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The Arc

  • The Arc
    From the website: "The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc encompasses all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X, and various other developmental disabilities.

    With more than 140,000 members serving people with I/DD and family members through 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports and services they need, are accepted in their communities, have a voice in policies that affect them, and have control of their own lives."

Council for Exceptional Children

  • Council for Exceptional Children
    The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

    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.

Council for Learning Disabilities

  • Council for Learning Disabilities
    From the website: "The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy. CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning."

Learning Disabilities Association of America

  • Learning Disabilities Association of America
    From the website: "The Learning Disabilities Association of America believes that every person with learning disabilities can succeed in school, at work, in relationships, and within the community–when provided the right supports and the right opportunities.

    LDAA created the Healthy Children Project to raise awareness, promote policies and practices, and to build a nationwide network of LDA members to protect children's health and reduce toxic exposures."

National Down Syndrome Society

  • National Down Syndrome Society
    From the website: "The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities."

    Find definition/description of Downs Syndrome, resources, My Great Story, and more.

National Association for Gifted Children

  • National Association for Gifted Children
    From the website: "NAGC invests all of its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children and what's at stake if high-potential learners are not challenged and encouraged."

Michigan Association for Gifted Children

  • Michigan Associaiton for Gifted Children
    From the website: "The Michigan Association for Gifted Children provides the resources and the know-how to help parents and educators improve the lives of Michigan’s advanced and accelerated children. We are THE source of information, education, advocacy, and support for this diverse community of learners, and the adults who love them."

Gifted Child Society

  • Gifted Child Society
    From the website: "The purpose of the Gifted Child Society is to encourage and further the overall well-being of gifted children, through each stage of their development, and to provide them with the inspiration and means by which they will achieve their full potential."

National Association of Special Education Teachers

  • National Association of Special Education Teachers
    From the website: "The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas. "

Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)

  • Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)
    From the website: "The Directory is intended to help you identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics.

    You can use the Education Resource Organizations Directory to find organizations that provide information and assistance on many education-related topics, such as multicultural education, at risk persons, standards, teaching methods, and much more."

    There are close to 3,000 organizations with each entry in verified and updated at least annually.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
    From the website: "NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need."

    Topics covered include:
    Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders , Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness, Eating Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tourette's Syndrome and more.

National Association of Councils of Developmental Disabilities

  • National Association of Councils of Developmental Disabilities
    From the website: "Councils on Developmental Disabilities are located in every State and Territory. They represent
    a Federal-State partnership in developing futures for and with people with developmental
    disabilities and their families.

    Councils are governed by volunteers who are appointed by state Governors. More than 60% of these volunteers must be people with developmental disabilities
    or family members.

    Councils are charged by Federal law to identify the most pressing needs of people with developmental disabilities in their State or Territory and develop innovative and
    cost effective ways to meet the needs in a manner that upholds the human and civil value of people with developmental disabilities.

    Councils work to promote the independence and
    productivity of people with developmental disabilities and promote systems change that will eliminate obvious inequities in areas such as employment, education, and access to healthcare."

The Stuttering Foundation

  • The Stuttering Foundation
    From the website: The Stuttering Foundation is known to "provide the best and most up-to-date information and help available for the prevention of stuttering in young children and the most effective treatment available for teenagers and adults.

    ...the Foundation dedicates itself to the contemporary concerns of those who stutter."
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