April 2000Vol. 1, No. 2Link to Resources for Children with Disabilities
A new federally sponsored website offers up-to-date information for children with disabilities and their families. The website, http://www.childrenwithdisabilities.ncjrs.org (Editor's note: this link is no longer available), is an initiative by the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to promote a national agenda for children and foster positive youth development. The Council's nine participating Federal agencies and offices are:
- Department of Justice
- Department of Education
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Labor
- Immigration and Naturalization Service
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Corporation for National Service
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Children with Disabilities site includes information on advocacy, education, employment, health, housing, recreation, technical assistance, and transportation covering a broad array of developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities. The site provides links to organizations offering support and technical assistance to families and professionals concerning children with learning disabilities, mental health problems, and physical disabilities.
The site also provides assistance for children whose healthy development is threatened by social factors, such as poverty and abuse, and resources on the adoption of children with disabilities. The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov) is listed as a link under "Federal Resources" and featured under "Calendar of Events" for its Conference Calendar.