General Information on Learning Disabilities

  • Friends of Quinn
    Online community for those living with learning differences, as well as friends, parents, and family.
  • 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.
  • LD Education Programs
    Friends of Quinn has compiled this list of schools and colleges with LD programs.
  • 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.
  • Types of Learning Disorders and Their Signs
    Information on the Helpguide.org website on learning disabilities and disorders.

Parent Resources

  • 15 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook
    Article that informs parents of popular apps, how they work, and what to monitor to keep children safe.
  • AcccessEd Foundation
    East Bay area non-profit that provides need-based scholarships to K-12 students for tutoring and other educational support services.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    NCES fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.
  • 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.
  • Understood
    With the right support, parents can help children with learning and attention issues unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood is the joint effort of 15 nonprofit organizations aiming to be that support.

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.
  • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
    Founded in 1979, DREDF is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities. DREDF’s mission is to advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.
  • Wrightslaw
    Information for parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Assistive Technology

Attention Deficit Disorders

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).

Cerebral Palsy

  • Cerebral Palsy Guide
    Offers information about cerebral palsy, its treatments and how to find doctors or legal help.

College Resources

Dyscalculia

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

Dyslexia

Early Reading

  • Get Ready to Read!
    Intended for use with all children, the early literacy resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

Executive Function

Gifted

Occupational Therapy

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.

Study Skills

  • Study Skills Tips
    A tips list for students with LD, compiled by Friends of Quinn.
  • Study.com
    Offers a 5-day free trial with access to thousands of video lessons in a variety of subjects. Basic membership is $49.99 a month. Suitable for students, teachers, and institutions.

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.
  • Parents Helping Parents iTECH Center
    PHP’s iTECH Center is a preview and demonstration center for Assistive Technology. They offer workshops and the opportunity to gain “hands-on” experience with assistive devices, instructional software and apps.
  • Parents Helping Parents, Useful Apps, Extensions and Add-Ons Using Chrome
    The PHP iTECH Center has prepared this list in conjunction with their workshop, which demonstrates many good educational apps and extensions that are available when using Google Chrome.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided in an effort to help people find local professionals and resources. We do not recommend or endorse any particular referral source, type of professional, or specific professional.