Resources by Disability
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*AB SpEd PAC makes every effort to ensure that web sites directly linked to our own include information our members will find useful and are compatible with our mission and purpose. We can only be responsible for information contained within our own web pages. We accept no responsibility for the content of the websites listed below. Further, by listing the resource on our website, we are showing no endorsement. The sites have been listed for informational purposes only.
**Attention AB SpEd PAC Members: We are looking for more useful, informative links and resources to add to this page. Please send any you have collected along with a brief description to Nancy Sherburne.
- Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S.
- Autism Society of America – Promotes lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism
- The Asperger’s Association of New England – AANE is an organization made up of individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, their family, friends and professionals, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Asperger’s and related conditions. AANE is overseen by a board of directors and a dedicated staff whose mission is to foster awareness, respect, acceptance, and support for these individuals and their families.
- A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism – Published by the National Autism Center
- Asperger’s Disorder Homepage
- O.A.S.I.S. – ONLINE Asperger Syndrome Information and Support – Barbara Kirby’s extremely informative website
- Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and semantic-pragmatic disorder: Where are the boundaries? By D. V. M. Bishop
- Autism Resources
- Autism Support Center
64 Holten Street
Danvers, MA 01923
- ABCNEWS.com Chat Transcript Doctors Discuss Mental Disorder
- ADHD vs. Bipolar
- The Bipolar Bear Cub – informative site containing poetry, general information, and Our Bipolar Children: Resources for Parents of Bipolar Children
- National Institute of Mental Health Bipolar Disorder page
- Answers.com Bipolar Disorder answers page
- Bipolar Affective Disorder (Manic Depressive disorder) in Children and Adolescents by James Chandler, MD, FRCPC
- Bipolar Referral Database – MGH referral database
- Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation – most comprehensive site with up-to-date information, lists of providers, support email lists, bulletin boards, current research information.
- CABF Learning Center – About Early Onset Bipolar Disorder – general description and information about early onset bipolar disorder from the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation website.
- Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health
- Child and Adolescent Bipolar Disorder Review of the Past 10 Years – by Barbara Geller, M.D. and Joan Luby, M.D. from J Am Acad Child Adoles Psychiatry 36:1168-1176, 1997
- Complex and Rapid Cycling in Bipolar Children and Adolescents A Preliminary Study – by Barbara Geller, M.D., Kai Sun, Ph.D., Betsy Zimerman, M.A., Joan Luby, M.D., Jeanne Frazier, B.S.N., Marlene Williams, R.N. from the Journal of Affective Disorders, 34 (1995): 259-268.
- Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation
- Mind and Body – from Oprah.com
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Bipolar Disorder – Principal Authors: Jon McClellan. M.D., and John Werry, M.D.
- Survival Strategies for Families at Childspirit.com
- These Not-So-Rare Comorbid Disorders Require Separate But Equal Treatment
- Developmental Delay Resources – “A nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those working with children who have developmental delays in sensory motor, language, social, and emotional areas. DDR publicizes research into determining identifiable factors that would put a child at risk and maintains a registry, tracking possible trends. DDR also provides a network for parents and professionals and current information after the diagnosis to support children with special needs.”
General Special Education
- Arc Massachusetts – statewide volunteer educational and advocacy organization aimed at helping individuals with specific developmental disabilities.
- Association of Massachusetts Parent Advisory Councils – (MassPac) The Mission of the Mass. Association of Special Education Parent Advisory Councils is to work towards the understanding of, respect for, support, and appropriate education for all children with special needs in our respective communities.
- Council for Exceptional Children: (Division of Career and Development and Transition) – DCDT focuses on the career development of children, youth and adults of all ages and exceptionalities, including transitions and career development of exceptional children.
- The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – DEC is a nonprofit organization advocating for individuals who work with or on behalf of children with special needs, birth through age eight, and their families. Founded in 1973, the Division is dedicated to promoting policies and practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of children. Children with special needs include those who have disabilities, developmental delays, are gifted/talented, and are at risk of future developmental problems.
- Exceptional Schools for Exceptional Children – Helpful web site with current school and resource listings. Lists Chapter 766 approved schools in MA.
- The Explosive Child – Includes information about Dr. Ross Greene’s book The Explosive Child and upcoming workshops.
- FAMILY TIES of Massachusetts – Extensive Resource Directory is especially helpful! A statewide information and support network.
- Federation for Children with Special Needs – The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.
- Global Special Education And Disabilities Sites – Massachusetts Department of Education links to special education and disability sites
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities – NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.
- NICHCY: Services For School-Aged Children W/ Disabilities
- PACER Center – Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights
- Search Enhanced Regulations – Sec. 300.7 Child with a disability – Legal definition of a child with a disability
- American Society of Deaf Children (ASDC) is a national organization of families and professionals committed to education, empowering, and supporting parents and families to create opportunities for their children who are deaf and hard of hearing in gaining meaningful and full communication access, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in their homes, schools, and communities.
- The Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is a commission, under the Executive Office of Human Services, which serves as the principal agency in the state on behalf of hearing impaired people.
- The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AGBELL) is a resource, support network and advocate for listening, learning, talking and living independently with hearing loss. There is a local chapterwww.massagbell.org.
- Pride and Joy Coaching – Free newsletter with practical tips, inspiring ideas, and action steps for parents of children with special needs. Available services include tele-seminars, workshops, and life coaching.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Wrightslaw.com – comprehensive site with “accurate, up-to-date information about advocacy for children with disabilities. You will find hundreds of articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about special education law and advocacy in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.” You can also subscribe to The Special Ed Advocate, their free online newsletter or read back issues of The Special Ed Advocate in the Newsletter Archives.
- Special Education Law – Includes information on State and Federal Laws and Regulations as well as important timelines.
- Disability Law Center, Inc. – Disability Law Center is a private, non-profit public interest law firm providing free legal assistance and information to people with disabilities throughout Massachusetts.
- MA Developmental Disabilities Council
174 Portland Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 727-6374 ext. 100; (617) 727-1885 (TTY)
- Special Needs Alliance – A national network of lawyers dedicated to disability and public benefits law. Families can locate a member attorney in the area.
- SpecialNeedsAnswers – A web site of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Families can locate a member attorney in the area.
- American Speech-Language Hearing Association: ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 96,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
- Apraxia Kids Web Site – offers comprehensive information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech for families, professionals and all those who care about a child with apraxia.
- The Massachusetts Speech-Language-Hearing Association – MSHA was established to provide persons in the fields of human communication disorders with the opportunity to establish common standards, to exchange information and ideas, and to act as a strong unified voice for upgrading the profession within our state.
- Speech and Language Disorders – A library of pointers to resources and information on the Internet relevant to speech-language disorders and differences.