Resources Across the Lifespan
Families that have children with disabilities often find that they need to identify services and supports for their child that are specific to their age.
- During early childhood, children experience periods of rapid growth and development but some don't acquire typical skills by a certain milestone which might indicate an intellectual or developmental delay (IDD).
- School-age children with disabilities have specific rights within school programs and can often be eligible for other benefit programs such as Medicaid, Social Security and often services specific to their state and community.
- The needs of the family and child invariably change as the child is in transition to becoming an adult, and the subsequent resources available also change.
- Adults with disabilities benefit from programs and services that help them acquire skills for activities of daily living, self-advocacy, entry into employment and independent living.
- Respite is a vital support to caregivers who provide care in the home for a loved one of any age, allowing families’ an occasional short-term period away that is so important to an individual's health and family stability.
This website is not able to provide all resources available to individuals and families. However, we hope it will help as you explore the resources that are available from childhood to early adulthood and caregiving.
For more information, see the Along the Way resource guide.