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California Advocates
"Serving families and students needing knowledge and support for IEPs and 504 plans." California Advocates represent a diversity of experiences and strategies to assist you in the complex interaction between school, district, and family regarding special education (IDEA) and Section 504.

California Association of Family Empowerment Centers
The purpose of the California Association of Family Empowerment Centers is to provide information, resources, technical assistance, and systems change advocacy for a statewide network of local Family Empowerment Centers who provide family education, empowerment, and parent-professional collaborative activities for families of children with disabilities ages 3-22 year old.

California Services for Technical Assistance and Training

CalSTAT provides professionals and families opportunities to acquire knowledge and gain skills necessary to improve outcomes for all children, including those with special needs.

Center for Applied Special Technology
A non-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.

Child Care Law Center (CCLC)
CCLC is a national nonprofit legal services organization that uses legal tools to make high quality, affordable child care available to every child, every family, and every community. Devoted exclusively to the complex legal issues that affect child care, encompassing public benefits, civil rights, housing, economic development, family violence, regulation and licensing, and land use.

Cornucopia of Disability Information (CODI)
CODI serves as a community resource by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s.

Disability Rights California
PAI works in partnership with people with disabilities - to protect, advocate for and advance their human, legal and service rights. We strive toward a society that values all people and supports their rights to dignity, freedom, choice and quality of life.

Disability Rights Education Defense Fund (DREDF)
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, DREDF is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC)
IRSC web site is dedicated to children with disabilities and other health related disorders worldwide, acting as a central starting point that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities. The mission is to improve the lives of these children by: providing valuable information to parents, family members, caregivers, friends, educators, and medical professionals who provide services and support; creating positive changes and enhancing public awareness and knowledge of children with disabilities and other health related disorders; providing Online Communities-a place to ask questions or connect with others who may have the same questions, thoughts, and/or experiences; provide access to recent news articles and books.

KidNeeds.com
A worldwide resource that provides children with special needs, families and other caregivers with access to comprehensive information and resources; professional opinions on important topics; read about public health policy initiatives; and learn about local, statewide and national advocacy efforts on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

Kids Together, Inc.
A nonprofit organization co-founded by parents and organized by volunteers, and is designed to promote inclusive communities where all people belong. This site contains a variety of helpful information and resources for inclusion. There are sections for individuals with disabilities, parents, siblings, educators, businesses and communities.

Matrix, A Parent Network and Resource Center
Matrix, A Parent Network and Resource Center is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1983 to serve families of children with disabilities in the North Bay. Matrix currently has offices in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

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

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Sponsors research related to learning disabilities and other reading/literacy related issues.

Parents Helping Parents
Helping children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education and other services they need to achieve their full potential by providing them with strong families and dedicated professionals to serve them.

Policymaker Partnership for Implementing IDEA
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 landmark amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Put Reading First: Helping Your Child learn to Read (A Parent Guide)
The National Reading Panel's Publication Put Reading First: Helping Your Child Learn to Read (A Parent Guide) is designed to help parents engender in their young children (preschool through third grade) early literacy skills and an interest in reading.

Response to Intervention Parent Resource Guide
The National Center for Learning Disabilities parent guide to RTI.

Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California
The Rowell Family Empowerment (RFENC) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1995. All of their services are free to families and supported through grants, donations, and fundraising activities. They are a designated California Family Resource Center, a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center, and a state supported Family Empowerment Center. They have other programs as well that serve people with disabilities and their families.

Schwab Foundation for Learning
A parents guide to helping kids with learning disabilities.

Sensory Processing Disorder
SPD Parent Connections (SPD PC) is a grassroots network that provides support, information, and understanding to anyone who lives with a child who has a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or wants to learn more about these developmental disorders.

Wrightslaw
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. Begin your search for information in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics.


Early Childhood

California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC)
CAEYC is one of the more than 430 active affiliate groups of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1953, has over 10,000 members in 9 sections, and over 50 chapters. The purpose is to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources to adults who work with and for children birth through age eight.

California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCCRRN)
CCCRRN is the oldest system of child care resource and referral (R&R) agencies in the United States. It is a private, nonprofit organization that exists outside the public sector, but maintains a connection to the state through its member agencies, which combines practical knowledge at the local level with extensive experience in working on state and national child care policy. CCCRRN has facilitated effective links and partnerships with the private sector, developed creative solutions building on unique perspectives on child care needs and issues that come directly from parents and providers served by the sixty local R&R agencies in every county in the state.

California Children & Families Commission (CCFC)
CCFC (a.k.a. First Five-California) began in 1998--designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services, through the integration of health care, quality child care, parent education, and effective intervention programs for children and families at risk.

California Early Start
A child with or at risk of developmental delay or disability can receive an "Early Start" in the State of California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services to eligible children.

