CADRE —Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education.
CADRE encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.
The New IDEA Law 2004
The Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) “IDEA Law and Resources” website, is a comprehensive guide to the new law including: the actual bill, updates on the IDEA reauthorization, a summary of the new law, recommendations, and much more.
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 “No Child Left Behind” Act
The No Child Left Behind website is dedicated to helping parents and professionals understand the “ins and outs” of the new law and what it means. It includes: a full copy of the bill, an overview, fact sheets, and much more.
Services and Fact Sheets to read before applying for Social Security Benefits for your child. If you have not already applied for SSI services, this is a great place to start.
United States Department of Education
The official website of the Federal Government’s Department of Education. Learn more about educational services if you are a parent, educator, student, or administrator.
United States Office of Special Education Programs
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.
Each public-school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website, which brings together IDEA information and for students, parents, educators, service providers, or grantees, or people who care about children with disabilities and their families and want to find information and explore resources on infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. OSEP, directly and through its partners and grantees, develops a wide range of research-based products, publications, and resources to assist states, local district personnel, and families to improve results for students with disabilities.
These parent tool kits are compilations of resources and information from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) highlighting evidence-based and promising practices, skills and interventions in a particular area. They are developed and compiled to provide information to practitioners, families, and other stakeholders involved in improving outcomes for children with disabilities.
First produced between 2006 and 2008, and periodically updated since their creation, are available here as a resource for relevant tools and information. New kits are being developed and will be added as they become available.
Making an IEP binder is a great way to keep information organized and at the ready when you need it. An IEP binder can help you prepare for IEP meetings and stay up to date on your child’s progress. This powerful tool can also help you communicate and collaborate with teachers and your child’s IEP team
In this article especially for parents of English language learners, get answers to your questions about parent-teacher conferences and find tips about how you can prepare for the conference, including suggested questions and topics to discuss.
All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of our experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers Map
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.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
ADDA is the world’s largest organization for adults with AD/HD. Their new website has been built to meet the needs of our membership and our visitors. It reflects ADDA’s mission to provide information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them.
Through their website, activities and membership benefits, Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is the doorway to new possibilities for people with ADD or ADHD. Begin with the basics, deal with the diagnosis, live an optimal life, and expand your knowledge – all on this website.
ADHD news is home to thousands of parents of children coping with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Their website features message boards, lists of types and symptoms of ADHD, information on medications and treatments, and a free monthly newsletter.
Specifically, CHADD works to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD through: Collaborative Leadership, Advocacy, Research, Education, and Support. Visit their website to get fact sheets, resources, information on research and more.
National Resource Center on ADHD (A Program of CHADD)
National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD , is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) affects how millions of children and adults function on a daily basis. The NRC was created to meet the information needs of both professionals and the general public.
This website offers information and links regarding Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Autism Research Institute (ARI)
The Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. ARI is primarily devoted to conducting research, and disseminating the results of research, on the causes of Autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Autism. They provide information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world.
Autism Society of America (ASA)
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. Visit their website to find your local chapter, read about research in the Autism community, join their organization, and find resources and events.
Center for the Study of Autism (CSA)
Their webpage was developed to provide information on various topics related to or about Autism. 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.
Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Inc. (FEAT)
F.E.A.T. is a Las Vegas-based, non-profit organization of parents and professionals, designed to help families with children who have received the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), or Asperger’s Syndrome. They offer a support network where families can meet each other and discuss issues surrounding autism and treatment options.
Their mission is to provide information on treatment resources for families and they provide support, encouragement, and guidance to parents and create an opportunity for them to benefit from contact with other parents with similar needs and concerns. They publish regular e-bulletins on current events in the Southern Nevada area, as well as changes in national policies and medical breakthroughs that affect our children. And don’t miss their yearly family outings such as Picnics and other parties where families of children with autism can gather, network, and enjoy the day.
Grant A Gift Autism Foundation
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help children, young adults and their families master autism by providing assessment and treatment funding; combined with support services, vocational training, and transition planning. Their goal is to provide family-centered care through one or more of their programs or services and help prepare individuals with autism to live as independent adults with functioning roles in our community.
They act as a community safety net by filling in treatment and funding gaps not covered by state and federal resources or insurance. Our organization achieves this by collaborating with other organizations, state agencies, or providers to give children with Autism Spectrum Disorder growing up in Nevada a better quality of life and future as they transition into adults.
Unlocking Autism (UA)
There are many organizations already dealing with the issues of Autism and we applaud them for the wonderful work they are doing. UA’s goal is that their organization will only enhance the work that they have done so far and continue to do so on a daily basis. UNLOCKING AUTISM is a multi-faceted organization and they hope that with your help they can, not only tap into the strength of our local communities but reach out across the nation to unify the parents of the nearly 550,000 autistic people in the U.S. in an effort to sort out the mystery of Autism.
The American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults is a service agency that specializes in providing to blind people help that is not readily available to them from government programs or other existing service systems. It operates through countless volunteers across the nation.
