National Education Resources

National Education Resources provides newsletters, information and resources to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities, and protect and advance the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training.

Rural Resources

American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES)
Utah State University
2865 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-2865
(435)797 3728

The American Council on Rural Special Education was founded to enhance services to students and individuals with disabilities living in rural areas. A few goals are to promote cultural diversity and the empowerment of minorities and members of traditionally under-represented groups in providing services to individuals with exceptional needs, their families, and service providers; and promote the growth and development of each member of the organization; foster quality education and services for individuals with exceptional needs living in rural America. Members may subscribe to the ACRES e-mail distribution list.

Rural Institute on Disabilities
(800) 732-0323

Special Education

American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials
(800) 228-4689

Association for Career Technical Education
(800) 826-9972 (V/TTY)

Association for Childhood Education International
(800) 423-3563

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
(877) 277-2744

Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 7
CESA #7 is one of the best parent-friendly sites providing information on IEPs, educating students with autism, and other special needs.
Cooperative Educational Service Agency No. 7

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091-1589
(888) 232-7733
(703) 620-3660

CEC is an international, professional association with over 52,000 educator members who are primarily special education teachers, administrators, college faculty, and education consultants. Their principal purpose is to advance the education of all exceptional children and youth. DLD is the division of the CEC that focuses on the special needs of individuals with learning disabilities. CEC conducts an annual conference and publishes a newsletter and magazines.

Early Childhood and Parenting Collaborative
(877) 275-3227 (V/TTY)

ERIC System (Educational Resources Information Center)
(800) 538-3742

Federal Student Aid Information Center
(800) 433-3243 (V; English/Spanish)
(800) 730-8913 (TTY)

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
(888) 300-6710 (toll free)
(412) 341-1515

A parent-driven national organization offering support groups and information to help families dealing with learning disabilities.

National Alliance of Black School Educators
(800) 221-2654

National Association for Child Development
PO Box 1639
Ogden, UT 84402-1639
(801) 623-8606

The National Association for Child Development (NACD) is a group which focuses on evaluating each child's level of development, and then devises a personalized home program to improve that development. ABA is directed toward skill building, while NACD utilizes exercises to stimulate the brain to improve overall function. It includes a combination of sensory issues, language function, fine and gross motor function, sequential and tonal processing function as well as academic acceleration. Like ABA, this involves an intense one-on-one program with many drills and activities based on a personal evaluation.

National Black Child Development Institute
1101 15th Street, NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 833-2220
(202) 833-8222 (Fax)

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: early health and education, child welfare, and parenting. NBCDI believes every African American child has the right to: live in good health, learn and grow within a safe environment, care and protection within the family, develop a positive self image, and take pride in their african american heritage and culture.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
800) 424-2460

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition & Language Instruction Educational Programs (NCELA)
(800) 321-6223

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
PO Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013-1492
(800) 695-0285
(800) 888-8441 (fax)

Find information about disabilities, special education, and related services for children in school. Includes information on individualized education programs (IEPs), disability organizations, professional associations, laws, and early intervention services for infants and toddlers.

National Information Center for Educational Media
(800) 926-8328 (V/TTY)

National Institute for Literacy - Literacy Hotline
(800) 228-8813 (V; English/Spanish)
(877) 576-7734 (TTY)

National Library of Education (NLE)
(800) 424-1616 (English/Spanish)

National Library Service for the
Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)

The Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20542
(202) 707-5100

Provides reading materials in braille, and as a talking book from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

National Middle School Association
(800) 528-6672

New York State Talking Book & Braille Library
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230-0001
(800) 342-3688
(518) 474-5935

Provides books and reading materials in braille and as a talking book, along with special book player. Must submit signed form from a physician stating an individual has a learning disability or is visually impaired.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
phone: (800) 221-4792
phone: (609) 452-0606
FAX: (609) 987-8116

RFB&D provides educational materials at every academic level in recorded and computerized formats to individuals who are unable to use standard print. Books, texts, and reference materials are available to people with dyslexia, or with visual, perceptual, or physical disabilities.

National Organizations for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

Chester Building, Suite 382
8600 La Salle Road
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044
(410) 296-0232
(410) 321-5069

The IDA is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. IDA offers an international network that brings professionals in the field of dyslexia and parents together for a common purpose. Contact IDA for referral services for testing and tutoring, and for free information on assistive technologies; medical and educational research; national and local conferences and seminars; legislation; public awareness; and effective teaching methods.

Schwab Learning
1650 South Amphlett Blvd, Suite 300
San Mateo, CA 94402-2516

Schwab Learning is a nonprofit service of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation dedicated to helping kids with learning differences be successful in learning and life. They develop and deliver resources that provide parents of kids with learning differences -- and kids themselves -- with information, support and guidance. Schwab Learning services are delivered through two Web sites: one designed specifically for parents and another created expressly for kids, as well as outreach and community services.

U.S. Department of Education Information Resource Center
(800) 872-5327 (V; English/Spanish)
(800) 437-0833 (TTY)

Parent-friendly site provides useful information on IEPs, and special education publications related to education and autism.

Speech, Language
And Hearing Disorders

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(800) 638-8255
(301) 897-5700

ASHA is a membership organization comprised of speech/language pathologists and audiologists. It also provides information and referrals to the public on speech, language, cp, communication, and hearing disorders. Also ASHA assists those having difficulty getting health insurance providers to pay for speech/language services.

National Black Association for
Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

PO Box 50605
Washington, D.C. 20091-0605
(202) 274-6162
(202) 274-6350 (fax)

NBASLH (pronounced “in bahz la” or /nbazle/) promotes an increase in the number of certified Black speech-language and hearing professionals, research and development of the identification, diagnosis, and treatment of Blacks with communication disorders, advocacy, provide information to the public on communication differences and disorders among Blacks.

Communication Aid Manufacturers Association
(800) 441-2262

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Clearinghouse
(800) 241-1044 (V; English/Spanish)
(800) 241-1055 (TTY)

National Stuttering Association
(800) 937-8888

Stuttering Foundation of America
(800) 992-9392

Protection and
Advocacy Organizations

National Association for
Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA)

The final report of the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, issued in 2004, calls for universal mental health screening of universal mental health screening of American children, and the Center for Mental Health Services and Congress are poised to take action.

National Coalition for Disability Rights
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004
(800) 949-4232

Provides thousands of documents related to Americans with Disabilities Act and other resources.

National Guardianship Association
The mission of the National Guardianship Association is to establish and promote a nationally recognized standard of excellence in guardianship. Includes state guardian resources and a list of registered and master guardians.

Higher Education

Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
PO Box 21192
Columbus, OH 43221-0192
(614) 488-4972
(614) 488-1174 (fax)

AHEAD is an international, multicultural membership organization of post-secondary institutions and professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. AHEAD's members are typically involved in the development of policy and in the provision of support services to persons with disabilities in higher education. The Association offers training programs, workshops, publications, and conferences.

Higher Education and the Handicapped (HEATH)
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036-1193
(800) 544-3284 (toll free for general information)
(202) 939-9320
(202) 833-4760 (fax)

The HEATH Resource Center operates the national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for persons with disabilities. The Center serves as an information exchange on educational support services; policies and procedures; adaptations; and opportunities at American campuses, vocational-technical schools, adult education programs, independent living centers, and other post-secondary training entities.


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