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AccessIT

AccessIT promotes the use of electronic and information technology (E&IT) for students and employees with disabilities in educational institutions at all academic levels. This Web site features the AccessIT Knowledge Base, a searchable, growing database of questions and answers regarding accessible E&IT. It is designed for educators, policy makers, librarians, technical support staff, and students and employees with disabilities and their advocates.

ARC of Washington
The Arc of Washington State’s mission is to promote the education, health, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, inclusion and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
ADDA’s mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Whether you have ADD yourself, or someone special in your life does, or you treat, counsel, or teach those who do, ADDA is an organization for you. ADDA is especially focused on the needs of ADDults and young adults with ADD. Parents of children with ADD are also welcome!

Autism Outreach Project
Welcome to the home of the Autism Outreach Project, a State-Needs Project through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in collaboration with the Department of Social and Health Services and Northwest ESD 189. A state-wide system in which the identification, program development, placement, and staff development activities for students with autism are coordinated to ensure that all school districts, parents, agencies, and students are appropriately served throughout the state of Washington.

Brock’s Academy – Keeping Kids Spirit for Learning Alive!
We offer premium one on one in home private school classes and in home tutoring. We serve students and families who are looking for something different, who want an alternative out of the box approach due to learning style differences, learning challenges and disabilities or desire a non traditional flexible school schedule and calendar. We offer year round classes and year round open enrollment. Each students program is customized to meet their individual learning needs and interest.

Center for Change in Transition
The goal of the Center is to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in Washington State. This web site provides special education teachers, directors, students and their families with resources, information and news regarding secondary special education and transition services.

Children’s County Home
Children’s Country Home is a non-profit, pediatric group home in Woodinville, Washington serving children with special health care needs. Provides 24-hour nursing care to medically fragile and medically intensive children.

Disability Rights Washington
Disability Rights Washington is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.

DSHS – People Helping People
Links and information from Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT)
Early intervention services during the first years can make a big difference in a child’s life. Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (formerly the Infant and Toddler Early Intervention Program or ITEIP) provides services to children birth to 3 who have disabilities and/or developmental delays. Eligible infants and toddlers and their families are entitled to individualized, quality early intervention services in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C.

Easter Seals of Washington State
Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 80 years. Whether helping someone improve physical mobility, return to work or simply gain greater independence for everyday living, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.

Fathers Network
Supports fathers and families raising children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities.

Hearing Loss Association of Washington
We have the information you need on hearing loss in both adults and children, frequently asked questions regarding hearing loss, hearing disorders like tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or Meniere’s disease, cochlear implants, new technologies, noise and hearing loss, links to some useful on-line resources, books and videos of interest, and state news and events of our national, state and local chapters. Formerly Washington State Association of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People.

Hearing Speech & Deafness Center
Communication means working with each individual client and their family to determine and support whatever will be the most effective method of communicating for that specific person. It may be sign language, hearing aids, speech therapy, language training, motor therapy, assistive devices or technology. The HSDC staff is experienced in all of these methods and uses them in combination with a true desire to serve their client well. This combination of expertise and caring is what has made HSDC successful with thousands of people each year.

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington State
The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington promotes and provides services and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities.

Music Works Northwest
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.

NW CHADD
The NW Chapter of CHADD, a national non-profit organization that provides education and advocacy regarding AD/HD issues across the lifespan. We are an all-volunteer organization.

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation
Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation was formed in 1994 for the purposes of increasing public awareness of Angelman Syndrome (AS) and serving as a resource and source of support for individuals with AS and their families in the states of Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

Parent Help 123
Parents work hard to provide for their families. Sometimes they need a little help. ParentHelp123 can help you find out if your family may qualify for health insurance and food programs in Washington State!

People First of Washington
We are people first, our disabilities are secondary!

Resilience Trumps Aces
On the Children’s Resilience Initiative™ website, you’ll find information for parents, service providers and Walla Walla community members. You can learn about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES for short) research. As parents, you can also learn about how you can help your children to be resilient – to rise above the challenge of ACEs and to thrive! After all, Resilience is our middle name! You can also look at services in the Walla Walla Valley – through the lens of ACEs – you can see what services we have here, how to access them and see where our gaps are – what we as a community need to build in order to help our children to thrive. In these pages, we’ll show you that, indeed, “All Roads Lead to Resilience”!

Sibshops – The Sibling Support Project
Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal celebrations of the many contributions made by brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. Sibshops acknowledge that being the brother or sister of a person with special needs is for some a good thing, others a not-so-good thing, and for many, somewhere in-between. They reflect a belief that brothers and sisters have much to offer one another — if they are given a chance. Sibshops are a spirited mix of new games (designed to be unique, off-beat, and appealing to a wide ability range), new friends, and discussion activities.

Summer Camp Directory – Seattle Children’s Center for Children with Special Needs
The Center compiles a searchable list of summer camps for children with special needs in Washington State (also available in printable PDF version). To find a summer camp or program, scroll down and select the type of camp, special needs considerations, camp location, desired month, and then review your search results.

The Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Developed by the Center for Children with Special Needs with support from the Washington State Department of Health Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. The tools are designed to provide information and resources for families of children with special health care needs and professionals about the following topics: the parent and child care provider partnership, emotional support for families, and care coordinators in Washington State.

Tourettes Syndrome of Washington And Oregon States
Exist to offer information, support and resources regarding Tourette Syndrome and its related conditions. We work together with the medical community, the schools and families whose lives are touched by Tourettes Syndrome.

WA State Hands and Voices
WA State Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization dedicated to supporting & unifying families with children who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, or deaf-blind. We provide families with a non-biased perspective of communication choices & with the resources they need to improve communication access & education outcomes for their children. Our activities are focused on networking with parents & professionals to empower their children throughout the entire state to reach their highest potential.

Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
The Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA) is a consumer advocacy network that includes the University of Washington Center for Technology and Disability Studies (UWCTDS), and the AT Resource Center at Easter Seals Washington (EATRC). WATA also receives guidance from a Consumer Majority Advisory Board. WATA activities include: * information and referral * consultation, and training related to selection of AT devices, services and funding * legal advice and advocacy * policy development; and legislative action * technical consultation and training * publications * development and maintenance of online resources.

