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Every Child in Focus—Child with Special Needs

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In December, National PTA’s Every Child in Focus campaign centers on the Child with Special Needs. Using the PTA Special Education Toolkit, we will explore ways PTAs can welcome and support children with Special Needs in the school community. We have created information and resources on the unique challenges that children with special needs face and ways PTAs can better support these families in achieving student success.

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How Your PTA Can Better Support Children with Special Needs

  • Read our PTA One Voice Blog for PTA Success Stories and additional resources. You can also share your blog! We want to hear local and state PTA success stories on supporting children with special needs, how do you promote an environment that is welcoming to all children and parents. Use our blog share tool to tell us your story.
  • Share the PTA Special Education Toolkit. This guide empowers parents with resources from understanding developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, health conditions, or even giftedness these standards provide clear, consistent expectations for how parents and caregivers can advocate for and empower their child.

Ways to Empower Families of Children with Special Needs

Find additional PTA resources and tools for families of children with special needs to support their child and improve their school and community. These resources can also help PTAs can better support children and families with special needs.
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About Children with Special Needs

According to Food Research and Education one out of thirteen children suffers from severe allergies. Special needs takes a variety of forms and can range from developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, health conditions, or even giftedness. The resources below will empower and educate parents and caregivers on steps they can take to improve outcomes for their chilld.

  • NCLD empowers parents, enables young adults, transforms schools, and creates policy and advocacy impact.by connecting parents and others with essential resources, provides educators with evidence-based tools and engages advocates in public policy initiatives. (Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities)
  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The target audience for this site is the education practitioner. However, the site also offers thousands of articles that focus on the parent. (Source: The Council for Exceptional Children)
  • The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities is a major source of information on the following issues: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law funding special education; No Child Left Behind, as it relates to children with disabilities; and research-based information on effective educational practices. These resources have been developed for use by families, educators, administrators, and students. The site also provides state-specific information. (Source: National Dissemenation Center for Children with Disabilities)
  • Accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. (Source: Wrights Law)
  • The U.S. Department of Education provides a list of resources on disability issues that are of interest to parents. (Source: U.S. Department of Education)
  • PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations. (Source: Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)

About Every Child in Focus

National PTA’s Every Child in Focus is a campaign centered on strengthening family engagement in schools by celebrating important cultural distinctions and achievements, while highlighting solutions to potential educational issues. 

Each month, National PTA will spotlight the educational issues surrounding a particular group, highlight their accomplishments and focus on ways to foster Family-School Partnerships. Follow our Every Child in Focus Calendar for materials to help families and PTAs learn more about each group.