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Money Saving Resources and Tips from Parents

Postby MOMMA3 » Sat Mar 05, 2005 8:09 pm

Feel free to post tips and resources for other parents so that we can all benefit and save money too...........This is B's mom's idea so all credit goes to her.
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Saving money

Postby MaryB » Sun Mar 06, 2005 5:05 pm

We have an informal group of moms who meet to swap ABA materials and even supplements. You can spend a lot on vitamins that your kid can't tolerate, so it's nice to swap for something else. We just put everything in the middle of a table and you can take what you need.

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Postby b's mom » Sun Mar 06, 2005 8:16 pm

Thanks Webmaster! :D I was so excited to see this section when I finally got a chance to check in today!!!! My family thought I won the lotto! poor guys. :lol:

My little guy is getting his eval tomorrow and I'm preparing for the IEP to which I will post plenty about. So for now I'll get this one money saving tip in...

My first tip to save is to check out your local library for a system where you can request books online. Our library system allows me to get into my account online, look up a book, request it, have the library call me when it comes in (from another library if ours doesn't have it). Then I just pick it up at the counter, see if it's worth purchasing or just reading for the next couple weeks (or more if I can renew it).

ask your local libary if they have an online system in partnership with other libraries and how you can get your account set up. This saves TONS of time. The smaller your library the better if they have this partnership because most books will come in from other libraries and they will be sitting there waiting for you at the counter when they come in.

If someone suggests a book online but your not sure, use to check out reviews, check it out at the library still just in case. I have saved HUNDREDS of dollars just taking books out at the library through my online account.

more to come.... :D thanks again webmaster!!!!!!


See what programs you qualify for.

Postby MaryB. » Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:20 pm

Another tip is to see if your state disabilities agency has any funding you qualify for. Some have funds for respite care (baby-sitting so you can get a break from being a caretaker!), special camps, and therapies for special needs kids, regardless of the parents' income. Sometimes organizations like The ARC distribute these funds or administer programs that are helpful to families. If you have a low income, you should definitely apply for programs that are based on income, too.

Your child's school or Early Intervention Office should be able to give you the phone numbers for the agencies.

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Postby MOMMA3 » Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:37 pm

My stepson's mom uses these resourses and she got a computer that is supposed to be for his use. They also got daycare expenses taken care off too.

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Training & Information Center

Postby b's mom » Sat Mar 12, 2005 8:54 pm

If you need free information on how IEPs, IDEA, etc or at least some resources that are available, call your State's training and info center:

Parent Training and Information Centers


Special Education Action Committee, Inc. (SEAC)
3207 International Drive, Suite C
P.O. Box 161274
Mobile, AL 36616-2274
(334) 478-1208 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-222-7322 (Alabama only)
Fax: (334) 473-7877


Alaska P.A.R.E.N.T.S., Inc.
(Parents as Resources Engaged in Networking and Training
540 International Airport Road, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99518
(907) 563-2246 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-478-7678 (Alaska only)
Fax: (907) 563-2257


Pilot Parent Partnerships
2150 East Highland Avenue, Suite 105
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 468-3001 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-237-3007 (Arizona only)
Fax: (602) 468-3001 (call first)


Arkansas Parent Support and Information Network
Arkansas Disability Coalition
10002 W. Markham, Suite B-7
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 221-1330 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-223-1330 (Arkansas only)
Fax: (501) 221-9067


Northern California Coalition for Parent Training and Information (NCC), Region I

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-2555 (TDD available)
Fax: (510) 841-8645

Northern California Coalition for Parent Training and Information (NCC), Region II

Matrix, A Parent Network and Resource Center
555 Northgate Drive, Suite A
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-3877
Fax: (415) 507-9457

Northern California Coalition for Parent Training and Information (NCC), Region III

Parents Helping Parents
The Family Resource Center for Children with Special Needs
3041 Olcott Street
Santa Clara, CA 95054-3222
(408) 727-5775 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (408) 727-0182

Northern California Coalition for Parent Training and Information (NCC), Region IV

