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ABLEDATA

ABLEDATA provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the United States.  Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, they can help locate the companies that do.  AbleData is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

AbleGamers.com

The AbleGamers Foundation serves anyone in need through direct person-to-person services, assistive technology grants, community support, and access to data. We help people afford expensive technology, which allows them the ability  to participate in  gaming experiences that  improve their overall quality of life. Additionally, we provide the largest database of mainstream videogame titles, complete with reviews focused exclusively on the accessibility of a given title,. Finally, we raise awareness by showing veterans returning from war that video gaming can allow then reconnect with friends, and improve their overall quality of life. Since 2004, the AbleGamers Foundation has served more than 56 million members of the disabled community by advocating greater access to digital media.. Today, the AbleGamers Foundation is a leader in the development of equipment, programs and services to those living with disabilities, hardships, and quality-of-life issues that are a result of chronic illness or trauma. It is our goal that all people, regardless of their disability, can use gaming as a tool for an enriched social experiences with friends, family, and the world at large.  The AbleGamers Foundation serves all people with disabilities and their caregivers, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual-orientation, nationality or religion.

(The) Academy of Special Needs Planner

The Academy of Special Needs Planners provides practice development tools and information to attorneys working in the fast-growing field of special needs planning. We assist members in their work with clients and families by offering a unique platform to collaborate and share strategies with the leading professionals in their field. Consumers are drawn to the Academy's site by it's combination of comprehensive information on special needs planning and access to the leading special needs planners in the country.

AccreditedOnlineColleges.org

Online colleges around the nation want to obtain an accredited status for many important reasons. A college’s academic reputation has a great deal to do with its accreditation status. Accreditation also ensures that graduates’ credits will transfer to other colleges, as well as be accepted by potential employers. All in all, accreditation signifies a school’s credibility, academic repute and the quality of instructors. Some schools are not accredited because they are too new or do not want to be accredited. However, it is in your best interest to either choose an accredited school that will be recognized or closely investigate schools that are not accredited. Find out why they haven’t reached accreditation, if they are pursuing it and if credits will transfer. Accreditedonlinecollegs.org can help you with this process. We’ve gathered in-depth information on top-ranked accredited online colleges and created a database search that helps you find a degree program that meets your degree level, category and subject of interest. Here, you can also search between nationally and regionally accredited colleges and learn about the accrediting agencies that fall under these two categories.

ADA (Disability Rights) Information 

U.S. Department of Justice Home Page - Disability Rights Section. The primary goal of the Disability Rights Section is to achieve equal opportunity for people with disabilities in the United States by implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Alternative Choices

Alternative Choices is a small independent practice in psychotherapy with experienced, dedicated psychotherapists and licensed psychologists. We provide a setting in which individuals can realize their choices in life, make meaning of their experiences, set goals, and achieve a higher standard of emotional well-being. The practice includes the Special Needs Families Resources Center which is dedicated to the families of those with special needs.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. AAPD works in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws, particularly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center

Respite is temporary relief for caregivers and families who are caring for those with disabilities, chronic or terminal illnesses, or the elderly. This web site is devoted to issues regarding the provision of respite to those caregivers through a variety of means including Federal Legislation.

Autism Epicenter

Parent-created website dedicated to autism..This website is written from the perspective of a parent who is in the trenches dealing with the triumphs and challenges of raising a child with ASD on a daily basis. Because only another parent can truly understand what you're experiencing. There's no shortage of challenges. But there are also plenty of triumphs.

Autismlink

Our mission is to provide opportunities for inclusion, information, and support; to keep parents, family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and autistic individuals apprised of news and information, help them in their quest for services, and also in their quest for camaraderie with others in the autism community. We seek to directly help parents by providing opportunities for support, diagnosis, therapeutic services, inclusion and information, free of charge.

Beach Center on Disability

We are a permanent unit of The University of Kansas, a major international center for research and other scholarship, teaching and learning, and service to the citizens of Kansas, the United States of America, and people throughout the world. We are affiliated with two units within the University, namely, The Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies and the School of Education’s Department of Special Education. Since our founding in 1988, we have (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. We have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and individuals live, all to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability.

(The) Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

CADRE is the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation’s capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. CADRE is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education to serve as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

(The) Center for Evidence-Based Practice:  Young Children with Challenging Behavior

The Center fo Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs to raise the awareness and implementation of positive, evidence-based practices and to build an enhanced and more accessible database to support those practices.   The mission of the Center is to promote the use of evidence-based practice to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior.

