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Are you a family member or caretaker of a person living with a disability?

We created this page especially for you.

 

Finding helpful online resources can be time-consuming and challenging.    We hope to serve as a support along the way by gathering useful resources and information on this page.

Resources for Parents & Caretakers of Children with Special Needs

Teacher Resources for Special Needs: This page provides curriculum strategies and classroom management recommendations for students with a variety of learning needs. You can find printer-friendly documents as well as resources on topics such as English-language learners, educational technology, ADD/ADHD, teaching methodology, and learning disabilities.

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child Can Thrive: Learn about modifications that can make your home more accessible for children living with a disability. This article includes subjects like how to adapt your home to medical equipment, how to make modifications while on a budget, and where to seek financial assistance for modifying your home.

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities: The Disability Center at the University of Missouri curated a list of scholarships for students living with disabilities. This site includes scholarships specific to the University of Missouri as well as non-MU scholarships. The list is divided into groups based on the focus of the scholarship or sponsoring organization.

Trade School Opportunities – HIGH DEMAND AREAS:  This guide provides the latest information and resources to help these students discover the wealth of opportunities now available to them after high school. Opportunities which can lead to careers in high demand areas like hospitality, culinary arts, technology and healthcare. The guide includes 5 top reasons to consider trade school and what the timeline and process look like for students.

Special School District Family and Community Resource Center: The SSD of St. Louis County offers a comprehensive collection of resources related to special education and disabilities. Available materials range from videos, journal articles, resource packets on various disabilities, and thousands of books.

STARS (Special Needs Tracking & Awareness Response System)St. Louis area – The STARS program helps first responders and local hospital professionals have the information they need to quickly assist children with special medical needs in emergency situations. Families who have children with special medical needs can register with participating fire and ambulance districts and local hospitals. STARS representatives will meet with the family to discuss relevant medical information and what to expect as part of the program. For more information, contact the Cardinal Glennon STARS coordinator at 314-422-6383.

United Access offers something essential to people with disabilities: the ability to drive or ride in a car. We partner with industry-leading manufacturers to supply our dealerships with the best and safest products, including wheelchair accessible wheelchair vans, trucks and SUVs, wheelchair lifts and scooter lifts, hand controls, power transfer seats and more. When it comes to service, the certified service technicians at United Access are experts at converting, servicing and ensuring the highest quality safety of our wheelchair vans and adaptive equipment. How do I fund or finance a wheelchair van is a question we hear often from our customers. Don’t worry; the Mobility Specialists at United Access will walk you through the various funding and financing options available in the marketplace. There are even special grants in place for veterans. If you are a veteran, know that the Mobility Specialists at United Access work closely with Veterans Affairs to stay up-to-date on their offerings and guidelines. For more information, contact us at 877-501-8267.

Finances

Disability and Credit Scores: In this article you can learn how to check your credit score, financial strategies when experiencing short or long-term disability, tips for debt relief, and how to help a loved one with a disability who has credit issues.

Financial Planning for Seniors with Special Needs: This article discusses federal, state and private financial resources available for senior adults with special needs. It also covers how to plan for your loved one’s future (trusts, long-term care insurance, power of attorney, living arrangements).

Navigating Learning Disabilities and the Cost of Treatment

Parents of a child diagnosed with a developmental disability or Specific Learning Difference or Disability (Sp LD) have questions about resources available through public schools, how an IEP (individualized Education Plan) works, efficient ways to navigate the systems and what the payment options are for assistive support in private schools or for children being home schooled. The following article helps address these topics 

Travelling Abroad with a Disability

In today’s world, travel isn’t restrictive. Regardless of whether you’re fit and health, have a physical impairment, learning disability, or any other condition, there should be no excuse to avoid travelling. You’ll be able to visit even the most exotic of destinations to experience what our planet has to offer. From South America to Southampton, there’s no need to be hampered by a disability. In this section of resources we provide information on planning your next trip with a disability and how to enjoy the world hassle-free.

 

General Resources

 

Home Safety & Organization Tips

Tips to Declutter and Organize Your Home for Seniors and People with Special Needs: This guide offers tips for organizing each room of your home in order to make it more accessible and to minimize the risk of falls and injuries.Tips cover topics like pantry organization, how to organize your shower for safety and digital record keeping.

Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling: This page provides a thorough list of recommendations for how to help senior adults and people living with disabilities navigate areas under construction. The article also provides a list of steps to take if you or a loved one suffers an injury at a construction site.

Outfitting Your House for a Child with a Disability: If your house needs modifications because of a disabled child, or you’re looking for ways to create a space where your child with a disability can lead a safe and happy life, this guide will help. We’ll discuss the most common impairments and adaptations that can be made for every situation.

Legal Resources

Legal Resources for Special Needs: This webpage provides a detailed overview of the legal concerns that elderly people and people with disabilities might encounter. Topics range from housing and employment to guardianship and civil rights. The article also discusses laws, documents and terms that will help you better understand key legal rights and processes.

Employment Resources

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor: This website provides categorized links to governmental resources on benefits, civil rights, community life, education and employment for people living with disabilities.

Talent Connect STL: Based in St. Louis, Talent Connect is a training-to-employment program designed to help people with disabilities start careers in the hotel and hospitality industry. Participants receive on-site training, so no prior experience in the industry is needed. The Talent Connect website offers information for job seekers as well as employers looking for dedicated, talented people to join their team. Talent Connect is a collaborative partnership program between UCP Heartland and The Center for Head Injury Services.

Technology & Access

Low Vision Gateway:  This website is a helpful starting point for learning about vision loss, blindness and other forms of vision impairment. The site contains dozens of links to information on an array of subjects: low vision aids, alternative media for the visually impaired, vision rehabilitation, discussion groups, bioptic driving and more.

AccessNow: AccessNow operates an interactive app and website described as ‘Yelp’ for accessibility. Users can view and share information about the accessibility of places all across the world, including parks, museums, restaurants and stores. The more users who contribute information, the more helpful and robust the program becomes!

Meeting Considerations & Conference Calling: This article provides a list of questions to consider when planning meetings to ensure colleagues with disabilities can actively participate. The article also discusses considerations when selecting technology for conference calling, including closed-captioning phone services.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Guide: This site serves as a general guide for topics related to cerebral palsy, including causes, diagnosis, types of CP, treatment approaches, community resources and legal resources. The site aims to answer questions parents and caregivers may have about cerebral palsy.

Living With Cerebral Palsy: When your child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, your NHS health team will assess your child and provide the necessary health and therapeutic support to make living with cerebral palsy as manageable as possible. This might include a pediatrician, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and any necessary medical equipment to help with mobility and communication. However, you may be able to access more support through your local authority, charities and the Government. With the help of your occupational therapist, you may wish to explore the wide range of assistive technologies, mobility and communication aids designed to make living easier.