The American Council of the Blind (ACB) was founded in 1961 but many of its state affiliates and local chapters have a history that can be traced back to the 1880s. Their mission is simple: To increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
This website offers information and links regarding Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life. It also has a database program called “Fred’s Head”. The Fred’s Head Database is a source of tips and techniques for and by blind or visually impaired individuals. It is meant to provide people with useful information on how to do things that interest them. This includes records about technology, recreation, daily living skills, orientation and mobility, and more. Fred’s Head also includes information on where to find adaptive products and provides links to interesting Web sites. Fred’s Head is a unique source of information since blind or visually impaired individuals have written most of its records.
Braille Works is one of the nation’s leading providers of reading materials for people who are blind, visually impaired or reading impaired. Making The World A More Readable Place™ has been their mission from day one. They are creative and innovative because their customers expect it.
You’ll find videos, personal stories, events, announcements, and an online community to help you guide your visually impaired child to the life he or she wants.
As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”
Federal Library of Congress service that provides free braille books and audio books to blind patrons. Check out their NLS Kids Zone for children’s books and events.
Use music to stimulate your child who is blind with this great site that offers free lyrics and downloads of your favorite educational songs. Songs are categorized by subject and CD’s are available for purchase.
Visual Impairment Guide
This site contains information on many topics pertaining to parenting and teaching a child with visual impairments.
Developmental Delay Resources (DDR)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.
What are Developmental Delays?
This website answers many of the frequently asked questions about Developmental Delays, the causes of them, what to do if you suspect DD, early intervention strategies and techniques, special education, and transition.
The Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada is a local non-profit which provides support and valuable information to families about Down Syndrome. The mission of the Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada is to enlighten the public by promoting a positive understanding of Down syndrome in the community and be a source of support, information, and education for families and individuals with Down syndrome.
DDI Vantage Early Intervention
DDI VANTAGE Early Intervention Program provides services for children under the age of three who have developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
Family Resource Library
The Family Resource Library is a collection of videos and print materials containing practical information for families of persons with disabilities. These materials offer information to assist in improving the lives of people with special needs. The Family Resource Library serves persons with special needs and their families in the four-state area of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Materials can be provided to any individual regardless of location.
Family Support Center
The mission of the Family Support Center is to protect children, strengthen families, and prevent child abuse. They offer classes on: parent education (in English and Spanish), anger management, impacts of sexual abuse, an Adults Molested as Children Group, divorce adjustment classes, referral services, a resource library, and many more.
National Association of Child Development (NACD)
NACD provides neurodevelopmental evaluations and individual programs to children and adults that are updated on a quarterly basis. As a family-centered organization, NACD stresses parent training and parent implementation of program. NACD is an eclectic organization gathering and utilizing the newest strategies that yield success and incorporating them into programs. Support is provided to families through video reviews, email, and telephone sessions. Through frequent contact with staff and other families, parents are well-informed and well-educated in relationship to their child’s progress. NACD chapters can be found across the United States. International services are provided through videotaping and phone conferences.
Resources for Working with Children with Special Needs
This comprehensive list includes links on Cerebral Palsy, Deaf/Hearing Impaired, Epilepsy, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Impairments, Other Health Impairments, Speech/Language Disorders, Spina Bifida, and Visual Impairments.
Accessible Homes Foundation
The Accessible Homes Foundation (AHF) is an organization which promotes the development of accessible homes. The AHF encourages builders who are willing to build accessible homes to list with the AHF. By listing builders who have agreed to meet certain design criteria (see their website for the specifics), the AHF can create a win-win situation for all. We encourage homes designed for needs such as blindness, deafness, behavior disorder, pentaplegic, quadriplegic, etc. There are many terms used to define such a home: accessible, visitable, universal design, easy living, etc. They all define the same concept, usable by everyone. Making a home accessible will make it more desirable, marketable and valuable. An accessible home is usable by everyone, be it grandma who uses a walker, a friend who uses a wheelchair, or someone who is temporarily using crutches after a car accident.
March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. We carry out this mission through research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies’ lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats to their health: prematurity, birth defects, low birthweight.
National Ability Center
The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life. As a national role model, the Center promoted the concept of ability through integration, public awareness, and education.
Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability
The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Visit their website for more information on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Social Security Income (SSI).
IDEA sets high standards for their achievement and guides how special help and services are made available in schools to address their individual needs.
As a parent of a child who is or who may be receiving special education, you have certain rights which are guaranteed by the IDEA. This law outlines a process which ensures that you have the opportunity and right to be involved as an equal member of the team that makes decisions about your child.
As a parent or guardian of a young adult with disabilities, you know full well that your child may or may not need help making important decisions, financial or otherwise. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to special needs guardianship, but there are there are degrees of need when it comes to guardianship. This guide will help you know what to expect financially if you do decide to become a guardian of your child or loved one.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Epilepsy.com is an online resource provided by The Epilepsy Project. Their mission is to inform and empower two groups of patients and their families: those facing newly diagnosed epilepsy, and those struggling with epilepsy that has resisted treatment.
