Supportive Resources for a Child with Developmental Disabilities

If your child has developmental disabilities, you are a critical asset for them to receive support and services for their condition, especially when they can’t advocate for themselves. Likewise, focusing on your child’s abilities (rather than the disability) will remind them that their strengths are not defined by a medical diagnosis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in the physical, learning, language, or behavioral areas. Approximately one in six children in the U.S. have one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s health, be sure to talk to your child’s pediatrician for more information. Your concerns matter, and it’s best to have a healthcare professional confirm your child has a developmental disability. 

It’s normal for parents to feel a sense of stress about their child’s safety if they have a medical condition. MedicAlert ID is a globally recognized, life-saving accessory to ensure that your child’s health needs are met, no matter the situation. MedicAlert IDs, paired with our Protection Plans, can provide peace of mind. 

  • We’re your voice: If an emergency occurs, your child’s tailored ID will communicate all their necessary information.
  • 24/7 emergency protection. Our team will pass on any critical medical information to first responders, no matter when or where the situation occurs.
  • Stay connected: MedicAlert will notify your child’s emergency contact(s), connected to their medical ID, the minute an event occurs.
  • Live with confidence. Providing peace of mind so that you can live without fear for your child’s safety is MedicAlert’s priority.

How do you find the right resources for your child with a developmental disability?

With countless sources and endless information at your disposal, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed when beginning the search for helpful resources. Whether your child has autism, cerebral palsy, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or an intellectual disability, MedicAlert’s partnerships can provide answers, education, and support.

Other reputable organizations that provide insight and practical resources include United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). As with any medical concern, beginning this journey with a visit to your child’s pediatrician is recommended. Early intervention can put a name to your child’s symptoms and provide a starting point for next steps.

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) affiliates provide services such as housing, physical therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention services, individual and family support, social and recreational programs, community living, state and local referrals, employment, employment assistance and advocacy. UCP not only serves those with cerebral palsy, but also children and adults living with Down Syndrome, autism, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries. Their mission is a life of inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement regarding autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. ASAN ensures that your child is supported at every stage of life, whether they are learning to understand their disability or they have entered adulthood and are transitioning to a more autonomous life.

Finding support for you and the rest of your family is just as important as finding resources for your child. Learn about all of the services available in your state or territory to help families needing financial assistance, education, and support. Finding a community that you can relate to and bond with is a crucial aspect of healthy coping. When you feel supported and empowered, your child will too.

How do you find education support for a child with a disability?

As your child enters the school system, finding the right educational support can be stressful. You might wonder if your child will be taken care of with the same level of attention that you give. How can you trust that your child’s unique needs will be met?

An important first step is to find out what your child is entitled to. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is an important law that ensures your child receives free public education that is tailored to their unique needs. Under IDEA, your child is prepared for their continued education, future employment opportunities, and the stage of independent living.

Special education is an important option to consider. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides extensive information on special education and the practical steps you can take to ensure your child succeeds in the classroom. Many parents struggle with the stigma associated with “special education.” However, with the right tools and a little extra support at school, your child will be able to thrive and perform at a high level.

There are also nearly 100 Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in the United States. These centers perform a variety of services for children with disabilities, their families, industry professionals, and the organizations that support them.

A MedicAlert medical ID and protection plan can also support your child’s educational and emotional journey. This is particularly true during an emergency situation, when MedicAlert stores and communicates your child’s critical health and safety information. Our selection of medical IDs runs the gamut from bracelets to necklaces, durable sports bands to smart medical ID cards – something for all ages, lifestyles and fashion trends.

What type of MedicAlert ID should you get for your child?

Choosing the right MedicAlert ID should be a fun and personal experience for your child. This is a great opportunity for them to browse our products and enjoy finding what best fits who they are. At every stage of learning and growing with their disability, autonomy should be prioritized, so let them get creative as you support them.

MedicAlert is able to meet any occasion because of our use of various ID materials. Our materials are safe, which is especially helpful for those who have skin sensitivities. The stainless steel, gold, and sterling silver IDs are not only durable but stylish for any special occasion, such as a school dance or a family wedding.

For kids who live a more active lifestyle or participate in sports, MedicAlert offers silicone bracelets, sports bands, Apple watch tags, and reflective bands. Likewise, if your child possesses a sensory challenge, or they prefer to not wear their ID as a bracelet or necklace, the shoe tag is a great alternative. The seatbelt ID holder can easily be placed onto a bicycle or backpack as well. No matter what your child’s preferences and needs are, MedicAlert has you covered.

What should you engrave on a MedicAlert ID?

MedicAlert lets you add custom engravings on all of our medical ID products. Your child’s ID should include all critical medical information necessary to protect and save their life if an emergency occurs, such as:

  • Medical Condition
  • Medications
  • Allergies
  • Implanted devices 
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders

MedicAlert wants our members to feel informed, protected, and confident, no matter what situation arises. Our medical IDs and protection plans can help keep your child connected.