Washington Connection – Helps determine eligibility for Government Services
DSHS has launched a new benefits portal, where people can determine if they are eligible for state services as well as apply online for some programs.

Washington Education Association
Represents nearly 70,000 school and college employees in Washington. As the state’s largest public employee labor organization, our mission is to make education the best it can be for students, staff and communities.

Washington OSPI/Special Education
Special Education and related services are provided annually to about 124,000 eligible students in the state across 295 school districts. The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures that children with disabilities and the families of such children have access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE). IDEA is focused on improving educational results for children with disabilities. RCW 28A.155 provides the statutory basis for special education services in Washington, and WAC 392-172A provides the regulatory basis for both IDEA and RCW 28A.155. You will find important announcements, most special education publications. staff directory, SEAC information, links, events, join a mailing list and much more.

Washington State Department of Early Learning
The Department of Early Learning (DEL) strive to help create safe, healthy, nurturing learning experiences for all Washington children. Our work focuses on the earliest years in children’s homes, child care, school programs and communities. We offer information and resources for children’s first and most important teachers—parents—as well as others who care for and teach young children.

Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council
The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is a council appointed by the Governor to plan comprehensive services for Washington State’s citizens with developmental disabilities.

Washington State PTA
The Washington Congress of Parents and Teachers (the Washington State PTA), a branch of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers (the National PTA), was founded in 1905. The Washington State PTA is a nonprofit, membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school and community on behalf of all children and youth.

Washington State Special Education Coalition (WSSEC)
The Washington State Special Education Coalition was formed in 1977 to bring parent and professional organizations together in a spirit of cooperation to share information, explore issues and effectively advocate for quality education for all children, particularly those with special education needs in Washington State. We encourage you to use this web site to learn more about the WSSEC, our mission and our priorities

 

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20 Thing Educators Need to Know About How Students Learn
Aside from comprehending the curriculum content, teachers should have a basic understanding of how people acquire and absorb knowledge. This list highlights 20 principles of learning every teacher should know.

Adolescents Play a Key Role in Their Own ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
The face of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Once diagnosed mostly in elementary school-aged children, ADHD is now diagnosed more frequently among children of every age now than it was 10 years ago, raising concern of over-diagnosis.  In 2007–2008, adolescents, 12–17 years of age, had the largest increase in the percentage of diagnosed ADHD compared to younger children.

A Guide to the Constitution for Kids by 4 Lawschool
You do not have to wait until Constitution Day, held annually on September 17, or patriotic holidays to teach kids about the Constitution. Teaching kids about the Constitution helps them learn about the American government and learn about the rights and freedoms given to all Americans. These lessons on freedom are applicable any time during the year. While the language of the original Constitution may be difficult for children to understand, many educators and other organizations have created websites, songs and other resources that put the content of the Constitution into kid-friendly terms and help children understand that the issues in the Constitution relate to them too.

A Piece of the Puzzle
A Piece of the Puzzle.net is a social community website that will be completely dedicated to people with special needs and disabilities. Inside this website, we have a social wall, a chat area and a game room with over 200 games. We have a parents’ forum and articles for parents, educators and organizations and much more.

Able Generation
We manufacture pediatric therapeutic furniture for children with special needs. Our Mission is to provide products that support your efforts to integrate your child into everyday life. Our focus is upon early intervention for children with mild to moderate involvement. Our products are constructed of durable wood, and thus may be passed from child to child.

ABLEDATA
ABLEDATA provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources. Although ABLEDATA does not sell any products, we can help you locate the companies that do.

About Cerebral Palsy
About-Cerebral-Palsy.org provides useful information on Cerebral Palsy, Diagnosis, Causes of CP, and classification of Cerebral Palsy. Also, allows users to contact doctors with their questions, and offers free evaluation for lifetime benefits.

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers
The ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs*) are your comprehensive resource for information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and accessible information technology.

Adult Day Care
Adult day care centers are senior care locations that are open during normal business hours and provide various care services, supervision and social interaction for the elderly. Seniors generally attend adult day care on a scheduled basis which can provide relief to caretakers, such as family members or caregivers. Seniors who attend adult day care can benefit from the increased companionship and social interaction with others.

Affordable Care Act coverage for alumni of foster care
The Affordable Care Act (fully implemented starting January 1, 2014) means that youth who have recently aged out of foster care (<26 yrs old) will be eligible for Medicaid. Here you will find more information on where to sign up for Medicaid.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

American Printing House for the Blind
The American Printing House for the Blind promotes independence of blind and visually impaired persons by providing specialized materials, products, and services needed for education and life.

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)
Helping families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing since 1967. Supports and educates families of deaf or hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.

Approach to Austism
Approach to Autism is committed to providing valuable information about resources that support the goal of improving the lives for children or adults with ASD. We are passionate about sharing the many great resources that are available now and keeping our information updated as new services are available. Approach to Autism was created to provide this access, at home or on the go!

ARC
The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
ADDA’s mission is to help people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy. Whether you have ADD yourself, or someone special in your life does, or you treat, counsel, or teach those who do, ADDA is an organization for you. ADDA is especially focused on the needs of ADDults and young adults with ADD. Parents of children with ADD are also welcome!

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
Information about attention deficit disorder. Read free articles about ADHD, search the National ADHD Directory, and signup for newsletters.

Autism Info
Information and links for Autism.

Autism Network International
The homepage for Autism Network International, an autistic-run self-help and advocacy organization for autistic people.

Autism Resources
Offering information and links regarding the developmental disabilities autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Autism Society of America
Source of information and referral on autism.

Autism-PDD Resources Network
A guide to the key issues associated with spectrum disorders. There is a growing awareness of the nature of autism and the kinds of approaches to diagnosis, treatment and care that are likely to be effective in meeting the needs of autistic individuals and their families.

Axis Disability Rights
This site contains articles on inclusion and disability, as well as other progressive resources.

Beach Center
Together with families and individuals affected by disability, the Beach Center on Disability strives to make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals. Features fact sheets and links to resources in several languages.

