National Resources

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Affordable Colleges Online

The Affordable Colleges Online website is a no-cost resource offering expert advice on loans, grants and scholarships specifically for students with disabilities. The site also has resources for the job search after graduation.


CanChild - Centre for Childhood Disability Research

CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research is a research and educational centre located at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Our research is focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.


Council for Exceptional Children

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.


Education Resource Organizations Directory

This directory is intended to help identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics.


Education Resources Information Center

ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.



Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 


HEATH Resource Center

HEATH Resource Center is a web-based clearinghouse that serves as an information exchange of educational resources, support services and opportunities.


Mental Health American

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.


National Association of School Psychologists

NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth.


National Center for Special Education Research

NCSER sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities.


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition

NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.


National Council on Disability

NCD is a small, independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center

NECTAC is the national early childhood technical assistance center supported by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 


National Institute of Mental Health, Publications

NIMH offers information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses. Included are brochures and information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.


National Organization for Rare Disorders

National Organization for Rare Disordersis dedicated to helping the nearly 30 million Americans with rare diseases, and the organizations that serve them, through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.



NOFAS educates the public, practitioners, and policymakers about the risk of alcohol use during pregnancy and supports individuals, families and communities living with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).


Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. 


PACER Center

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.


PBS Parents

PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs.



POPFASD is a British Columbia Ministry of Education provincial resource program, whose mandate is to increase educators’ capacity to meet the learning needs of students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  This extensive website includes  E-learning videos, FASD resources, and current FASD News.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


Western Regional Resource Center

Our mission is to provide technical assistance to State Education Agencies and Part C Lead Agencies to assist and support them in systemic improvement policies, procedures, and practices that will result in quality programs and services for children with disabilities and their families.  


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