Online Resources

Georgetown Special Education Webpage

Federal - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education - OSEP’s  Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) website - 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. - What Works Clearinghouse – US Department of Education –A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education, latest research studies.  - National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI), US Office of Special Education Programs, presentations on strategies for assessment & interventions. - 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 - MA Dept of Education, Special Education, Parent Information - MA Dept of Education, Special Education

policies, laws, parent information, IEP’s, 504’s, PACS, (disability) definitions - MA Education Laws and Regulations: Special Education  – The IEP Process Guide & Suggested Practices - Is Special Education the Right Service - A Parent’s Notice of Procedural Safeguards MA Dept of Education, definitions of the 10 Areas of Disability. - DESE Program Review Reports for all public schools in Massachusetts - SPED Child and Teen Listing Disability Camps, Services & Events - Federation for Children with Special Needs – Informing, Educating, Empowering Families. - Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils - Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative (Georgetown’s collaborative) - MCAS-Alt - MCAS Alternate Assessment


Advocates - A Special Needs Advocacy Network, Inc. (directory of local advocates) - States Protection and Advocacy Systems, National Disability Rights Network - Massachusetts Advocates for Children


Ten Areas of Disability per the DOE

Autism - - Asperger’s Association of New England

Communication Impairment (speech and language) American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Developmental Delay - - Developental Delay Resources (DDR)

Emotional Impairment (anxiety, ADHD, bipolar, eating disorders, OCD, etc) - National Institute of Mental Health - 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 - - Department of Developmental Services

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

Neurological Impairment (brain trauma+other)

Sensory Impairment (visually & hearing impaired) Perkins School for the Blind, including a Braille & talking book library. - American Society for Deaf Children

Specific Learning Disability (& ADHD)  - Information on learning disabilities & ADHD, SPED Glossary - National Center for Learning Disabilities - 

  The National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke Dyslexia Information Page - Dr. Edward Hallowell, Driven to Distraction,

  also Hallowell Centers in Needham, Sudbury & NYC - Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder


Private Informational Organizations & Websites - - Special Ed, IEP’s, Lesson Plans, Behavior Issues - Federation for Children with Special Needs; Boston, MA 800-331-0688; private organization provides support and direction to families and their communities. - The Council for Exceptional Children: The voice and vision of special education. - The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Idea Partnership, dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities through shared work and learning. - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. - Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts - SPED - Dr. Richard Weinfeld, Smart Kids Who Learn Differently - Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress 1-800-644-MDSC Melrose, MA  - All Kinds of Minds, for students struggling with memory/attention/language issues. - Center for Social Skills Development at Riverstones Counseling (offers parent advocacy, parent training/support, home-based intervention, social skills development groups, school consultations. - Maria Garcia Winner, Teaching Social Thinking to Individuals…… - special needs resources & support (Welcome toHolland) - Children’s Disabilities Info – articles & resources + books Special Education Resources & Guide - Dyslexia Parent Resource


Accommodations & Modifications/Classroom Strategies - Dorene J. Philpot, Esq. - Classroom A&M for students with learning disabilities, The Learning Disabilities Association of Texas - - Child Development Institute: Suggested Classroom Interventions - Classroom Strategies for students with attention difficulties. 


Section 504 - Section 504 and IDEA - Finding Services and Supports Under the Law - Section 504 and ADA


Title 1 (reading & math) - US Dept. of Education, Title 1 description


Reading Programs - Read Naturally (computer-assisted, builds fluency) - Great Leaps (builds fluency) - Orton Gillingham Inst. For Multi-sensory education - Wilson Language Training/Reading System - Reading Comprehension Strategies & Language Arts Teaching - The Reach System - Benchmark Word Detectives Program - Fast Trace Reading Program - READ 180 - Language! A Literacy Intervention Curriculum REWARDS (Reading Excellence: Word Attach and Rate Development Strategies) - High Point - Spell Read P.A.T (Phonemic Analysis Training), small groups - The Read, Write & Type! Learning System - Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program 


Special Education Schools & Summer Programs - The Landmark School - Embracing potential, empowering lives. A school for students with language-based learning disabilities. 429 Hale St., Beverly, MA - Learning Skills Academy in Rye, NH - The Melmark School (PA & MA) for those with developmental disabilites - Perkins School for the Blind - Boston U. Reading and Study Skills Program - Stepping Stones Therapy Center – Mass therapy center for children with sensory integration. - New England Academy - Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA 


Other Special Ed Advisory Council Websites with lots of great information! - Acton-Boxborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council - Andover SEPAC - Brookline SEPAC - 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”! - Alphabetical listing--117 Mass SPED PAC sites - Cohasset Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) - Lexington SEPAC - Massachusetts Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils - Masconomet (Tri-Town) Parents Advisory Council - Sharon Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) - WestonPAC for Special Education - Winchester Special Education Parent Advisory Council (PAC) 


Other Local Schools - Andover Public Schools - Beverly Public Schools - Chelmsford Public Schools - Masconomet school district - Methuen Public Schools - Newburyport Public Schools - North Andover Public Schools

www. – North Reading Public Schools - Pentucket Regional School District - Triton School District 


Bullying, the Law & Prevention - MA State Laws - Wrightslaw: Bullying & Harrassment - Bullying and the Child with Special Needs