The Center for Children with Special Needs

Welcome to our online resource for parents of children with special needs.

2017 Summer Camp Guide

Search for a summer camp by condition, location and more!

After Diagnosis: Getting Started

What do I do next? What is my role?

Our 'Getting to Know Me' form ...

..is a great way to introduce new babysitters, summer camp staff and school staff to your child.

The Center for Children with Special Needs

Quickly navigate to CSHCN’s popular resources.

Summer Camp Guide

Search our camp directory by an individual characteristic or multiple. Search by region, health condition, month – or all three.

Search or download our summer camp guide...

Order your care organizer...

Washington State families of a child with special needs may order one copy of the Care Organizer at no cost.

Read more...

The 504 Plan

Find out more about a Section 504 Plan and how it can assist students with disabilities or an ongoing health condition.

More info on the 504 plan...

Parents & Caregivers

Selected tools and resources for parents and caregivers who support children with special health care needs.

More info for Parents & Caregivers...

For Professionals

Selected tools and resources for nurses, doctors, childcare providers, therapists and other professionals who support children with special health care needs.

More info for Professionals...

For Teens & Young Adults

Selected tools and resources for teens and young adults with special health care needs.

More info for teens & young adults...
  • “I was so pleased to find your website. Your Care Organizers are fantastic! …I just wanted you to know what a great resource you have - thank you for making it free! It is going to help our family organize our son's care.”

    Parent of a Child with Autism
  • Did you know that more than one in five families has at least one child with special health care needs (SHCN) – 23% of families?

    Data from FamilyVoices.org
  • …just want to say how myself and my clients really appreciate these care organizers. It is so helpful in particular when they have a child with special needs and a lot of doctor appointments and hospitalizations.

    A Caregiver
  • I love the [Care] Organizer and I'm so grateful to have received one!

    Care Organizer User
  • “I was so pleased to find your website. Your Care Organizers are fantastic! …I just wanted you to know what a great resource you have - thank you for making it free! It is going to help our family organize our son's care.”

    Parent of a Child with Autism
  • Did you know that more than one in five families has at least one child with special health care needs (SHCN) – 23% of families?

    Data from FamilyVoices.org
  • …just want to say how myself and my clients really appreciate these care organizers. It is so helpful in particular when they have a child with special needs and a lot of doctor appointments and hospitalizations.

    A Caregiver
  • I love the [Care] Organizer and I'm so grateful to have received one!

    Care Organizer User

About The Center for Children with Special Needs

The Center was formed in Seattle, WA in 1998 as a program of Seattle Children’s Hospital. We primarily serve families in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).  We collaborate with a variety of health care organizations, state agencies, families, and health care providers to plan and implement grants and contracts that improve systems of care and increase access to health education and community resources.

We are funded through contracts and grants, endowments and Seattle Children’s. The Washington State Department of Health supports development and maintenance of this website.

What Happened at The Center for Children with Special Needs in 2016?

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