Partners in Public Policy Making
Info about Early Intervention under IDEA Part C
To find out more about Part C of IDEA (birth to three programs also called early intervention) and Part B of IDEA (preschool and school aged programs from 3-21 [26 in Michigan]) go to www.nectac.org they have links to each state program, the federal office, known as OSEP the Office of Special Education Programs, and the different research projects funded by OSEP.
The Beach Center
The beach center is another great program which is housed at the University of Kansas and run by two wonderful people people, Ann and Rud Turnbull, in addition to being researchers and educators they are the parents of a young man with multiple disabilities. One of their current projects is a Community of Practice, or board like this one where parents, professionals and researchers can get together to link research and practice and share experiences.
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability policies, programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find information on topics, such as applying for Social Security disability benefits, finding a job and paying for accessible housing, to name just a few.
Every day, new information is added across 10 main subject areas: Benefits, Civil Rights, Community Life, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Employment, Health, Housing, Technology and Transportation.
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
• http://www.nichcy.org/states.htm (resources by state)
NICHCY stands for the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. We serve the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices. Feel free to communicate with us in English or Spanish. We're here, we're listening, and it would be our pleasure to help you. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our Web site and make full use of all that we offer here.
Free Brochures from the US Dept of Education
Need literature on your rights/ responsibilities as a parent or as a person with a disability? This website allows you to order brochures published by the US Dept of Ed related to anything under the sun, disabilities is just one of them.
Protecting Students with Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions about Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities:
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states "No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States. . .shall, solely on the basis of disability, be denied access to, or the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity provided by any institution receiving federal financial assistance."
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
FERPA is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records and gives specific rights to parents. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
The Families and Advocates Partner for Education
(FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the Country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.
We Connect Now
We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.
Through the Looking Glass
• http://lookingglass.org/scholarships/51-additional-scholarship-resources - (Link provided by AffordableSchoolsOnline.com)
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized center that has pioneered research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.
Special Needs Handbook
This "handbook" offers resources for parents at every stage of the journey of caring for their special needs children. From learning more about special needs to picking a school, planning a financial future, and getting past the bullying and discrimination that so often plague people with special needs.