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National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education - CADRE The National Center on Dispute Resolution encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs. This extensive Web site provides links to many mediation resources, including research and training, as well as state-by-state information on early intervention mediation systems....

Disability.gov - Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site also includes a breakout specific to education-related resources at both the state and federal level. Scholarships and financial aid, accommodations and supports in the classroom, making the transition from school to work and other topics are what can be explored through the site....

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) - 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....

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) - NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. This Web site disseminates information focused on four major areas of national significance for youth with disabilities and their families: (1) providing students with disabilities with improved access and success in the secondary education curriculum; (2) ensuring students achieve positive postschool results in accessing postsecondary education, meaningful employment, independent living and participation in all aspects of community life; (3) supporting student and family participation in educational and postschool decisionmaking and planning; and (4) improving collaboration and system linkages at all levels through the development of broad-based partnerships and networks at the national, state and local levels....

Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) - The Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE) is a national organization that represents major university programs that prepare personnel for special education leadership roles. The web site provides information about HECSE position papers, research reports on personnel preparation, public testimony, and news....

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) - This not-for-profit corporation, established in 1938, provides services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities in the United States and outlying areas. This site provides information on NASDSE projects, access to publications and topical discussion groups, and links to state departments of education and related organizations....

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center - This national technical assistance center works to support states, jurisdictions and others to improve services and results for young children with disabilities and their families. The site provides information on early childhood policies, research, practices and legislation....

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) - Since 1876, AAIDD (formerly the American Association of Mental Retardation) has been providing leadership in the field of mental retardation. AAIDD is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals (and others) concerned about mental retardation and related disabilities. This site contains information on issues that effect the mentally retarded and those close to them. For full access to this site you must be a member of AAIDD....

Council for Exceptional Children - The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically undeserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice....

Family & Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) - The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project, funded from 1997-2004, linked families and advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Although the FAPE project has ended, PACER maintains the website to keep families and professionals informed of important issues related to IDEA and other relevant education topics....

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) - NASMHPD organizes to reflect and advocate for the collective interests of State Mental Health Authorities and their directors at the national level. NASMHPD analyzes trends in the delivery and financing of mental health services and builds and disseminates knowledge and experience reflecting the integration of public mental health programming in evolving healthcare environments....

Office of Special Education Programs - The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is a component of the U.S Department of Education. OSEP's mission and organization focus on the free appropriate public education of children and youth with disabilities from birth through age 21. This site contains publications and reports on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which includes a guide to Individual Education Programs. In addition, there are updates on federal projects and grants that deal with IDEA....

The Federal Resource Center (FRC) for Special Education - The FRC supports a nationwide technical assistance network to respond to the needs of students with disabilities, especially students from underrepresented populations. Through its work with the RRCs (Regional Resource Centers) and the technical assistance networks, the FRC provides a national perspective for establishing technical assistance activities within and across regions by identifying and synthesizing emerging issues and trends....

The National Center on Educational Outcomes - This center provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts and graduation requirements. This site contains information on special education topics, such as: accommodations, accountability, alternative assessments, graduation requirements, out-of-level testing and reporting issues....


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