Special Education Family Engagement: Excel with Exceptional Lives
Our Special Education Family Engagement Hubs equip schools and families for more effective partnership to better support students with disabilities and learning differences. Learn how we can help you.
Exceptional Lives is the only program that equips parents and schools for a collaborative and informed partnership that is 100% focused on students with disabilities.
When informed parents partner with dedicated educators, every student with a disability can make progress.
The Exceptional Families Engagement Hub is a comprehensive one-stop-shop that combines localized and national resources, on-demand support, family education, and personalized paths no matter where a child is in their education journey.
Exceptional Lives helps you deliver a new level of support by incorporating family and school needs assessments as part of an overall robust implementation process and a continuous cycle of outreach, evaluation, and improvements.
See Results with an Exceptional Families Engagement Hub Personalized for Your Local Community:
- Teachers spend more time on instruction and less time supporting parents
- Parents understand what the system can offer and are able to communicate their children’s needs effectively with the school
- Student with disabilities get the support they need for a positive learning experience, and great educational outcomes
Every Exceptional Families Engagement Hub includes:
- Multi-media parent information experiences and on-demand family education (much of it in both English and Spanish) customized for your District
- A Localized Disability Services Finder
- Responsive live support
- Content available in English and en español
Ready to learn more? Contact us!
Why Exceptional Lives
Hear what our partners are saying about us!
Here, Dr. Lauren Miley outlines the work Exceptional Lives has done in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education and its Division of Diverse Learners.
Multi-media parent information experiences and on-demand family education
These resources offer support for families at each of the major inflection points and reflect your local laws, policies, and language.
New Diagnosis or No Diagnosis
Special Education Family Engagement Resources:
the latest from Exceptional Lives
Calling all Texas educators! A new resource for improving parent-school communication with your Special Ed families
Great parent-school communication is so important, especially for SPED students. Watch this on-demand webinar for our best strategies.
It’s time for back-to-school for kids with disabilities and parents are thinking about how to talk with the teacher about what our children need. Here’s some tips.
The Special Education checklist for back to school season can feel overwhelming. Here are 4 ways to make it easier.
Ally, now an adult, reflects on her experience in school. Here’s her best advice for how teachers can support students with disabilities.
Learn how simple, friendly language leads to effective communication with parents. Get your messages across clearly AND build trust!
Many children have trouble with reading and literacy. But there are ways you can help at home! See these 5 tips on how to help if your child struggles with reading.
Does your child with a disability get stressed about tests? Here are 5 tips to help them prepare.
Providers and teachers: you know that one of the best ways to support children with disabilities is to support their parents. Exceptional Lives makes it easy.
Students with disabilities need services to help them learn. Read about why special education may be important for your child.
Teachers know that parent communication matters. Here are our 5 tips for how to communicate with parents of your special education students.
Many children have reading problems in the early grades, but schools have strategies to help. See these 6 ways the school can help a child struggling with reading.
Do you know the laws that protect children with disabilities? Hear from Maria Blanco, AD @ LSU HSC on how to best advocate for your child.
Watch this 2-minute video for tips on how to partner with your child’s school to help your child that may be struggling with reading.
How do I partner with the school to support my child? School communication tips for parents and caregivers
What does it mean to partner with the school to support your child? Here are our best tips for parent-school communication.
If you’re in the IEP process, you and the school may disagree on your child’s needs. Learn about conflict resolution in special education.
¿Es mi hijo solamente una persona de desarrollo tardío? ¿Cómo puede una evaluación del desarrollo ayudarme a averiguarlo?
¿Qué significa si tu hijo es una persona de desarrollo tardío? Reconoce las etapas del desarrollo infantil y los síntomas de un retraso de desarrollo.
Watch this short video of plain language examples to improve your plain language skills and build trust with families in your district.
At the age of 3, Corinth, who has Spina Bifida, was ready to start school. Read about Corinth and his mom’s journey from diagnosis to school.
If your child is having trouble reading, their school can help. Watch this video to see how.
For some children with disabilities, interactions with teachers and staff can be difficult. Watch this quick video from school counselor John-Pierre LaFleur to find out how building parent-teacher relationships can help.
Searchable resource directory
Localized Disability Services Finder
Each DSF is customized and carefully maintained for each district and community served to expand resources to support children and families beyond the school walls. This makes it easier for families to find what they need, and relieves the burden from teachers and staff for helping families find these services
By ZIP code, distance, insurance, type of service, and languages spoken.
