Links

Links

Super Sites

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) ~ is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. The goal is to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

LD Online ~ seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. Features helpful articles, monthly columns by noted experts, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. ~ Provides support for children and adults with learning disabilities by providing resources, information, and referral services.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) ~ 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, and provides l professional development.

DisabilityInfo.gov ~ is the federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) ~ Part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NICHD conducts and supports research on the reproductive, neurobiologic, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, adults, families and populations.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) ~ The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth, from birth to age 22.

Family Village Library ~ An excellent source for information about disabilities

School Psychology Resources Online ~ An extensive listing of School Psychology resources for psychologists, parents and educators, covering such subjects as learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more.

Schwab Foundation for Learning (SFL) ~ Provides information and referral to national and local resources.

Wrightslaw: The Special Ed Advocate ~ Excellent site.

Child Development Institute (CDI) ~ provides a wide range of resources related to child development, psychology and parenting including search engines and links to other sites.

National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) ~ Federal agency that provides leadership through advocacy, information sharing and collaboration.

Access Issues

Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) ~ AHEAD addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, post-secondary education, and accessibility.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An invaluable educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

Advocacy and Support

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) ~ Provides advocacy for students and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) ~ Organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, and provides professional development.

The ARC of the United States (Mental Retardation) ~ A national organization for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families.  Provides advocacy, supports and services.

Wright, Peter.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) ~ An independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) ~ An association which represents federally mandated programs that protect the rights of persons with disabilities through legally – based advocacy.

Child Development Institute (CDI) ~ provides a wide range of resources related to child development, psychology and parenting including search engines and links to other sites.

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE).

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) ~ The ISER is a directory of professionals who serve the learning disabled and special education communities.

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) ~ Provides information about IDEA 2004; referrals to disability organizations and advocates; and information on research about best educational practices.

Parent Advocacy Coalition ~ A website created by parents and affiliate disability organizations to identify resources and services for children with disabilities.

Parent Training and Information Project (PTI) ~ Provides local resources and advocacy training for disability and special education issues.

Parents Engaged in Education Reform (PEER).

Parents Helping Parents ~ Resources, links, technology and more.

Anxiety Disorders

Childhood Anxiety Network (CAN) ~ Keeps up to date research and information about anxiety disorders including:  OCD, Panic Disorder, Selective Mutism, Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, PTSD, Trichotillomania, Specific Phobia, and conditions that can occur with childhood anxiety.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) ~ promotes the early diagnosis, treatment, and cure of anxiety disorders.

Apraxia/Dyspraxia

Verbal Apraxia ~ This website provides a developmental pediatricians advice regarding signs and symptoms to look for when considering apraxia as the cause for speech delay.

Dyspraxia Foundation WebsiteThis UK charity provides useful information about dyspraxia.

The Institute for Neuro-physiological Psychotherapy (INPP) ~ Easily understood, this website provides information regarding Neuro-developmental Delay, including dyspraxia. The causes, symptoms, and diagnoses are noted, in addition to a number of links with in-depth information.

Asperger Syndrome

Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (O.A.S.I.S.) ~ Comprehensive site for Asperger Syndrome (AS) operated by the parent of a child diagnosed with AS.

Aspen of New Jersey ~ A parent organization that provides information, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic & Research ~ Home Page provides information about autistic spectrum disorders and a range of services for children with PDD-NOS, Autism, NLD, and Asperger Syndrome.   Offers comprehensive transdisciplinary evaluations by leading experts in the field.

The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC) ~ provides information and advocacy, services, professional education and consultation on behalf of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding ~ Promotes social understanding between individuals with autistic spectrum disorders and those who interact with them in the home, school, and community through networking, conferences, and sharing resources.

MAAP Practical information about Autism, Asperger Syndrome and related Developmental Disorders ~ Links to articles, as well as publications and informational sources.

Assistive Technology

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

The ADA Information Center ~ Provides training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and state and local governments.

Different Roads to Learning Autism ~ Provides (ABA) teaching tools, special education resources for parents and professionals.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) ~ It is the nation’s leading organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. Offers support for individuals, parents, teachers, and professionals  through 200 local chapters throughout the U.S.

ADD Resources ~ A national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD or ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.

National Attention Deficit Disorder Association (NADDA) ~ Provides information, resources and networking to adults with AD/HD and to the professionals who work with them. Focuses on diagnoses, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with AD/HD lead better lives.

