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True Grit


Some wonderful single parents of children with  disabilities participated in my dissertation research. They inspired me with their fortitude, humor, and resourcefulness.


I believe those of you who fall into this category are seriously neglected in terms of support services. Often, by necessity, you live in survival mode and have difficulty thinking beyond today. Perhaps it will help to know that there are people who care. I decided to gather a few resources for you in one place on this website to make your search for support a little easier. I hope it’s useful.




ARCH National Respite Network

Do you need a break? Many organizations provide respite care to help parents of a child with a disability find an occasional opportunity to catch their breath. This website helps you locate respite services in your area.

National Organization of Single Mothers,

This website provides helpful articles and support information for single moms. Also included is a Mom to Mom Message Board.

Single Mothers on a Mission

MOMS provides support for single mothers, dads, widows, widowers, and grandparents.

Single Rose

Single moms find useful articles on a wide range of topics as well as chats and message boards. Membership is free.

Single Mothers by Choice

If you adopted or conceived by choice or are considering doing so, this website has valuable resources.

Responsible Single Fathers

Articles and information are provided for single dads. The site also includes a forum for dads to discuss relevant issues.


This website provides articles and news of interest to single dads. They even tell you where to get a diaper bag designed for you.

Single Father’s Lighthouse

You’ll find inspiration and humor as well as articles on legal and practical issue. Did you know there’s a comic strip about single dads?

Salvatore’s Single Father’s Kitchen

Need help in the kitchen or love to cook? This website’s for you.

Parents without Partners

This international organization might have a local chapter, providing you and your children with social opportunities. In addition, their website provides a variety of resources.

ComeUnity: Special Needs Adoptions

Resources for prospective and adoptive parents of children with special needs.

Encyclopedia of Adoption

Links to information from Adoption.com on a variety of topics, including disability issues.

Adopting a Child with Special Needs

The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse answers questions.

Through the Looking Glass

An organization that provides support to families with a child, parent, or grandparent with a disability.

Beach Center on Disability

Located at the University of Kansas, the Beach Center provides cutting-edge research on families with a member who has a disability.


Created by parents to help parents, the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights connects parents of a child with a disability with resources and other parents.

Exceptional Parent

This outstanding magazine provides extensive lists of resources, including assistive technology, as well as relevant articles for and by parents of a child with a disability.

Parent to Parent

Many states have a chapter of this organization that pairs a parent of a child who has a disability with a trained, experienced parent of a child with the same or a similar disability. The experienced parent shares resource information and provides support.

Parent Resource Centers

All states have at least one parent resource center that provides support to parents of a child with a disability. They can help you with a variety of education and related services for your child. They can also help you resolve school-related issues.

National Accessible Apartment Clearinghouse

Do you need a place for your family to live that is accessible for your child with disabilities? This resource might be helpful.

Homes and Communities

Housing for families with disabilities is also available through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.


This website provides vital information from the US government on a variety of topics, including education, benefits, transportation, etc..

Funding Assistive Technology

Find funding resources to provide your child with assistive technology.


The “Funding Assistive Technology” link is a page from DisabilityResources.org; however, they also offer resources on a broad range of topics.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Learn about specific disabilities, best practices, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).


Enjoy this site with your children. Links are provided that specifically address the needs and concerns of children and teens with disabilities and their siblings.

Council for Exceptional Children

The world’s largest organization serving individuals with exceptionalities, CEC is an international leader in advocacy and support services.

Special Child Online

This online magazine features articles, from success stories to horror stories, for parents of children with disabilities.

Dentistry for Kids with Special Needs

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry answers your questions.

My Child with Special Needs

The US Department of Education provides numerous links to assist parents on Ed.gov.

Child Health Special Needs

This site includes numerous links related specifically to health concerns for children with disabilities.

Worship and the Child with Special Needs

About.com’s Parenting a Special Child website discusses ways you can include your child in worship services.

Religion and Disability Articles

Find articles about the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in various faiths, as well as some inspiring stories about families who made a difference.

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