Resources for Parents of Children with Disabilities
Whether you are a new parent or new to Harvard, we encourage you to use the information here to explore your options and review our resources available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff, which include:
Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — Harvard's EAP offers free, confidential help for all Harvard employees and their adult household members. You can reach the EAP any time for personal or work-related concerns at 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278). Parents of children with special needs can call the EAP for help with a wide range of services from identifying strategies and finding resources to seeking emotional support and securing legal and financial assistance.
- EdNavigator — EdNavigator connects families with personal education advisors (“Navigators”). Navigators include teachers, veteran school leaders, and other education professionals who know schools across the greater Boston area. They support families of all backgrounds with students in all types of schools, and can provide practical advice and support whether your child is excelling or struggling. EdNavigator can assist with a broad range of educational issues including supporting students with Individual Education Plans (known as IEPs). To learn more, please visit Personal Education Advisors page and scroll down to “How to Get Started with Ed Navigator.”
In addition, state and local sources of support and information include:
- Autism Support Centers — Regional centers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts supporting families of children on the autism spectrum.
- Department of Developmental Services (DDS) — Commonwealth of Massachusetts office that provides support for children with qualifying developmental disabilities.
- Exceptional Lives — Easy-to-understand guidance, support and resources for families of children with developmental delays, disabilities or learning differences
- Family TIES of Massachusetts — Provides information and referral services, emotional support, and training to parents of children and youth with special needs. Family TIES is a primary source for information about Early Intervention and maintains a complete listing of Early Intervention Programs in MA.
- Mass Advocates for Families — Helps families navigate the special education system and provides practical resources.