The following are links to resources that offer important information in the area of special education.
Child Study Center
Founded in 1962, Child Study Center is a not-for-profit 501(C) (3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, located near downtown Fort Worth in a multi-purpose facility. The Child Study Center (CSC) provides children with complex developmental and behavioral disabilities the highest quality diagnosis, treatment, and education, helping them achieve their full potential.
Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism, founded Autism Speaks in February 2005. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatment, and a possible cure for Autism. They also promote increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and they advocate for the needs of individuals with Autism as well as their families.
Camp Summit is a camp for children and adults with disabilities. Camp Summit offers weeklong camp sessions during spring break, summer and fall months as well as weekend sessions and respite days. Campers are offered a wide variety of traditional camp activities in our barrier-free environment all of which are adapted for our campers’ abilities and not limited to their disabilities.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
IRIS Center for Training Enhancements http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu
The IRIS Center is an interactive resource website which translates research regarding the education of students with disabilities into practice. The resources and materials include a variety of evidence-based topics, such as behavior, RTI, learning strategies, and progress monitoring. The interactive modules also offer videos, case studies, podcasts, activities, and information briefs.
Leoben Down Syndrome Center
The Down Syndrome Center is a one of a kind diagnostic and training center located in Leoben- Hinterberg, Austria. The center provides special support and developmental diagnostics to children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome.
National Association of School Psychology
NASP empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. The association engages in actions and activities that seek to positively influence outcomes directly affecting the lives of the students, families, and schools they serve. NASP also partners with allied organizations, agencies, and others to develop and achieve shared goals. Their hope is for all children and youth to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact. We envision a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work, and in life.
National Down Syndrome Society
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Their vision is a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunities to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations, and become valued members of welcoming communities.
Texas Education Agency (TEA) Special Education http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147491399
TEA is the administrative unit for primary and secondary education in Texas. The goal of TEA is to provide leadership, guidance, and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students and prepare them for success in the global economy. This website provides common special education terms with directed links to more information on the listed terms.