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There are so many resources available now for the public to learn about the rules,  policies, and practices governing special education.  Many of these resources can be found through the Internet.  The above links are only a partial recognition of the many superior sites which are dedicated to information regarding special education.
Learning Disabilities Association of America has grown to serve tens of thousands of members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them. Today, LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. LDA's international membership of over 40,000 includes members from 27 countries around the world.The membership, composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members and concerned professionals, advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

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.

Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. They disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.

Schwab Learning is an operating program of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation , a private, nonprofit foundation that funds programs in learning disabilities and human services. Schwab Learning aspires to help kids with learning and attention problems such as learning disabilities (LD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) lead satisfying and productive lives in an environment that recognizes, values and supports the unique attributes of every child.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA is the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation -- founded in 1949 in memory of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a distinguished neurologist. Throughout our rich history, our goal has been to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

CEC--Council for Exceptional Children 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 resources necessary for effective professional practice.

The Job Accommodation Network is a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is one of several ODEP projects. JAN's mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, self-employment and small business opportunities and related subjects. JAN's efforts are in support of the employment, including self-employment and small business ownership, of people with disabilities. JAN represents the most comprehensive resource for job accommodations available. JAN's work has greatly enhanced the job opportunities of people with disabilities by providing information on job accommodations since 1984. In 1991 JAN expanded to provide information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. JAN consultants have obtained at least one Master's degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering. The development of the JAN system has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy, the International Center for Disability Information at West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America. is sponsored by Ameri-Corp Speech and Hearing. Our goal is to provide special education and gifted information, continuing education, support, weekly tips, games, book resources, and news and views for parents and professionals. Therapists, audiologists, teachers, nurses and physicians contribute information on the following subjects: ADHD, autism, deaf and hard of hearing, emotionally disturbed, home schooling, gifted, learning disabilities, mental retardation, orthopedically impaired, otherwise health impaired, severe and/or multiple disabilities, speech and language impairment, stuttering, traumatic brain injury and, visually impaired.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization founded in 1987 in response to the frustration and sense of isolation experienced by parents and their children with AD/HD.

Many individuals and families dealing with AD/HD turn to CHADD, the national organization representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association's success by providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

NLDline (NonVerbal Learning Disorder) strives to continue building a national and international NLD database in order to network parents, NLD adults and professionals.  Educating the caregivers and associates of individuals with NLD is the prime goal of this web site; next is the desire to network those interested in NLD.  With these goals comes the desire to gain recognition, understanding and accommodations for the individuals who are affected by this often-misunderstood learning disability.

The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) is an international non-profit corporation committed to facilitating education, research and advocacy for children and adults who manifest disabilities associated with the syndrome of nonverbal learning disorders. The NLDA volunteer workforce includes individuals with learning disabilities, their families and associates, and those who provide professional care and intervention. They strive to enhance the lives of all individuals with NLD by encouraging effective identification and intervention, fostering research, and protecting the rights of learning disabled individuals. The NLDA seeks to accomplish this through awareness, advocacy, empowerment, education, and service.

The NLDA is dedicated to a world in which all individuals with NLD can thrive and participate fully in society; a world in which the assets of the syndrome are as recognizable as the deficits, and a world in which NLD is understood and addressed with care and compassion.

The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. Education, advocacy at state and federal levels, active public awareness and the promotion of research form the cornerstones of ASA's efforts to carry forth its mission.

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. Primary Easter Seals services include:

School Psychology Resources Online is designed for psychologists, parents and educators.  It includes information on research about learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, behavior/conduct disorders,eating disorders, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.

The American Foundation for the Blind—the organization to which Helen Keller devoted her life—is a national nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that the ten million Americans who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other citizens. The American Foundation for the Blind promotes wide-ranging, systemic change by addressing the most critical issues facing the growing blind and visually impaired population—employment, independent living, literacy, and technology. In addition to its New York City headquarters, the American Foundation for the Blind maintains four National Centers in cities across the United States, and a Governmental Relations office in Washington, DC.

Successful people have learned to make themselves do the thing that has to be done when it has to be done, whether they like it or not.


--Aldous Huxley
The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) is located in the Salem/Portland, Oregon area. The Center provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions. Much of their research is in collaboration with the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California. Their web site provides information on various topics related to or about autism.

The Division TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped CHildren) missions include helping individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community, generating knowledge, integrating clinical services with relevant theory and research, and disseminating information about theory, practice, and research on autism through training and publications locally, nationally and internationally.

The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association conducts programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching hundreds of communities. The mission of the Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To fulfill this mission, the American Diabetes Association funds research, publishes scientific findings, provides information and other services to people with diabetes, their families, health professionals and the public. The Association is also actively involved in advocating for scientific research and for the rights of people with diabetes.

The Brain Injury Association of America was founded in 1980 by a group of individuals who wanted to improve the quality of life for their family members who had sustained brain injuries. Despite phenomenal growth over the past two decades, the Association remains committed to its grassroots. The Brain Injury Association of America encompasses a national network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates across the country, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups.  The Association envisions a world where all preventable brain injuries are prevented, all unpreventable brain injuries are minimized and all individuals who have experienced brain injury maximize their quality of life.  By acting as a clearinghouse of community service information and resources, participating in legislative advocacy, facilitating prevention awareness, hosting educational programs and encouraging research, the Brain Injury Association of America and its affiliates work to reach the millions of individuals living with the “silent epidemic” of brain injury.

Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) is the only national voluntary non-profit membership organization in this field.   Their mission is to identify the cause of, find the cure for and control the effects of Tourette Syndrome.  They offer resources and referrals to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with TS.  They raise public awareness and counter media stereotypes about TS.  Their membership includes individuals, families, relatives, and medical and allied professionals working in the field. TSA provides essential TS information to educators and families to optimize teaching and learning, and tries to end stigma and promote acceptance regarding TS in school settings. TSA's Education Advocacy program give families and advocates the tools they need when pursuing the best program options and services for children.

Cure Autism Now (CAN) is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism through raising money for research projects, education and outreach. Founded by parents of children with autism in 1995, the organization has grown from a kitchen-table effort to the largest provider of support for autism research and resources in the country. The organization's primary focus is to fund essential research through a variety of programs designed to encourage innovative approaches toward identifying the causes, prevention, treatment and a cure for autism and related disorders.

Since its founding, Cure Autism Now has committed over $20 million in research, the establishment and ongoing support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), and numerous outreach and awareness activities aimed at families, physicians, governmental officials and the general public.

Since its inception in 1957, YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network has been a national leader in the provision of services, education and training in the field of developmental and learning disabilities.  They believe that every person, at every age and level of disability, has the potential for growth and that each individual is entitled to the same dignity, respect, and opportunities as all other members of society. They are firmly committed to helping people to achieve their potential for independence, individuality, productivity, and inclusion in their communities.  To that end, they provide one of the nation's most comprehensive networks of programs and services to assist individuals with disabilities in maximizing their potential.

He who never fell never climbed.

For more than 55 years, UCP (a.k.a. United Cerebral Palsy) has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national organization and its nationwide network of affiliates strive to ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities in every facet of society—from the Web to the workplace, from the classroom to the community. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP's mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. Direct service provision for people with disabilities and their families is offered through UCP affiliates, who serve more than 30,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families every day through programs such as therapy, assistive technology training, early intervention programs, individual and family support, social and recreation programs, community living, state and local referrals, employment assistance and advocacy. Each affiliate offers a range of services tailored to its community's needs. UCP is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. In fact, 65% of people served by UCP have disabilities other than cerebral palsy.

The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development. They are dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities by embracing core values that include:

.       the pursuit of scientific knowledge with creativity and purpose  

.       the dissemination of information to scientists, practitioners, families, and community leaders  

.       the facilitation of discovery by Kennedy Center scientists  

.       the translation of knowledge into practice.

The Center was founded in 1965 at Peabody College as the second nationally designated National Institutes of Health research center on mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Today, it is part of a national network of 14 centers supported in part since its inception by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Center has evolved into an interdisciplinary research, training, diagnosis, and treatment institute, embracing faculty and resources available through Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the College of Arts and Science, and Peabody College. The Center brings together scientists and practitioners in behavior, education, genetics, and neuroscience to work together in unique ways to solve the mysteries of development and learning.

The Epilepsy Foundation is a national, charitable organization, founded in 1968 as the Epilepsy Foundation of America. The only such organization wholly dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, their mission is to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service. The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services

Bandaids and Blackboards is a site about growing up with medical problems.   Its goal is to help people understand what it's like, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that. These kids have become experts at coping with problems that most of you have never heard of. The contents of this innovative site are divided into three "pond"s; one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults. Thanks for visiting "Band-Aides and Blackboards". The intent of the site is to sensitize people to what it's like to grow up with a medical problem. The author has tried to help children tell their stories, in the hopes that through the narratives, others will have an opportunity to "walk in their footsteps" for a short time, and will, in the process, begin to understand.

Family Education Network's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.  Specific sites and content areas that serve the learning needs of parents, teachers, and kids include:

has become the Internet's most-visited site for parents who are involved, committed, and responsive to their families' needs.  Parents find practical guidance, grade-specific information about their children's school experience, strategies to get involved with their children's learning, free email newsletters, and fun and entertaining family activities. FamilyEducation brings together leading organizations from both the public and private sectors to help parents, teachers, schools, and community organizations use online tools and other media resources to positively affect children's education and overall development.

Family Education Network's Teacher Channel –TeacherVision is one of the Internet's most popular teacher sites for trusted online tools and resources that save time and make learning fun. Resources include a variety of lesson plans, free email newsletters and literature tie-ins, quizzes, and printables to help teachers easily enhance learning and incorporate technology into their classrooms.  TeacherVision emphasizes practical results for teachers and gives them the opportunity to exchange ideas with their peers. Our Teacher Channel uses the latest in technology, including Quiz Lab and MyGradeBook, to bring together a caring community of parents, teachers, school administrators, and professionals whose expertise involves children. They've forged public and private partnerships that bring a uniquely powerful mix of resources to their audience. With this community, TeacherVision forms a supportive, helpful network of people dedicated to children's learning in school and in life. .

makes learning fun and interactive. Designed especially for students, from kindergartners to high-school seniors, it's the perfect blend of interactive, educational games, special projects, and instant homework help—with a reference area and a current event center. Family Education Network's Kids Channel helps students succeed in school, build skills online, and have fun! is one of the top five most-visited kids learning sites on the Internet, featuring over 50 fun and interactive learning games for kids, parents, and teachers. Over 150,000 teachers use FunBrain's Quiz Lab. Teachers can use or customize over 40,000 ready-made quizzes for all ages and grade levels, track student and class progress daily with instant analysis, and assign FunBrain games that build skills and correlate to national testing standards. Popular games include Math Baseball and Grammar Gorillas, designed as in-class, online activities.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

--Ann Landers