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Resources: Children and Family

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    AblePlay provides independent toy reviews and detailed information to help you 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.

  • Adapting Toy Ideas (a handout from the Vermont AT Program) Download PDF Document

  • Adoption Assistance and AT (PDF)
    This is part of the Protection and Advocacy for AT legal series created by Neighborhood Legal Services to support AT advocacy.

  • Apps for Children with Special Needs (
    Videos of apps in action to help parents, educators, caregivers and professionals make more informed purchases for their mobile devices.

  • AT for Behavioral Safety and Self-Protection
    Individuals with cognitive and/or behavioral disabilities often need help preventing behaviors which challenge their safety living at home. If you are caring for someone with this type of disability--such as a child with autism or an adult with Alzheimer's--this MassMATCH page was created to let you know about the growing range of assistive technology (AT) products that exists to help you.

  • Center on Technology and Disability
    Formerly the Family Center on Technology and Disability, the CTD offers a wealth of information in English and Spanish on assistive technology. There are fact sheets, newsletters, family information guides as well as free webinars and online courses.

  • Family Guide to Assistive Technology
    Created by Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) in cooperation with the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

  • Federation for Children with Special Needs-- Parent Guide to Special Education
    Written by the Federation for Children with Special Needs in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Guide is meant to serve as a resource for parents, and the organizations that serve them.
  • SPED Child and Teen
    This site offers valuable information on Massachusetts-area special needs workshops, seminars and more regarding financial help, legal help, and free or low cost family and support programs. There is a special section on programs just for teens and young adults and their unique needs.

  • State Medicaid Agencies Can Fund Adaptive Tricycles (PDF)
    This is part of the Protection and Advocacy for AT legal series created by Neighborhood Legal Services to support AT advocacy.

  • University of Montana's Rural Institute Going Mobile--Apps for Life
    Apps for use with young children and students with disabilities. Includes literacy, social studies, science, life skills, AAC. Descriptions, video and link to iTunes store.

  • Visual Aids for Learning
    Visual Aids for Learning is a website that has created free downloadable visuals that are ideal for school age children. Packs of visuals include a complete school pack, the early childhood pack, the adolescent pack, the home pack and a toilet training pack.
  • 7-128 Software Games
    These games are family friendly. They entertain with stories, puzzles, and word problems. They are playable by senior gamers and those with reduced vision. Many are playable by people who are blind, deaf, or cannot use a keyboard.