Web and Local Resources

General Organizations

BEACH Center on Disabilitywww.beachcenter.org
Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilitieswww.Nichcy.org
National Council on Disabilitywww.ncd.gov
National Easter Seals Societywww.easterseals.com
National Organization for Rare Disorderswww.rarediseases.org
National Organization on Disabilitywww.nod.org
PACER CENTER, Champions for children with disabilitieswww.pacer.org
Parents helping Parentswww.php.com
Special Olympics Internationalwww.specialolympics.org
Very Special Artswww.vsarts.org

Specific Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilitieswww.aaidd.org
American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationwww.asha.org
Autism Society of Americawww.autism-society.org
Brain Injury Associationwww.biausa.org
CHADD Children and Adults with ADDwww.chadd.org
Council for Exceptional Childrenwww.cec.sped.org
Council for Learning Disabilitieswww.cldinternational.org
Department of Health and Human Serviceswww.hhs.gov
Hydrocephalus Associationwww.hydroassoc.org
International Dyslexia Associationwww.interdys.org
Learning Disabilities Association of Americawww.ldantl.org
National Alliance for the Mentally Illwww.nami.org
National Center for Learning Disabilitieswww.ncld.org
National Center on Stutteringwww.stuttering.com
National Down Syndrome Societywww.ndss.org
The Epilepsy Foundation of Americawww.epilepsyfoundation.org
United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc.www.ucp.org
The Epilepsy Foundation of Americawww.epilepsyfoundation.org

Educational Resources

Assistive Technologywww.closingthegap.com
Connecticut State Department of Educationwww.sde.ct.gov/sde/
Inclusion Press Homepagewww.inclusion.com
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)www.nasbe.org
National Parent Network on Disabilities (NPND)www.npnd.org
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of Americawww.resna.org
US Department of Educationwww.ed.gov

LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS

School-based groups, such as the PTA and Special Education Parent Reps, cannot provide the disability-specific support we often need. Following is a list of local support groups, recommended by PTA Council SpedParents Committee members.

Autism

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Centerwww.ct-asrc.org
CT FEAT (Families for Effective Treatment of Autism)www.ctfeat.org
Autism Society of Connecticutwww.autismsocietyofct.org

Learning Disabilities

SmartKids with Learning Disabilitieswww.smartkidswithld.org
Recording for the Blind & Dyslexicwww.rfbd.org
CACLD (CT Association for Children with Learning Disabilities)www.cacld.org
LDACT (Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut)www.ldact.org

Down Syndrome

CT Down Syndrome Congresswww.ctdownsyndrome.org

Tourette Syndrome

CT Tourette Syndrome Associationwww.tsact.org

Hearing Impairment

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearingwww.agbellct.org

Helpful to many families is Pizza Moms, an informal information sharing & support group. They meet for supper at 7:30 pm the first Tuesday of every month, at Post Corner Pizza in Darien. Contact Nanette Jordan at nanette618@gmail.com. http://sites.google.com/site/pizzamomssite/

Bookmarked as a favorite website should be Spednet - www.spednet.org. Locally based and regularly updated with meetings and events, it is an excellent resource.

Lastly, please let us know about organizations that have been useful to you, we'd like to include them on this list. Contact yourPTA Special Education school representative, or email us at SpedParents@Westport.k12.ct.us.


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