Colorín Colorado is a national website serving educators and families of English language learners (ELLs) in Grades PreK-12. They have been providing free research-based information, activities, and advice to parents, schools, and communities around the country for more than a decade, and is an educational service of WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital, and receives major funding from the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AAMR promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
LD Online is a service of WETA , Washington, D.C., in association with The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities. It is a leading web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
RFB&D is a non-profit service organization that records educational and reference materials that are not available on tape or disc from other sources, in areas such as history, math, science and economics. It has an extensive free library of books on audiocassette and CDs and a recording service for new titles.
Lupus Foundation of America (LFA)
With more than 200 chapters, branches and support groups in 30 states, the Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is the nation’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus. Their mission is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of lupus, support individuals, and families affected by the disease, increase awareness of lupus among health professionals, and the public, and find the causes and cure. Research, education, and patient services are at the heart of LFA’s programs.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The mission of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end the devastating effects of MS.
Founded in 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports more MS research, offers more services for people with MS, provides more professional education programs, and furthers more MS advocacy efforts than any other MS organization in the world. We do this through the extensive research we support to find the cause, cure and improved treatments of the disease; the comprehensive services we provide to people with MS and their families; the professional education programs we offer to assist health care providers better serve their MS patients; and through our advocacy efforts on state and federal levels to encourage public policies supportive of the needs of people with multiple sclerosis. This is why we at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society are here.
People with severe disabilities are those who traditionally have been labeled as having severe to profound intellectual impairments. These people require ongoing, extensive support in more than one major life activity in order to participate in integrated community settings and enjoy the quality of life available to people with fewer or no disabilities. They frequently have additional disabilities, including movement difficulties, sensory losses, and behavior problems. This publication will help you understand more about what is involved with individuals with multiple disabilities.
The Intermountain Shriners Hospital is a 40-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital providing comprehensive care to children at no charge. The hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals throughout North America. The Intermountain Hospital accepts and treats children with routine and complex orthopedic problems, utilizing the latest treatments and technology available in pediatric orthopedics, resulting in early ambulation, and reduced length of stay.
The Spina Bifida Association of America (SBAA) serves adults and children who live with the challenges of spina bifida. Since 1973, SBAA has been the only national voluntary health agency solely dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with spina bifida and those whose lives are touched by this challenging birth defect. Its tools are education, advocacy, research, and service.
There are many kinds of speech and language disorders that can affect children. In this fact sheet, we’ll talk about four major areas in which these impairments occur.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic upsurge in professional and public awareness of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), also referred to as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD). Unfortunately, this increase in awareness has resulted in a plethora of misconceptions and misinformation, as well as confusion regarding just what is (and isn’t) an APD, how APD is diagnosed, and methods of managing and treating the disorder.
Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
Founded in 1972 in Bayside New York, 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.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This website includes a fact sheet and an extensive list of resources.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Information Page
Visit this site to learn what TBI is, treatments, prognosis, research that is being done, and organizations that you can contact.
We bring the best research-based strategies to teachers, parents, administrators, librarians, childcare providers, and anyone else involved in helping a young child become a strong, confident reader. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present “what works” in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.
We are considering a host of new classes and training open to all members of the community. Below is our “working list”. If you have an idea for a class not on the list, send us your thoughts here.
The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education
Parents of children with disabilities will learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. This session will include information on evaluations, record keeping, MDT meetings, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504 and dispute resolution.
Developing the Individualized Education Program
This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the IEP. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP and will become familiar with current IEP forms. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.
Preparing for the Multidisciplinary Team Meeting
This training focuses on preparing for the MDT meeting. It will explore the roles and responsibilities of both parents and professionals- and will include information on future planning, the importance of record-keeping and strategies for creating team relationships and having successful meetings.
Help! My Child is Struggling in School
This training will explore general education strategies used to support children having academic or behavioral difficulty. Participants will gain an understanding of Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) an approach to supporting all children in school. The session will conclude with a review of the special education referral process.
How Do I Know If My Child is Making Progress?
This workshop will introduce participants to the importance of reviewing data provided by the school to determine whether or not a child is making progress. Participants will learn how to use the IEP and other tools to determine what data should be collected and how to utilize it to ensure that a child is making continuous progress.
IEP Goals 101: A Guide for Monitoring Student Learning
This training will teach participants how to identify key information to incorporate into the present level of academic and functional performance and how to use present levels of academic and functional performance to create measurable goals and objectives.
Schools and Families: Better Together
This workshop will focus on four aspects of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) — Parent Involvement, School Choice, Supplemental Educational Services (SES), and School and District Report Cards. The purpose of this training is to inform participants and improve their understanding of the significant commitment made to student achievement by public schools. A variety of resources will be provided and reviewed.
Intervening Early: Steps to Take When You’re Concerned about Your Young Child
Learn what steps parents and professionals can take when a young child is having difficulty at home or in an early childhood program. This presentation will describe how early intervention services can support children who are developing differently than their peers. Caretakers will also gain an understanding of when and how to proceed with the formal referral process for special education.
If you are aware of additional resources that should be on our list, please submit an active link through our Contact page for review.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) promotes the health and well-being of its residents through the delivery or facilitation of a multitude of essential services to ensure families are strengthened, public health is protected, and individuals achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.