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When you have a child with special healthcare needs, you are faced with the challenge of finding information, resources and services. The Special Needs Resource Directory, created by the Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs, is a comprehensive reference tool for parents, caregivers and healthcare providers. The knowledge base you build can be invaluable to others facing similar challenges. You can play an important role in helping to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children with special healthcare needs in several ways:
There are many ways you can help support others:
Volunteering your time and expertise with organizations can help you feel like you are making positive changes for yourself and for others. There are many local and national opportunities for volunteering:
Having a child with special healthcare needs means becoming his or her voice. Advocacy means providing your expertise and experience in support of an issue or need on behalf of yourself or others. You can make a difference by advocating for change in your school, your place of work and in healthcare programs.
See the Special Needs Resource Directory for comprehensive resources for special healthcare needs.
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