Exceptional Parents Unlimited (EPU)
4120 North First Street
Fresno, CA 93726
(209) 229-2000
Fax: (209) 229-2956

Parents Helping Parents-San Francisco (PHP-SF)
1 Vincente Street
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 564-0722
Fax: (415) 681-1065

Team of Advocates for Special Kids, Inc. (TASK)
100 West Cerritos Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 533-8275
Fax: (714) 533-2533


PEAK Parent Center, Inc.
(Parent Education and Assistance for Kids)
6055 Lehman Drive, Suite 101
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 531-9400
TDD: (719) 531-9403
Fax: (719) 531-9452


Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC)
5 Church Lane, Suite 4
P.O. Box 579
East Lyme, CT 06333
(860) 739-3089 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-445-2722 (Connecticut parents only)
Fax: (860) 739-7460 (call first)


Parent Information Center of Delaware, Inc. (PIC/DE)
700 Barksdale Road, Suite 3
Newark, DE 19711
(302) 366-0152
TYY: (302) 366-0178
Fax: (302) 366-0276


COPE Parent Training and Information Center
(Creating Opportunities for Parent Empowerment)
300 I Street NE, Suite 112
Washington, DC 20002
1-800-515-COPE or (202) 543-6482
Fax: (202) 543-6682


Parent Education Network (PEN) Project
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
5510 W. Gray Street
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 289-1122 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-285-5736 (Florida only)
Fax: (813) 286-8614


Parents Educating Parents (PEP)
Georgia Arc Network
P.O. Box 43663
Atlanta, GA 30336
0) 732-1122
TDD: (404) 616-9287
Fax: (770) 732-6050


Assisting with Appropriate Rights in Education (AWARE)
Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii
200 North Vineyard Boulevard, Suite 310
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 536-2280
TDD: (808) 536-9684
Fax: (808) 537-6780


Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL)
Parents Education and Resource Center (PERC)
4696 Overland Road, Suite 478
Boise, ID 83705
(208) 342-5884 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-242-IPUL (4785) (Idaho only)
Fax: (208) 342-1408


Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD)
20 East Jackson Boulevard, Room 900
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 939-3513
(312) 939-3519 (TDD/TDY)
Fax: (312) 939-7297

Designs for Change
6 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 857-9292
TDD: (312) 857-1013
Fax: (312) 857-9299


(Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs)
809 N. Michigan
South Bend, IN 46601-1036
(219) 234-7101
1-800-332-4433 (Voice/TDD) ( Indiana only)
Fax: (219) 234-7279


Iowa Pilot Parents
33 North 12th Street
P.O. Box 1151
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
(515) 576-5870
1-800-952-4777 (Iowa only)
Fax: (515) 576-8209


Families Together, Inc.
501 Jackson, Suite 400
Topeka, KS 66603
(913) 233-4777 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-264-6343 (Kansas parents only)
Fax: (913) 233-4787


Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network (KY-SPIN)
2210 Goldsmith Lane, Suite 118
Louisville, KY 40218
(502) 456-0923 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (502) 456-0893


Project PROMPT
4323 Division Street, Suite 110
Metairie, LA 700023179
(504) 888-9111
1-800-766-7736 (Louisiana parents only)
Fax: (504) 888-0246


Special-Needs Parent Information Network (SPIN)
P.O. Box 2067
Augusta, ME 04338-2067
(207) 582-2504
1-800-870-7746 (Voice/TDD) (Maine only)
Fax: (207) 582-3638


The Parents' Place of Maryland, Inc.
7257 Parkway Drive, Suite 210
Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 712-0900 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (410) 712-0902


Federation for Children with Special Needs
95 Berkeley Street, Suite 104
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-2915 (Voice/TTY)
1-800-331-0688 (Massachusetts only)
Fax: (617) 695-2939


Citizens Alliance to Uphold Special Education (CAUSE)
3303 West Saginaw, Suite D 1
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 886-9167 (Voice/TDD/TTY)
1-800-221-91O5 (Michigan only)
Fax: (517) 886-9775

Parents Are Experts/Parents Training Parents Project
23077 Greenfield Road, Suite 205
Southfield, MI 48075-3744
(810) 557-5070 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (810) 557-4456


