Internet is an amazing place to search for information and support related
to disabilities, young children and parenting. It brings you a speedy
connection to information from agencies, hospitals, libraries and people
all over the world. If you use your computer wisely, information is just
a mouse click away. The downside is that it is anonymous and you must
judge whether the information you receive is valid and applies to your
family and situation. Searching can be frustrating and lead to many dead
ends and irrelevant information. Please visit our "Favorite
Links" page where we provide you with links to sites that
we have selected for their useful information related to disabilities,
young children and parenting.
The Internet can
help you feel supported in your journey of parenting a child with special
needs by helping you find other families who are having similar experiences.
You can share information and give and receive emotional support, without
ever leaving your computer. You can access this support at any time
of day, no babysitter or car required. There are a variety of ways to
find people with whom you can share your experiences and seek and give
One way of connecting
with others is through a list serve. When you subscribe to a list serve
you join a mailing list community of people who want to discuss a particular
topic. You send a message asking to subscribe and then all messages
that are sent to the list will be sent to your address as well. Everything
you write to the list serve will be sent to everyone who subscribes
to the list. You can also choose to correspond with someone from the
list privately, by sending that person an e-mail to his or her address
directly, rather than to the list. There are lists on every topic imaginable
and many specifically for parents of children with disabilities.
The New Jersey
Early Intervention System sponsors a list serve for families of children
who receive early intervention services in New Jersey. We are proud
to announce the creation of "New Jersey Early Intervention Families".
We also sponsor a list serve, "NJ Early Intervention Professionals"
for early intervention providers. Please see our "Disability
Support" page for more information on these lists and many
Finally, we provide
information that may help your physician to better understand the New
Jersey Early Intervention System at "Physician