Resources listed on this page are not exclusively Heartspring or Heartspring-endorsed resources. Please decide which events are the correct fit for your family.
Resource Format Description Centers for Independent Living (Kansas Transition and Adult Services Contacts) Resource List A map of Kansas independent living centers. Click on your county and it will take you to the info for your center. Families Together, Inc. (Kansas Transition and Adult Services Contacts) Resource List Resources for both youth and adults with special and complex needs.
Autism Research & Education
Resource Format Description The Autism Institute Resource List Resources for individuals and families impacted by autism, including explanations of autism, first signs, transition age, and more. Autism Society Resources Resource List A list of state/local or national resources. After selecting a type of resource, you can follow a link to get help, referrals, and more information. Early Signs of Autism Video A tutorial on identifying early signs of autism. OCALI Video Resources for parents and educators on helping an individual with autism or intellectual disabilities WWC Find What Works Resource List Resources on many different subjects including autism and other complex needs. WWC researches existing programs, products, practices, and policies in education to ensure you get the best resources you’re looking for.
Careers On The Spectrum
Resource Format Description Autism Speaks Employment Tool Kit Tips for finding a good-fitting job for people on the spectrum as well as reasons why employers need people with different abilities on their team. Beach Center on Disability Website Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) Career and Job Possibilities (The Road to Employment Resources) Video Video with career advice and guidance. Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Website The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. Kansas Works Website Kansas Works aims to help job seekers obtain job opportunities and assist in gaining the means for job seekers to do so. They also help businesses keep and maintain their work employees. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Website The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is the only non-regulatory federal agency that promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. Pacer Helpful tips for people with ASD building a resume. The PDF features a job search checklist, an action plan for a resume, and more. The Spectrum Careers Job Finder Search for any job in any area and be provided with job listings specifically available for people with ASD. Vocational Rehabilitation Resource List Map of Vocational Rehabilitation contacts by county.
Resource Format Description Center On The Developing Child - Harvard University Resource List Tools and Guides for child development
Family Support & Mental Health Services
Resource Format Description The Arc Website The Arc provides training, and resources to help families and other stakeholders navigate the special education system. Beach Center on Disability Resource List Beach Center works to help improve the quality of life for your loved one on the spectrum. Community Mental Health Center of Kansas Resource List Directory of mental-health centers in Kansas Families Together Inc. Website The Families Together Parent-to-Parent program matches supporting parents (who have experience raising a child with a disability) with referred parents who need someone to listen, encourage and support them. Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition Website The Sibling Support Toolkit provides topics to talk through with siblings of children with medical complexities, activities, books for children and adult siblings, videos, podcasts, etc. Supporting You Kansas Website A peer-to-peer support network giving an opportunity for people to gain support from a peer who has experienced a similar situation and/or in life. Wichita Mom Blog Resource List Resources in Wichita for families of children with special needs including information on education, support, funding, and more.
Financial Support Services
Resource Format Description ACT - Autism Care Today Website Autism Care Today is a national nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services and support to families to help their children with autism be able to achieve their full potential. Kansas Children's Foundation Website The mission and focus of Kansas Children's Foundation is to improve the lives of ill children through program and partnership opportunities.
Offers both individual assistance grants and pediatric grants.
Kaufman Children's Center Resource List A list of grant resources for Special Needs. Small Steps in Speech Website The mission of Small Steps in Speech is to help children with speech and/or language disorders take the steps needed to be better communicators. UnitedHealthcare Childrens Foundation Grant Website The mission of UHCCF is to provide medical grants to enhance the quality of life of children across the United States.
Government & Legal Services
Resource Format Description Disability Rights Center of Kansas Website DRC advocates for the rights of Kansans with disabilities under state or federal laws. Social Security Administration Website The US government social security website. Wright’s Law - Special Education Law and Advocacy Website Website FAQs and information about special education law.
Transition & Independent Living
Resource Format Description Building The Dream: Transition to Adulthood – Families Together (The Road to Employment Resources) Resource List Useful list of resources on transition and independent living. Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) Program Website The mission of ILRU is to create opportunities for independence for people with disabilities through research, education, and consultation. This website has a wide variety of resources. Kansas DCF - Centers For Independent Living Finder Service Locator A map of centers for independent living by state. Click on your county and it will take you to the info for your center. Kansas Department of Eduction - Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) Resource List Resources for transition practices for those on the spectrum. National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Website National organization whose mission is to “advance independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.”
Wichita Children's Health & Self-Care
Resource Service Location Adventure Dental and Vision Dental, Vision, Orthodontics 1901 W. 21st. St.
Wichita, KS 67203
Ark Valley Orthotics and Prosthetics Orthotics & Prosthetics 12911 E 21st St North
Wichita, KS 67230
Children’s Dental Professionals Dental 6943 West 37th Street North
Wichita, KS, 67205
Child and Family Eyecare Vision 746 N. Maize Rd. #100
Wichita, KS 67212
College Hill Pediatric Dentistry Dental 3305 E. Douglass Ave., Suite 101
Wichita, KS 67218
Frankenbery & Johnson Dental 3101 N Cypress Dr
Grene Vision Group Vision 1851 N. Webb Rd Wichita, KS 67206
Hanger Clinic: Prosthetics & Orthotics Dental 410 N. Hillside St. #100
Wichita, KS 67214
ICTeeth Pediatric Dentistry/Smile Safari Dental Sedation dental in hospital if indicated
2143 Collective Lane, Ste B
Wichita, Ks 67206
Kidscape Pediatric Dentistry Dental 400 N Woodlawn, Suite 1
Opticology Eyecare Vision 7724 East 37th St. North, Suite 100
Wichita, KS 67226
Pig Tails & Crew Cuts Childrens' Haircuts EAST
2431 N Greenwich
2441 N. Maize
Rogers Family Dentistry Dental Young adult sedation is available
1939 North 11th
Arkansas City, KS 67005
Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry Dental 3933 N. Maize Rd
Wichita, KS 67101
Wichita Medical Loan Closet Durable Medical Equipment 6655 E. Harry
Wichita, Kansas 67207
Wichita Pediatric Dentistry Dental 1230 N. Broadmoor Ave. Suite 400
Wichita Special Needs Activities & Entertainment
Resource Activity Type Description Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center Horseback Riding Provides equine-assisted therapies to children and adults with special needs. The Laughing Feet Performers Drama/Perfromance Laughing Feet's mission is to inspire relationships between individuals with special needs and their typical peers through musical and artistic expression as well as give performance opportunities to those who would normally not have them.