Resources

 

General Information on Learning Disabilities

All Kinds of Minds
Promotes understanding of different kinds of learning styles and applications for the classroom and home. Provides programs, tools, and a common language for parents, educators, and clinicians to help students.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is an organization for parents of children with disabilities and professionals in the field. The site offers information about learning disabilities, the LDA Annual Conference, and publications. The national LDA site links to state chapters of LDA.

Misunderstood Minds
Companion site to the PBS special Misunderstood Minds. Profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. Gives parents and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
Promotes public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. Advocates for improved legislation and works for better services for individuals with learning disabilities.

The National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY’s funding ended in October 2013, but many of its products and web pages are now housed on the Center for Parent Information and Resources website.

National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
Offers information on signs and symptoms, treatment, publications and science news.

NLDline.com
Educating the caregivers and associates of individuals with nonverbal learning disorders (NLD) is the prime goal of this website; next is the desire to network those interested in NLD. Games for children, information for educators, and short essays written by individuals with NLD.

Reading List by Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Thomas Brown’s website presents a new definition and model of ADD/ADHD as essentially a problem with executive functions, the management system of the brain. He has written several of his own books. This link is to his annotated reading list on ADHD and related disorders.

 

Parent Resources

Berkeley Parents Network (BPN)
Bay Area parent-to-parent community email network providing resources and advice. Founded in 1993, the BPN is run by a group of volunteer parents in their “spare” time.

Educational Supplements PinBoard
Pinterest Board with links to projects, assistive technology, crafts, and more.

Parents Education Network
Coalition of professionals and parents of children representing a range of disabilities and ages. Serves parents of special needs children—birth to adulthood and those not yet identified as needing services. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Parents Helping Parents
Non-profit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center. PHP provides education and skills training, information, guidance, and peer support for families with diagnosis of and ongoing impact of childhood disabilities including intellectual, learning, or physical disabilities.

Schwab Foundation for Learning
Non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness about learning differences and providing parents and teachers with the information, resources, and support they need to improve the lives of kids with learning differences.

Smart Kids with LD
Non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD). Provides information, advice and support from experts, parents, and adults living with LD and ADHD.

Inside the Teenage Brain
Chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. Implications for changes in parenting, teaching, and understanding teenagers.

 

Advocacy

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
Non-profit law center in Berkeley, California that investigates complaints of persons with documented learning disabilities who were denied accommodations on high stakes tests. Such high stakes tests include state examinations (like high school “exit exams”), as well as college or post-graduate admissions tests and state licensing exams

Wrightslaw
Information for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

 

Assistive Technology

AbilityHub, Assistive Technology Solutions
Find adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), Assistive Technology
Information and resources on AT tool selection, implementation, and professional development.

“Technology” LD Online
Explores new developments in technology that can accommodate people with learning disabilities.

 

Attention Deficit Disorders

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
National organization of parents and professionals dedicated to children and adults with attention deficit disorder.

ADHD Overview, Website of Edward Hallowell, M.D.
Written by a physician with ADHD, the overview emphasizes Dr. Hallowell’s viewpoint that when ADHD is managed properly it can be an asset to individuals.

 

Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism Speaks
The world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS)
Resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

 

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia.org
Provides information on the nature of dyscalculia, diagnosis, remediation, resources, and links.

 

Dyslexia

The International Dyslexia Society (IDA)
Non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them.

 

Executive Function

“Executive Function 101”, E-book by The National Center for Learning Disabilities
This e-book is designed to explain executive functions in a clear, understandable way and to help you pinpoint the struggles your child might experience. It’s organized into three broad categories where executive skills come into play: learning; behavior and emotions; and social situations and relationships. Each section includes tips for providing support and practice in specific skill areas.

“Executive Function Around the Clock”, Infographic by The National Center for Learning Disabilities
This infographic shows various challenge areas in a day of the life of Josh, a 6th grader who struggles with executive function. This is a good starting point for those new to understanding executive function.

 

Gifted

California Association of Gifted and Talented Students
Organization of educators and parents dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted and talented students. One of the largest state advocacy groups of its kind.

 

Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
Fact sheets about occupational therapy in schools, the role of OT in homework help and organizational skills, sensory integration, and more.

 

Speech/Language Issues

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Resource for speech and language disorders, medical conditions, a checklist of typical speech and language development, and suggestions for helping children with communication disorders in schools.

 

Teaching and Learning Apps

Apps for Students with Disabilities
Sue Ordinetz, PhD. OTR/L has compiled this eleven page list of apps useful for higher education and students with disabilities.

Apps for Children with Special Needs
Produces videos that demonstrate how app products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective.

BridgingApps
BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.

Moms with Apps
Moms With Apps is a collaborative network of developers who create apps for kids. The group’s advocacy and efforts are focused on supporting apps that are designed to respect children and families, and their partnership with the Association for Competitive Technology is based on bringing best practices in online privacy to the forefront of kids’ app development. The website offers blogs and updates about apps for interested and concerned parents.

 
 

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