Resources

These suggestions are here to help you find information you need. If you have suggestions for additional listings please let me know.

 

Books, Articles, Magazines:

Wright, Peter and Wright, Pamela: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, 2007, Harbor House Law Press, Inc., Hartfield, VA (Must Have for all Parents of special needs children)

Wright, Peter and Wright, Pamela: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition, 2006, Harbor House Law Press, Inc., Hartfield, VA (Must Have for all Parents of special needs children)

Wright, Peter and Wright, Pamela, and Sandra Webb O'Connor: All About IEPs, 2010, Harbor House Law Press, Inc., Hartfield, VA (Must Have for all Parents of special needs children)

Web Sites:

Federal Sites

http://www.ed.gov  Department of Education home

http://idea.ed.gov Individuals with Disabilities Education Act home

http://www.ada.gov Americans with Disabilities Act home

 

State Sites

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/  Texas Education Agency home

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147491399 TEA – SPED in Texas A-Z Index

http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/ardguide  Texas guide to the ARD process

 

Houston Area Retailers and Other Sources

http://www.lhlearningresource.com  Your local source for special needs supplies, advocacy, and consultation.  You really need to visit this site and the “bricks and mortar” store! Robin is a fantastic person.

 All-Star Martial Arts  You have to see this site: Martial arts for special kids . Kelli Lowery has a great thing going.

http://www.inspiringpossibilities.org/ More information about Kelli's work

Houston Area School District Sites

http://www.aldine.k12.tx.us/cms/main.cfm?siteID=20  Aldine ISD Special Ed

http://specialedu.conroeisd.net  Conroe ISD Special Ed

http://www.cfisd.net/dept2/curricu/speced/default.htm Cypress Fairbanks Special Ed home

http://www.houstonisd.org/portal/site/specialeducation  HISD Special Ed home

http://www.kleinisd.net/default.aspx?name=sssspeced.home Klein ISD Special Ed

http://www.misd.org/sites/ci/cisped.aspx Montgomery ISD Special Ed

http://www.esc4.net  Region Four Education Service Center Home

 

Advocacy in General

http://www.copaa.net  Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates

http://www.wrightslaw.com  The major source of information for special-needs parents

http://www.topaa.org  The Texas Organization of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

http://www.advocacyinc.org  Disability Rights Texas

http://www.nectac.org/idea/idea.asp Overviews and PDF's of IDEA. You can read the whole thing at your leisure!

http://www.hishelpinschool.com/adaptation/modadapt.html Modifications, accommodations, and alternative assessments

http://www.familytofamilynetwork.org  Family to Family Network—Great Site

http://nichcy.org National Disseminating Center for Children with Disabilities: Extremely useful source for special needs parents

http://www.thearc.org The ARC: for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

http://www.disabilityrightstx.org Advancing the rights of Texans with disabilities

The Legal Framework Summaries of and links to special ed laws by topic. Very useful!

 

ADHD

http://www.chadd.org  Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

 

Asperger’s Syndrome

http://www.aspieinfo.com  ASPIE of Houston: Asperger's Syndrome parent-Professional Information exchange

http://www.tonyattwood.com.au Excellent information on Asperger's Syndrome

 

Autism

http://brainconnection.positscience.com The Brain Connection: Excellent autism resource

http://www.houstonchapterasa.org  Local chapter of Autism Society Coalition for Barrier Free Living

http://www.autism-society.org  The Autism Society of America

http://www.feat.org Families for Early Autism Treatment

http://www.fhautism.com  Future Horizons: Leader in Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Publications

 

Behavior/Bullying

http://www.pbis.org  Information on Positive Behavioral Supports

http://www.bullypolice.org National anti-bullying site:  Discussion of the new anti-bullying provisions in Texas Law

http://cecp.air.org/ CEPC: “Improving Services to Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems”

http://cecp.air.org/fba  In- depth look at Functional Behavioral Assessments prepared by the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice

http://behaviortlc.com/ ABA isn't just for autism. Behavior tLC is a splendid local resource.

 

Down Syndrome

http://downsyndrome.com Great information site for Down Syndrome parents

Dyslexia

http://www.interdys.org/index.jsp The International Dyslexia Association: information, resources, local conferences for parents and professionals

http://www.region10.org/dyslexia/Dyslexia-Definition.html TEA Region 10 Dyslexia page

http://www.houstonida.org     IDA Houston Chapter: information, resources, conferences

Texas State Dyslexia Consultant: 1-800-232-3030 (Questions about dyslexia testing, services and school district responsibilities)

sites.google.com/site/dyslexiaofkingwood Dyslexia Parent Support Group of Kingwood. Anyone with a struggling reader or dyslexic student is welcome.

http://www.region10.org/dyslexia/Documents/DyslexiaHandbook11-10-2010.pdf   The Dyslexia Handbook.
(See page 60 for frequently-asked questions.)

On-line Free Spell Checker -- free access on-line context iterative spell checker for people with dyslexia or dysgraphia, or who are not native-English speakers

 


Due Process Hearings

http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147498604 FAQ's about Due Process Hearings

 

IEP’s

http://www.specialedadvocacycenter.org/brochure IEP 101.html  Great e-brochure from the Special Advocacy Center in Illinois: IEP Tips, Do's, and Don'ts

 

Learning Disabilities / Response to Intervention

http://www.nrcld.org  Comprehensive treatment of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Response to Intervention (RTI)

http://www.LDOnLine.org   “the leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals”

http://www.interdys.org  The National Learning Disabilities Association

http://www.texasprojectfirst.org Project FIRST (Families, Information, Resources, Support & Training. This specific page addresses "Diagnosis vs. Disability Category

http://nrcld.org  National Research Center on Learning Disabilities

http://www.ldaamerica.org/news/responsiveness.asp Response to Intervention: Questions PARENTS Must Ask (From Learning Disabilities Association of America)

 

Music Therapy

http://www.musictherapy.org/faqs.html  American Music Therapy Association

 

Special Ed Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Guardianships

www.sufianpassamano.com A firm specializing in Special Ed financial and legal issues. I have met these folks and you will find them easy to work with.

Transition

http://www.nsttac.org/ National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center: Extensive resource for transition information, planning, and IEP development

http://tinyurl.com/yghnwau Travel Training Information

 

Visually Impaired       

http://www.afb.org/section.asp?Documentid=1696 Choices for Children “to educate policymakers, legislators, and the public about the unique educational needs of children who are blind or visually impaired”

http://www.afb.org/section.asp?Documentid=1696 National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.

 

Williams Syndrome

http://www.williams-syndrome.org  The Williams Syndrome Association