Links

Below is a partial listing of websites that might help you in your search for information. This is not intended to be comprehensive, but should serve as a starting place.

Region 13 Resources

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities [AAIDD]: This is a professional association run by and for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The ARC for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.

The Arc of Texas: Their mission is to create opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included in their communities and make the choices that affect their lives.

Center for Parent Information and Resources: This is the location of the legacy NICHY materials. We served the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. Here, you’ll also find easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education.

Center on Disability and Development, Texas A&M University: This is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Their mission is to support the self-determination, community integration, and quality of life of people with disabilities and their families.

Cerebral Palsy Group: A national organization providing information and support to individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy and their families.

Cerebral Palsy Guide: This is a national support organization dedicated to educating families affected by cerebral palsy.  They provide an array of information regarding cerebral palsy symptoms, treatment and continued care.  Visit their Parents and Caregivers page for support options and tips.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): International professional organization dedicated to improving the education success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Directory of Community Resources in Texas (Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M): Find disability resources and community services throughout Texas. Search can be customized.

ECI Services - Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services: ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays.

ECI Library Matters: Library Matters is a publication produced by Early Childhood Intervention and the Department of State Health Services Library Services. Each month it provides readers with a listing of articles, books, videos and journals on a particular subject, for example, nutrition, Down syndrome, Autism, infant mental health and behavioral issues.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC): This is an online digital library of education research and information.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Resources (FASD)

GEMSS: Genetics Education Materials for School Success: A website with tools to explain genetic conditions and offer helpful strategies for use in classrooms. Created for parents, teachers, school nurses, paraeducators, and therapists.

The IRIS Center for Training Enhancements: Provides free online interactive resources that translated research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. Materials cover a variety of evidence-based topics, including behavior, learning strategies, and progress monitoring.

Low Incidence Disabilities Network: Has the responsibility to provide leadership to the Texas Regional ESCs for building capacity to meet the needs of students who are severely and profoundly cognitively disabled, medically fragile, or deafblind.

National Center on Deaf/Blind: The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is a national technical assistance and dissemination center for children who are deaf-blind. The consortium focuses on two major purposes as required by OSEP. The first is to promote academic achievement and results for children and youth (from birth to age 26) who are deaf-blind, through technical assistance, model demonstration, and information dissemination activities that are supported by evidence-based practices. The second purpose is to assist in addressing state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel who have the necessary skills and knowledge to serve children and youth who are deaf-blind.

National Organization for Rare Diseases, Inc.: The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center: NSTTAC will help states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities and disseminate information and provide technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices with an emphasis on building and sustaining state-level infrastructures of support and district-level demonstrations of effective transition methods for youth with disabilities.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html): This office 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.

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI): This collection of internet accesible resources of interest th those involved in the fields related to Special Education.

TASH: This organization's mission is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights.

Texas Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas: This is a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).Their mission is to serve Texas as a catalyst so that people with disabilities are living the lives they choose in supportive communities.

Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training: This function of TEA provides a mechanism to access training, technical assistance, support and resource for educators who serve students with Autism.

Texas Technology Access Program, Texas Center for Disability Studies: Their mission is to promote independence for people with disabilities through access to technology. They develop programs to improve access, advocacy and awareness of assistive technology to meet the needs of all Texas with disabilities.

United Cerebral Palsy Association: United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is the leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. As one of the largest health charities in America, the UCP mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network