Child and Family Resources
In addition to aiding our community by providing a variety of services to children and families in need, the Villa also strives to educate the public on the many issues that our clients are facing and overcoming each day.
Links for parents and families:
Family Village - A global community of disability-related resources for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those who provide them services and supports.
From Emotions to Advocacy - Helps parents advocate for their children with disabilities. Includes articles, checklists, and resources.
National Information Center for Children with Disabilities - Lists resources and contacts by state.
National Center for Family Support - Provides technical assistance and training to states involved in the national family support initiative.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center - PACER's mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and adults with all disabilities and their families.
Special Needs Trusts - Informative website that explains why special needs trusts are important. Includes a worksheet for planning a trust and suggestions for what to discuss with your family and your attorney.
the Looking Glass - This organization has pioneered clinical and supportive
services, training, and research serving families in which one or more members
-- whether parent or child -- has a disability or medical issue.
Autism and Asperger's Syndrome links:
Autism Society, Virginia Chapter - Promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, and urges them to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education and research related to autism.
VCU Autism Center - A joint effort by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services with the mission of improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder.
Autism-PDD Resources Network - The purpose of this site is to guide readers to the key issues associated with autism.
Different Roads to Learning - Resources for helping children with autism learn and grow.
Future Horizons - Training materials, conferences, and other information on Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
Attwood - Site contains resources, information, and issues related to