Resources for Families

Exceptional Lives has launched a new version of its free online Guides designed for parents of children or adult family members with disabilities. The Guides help parents and caregivers walk through complex processes such as how to:

• Access special education
• Create an effective IEP
• Optimize your health insurance
• Explore guardianship and its alternatives
• Apply for SSI

The Guides are written in plain language and focused on action steps. Each Guide asks a parent simple questions about their family’s situation, then uses their answers to display information that is current and relevant to them.

All Guide content is gathered from expert sources, including the Federation for Children with Special Needs. The new version, driven by parent feedback, includes features such as interactive checklists, new graphics, and a My Files button that shows all forms in each Guide in one place.

“After using an Exceptional Lives Guide, I know which services we can be getting, and how to get them!” said Natalie Sequea of Boston. “These Guides bring all the information you need in one place. They show you where you need to start, and where you need to go. They’re very easy to use. Exceptional Lives has the most parent-friendly site I’ve ever seen. By creating this platform, you give parents like me hope.”

Parents can access the free Guides at any time through any computer, tablet or smartphone connected to the Internet. Those who have a question while using the Guides can get free phone or online support from Exceptional Lives’ professional staff. Exceptional Lives can be found at