Special Needs

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents

 Shared by our good friends at ZERO TO THREE.

  Harvard Family Research Project, Jamie Ferrel

All students benefit from family engagement in their education, but children with disabilities often require a greater degree of family involvement and advocacy than their peers without disabilities in order to be assured of receiving the same level of instruction as the general student population. In addition, special education teachers and families of students with disabilities often face a competing set of demands that can make it difficult to develop positive home–school partnerships. The Harvard Family Research Project compiled this resource guide to help family members and special educators establish a comfortable and effective partnership in service of promoting successful outcomes for children with disabilities. It highlights research reports, journal articles, examples of best practices, and tools that suggest methods for developing productive collaborations so that educators and families can, together, ensure better services for children in their care.

Family Engagement + Children w Disabilities Harvard 9-2012

NJ Early Intervention System

NJ Early Intervention System’s mission is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health related needs of children birth to age three who have delays or disabilities by providing quality services and support to families and their children.

Learn more…


Center for Autism Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announces: STUDY on AUTISM.

Our infant sibling study (IBIS) focuses on how the brain develops differently in infants with autism compared to typically developing children. The goal of the study is to identify very early brain features that may be characteristic of autism. This information may help improve methods of early detection and intervention for infants who may be at risk for an autism spectrum disorder. Earlier treatment may lead to better outcomes for these young children and their families.

We are seeking to enroll families who have a child with an autism spectrum disorder and an infant sibling 12 months old or younger. We are also enrolling families who have typically developing infants 6 months old or younger and who have a typically developing older sibling. Babies will come to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at 6, 12, and 24 months of age to receive developmental evaluations and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. Parents will receive comprehensive evaluation reports at no cost and will be paid for their family’s time and travel.

Stephanie Colantonio
Clinical Research Assistant
Center for Autism Research

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3535 Market Street, Suite 860
Philadelphia, PA 19104
phone: 267-426-4914
fax: 267-426-7590
email: colantonios@email.chop.edu

In Memoriam – June Moss Handler

CITE founder, June Moss Handler, 94, died on November 6, 2017 at her home in Hackensack, NJ. (read more...)

Upcoming Events

  • 10:00 am 1:00 pm, October 3, 2019 – CITE Board of Directors Meeting
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, October 17, 2019 – CITE South Meeting
  • N/A, November 7, 2019 – CITE Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00 pm 2:30 pm, November 14, 2019 – CITE South Training - The Power of Professionalism
  • 10:00 am 1:00 pm, December 5, 2019 – CITE Board of Directors Meeting
  • 10:00 am 12:00 pm, December 17, 2019 – CITE South Meeting

Follow Us on Twitter