One ADD Place ~ The source for ADD and ADHD information.

Attorneys/Advocates (with generous and informative web sites)

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) ~ An independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc. ~ of New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. Works to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities. Provides information and referral and a broad range of advocacy services, including legal representation in numerous cases in state and federal courts.

Wrightslaw: The Special Ed Advocate ~ Excellent site.

Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities: ~ is a state-by-state listing of educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech language therapists, advocates, and attorneys, government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, and parent support groups.

Reed Martin Special Educational Advocacy Strategies ~ up to date information and strategies to secure rights of children with disabilities.

Autism

Aspen of New Jersey ~ A parent organization that provides information, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic & Research ~ Home Page provides information about autistic spectrum disorders and a range of services for children with PDD-NOS, Autism, NLD, and Asperger Syndrome.   Offers comprehensive transdisciplinary evaluations by leading experts in the field.

The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC) ~ provides information and advocacy, services, professional education and consultation on behalf of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding ~ Promotes social understanding between individuals with autistic spectrum disorders and those who interact with them in the home, school, and community through networking, conferences, and sharing resources.

Different Roads to Learning Autism ~ Provides (ABA) teaching tools, special education resources for parents and professionals.

Bipolar

Children and Adolescents Bipolar Foundation ~ Educates families, professionals, and the public about pediatric bipolar disorder.  Offers resources, support and advocacy.

Blind/Visual Impairments

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) ~ Part of the NJ Department of Human Services that provides services in the areas of education, employment, independence and eye health for persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community.

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) ~ It is a national nonprofit organization for people with vision loss. Promotes independent living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

National Federation of the Blind (NFB) ~ Provides advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence.

National Federation of the Blind in New Jersey ~ The New Jersey Chapter of the NFB provides training and advocacy to blind people and their families. Offers job referrals and placements. Helps the newly blinded learn techniques to enable them to maintain productive lives.  Provides information about governmental and private services, laws, and regulations concerning the blind.

National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) ~ Provides a free library program of Braille and audio materials.

Books on Tape

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An invaluable educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association (BIAA) ~ National organization serving individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Provides information, education and support.

Brain Injury Association of New Jersey ~ It is a statewide membership organization dedicated to providing education, outreach, prevention, advocacy and support services to all persons affected by brain injury and to the general public.

Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injury Related Sites ~ A fund of resources and links related to education, advocacy, support groups and resources for individuals affected by brain injuries.

Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy Association ~ The leading source of information on cerebral palsy.  Advocacy for persons with any disability.

Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey ~ Offers a wide array of services and support to children and adults with disabilities and to their families.

College/Post Secondary Education

American Council on Education (ACE) ~ A coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions. Seeks to provide leadership on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives.

Midwest Center for Post-secondary Outreach (MCPO) ~ Works primarily at an institutional level to increase the capacity of colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions to attract and serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind

National Association of the Deaf ~ Safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of deaf and hard of hearing Americans in a variety of areas including education, employment, health care and social services, and telecommunications.

Midwest Center for Post-secondary Outreach (MCPO) ~ Works primarily at an institutional level to increase the capacity of colleges, universities, and other post-secondary institutions to attract and serve Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

National Information Clearinghouse on Children who are Deaf-Blind (DB-LINK) ~ A federally funded service that provides extensive information and resources.

National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind (NTAC) ~ A federally funded service that provides technical assistance, professional development, consultation, to meet the needs of youth who are deaf-blind.

Northeast Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) ~ Information available for postsecondary students who are deaf.

Postsecondary Education Consortium (PEC) ~ Information available for postsecondary students who are deaf.

Western Region Outreach Center & Consortia (WROCC) ~ Information available for post-secondary students who are deaf.

Department of Education (DOE), Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) – Clearinghouses

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) ~ It is a national internet based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ~ Government agency that focuses on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through the age of twenty-one.

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Information Network ~ Provides comprehensive information, resources, and collaboration services to support and inform families, professionals and researchers involved in the case of individuals with Down syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Society ~ Provides education, research, and advocacy on behalf of individuals with down syndrome and their families.

Dyslexia

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) ~ It is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the community. Provides the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

Family Village Library ~ An excellent source for information about disabilities.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An invaluable educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

Educational Therapists and Informed Reading Programs

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) ~ It is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the community. Provides the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge.

Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA).