Birth Injury Guide
Is your child displaying symptoms of a birth injury?  “What exactly is a birth injury and how did this happen?  What should you do once you find out your child has a birth injury?  What will life with a child with a birth injury look like and what is the prognosis of certain birth injuries?

BrainandSpinalCord.org
A reliable, timely and complete resource on the internet for brain injury and spinal cord injury survivors.

Bullying – PACER Kids Against Bullying
A bullying prevention Web site for elementary-age children, including those with disabilities.

Cameron’s Special T
Weighted T-shirts and accessories for children with special needs.

Captioned Media Program (CMP)
Provides all persons who are deaf or hard of hearing awareness of and equal access to communication and learning through the use of captioned educational media and supportive collateral materials. The CMP also acts as a captioning information and training center. The ultimate goal of the CMP is to permit media to be an integral part in the lifelong learning process for all stakeholders in the deaf and hard of hearing community: adults, students, parents, and educators.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder)
Many individuals and families dealing with AD/HD turn to CHADD, the national organization representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers from around the country who play an integral part in the association’s success by providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level through CHADD chapters.

CHANCE (The Center for Housing and New Community Economics)
The Center for Housing and New Community Economics (CHANCE) was established in March of 2001. CHANCE’s mission is to improve and increase access to integrated, affordable, and accessible housing coordinated with, but separate from, personal assistance and supportive services. CHANCE’s purpose will be to offer alternatives to approaches that segregate, congregate, and control people with disabilities.

Child Care, Day Care, Senior Care & Home Care Resources at Care.COM
In addition to our babysitter and day care listings, Care.com also provides access to articles and advice for parents. Recent additions to our resources include our Day Care Directory: a comprehensive nationwide listing of daycare providers, and our Senior Care Directory: a state-by-state listing of housing, transportation, legal, and financial resources for seniors.

Childcare Resources
Fewer families than ever before can afford to have a parent at home with the children at all times. Instead, many families must rely on child care providers to keep their children while they work. Finding high quality child care, selecting the right child care provider and paying for child care for your child are just some of the hurdles to ensuring your child’s emotional and intellectual development is promoted through their caregiver. Includes childcare information for children with disabilities.

Cleft Palate Foundation
Information for families through education, research, support, and facilitation of family-centered care.

Community Options, Inc (Family Web 2.0)
Community Options’ Family Web is a network where parents can come together to support one another by sharing information, experiences, and knowledge. Although these parents are located all across the country, the interweaving of their ideas and experience makes our family web strong.

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities is a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

DEAF LINX – Fighting Audism through Empowerment and Education
Deaf Linx is your resource for information on deafness, deaf culture, American Sign Langauge (ASL) and all other related topics. Deaf Linx is designed to be a one-stop shop for legal deaf cultural resources, American Sign Language (ASL) resources, deaf education, and deaf services. Health care, government assistance, real estate access, insurance, and travel also may create issues that uniquely affect deaf people and their families.

Disability is Natural
Are you ready for a change? Ready for some good news about people with disabilities. Thought-provoking articles, products to promote new ways of thinking, and much, much more!

Disability Program Navigators (DPN)
Located in USDOL’s One-Stop Career Centers, help job seekers with disabilities “navigate” the complex challenges of seeking employment. Through joint funding from USDOL and the Social Security Administration (SSA), the DPN initiative hires One-Stop staff to identify resources, establish linkages and partnerships with other public and private agencies serving adults and youth with disabilities, and provide technical assistance and training to assist the One-Stop Career Center staff in serving job seekers with disabilities.

Disability Resources on the Internet
Disability Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides information about resources for independent living.

DisabilityInfo.gov
Federal government’s disability-related information and resources. This easy-to-use Web portal is a directory of government Web links relevant to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and other community members.

Disaster Distress Resources
Stress, anxiety, and depression are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990. It’s Free. It’s Confidential. Are you experiencing signs of distress as a result of a disaster? You may be suffering more than you need to. We can help! The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, year-round crisis counseling and support. The Helpline is staffed by trained counselors from a network of crisis call centers located across the United States, all of whom provide: •Crisis counseling for those who are in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster •Information on how to recognize distress and its effects on individuals and families •Tips for healthy coping •Disaster-specific resources and referral information.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is one of seventeen divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. DEC is especially for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families.

Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN)
The Employer Assistance and Recruiting Network (EARN) is a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service designed to assist employers in locating and recruiting qualified workers with disabilities. EARN, a service of the USDOL Office of Disability Employment Policy, can also provide technical assistance on general disability employment-related issues, such as the business case for hiring people with disabilities. Phone: 1-866-EARN NOW (327-6669) (voice/TTY)

Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation is a national, charitable organization, founded in 1968 as the Epilepsy Foundation of America. The only such organization wholly dedicated to the welfare of people with epilepsy, our mission is simple: to work for children and adults affected by seizures through research, education, advocacy and service.

Exceptional Parent Magazine
Provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)
The Family Center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive technologies for organizations, parents, educators, and interested friends. You will find hundreds of reviews of assistive technology resources such as books, newsletters, training manuals, software and web sites. They also provide on-line discussions.

Family Voices
Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.

Father’s Network
The Fathers Network provides current information and resources to assist all families and care providers involved in the lives of children with special needs. This information is up-to-date, helpful, and designed to promote the resilience of all family members.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families. We can help! Organized in 1975 as a coalition of parent groups representing children with a variety of disabilities, the Federation operates a Parent Center in Massachusetts which offers a variety of services to parents, parent groups, and others who are concerned with children with special needs.

Friendship Circle Blog for Parents of Special Needs Kids & Educators
Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition to assisting individuals with special needs, the Friendship Circle enriches its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving. Friendship Circle International Since Friendship Circle of Michigan was founded in 1994 Friendship Circle has spread to over 80 cities worldwide. To date Friendship Circle has cultivated friendships between 7,000 special children and close to 11,000 teen volunteers. To learn more about Friendship Circle visit www.friendshipcircle.org/about

GLADNET
The GLADNET Association refers to the Global Applied Disability Research and Information Network. The Network brings together research centres, universities, enterprises, government departments, trade unions, and organizations of and for persons with disabilities. Their common goal is to advance competitive employment and training opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Healthy Place (Mental Health)
HealthyPlace.com is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. We have active chatrooms, hosted support groups, people who keep online journals/diaries, psychological tests, breaking mental health news, mental health videos, online documentary films, a mental health radio show and more.

