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Disabilities and Special Education

A guide on using library and other sources to do research and coursework on disabilities in the context of special education.

Professional Associations (Disabilities)

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association  
    This is the website for the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, the world's leading adult AD/HD association. The ADDA website provides information and resources for adults with AD/HD and to the professionals working with them.
  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)  

    Helps to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development of and innovative uses of technology. Provides information on research, theory, tools, activities, curriculum, teacher practice, and policy.
  • Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004  
    This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website and will change and grow as resources and information become available. When fully implemented, the site will provide searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws .
  • LD OnLine: Learning Disabilities Resources  
    An interactive guide to LD information for children, parents and teachers. Includes links to a LD calendar, bulletin boards, audio clips, how to find help and much more.
  • OSERS: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services  
    Offers information on OSERS' programs with links to newsletter, publications, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 1997.
  •   Professional Associations (Special Ed)

    American Council on Rural Special Education

    The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) is an organization comprised of special educators, general educators, related service providers, administrators, teacher trainers, researchers, and parents who are committed to the enhancement of services to students and individuals living in rural America.


    Learning Disabilities Association of America

    In March of 1963, parents of children with learning disabilities representing local support groups from around the country gathered in Chicago for a national conference. These concerned families organized into a national organization which was incorporated in 1964 as the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD). From those beginnings, the Learning Disabilities Association of America has grown to serve tens of thousands of members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them. 


    National Association of Private Special Education Centers

    The National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC) is a non-profit association whose mission is to represent private special education centers and their leaders.  NAPSEC represents about 300 programs nationally and over 400 at the state level through the Council of Affiliated State Associations.


    National Association of Special Education Teachers

    The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education.  NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas.


    National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc.

    For more than 70 years, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education has been providing leadership to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities throughout the United States, the federal territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands.  Aligning policies and practices to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities is critical to ensure their full participation in their education and transition to post-school education, employment and independent living.

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