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Family Support Groups

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Local Parent Groups

Parents continually tell CAYSI staff that meeting and sharing with other parents that have children with similar disabilities is one of the most valuable sources of information and resources they receive. Local parent groups allow parents to connect in a way that lessens their feeling of isolation and brings a renewed sense of hope!

Currently, local parent groups meet monthly or every other month in Little Rock, Siloam Springs, Osceola, and Wynne.

Please contact Jana Villemez below to find the best avenue for your family to connect!

Jana Villemez, CAYSI Family Consultant
Phone: 501-682-4289

Local Parent Organizations

Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC)

Northwest Arkansas CPRC serves families of children with disabilities ages birth through 26 in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties. The CPRC, advocates for children in special education and emphasizes training and information for all families.

The Center for Exceptional Families

A statewide organization that assists families and individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information, support, resources, and training to maximize a child’s education experience.

National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI)

NAPVI is committed to providing information, education, emotional support, and networking opportunities to Arkansas parents of the visually impaired and other disabilities. They will also partner with other professionals, facilities, and organizations in the state to ensure that the needs of our children are being met.

AR Hands & Voices

AR Hands & Voices is a comprehensive statewide group of parents and professionals that work together to benefit children and families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

National Parent Organizations

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

Families Matter NCDB is a leader in understanding children with deafblindness and models efforts in supporting and educating all state projects similar to CAYSI.

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB)

The NFADB is the largest network of families who have children who are deafblind.

Support for Siblings

Sibshops

Sibshops is a national program developed for providing a place for your child’s siblings to connect with other siblings who have sibs with special needs. Arkansas has set up Sibshops throughout the state. If you are interested in setting up a Sibshop or would like to attend one, contact Caroline Bryant at 501-837-2850

National Center on Deaf-Blindness Library

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness Library offers a number of resources in understanding interactions between siblings and experiences growing up with siblings who have disabilities.

 

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