Hearing Loss Association of America
Self Help for Hard of Hearing People is the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss. SHHH exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support.

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults (HKNC)
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) offers intensive and comprehensive rehabilitation training to individuals who are deaf-blind. The rehabilitation and personal adjustment training program at HKNC’s headquarters in Sands Point provides evaluation and training in communication skills, adaptive technology, orientation and mobility, independent living, work experience, and other support services. Field Services include ten regional offices, and more than forty affiliated programs, a national training team, technical assistance center, and older adults program.

IDEA Info
Information about IDEA sponsored by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

Inclusion Press
Inclusion Press is a small independent press striving to produce readable, accessible, user-friendly books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.

Inclusive Schools
The mission of the National Institute for Urban School Improvement is to support inclusive urban communities, schools, and families to build their capacity for sustainable, successful urban education.

Independent Living Institute
The Independent Living Institute offers resources for persons with extensive disabilities and develops consumer-driven policies for self-determination, self-respect and dignity. We run a virtual library, interactive services, feasibility studies and projects. We are experts in designing and implementing direct payment schemes for users’ self-determination and quality of life in the areas of personal assistance, mainstream taxi and assistive technology.

Institute on Community Integration
Our mission is to improve the community services and social supports available to individuals with developmental and other disabilities, and their families, throughout the United States and abroad. We fulfill this mission through research, professional training, technical assistance, and publishing activities.

Institute on Disability Culture
Our mission since 1994 has been to promote pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world. The purpose of this site is to provide information about disability culture and to share examples of our culture.

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free information and referral service (funded through the USDOL Office of Disability Employment Policy) that provides information about, and individual suggestions for, accommodations for people with disabilities in various contexts (not just the context of employment). JAN also provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related legislation, and resources for technical assistance, funding, education, and services related to the employment of people with disabilities. In addition, JAN analyzes trends and statistical data related to the technical assistance it provides.

Kids as Self Advocates (KASA)
KASA is a national, grassroots network of youth with special needs and our friends, speaking on behalf of ourselves. We are leaders in our communities, and we help spread helpful, positive information among our peers to increase knowledge around various issues.

Kids Together
This non-profit organization, co-founded by parents and organized by volunteers, supports the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities. This site is designed to provide helpful information and resources to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities, and communities as a whole.

Lash & Associates Publishing/Training, Inc. (Resource Center on Brain Injury in Children and Adults
Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, Inc. provides information and resources to help families, survivors, clinicians, teachers, advocates and counselors understand the special needs of children, adolescents and adults with brain injury.

LD On Line
Information about learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals.

Live2AgeWell
Live2AgeWell the healthy aging and healthy living website. Shares ideas that can contribute to a health span that delivers a long and happy life. Addresses health and nutritional information for children to adults. The purpose of this website is to give visitors information on healthy living, healthy aging, and health benefits of diet and exercise. You’ll find easy-to-read articles on nutrition, genes, tips on senior health, and suggestions to improve your health in general. As well as specifics about particular conditions, which might be overcome by lifestyle and knowledge.

Lotsa Helpings Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands is a simple, immediate way for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist loved ones in need. It’s an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary for life to run smoothly during a crisis.

Maternal and Child Health Library
The Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University provides the MCH community with accurate and timely information on a broad range of topics. Materials include the weekly newsletter MCH Alert, resource guides, full text publications, databases, and links to quality MCH sites.

May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral healthcare needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.

Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship
This scholarship will identify promising high school seniors who have potential to enter and successfully complete a vocational or academic college program and have a financial need. The amount of this non-renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.

Miss Ruthie’s Kids – Medical Jewelry
Designer Line Medical ID Bracelets for Kids and Adults…Sterling Silver & 14K Gold…with the Universal Medical Symbol in Jewelry.

Mortgage and Home Loan Help Guide for the Disabled
This guide has been created to help individuals living with disabilities, and their family members, in the process of buying a home of their own. Here you can learn more about the five important steps in buying a home and about financial assistance programs that are available for you living with disabilities, who want to buy a home.

NARIC (The National Rehabilitation Information Center )
A library & information center on disability and rehabilitation.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (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.

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS)
The National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Inc. (NAPAS) is the voluntary national membership association of the P&As and CAPs and it assumes leadership in promoting and strengthening the role and performance of its members in providing quality legally based advocacy services.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
The National Association of School Psychologists represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
LD.org strives to be an effective, easy-to-use resource for people seeking authoritative information on learning disabilities (LD). Since 1977 NCLD has reached out to individuals with LD, their families, educators, researchers, and others committed to increasing public awareness of and opportunities for people with LD.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. NCSET describes its mission as coordinating national resources, offering technical assistance, and disseminating information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for these youth to achieve successful futures.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
At NCPIE, our mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Y)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Y), funded by the USDOL Office of Disability Employment Policy, describes its mission as working with state and local workforce development systems to ensure youth with disabilities are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living.

National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness
The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children and youth who are deaf-blind.

National Council on Disability
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on issues affecting Americans with disabilities. NCD is composed of 15 members appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. NCD’s overall purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability; and to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.

National Deaf Education Center
Is a centralized source of accurate, up-to-date, objective information on topics dealing with deafness and hearing loss in the age group of 0-21.

National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1972, the NDSC is the oldest national organization for persons with Down syndrome, their parents, siblings and the professionals who work with them. The Congress is known for its advocacy, its encouragement of self-advocate empowerment and leadership, as well as its many services, including hosting the nation’s largest DS convention and its toll-free information and resource hotline.

National Down Syndrome Society
The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to realize their life aspirations. NDSS is committed to being the national leader in enhancing the quality of life, and realizing the potential of all people with Down syndrome.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAS)
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our 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.

National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
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 Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
The mission of NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
The National Mental Health Association (NMHA) is a national nonprofit organization that describes itself as “addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness.” Its Web site includes resources for public education, training and technical assistance.

