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Special Education Related Websites

The following are special education-related websites which may be useful to parents, teachers and service providers:

(NOTE: The appearance of a site on this list does not constitute an endorsement by either the Diagnostic Center, Northern California, or the California Department of Education, nor are they responsible for the content of the sites listed.)

Autism Society of America
A leading source of information and referral on autism.

California Parent Training & Information Centers
A list of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
The nation's leading nonprofit organization serving individuals with ADHD. 

Council for Exceptional Children-Division for Learning Disabilities
Information and resources for teaching children with learning disabilities.

National Institute of Mental Health 
Information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and many other disabilities and illnesses.

Special Education Services and Resources 
Programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities and recruitment resources and materials.

California Education and Other Codes

Specialized Media & Technology
The California Dept. of Education provides FREE Braille, large-print, audio cassettes and American Sign Language VideoBooks to California's public schools.

California Department of Education
Information on teaching, learning, school funding, and special, alternative and continuation education. A must see site!

CDE - Special Education Services and Resource
Programs and services available to students with disabilities, publications, training and technical assistance opportunities, and recruitment resources and materials.

CDE - Special Education Laws, Regulations, & Policies
Federal and state legislation, laws, regulations, policies, legal advisories, and guidance.

CDE - Special Education Family Involvement & Partnerships
Resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities.

This website is an electronic database of information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available in the United States.

SERI - Special Education Resources on the Internet
This site provides connections to a variety of sites related to special education.

EDC - Education Development Center, Inc.
EDC promotes effective use of technology to enhance education for special needs students.

Equal Access to Software & Information
This site promotes information access to students and professionals with disabilities.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
A central source of information on IDEA, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities) and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center
Matrix offers families of children with special needs support, information, training, and advice. Serving 4 counties: Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma.

Parents Helping Parents (PHP)
Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a non-profit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center. PHP provides lifetime guidance, supports and services to children with any special need, their families and the professionals who serve them.

California Speech-Language-Hearing Association
CSHA is a professional non-profit organization to promote speech and hearing to children and adults with communication and related challenges.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 140,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

California Association of School Psychologists (CASP)
The California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) is the statewide membership organization for school psychologists in California.

Office for Civil Rights
OCR helps to protect you from discrimination in certain healthcare and social service programs.

National Association of School Psychologists
NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.

The California Association of Resource Specialists
CARS+ is the only organization whose sole purpose is to represent the unique needs of resource specialists and other special education teachers. The California Association of Resource Specialists was founded in 1981 as a non-profit association dedicated to the support of resource specialists.

LD Resources
LD Resources connects visitors to a variety of learning disability resources, including the option to subscribe to the online publication, The LD Reader.

CAST - Center for Applied Special Technology
CAST is an educational, non-profit organization that promotes the use of technology to expand opportunities for all people.

IBM Accessibility Human Ability & Accessibility Center
Accessibility technologies put information and technology within reach of the general population with the goal of creating end-to-end accessibility for all users. This category includes hardware- and software-assistant technology for users with disabilities.

RESNA - Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America
RESNA's purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology. They serve that purpose by promoting research, development, education, advocacy and provision of technology; and by supporting the people engaged in these activities.

C.H.A.D.D. - Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
The nation's leading non-profit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members in 200 local chapters throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.