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Special Education Resources


American Speech Language Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a professional association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. While the primary focus of this website is to serve professionals in the field, information about communication disorders for the general public is available. Additional information about careers, certification, advocacy, research and member-only links to professional journals is included.
Grades: PreK - 12
Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
AET is a national professional association that develops standards, training programs and public awareness of the practive of educational therapy for children and adults with learning disabilities. The website provides information about membership, certification, professional development, and research.
Grades: K - 12
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
The focus of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is to provide information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Their website provides information and resources that focus on the diagnosis, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with AD/HD lead better lives.
Grades: 9 - 12
Autism New Jersey
Autism New Jersey "is a nonprofit agency that provides information, support, and advocacy for families and professionals."
Grades: PreK - 12
Autism Society
With its goal of "Improving the lives of all affected by autism" the Autism Society provides inforamtion about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of autism and Asperger's Syndrome. This website supports individuals with autism, family members, professional and advocates througn identifying autism-related support services, research and news.
Grades: PreK - 12
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Originally established to explore ways to use technology to help students with disabilities, CAST developed the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which uses flexible methods and materials to teach all students. This website provides extensive information about UDL, and how to implement. Its Learning Tools section includes software to create online books, design lesson plans, conduct online research, etc.
Grades: PreK - 12
Child Development Institute: Child Psychology/Mental Health
The Child Development Institute provides information about parenting issues through this website. The Child Psychology/Mental Health section includes information about ADHD, Asperger's, Fragile X, Tourette's, etc. The site includes a Monthly Newsletter, Weekly Podcasts, a Blog and recent research.
Grades: PreK - 12
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is an advocacy organization for students with disabilities, and they list on their site a variety of fact sheets, research, and recommended reading for those who wish to learn more about this disorder.
Grades: K - 12
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
As an international professional organization dedicated to improving education for students with special need, the CEC's web site provides legislative updates, information about professional development, career opportunities and professional standards. A catalog of publications, and access to their journals: The Exceptional Child and Teaching Exceptional Children, are also available.
Grades: PreK - 12
International Dyslexia Association
Membership of The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) consists of professionals in partnership with people with dyslexia and their families. This website includes information and research about dyslexia and its treatment, as well as information about the organization, conferences and member-only access to the journal, Annals of Dyslexia and Perspectives on Language and Literacy.
Grades: K - 12
IRIS Center
The IRIS Center aims to provide free, high-quality, online training resources for faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities. These research-based resources include tutorials, videso, podcast, brochures, information briefs and case studies. This Web site is made possible through a grant between Vanderbilt University and the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.
Grades: PreK - 12
LD Online
LD OnLine is a national educational service of WETA-TV, the PBS station in Washington, D.C. Calling itself the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, LD OnLine serves parents, teachers, and other professionals with articles, multimedia, advice, lists of resources and online forums. A Kids section enables sharing artwork and writing.
Grades: K - 12
Learning Disabilities Association of America
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) was created to provide support for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities. This website provides information about the assessment and evaluation process, strategies for more effective instruction, as well as lists of agencies and other resources for addtional information and support.
Grades: K - 12
National Association of Special Education Teachers
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is dedicated to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education. This website includes audio and print resources about various disabilities, developing IEP's, classroom management, laws, conferences and job openings.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Center on Disability and Access to Education
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) promotes electronically-mediated distance education policies and practices to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Supported by the Utah State University, Center for Disabilities, the website includes news articles about accessibility, fact sheets for software accomodations, and videos of people with disabilities.
Grades: K - 12
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
Headquartered at the University of Minnesota, NCSET works with educators, community professionals, employers and families to support youth with disabilities in their education and transition needs. The NCSET website offers national, state and local assistance and planning information for secondary and post-secondary education, employment and independent living.
Grades: 9 - 12
National Center on Universal Design for Learning
Sponsored by CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) this website includes videos, presentations, links and articles to teach the basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and how to implement UDL in the classroom. Also provides information about advocacy for UDL, how to connect with other teachers and research about UDL.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Especially useful for its state-by-state list of organizations, and short overview of many topics relating to children and youth with disabilities, this site also contains a searchable database of organizations concerned with disabilities.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Down Syndrome Society
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Their website has information about Down syndrome, the education, development, community life, and healthcare of people with Down syndrome, as well as policy and research. My Great Story includes personal stories of individuals with Down syndrome.
Grades: PreK - 12
National Institute of Mental Health
The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. This website provides background about various mental disorders, as well as information about clinical trials, research, statistics, etc. Free publications are available. Part of the National Institutes of Health.
Grades: PreK - 12
Traumatic Brain Injury.com
Provides information about traumatic brain injury including symptoms, treatment and prevention. Includes informative videos from the Pennsylvania Brain Injury Association. The site is sponsored by and paid for by the Law Firm of Cohen, Placitella and Roth, P.C. Their mission is to be the leading Internet resource for education, advocacy, research and support for brain injury survivors, their families, and medical and rehabilitation professionals.
Grades: K - 12
United Cerebral Palsy
"Life without limits for people with disabilities." The United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is committed to ensuring the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all facets of society. Includes links for education, health & wellness, public policy, housing, parenting & families, products & services, sports & leisure, travel and transportation.
Grades: PreK - 12
Peter and Pamela Wright teach Special Education Law at William & Mary Law School. This website provides extensive information to support parents, teachers and administrators in assisting and advocating for students with special needs.
Grades: PreK - 12