PACER Center, Inc.
(Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
4826 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55417-1098
(612) 827-2966 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-53PACER (Minnesota parents only)
Fax: (612) 827-3065


Parent Partners
3111 N. State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
(601) 366-5707 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (601) 362-7361


Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
2100 S. Brentwood, Suite G
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 882-7434 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-743-7634 (Missouri only)
Fax: (417) 882-8413


Parents Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK)
MSU-Billings, SPED
1500 North 30th Street, Room 267
Billings, MT 59101-0298
(406) 657-2055 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-222-7585 (Montana only)
Fax: (406) 657-2061


Nebraska Parents' Center
3610 Dodge Street, Suite 102
Omaha, NE 68131-3218
(402) 346-0525 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (402) 346-5253


Nevada Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
6910 Edna Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89114
(702) 248-6711 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (702) 367-9812


Parent Information Center (PIC)
151 A Manchester Street
P.O. Box 2405
Concord, NH 03302-2405
(603) 224-7005 (Voice/TDD)
(603) 224-6299
Fax: (603) 224-4365


Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc. (SPAN)
35 Halsey Street, 4th Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
(201) 642-8100 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (201) 642-8080


Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special
Needs Project (EPICS Project)
Southwest Communication Resources, Inc.
P.O. Box 788
Bernalillo, NM 87004
(505) 867-3396 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-765-7320 (Voice/TDD) (New Mexico parents only)
Fax: (505) 867-3398

Parents Reaching Out (PRO) - Project ADOBE
1000A Main Street, NW
Los Lunas, NM 87031
(505) 865-3700 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-524-5176 (New Mexico only)
Fax: (505) 865-3737


Advocates for Children of New York, Inc.
105 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 624-8450
Fax: (718) 624-1260

Parent Network Center (PNC)
250 Delaware Avenue, Suite 3
Buffalo, New York 14202
(716) 853-1570
1-800-724-7408 (New York only)
TDD: (716) 853-1573
Fax: (716) 853-1574

Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc.
200 Park Avenue South, Suite 816
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-4650
Fax: (212) 254-4070


ECAC, Inc.
(Exceptional Children's Assistance Center)
P.O. Box 16
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 892-1321
1-800-962-6817 (North Carolina only)
Fax: (704) 892-5028

(Parents Assisting and Responding to Educators
Through Networking and Training in Schools)
300 Enola Road
Morganton, NC 28655
(704) 433-2662
Fax: (704) 438-6457


Pathfinder Family Center (Pathfinder PTI)
Arrowhead Shopping Center
16th and 2nd Avenue SW
Minot, ND 58701-3459
(701) 852-9426
TDD: (701) 852-9436
Fax: (701) 838-9324


Child Advocacy Center
1821 Summit Road, Suite 303
Cincinnati, OH 45237
(513) 821-2400 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (513) 821-2442

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children
with Disabilities (OCECD)
Training Center
933 High Street, Suite 106B
Worthington, OH 43085
(614) 431-1307 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (614) 431-1504


Parents Reaching Out in Oklahoma (PRO-Oklahoma)
1917 South Harvard Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73128
(405) 681-9710 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-PL94-142 (Parents only)
Fax: (405) 685-4006


Coalition in Oregon for Parent Education Project, Inc.
(Oregon COPE Project, Inc.)
999 Locust Street, NE
Salem, OR 97303
(503) 373-7477 (Voice/TDD)


Mentor Parent Program (MPP)
P.O. Box 718, Main Street
Seneca, PA 16346
(814) 676-8615
1-800-447-1431 (Pennsylvania only)
Fax: (814) 677-4465

Parent Education Network (PEN)
333 East 7th Avenue
York, PA 17404
(717) 845-9722 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-522-5827 (Voice/TDD) (Pennsylvania only)
1-800-441-5028 (Spanish, Pennsylvania only)
Fax: (717) 848-3654

Parents Union for Public Schools in Philadelphia, Inc.
AKA-Parents Union
311 South Juniper Street, Suite 602
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-1166
Fax: (215) 731-1688


Asociacion de Padres Pro Bienestar de Niños con
Impedimentos de P.R., Inc.
P.O. Box 21301
San Juan, PR 00928
(809) 763-4665 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (809) 765-0345


Rhode Island Parent Information Network, Inc. (RIPIN)
500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 727-4144
1-800-464-3399 (Rhode Island only)
TDD: (401) 727-4151
Fax: (401) 725-9960
(Shared fax#, please indicate "RIPIN")


Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina, Inc.
2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 102
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 779-3859 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-759-4776 (South Carolina parents only)
Fax: (803) 252-4513


South Dakota Parent Connection
3701 W. 49th, Suite 200B
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
(605) 361-3171 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-640-4553 (South Dakota only)
Fax: (605) 361-2928


Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)
1104 Tusculum Boulevard, Suite 401
Greenville, TN 37745
(615) 639-0125
1-800-280-STEP (Tennessee only)
TDD: (615) 639-2464
Fax: (615) 636-8217


Path Project
Partners Resource Network, Inc.
1090 Longfellow Drive, Suite B
Beaumont, TX 77706-4889
Phone: (409) 898-4684
TDD: (409) 898-4816
Fax: (409) 898-4869

Project P.O.D.E.R. (Partnerships for Opportunity, Development,
Education, and Resources)
2300 West Commerce, Suite 205
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 222-2637 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-682-9747 (Voice/TDD) (Texas only)
Fax: (210) 222-2638

Special Kids, Inc. (SKI)
P.O. Box 61628
Houston, TX 77208-1638
Phone: (713) 643-9576
Fax: (713) 643-6291


UTAH Parent Center (UPC)
2290 East 4500 South, Suite 110
Salt Lake City, UT 84117
(801) 272-1051
1-800-468-1160 (Utah only)
Fax: (801) 272-8907


Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC)
The Chace Mill
1 Mill Street, Suite A7
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 658-5315 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-639-7170 (Vermont only)
Fax: (802) 658-5395


Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
10340 Democracy Lane, Suite 206
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 691-7826 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-869-6782 (Virginia parents only)
Fax: (703) 691-8148


Washington PAVE (Parents Are Vital in Education)
6316 South 12th Street
Tacoma, WA 98465-1900
(206) 565-2266 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-572-7368 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-5-PARENT (Washington only)
Fax: (206) 566-8052

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)
12208 Pacific Highway SW
Tacoma, WA 98499
(206) 588-1741 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-298-3543 (Voice/TDD)
Fax: (206) 984-7520

Touchstones— More Alike than Different
Parent Advocacy and Access Project
6721 51st Avenue, S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 721-0867
Fax: (206) 721-2422


West Virginia Parent Training and Information (WVPTI)
E. Main Street, Suite 3-B
Clarksburg, WV 26301
(304) 624-1436 (Voice/TTY)
Fax: (304) 624-1438


Parent Education Project of Wisconsin, Inc. (PEP-WI)
2192 South 60th Street
West Allis, WI 53219-1568
(414) 328-5520
TDD: (414) 328-5527
Fax: (414) 328-5520 (call first)


Parent Information Center (PIC)
5 North Lobban Avenue
Buffalo, WY 82834
(307) 684-2277 (Voice/TDD)
1-800-660-WPIC (9742) (Wyoming only)
Fax: (307) 684-5314


Palau Parent Network (PNN)
P.O. Box 1583
Koror, Republic of Palau 76740
Fax: 01-680-488-2830


Virgin Island Family Information Network on Disabilities
#2, Nye Gade
St. Thomas, USVI 00802
(809) 775-3962 (Voice/Fax)

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Postby b's mom » Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:06 pm

State Resource Information

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mom from mass

Postby mom from mass » Sat Mar 12, 2005 11:52 pm

From all of us a BIG thank you

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Postby b's mom » Mon Mar 14, 2005 5:47 pm

GAMES: these are simple cost next to nothing or nothing at all games.The most interesting toy/game suggested was to get a small tape recorder (how about the one you should use for the IEPs?) then have them tape their voice and play it back! –encourage story telling. My son does ‘movies’ and sometimes speaks them out loud. This is a great way to capture that and for him to hear his own creativity...