(The) Center on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

The Center on the Social & Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children. The Center will develop and disseminate evidenced-based, user-friendly information to help early childhood educators meet the needs of the growing number of children with challenging behaviors and mental health challenges in child care and Head Start programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC, as the sentinel for the health of people in the United States and throughout the world, strives to protect people’s health and safety, provide reliable health information, and improve health through strong partnerships.  The CDC has data and statistics on many health related issues.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS administers the Medicare, Mediciad and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) programs.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

The Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provides a holistic approach to the care of children and young adults with significant chronic illness.  Holistic care includes medical, psychological, social, environmental and spiritual support. We also help create a medical home involving the family, patient, physicians, therapists and all persons involved in the care of the patient.  In keeping with the American Academy of Pediatrics medical home initiative, our goal is to provide accessible, family-centered, continuous, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, culturally effective medical care for children with specialized health care needs for an improved quality of life, while reducing the number of hospital days and total cost of care. 

(The) Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

(The) Department of Education's Federal Student Aid Website

The Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website offers information and tools to help consumers select a school, apply for aid, and locate federal student loans. A fact sheet on "Tips for Paying for College,"
provides suggestions to make filing a FAFSA easier. The fact sheet is available at www.ed.gov/students/college/aid/paying.html.

Department of Education/Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. In supporting President Bush's No Child Left Behind agenda and the New Freedom Initiative, OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research. By providing funding to programs that serve infants, toddlers, children and adults with disabilities, OSERS works to ensure that these individuals are not left behind ... in school, in employment, in life. OSERS also provides funds to programs that offer information and technical assistance to parents of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities, as well as members of the learning community who serve these individuals.

Disabilityinfo.gov

Disability.gov is an award-winning federal Web site that contains disability-related resources on programs, services, laws and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives. With just a few clicks, visitors can find critical information on a variety of topics, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, emergency preparedness, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.

Disability Is Natural

The mission of Disability is Natural is to encourage new ways of thinking about developmental disabilities, in the belief that our attitudes drives our actions, ,and changes in our attitudes and actions can help create a society where all children and adults with developmental disabilitieshave opportunities to live the lives of their dreams, included in all areas of life. The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by Kathie Snow and BraveHeart Press, Kathie’s family-owned small business.

 Disability Solutions

This is a publication of Creative Solutions, a group that was formed to create and report on strategies to give people with disabilities the best quality of life possible.

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology (DO-IT)

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking & Technology (DO-IT) serves to increase the success of people with disabilities in college and careers. promotes the use of accessible information technology and universal design, distributes publications and videos to freely use and reproduce for presentations and exhibits, and provides resources for K-12 educators, students with disabilities, librarians, employers, and parents and mentors.

Disability Is Natural

The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by Brave Heart Press, the family-owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included.

Disabled Online

Disabled Online is your prime destination for topics and resources involving people with disabilities, their family and friends. Our mission is to evolve into a one-stop shop for people who desire the best products and services empowering the special needs community.

Enabling Devices

Enabling Devices is a company dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions. Founded by Steven E. Kanor, Ph.D. and originally known as Toys for Special Children, the company has been creating innovative toys and switches for the physically challenged for more than 30 years.

Family Connect

FamilyConnect is an online, multimedia community created by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI). This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources. The site also features a mom-authored blog, inspiring video testimonials from families, and articles authored by parents and experts in the field of blindness on multiple disabilities, technology, education, and more. From the personal to the professional, families will find all the resources they need to raise their children from birth to adulthood.

(The) Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the Country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.

(The) Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)

The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.

Family Village

A global community that integrates information, resources and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and supports.

HEATH Resource Center

The HEATH Resource Center is the national clearinghouse on post secondary education for individuals with disabilities. Support from the U.S. Department of Education enables the clearinghouse to serve as an information exchange about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, and other post secondary training entities. HEATH participates in national conferences, training sessions, and workshops; develops training modules; publishes resource papers, fact sheets, directories, and web site information; and fosters a network of professionals in the arena of disability issues.

InsureKidsNow

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a national campaign to link the nation's 10 million uninsured children (from birth to 18 years) to free and low-cost health insurance.  InsureKidsNow puts families in direct contact with their own state's children's health insurance program through the web site, the toll-free hotline 1-877-KIDS-NOW, and other outreach.

Internet Special Education Resources Directory (ISER)

The Internet Special Education Resources Directory (ISER) is a nationwide directory of professionals, organizations, and schools that serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. It helps parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, critical teen issues, and other special needs. It also offer a directory of professional resources and special needs software and assistive technology.

Kids On Wheels

Kids on Wheels is a community of kids who use wheelchairs.  It's a place to meet other kids, tell your story, ask questions, give advice and learn about new things (or just better ways to do old things!).  The adult section of Kids on Wheels is a community of parents of kids who use wheelchairs.  It's a place to meet other parents, ask questions, give advice and find resources. Teachers and rehab professionals are also encouraged to join.

