Resources for Parents and Teachers in Special Education

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Raising a special needs child can be a very challenging task. Parents often cannot handle the job on their own and need support in order to provide their child with as many advantages as possible. Teachers of special needs students also need guidance and resources to help their students reach their full potential. When both parents and teachers know where they can go for assistance concerning special needs issues, it becomes a win-win situation for all included, especially for the children.

Below are resources for parents and teachers of special needs children. The links cover examples of conditions that lead to learning disabilities, support for parents, special education resources for teachers, and advocacy organizations.

What Causes Special Needs in a Child?

Autism Society: Autism information and resources for individuals, families, and professionals.

The National Fragile X Foundation: Education and support resources for individuals and families affected by Fragile X syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet: Information about Asperger syndrome from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Mental Retardation: Fact sheet about mental retardation, with information on causes, symptoms, treatments, and more.

National Down Syndrome Society: Information about Down syndrome along with resources and support for individuals and families.

Parent Info and Support

Family Village: This site provides links to disability-related resources.

Ability Online: An Internet community for those with disabilities and their families.

Raising Special Kids: An organization in Arizona that consists of families helping families to raise special needs children.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs: This organization provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities and their communities.

Parents of Children with Special Needs: This site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families provides links to organizations and groups where parents can find information and support for raising special needs children.

Teaching Special Education

National Association of Special Education Teachers: Resources and information for special education teachers and those looking to enter the field.

Resources in Special Education: A site from Michigan State University that provides resources and support for those working with special needs students.

Inclusion: This page is for educators and parents and provides information about how inclusive education can be accomplished.

The Educator’s Reference Desk: Special Education: This page contains links to other sites, organizations, and communities that deal with special education issues.

American Academy of Special Education Professionals: This organization is dedicated to bringing together special education professionals from across the United States. They provide resources, publications, and professionals development for their members.

Useful Special Education Teaching Products

Chalk Markers: Useful for re-writing on a variety of non-porous surfaces to enhance creativity.

Chalkboard Contact Paper: Useful to turn most surfaces into writing areas for the above liquid chalk markers.

Chalk Ink Cleaner: Cleaner in case the chalk markers above are used on the wrong surface.

Advocacy Organizations

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Association that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Kids Together: The mission of this organization is to promote inclusive communities. The site provides information and resources for children and adults with disabilities.

Organization of Special Needs Families: The goal of this organization is to support community integration for individuals with special needs.

The Children’s Advocacy Project of Philadelphia: The goal of this groups is to assist families, health care professionals, and social service providers by connecting families in need within the Philadelphia area to the appropriate social service agencies.

Child Advocacy Organizations: This page contains links to other child advocacy sites.

Additional Resources

DisABILITY Information and Resources: Links to disability-related information and resources.

Special Education: Several lesson plans and strategies to use in the special education classroom.

LD Online: This web site provides information and resources about learning disabilities for parents and teachers.

DREAMMS for Kids: Assistive Technology for Children With Special Needs: This page provides links to resources on special education and assistive and adaptive technology for special education students and adults.

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