Intuitive & easy to use
Accessible in both English & Spanish
Review of every record
Years experience serving families
"We have had a LOT of great feedback [since you presented for our special education team] about how helpful this information was for them in the field. They didnʼt know these resources existed, so it will definitely impact our schools for the better."
-Special Education Administrator, Louisiana
Frequently Asked Questions about our Disability Services Finder
A customized Disability Services Finder for your district can save your staff a ton of time and help your families have better access to services in your community.
Contact us today to learn more.
The Exceptional Lives Disability Services Finder is a bilingual, searchable, on-line directory of community-based resources to support children with disabilities and their families.
Each version will be customized and designed to meet the unique needs of your school district. The structure and functionality of the database is proven and already in use in Louisiana and Massachusetts.
Your DSF will be co-branded with your school district logo and tailored to the unique needs of your district.
Resources change so quickly that it is nearly impossible to maintain updated information without dedicated staffing and resources devoted to this purpose. Our team stays in regular contact with service providers listed to make sure we provide accurate, detailed information.
In addition, users can search our DSF based on distance from their ZIP code, type of service provided, whether the service accepts Medicaid, and a number of other factors so they can narrow down their list to exactly what they need.
If you have community-based resources you regularly refer families to, we are glad to incorporate those resources into the DSF.
We find that 80-90% of service providers experience a change in their business profile in the course of a year, so we routinely update 100% of our resource listings every year. Many are updated more often.
Each of our listings describes the services offered and who is eligible. We provide information about application processes when needed, and who the services are designed for. Our listings also include information about whether providers speak Spanish, and whether they accept Medicaid. We also specify the target population and whether the provider offers autism-friendly services.
Before adding a listing, we speak with a provider or administrator at the program. We will ask about licensure and practices and confirm all information available on the website. In the rare cases when we list a provider that does not accept insurance, we verify the license through the accrediting organization.
On the landing page for the DSF, we explicitly state that resource listings have been vetted for accuracy but that inclusion does not constitute endorsement or an indication of quality. We do not rate services because people’s experiences vary greatly depending on the needs of each child and family.
The DSF is designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. It can be accessed easily from a computer, tablet, or mobile device.
We also provide both simple written instructions and a short how-to video, both in English and Spanish, for anyone who needs more support.
All of our listings are written using plain language guidelines, which make it easy for families to read, understand, and use the information. We avoid acronyms and define important terms to make the information as accessible as possible to all.
Our DSF listings are all available in both English and Spanish. Spanish translations are provided by experienced translators, never by Artificial Intelligence. We also include information in each of our listings about whether providers speak Spanish.
"Live chat was so helpful. They answered my question quickly and directed me to helpful resources. Your customer support is great!"
-Parent via User Support
Expert, Family Support Chat Helpline
Live Chat Helpline
Our team members – themselves parents of children with disabilities – are available via chat, text, or phone to answer questions like:
- Who do I talk with if my child’s IEP doesn’t seem to be helping?
- How can I find an Occupational Therapist or Developmental Pediatrician that takes my insurance?
- What should I do if I think my child has a learning disability?
- How do I find an employment program for my student with disabilities who is about to finish high school?
- My child’s pediatrician doesn’t think there’s anything to worry about, but I’m still concerned. What should I do next?
- The doctor mentioned my child might be able to get Medicaid. How do I figure out if she’s eligible?
- … And so much more!
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More samples of our family support content
You may be asking yourself: is my child different? If you’re worried about your child’s development, here are 6 things you can do.
What does it mean if your child is a late bloomer? Hear the stages of child development and the questions you can ask yourself about developmental delays. Narrated by Christina Kozik; Written by Julie McIsaac
What are Early Intervention services? If you’re worried that your baby or toddler isn’t meeting milestones, EI can help. Here’s how.
4 Essential Parts of a Great IEP Goal For Your Child With Special Needs By Dr. Howard, Professor & Board Member of the Federation of Children With Special Needs
What is the transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities? If your student has an IEP, here’s how to plan your teen’s move to life after high school.
If your child has a disability, it might be hard to envision how they will transition to adulthood. Here’s how to set them up with the support they need for adult life.
For students with disabilities, schools use transition assessments to plan for life after high school. Learn how this works.
If your child qualifies for special education, they should have an IEP. Here is a breakdown of the Massachusetts IEP process and form.