Resources

Organizations offering reliable Information on learning disabilities and ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)  is a not-for-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition to an informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications, and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span.  CLD promotes and disseminates evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA )  is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

LD Online  is a web resource on learning disabilities and ADHD for parents, teachers, and other professionals. It offers the latest information on issues such as learning disabilities, ADHD, special education, assessment, legal issues, current research, and instructional strategies.

Learning Disability Association of America (LDA) is a national, non-profit, volunteer organization including individuals with learning disabilities, their families and professionals. LDA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families, to alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities, and to supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities.

National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities includes information and resources provided by an established network of individuals and organizations experienced in minority research and special education. It also provides a parent resource network and publications for teachers, parents, and others.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)  is a national non-profit organization that provides comprehensive and accessible information on learning and attention problems including videos, articles, fact sheets.  NCLD seeks to raise public awareness and understanding, furnish national information and referrals, and arrange educational programs and legislative advocacy.

National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a national committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities.

National Resource Center on ADHD (NRC) was established as the national clearinghouse for the latest evidence-based information on ADHD. The NRC provides comprehensive information and support to individuals with ADHD, their families and friends, and the professionals involved in their lives.

ReadingRockets.org provides detailed information about learning to read and strategies for supporting struggling readers at home, at school, and in the community. It offers news, practical information, expert advice, and resources for parents, teachers, tutors, child care providers, and policy makers.

TeachingLD is a service of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children, an international professional organization consisting of teachers, psychologists, clinicians, administrators, higher education professionals, parents, and others. Its purpose is to promote the education and general welfare of persons with learning disabilities, encourage interaction among the many disciplinary groups who are concerned with learning disabilities, foster research and advocate for exemplary practices in the field.

Information on disability advocacy and law

The Advocacy Institute  is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.  They offer a parent guide to the IDEA, parent training, and webinars for parents and professionals.

Wrightslaw  offers accurate up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities, a newsletter and several helpful publications.

Resources and services focusing on technology and disability

Bookshare.org  provides a free accessible online library (190,000+ titles) for people with learning disabilities.

Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)   is a nonprofit research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning.

Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD)  is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies of interest to families of children with disabilities.

Learning Ally  (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) provides audio books, textbooks, and other classroom materials available for loan. Individuals with learning disabilities are eligible to participate but must complete the certification requirements.

Current information on teaching and learning

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) replaces the former Office of Educational Research and Improvement, which had formerly been responsible for education research and statistics and reflects the intent of the President and Congress to advance the field of education research, making it more rigorous in support of evidence-based education.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

Government  disability resources and information

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

DisabilityInfo.gov is the comprehensive Federal website of disability-related government resources.

National Information Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)  is a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. You also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education. State Resource Sheets will help you connect with the disability agencies and organizations in your state.