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  • Association of Higher Education and Disability
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
    8181 Professional Place, Suite 201  Landover, MD 20785
    Phone:(301) 306-7070   Fax:(301) 306-7090
    Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization representing children and adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
  • The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    1920 Association Drive
    Reston, VA 20191-1589
    (888) 232-7733
    The CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. The CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

  • The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
    4156Library Road,  Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
    (412) 341-1515
    LDA is a national nonprofit, volunteer organization providing information specific to individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals. The organization provides such services as advocacy, education, and research.


  • Disability Access, Information and Support
    AIS is a resource to the higher education and postsecondary education community, providing a menu of services for those concerned with disability and access to postsecondary education. This website contains publications on postsecondary issues, professional development, resource documents, technical assistance, links to other resources, consulting services, and a professional discussion bulletin board.
  • ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
    1110 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22201-5704
    1-800-328-0272 (V/TTY)
    ERIC gathers and disseminates the professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.
  • LD Online (Learning Disabilities)
    LD Online is an interactive website and guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. The site highlights new information in the field of learning disabilities, basic concepts of LD and ADD, audio clips from learning disability experts like Richard Lavoie, Bob Brooks, and Sally Smith, and a Bulletin Board and LD Chat that gives parents, teachers, and students a chance to share their experiences and ideas.
  • The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
    35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor, Newark, NJ 07102
    Debra Jennings | project director
    The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. Much of the rich library of materials and publications that NICHCY produced over the years is located here.
  • National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
    Administration for Community Living
    330 C St SW, Washington, DC 20201
    (202) 401-4634

    NIDILRR is a federal government grants-making agency that sponsors grantees to generate new disability and rehabilitation knowledge and promote its use and adoption. Promoting the use and adoption of new disability and rehabilitation knowledge by various stakeholders helps people with disabilities in the following ways:

    • It improves their ability to perform activities of their choice in the community
    • It expands society’s capacity to provide full opportunities and accommodations for its citizens with disabilities
  • PARAQUAD, Inc. – Independence for People with Disabilities
    311 North Lindbergh
    St. Louis, MO 63141
    Phone: (314) 567-1558 Fax: (314) 567-1559 TDD: (314) 567-5552
    PARAQUAD, Inc. is an independent living center committed to empowering people with disabilities to live as full and productive members of society. This site provides access to a number of programs, services, and products available through this organization.
  • Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities
    They've provided research on special offers and discounts available to senior citizens, women, and veterans, in their series of guides to help you find ways to save money. In this guide,you can look at ways those with disabilities can stretch their dollars.

    As with their other guides, the purpose here is not to portray anyone as “less than” or “needing special help.” For them, the bottom line is “If you can save money, why not do it?”


  • Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
    OSERS supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

  • Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth
    The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth strives to identify and meet the needs of children, youth, and families in the state of Oklahoma. This website contains information about the initiatives of the OCCY, resources available, and links to other web resources, including OASIS which provides information, referrals, and one-on-one assistance in locating available services for people with disabilities, chronic health conditions, or general health-care needs.
  • Oklahoma State Department of Education
    2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
    The Oklahoma State Department of Education’s website provides information about current issues in education. Information about the Policies and Procedures for Special Education in Oklahoma can be located on this website.
  • U.S. Access Board
    The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency committed to accessible design of electronic and information technology, communication systems, public rights-of-way, playgrounds, and transportation. This website provides information about achieving accessibility in these areas.
  • U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-0498
    1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)
    The U.S. Department of Education’s website offer a range and ever-growing collection of information about the Department, including information about initiatives and priorities, grant opportunities, offices of the Department, publications, and research and statistics. It also has many links to organizations supported by the Department.
  • The Department of Labor: Working in the 21st Century Workforce
    This website provides information about the Office of the 21st Century Workforce, its mission, and career resources available to ensure that all American workers have as fulfilling and financially rewarding a career as they aspire to have and to make sure that no worker gets left behind in the limitless potential of the dynamic, global economy of the new millennium.
  • The Department of Labor: Office of Disability Employment Policy
    The mission of ODEP is to bring a heightened and permanent long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons with disabilities. This will be achieved through policy analysis, technical assistance, and development of best practices, as well as outreach, education, constituent services, and promoting ODEP's mission among employers..


  • Oklahoma ABLE Tech
    Oklahoma State University
    1514 W. Hall of Fame, Stillwater, OK 74077
    Voice/TDD: (800) 257-1705
    Wellness Center Voice: (405) 744-9748
    Fax: (405) 744-7670
    The Oklahoma ABLE Tech project is funded under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. The project provides information and referral to individuals with disabilities, their family members, guardians, advocates, authorized representatives and others regarding assistive technology devices and services, funding of assistive technology and other disability-related topics.
  • Microsoft
    This site has many links to resources, news, statistics, and accessibility aids for computers.
  • National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM)

    WGBH Educational Foundation
    125 Western Avenue, Boston, MA 02134
    Voice: (617) 300-3400 Fax: (617) 300-1035
    The National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) is a research and development facility that works to make media accessible to underserved populations such as people with disabilities, individuals with limited English proficiency, and people with low literacy skills. NCAM strives to make media more accessible in schools, the workplace, the home and the community. NCAM is designing access into emerging telecommunications such as Advanced Television and the World Wide Web.
    NANOPAC provides products and services to individuals with disabilities for assistive technology, environmental controls, voice activation, speech synthesis, text to speech, switches and switch mounts, magnifiers, reading machines, door openers and much, much more. They also provide technical assistance to determine assistive technology needs and offer a demonstration center for testing and trying out specific devices.


  • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
    The NCWD/Youth is one of two technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Labor to assist the workforce development community in addressing issues affecting the employment of people with disabilities. This site contains useful information and resources for youth with disabilities and their families, service providers and other front line workers, administrators, policy makers, and employers.
  • Job Accommodation Network
    West Virginia University, PO Box 6080    Morgantown, WV 26506-6080
    (800) 526-7234
    The Job Accommodation Network is an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. JAN also provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. This site provides information about disability resources, employment resources, disability legislation, web tools, related websites, and other resources.
  • Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)

    SOAR is a web-based service of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Job Accommodation Network (JAN). The program is designed to allow users to explore various accommodation options for people with disabilities in the work setting. It takes the user through a step-by-step process, beginning with the identification of the disability and the functional limitations of the individual needed an accommodation. Then it points the user to recommended accommodations, as well as examples of accommodations that other employers have made. If equipment is recommended, the program will also provide a list of potential vendors for the equipment.

  • Employment Assistance Referral Network

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has implemented a free nationwide employer service to increase the representation of people with disabilities in the workforce.  The Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN) became available to the public March 1, 2001 and is designed to assist employers in locating and recruiting qualified workers with disabilities.


  • Web Accessibility Initiative

    The WAI, in coordination with organizations around the world, pursues accessibility of the web through five primary areas of work: technology, guidelines, tools, education and outreach, and research and development. This website provides information, resources and tools for accomplishing these goals.


  • Youth Change

    275 N. Third St. Woodburn, Oregon 97071-4705 
    1-800-545-5736  Fax: (503)982-7910

    Youth Change has been training youth professionals throughout North America for nearly twelve years. They provide information-packed general session, on-site and taped workshops. They also publish many books and tapes, all designed to deliver the newest and fastest solutions for the "worst" kid problems.

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