Education Organization Resources
- Access IT, National Center for Accessible Information Technology in Education
AccessIT helps educational institutions make information technology accessible to all students and education-based employees. AccessIT facilitates the implementation of policies, procedures, and practices that promote the procurement and use by educational entities of accessible information technology that applies universal design principles and meets recognized standards.
- AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability
AHEAD is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities.
- CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology)
CAST is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology. CAST offers programs on Universal Design for Learning, Accessing the General Curriculum.
- Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Education Task Force
The Education Task Force monitors federal legislation and regulations that address the educational needs of children with disabilities and their families, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs. The Education Task Force advocates for enhance opportunities for children under these laws.
- Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
See CEC's information on public policy and legislation for information on legislation affecting the education of children with disabilities.
- DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology)
DO-IT is comprised of people with disabilities successfully pursuing academics and careers; programs to promote the use of technology to maximize the independence, productivity, and participation of people with disabilities; and professional development for K-12 educators and post-secondary faculty and administrators.
- EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information
EASI is the premiere provider of online training on adaptive technology and how institutions can provide barrier-free computer and information technology systems for persons with disabilities. EASI keeps informed about developments and advancements within the adaptive computer technology field and disseminates that information to colleges, universities, K-12 schools, libraries and into the workplace.
- HEATH (Higher Education and the Handicapped)
- National Center on Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
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 to Improve Practice (NCIP)
NCIPnet focuses on special education and technology, assistive technology, augmentative and alternate communication.
- National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
This center seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities and their families.
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is a nonprofit organization that provides information resources at the national and state levels for children and youth with disabilities.
- National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities
The National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities (NTA), based at the University of Montana, is jointly funded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor to promote the transition of youth with disabilities toward desired post-school experiences, including gainful employment, postsecondary education and training, and independent living.
- National Youth Employment Coalition (NYET), Program and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet)
NYEC is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to promoting policies and initiatives that help youth succeed in becoming lifelong learners, productive workers, and self-sufficient citizens. PEPNet is a system and an information base for identifying and promoting what works in youth employment and development.
- Office of Special Education Programs, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP administers the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers. These programs are intended to ensure that the rights of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their parents are protected.
- Rural Education Technology Alliance (RETA)
Five companies with expertise in education technology have joined together to form RETA. RETA aims to collaborate with companies, education associations, rural organizations, and policymakers on ways to support, promote, and implement strategies to improve education technology in rural schools.
- Technical Assistance for Parents Centers-the Alliance
The Alliance is an innovative project that focuses on providing technical assistance for establishing, developing, and coordinating Parent Training and Information Projects and Community Parent Resource Centers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
WebAIM is administered through a grant provided by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Learning Anywhere Anytime Partnerships (LAAP). Its goal is to improve accessibility to online learning opportunities for all people; in particular to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities who currently may have a difficult time getting access to postsecondary online learning opportunities.
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities. Topics covered on the website range from ADD/ADHD, autism, assistive technology, high-stakes testing, reimbursement for private placements, individualized education programs, letter writing and documentation, and teachers' rights, and more. The website also offers a weekly online newsletter, Special Ed Advocate to which interested individuals can subscribe. Wrightslaw also offers a State Yellow Pages on Special Education [http://www.fetaweb.com/help/states.htm] resource guide, which provides many kinds of resources for states on their special education implementation-from government programs, to grassroots organizations and parent support groups. As of July 2002, more than half the states have been completed.
Online Media Resources in Special Education
- The Beacon: The Journal of Special Education Law and Practice
The Beacon is a free online journal, from Harbor House Law Press, that provides a forum for practicing attorneys and advocates. The first issue (July-August 2001) focused on mediation and negotiation.
- Ed Net Briefs
Weekly newsletter about summaries of the most important education-related news of the week.
- Ed Week Update
Weekly newsletter about what's new on the Education Week site. (Note: Besides Ed Week Update, several other education publications are available at this site for subscription.)
- IDEA News
Monthly newsletter from the IDEA Practices site; includes IDEA news, conferences and events, new products, and resources.
- LD News
Published by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, this online newsletter provides news about dyslexia, learning disabilities, and ADD/ADHD.
- LDOnline Report
LD Online Report is a free monthly newsletter from LD OnLine. It offers news about learning disabilities, articles, and events. Subscriptions are available via the Free Newsletter box on the left side of the home page.
- Special Ed Advocate
This free, online newsletter is a product of Wrights Law, a private special education
advocacy organization for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. Subscription
information is located at the bottom of the home page of Wrights Law.
This newsletter is a joint venture of Stinson Law Associates & the Center for Education Rights. This newsletter sends out announcements about new special education decisions and information about training and seminars.
- Special Ed Newsline
Each weekend, in addition to the news that has been posted during the week on this website, the Newsline will highlight a new, timely lesson plan idea for educators and provide a heads up for upcoming major conferences and meetings related to educating or providing services for students with disabilities. The Special Ed Newsline is free.
Back to Top