Online Resources

Georgetown Special Education Webpage

http://www.gssapp.org/GeorgetownPublicSchools/studentservices/

Federal

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education 

http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home - OSEP’s  Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) website 

http://dww.ed.gov/site/ - Doing What Works – Research-based Education Practices Online - Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice. 

http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/ - What Works Clearinghouse – US Department of Education –A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education, latest research studies.

http://www.rti4success.org  - National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI), US Office of Special Education Programs, presentations on strategies for assessment & interventions.

http://www.childfindidea.org/overview.htm - Overview of the Child Find System, a requirement of IDEA to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities who are in need of early intervention. 

 

State of MA

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/parents.html - MA Dept of Education, Special Education, Parent Information

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/ - MA Dept of Education, Special Education

policies, laws, parent information, IEP’s, 504’s, PACS, (disability) definitions

www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/603CMR28.html - MA Education Laws and Regulations: Special Education 

www.doe.mass.edu/sped/iep/  – The IEP Process Guide & Suggested Practices 

www.doe.mass.edu/sped/2001/elig_drft01.pdf - Is Special Education the Right Service 

www.doe.mass.edu/sped/prb/ - A Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards 

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/definitions.html MA Dept of Education, definitions of the 10 Areas of Disability. 

www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/ - DESE Program Review Reports for all public schools in Massachusetts

www.spedchildmass.com - SPED Child and Teen Listing Disability Camps, Services & Events

www.fcsn.org - Federation for Children with Special Needs – Informing, Educating, Empowering Families. 

www.masspac.org - Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils

www.glec.org - Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative (Georgetown’s collaborative) 

http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/alt/about.html - MCAS-Alt - MCAS Alternate Assessment

 

Advocates

www.spanmass.org - A Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (directory of local advocates) 

www.napas.org - States Protection and Advocacy Systems, National Disability Rights Network

www.massadvocates.org/special_education - Massachusetts Advocates for Children 

www.specialneedsadvocacyinstitute.com

http://www.advocatesinc.org/

 

Ten Areas of Disability per the DOE

Autism - 

www.autismspeaks.com

www.autismsupportnetwork.com

www.aane.org - Asperger’s Association of New England

Communication Impairment (speech and language)

www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/ American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Developmental Delay - www.devdelay.org - Developental Delay Resources (DDR)

Emotional Impairment (anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, OCD, etc)

http://nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml - National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/emotional.html

  www.pbkisd.org - Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation Educational Advocacy Center

Health Impairments, includes asthma, attention deficit disorder or attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder, diabetes, epilepsy, a heart condition, hemophilia, lead poisoning, leukemia, nephritis, rheumatic fever, and sickle cell anemia, if such health impairment adversely affects a student's educational performance.

Intellectual Impairment/Disability - http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dd/ddmr.htm

www.mass.gov/dmr - Department of Developmental Services

Physical Impairment – includes cerebral palsy, spina bifida, limb absences, muscular dystrophy, and more. 

www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/pi.html - Special Education, Physical Impairment

Neurological Impairment (brain trauma+other)

Sensory Impairment (visually & hearing impaired)

www.perkins.org Perkins School for the Blind, including a Braille & talking book library. 

www.deafchildren.org - American Society for Deaf Children

Specific Learning Disability (& ADHD)

  www.ldonline.org  - Information on learning disabilities & ADHD, SPED Glossary   

  www.ld.org - National Center for Learning Disabilities 

  http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/dyslexia/dyslexia.htm - 

  The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke Dyslexia Information Page

  http://www.drhallowell.com/ - Dr. Edward Hallowell, Driven to Distraction,

  also Hallowell Centers in Needham, Sudbury & NYC 

  www.chadd.org - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

 

Private Informational Organizations & Websites

http://specialed.about.com/ - About.com - Special Ed, IEP’s, Lesson Plans, Behavior Issues 

www.fcsn.org - Federation for Children with Special Needs; Boston, MA 800-331-0688; private organization provides support and direction to families and their communities. 

www.cec.sped.org - The Council for Exceptional Children: The voice and vision of special education.

www.nichcy.org - The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

www.ideapartnership.org - Idea Partnership, dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities through shared work and learning. 

www.wrightslaw.com - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. 

http://www.clcm.org/special_ed.htm - Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts - SPED

www.richweinfeld.com - Dr. Richard Weinfeld, Smart Kids Who Learn Differently

www.mdsc.org - Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress 1-800-644-MDSC Melrose, MA

www.allkindsofminds.org  - All Kinds of Minds, for students struggling with memory/attention/language issues. 

www.friendshipconnectiononline.com - Center for Social Skills Development at Riverstones Counseling (offers parent advocacy, parent training/support, home-based intervention, social skills development groups, school consultations. 

www.socialthinking.com - Maria Garcia Winner, Teaching Social Thinking to Individuals……

www.earlyinterventionsupport.com - special needs resources & support (Welcome toHolland)

www.childrensdisabilities.info - Children’s Disabilities Info – articles & resources + books

http://parentpals.com/gossamer/pages/ Special Education Resources & Guide

http://dyslexia-parent.com - Dyslexia Parent Resource

http://www.ricklavoie.com/gateindex.html

 

Accommodations & Modifications/Classroom Strategies

http://www.dphilpotlaw.com/html/accommodations.html - Dorene J. Philpot, Esq. 

http://www.ldat.org/ld_info/accommodations.html - Classroom A&M for students with learning disabilities, The Learning Disabilities Association of Texas

http://www.childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/teacher.shtml - - Child Development Institute: Suggested Classroom Interventions

http://www.mindspace.bravepages.com/strategies.htm - Classroom Strategies for students with attention difficulties. 