National Organization on Disability (NOD)
Up to date information on the National Organization on Disability’s most recent developments and the N.O.D. web site also provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
The goal of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child is to bring sound and accurate science to bear on public decision making affecting the lives of young children.

National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC)
The National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning (NTAC) describes itself as providing “focused, state-of-the-art technical assistance and consultation to state mental health agencies, state mental health planning and advisory councils, consumers, and families to help ensure that the best practices and most up-to-date knowledge in mental health and related fields are translated into action at the state and local levels.”

National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)
The National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) describes itself as “a non-partisan network improving the effectiveness of organizations that seek to help youth become productive citizens.” NYEC’s activities include a project on youth with disabilities.

National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN) describes its mission as advancing the next generation of disability leaders by promoting leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth leaders with disabilities in all aspects of society at national, state, and local levels.

New Horizons for Learning
Connect people to one another and to resources, serving the worldwide Internet community by offering an expanded view of teaching, learning, and developing intelligence more fully. Our activites include publishing materials, producing conferences, consulting, and collaborating on projects and programs.

New Mobility Magazine
“Disability is news, art, politics, humor, healing, recreation, travel, showbiz and rehab-biz, and that’s what we do.”

Oral Deaf Education
Many profoundly deaf children are using spoken language effectively to communicate because of the combination of powerful hearing aids and cochlear implants that maximize their listening potential, and the appropriate auditory/oral teaching strategies that help them develop oral language skills. Deaf children are learning to listen and speak for themselves at Oral Deaf Education Schools. This site provides information about the programs and services of over 40 such schools in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, each dedicated to teaching deaf or hard-of-hearing children to listen and talk.

Out of Step
Out of Step is a new, free tool for people with disabilities to connect with consumers for their products and services. This tool was designed not only for people with disabilities but equally for all the great folks who work on their behalf. Out of Step is an easy place to grow your business, pursue your passions and promote your talents!

PACER
Founded in 1977, PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations.

Paige’s Helping Hands
Paige’s Helping Hands is a 501 (c)(3) Not for Profit Foundation dedicated to improving the comfort, enjoyment, and quality of life for children with special needs. This will be accomplished by providing support, education, funds and activities for children with special needs, their families, their schools and communities. The Paige Thomson Foundation wants to create a network of families who have an interest in improving the lives of children with special needs. We want to create educational opportunities for everyone involved in the care of these special children.

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PAVE – Partnerships for Action Voices for Empowerment

Pip Squeakers Fun Baby & Toddler Shoes
Baby shoes that motivate with sound, encouraging babies to move, explore and learn to walk. Babies with vision or mobility disabilities are motivated while enhancing their auditory skills. Parents with disabilities are able to HEAR when their quick moving toddler is on the move.

Prescription Medicine – Resources for Affordable Medications
Medicine can be a very expensive part of your health care treatment. If your doctor has prescribed medicine and you can’t afford to pay for it, you may be able to get the medicine for free or for a reduced cost. There are several kinds of assistance programs that may be able to help.

Research & Training Center on Community Living
The Research and Training Center on Community Living provides research, evaluation, training, technical assistance and dissemination to support the aspirations of persons with developmental disabilities to live full, productive and integrated lives in their communities.

Research and Training Center (RTC) on Early Childhood Development
The mission of the Research and Training Center (RTC) on Early Childhood Development is to promote and enhance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The RTC was established to create a bridge between research evidence and early childhood intervention practices. This website is designed specifically for parents, therapists, early childhood educators, and early interventionists, as well as researchers. The website includes information about effective practices based on research.

Sibshops – The Sibling Support Project
The Sibling Support Project, believing that disabilities, illness, and mental health issues affect the lives of all family members, seeks to increase the peer support and information opportunities for brothers and sisters of people with special needs and to increase parents’ and providers’ understanding of sibling issues.

Special Education News
Special Education News answers a need in education for in-depth, timely news related to educating students with disabilities. The Web site and newsletter are journalistic publications centered on the news of the special education field. The Web site is also designed to offer unique resources to special education professionals in one convenient place. These include places for educators and others to exchange their views, find links to important information at other sites on the Web and keep track of news and events across the country.

Special Education Service Agency
The Special Education Service Agency (SESA) is a publicly funded agency which provides assistance to Alaskan school districts and early intervention programs serving students with low incidence disabilities.

SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

TASH (Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities)
TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
The Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers is an innovative project that supports a unified technical assistance system for the purpose of developing, assisting and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This project is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and consists of 1 national center and 6 regional centers. The project is funded to strengthen the connections to the larger technical assistance network and fortify partnerships between parent centers and state education systems at regional and national levels. Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children. This assistance helps parents to participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities. The Parent Centers work to improve educational outcomes for children and youth with all disabilities (emotional, learning, mental, and physical).

The Family Compass – Bullying Resources
The Family Compass brings together a vast collection of resources that will help families find their bearings. Including informational articles and books, hotlinesand helplines, advice, a directory of related websites, how-tos, recommendations,support, and much more.

The Social Security and Disability Resource Center
SSDRC.com provides a detailed overview of how the federal disability system works (social security disability and SSI) and also provides answers to many questions that applicants typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to. For the most part, the site is based on the author’s personal experience as a former disability-medicaid caseworker, and also as a former disability examiner for the social security administration.

The U.S. Servicemember’s Guide to Academic Programs and Aid
Military branches and non-profits provide active duty service members, veterans, and their family member with ample funding opportunities for college. Funding and training for current personnel are usually designed to help you complete a certificate or degree program around your military schedule. Veterans have access to monthly school funding of up to $1,500 per month and career development training. Spouses and children of servicemembers and veterans are often eligible for tuition, educational supply assistance, and child-care aid. (Please note the programs discussed in this article exclusively apply to U.S. military servicemembers)

Through the Looking Glass
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. TLG is a disability community based nonprofit organization, which emerged from the independent living movement, and was founded in 1982 in Berkeley, California. Our mission is “To create, demonstrate and encourage non-pathological and empowering resources and model early intervention services for families with disability issues in parent or child which integrate expertise derived from personal disability experience and disability culture.”

