ADAPT Community Network and United Cerebral Palsy announce the launch of Start Here, a new digital platform that will provide parents of children with disabilities with a wide range of critical and comprehensive resources.

The launch of Start Here will provide caregivers with a trusted source for guidance on everything from the basics of cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as managed care advice about how to be an effective advocate for their child.

ADAPT Community Network of New York City has developed the new website and is launching it in association with United Cerebral Palsy and its national network of 58 affiliates, including 56 in the U.S. and two in Canada.

The content is presented in clear, accessible language and lively graphics. Sections and topics for Start Here include (partial list): Day One – First Steps; Get Smart – What You Need to Know; How to Speak Up – Being a Champion for Your Child; Healthcare, The Doctor’s Visit – a Parent’s Guide; Making Plans; Family Matters; How to Step it Up; Fighting the Good Fight; and What’s New.

“The goal of Start Here is to equip parents and caregivers with a roadmap and guide to getting the best information so they can negotiate what can be an overwhelming and complicated system of services. As we expand the site, we will bring additional resources, including informational sessions from experts on a variety of topics affecting the lives of children with differing needs.”

— Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network

“Our world’s diverse and growing population includes an equally diverse and growing community of special needs children and adults. Start Here is meant to offer parents plain-spoken, practical guidance on how best to support their children and care for themselves in the process. United Cerebral Palsy is proud to support ADAPT Community Network as it continues to develop this vitally important online resource.”

— Armando Contreras, President & CEO of United Cerebral Palsy National

[Source(s): ADAPT Community Network, PR Newswire]