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.

International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER) ~ The ISER is a directory of professionals who serve the learning disabled and special education communities.

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education.

Wilson Language Training ~ Barbara and Ed Wilson are two of the most professional and generous people I have ever met.

Newgrange Education Center ~ Hamilton, N.J. Meets the educational needs of people with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals in the field. Offers tutoring and educational evaluations. Organizes conferences, seminars, and professional development.

Epilepsy

Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey ~ Dedicated to the education and support of people with developmental disabilities including epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, spina bifida and traumatic brain injury, their families, caregivers and health care professional.

Executive Function Deficit

Family Village Library ~ An excellent source for information about disabilities.

Fragile X

National Fragile X Foundation (NXFX).

Gifted/Learning Disabled

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) ~ Advocacy organization that provides information to educators, administrators, and parents.

Governmental

U.S. Department of Education.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) ~ It is a national internet based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.

Federal Resource Center for Special Education.

National Council on Disability.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Intellectual and Related Developmental Disabilities

The ARC of the United States (Mental Retardation) ~ A national organization for people with intellectual and related developmental disabilities and their families. Provides advocacy, supports, and services.

Best Buddies ~ Provides opportunities for one-to-one friendships.

Council on Quality and Leadership ~ A leader for quality of life for persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental illness, and the people, organizations and communities who support them.

Learning Disabilities – General

LD Online ~ Provides accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. Features helpful articles, monthly columns by noted experts, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) ~ Advocates for students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. ~ Provides support for children and adults with learning disabilities by providing resources, information, and referral services.

Schwab Foundation for Learning (SFL) ~ Provides information and referral to national and local resources.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) ~ A professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities and/or the gifted. Provides advocacy services, professional development, and sets professional standards to obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Council for Learning Disabilities ~ International organization consisting of professionals that promotes effective teaching and research to enhance the education of individuals with learning disabilities.

LD Resources ~ Rich site, many subjects, software for people with disabilities.

Family Village Library ~ An excellent source for information about disabilities.

All Kinds of Minds ~ Based upon the work of Dr. Mel Levine and his colleagues, conducts comprehensive evaluations, provides professional training and consultation to schools to foster the understanding of children with differences in learning.  A good resource for parents, students, educators, and clinicians.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) ~ The national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Their special focus is children and youth, from birth to age 22.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP) ~ A parent-directed family resource center serving children with special needs, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.

Legal Issue

DisabilityInfo.gov ~ It is the federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others.

The ADA Information Center ~ Provides training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and state and local governments.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) ~ Advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities. Helps professionals obtain resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates ~ Established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc. ~ New Jersey’s designated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. Works to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities. Provides information and referral and a broad range of advocacy services, including legal representation in numerous cases in state and federal courts.

Committee on Education and the Workforce ~ An informational website from the U.S. House of Representatives providing publications, current articles, information pertaining to hearings, press and legislations, and links to additional resources.

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF) ~ A national law and policy center that provides services including technical assistance, information and referrals on disability rights laws, legal advocacy, and legal representation.

IDEA Policymaker.

IDEA 2004 ~ Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments

Inclusive Education Web Site by The Renaissance Group ~ This site answers some of the most frequently asked questions on inclusion.

Policy Maker Partnership (PMP) for Implementing IDEA.

Legislation and the Law (including access to cases)

Findlaw ~ Search engine for legal information.

IDEA.

New Jersey Administrative Law Decisions ~ Full text archive of administration law decisions in New Jersey.

United States Code Legal Information Institute.

U.S. House of Representatives.

Mental Health

National Institutes of Health (NIH).

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ~ An institute of the National Institutes of Health that provides quality information on mental illness.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

OCD Online ~  A resource on issues relating to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) ~  Provides information, referral, education, and advocacy on behalf of children and adults living with mental illness and their families.

Mental Health Association of New Jersey ~  Provides advocacy, education, training and services for children and adults with mental illness.

Center for Mental Health in Schools (SMHP) ~  Pursues theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions.

Nonverbal Learning Disability

The Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA) ~ Promotes education, support, and advocacy for people with nonverbal learning disabilities, professionals, and family members.

NLDline ~ A web site devoted to increasing awareness of NLD among parents and professionals.  The site features articles and resource listings, personal stories, a bulletin board, and a Pen Pals section for children with NLD.

