Special Education Resources
Disability Rights, Texas assists people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law to ensure their full and equal participation in society.
Don't Dismyabilities, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization developing and employing strategies aimed at addressing barriers to accessibility within communities through education, advocacy, and ADA-related actions to make lasting impacts on the lives of individuals with disabilities, their families, and the neighborhoods in which they live.
The Coalition for Texans with Disabilities (CTD) works to ensure the rights of people with disabilities by engaging in governmental advocacy, public awareness activities, and professional disability consulting.
The South Texas College of Law special education clinic assists parents access special education services for their children with special needs.
COPAA - The Counsel of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates provides both legal and practical special education resources for parents, educational advocates, and special education attorneys.
The Special Education Index - Compiled by the Texas Education Agency
The International Dyslexia Association provides resources for children and adults with dyslexia.
DDMA Advocacy, LLC. is an education and disability advocacy firm based in Greater Houston.
Wrightslaw provides legal and practical information on special education services.
Family to Family Network provides resources for children and adults with disabilities.
The Music Therapy Center of Houston is a non-profit center that educates the community about music therapy through community outreach and in-services and works to match board certified music therapists with families and clients throughout the Houston and greater surrounding areas.
The ARC provides resources for children and adults with disabilities.
The Autism Society provides resources for children and adults with Autism.
The Down Syndrome Association of Houston provides resources for children and adults with Down syndrome.
GiGi’s Playhouse’s mission is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and the community.
The Williams Syndrome Association provides resources for children and adults with Williams syndrome.
CHADD provides resources for children and adults with ADHD.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
State Bar Grievance Procedures
Texas guide to the ARD process
Modifications, accommodations, and alternative assessments
National Disseminating Center for Children with Disabilities: Extremely useful source for special needs parents
The Legal Framework Summaries of and links to special ed laws by topic.
ASPIE of Houston: Asperger's Syndrome parent-Professional Information exchange
Excellent information on Asperger's Syndrome
The Brain Connection: Excellent autism resource
Families for Early Autism Treatment
Future Horizons: Leader in Autism/Asperger's Syndrome Publications
Information on Positive Behavioral Supports
National anti-bullying site: Discussion of the new anti-bullying provisions in Texas Law
“Improving Services to Children and Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Problems”
In-depth look at Functional Behavioral Assessments
ABA isn't just for autism. Behavior TLC is a splendid local resource.
The International Dyslexia Association: information, resources, local conferences for parents and professionals
Texas State Dyslexia Consultant: 1-800-232-3030 (Questions about dyslexia testing, services and school district responsibilities)
The Dyslexia Handbook
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
FAQ's about Due Process Hearings
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
Great e-brochure from the Special Advocacy Center in Illinois: IEP Tips, Do's, and Don'ts
Learning Disabilities / Response to Intervention
Comprehensive treatment of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Response to Intervention (RTI)
“the leading Web site on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals”
The National Learning Disabilities Association
Project FIRST (Families, Information, Resources, Support & Training. This specific page addresses "Diagnosis vs. Disability Category
National Research Center on Learning Disabilities
Response to Intervention: Questions PARENTS Must Ask (From Learning Disabilities Association of America)
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center: Extensive resource for transition information, planning, and IEP development
Choices for Children “to educate policymakers, legislators, and the public about the unique educational needs of children who are blind or visually impaired”
National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments.