Know the Law
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
Section 607 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004 requires that the Secretary of Education, on a quarterly basis, publish in the Federal Register a list of correspondence, which describe the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA.
Learn to Advocate for Your Child
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) is an independent, nonprofit organization of attorneys, advocates, parents and related professionals that maintains a peer-to-peer network dedicated to protecting and enforcing legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.
The Arc is a national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Wrightslaw is leading website about special education law and advocacy, with thousands of articles, cases, and free resources about hundreds of special education topics, books by Peter Wright and Pamela Wright, and special education law and advocacy training. The Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids lists many additional organizations that those linked here.
DisAbility.gov connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.
Food Allergy Resource & Education works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for
WorryWiseKids.org strives to improve the quality of life for anxious children and their families by providing parents, educators and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders.
Asperger Syndrome Education Network offers support to asperger syndrome individuals and their families in knowing that they are not alone, and in helping individuals with ASD's and NLD achieve their maximum potential.
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. Is a source of information on current research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.
Autism Speaks sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public.
Families for Early Autism Treatment makes information available about FEAT, its goals, organization, how FEAT can help families and individuals directly, as well as to provide information about other helpful resources.
American Council of the Blind provides resources and has an email discussion board.
Brain Injury Association of America provides information, education and support to assist the 3.17 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.
American Brain Tumor Association is the recognized resource for comprehensive information and compassionate support for the brain tumor patients, families and caregivers who are living with this disease.
United Cerebral Palsy is a leading service provider and advocate for adults and children with disabilities.
National Family Association for Deaf-Blind believes that individuals who are deaf-blind are valued members of society and are entitled to the same opportunities and choices as other members of their community.
American Society for Deaf Children provides education, access to information, and support to parents so they can be primary decision-makers and advocates.
National Association of the Deaf is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance provides information on depression and bipolar disorder, online tools, and support groups across the USA.
National Down Syndrome Society strives to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
International Dyslexia Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
Epilepsy Foundation is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families.
Learning Disabilities Assoc. of America believes that every person with learning disabilities can be successful at school, at work, in relationships, and in the community -- given the right opportunities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities ensures that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.
Little People of America is a nonprofit organization that provides support and information to people of short stature and their families.
Mental Health Conditions has a website that was created for – and
by – parents, educators, and clinicians working together to support children and teens with mental health conditions.
National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Muscular Dystrophy Association is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke strives to reduce the burden of neurological disease – a burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society, by people all over the world.
Rettsyndrome.org funds research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services.
National Reye's Syndrome Foundation is committed to the health and well-being of those who are most at risk.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.
Tourette Syndrome Association 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.