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Organizations for self-advocates
Advocacy sites
Educators' sites
Organizations helping families
Governmental sites
Repositories of information
On-line magazines
Organizations for disabilities in general
Organizations for inclusion
Organizations for specific disabilities



Please take some time to explore some of the great places on the Web which can give you information you can use.  Try looking through some of these links to enhance your understanding of disabilities and to familiarize yourself with laws, organizations, and resources pertaining to people with special needs.

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Organizations for Self-Advocates:

Name Description
People First and Other Self-Advocacy… International listing of People First and other groups of and for self-advocates
Self-Advocates Being Empowered Association of self-advocates from the U.S. and Canada
Speaking Out Organization for self-advocates
World Assn. of Persons with Disabilities International organization of self-advocates with disabilities
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Advocacy Web Sites:

Name Description
Advocates Across America For parents, professionals, and advocates for special needs children
Bazelon Advocates for persons with mental disabilities
California Protection and Advocacy Loaded with information; check out the Web links
Council of Parent Attys. and Advocates COPAA has list of attorneys, legal updates
Disability Rights Ed.and Defense Fund Nat'l law and policy center. Advocates for persons with disabilities
National Protection and Advocacy Assn. of agencies that advocate for persons with mental and developmental disabilities
Reed Martin Has laws, strategies, stories, and more.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids Organization of parents providing advocacy for persons with disabilities
Wright's Law Has great newsletter, updates on court cases, strategies, etc.
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Educators' sites:

Name Description
Eduhound Everything for educators K-12
Yours, Mine, Ours By teachers for inclusion
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Organizations helping families:

Name Description
Fathers Network. Supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities
Parents Helping Parents Nexus for families to share support, information, experiences, etc.
Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. Helping families in the New York metropolitan area to find resources.
Special Child Help for families with special needs children for families with special needs children
Technical Assistance Alliance Technical assistance for parent centers
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Governmental sites:

Name Description
CA Department of Developmental Services Has links to Regional Centers' home pages, the Lanterman Act, describes DD services in CA
CA DOE Special Education Division Has database for non-public schools and non-public agencies
Florida Developmental. Disabilities Council Guides the development of services for persons with DD in Florida
National Eye Institute Has clinical data base, research information and eye health education
Nat'l Inst.on Deafness and Other Com. Dis. Has health information, research, parents' section for persons who are deaf
NY State Developmental Disability Council Guides the direction NY serves persons with developmental disabilities
Social Security Administration Has information about SSI, SS Disability, other benefits
The Access Board Committed to accessibility, has related information
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division Enforces civil rights laws
U.S. DOE Office of Spec. Ed. Programs. (OSEP) Contains latest reenactment of IDEA
U.S.Department of Justice ADA Division Division of DOJ that enforces the ADA
US DOE Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Enforces Section 504, protects against discrimination in education
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Repositories of information:

Name Description
Animated Amer.Sign Language Directory You can actually watch how to sign the information you want to communicate in ASL
Cornucopia of Disability Information Extensive informational site.
Deaf Library Plethora of resources for persons who are deaf
Developmental Delay Resources Loads of stuff about developmental disabilities
Disability Etiquette Handbook Great suggestions for more appropriate behavior for the non-disabled
Disability Links Barn Has incredible list of links
Disability Mall Has resources, products
Disability Resource Resources about many disabilities
ERIC Clearinghouse Extremely extensive gathering of materials for all disabilities
Family Village Vast array of information for persons with disabilities
IEP Resources Good place to check out before your next IEP
Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) Individual Education Plan materials
Information and resources for dyslexia Good reference tool for persons with dyslexia
Internet Resources for Special Children Wow, very comprehensive, well organized site
Learning Disabilities On-line Resources for persons with learning disabilities
Nat'l.Inf.Ctr.for Children and Youth with... NICHCY is a terrific place to get the latest information
Palaestra Forum of sport, physical education and recreation for those with disabilities
Three Rivers Free Net Well organized, easy-to-use
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On-line magazines:

Name Description
Disability Forum On-line magazine for persons with disAbilities
Exceptional Parent Magazine Outstanding parenting magazine for families with persons with disabilities
Mainstream Magazine Written for and by persons with disabilities
Mouth Magazine Rights magazine whose readers' only special needs are for human rights and straight talk
The Ragged Edge Magazine Up-to-date news through the eyes of persons with disabilities
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Organizations for disabilities in general:

Name Description
Fed. Interagency Coordinating Council Ensures that all from 0 to 8yrs.old benefit from a seamless support system
National Center to Improve Special Educ. Promotes effective use of technology to improve education for disabled children
National Easter Seals Tons of great information, links to local Easter Seals
NY Rehabilitation Association Association of agencies that deliver rehabilitative services
The Council for Exceptional Children International professional organization committed to improving educational outcomes
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Organizations for inclusion:

Name Description
Cal-Tash For equity, diversity, social justice and inclusion
Circle of Inclusion Promotes successful inclusion
Mercaz Harmony Int'l Center for Inclusion
National Organization on Disability. Promotes full and equal participation
Special Needs Advocate For Parents. Provides information, advocacy and referrals
The Oaks Group Advocates for persons with disabilities
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Organizations for specific disabilities:

Name Description
ADD Special Needs Resources Information for people with ADD
American Council of the Blind Council committed to improved quality of life for persons who are blind
American Mental Health Alliance National mental health organization
Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the US National organization for those with Asperger's Syndrome
Autism Society of America National organization for persons with autism
Autism Society of Los Angeles. Excellent resources for everybody
Brain Injury Association, Inc. Organization for persons with brain injury
Canine Companions for Independence Organization that promotes the use of dogs to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities
Down's Syndrome Comprehensive compilation of information about Down's Syndrome
International Dyslexia Organization World-wide organization has current information on dyslexia. Has kids' section
Learning Disabilities National Organization National organization for persons with learning disabilities
Nat'l Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. Information for persons with rare disorders
Sensory Integration Int'l./The Ayres Clinic. Has therapist data base
The Arc National organization for persons with mental retardation and their families
Tourette's Syndrome Association National organization for persons with Tourettes' Syndrome
United Cerebral Palsy Loaded with information valuable to everybody
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