Special Needs Information Service Online provides a comprehensive directory and a user-friendly searchable database of service agencies and programs for children with special needs, birth to 18 years of age. The agencies and organizations included have agreed to participate and to update their information annually. Host sites currently in Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island identify suitable local services, maintain regional databases and user statistics and publicize SNIS Online in their region. An Advisory Board composed of representatives from host sites, partners and academic researchers is responsible for the development and implementation of operating procedures, expansion of services, research projects and finances. The Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs provides annual funding for network maintenance and administrative and technical support.