One 9th grader read at the 3rd grade level. A few struggled to multiply or divide. One girl's father had been slain. Another student was homeless. Most students who entered the new Codman Academy charter high school never expected to get into college. Some simply did not want to try. But they had no choice at Codman. Each had to apply to college before they would be allowed to graduate.

  

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puzzle pieces

Miscellaneous Information & Resources

 

Parent Professional Advocacy League
 
"How-to" Guide on Mental Health Services in Massachusetts (PDF)

 

Dial the Disability Help-line: One call fast answers at 800-922-8290 or e-mail info@eastersealsma.org.

New England INDEX (Information & Referral for people with Disabilities) (781) 642-0248; (800) 642-0249 or email info@disabilityinfo.org.

Federation for Children with Special Needs (617) 236-7210 (V/TTY); (800) 331-0688 (in MA only) or email fcsninfo@fcsn.org.
 
State CHIP Program (health care for low-income uninsured children) MassHealth Enrollment Center, Central Processing Unit, P.O. Box 129124, Boston, MA 02112-9124, (888) 665-9993; (888) 665-9997 (TTY).
 
Division for Children with Special Health Care Needs (617) 624-5070; (800) 882-1435 or visit www.mass.gov/dph.
 

What is Music Therapy? “Music therapy is an established health care profession using music to improve quality of life by optimizing health and wellness and addressing the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses.” Learn more about Music Therapy from the Barrett Family Wellness Center - click here.
 

Parents for Residential Reform
1135 Tremont Street Suite 420
Boston, MA 02120
Toll Free: 800-672-7084
Website: http://www.pfrr.org
Email: pfrr@fcsn.org

 

National Centers for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for Independent Living by state.

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child playing in water

Things To Do & Places To See

 

U.S. National Parks - http://www.nps.gov/parks.html

 

Ocean Breeze Farm: We have a new therapeutic riding program in Newbury, MA. We serve the following needs:

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Visual Impairment

  • Down Syndrome

  • Mental Retardation

  • Autism

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Spina Bifida

  • Emotional Disabilities

  • Brain Injuries

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Amputations

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Deafness

  • Cardiovascular accident/Stroke

For more information, contact:
Shannon Sheltra
Ocean Breeze Farm
97 High Road
Newbury, MA 01951
978-457-4401
canter0915@yahoo.com

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This page last updated on 10/31/2017

 

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