California Services for Technical Assistance and Training
CalSTAT provides professionals and families opportunities to acquire knowledge and gain skills necessary to improve outcomes for all children, including those with special needs.

Center for Early Education & Development (CEED)
CEED provides information regarding young children (birth to age eight), including children with special needs, in the areas of education, child care, child development, and family education. The website contains information about CEED activities, including research, training, and publications geared toward improving professional practices, supporting parents, and informing policy development.

Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy
The mission of the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy is to influence public policy by enlarging the knowledge base about families and young children. The Center's work focuses on practices and policies which prevent poor birth outcomes, build strong families, promote maternal and child health and development, and prevent disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) -Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
Founded in 1973, CEC-DEC is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs (includes those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, and are at risk of future developmental problems), birth through age eight, and their families. Publications include: The Journal of Early Intervention and Young Exceptional Children.

Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion (ECRII)
ECRII was a five year national research project funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education to study the inclusion of preschool children with disabilities in typical preschool, day care and community settings. The project ended on August 31, 2001.

Early Childhood Resource Center
ECRC promotes the optimal development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers by providing training and other assistance that translates developmental research to best practices for practitioners and policy makers. Supported by the latest findings in educational, psychological, behavioral, and neuroscience research, our professional consultants emphasize ways to nurture supportive relationships between very young children and the adults who care for them.

Infant Development Association of California (IDA)
IDA is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to optimal developmental, social, and emotional outcomes for infants, birth to three, with a broad range of special needs, and their families. IDA advocates for improved, effective prevention and early intervention services, and provides information, education, and training to parents, professionals, decision makers, and others.

Infant-Toddler Consortium of California
A collaboration of individuals and child care agencies dedicated to advancing the quality of infant and toddler care, including children with disabilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Founded in 1926, NAEYC is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. With over 100,000 members and a national network of nearly 450 local, state, and regional affiliates working together to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high quality early childhood programs.

National Center for Early Development & Learning (NCEDL)
A national early childhood research project supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research & Improvement & operated by the FPG Child Development Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. NCEDL focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social & emotional development of all children from birth to age eight.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC supports the implementation of the early childhood provision of IDEA. The mission is to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate, and family-centered supports and services. Includes the Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education-linking people and knowledge. Through working relationships with knowledge producers and users at all levels: researchers, policy makers, practitioners, families and advocates for young children with special needs, identify new information resources and enter them into the ERIC database, for retrieval by anyone through library or web access.

National Network for Child Care (NNCC)
NNCC unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities through the outreach system of Cooperative Extension with an 80-year history of working in the areas of child care and early childhood development. Outreach efforts strongly impact international, national, state and local efforts. The goal is to share knowledge about children, including those with special needs, and child care from the vast resources of universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public, and network with committed individuals around the country to bring practical information and resources that will be useful in everyday work with children.

Zero to Three
Since 1977, has been a leading resource on the first three years of life, a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners, and communities to promote the healthy development of infants and toddlers. Multi-disciplinary focus that brings together infant and family professionals, uniting the fields of medicine, mental health, research, science, child development, and education, focusing on the needs of the "whole baby"--in the context of the family and community.


Behavior Intervention

Behavior Home Page
The purpose is to provide a format that allows school personnel, parents, and other professionals to gain access to information, to share effective practices, and to receive ongoing consultation and technical assistance concerning the full range of behavior problems and challenges displayed by children and youth in school and community settings, as well as other behavioral issues that may affect their success in school.

Functional Behavior Assessment
An IEP Team's introduction to functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans.

Functional Behavior and Assessment Plans
This collection of resources includes sample policies, plans, definitions, and general information about FBA and BIP.

Functional Behavioral Assessment and Positive Behavior Support
A web site with resources on Positive Behavior Support, information on publications, and education law and discipline.

Multimodal Functional Behavioral Assessment
Read an introduction to functional behavioral assessment online, explore a training presentation outline about FBAs and BIPs, or download a copy of the PowerPoint97 for Windows presentation used in the actual training.

Positive Approaches to Challenging Behavior: High-Probability Request Sequence and Embedding
This intervention strategy can be implemented to increase children's participation in activities and reduce escape-motivated challenging behavior.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The center focuses on dissemination of research-validated school-wide disciplinary practices and systems that foster positive learning and teaching environments.


Teacher Resources

California Services for Technical Assistance and Training
CalSTAT provides professionals and families opportunities to acquire knowledge and gain skills necessary to improve outcomes for all children, including those with special needs.

The Partnership for Reading
This site of resources for parents and educators from The Partnership for Reading--a collaborative effort by the National Institute for Literacy, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Department of Education--features the finding of evidence-based reading research for anyone interested in helping all people learn to read. First established in 2000, the partnership is now authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Includes A Child Becomes a Reader (for early childhood and k-3), as well as materials on adolescent and adult literacy.