Yale Child Study Center ~ Offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations by leading experts in the field for children with social disabilities, focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention.

Aspen of New Jersey ~ A parent organization that provides information, support and advocacy to individuals and families affected by autism spectrum disorders.

NLD–BPROURKE.CA ~ Scientific journal articles and information prepared by B. Rourke and his colleagues regarding the clinical dimensions of the syndrome of NLD.

The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC) ~ Provides information and advocacy services, professional education and consultation on behalf of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD Online ~ A resource on issues relating to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The New Jersey Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Organizations providing helpful up-to-date information

Center for Mental Health in Schools (SMHP) ~  Pursues theory, research, practice and training related to addressing mental health and psychosocial concerns through school-based interventions.

All Kinds of Minds ~ Based upon the work of Dr. Mel Levine and his colleagues, conducts comprehensive evaluations, provides professional training and consultation to schools to foster the understanding of children with differences in learning.  A good resource for parents, students, educators, and clinicians.

Persuasive Developmental Disorder

Yale Child Study Center ~ Offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations by leading experts in the field for children with social disabilities, focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention.

The New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC) ~ Provides information and advocacy services, professional education and consultation on behalf of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders.

Private Schools for Exceptional Children

Dyslexia

The Craig School ~ Mountain Lakes, N.J., a private day program for children with learning differences. Specializes in a language based curriculum for children in grades three through eight, of at least average ability with dyslexia, auditory processing deficits, and ADHD.

The Craig Upper School ~ Located in Lincoln Park, N.J., the Craig Upper School is a private high school program for students in grades nine through twelve who have learning differences.

The Banyan School ~ Located in Fairfield, N.J., a private, state approved elementary and middle school for students with average or above average intelligence whose academic success has been compromised by a primary learning disability.

The Banyan High School ~ Located in Little Falls, N.J., a private, day school for students whose academic performance has been compromised by a range of specific learning disabilities. Banyan offers a well-rounded program of academic, college preparatory and vocational courses, which prepare students for higher education or employment.

The Community School ~ Located in Teaneck, N.J., Separate elementary and high school programs provide bright students with learning disabilities and attention deficits a strong specialized academic program.

The Cambridge School ~ Pennington, N.J., a nurturing private day program for children, in grades one through eight, who have been diagnosed with primary language based learning differences.

The Newgrange School ~ Hamiliton, N.J. A private day program for children, ages seven through eighteen, with language based and other related learning disabilities.

The Kildonan School ~ Located in Amenia, N.Y., Kildonan is a private day and residential program that offers a quality education for children with dyslexia.  A unique aspect of the program is the one-on-one tutorial based on the principals of Orton-Gillingham language training.

Greenwood School ~ A boarding school in Southern Vermont dedicated to boys, ages nine through fifteen,  with learning differences and learning disabilities (LD) such as dyslexia, attentional difficulties (ADD / ADHD), or executive functioning deficits.

Pine Ridge School ~ A private boarding school in Williston, Vermont offering a highly structured and individualized program for students ages nine through eighteen who have Dyslexia, Language based and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. The four major components of the program—academic, remedial, residential/social, and athletic/recreational—are designed and coordinated to address every aspect of learning disabilities as they affect student growth and learning. Excellent program with well trained and informed staff.

Emotional Growth

The Windsor Schools ~ Located in Pompton Lakes, N.J., the school consists of two programs offering alternative education for students with Attention Deficit Disorder and behavioral concerns, the Windsor Learning Center (K-5) and The Windsor School (6-8). Both programs feature a strong academic emphasis in addition to a structured behavior modification system, and routine counseling sessions for each student. I have found placements at the Windsor Schools to be highly successful.

Sage Day School ~ Three campuses located in Boonton (Middle School), Rochelle Park and Somerset (High School campuses) New Jersey. Sage Day is a private day placement for students who have been diagnosed as suffering from depression, school phobia, anxiety, and similar disorders.

Elan School ~ Located in the vicinity of Lewiston and Portland, Maine, Elan is a coeducational boarding college-preparatory and general academic school for adolescents with emotional, behavioral, or adjustment problems in grades seven through twelve.

Provo Canyon School ~ Residential treatment facility for adolescents, ages twelve through seventeen, manifesting severe emotional, behavioral, and learning difficulties.

Three Springs Schools ~ Offers several residential programs for adolescents with varying degrees of emotional and behavioral issues. Programs include short and long term outdoor therapeutic, secure residential, and transitional living programs.

