Having access to current, relevant, and correct information is perhaps the best way to ensure that your child with special needs is receiving services and supports that will ensure the best possible quality of life. As well, reading the stories, and learning about struggles and successes of families with special needs can be inspiring, engaging, and fosters a sense of support and inclusion in the special needs community.

For these reasons, we have compiled a list of magazines and articles which we feel do an excellent job of disseminating the information that you need to ask the right questions, and make informed choices.

Exceptional Parent: “Exceptional Parent (EP) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. EP magazine provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development.”

Special Needs Alliance: “The Special Needs Alliance is a national, non-profit organization committed to helping individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who represent them. Our attorneys are some of the most credentialed public benefits and disability law attorneys in the country, many of whom are themselves parents and siblings of children with disabilities.” Please browse the “articles” section of their website for informative, concise articles on a variety of topics.

Special  Needs Answers: “Special Needs Answers is the consumer Web site of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, a network of qualified attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting those with special needs and their families. Through this web site and its free monthly e-newsletter, the Academy provides consumers the best Internet information available on planning for people with special needs. Consumers can also search the Academy’s network of attorneys to locate one nearby to address their legal concerns and help them create a plan that safeguards their special needs child, now and in the future.”

Disability Scoop: “Founded in 2008, Disability Scoop is the nation’s premier source for developmental disability news. With daily coverage of autism, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and more, no other news source offers a more timely and comprehensive take on the issues that matter to the developmental disability community. Readers include parents, caregivers, educators, professionals and people with disabilities themselves. What’s more, lawmakers and the nation’s most influential disability advocates rely on Disability Scoop to stay in the know.”