June 30, 2015 |
We are so excited to have you come to our website.
After all, we designed it just for you – a parent who is looking for a place to find help. Maybe you’re looking for help for your child who has a disability, special health care need, mental health concern, behavior health concern, or learning difference. Or maybe you’re looking for support for yourself as a parent. This website is here to help.
As we started working on it more than 3 years ago, we spent a lot of time talking to parents across the state of Texas who had children with disabilities and special health care needs. We listened to them as they told us about their – and their children’s – needs.
And we heard a few very important things:
- It can be really hard to find answers to your questions online.
- Some of the best tips come from other parents you meet in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, at your child’s activities, in the school lobby, or in a parent group.
- It is way too easy to feel like you are all on your own.
Every page of this site has been written, reviewed, or edited by other parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. We’ve had state agencies and community experts look over our tips and facts. We’ve gone through hours of web searches and phone calls. All so that you get the right answers.
So, here are 10 tips for getting the most out of this site:
- Go through the pages you’re currently interested in. Whether you’re looking for a diagnosis, trying to figure out insurance and financial support, asking questions about your child’s education, need family support or are planning for your child’s transition to adulthood, we have answers. Each page offers lots of links to other pages in and outside of the site, where you can get more help.
- Download our PDFs. In each section, we’ve collected downloadable forms, checklists, and guides that you can use.
- Watch our videos. We have lots of videos for parents and by parents.
- Check out our blog articles.
- Visit our regional pages. They have up-to-date listings of services, parent groups, education opportunities, scholarships and more – all in the area close to you.
- Use our Connecting With Other Parents page. This gives you clear ways to link up with other parents who may be going through the same things you are.
- Search our constantly updated statewide services, groups, and events.
- Tell us what you think we need to know about. You can help other parents stay up to date with the things you’re finding out about.
- Tell your friends about us. They might need help, too.
- Come back often. Our content will change, or you might have a new question that we can answer or a new resource you’d like to tell other people about.