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General Resources

Following are some general resources relating to Scouting and special needs. For information relating to specific needs and disabilities select the Resources by Disability menu option under Additional Resources.

Handouts and Flyers from the Denver Special Needs Team

Special Needs and Scouting
Special Needs Resources on the Web
Pack 5280 Flyer
Troop 5280 Flyer
A Scout Named Joe
Advancement FAQs
Communications Strategies
Disabilities Awareness MB
Disability is a Natural Characteristic
What To Do If You Are A Leader

Guide to Working With Scouts With Special Needs and DisABILITIES

  • This is the first document from BSA you should look at regarding special needs.

Scouting for Youth with Disabilities Manual

  • While somewhat dated, this useful manual addresses special needs for all the Scouting programs. It replaces a series of publications that addressed specific disabilities such as blindness, mental retardation and emotional disabilities.

BSA Policy on Disabled Scouts

  • The Boy Scouts of America's applicable policies regarding Scouting and the disabled.

Guide to Advancement

  • This manual, revised in 2013, gives the current BSA policies for advancement.

Hard-copy BSA Publications About Special Needs

  • A Scoutmaster's Guide to Working with Scouts with Disabilities #33056A
  • Understanding Cub Scouts with Disabilities #33839
  • These are available through the Scout Shop, but call first (303.477.4830) to see what they have in stock. They can also be ordered through:

BSA National Distribution Center
2109 Westinghouse Blvd.
PO Box 7143
Charlotte, NC 28241-7143

Disability is Natural

  • This organization promotes a people first approach to disabilities and discussion of disabilities .

Definitions of Types of Disabilities

  • A list and description of common disabilities quoted and adapted from the BSA Publication A Scoutmaster's Guide to Working with Scouts with Disabilities.

Community Resources for Youth With Disabilities

  • This book is an extraordinary list of resources from Colorado listing a great number of resources for youth. The resources include areas such as Employment, Internships, Education, Learning Disabilities, Advocacy Support, Youth Development, and much more.

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

  • DVR assists persons with disabilities to succeed at work and to live independently.

Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities

  • This trust allows parents to leave their children money without it negatively impacting their disability benefit qualifications. The Director, Ms. Germany, can inform families about how the trust works and how to financially plan/prepare with a child with disabilities.

DRM Colorado Resources Listing

  • This page provides another excellent listing of special needs resources in Colorado.

Colorado State Resources

  • This listing from Cerebral Palsy of Colorado offers a third excellent compendium of Colorado resources for the disabled.

Peak Parent

  • Centered here in Colorado, Peak Parent has the mission to assist families with disabilities.

Easter Seals of Colorado

  • Easter Seals of Colorado offers help to the disabled and their families.

A Memorandum from the Child with Behavior Disorders

  • Very good reading to help understand Scouts with behavior disorders.

Sourcebook Online

  • Using the search engine you can obtain the addresses, websites, and contacts for many national associations, organizations, and government agencies from the online source book sponsored by the Mental Health Net.

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC)

  • The IRSC web site is dedicated to communicating information relating to the needs of children with disAbilities on a global basis.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

  • An information and referral center that provides free information on disabilities and related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.

ADA Home Page

  • U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act. View and download the entire ADA as well as a multitude of documents and publications regarding the ADA. There is a lot of useful information on this site. Note while the ADA does not legally apply to BSA which is a nonprofit volunteer organization, the BSA's policies are similar to the ADA.

  • Helpful information for those with disabilities from the US government.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)

  • The National Organization on Disability promotes the full and equal participation of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.

Anecdotes Regarding Actual Special Needs Scouting Experiences

Some heartwarming anecdotes about Scouting and special needs kids.

Anecdotes Regarding Actual Special Needs Scouting Experiences

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