New and Expectant Parents

WVDHHR Birth to Three
WV Birth to Three is a statewide system of services and supports for children under age three who have a delay in their development, or may be at risk of having a delay, and their family. Help Me Grow West Virginia
Help Me Grow is a FREE referral service that connects families with critical developmental resources for their children birth through five years. The goal of Help Me Grow is to successfully identify children at-risk and link them to the help they need. Right From The Start
Right From The Start (RFTS) is a statewide program that helps West Virginia mothers and their babies lead healthier lives by offering home visitation services with a Designated Care Coordinator (registered nurse or licensed social worker) West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. (WV PTI)
The West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. (WV PTI) is committed to empowering parents and families of children and youth with disabilities and special healthcare needs as advocates and partners in improving education, transition and healthcare outcomes for their children from birth to age 26.

Parent Networks and Advocacy

WV Department of Education Parent Educator Resource Centers (PERCs)
PERCs strive to build positive futures for West Virginia’s students by working collaboratively with families, schools, and communities to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. The centers’ greatest focus is children with disabilities. West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC)
The West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC) works to influence the State Board of Education, public policy makers, and West Virginia’s citizens in ways that continuously improve educational outcomes for children with exceptionalities. Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV)
Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) protects and advocates for the human and legal rights of persons with disabilities.

Parents of School Age Children

WV Department of Education Office of Special Education and Student Support
The Office of Special Education and Student Support is responsible for improving results for children and youth with exceptionalities, primarily through leadership and financial support to local education agencies and for the administration of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council
The Council works to assure that West Virginia citizens with developmental disabilities receive the services, supports, and other forms of assistance they need to exercise self-determination and achieve independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in the community. WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health Division of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
The unit of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities provides leadership, facilitation, technical assistance and funding to support children and adults who have intellectual/developmental disabilities. WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
The West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities serves as a resource to the community in the areas of education, research and service as it relates to the needs of people with disabilities. The Arc of West Virginia
The Arc of West Virginia provides programs and services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Pathways to the Future
Pathways to the Future is a collection of resources, tools and people to help students with disabilities, through the journey from youth to adulthood.


West Virginia ABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. The program allows individuals with disabilities the ability to save and invest up to $15,000 per year without losing eligibility for public benefit programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals who developed disabilities before the age of 26 may be eligible to open an account.


DSNWV – Down Syndrome Network of West Virginia The West Virginia Guide to Accessing Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Let me tell you a little about celebrating autism Autism Internet Modules Autism Speaks

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