This website was funded and developed by the Texas Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs. A key part of the Task Force’s Five Year Plan for Children with Special Needs was to offer organized and reliable information to parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs. This website is a result of that goal.
It has been developed through extensive research with parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs, written by parents for parents, and has involved Task Force members, web experts, and the support of Texas Parent to Parent for content suggestions and review.
To find out what parents were looking for in a website like this one, we did a lot of research. We spent months talking to parents and parent groups across Texas. We heard about education concerns. We heard questions about insurance and financial concerns. We heard about struggles with the diagnosis journey. We heard about the need for support for families like yours. And we heard a lot of concerns with the transition to adulthood.
But mostly, we heard about the need for an online community that could be a place you turn to for reliable answers.
So, our writers (who are mostly parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs themselves) did a lot of work to find clear answers in the areas you were looking for. Their work was reviewed by other parents of children with disabilities or special health-care needs who repeatedly told us, “I wish I had seen this,” or, “ I didn’t know that.” It was reviewed again by Task Force members and their representatives.
Now, at last, it’s ready for you.