Resource Centers for Special Needs Families

Worrying about your child can be daunting and exhausting.

What is going on?

Is something wrong?

Is his behavior ok?

What are we going to do?

Who do you talk to?

What are the next steps?


There are so many questions.

I realized that many parents don’t know where to start or who to ask questions.

I’m working on compiling a list of resource centers for special needs families. I started with 23 and will update regularly to include all 50 states. I also plan on including any resource centers from around the world.

Below is a list of 23 United States states in alphabetical order. For each one, I have included websites where you can find your local resource center or the name of the center and their website.

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How can the resource center help?

There are two different types of resource centers that I have included for each state.

A Family Resource Center is an organization that helps families and individuals. They can provide information on family topics. They also organize events and classes for special needs families.

Many states also have Regional Centers. Regional centers have caseworkers that are responsible for your child. They can help with diagnoses and therapies (getting and paying for therapies). Most if not all handle early intervention (getting your child help early, before age 3). They can also help you get information on different services and events for your child.


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Resource centers by State

1. Alabama

Family Resource Centers

Alabama Network of Family Resource Centers –  –  A good website for Family Resource Centers

Olmstead Rights – A list of government-funded organizations that may help.

Department of education – – Help with special needs services


2. Arizona

Family Resource Center – – This website allows you to put in where you live and it gives you the local resource center.

Family Behavioral Integrated Health Services – – Great resources available on this page.


3. Arkansas

Family Resource Center –

Arkansas Support Network – –  A resource center that offers different classes and services.

Regional Centers – 

Arkansas Department of Human Services –


4. California

Northern California –

Family Resource Center –

Warmline Family Resources  – 

Regional Center – 

Alta Regional Center – – a great resource for early intervention. Very helpful with therapies and other opportunities for special needs.

Central California –

Central Valley Regional Center –

Southern California –

South Central Regional Center –


5. Colorado

Family Resource Center – 

Family Resource Center Association –

Colorado Family Resources – – Government website with links to resources.


6. Connecticut

Family Resource Center – – Official government website with some links to resources in the state.

Department of Public Health – Government website link.


7. Delaware

Family Resource Center – – List of local organizations and resources for families.


8. Florida

Family Resource Center –

Children’s Board Family Resource Centers –

Southeast Florida 

FAU Card – Center for Autism and Related Disabilities –

South Florida 

South Florida Resource Center –

Family Resource Center of South Florida –


9. Georgia

Family Resource Center – 

Parent to Parent –

Regional Center –

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities –

10. Hawaii

Family Resource Center – – A list and links to many resources online as well as physical locations.

Child and Family Services –

Special Needs Resource Project –


11. Idaho

Family Resource Center – 

Child and Family Resource – – Offer counseling and other resources for families.

Special Needs Resource Project –

Regional Center 

Idaho Parent’s Unlimited Inc. – – Great list of resources.



12. Illinois

Family Resource Center – 

Family Resource Center on Disabilities – – workshops, resources, IEP support. – A great website for lots of resources.

Regional Center – 

Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse –


List of resources for special needs families


13. Indiana

Family resource center – 

Early Childhood Alliance –

Insource Special Education Parent Support –

Regional center – 

Indiana Resource Center for Autism – – lots of support and resources for autism parents.


14. Iowa

Family resource center – 

ASK Resource Center – – training, events and resources

Regional center – autism specific. – 

Regional Autism Assistance Program –

The Iowa City Autism Community –


15. Kansas

Family resource center –

Kansas Children’s Service League – – Some amazing resources and services based in Pittsburg.

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training


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16. Kentucky

Regional Center – 

The University of Louisville – a page dedicated to autism resources in the state and the country


17. Louisiana

Family resource centers – 

Louisiana Department of Health –

The Families Helping Families Network – a list of the centers in the state

Autism Society –


18. Maine

Family Resoure Center – 

Access Main –   A list of links to many autism resources


19. Maryland

Family resource center – 

Maryland Family Resource, Inc


20. Massachusetts

Family resource centers –

Family Resource Centers

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition – – autism centers

Regional Centers –

Vista Center for Behavior Analysis


21. Michigan

Family Resource Center – 

Michigan State University – a list of resources for parents and caregivers

Regional Center – Resources to help with topics such as ABA and IEP’s   Great list of resources for Physical and intellectual disabilities


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22. Minnesota

Family Resource Center – 

Minnesota Centers of Excellence for Young Children with Disabilities


23. Mississippi

Family Resource Centers – 

Family Resource Centers – – all kinds of resources, support groups and classes for families.

Regional Center – 

South Mississippi Regional Center –


24. Missouri

Family Resource Centers – 

Family Forward –

Missouri Family to Family –

Regional Center – 

Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training – – they have a great list of regional centers throughout the state.


25. Montana

Regional Center – – a list of agencies that can help

-specifically for autism –

Montana Disability and Health Program –


26. Nebraska

Family Resource Center

-Family Resource Center of Greater Nebraska – – looks like a really great list of different resources and agencies that are helpful to a family.


27. Nevada

Regional Center –

Department of Health and Human Services –

Autism related –

United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra –


28. New Hampshire

Family Resource Center – 

New Hampshire Children’s Trust – It’s a general resource center to help with many different family issues but it has many links to all different resources.

Lakes Region Community Services  –

Regional Center

Regional Services and Education Center –

CHAD – Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock –

ParentingNH –

Manodnock Developmental Services –

Path Ways – – very long list of resources in the state


29. New Jersey

Family Resource Center

Family Resource Network –

Regional Center – grants for young adults


I hope this list is helpful to you if you’re just starting out on this special needs journey or if you’re looking for some extra help.

If you haven’t already done so check out my post on Autism traits and signs. You can also see the non-typical signs and traits on this post.

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