TRACE Research and Development Center
Trace is a non-profit research center that focuses on making computer and information technologies more accessible to everyone.

Training Resource Network
Offering resources on the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities, especially on the topics of supported employment, person-centered planning, supported living, and self-determination.

TRICARE – Autism Demonstration Project
This website is for beneficiaries with specific mental or physical disabilities, the TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides financial assistance for an integrated set of services and supplies not available through the basic TRICARE program for military families.

United Cerebral Palsy
UCP is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, UCP’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network.

Using the Technology of Today, In the Classroom Today
Using the Technology of Today, In the Classroom Today: The Instructional Power of Digital games, Social Networking, Simulations, and How Teachers can Leverage them.

Viewpoint Mobility
Vision Vehicles are rear entrance lowered floor wheelchair accessible mini-vans conversions by Viewpoint Mobility.

WebABLE
WebABLE is the authoritative Web site for disability-related internet resources. The WebABLE site goal is to stimulate education, research, and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advanced information systems and emerging technologies.

WheelchairNet
WheelchairNet is a community for people who have a common interest in (or in some cases a passion for) wheelchair technology and its improvement and successful application. Our site uses a community metaphor and WWW media to create a forum for the free exchange of information regarding wheelchair technology and its successful use. We believe that when the end user is truly the focus of a transaction-evaluation, product development, sale or funding decision-other aspects of this complex development and delivery system fall into line.

World Institute on Disability (WID)
WID is a nonprofit research, training and public policy center promoting the civil rights and the full societal inclusion of people with disabilities.

Wrightslaw
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 

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ADA Home Page
Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Office – University of Florida
Information on access, accommodations, and resources. Campus, local, regional, and national information.

Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
Since 1973, the ABA’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability has been the primary entity within the ABA that focuses on the law-related concerns of persons with mental and physical disabilities. Its mission is “to promote the ABA’s commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities and their full and equal participation in the legal profession.” The Commission’s members include lawyers and other professionals, many of whom have disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
DRA is a non-profit legal center dedicated to protecting the civil and human rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States and the world. Our mission is to ensure dignity, equality and opportunity for people with all types of disabilities in all key areas of life.

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Inc
Founded in 1979 by people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (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.

Family Voices
Family Voices, a national grassroots network of families and friends, advocates for health care services that are family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, coordinated and culturally competent for all children and youth with special health care needs; promotes the inclusion of all families as decision makers at all levels of health care; and supports essential partnerships between families and professionals.

FAPE (Families and Advocates Partnership for Education)
The Families and Advocates Partnership 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.

Job Accommodation Network
ADA hotlinks and document center.

Office of Civil Rights
The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Special Education Services for Children..The Law
Information on IDEA and other useful information.

Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities
About the Commission: “We are an advisory group to the City Council in policy making, and partner with the community to bring awareness of issues that affect individuals with disabilities. We also participate on committees, help educate the public about disability issues, and serve as a resource for City staff. Our commission consists of eleven volunteers with a variety of experiences and expertise.”

The ARC
The Arc of the United States works to include all children and adults with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in every community.

The ARC of Washington
The Arc of Washington State’s mission is to promote the education, health, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, inclusion and choices of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Council for Disability Rights
Advancing rights and enhancing lives of people with disabilities.

THOMAS – Library of Congress
Legislative information on the internet.

US Department of Justice
Information to assist persons with disabilities and to help communities better serve such individuals.

Washington State Legislature
Information about Washington State Legislature – Laws and Agency Rules

Washington State Special Education Coalition (ICDRI)
This site provides information about the issues and public policy matters on which we focus.

 

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Parent Center Hub
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Wrightslaw A-Z Topics
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Nichcy A-Z Topics
NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources’ Library. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to www.parentcenterhub.org

Chapter 392-172A Index – Rules for the Provision of Special Education
The provisions of this chapter apply to all political subdivisions and public institutions of the state that are involved in the education of students eligible for special education, including: The OSPI to the extent that it receives payments under Part B and exercises supervisory authority over the provision of the delivery of special education services by school districts and other public agencies; School districts, charter schools, educational service agencies, and educational service districts; and State residential education programs established and operated pursuant to chapter 28A.190 RCW, the state school for the blind and the center for childhood deafness and hearing loss established and operated pursuant to chapter 72.40 RCW, and education programs for juvenile inmates established and operated pursuant to chapters 28A.193 and 28A.194 RCW;

PDF of Chapter 392-172A Index – Rules for the Provision of Special Education (to print or reference)
This reprint of the special education regulations with cross references to federal regulations by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is developed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal grant and may be reprinted without permission. The official regulations are maintained on the Code Reviser’s website: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/

File a Citizen Complaint
A citizen complaint is a written statement to OSPI alleging that a federal or state special education rule or law has been violated by a school district, another public agency serving special education students, an educational service district, or the state. Find the answers to frequently asked questions.

Citizen Complaint Decisions
Special Education Citizen Complaint (SECC) decisions are listed below for complaints filed January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2013. SECC decisions are written by OSPI following an investigation of a citizen complaint. Investigations are completed within 60 days of OSPI receiving the complaint. SECC decisions are posted on a calendar-year basis, after the last decision for a calendar year is issued.

File a Citizen Complaint Against OSPI
This page provides an overview of the citizen complaint process described fully in Chapter 392-168 WAC Complaints against the Superintendent of Public Instruction—Investigation Of and Response to Complaints against OSPI. A citizen complaint is a statement that OSPI has violated a federal or state law, or regulation that applies to a federal program. Anyone can file a citizen complaint. There is no special form. There is no need to know the law that governs a federal program to file a complaint.

Code of Professional Conduct – Filing a Complaint Against a Staff Member
The code of professional conduct is codified by the Washington State Legislature in WACs and RCWs. Please use this page to view the complete rules and regulations.

File a Discrimination Complaint
All people of Washington have certain rights and responsibilities under the Law Against Discrimination (RCW 49.60). Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in a public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Discrimination occurs whenever we treat someone differently and deny him or her equal treatment or access because of: their membership in a Protected Class.