AUTISM LESSONS & FUN YOU DO AT HOME: more autistic lesson ideas from

DO TO LEARN: good site with step by step art ideas, activities, songs, actual online games.

PAC MAN! online games from autistic society ... /index.htm you can get some of these at WalMart or other discount shops.

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Postby b's mom » Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:15 pm

When your peanut is ready to begin reading:

- Most schools have books listed by grade level/reading level. Ask your child's teacher for a list and some ideas on books to begin with.

- Here's the thing I did wrong with my daughter, I used to hide the pictures because I figured it was 'cheating' and she should learn the words not the picture. Well I learned from the tutor to encourage looking at the pictures page by page FIRST and trying to guess what the story may be about. Then have your child read the book.

-I also found that "Bob books" are very helpful when your at the very start of reading. The best thing about these is that they stick with certain sounds and maximum number of letters (3 to start) so your child feels as if they really read a book through and through. When they get to the point they can read the book they are on with little or no help, they get to color the pages in the book (they are only line drawings, meant to be colored as a reward). But we also found that once he got to a certain level with the reading, Bob books weren't as good as stories or dinosaur books.
:wink: ... 31-0856609

-Don't correct or tell them the word right away, give them some time to try and sound it out.

That's all I can remember from the tutor which changed Bobby's life. We had tried so many times to get him to read but her technique of going over the pictures first and picking out the correct reading level books was key. Good luck!

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Postby b's mom » Sun Mar 20, 2005 11:39 pm

My son's a bit too old for some of these (he's 7) but I know we have a lot of young ones in our group so... These sites have GREAT tips for do it yourself ideas to help your child educationally.

Tin Snips for teachers and parents (dig around this site, it has a lot to offer):

If you click on strategies from Tim Snips above, you get this:

If you click on TEACCH from the site above, you get this: ... 20jobs.htm

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Financial assistance available for biomedical treatments

Postby TamiW » Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:16 pm

http://www.nationalautismassociation.or ... nghand.php
This is a website that was posted on another site that could help parents getting biomedical started.


Postby bev » Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:57 pm

I have been taking my grandson to ST for the past few weeks.
She is working on comprehension.
She reads a story with him, e.g. "Three Billygoats Gruff".
She prints out pic.s from the internet, in this instance the three billy goats, and a gnome. She laminates them , mounts them on popsicle sticks.
She made a small bridge out of carboard.
They read and act out the book at the same time, and she asks questions as they go through the story. eg. "Why did the gnome not eat the first Billygoat?
When they finish the story to-gether they assume the characters, and she encourages him to tell the story.
She then sends a copy home in a folder for him to re-inact.
She also did a story about a King who would not share his cheese, which depended upon cats chasing out rats, lions, chasing the cats, etc.etc. She made the animals the same way and used a dollhouse as a palace.
My daughter had the three little pigs puppets at home, so we have begun to use this system.
It is very inexpensive, and my grandson, who does not enjoy pre-k loves this role playing, and she then encourages him to change the story, ask questions, and embelish.
There are many internet sites with children's stories where you can print out the pic's., and if you don't want to bother you don't need to laminate.
This has been his best teaching tool so far!

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Kirkman has....

Postby debstake » Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:55 pm

a box for returned items. What they do with the unopened return products is put them in this box. When a customer places an order in any manor (phone internet whatever) all they have to do is ask the CSR to check the return or free box. If they have what you want they send it to you FREE. All you pay is shipping.

It's really cool and has saved me about $200 over the past 2 years.
Be At Peace,
Deborah A Delp

Living With Autism in Central PA


update of information Oregon PTI

Postby Pat » Mon Oct 10, 2005 4:55 pm


Coalition in Oregon for Parent Education Project, Inc.
(Oregon COPE Project, Inc.)
999 Locust Street, NE
Salem, OR 97303
(503) 373-7477 (Voice/TDD)

name changed to

Oregon Parent Training Iinformation center

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