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Special Education Resources

Written by Jacob C. Herman

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.

General Disabilities Information

  • Disabilities: A lot of information and resources on disabilities by Medline Plus.

  • NICHCY: The official site of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

  • WHO: The World Health Organization page on disabilities with links to general information, technical information, multimedia, and more.

  • CDC: The disabilities page of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with links to autism, cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, and others.

  • Children's Disabilities Information: Provides information and articles for parents with special children.

Learning Disabilities

  • LD Online: Great resource center on learning disabilities and ADHD.

  • NINDS: LD information page of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

  • LDW: Site of LD Worldwide with information for parents, educators, LD individuals, clinicians, and researchers.

  • NCLD: Homepage of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Speech Impairment

  • Speech Impairment: Good resource page with definition, teaching strategies, and other information.

  • Children's Speech Care Center: Resource center with links to information on speech and language impairment.

  • Afasic: An organization in the UK dedicated to "unlocking speech and language" in children and young adults.

  • Apraxia-KIDS: The website of CASANA, an organization for helping children with apraxia.

Hearing Impairment

  • Deaf Education: Excellent resource center for deaf education professionals.

  • ASHA: Studies the various causes of hearing impairments in children.

  • ASLTA: Official site of the American Sign Language Teachers Association.

  • Teaching Strategies: Good guide for teachers of students with hearing impairments.

Vision Impairment

  • NFB: The official site of the National Federation of the Blind.

  • Vision Impairment: Provides links to definition, educational implications, support, and more.

  • RIDBC: Vision impairment resource center by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

  • Special Education: A collection of links to organizations and resources for education of students with vision impairment.

Behavioral Disorders

  • Child Behavioral Disorders: Great resource page by Medline Plus.

  • CCBD: Homepage of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.

  • SAMHSA: Provides information on various forms of behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders in children.

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Some facts on this behavioral disorder, with links for more information.

Autism

Parent's and Educator's Resources

  • SEPTA: Website of the Special Education Parent Teacher Association.

  • NASET: Homepage of the National Association of Special Education Teachers.

  • PTACSE: Official site of the Parent Teacher Advisory Council for Special Education.

  • Special Education Resources: Good resource center by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Special Needs and Technology

  • Special Education Needs: Dedicated to helping special children reach their potential.

  • SETBC: Homepage of Special Education Technology British Columbia, committed to the use of special programs and technology.

  • Journal of Special Education Technology: Provides news of development of special education technology.

  • SETC: The Special Education Technology Center of Central Washington University, providing support for special education students, schools, and parents.

Associations and National Organizations

  • IASE: The International Association of Special Education.

  • NASDSE: Website of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

  • IDEA: The National Education Association page dedicated to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004.

  • LDA: Official site of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Special Education Discussion Groups

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