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Special Education Toolkit: Resources

Tools for Families

Autism Key: The Autism Friend Finder Program is a unique system that will allow visitors to submit basic contact information through a web-based portal. The data is then shared with anyone residing within a 35-mile radius of their postal zip code. The information will allow individuals facing similar challenges to connect with others in their community.

Coping with Crisis-Helping Children with Special Needs: A guide that provides parents and school personnel with tips on how to assist a student with special needs during a crisis.

The Dyslexia Solution Presents: Reading from Scratch: A complete, two-year phonics reading program for dyslectics. Also contains free information and tips.

Early Learning and Literacy Newsletter: The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Early Learning and Literacy newsletter highlights activities and tools from Get Ready to Read!, as well as features on transitioning to kindergarten, early math initiatives, education policy and research and the Recognition and Response model.

Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC): A national clearinghouse featuring digests, bibliographies and a searchable database.

E-Ready Special Education Information for Parents and Teachers: Provides teachers and other education professionals with information and resources about teaching students with disabilities.

Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE): Provides families, advocates and self-advocates with information about IDEA.

IDEA Early Childhood Policy and Practices Guide: This booklet assists early childhood general educators, early childhood special educators, related service providers, parents, administrators and others in understanding what IDEA now requires for young children with disabilities ages birth through five years old and their families.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—A Resource for School and Home: This free online resource includes information on evaluations and school issues.

National Library Service Talking Books: A free library service available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page.

No Child Left Behind: A Parent’s Guide: Provides information about No Child Left Behind, including the main provisions of the law, answers to common questions and information on where to find additional resources. Spanish version also available.

Response to Intervention (RTI): A Primer for Parents: The National Association for School Psychologists has prepared this helpful guide for parents wanting to know more about RTI.

Special Connections: Connecting teachers to strategies that help students with special needs successfully access the general education curriculum.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): Provides extensive information on IDEA.

Wrightslaw: Provides accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Locating Special Education Services in Your State

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NDCCD): Provides a way for parents to search for special education resources by state.

Parent Training and Information Center(PTIC): PTICs help parents of children with disabilities to gain the knowledge and skills they need to be advocates for their children. The link will help you locate one in your state.

The Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers (the Alliance): A partnership of one national and six regional parent technical assistance centers, each funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This system exists for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating parent training under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

National Organizations

American Arbitration Association for Dispute Resolution Services
American Psychological Association
The Arc of the United States
Autism Speaks
Brain Injury Association of NYS
Braille Works
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)
Council of Chief State School Officers
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc.
Learning Disabilities Organization
Mental Health America
National Association of the Deaf
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
National Parent Information Network (NPIN)
National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHCY Connections to Literacy
OASIS
Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
PACER Center
Parent Education Resources
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Source America
Special Education Network
Special Olympics
TASH
US Department of Education
(DOE)
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)