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This list represents some of the many resources available on the topic of Special Education.  These links are intended to share information on various disabilities, strategies and opportunities.  While these resources provide valuable information, please note that they do not necessarily represent the thoughts or practices of the Island Trees School District.  This section of the website is strictly for informational purposes only.

Disability-Specific Informational Websites
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Long Island Dylexia Association
The Long Island Branch of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA-LI) is a resource and support system for people with dyslexia, their families, and involved professionals in the New York City and Long Island area.
Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation
The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF) was formed by a group of families that are striving to make a difference in the lives of individuals with Down syndrome. With proper supports, DSAF believes children with Down syndrome can be successfully included in all aspects of community life, education, recreation, housing, and employment.
Epilepsy Foundation
One of Long Island’s centers of excellence for providing premier treatment, care, education and support to those with epilepsy, and to individuals with intellectual or emotional challenges.
Tourette Syndrome Association
TSA provides essential TS information to educators and families to optimize teaching and learning, and tries to end stigma and promote acceptance regarding TS in school settings.
National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Differences
To increase awareness about learning differences and promoting parent advocacy.
LD Online In Depth
Information about various learning disabilities.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities seeks to improve the lives of individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, and creating policy and advocacy impact.
Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHCY is a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth.
The Early Childhood Outcomes Center
The Early Childhood Outcomes Center provides information and resources on child development.
The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
The Cody Center provides resources and community services benefiting those with Autism Spectrum Disorders(ASD)and related developmental disabilities.
Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support OASIS @ MAAP
The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support(OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenges of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder / Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA provides resources and information about language and communication disorders.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)
CASANA’s Mission: To strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia, so that each child has their best opportunity to develop speech.
LD OnLine
LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Mission: To ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work and in life.
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities offers information and practical advice for parents of children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD.
International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association is dedicated to the study and treatment of the dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences.
Educational Resources for Families
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Rick Lavoie - Articles
Articles with a focus on Learning Differences and Disabilities.
BrainPOP offers educational games, animations, videos and other activities that are aligned to academic standards.
Discovery Education
Discovery Education provides parents and students with a variety of educational resources and activities.
Read, Write, Think
Read, Write, Think provides resources, activities and projects related to helping children with reading and writing.
Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
New York State Education Department Resources
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New York State Education Department: Office of Special Education
NYSED's main website
Parts 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education
New York State Regulations of Commissioner of Education
A Parent's Guide to Special Education
A Parent's Guide to Special Education provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. It is also available in Spanish.
A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention
A Parent's Guide to Response to Intervention provides information for parents, families and others regarding Response to Intervention (RtI); RtI is a process used in schools which provides additional help to assist students to keep up with learning, particularly in reading and math.
Procedural Safeguards Notice
The procedural safeguards notice explains parents' legal rights under federal and State law.
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation
ACCES-VR, formerly VESID, provides resources and information about transition services, vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services and business services.
Vocational Rehabilitation Services for High School Students – Q & A for Parents
This Q & A for parents provides information on eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services and placement services including job-seeking skills training, employer referrals, work tryouts and on-the-job services; a similar brochure is also available for students.
The New York State Early Intervention Program (Age Birth-2)
The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
Information for Parents of Preschool Students with Disabilities, Ages 3-5
Information regarding preschool age students with disabilities.
The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC)
The ECDC provides information about programs and services for young children, ages birth through five, who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities and help families obtain services for their children.
National Resources
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Institute for Education Sciences (IES)
Resources for science-based information.

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