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    One of Lekotek’s goals is to help make the world and specifically play experiences, accessible to children with all types of disabilities. Organizations involved in improving the lives of children with disabilities and their families are welcome to send requests for reciprocal website links. Click, fill in and press send for our reciprocal website link request form. Upon receipt of your completed form, your request will be reviewed and considered.
    AbilityHub.com's purpose is to help you find information on adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

    Abledata is a federally funded project whose mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment.

    AblePlay toy evaluations are the key to unlocking the magic of play for children with special needs! Choosing toys for children with disabilities can be difficult. There are thousands of choices but finding just the right toy to match the varying abilities of each child with special needs can be a challenge. AblePlay's independent toy reviews and detailed information help you get "beyond the box" to understand each toy's unique features, creative ways each toy can be used with children with special needs and skills that will be enhanced as a result. Search for an AblePlay-Rated Toy today and unlock the magic of play for your children with special needs.

    All Our Children
    The Mission of All Our Children is to provide information and resources to empower parents of children with special needs.

    Alliance for Technology Access
    The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities.

    American Academy of Pediatrics
    Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

    The American Foundation for the Blind
    The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens.

    American Library Association Resources for Parents
    The American Library Association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

    American Lung Association
    The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. With the generous support of the public, we are "Fighting for Air." When you join the American Lung Association in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, you help save lives today and keep America healthy tomorrow.

    Building Blocks Magazine in the Jewish Press
    We are the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States serving the Jewish community and twice a year we publish these special needs publications to deal with the growing need and helping to raise awareness of special needs. (The above page has two separate links for downloading the full magazine in two parts.)

    CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, is the national non-profit organization representing children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).

    The Chicago Lighthouse
    “The Beacon” show is a one hour radio program that fills the void for information concerning people with disabilities, seniors and veterans.

    Chicago Special Parent
    Parenting a child with a disability can be rewarding and at times frustrating. Chicago Special Parent Magazine connects parents to the best resources.

    Children's Literature Web Guide
    The Children’s Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for Children and Young Adults.

    Easter Seals National Headquarters
    For more than 80 years, Easter Seals has helped people with disabilities in communities nationwide.

    Exceptional Parent Magazine
    Exceptional Parent magazine’s Subscription Donation Program is a great way for organizations and associations to provide an invaluable resource to the community, to increase awareness about individuals with special needs, and to raise money at the same time.

    Facing Disability for Families Facing Spinal Cord Injuries
    Facing Disability is a web resource with more than 1,000 videos drawn from interviews of people with spinal cord injuries, their families, caregivers and experts.

    The Family Village
    The Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

    The Father's Network
    The Father's Network mission is to celebrate and support fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.

    First Signs, Inc.
    First Signs, Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and physicians about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders.

    Fun Play Safe Play
    Fun Play Safe Play - An in-depth guide for parents outlining the ins and outs of toy safety at each age group. Spanish version is also available: http://www.toyinfo.org/App_Themes/tiapublic/pdfs/publications/juego_divertido.pdf

    Helping Your Child Learn to Read
    Is one in a series of books on different education topics intended to help you make the most of your child's natural curiosity from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

    Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives
    Managing the Art of Living is a project of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. The project is aimed at helping people live the lives they want to live, with the support of family, friends, community and public resources.

    Internet Public Library
    The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.

    KidsHealth is one of the largest sites on the Web providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence, created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media.

    Know the ADA
    Informative and well written resource on ADHD.

    Let Kids Play!
    Founded in 2007 by Mara Kaplan, Let Kids Play! is a consulting firm that works with manufacturers, communities, non-profits, park districts, retail stores, and parents on projects and strategies that ensure that all children have the best play opportunities possible regardless of ability.

    Let's Play Project
    Look here for information on selecting toys for play, toys for children with disabilities, adapting toys to make them easier to use, locating specially designed toys as well as other resources to promote play.

    Lullabies and Other Songs
    Not your average kids' site!

    Multnomah County Library Kids Page
    KidsPage is developed for children (through 8th grade), parents, teachers, caregivers and anyone interested in literature, information and recreation interest for and about children.

    National Center for Accessibility
    Located at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana the National Center for accessibility is a dynamic and innovative leader in the movement to include people with disabilities in recreation, parks, and tourism.

    National Center for Boundless Playgrounds
    Boundless Playgrounds is the first national nonprofit that provides leadership to foster and create play environments for children and adults of all abilities.

    National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
    Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

    National Institute for Play
    The National Institute for Play is a non-profit public benefit corporation led by the founder, Dr. Stuart Brown.

    National Library of Medicine
    Created by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, the world's largest medical library, MEDLINEplus is for anyone with a medical question.

    NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders)
    The National Organization of Rare Disorders is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them.

    Parenting Special Needs Magazine
    We at Parenting Special Needs are making it our mission to provide parents of special needs children, of all ages and stages of life, both information and inspiration. Through Parenting Special Needs On Line Magazine, we've created a world that provides practical tips, shares life’s lessons, tackles the challenges and celebrates the joys, of one of life's greatest gifts.

    Parents helping Parents
    PHP provides education and skills training, information, guidance, and peer support for families with the unexpected diagnosis of and ongoing impact of childhood disabilities.

    Pathways Awareness Foundation
    Pathways is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the benefit of early detection and therapy for infants and children with physical movement differences.

    RecTech Wiki
    An online community for sharing adaptive equipment designs and methods that help enable greater participation in recreational and physical activities. It is a resource where people can post requests for designs they need, search for designs that will help them, edit and add comments to existing designs, and post their own design ideas. Student design projects from Northwestern will be used periodically to populate the wiki, but the wiki is also open to the public and we encourage all to use.

    Riley's Smile
    Riley's Smile is Blog by Stacie Wiesenbaugh, mother of a special needs child. Her mission is to share what is involved in raising a special needs child with multiple disabilities. To have your child deprived of a bright future is devastating: emotionally, physically and financially. To maintain your life and hold on to hope becomes a nearly impossible task. I am hoping to reach out to those just outside the special needs family and help them develop empathy while sharing our journey.

    Safe Kids
    Safe Kids is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive list of monthly child-related recalls collected from the major federal agencies: the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We also bring you any news and consumer concerns about children's products.

    Remember that safety recalls don’t expire, so check our product recalls pages regularly, especially if you receive hand-me-downs or buy children’s products at a secondhand shop or yard sale.

    Simplified Technology-Linda Burkhart
    Resources about Early Learners, Augmentative Communication and Assistive Technology

    U.S. Department of Education
    The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is to ensure the equal access to education and to promote educational excellence for all Americans.