OEO Office of the Education Ombuds
The Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) resolves complaints, disputes, and problems between families and Washington State elementary and secondary public schools in all areas that affect student learning. OEO is a statewide agency that functions independently from the public school system. Our services are free, confidential and available to families and students from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

OEO – What Every Parent Needs to Know
While students with disabilities do have all of the same rights as other students (see the Office of the Education Ombudsman’s publication on Discipline in Public Schools for more information) they also have additional, extensive rights that protect them in discipline situations. The law recognizes that many students have disabilities that cause or at least are related to problem behavior. The law seeks to ensure that students with disabilities are not excluded from school and that their disabilities and any resulting behavior are handled in an appropriate manner. To provide that protection, there are very specific limitations on how a student with a disability can be disciplined.

Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools
These guidelines constitute OSPI’s interpretation of chapters 28A.640 and 28A.642 RCW and of chapter 392-190 WAC and are provided to support school districts’ understanding of their obligations under these laws. The information in this publication is specific to state law and is not inclusive of all obligations required of school districts under federal and state nondiscrimination laws. As recipients of federal financial assistance, school districts are also obligated under federal civil rights laws and regulations, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (34 C.F.R. Part 106), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (34 C.F.R. Part 104), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (28 C.F.R. §35.106), Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (34 C.F.R. Part 100, 42 U.S.C. §2000e, et seq.), and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (34 C.F.R. Part 108). Where federal regulations cover similar substantive areas, these guidelines mirror the federal regulations when consistent with state law.

Washington State Paraeducator Guidelines
ESEA mandates the use of proven strategies that are demonstrated to make a change in student learning and must be provided by well qualified instructors, meaning teachers and paraeducators. The intent of the qualification requirements for teachers and paraeducators is related to research which indicates that the better prepared and more knowledgeable instructors are regarding content and classroom instruction, the greater the likelihood that students will succeed. This then, places a strong emphasis on the teacher and paraeducator working together as an instructional team to ensure students receive coordinated instructional learning experiences.

Truancy – Becca Bill
Attendance is important for academic success, and unexcused absences may be an early warning sign for unaddressed problems with school and future dropout. When youth fail to attend school, they are considered truant. Washington law requires children from age 8 to 17 to attend a public school, private school, or to receive home-based instruction (homeschooling) as provided in subsection (4) of RCW 28A.225.010. Children who are 6- or 7-years-old are not required to be enrolled in school. However, if parents enroll their 6- or 7-year-old, the student must attend full-time. Youth who are 16 or older may be excused from attending public school if they meet certain requirements.

Bullying and Harassment (HIB) Toolkit
The 2010 Legislature passed Substitute House Bill 2801, a Washington State law which prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying (HIB) in our schools. Schools are required to take action if students report they are being bullied. Since August 2011, each school district has been required to adopt the model Washington anti-bullying policy and procedure.

What is an Ombudsman?
The term Ombudsman means citizen’s representative. The creation of the Special Education Ombudsman Program at OSPI demonstrates Washington’s on-going commitment to providing quality educational services to all students. The Ombudsman works neutrally and objectively with all parties to help make sure that eligible students receive services and supports necessary for them to benefit from public education, as guaranteed under federal and state laws.

OSPI – Special Education Resource Library
The Special Education Resource Library is intended to provide guidance and professional development resources on behalf of students with disabilities.

Washington Alternate Assessment System – WAAS
The Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS) is a component of Washington’s comprehensive assessment program focused on providing access for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to the state testing system.

Washington School Staff Database (Education & Employment History)
Washington Schools Data: Find Washington school staff education and employment history as well as current and past salaries using the staff search, or browse by county or region, then school district.

Washington State Learning Standards – Common Core
Common Core is a real-world approach to learning and teaching. Developed by education experts from 45 states, these K-12 learning standards go deeper into key concepts in math and English language arts. The standards require a practical, real-life application of knowledge that prepares Washington students for success in college, work and life.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (Must be present at final IEP Meeting to aide in transition)
Transition Services are a team effort that provides support and guidance to students with disabilities as they prepare to move from high school to the work place. Each student’s transition team includes the student, parents, school staff, and VR Counselors. Transition teams assist students to identify career interests and learn what skills and training are needed to prepare for careers in those fields of interest.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about DVR and its services.

The Arc of Washington State
The Arc of Washington State’s mission is to advocate for the rights and full participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Along with our network of members and chapters, we support and empower individuals and families; connect and inform individuals and families; improve support and service systems; influence public policy; increase public awareness; and inspire inclusive communities.
See their video resources HERE.

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

CADRE
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation’s capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. CADRE is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education to serve as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education. See their Video resources HERE.

PACER Center
Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center® provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities. PACER in for families and their children or young adults with disabilities or special health care needs from birth through  adulthood; educators and other professionals who work with students with or without disabilities; and parents of all children and schools working together to encourage family involvement in education. See their video resources HERE.

 

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The Access Board
The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

The CAP computer/electronic accommodation program
The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990 to improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the DoD and remove the cost of accommodations. The TRICARE Management Activity, a field activity in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), serves as the executive agent for CAP. CAP’s services assist in creating work environments that are more accessible to employees with hearing, visual, dexterity, cognitive and communication impairments. By aligning itself with DoD Components and Federal agencies, promoting awareness, team building, and reengineering, CAP ensures quality and timely support to achieve its mission and increase the representation and retention of people with disabilities in the Federal sector.

The Alliance for Technology Access
Network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. A list of vendor members and links to their web sites is included.

Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication
General site about uses of assistive technology and augmentative communication

NECTAS National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System
NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. This web site is one of an array of services we provide to Part C Coordinators and Section 619 Coordinators and the resources on this site are available to all.

Veterans’ Guide to Paying for College
Information, resources and expert advice on higher education funding and scholarship for veterans.

IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) on line
This archived Web page for The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997

Parent Training and Information Centers for families of children with disabilities by state
Parent centers in each state provide training and information to parents of infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who work with their families. This assistance helps parents participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB)
Flexibility from No Child Left Behind Find out how states can get relief from provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) in exchange for efforts to close achievement gaps, promote rigorous accountability, and ensure that all students are on track to graduate college- and career-ready.

DoDEA homepage
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. DoDEA’s schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents.