 

Section 504

www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/504_IDEA_Rosenfeld.html - Section 504 and IDEA

http://www.ldonline.org/article/Understanding_the_Differences_Between_IDEA_and_Section_504

http://www.ldonline.org/article/5975

http://www2.ed.gov/pubs/parents/Including/chapter3.html - Finding Services and Supports Under the Law

http://www.doe.mass.edu/sped/links/sec504.html - Section 504 and ADA

 

Title 1 (reading & math)

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html - US Dept. of Education, Title 1 description

 

Reading Programs

www.readnaturally.com - Read Naturally (computer-assisted, builds fluency) 

www.greatleaps.com - Great Leaps (builds fluency)

www.orton-gillingham.com - Orton Gillingham Inst. For Multi-sensory education

www.wilsonlanguage.com - Wilson Language Training/Reading System

www.readingrockets.org - Reading Comprehension Strategies & Language Arts Teaching 

www.sra4kids.com - The Reach System

www.benchmarkschool.org - Benchmark Word Detectives Program 

www.writegroup.com - Fast Trace Reading Program 

www.scholastic.com - READ 180

www.language-use.net - Language! A Literacy Intervention Curriculum

www.sopriswest.com REWARDS (Reading Excellence: Word Attach and Rate Development Strategies) 

www.hampton-brown.com - High Point

www.spellread.com - Spell Read P.A.T (Phonemic Analysis Training), small groups

www.readwritetype.com - The Read, Write & Type! Learning System

www.lblp.com - Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program 

 

Special Education Schools & Summer Programs

www.landmarkschool.org - The Landmark School - Embracing potential, empowering lives. A school for students with language-based learning disabilities. 429 Hale St., Beverly, MA 

www.learningskillsacademy.org - Learning Skills Academy in Rye, NH

www.melmark.org - The Melmark School (PA & MA) for those with developmental disabilites

www.perkins.org - Perkins School for the Blind

www.bu.edu/mysummer/reading - Boston U. Reading and Study Skills Program

www.sstcinc.net - Stepping Stones Therapy Center – Mass therapy center for children with sensory integration.

www.newenglandacademy.net - New England Academy

www.riverviewschool.org - Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA 

 

Other Special Ed Advisory Council Websites with lots of great information! 

www.absepac.org - Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council 

www.andoversepac.org - Andover SEPAC

www.brooklinesepac.org - Brookline SEPAC

www.concordspedpac.org - The Concord SPED PAC website, check out for DOE info, testing and evaluation, IEP’s, 504’s, team meeting preparation, conflict resolution, parent education, recommended books, specialized school programs, therapy methods, professional help, laws, local recreation, and more! This site has won national recognition for “Best PAC website”! 

www.concordspedpac.org/Pacs-in-Mass.html - Alphabetical listing--117 Mass SPED PAC sites

www.cohassetsepac.org - Cohasset Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) 

www.lexsepac.org - Lexington SEPAC

www.masspac.org - Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils 

http://www.northandoverpublicschools.com/parent/naps_parent_advisory_council.cfm

www.ttsepac.com - Masconomet (Tri-Town) Parents Advisory Council 

www.ssepac.org - Sharon Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) 

www.westonpac.org - WestonPAC for Special Education 

www.winspecialedpac.com - Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) 

 

Other Local Schools

www.aps1.net - Andover Public Schools

www.beverlyschools.org - Beverly Public Schools

www.chelmsford.k12.ma.us - Chelmsford Public Schools

www.masconomet.org - Masconomet school district

www.methuen.k12.ma.us - Methuen Public Schools 

www.newburyport.k12.ma.us - Newburyport Public Schools

www.northandoverpublicschools.com - North Andover Public Schools

www. ps.north-reading.k12.ma.us/Pages/index – North Reading Public Schools 

www.prsd.org - Pentucket Regional School District      

www.trsd.net - Triton School District 

 

Bullying, the Law & Prevention

http://www.olweus.org/public/laws_massachusetts.page - MA State Laws 

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/harassment.index.htm - Wrightslaw: Bullying & Harrassment

http://www.abilitypath.org/areas-of-development/learning--schools/bullying/articles/walk-a-mile-in-their-shoes.pdf - Bullying and the Child with Special Needs

http://parentingsquad.com/five-ways-protect-your-child-with-special-needs-from-bullying

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