About

Raising Special Kids is a 501 (c )3 non-profit organization that provides support and information for parents of children, from birth to age 26, with a full range of disabilities and special health care needs. Programs are offered at no cost to families, and are available in English and Spanish.

Parent Training and Information Center

Raising Special Kids is Arizona's Parent Training and Information Center (PTI), one of over 100 centers authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to provide assistance in special education to families and schools.

Family-to-Family Health Information Center

Raising Special Kids serves as a Family-to-Family Health Information Center funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Family-to-family centers employ parents of children with special health care needs who have experience navigating complex health care and social service systems to help other parents facing similar circumstances.

Family Voices

Raising Special Kids is the Arizona chapter of Family Voices, a national network which advocates for health care services and provides information for families with children and youth with special health care needs.

P2P USA

Raising Special Kids is the Arizona chapter and a Founding Member of P2P USA, a national nonprofit committed to promoting evidence-based practices in access, quality and leadership in parent to parent support.

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En Español: folleto de Raising Special Kids

As you browse this website, if you can't find what you are looking for, please contact us by phone at (602) 242-4366 or (800) 237-3007; or email us at: info@raisingspecialkids.org.

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This publication is partially supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Family to Family Health Information Centers, CFDA No. 93.504. The information, content, and conclusions should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Stories

It’s A Good Time To Have Dyslexia

​Meriah Houser is a former teacher, and a lover of books. She was eager to pass on her enthusiasm for reading to her sons, Cole and Maddox. As her boys grew, Meriah discovered that reading was very challenging for them. … KEEP READING

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Not long ago Aurora Townsend and her family were afraid that she would be unable to follow her dream of attending college to become a Neurobiologist. Aurora has Toxic Encephalopathy and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome–disabilities that cause her body to respond intensely to substances in the environment many of us do not notice. … KEEP READING

​I Felt Like I Could Breathe Again!

When Laurie and her husband adopted Adilynn, they anticipated a few minor medical issues. What they could not have anticipated was the number of hospitalizations, medical procedures and dozens of specialists necessary to meet Adilynn’s medical needs. … KEEP READING

Families Helping Families

Families Assisted
9,057
Parent-to-Parent Matches
379
Professionals trained
2,292
Community Partners
375