Landmark College

While many colleges offer special programs for students with learning difficulties, Landmark College is one of the only accredited colleges in the United States designed exclusively for students with dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), or other specific learning disabilities.

LDonline

LDonline is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.  LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

(The) Law Enforcement Awareness Network (L.E.A.N.)

It is the mission of L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental illness.

Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH)

The Maternal Child Health Library (MCH) has an online web site designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs, including mental health resources.

MilitaryK12Partners

MilitaryK12Partners offers resources, like Special Education Modules, to assist schools that serve military families. Students at the Center, an educational resource that provides information on important policies, procedures and best practices is also located on the site, as well as links to many resources developed by other government and non-government agencies.

(The) National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE)

The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education (NAPCSE) is a national association that is dedicated to ensuring that all children and adolescents with special needs receive the best education possible. NAPCSE serves the interest of parents with children in special education by giving them numerous resources within the field of special education. By having an association that they can truly call their own, parents with children in special education now have an association that is completely devoted to their needs. NAPCSE advances and strengthens its community through networking, research, publications, and membership benefits.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.  NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities Transition Resources

The National Center for Learning Disabilities has a section of their web site dedicated to transition issues. The page includes presentations, articles, checklists, research and other resources to help students with learning disabilities transition from high school to college or employment.

National Center on Secondary Education & Transition (NCSET)

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

(The) National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth)

The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth) is a youth-led resource, information, and training center for youth and emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership and funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. We are a project led by the next generation of young leaders with disabilities for the next generation of young leaders with disabilities--taking a positive development approach to working with the next generation of disability community leaders, and developing materials to better prepare them for the transition to adulthood, and leadership.

National Easter Seal Society

Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

With more than 50,000 members, the Federación nacional de los ciegos is the largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the United States.  The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.  It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice of the nation's blind.  The NFB has affiliates in all fifty states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, and over seven hundred local chapters. (See also Indiana Chapter)

National Indian Parent Information Center (NIPIC)

We are a national program that provides information (printed, by email, phone and workshops) on disability issues for Native family members who have children with disabilities and the professional who work with them. We provide workshops on and off reservations to Tribes, Nations and Clans on Disability Laws and Parent Leadership. Our services for families are at no cost to family members. We hope to give Indian families a voice that will impact the special education process.  NIPIC is a non-profit organization, funded by a grant from the US Department of Education. Our board consists of a majority of Indian family members who themselves are Indian parents who have children/young adults with disabilities. We also have representation of individuals from organizations around the United States that serve Indian families.

National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities/National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) provides information to the nation on: disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities. Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. There special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

National Health Care Transition Center

Got Transition is the National Health Care Transition Center that aims to advance access to effective transition support from pediatric to adult health care for all youth, including those with special needs.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. All of our programmatic efforts are aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities from birth through adulthood.

National Mental Health Information Center

(Center for Mental Health Services aka CMHS)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Mental Health Information Center provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800-789-2647), this web site, and more than 600 publications.  The National Mental Health Information Center was developed for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media.

(The) National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA)

Looking for scholarships for Latino students?  For  students formerly in foster care? Scholarships offered by the Federal Government?  Then visit the web site of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA). One new NSPA product, the Scholarship Data Standard, allows students to complete an online scholarship application and then re-use the information with other scholarship providers without retyping their data. These and other documents can be found on the NSPA website at http://www.scholarshipproviders.org

National Secondary Transition-Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

NSTTAC is a national Technical Assistance and Dissemination center working assisting states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (U.S. Department of Labor) (ODEP)

ODEP is an agency within the U. S. Department of Labor. ODEP provides national leadership to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities while striving to eliminate barriers to employment.  With the ultimate goal of increasing the number of people with disabilities who work, either as employees or entrepreneurs, ODEP provides policy analysis, technical assistance, development of innovative practices and strategies, and education and outreach to employers, employees and the disability community. Related to these efforts, ODEP also conducts a variety of employment-related programs and initiatives.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center

The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents. Through its ALLIANCE and other national projects, PACER, a national center, responds to thousands of parents and professionals each year. From California to Minnesota to New York, PACER resources make a difference in the lives of 6.5 million children with disabilities nationwide. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

PACER Center’s Kids Against Bullying

This site was developed to help children in second through sixth grade recognize bullying and respond to it in appropriate, effective ways. It is for all children who are bullied or who witness bullying. Through engaging activities and helpful information, this Web site helps to promote bullying awareness in elementary schools; teach effective ways to respond to bullying; and prevent bullying of all children, especially those with disabilities.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a parent-directed family resource center serving children with special needs, their families, and the professionals who serve them. Children with special needs are simply children that have a need for special services due to illness, accident, conditions of birth, learning differences or family stress. PHP's mission is to help children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them.

Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers

Each state is home to at least one parent center. Parent centers serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, cognitive, emotional, and learning. They help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities; work to improve education results for all children; train and inform parents and professionals on a variety of topics; resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies; and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

Regional Resource Center Program (RRCP)

The Regional Resource Centers Program (RRCP) provides service to all states as well as the Pacific jurisdictions, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The six regional program centers are funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that affect children and youth with disabilities. Services offered by the RRC Program include consultation, information services, specially designed technical assistance, training, and product development.

(The) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (NTAC)

(The) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and National Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) announce the launch of the new RSA Technical Assistance (TA) Network website http://rsatac.ed.gov. The purpose of the website is to provide current information relevant to vocational rehabilitation (VR) to the TA Network members and the general public with the aim of improving employment of people with disabilities. Features include:

  • User-friendly access to information about the TA Network and its members.
  • Links to new resources and relevant research findings.
  • A calendar of upcoming VR events presented in topical categories including benefits, disability specific, ethics, general, independent living, legal, technology, and youth.
  • Easy to use search/sort features to target the information to your specific interest.

Scholarships4students.com

Includes a list of scholarships for students with disabilities, by disability category. To access their list, visit http://www.scholarships4students.com/special_scholarships.htm

(The) Social Security and Disability Resource Center

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center provides information on the federal disability benefit programs, SSD (social security disability, mandated under title II of the social security act) and SSI (supplemental security income, mandated under title 16), in addition to answering questions about social security retirement benefits and providing resource links on topics such as medicare.

Special Child

An online publication dedicated to parents of children with special needs whose mission statement is as follows: To provide educational resources and emotional support to parents and care-givers of children, adolescents, and young adults with disabilities.

Special Education Guide

SpecialEducationGuide.com is the go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education. Our expert writers cover everything from early intervention to ISFPs; IEPs and RTI, inclusion, classroom and behavior management; disability profiles for each category under IDEA and a Special Education Dictionary to master “SPED” jargon.

Special Education News Web site and Newsletter

The Special Education News web site and newsletter are journalistic publications centered on the news of the special education field. The site is designed to offer resources to special education professionals in one convenient site. The web site also has a link targeted for families.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Offers contact information for volunteers in each state who are parents of children with special needs and have experience in raising their children in military communities and traveling with their spouses to different locations. Telephone: (800) 5-PARENT or (800) 572-7368 (Voice or TDD).

Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization dedicated to empowering individuals with mental retardation to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers children and adults with mental retardation year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports.

Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA)

The Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) project provides training, information and materials to parent center staff across the country who are helping the families of youth with disabilities learn about transition, independent living and vocational rehabilitation services.

Employment Resources - from Reference Points, PACER Center, as a technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project.  The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.

Three for Me

The mission of Three for Me is to improve the well-being of children by inspiring and equipping parents/families to be effectively involved in their children’s education. In response to a lack of parent involvement in schools nationwide, Three for Me was founded in 2003 by Dee Keywood and Kris Thompson to challenge parents to volunteer in schools, be active in school-decision making and provide resources to motivate parents to be actively involved in their child’s education.

Think College

Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of post secondary education. This web site will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - Systems of Care

Systems of Care is devoted to providing information about the mental health of children, youth and families.  A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to design mental health services and supports that are effective, that build on the strengths of individuals, and that address each person's cultural and linguistic needs. A system of care helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life. Systems of care is not a program — it is a philosophy of how care should be delivered.  Systems of Care is an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs. 

VoiceNation - Special Education Resources

Special education refers to the education of students with some form of disability. Some of these disabilities include behavioral disorders, communication challenges, developmental disabilities, emotional disorders, learning disabilities, and physical disabilities. As such, the education of special students requires specialized teaching methods and programs. Here are some special education resources for parents and educators.

Voices4Hope

Do you support students who have mental health challenges? Do you struggle finding appropriate opportunities to talk about their challenges? Have you considered peer supports via technology as an opportunity where students can learn more about themselves? Voices4Hope was created by and for teenagers and young adults with mental health challenges as a place where they can talk to each other and gain access to information that will help them live more happy and independent lives. Voices4Hope offers you: Tips on how to achieve your goals, resources to help you overcome certain challenges, the chance to share your personal story, and the opportunity to join Hot Topic discussions.

Washington Learning Systems

We are a small company working to create big changes in the lives of young children. Our evidence based programs promote early literacy, language, cognitive, and social development.

We Connect Now

We Connect Now was created in  2008. We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues. One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, linksblogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts. .

Wrightslaw

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Youthhood.org

The Youthhood is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. The Youthhood includes informational content, interactive activities, and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what's important to them to their learning experiences. The Youthhood Web site is free to use in any setting. Youthhood was originally funded b