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources
A bibliography of selected resources about Autism Spectrum Disorders that are available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
Living with Special Needs
A selection of books written about people with special needs. Ranging from titles for preschool through high school all are available from the Curriculum Materials Center of the Cheng Library.
Grades: PreK - 12
Special Education Resources
A bibliography of suggested resources for lesson planning and assessment in special education, located in the Cheng Library collection.
Grades: PreK - 12

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Other Resources

ADHD News.com
An online newsletter for parents of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which includes news, reviews, and research.
Grades: PreK - 12
Adolescent Health Transition Project
This website is designed for teens with special health care needs due to chronic disease, disability or developmental issues. Focuses primarily on transition issues of becoming independent. A project of the Center on Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington.
Grades: 6 - 12
Autism Society of North Carolina Bookstore
Extensive selection of materials for teachers and parents regarding children with autism. Includes both teaching resources as well as children's books.
Grades: PreK - 12
Autism Spectrum Australia
Primarily focused on autism services and research in Australia, this website also includes the "Thomas the Tank Engine Emotions Game." Also includes information sheets and links to current research.
Grades: PreK - 12
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's)
Part of the Centers for Disease Control website, this website has links for families, healthcare providers, educators and people with ASD. Information about screening and diagnosis, treatment, free materials, research and other resources are provided.
Grades: PreK - 12
Behavior Home Page
This website provides resources for exploring the different behaviors of children in a school or community setting, and provides a starting place for research by teachers, special education professionals, and parents. Sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky.
Grades: PreK - 12
A digital library of over 125,000 titles including both children's, young adult and adult titles, fiction and nonfiction. Membership is free to individuals with a qualifying disability, as well as organizations that serve people with qualifying disabilities.
Grades: PreK - 12
Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD
A site created by Teresa Gallagher, mother of a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, which attempts to show that ADD is not a disorder with symptoms that can be medicated. Lists of articles and resources that explore alternative views of these children's difficulties.
Grades: PreK - 12
Libraries and Autism: We're Connected
The Scotch Plains Public Library and Fanwood Memorial Library (both in New Jersey) participated in a project to increase awareness of the needs of people with autism, as well as to provide resources for caregivers. This website includes customizable materials, as well as lists of videos, blogs, articles and websites about autism
Grades: PreK - 12
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
A branch of the Library of Congress the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped provides free audio and braille materials to certified users. This website gives information about how to apply for this service, the range of services available and online catalogs of materials available.
Grades: PreK - 12
Project ENABLE: Expanding Non-Discriminatory Access by Librarians Everywhere
Project ENABLE is a collaborative project of Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, Center for Digital Literacy, and Burton Blatt Institute. It provides continuing education program for school librarians to be better informed about disabilities and to deliver more effective library services to students with disabilities. The website includes online training modules for individuals or groups.
Grades: PreK - 12

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