Internet Resources for Special Children
“An attempt to bring together valuable information for parents, educators, medical professionals, etc. who interact with children who have disabilities.” Descriptions and valuable resources on various children’s disabilities, e.g., Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Down Syndrome; and information on financial planning, laws, rights and parenting/support resources.
The Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children is the “largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.” Site includes ERIC clearinghouse on disabilities and gifted education; links to the ERIC database and to Exceptional child Education Resources; digests, fact sheets and frequently asked questions; public policy and legislative information.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Includes award-winning “facts for families” – fact sheets providing concise and up-to-date material on issues such as the autistic child, child sexual abuse, children’s major psychiatric disorders.
“A web page devoted to raising kids with special needs.” Includes reading lists, nutrition tips, links to autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome newsgroups.
Special Education Resources on the Internet: “A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.” Comprehensive in its links to resources and information.
Advocates for Children
A New York City-based organization which “for over 25 years…has worked in partnership with New York City’s most impoverished and vulnerable families to secure quality and equal public education services;” provides legal services, individual case representation, public education, training, organizing, research and policy analysis, impact litigation.
Family & Advocates Partnership in Education
“The Partnership is a new project which aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA 97), a law which supports the achievement of high standards for the 5.8 million children eligible for special education in the U.S.”
Families Together in NYS
A non-profit, parent-run organization that “strives to establish a unified voice for children with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges.” Their mission is to “ensure that every family has access to needed information, support, and services.”
A site containing a wealth of information for parents, attorneys, advocates, and educators on special education law and regulations pertaining to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Parent to Parent of New York State
A program dedicated to connecting and supporting families of individuals with special needs through such services as parent matching, parent training and information, and assistance with educational advocacy.
Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP)
The Relatives as Parents Program is designed to assist grandparents and other relative caregivers who have taken on the role of primary caregiver for related children. RAPP provides education, training to learn new parenting and coping skills, mutual peer support groups, inter-generational activities, respite, referrals and access to appropriate community based services and resources.
“A multidisciplinary internet resource for parents of special needs children, as well as attorneys, special education administrators, teachers, psychologists, and others with a need for information relating to Special Education law.”