Family Resources

Looking for information on community resources or supports? Capernaum has gathered links to websites that you may find useful.

The information in linked websites is not necessarily endorsed by Capernaum, and we are not responsible for the outside content. Always check with your child’s pediatrician regarding any questions you may have about your child’s unique needs!

Assistive Technology/Equipment:

A System of Technology to Achieve Results (STAR) - Their mission is to help all Minnesotans with disabilities gain access to and acquire the assistive technology they need to live, learn, work, and play. Services provided include device demonstration, device loan, device exchange, and reuse/recycling assistive technology.

http://mn.gov/admin/star/

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Provides assistive technology assessment/consultation and training, augmentative and alternative communication, and home environmental control displays.

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute >

Closing the Gap - Provides a comprehensive examination of the most current uses of technology by persons with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

http://www.closingthegap.com/

EquipaLife - A non-profit organization providing access to “life changing” equipment for people in need of services and people with disabilities.

http://www.equipalife.org/

This PDF contains a list of resources for AT: http://www.equipalife.org/toolkit/atmodtoolkit.pdf

The Simon Technology Center - Provides a variety of core services to help children, families, and professionals including:  Technology consults, lending library, individualized training sessions, and a forum for buying/selling used equipment.

http://www.pacer.org/stc/

This page is part of the ABLEDATA website and contains an Informed Consumer’s Guide to Funding Assistive Technology.

http://www.abledata.com/abledata_docs/funding.htm

Goodwill-Easter Seals - A website that contains information about borrowing medical equipment.

Goodwill-Easter Seals >

Technology for Home (LiveLife Therapy Solutions, Inc.) - Assistive Technology Consultation and Technical Assistance - AT consultants for clients with waiver services.

http://technologyforhome.org/

Daycare:

Childcare Assistance - Affordable child care is important! Parents who have low incomes may get help paying for it through various programs.

Childcare Assistance >

Parent Aware - A website that rates daycare providers.

http://parentaware.org/

Think Small - A website to help parents to find daycare.

http://www.thinksmall.org/for_parents_and_guardians

Education Resources:

EDUCATION RESOURCES:

Help Me Grow - Birth through age five education resources for developmental milestones and healthy development.

http://helpmegrowmn.org/HMG/index.htm

PACER (Parents’ Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights) - A Guide to MN parents to the IEP.

http://www.pacer.org/parent/php/PHP-a12.pdf

ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) - Fun and affordable for parents and their children birth through kindergarten.

http://w20.education.state.mn.us/ELSSearch/search.do

http://ecfe.mpls.k12.mn.us/uploads/17_sliding_fee_scale_policies.pdf

Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood - A multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs.

http://www.rti4success.org/

http://www.crtiec.dept.ku.edu/

Minnesota Yellow Pages for Kids - Lists providers for therapies, health care specialists, educational consultants, schools, parent supports groups, and more!

http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/mn.htm

The Family Partnership - Strives to be a leader in closing opportunity and achievement gaps for children and families living in poverty by providing high impact, multicultural services; building powerful community partnerships; and changing public policy.

http://www.thefamilypartnership.org/programsservices/education/

Washburn Child Guidance Center for Children - The state’s leading children’s mental health center, caring for a wide variety of children’s needs.

https://washburn.org/

Amhurst H. Wilder Foundation - Provides services that build hope and resiliency for children and families through mental health, education, housing, social adjustment, early childhood, and aging programs. 

http://www.wilder.org/Pages/default.aspx

Special Education Guide: Support and Resources for Parents and Teachers - A go-to resource for mastering the terminology, procedures, and best practices in special education.

Support and Resources for Parents and Teachers >

Educational Materials for Children:

Do2Learn - Provides 1,000s of free pages of social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.

http://www.do2learn.com/

DLTK’s Crafts for Kids - Features a variety of printable children’s crafts, coloring pages, worksheets, and activities including projects for holidays, educational themes, and some of our children’s favorite cartoon characters.

http://www.dltk-kids.com

Financial Assistance:

Disability Benefits 101 - A resource for finding out about cash benefits available and health care coverage.

https://mn.db101.org/programs.htm

Hennepin County - Offers a number of programs to supplement families' and individuals' incomes. The type of assistance people receive depends on their life circumstances, family size and type, and other factors.

http://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/cash-assistance

Community Resources:

March of Dimes - Works to end premature birth and other problems and provides information on pregnancy and development. MN Chapter Phone: 952-835-3033.