Executive Function Deficits

Brehm Preparatory School ~ Brehm school provides a good transitional program: development of study skills and social communication skills.

Landmark School.

Maplebrook School ~ This school provides support in life skills and social communications for those with mild cognitive challenges.

General

New Jersey Department of Education ~ Provides easy access to all of the state’s information related to the education of children in New Jersey. Includes a directory of private in state and out of state schools for the disabled approved by N.J.

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (NAPSEC).

Special Needs Secondary Schools ~ A list of special needs secondary schools located all over the nation. Each school links to a page with a short profile. Among such schools are Eagle Hill School, the Elan School, Maplebrook School, Pine Ridge School, CEDU School, and Landmark School.  This site allows for quick information and may help you get started on your search to match a secondary school and a child with special needs!

LD Generally

Eagle Hill School Hardwick, MA ~ One of my favorite schools for children with pragmatic, paralinguistic, and social communications deficiencies (about 1/3rd of the school population) and/or a more global LD profile without social communications deficits (about 2/3rds of the school population). Eagle Hill is an internationally known boarding school providing co- educational services on a campus that fosters a sense of community between students and staff.

Forman School ~ Focus on learning differences.

Gow School ~ Focus on learning differences.

Greenwood School ~ Focus on learning differences.

Landmark School.

Nonverbal LD

Brehm Preparatory School ~ Brehm school provides a good transitional program: development of study skills and social communication skills.

Craig School ~ Mountain Lakes, N.J., day program for children with learning differences.

Eagle Hill School Hardwick, MA ~ One of my favorite schools for children with pragmatic, paralinguistic, and social communications deficiencies (about 1/3rd of the school population) and/or a more global LD profile without social communications deficits (about 2/3rds of the school population). Eagle Hill is an internationally known boarding school providing co- educational services on a campus that fosters a sense of community between students and staff.

Greenwood School ~ Focus on learning differences.

Pine Ridge School ~ A private boarding school in Williston, Vermont offering a highly structured and individualized program for students ages nine through eighteen who have Dyslexia, Language based and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. The four major components of the program—academic, remedial, residential/social, and athletic/recreational—are designed and coordinated to address every aspect of learning disabilities as they affect student growth and learning. Excellent program with well trained and informed staff.

Professional Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) ~ the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) ~ promotes educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.

American Psychological Association (APA).

American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children (NAPSEC) ~ Association of private special education schools that serve both privately and publicly placed children with disabilities.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) ~ Promotes and supports educational programs for students with disabilities. Provides services to State agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children ~ A national network of local, state, and early childhood organizations dedicated to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.

Reading and Literacy

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) ~ A non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. Provides the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge to improve educational outcomes.

International Reading Association (IRA) ~ Seeks to promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction through studying the reading processes and teaching techniques; serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of reading research through conferences, journals, and other publications; and actively encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

Literacy Volunteers of America (LVA) ~ National organization that provides literacy opportunities for adults.

National Reading Panel ~ A government panel of experts charged to report on what works!

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) ~ An educational resource providing recorded materials for all people who cannot read standard print because of a visual perceptual, learning, or physical disability.

Special Education – Education

Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF).

Health Resource Center (American Council on Education).

National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators (NCITE).

National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS).

Special Education Resources on the Internet.

Speech-Language-Hearing

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) ~ The professional, credentialing association of audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. This site is a resource for ASHA members, and persons interested in information about communication disorders.

Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida Association of America ~ Serves adults and children who live with the challenges of spina bifida.  Provides education, advocacy, research and services.

Spina Bifida Association of the Tri-State Region ~ Promotes the prevention of spina bifida through advocacy, education, collaboration, public awareness, research and programs.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) ~ Part of NIH, provides information regarding the characteristics of Spina Bifida, treatment, prognosis, current research, organizations, and resources.

Tourettes Syndrome

Tourettes Syndrome Association, Inc. ~ Offers education, resources, referrals, and advocacy services to help people and their families cope with the problems that occur with Tourette Syndrome.

Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey ~ Provides information, referral, advocacy, education, professional development on behalf of people with TS, their families, and the school and professional communities who serve them.

Williams Sydrome

Williams Syndrome Association ~ The source of the latest information about Williams Syndrome. Provides information on the most up to date educational strategies and medical treatments; maintains an extensive library of article and tapes.