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Resources for Caregivers and Parents
- AARP - Questions Caregivers Should Ask at Doctor Appointments for Their Loved Ones
Trips to the doctor’s office can leave you harried and overwhelmed. As a result, important questions can be forgotten. AARP has created a list of suggested questions to consider bringing with you to your loved one’s next appointment. For more information please visit https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/health/info-2017/questions-to-ask-doctor.html.
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support, and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, they produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and their website, caregiver.com which includes topic-specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of its products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers, and by caregivers. For more information please visit www.caregiver.com.
- Exceptional Parent Magazine
Exceptional Parent Magazine is an online family and professional site for the special needs community. For more information please visit https://www.epmagazine.com/.
- Family Caregiver Alliance-National Center on Caregiving
Established in 2001 as a program of Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Center on Caregiving (NCC) works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country. Uniting research, public policy, and services, the NCC serves as a central source of information on caregiving and long-term care issues for policymakers, service providers, media, funders and family caregivers throughout the country. For more information please visit www.caregiver.org.
- Georgia Parent Support Network
Georgia Parent Support Network is dedicated to providing support, education, and advocacy for children and their families with mental illness, emotional disturbances, and behavioral differences. For more information please visit www.gpsn.org or call (404) 758-4500/ 1(800) 832-8645 (toll-free).
- National Caregivers Library
The National Caregivers Library was created by FamilyCare America, Inc. and is the largest single source of information and tools for caregivers and seniors in the country. It makes it resources available to caregivers for free through alliances with professionals, businesses and other organizations who serve seniors and their caregivers with a variety of products and services. For more information please visit www.caregiverslibrary.org.
- National Family Caregivers Association
The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to help transform family caregivers' lives by removing barriers to health and well being. For more information please visit www.nfcacares.org.
- National Military Family Association: Exceptional Family Member Program
Support for military families with special needs family members is provided through the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Although each Service has its own EFMP, they all serve the same essential function: coordinating the assignment process to ensure special needs families are not sent to locations that lack adequate medical or educational resources. Installation EFMP programs offer support programs and provide families with information about and referral to local services. Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs. For more information please visit www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/efmp-special-needs.html.
- Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing In All Children
Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing In All Children is a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids. For more information please visit https://autism.sesamestreet.org/.
- Well Spouse Association
The Well Spouse Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, advocates for and addresses the needs of individuals caring for a chronically ill and/or disabled spouse/partner. We offer peer to peer support and educate health care professionals and the general public about the special challenges and unique issues "well" spouses face every day. For more information please visit www.wellspouse.org.
WonderBaby.org is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. WonderBaby.org has a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families. For more information please visit: https://www.wonderbaby.org/