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    1. ADD/ADHD
    2. Autism & Asperger
    3. Blind & Visually Impaired
    4. Educational Approaches
    5. Federal Resources
    6. General Disabilities
    7. Learning Disorders
    8. Local Resources
    9. Specific Disabilities
    10. State Resources



    This website provides free, scientifically-based information about ADHD
    The mission of CHADD is to improve the lives of people affected by ADHD. CHADD is a non-profit organization providing education advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.
    Autism & Asperger
    ASAT's mission is to share accurate, scientifically sound information about autism and treatments for autism. The website contains information about autism, treatments and research summaries.
    The NIH supports two major research networks dedicated to understanding and treating autism. This website provides a single source of information about these networks and the research they conduct.
    Families for Early Autism Treatment is a non-profit organization of parent, family members and treatment professionals dedicated to providing best outcome education, advocacy, and support for the Northern California Autism Community. The FEAT values: We believe children have a right to receive scientifically proven, best outcome treatment; We know that every child benefits from receiving scientifically proven, best outcome treatment; We believe that all individuals with autism have the right to opportunities to meet their full, unique potential; We believe that society significantly benefits when individuals with autism are given the opportunity to reach their full, unique potential.
    The Koegl Autism Research & Training Center is overseen by Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegl. The major goals of the center are increasing our understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders, the development, and implementation of state-of-the-art pivotal response treatments, as well as the improvement of elementary and secondary education efforts for children with autism and other severe disabilities. The Center's primary interests lie in research and training (both pre-service and in-service), focusing on family support and on the education of children with autism in community environments and classrooms with their typically developing peers.
    A resource regarding Asperger Syndrome. The website is supported by a grant from the University of Delaware.
    The Schafer Autism Report monitors the major news sources, websites and latest research for important and practical news and developments with a balanced, no-spin presentation. SAR publishes a daily newsletter and a monthly autism calendar of events that are distributed via email.
    Blind & Visually Impaired
    AFB is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. The website includes a "Parents' Guide to Special Education for Children"
    This website, supported by the Sonoma County Office of Education, includes an online video training series that addresses strategic literacy instruction in grades K-8 using a "research to practice" approach grounded in a pragmatic real-world application. Each video is 4-10 minutes long.
    NFB is the largest membership organization of blind people in the US.
    Educational Approaches
    The Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice is part of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and is funded under a cooperative agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (ED), with supplemental funding from the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
    The Center supports and promotes a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance.
    This is a federally-funded resource for information on services and practices that work for children and youth with emotional or behavioral challenges.
    The University of Texas Health Science Center's Children's Learning Institute (CLI)  combines data and studies from the fields of psychology, neuro-development, education and child development to provide proven learning solutions derived from, and supported by, documented research. The goal of CLI is to be the pre-eminent source for proven clinical and educational programs covering early childhood through late teens.
    The Council for Exceptional Children is the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents, CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. The website provides a wealth of information regarding IDEA, national and state conferences and workshops, federal legislation and policy issues, publications and products, career commendations, and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
    The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) website contains bibliographic records of education literature, plus a growing collection of full text. ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials with hundreds of new records added weekly. If available, links to full text are included. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences to the US Department of Education.
    The Center on Technology and Disability is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. The CTD is supported by the US Department of Education's office of Special Education Programs.
    ISN is a web-based resource for families, schools, and communities that promote inclusive educational practices. ISN's mission is "to encourage, embolden and empower people to design and implement effective inclusive schools by sharing insights and best practices and by providing opportunities for connection."
    The ILA is a non-profit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.
    The IRIS Center is a national center, funded by a grant from OSEP, that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers to students with disabilities. The website provides free online interactive resources that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. IRIS materials cover a wide variety of evidenced based topics, including behavior, RtI, learning strategies and progress monitoring.
    This IRIS website contains links to IRIS materials, training modules, case studies, activities, information briefs, and podcasts. Topics include accommodations, assessment, behavior, collaboration, content instruction, differentiated instruction, disability, diversity, learning strategies, math, RtI, reading, literacy, language arts, school improvement, and transitions.
    This site offers ways to help your children learn and enjoy mathematics. It is part of the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) website.
    Created by the Federal Office of Special Education Programs and the University of Oregon School of Education, this site provides the latest research and practice information on Positive Behavioral Support for children and adults with disabilities. This site also contains conferences for regional professionals and parents to share thoughts, knowledge, and experiences.
    RtI is a general education approach that includes high-quality instruction, early intervention and prevention and behavioral strategies.
    WestEd is a research, development and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
    A US Department of education website that is a trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.
    Federal Resources
    The eCFR is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register. It is divided into 50 titles, including education, that represents broad areas subject to Federal regulation.
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services of more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
    This website contains an online training that has six modules: "Important Information about Special Education (The Law)," "Preparing for an IEP," "IEP Etiquette," "Assessment," "Strategies for Success," and "Having a Problem?"
    The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) is a division of the US Department of Education. OSERS has three components: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), which conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to assist in the achievement of the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of people with disabilities; the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), which supports a comprehensive array of programs and projects authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that improve results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities; and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) which administers and supports a comprehensive array of formula and discretionary grant programs and projects that serve and assist individuals with disabilities.

    OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research.

