Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE) Community Alliance for Special Education (CASE) was organized in 1979, the San Francisco Community Alliance for Special Education protects “the lawful educational rights of children with disabilities by fostering the fair and just implementaion of IDEA and state special education law. Advocacy staff help “families and school districts work together when designing appropriate special education programs for students with disabilities, who are at risk for school failure, sothey can succeed in school, get a job and become productive members of their community.”
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) lists approximately 100 organizations dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities. The organizations work 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.”
The Council for Exceptional Children for years has been “dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.” CEC is an umbrella to the following professional groups:
- Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE)
- Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD)
- Division for Research (CEC-DR)
- CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD)
- Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS)
- Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD)
- Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD)
- Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT)
- Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
- Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
- Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES)
- Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD)
- Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities (DPHMD)
- Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)
- The Association for the Gifted (TAG)
- Technology and Media Division (TAM)
- Teacher Education Division (TED)
Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee “advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society. Please explore our website for further information about how we may be able to help you, a friend, or a family member. Our site not only provides information about the services we provide, but other resources that may be valuable in your quest for information.”
Do-It is a website through the University of Washinton that provides links to technology involving special education. While it isn’t pretty to look at and it discussed Universal Design in Education (often unclear) there are topics and ideas related to assistive technology that may be worth exploring.
Education Lessons From A Sparkly District is by Julie B. from New Jersey. She is a special education advocate. She writes many blog posts surrounding current issues having to do with special education and I always learn something new from her.
Exceptional Delaware is a great website and blog if you have a child with special needs and live Delaware. This website is helpful to those outside of Delaware too.
Family Voices of North Dakota “is there to help families because we are too are parents who have children/youth and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges.”
4 A Better Education is a Facebook page involving special education issues.
IDEA Money Watch founded by Candace Cortiella tracks the use of federal dollars for special education services. This is a project of The Advocacy Institute. It is up-to-date and often an eye-opener!
IN Source Indiana Resource Center for Families with Special Needs began in 1975 to serve Indiana “families of infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities.” Volunteers are mostly parents of students with disabilities helping with educational programs and services.
Life’s A Poodle is a whimsical website by two moms who understand learning differences and the arts and decided to write about them. You can embrace diversity and find joy in the challenge. I like this website and the women who run it. It will make you smile.
Marcie Lipsitt/Education Advocate is a blog and also a place to go when you are wondering how to navigate the rough waters of special education in Michigan and in the federal government. Marcie provides help to parents and information on her website for special education news and views. This is a treasure for those concerned about the state of special education and students with disabilities. She does not hold back on her fight for the best treatment and education for children and teens. Marcie is also founder and co-chair of a popular FB page called Michigan Alliance for Special Education.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has been around for decades and has been a go-to website for families and educators seeking to learn information about how to find support for young students and students with disabilities. My website is a work in progress and when I went to add NICHCY to the section on Special Education, I learned to my shock and dismay, NICHCY has been shut down as of September 30, 2013. Parents and teachers, the resources and information will be available for a year from that date. The sections on the website include the following: Disabilities, Babies and Toddlers, Children (2-22), Disability & Education, Laws and Research and a section for those who speak Spanish. I am uncomfortable when groups who provide valuable information for children and children with disabilities go under. I wonder why the U.S. Department of Education quit funding this organization and will delete the whole site which includes resources and research. In the meantime, go to the site while it is still available and make use of their information.
SPEDWatch is a Massachusetts grassroots organization that advocates for the special education rights of children in public schools. The group, founded by parent activist Ellen Chambers, seeks to maintain public school compliance with special education law.
Technology and Media division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children works to assist students with disabilities through technology. The topics are relevant to tech use in today’s classrooms.
Troy LaRaviere’s Blog post about the loss of special education services in Chicago Public Schools was informative, but there are many other great posts about CPS and reform too! I liked how he spoke in this particular post “Like Thieves in the Night: Deceptive CPS Student Service Cuts Spark Principal Uprising” about the loss of real jobs and how such loss would affect students with special needs. Describing how principals were treated in this process was also revealing. Troy is a principal, and how he manages to find the time to pen anything is amazing. If you put his name in Google you will find plenty more activism for children involving CPS.
Wrightslaw, created by Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright, provides information for parents, educators, and special education advocates about “special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.” Links are provided to Advocacy and Law Libraries on many topics. Wrightslaw presents training programs across the country.
A Room with a Differentiated View: How to Serve ALL Children by Joanne Yatvin
Bringing Out the Best: A Guide For Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espeland
Children With Learning Disabilities: Theories, Diagnosis, and Teaching Strategies by Janet W. Lerner
The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child by Lawrence M. Siegel
Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.
English-Only Teachers in Mixed-Language Classrooms: A Survival Guide by Joanne Yatvin
Genius Denied by Jan & Bob Davidson
Group Activities to Include Students With Special Needs by Julia Wilkins
The Illusion of Full Inclusion Edited by by James M. Kauffman and Daniel P. Hallahan
Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected by Laura E. Marshak and Fran P. Prezant
The Sibling Slam Book: What it’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Don Meyer and David Gallager
Views From Our Shoes : Growing Up With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Joseph Meyer
You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Children with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom by Paula Kluth