Special Needs & Disabilities
NICHCY (The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities is a referral center that provides information on disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals, with a special emphasis on birth to 22 years. This is the best website for general special needs information and is a good starting place for new parents of special needs children. It contains many Fact Sheets and papers that can be downloaded for free.)
Types of Childhood Disabilities and Other Special Needs (Here you will find resources, practical and current information about a wide range of childhood disorders and special needs, carefully described and researched by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. Most of the information is available in both English and Spanish.)
www.danieljvance.com (Daniel J. Vance and his wife are raising and homeschooling a 10-year-old daughter with spina bifida and a 9-year-old son. His self-syndicated weekly newspaper column, "Disabilities," has been published in more than 190 newspapers. If not in your local newspaper, you can receive it free each week via email by request, and you can also read the column on his website.)
Fisher Price Special Needs Guide (Fisher Price offers activities for helping your special needs child. Their recommendations for children with special needs emphasize play stages—not ages—because all children develop at different rates.)
Let's Play! Project (Play is how kids grow; it's what they do. All children need opportunities to discover and actively explore the world around them. However, for many young children with disabilities, play is often limited. The Let’s Play Project at the University of Buffalo, Center for Assistive Technology, provides tips on selecting toys for children with disabilities, and offers free downloadable resources.)
Parent Pals Special Education Resources (A special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support.)
Family Village (A global community of disability-related information for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide services and support.)
Come-Unity (Articles and resources for parenting children with special needs or disabilities.)
Disabled Online (An online directory of resources to benefit people with disabilities including employment opportunities, recreational programs, and travel destinations. Also provides interactive tools, chat rooms and classifieds.)
www.SpecialNeeds.com (An online book store that specializes in books, videos, DVDs and related items about disabilities and special needs.)
www.nathhan.com (National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network - NATHHAN - the website for Christian Families Homeschooling Special Needs Children, equipping parents to confidently raise their children with special needs or disabilities.)
Homeschooling Special Needs (Ten Steps to Successfully Homeschool Children with Special Needs.)
Disability is Natural (Thought-provoking site on disabilities as a natural part of the human experience.)
From My Heart (Scroll down the left side to find poems about loving a special needs child. Includes Edna Massimilla’s beautiful poem, “Heaven’s Very Special Child,” a must-read for every special needs parent.)
See Also: Special Kids... Special Needs
LD Online (The leading web site on learning disabilities, disorders and differences for parents, teachers, and other professionals. Authoritative guidance on attention deficit disorder, ADD / ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dysnomia, reading difficulties, speech and related disorders.)
Dyslexia My Life (Informative website by Girard Sagmiller, author of the autobiographical book, Dyslexia My Life, giving inside knowledge on the various ways of coping with dyslexia and learning disabilities.)
The Bible's Way to Victory over ADHD and Other Childhood Challenges (A free online book, providing sound answers on preventing and overcoming behavioral, emotional and learning problems, including ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome.)
www.thomasarmstrong.com (The website of Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D., a psychologist and educator. Read his articles on multiple intelligences, the natural genius of children, and the myth of ADD.)
Family Education (Get helpful information, expert advice, and tips from other parents on topics ranging from the signs of a learning disability to the best education options for a gifted learner.)
Learning Abled Kids (Seeks to provide information and tools to help parents circumvent their child's learning disabilities.)
Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD (A Clearinghouse for Positive and Alternative Information.)
Carol's Speech and Language Disorders Professional Resources (A comprehensive website of sites that will give you information about specific speech and language disorders. Also, articles, lesson plans, and materials.)
Learn Differently (Helping Struggling Learners and Their Parents.)
See Also: Learning Disabilities... or Not!
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Kurzweil Educational Systems Inc.
American Printing House for the Blind
American Thermoform Corporation
Independent Living Aids
LS and S
Hadley School for the Blind
Media Access Group at WGBH - Descriptive Video Service
National Braille Press
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
International Association of Audio Information Services (IAAIS)
Narrative Television Network.
Eye Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Seeing Eye, Inc.
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