http://www.marchofdimes.org/index.aspx

United Way - 2-1-1 provides free and confidential health and human services information for people in Minnesota. We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect you with the resources and information you need. Whether you are in crisis or need a little support, we’re here to help.

https://www.211unitedway.org

Minnesota Help - State of MN website to help navigate over 10, 000 helping agencies in the community.

https://www.mnhelp.info/index

The ARC MN - The Arc provides crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connects them with resources, and stands with them when they need an advocate.

http://www.thearcofminnesota.org/disabilityprogramsandinfo/

The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) - Addresses the unique legal needs of persons with disabilities. A statewide project, MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities on legal issues that are related to their disabilities.

http://mylegalaid.org/about/our-work/disability-law

WIC - A supplemental nutrition and breastfeeding program. Find out if you are eligible!

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/

Bridge to Benefits - A multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota working to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits.

http://mn.bridgetobenefits.org/Home2.html

Housing Link - Their mission is "to improve people's lives through information expanding their affordable rental choices."

http://www.housinglink.org/

Hunger Solutions - A comprehensive hunger relief organization that serves as a link between government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors in an effort to improve access to public nutrition program.

http://www.hungersolutions.org/minnesota-food-helpline/

List of Local County Social Service Agencies

https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-0005-ENG

Life Pages - Fun activities to participate in and find out about advocacy and other services.

http://www.lifepages.org/rec/

Disability Minnesota - Provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues.

Disability Minnesota >

Catholic Charities - The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community.

https://www.cctwincities.org/locations/

PCA Services - PCA (Personal Care Assistance) services help a person with day-to-day activities in their home and community. PCAs help people with activities of daily living, health-related procedures and tasks, observation and redirection of behaviors, and instrumental activities of daily living for adults. PCA services are available to eligible people enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program.

PCA Services >

Mom Enough - Resource page for the blog by Marti and Erin Erickson.

http://momenough.com/?page_id=52

Medical:

Medical Assistance – Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (MA-TEFRA) - The TEFRA option allows Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility for children with disabilities whose parents have too much income to qualify for MA or other Minnesota Health Care Programs or who qualify but the cost would be too high.

Tax Equity Fiscal Responsibility Act (MA-TEFRA) >

MN Dept. of Human Services:

http://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-with-disabilities/health-care/health-care-programs/

http://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/health-care/health-care-programs/

Hennepin County Medical Center Pediatrics - Hennepin County Medical Center has been serving the needs of children for over a century. The care provided has extended from treating the tiniest of neonates in our Newborn Nursery and Newborn Intensive Care Unit to teenagers and young adults up to age 21 in our clinics, Inpatient Unit, and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Hennepin County Medical Center Pediatrics >

North Point Health and Wellness - A multi-specialty medical, dental, and mental health center and human service agency located in North Minneapolis.

http://www.northpointhealth.org/

Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care - A nationally and internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children, teens, and adults who have disabilities and complex medical conditions.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care >

Shriner’s Hospital for Children - Provides quality care to children with neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries, and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered, and collaborative care environment.

Shriner’s Hospital for Children >

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics - One of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States with two hospitals, 12 primary and specialty care clinics, and six rehabilitation sites.

Shriner’s Hospital for Children >

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital - University of Minnesota Health offers a broad range of primary and specialty care services for children and teens working to transform the health of children.

https://childrens.mhealth.org/

Diagnosis Specific Information:

The Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options, and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.

https://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/

MN branch:

https://www.guidestar.org/profile/41-0807591

Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota

http://www.dsamn.org/

Autism Society of MN – A nonprofit organization committed to education, advocacy, and support designed to enhance the lives of those affected by autism from birth through retirement.

http://www.ausm.org/ausm-resource-directory.html

The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) provides therapeutic support for children, adolescents, and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

http://www.mnautism.org/

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) – Agencies’ goals are to: (1) serve as a clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD, (2) serve as a local face-to-face family support group for families and individuals affected by ADHD, and (3) serve as an advocate for appropriate public policies and public recognition in response to needs faced by families and individuals with ADHD.

http://www.chadd.org/

Apraxia Kids - All kinds of information and resources regarding the diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

http://www.apraxia-kids.org/

ASHA’s guide to Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) in Children

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/Feeding-and-Swallowing-Disorders-in-Children/

Minnesota Preemies - Resource page

Minnesota Preemies Website >