    NCD is an independent federal agency composed of members appointed by the president. NCD provides advice to the President, Congress and executive branch agencies to promote policies, programs, practices and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society. The website includes links to the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability statistics, education and other topics.
    The Policymaker Partnership is one of four linked projects funded by the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. These projects are designed to deliver a common message about the 1997 IDEA amendments to four specific audiences: policymakers, local administrators, service providers, and families and communities. Extensive information about IDEA can be found on this website.
    The Social Security Administration provides benefits for qualified children with disabilities. The website is a valuable resource for information on all of Social Security programs.
    The US Code is published every six years. It is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the US. It is divided by broad subjects into 50 titles, including Education, the IDEA and Section 504.
    General Disabilities & Special Education
    The mission of the Beach Center, at the University of Kansas, is to conduct research, teaching and provide technical assistance to make a sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability. The Beach Center is a major international center for research in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities and the professionals who serve families and individuals to enhance the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability.
    The Behavior Home Page by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department of Education provides an overview of research, best practices, legal issues, and resources for behavioral issues from across the nation. It also provides discussion groups and links to other related sites on the Web.
    A complete, useful resource regarding the special education process.
    This website, developed by the University of Minnesota, contains tip sheets on the topics of social and emotional growth, challenging behaviors, and mental health.
    A U.S. Department of Education website that provides links to a variety of websites related to children with disabilities.
    TASH is an international organization of people with disabilities, their family members, and other advocates and professionals working for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. It is a civil rights organization for, and of, people with mental disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities and other conditions that make full integration a challenge.
    The Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC) is a federally funded clearinghouse/regional center to support special education, IDEA implementation, and related issues.
    Learning Disabilities/Disorders
    The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is one of the largest professional support and advocacy organizations for learning disabilities in the country.
    CLD is an international organization concerned about issues related to students with learning disabilities.
    Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., was a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders. The world's foremost authority on clinical work with infants and young children with developmental and emotional problems, his work has guided parents, professionals and researchers all over the world. He was the founding president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and past director of the NIMH Mental Health Study Center and the Clinical Infant Development Program.
    The purpose of the IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full range of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write in a way that creates hope, possibility, and partnership.
    The Learning Disabilities Association of California (LDA-CA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization of parents, professionals, and adults with learning disabilities. Its purpose is to promote and support the education and general welfare of children and adults of potentially normal intelligence who manifest learning, perceptual, and/or behavioral handicaps.
    The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is part of the National Institute of Health and sponsors research related to learning disabilities and other reading/literacy related issues. The site includes excellent summaries of research findings, publications for parents and professionals, and conference information.
    The Schwab Foundation for Learning is the largest learning disabilities-related support organization in California. The site contains useful information, links, documents, and more.
    This is an article posted on the College Degree website.
    Local Resources
    The Diagnostic Center, Northern California, is one of three regional assessment centers operated by the State Special Schools and Services Division of the California Department of Education. The Centers provide assessment, training and technical assistance to all school districts and county offices of education in California. Diagnostic Center services are provided by expert, interdisciplinary teams of diagnostic professionals, including educational specialists, speech and language specialists, transition/secondary specialists, school psychologists, clinical psychologists, and pediatricians who address the unique educational needs of Northern California's most difficult-to-serve students enrolled in special education programs.
    Working toward a future where all people with developmental disabilities and their families have the opportunity to belong contribute and thrive in their home communities by directing their own lives. Services individuals with developmental disabilities and their families who reside in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
    Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a 33-year-old nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefit agency located in San Jose, California. PHP's mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training, and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care. This includes children of all ages and all backgrounds who have a need for special services due to any special need, including but not limited to illness, cancer, accidents, birth defects, neurological conditions, premature birth, learning or physical disabilities, mental health issues, and attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, to name a few.
    The San Mateo County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is responsible for the implementation of the Local Plan for special education and for ensuring a free appropriate public education for all students with identified disabilities in San Mateo County. The SELPA is a state-mandated agency composed of the San Mateo County Office of Education and all of the school districts in the county.
    Specific Disabilities
    The CDC website contains information about specific birth defects.
    The mission of The Balanced Mind is to improve the lives of families raising children with bipolar disorder and related conditions.
    NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI focuses on awareness, education, and advocacy.
    The MIND Institute is an international, multidisciplinary research organization, committed to excellence, collaboration, and hope, striving to understand the causes and develop better treatments and ultimately cures for neuro-developmental disorders.
    The NORD website contains a database of information about rare disorders.
    State Resources
    CCS is a statewide program that arranges, directs and pays for medical care, occupational and physical therapy, equipment, and rehabilitation, for children and young adults up to 21 years old who have eligible medical conditions. CCS is not a health insurance plan and will not cover all of a child's health care needs, only the ones which are related to CCS eligible conditions. This program is a tax supported program and for some of the services, there is a financial eligibility requirement.
    The online source for the California Code of Regulations.
    Standards adopted by the California State Board of Education for English/Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Science and Visual/Performing Arts.
    The California Department of Education, Special Education Division, a website provides all the latest information regarding state initiatives, legislation, policy, and resources. The website provides information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills. Website headings: Administration & Support; Announcements & Current Issues, Data Collection & Reporting; Family Involvement & Partnerships; Laws, Regulations & Policies; Quality Assurance Process; Services & Resources.
    This website includes links to the 29 California Codes, including the Education Code.
    The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community facilities, and contracts with 21 nonprofit regional centers. The regional centers serve as a local resource to help find and access the services and support available to an individual with developmental disabilities and their families.
    A Composite of Laws Database Search Engine, from the California Department of Education.
    The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is a quasi-judicial tribunal. The OAH is divided into two, statewide divisions: the General Jurisdiction Division and the Special Education Division. The Special Education Division has three regional offices in Laguna Hills, Sacramento and Van Nuys. It is estimated that over 700,000 children with special needs are served by California's schools. OAH provides adjudicatory, mediation and settlement services throughout the state to school districts and parents of these special needs children.