DoD Regulations and Directories
A DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) DIRECTIVE is a broad policy document containing what is required by legislation, the President, or the Secretary of Defense to initiate, govern, or regulate actions or conduct by the DoD Components within their specific areas of responsibilities. DoD Directives establish or describe policy, programs, and organizations; define missions; provide authority; and assign responsibilities. One-time tasking and assignments are not appropriate in DoD Directives.

DoDEA Special Education
DoDEA includes the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS). This website will give you an overview along with other information about DoDDS and DDESS schools.

Impact aid/military impacted schools
A partnership to guarantee a continuum of quality education for the Military Child — no matter where the parent is assigned.

OCR – Office of Civil Rights
New link to OCR offices.

Section 504
Department of Health & Human Services. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.

504 Plan – Department of Education
Thie is a link to the U.S. Department of Education. When you click on the link, it downloads the act into a Word Document for you.

Approach to Autism
Approach to Autism is committed to providing valuable information about resources that support the goal of improving the lives for children or adults with ASD. We are passionate about sharing the many great resources that are available now and keeping our information updated as new services are available. Approach to Autism was created to provide this access, at home or on the go!

Medicaid
Medicaid is a jointly-funded, Federal-State health insurance program for certain low-income and needy people. It covers approximately 36 million individuals including children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled, and people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

Waivers Programs
Web site provides Map of State Waiver Programs and Demonstrations – documents associated with pending and approved demonstrations and waiver programs.

Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families. Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs, known as the mesothelium. There are three recognized types of mesothelioma. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common form of the disease, accounting for roughly 70% of cases, and occurs in the lining of the lung known as the pleura. Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the lining of the abdominal cavity, known as the peritoneum and pericardial mesothelioma originates in the pericardium, which lines the heart. Read more: http://www.mesothelioma.com/#ixzz23k4nQKN0

TRICARE
Military Health entitlement. TRICARE benefit information for beneficiaries. Learn all there is to know about your TRICARE benefit.

Final Regulations on Family and Medical Leave
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued final regulations implementing Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA). OPM’s final regulations were published in the Federal Register on December 5, 1996, and were effective on January 6, 1997.

TRICARE ECHO
On September 1, 2005, TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) replaced the existing TRICARE Program for Persons with Disabilities (PFPWD). Beneficiaries who still have authorization approvals for PFPWD can continue on those approvals until the expiration or services are requested and authorized under the ECHO program. This new program will continue to deliver financial assistance to active duty family members who have a qualifying condition as defined by law. It will also continue to offer an integrated set of services and supplies that supplement the basic TRICARE program options-TRICARE Prime (including TRICARE Prime Remote for Active Duty Family Members), TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra. There are many similarities between PFPWD and ECHO, as well as some differences. Now is a good time for beneficiaries to become familiar with the basic requirements and benefits of TRICARE ECHO.

NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. These agencies help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.

National Military Family Association, Inc.
The National Military Family Association is the only private national organization dedicated to identifying and resolving issues of concern to military families. NMFA’s mission is to serve the families of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy.

Military.com
Military.com, the largest online military destination, offers free resources to serve, connect, and inform the 30 million Americans with military affinity: active duty personnel, retirees, veterans, reservists, guard members, defense workers, family members, and those considering military careers.

Military Child Education Coalition
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is working to solve the challenge of helping schools and military installations deliver accurate, timely information to meet transitioning parent and student needs, and in the development and education of children from military families. Our purpose is to share information in order to develop systems and processes to resolve transition issues for military students.

Military OneSource
Whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families… 24/7/365!

Military Homefront
Military Home Front – reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need!

Parent to Parent USA
Emotional & Informational support for families of children who have special needs. For over 36 years Parent to Parent programs across the country have been providing emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’. Promoting access, quality and leadership in parent to parent support across the country.

Military Connection
Military Connection is a woman-owned business located in Simi Valley, California, near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We have been in business since 1999. We take great pride in assisting many military charities. Our mission is to serve the active military including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, the Reserves including Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Reserve and the National Guard. We are also honored to serve Veterans, retirees, DoD civil servants and their spouses and dependents.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
This web site is for families of children with special needs to keep them informed of their rights in the areas of education, health care, and many other topics of concern. The Federation also has several national parent leadership projects in the areas of Early Intervention and School Reform.

Council For Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Make a Wish Foundation
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

Disability Is Natural
Ready for some good news about people with disabilities? Discover a new way of thinking about disabled people, learning disabilities and physical and mental handicaps.

National YMCA for Military Families
We understand that military families are under enormous strain. As a member of the Y, you and your family can spend quality time together and enjoy fun activities in a warm, supportive environment. It’s also a place to meet other military families who can relate to your unique situation.

Personal Ponies
Personal Ponies is a non-profit organization providing ponies to children with disabilities.

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD or ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.

Disability.gov
Connecting the disability community to information and opportunities.

My Autism Team
MyAutismTeam gives you the easiest way to find the best providers who can help your child thrive. Share with other parents like you, and learn from their experience.

Air Force Crossroads
find info about any DOD installation and more

DODEA – Department of Defense Education Activity
Shortly after the end of World War II, the United States military established schools for the children of its service men and women stationed in Europe and the Pacific. Schools for children of military members stationed at various bases in the United States were already well-established. First administered by the military branches they served, the growing number of schools was soon transferred to civilian managers, then organized into two separate but parallel systems: the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) overseas, and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) in the United States. In 1994 the two systems were brought together under an umbrella agency, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Organization The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a civilian agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is headed by a director who oversees all agency functions from DoDEA headquarters in Arlington,Virginia. DoDEA’s schools are divided into three areas, each of which is managed by an area director. Within each of these three areas, schools are organized into districts headed by superintendents. Serving The Military Community DoDEA’s schools serve the children of military service members and Department of Defense civilian employees throughout the world. Children of enlisted military personnel represent 85 percent of the total enrollment in DoDEA schools. DoDEA operates over 200 public schools in 15 districts located in 13 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. All schools within DoDEA are fully accredited by U.S. accreditation agencies. Approximately 8,785 teachers serve DoDEA’s 102,600 students.

National Directory of State Departments of Education
Links to State Departments of Education.