School Readiness Indicators Initiative
This website of the School Readiness Indicators Initiative works with 17 states to develop a comprehensive set of school readiness indicators to inform public policy for young children and their families. The site provides links to publications and websites that cover a wide range of school readiness topics; meeting agendas, presentations, proceedings, and resources from the organization; and information about the various states involved.

Special Education in an Era of School Reform: Preparing Special Education Teachers
This free, online publication examines three principles that are driving change in the practices of teacher preparation: collaboration and cross-disciplinary training; general and special education interface; and field-based training for partnerships between higher education and public schools.

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)
SERI is a collection of internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line special education resources more easily and readily available in one location - is continually modified, updated, and additional informative links are added when available.

Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction
The National Reading Panel's publication Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction. This final report of the National Institue of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) assesses the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read.

Teaching Every Student
The Teaching Every Student section of the CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) website supports educators in learning about and practicing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The site includes "Ideas & Information" (printable publication, presentations, and other online resources related to UDL); "Tools & Activities" (web-based and downloadable tutorials, templates, and activities to put the ideas of UDL into practice); and "Community & Support" (opportunities to communicate and obtain support from other educators exploring and teaching with UDL).

Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science: What Expert Teacher of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do
This report from the National Federation of Teachers discusses teacher preparation in reading; reviews the reading research; and describes the essential knowledge base for teacher candidates.


Specific Disabilities

ADDitude (magazine on ADD/ADHD)
The happy healthy lifestyle magazine for people with ADD.

Autism Society of America
The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families, to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.

Center for Academic and Reading Skills
The Center for Academic and Reading Skills (CARS) conducts research on how reading and other academic skills develop in normal children, children who are underachievers, and children who are academically disabled. It also focuses on:

  • Putting research results into classrooms by disseminating information to teachers, curriculum developers and teacher educators.
  • Implementing prototypes of teacher training and program monitoring.
  • Developing improved methods to evaluate student performance and prevent reading difficulties, especially in the first three years of school.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
To support and promote a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance. To achieve that goal, the Center is dedicated to a policy of collaboration at Federal, State, and local levels that contributes to and facilitates the production, exchange, and use of knowledge about effective practices.

Council for Learning Disabilities
The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization that promotes effective teaching and research. CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and who are committed to the development of individuals with learning disabilities.

International Dyslexia Association
An international, non-profit organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia.

LD Online
Offers a vast array of information on topics within the area of learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Association
The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization. Our purpose is to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest disabilities of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
A web site good for broadening your understanding of NLD, a developmental disability which all too often goes undiagnosed.


State of California

California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA)
In order to meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), California must show evidence that all students are included in our statewide assessment and accountability system. California Department of Education (CDE) is required to develop and implement an alternate assessment for children with disabilities who cannot take part in general statewide assessment programs. The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) will be an alternate to California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) and will meet the requirement for an alternate assessment. Click on the link to get more information.

California Children & Families Commission (CCFC)
CCFC (a.k.a. First Five-California) began in 1998-designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services, through the integration of health care, quality child care, parent education, and effective intervention programs for children and families at risk.

California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
DDS is the agency through which the state provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.

California Department of Education - Special Education
This web site contains information/links on: Announcements, Information in Administration, Fiscal and Support Departments, Family Involvement/Partnerships, General Information, Interactive Databases, Laws, Regulations and Policies, Quality Assurance Process, and Resources.

California Department of Rehabilitation
The mission of the Department of Rehabilitation is to assist Californians with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment and maximizing their ability to live independently in their communities.

California Early Start
A child with or at risk of developmental delay or disability can receive an "Early Start" in the State of California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists can evaluate and assess an infant or toddler and provide appropriate early intervention services to eligible children.

California Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws
The recently updated database containing California Special Education Programs: A Composite of Laws (Twenty-Fifth Edition 2003) from the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is now avialable online, listing all laws and regulations that were added, amended, or repealed effective January 1, 2003.

No Child Left Behind
This official No Child Left Behind site from the California Department of Education provides current news on the legislation as it affects California.

Resources in Special Education
Develops and disseminates information on current issues, new research and effective programs.

RiSE Library This free RiSE library is open to any California resident interested in services and support for individuals with special needs. Library loans are for three weeks from the date of postmark. This link will take you to the Parents Helping Parents Library resources page. Both links, Parents Helping Parents Library and RiSE Library, are accessable here.


United States/Federal

U.S. Department of Education-Special Education Programs
Provides the latest information regarding national special education issues.

Western Regional Resource Center
Part of a network of technical assistance agencies funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

 
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