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Access links to organizations that are condition specific, general strategies, and Technology Education specific

"What the best and wisest parent wants for his/her child,
that must the community want for all its children." - John Dewey


Exceptionality Categories


ADD / ADHD

Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
ADD Resources helps people with ADHD or ADD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.

CH.A.D.D.'s mission is to make a difference in the lives of people living with Attention Deficit Disorder. This organization provides support and information on ADD.

The only fully accredited college in the country designed exclusively for students with dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or specific learning disabilities.

This is a non-profit organization, that helps people with ADD lead happier, more successful lives through education, research, and public advocacy.

This site provides information on ADD from the Mining Company, largest network of special-interest Web sites.

Provides information on identifying AD/HD, school policies, pros and cons of medication, strategies for home and more. Quick to download.

This site contains excellent web sites, organizations, general informations and chat lines dealing with ADD.

This is a site for teachers and parents of ADD/ADHD kids. It lists materials for learning more about ADD/ADHD.

ADHDNews.com offers the latest news, message boards to communicate with families dealing with ADHD, adhd medication information and Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder.

An article by Edward M. Hallowell, MD and John J. Ratey MD listing tips and suggestions for teaching students with ADD.

Auditory Impairments

AADB is a national consumer advocacy orgaznization for persons who have combined hearing and vision impairments.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf is a nonprofit membership organization established to empower persons who are hearing impaired to function independently by promoting universal rights and optimal opportunities to learn to use, maintain, and improve all aspects of their verbal communications, including their abilities to speak, speechread, use residual hearing, and process both spoken and written language.

The Illinois Association of the Deaf (IAD) strives to promote advancement of the social, educational and economic well-being of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Illinois.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts research on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language.

NAD is a consumer advocacy organization promoting equal access to communication, education, and employment opportunities fo people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA)
P.O. Box 251554, Little Rock, AR 72225
(501)868-8850 (Voice/TTY); (501)868-8812 (FAX)
ADARA is a network of professionals who serve people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Modern Talking Picture Services, Inc.(MTSP)
5000 Park Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33709
(813)545-8781; 800-237-6213 (Voice/TTY); (813)545-8782
The Captioned Films/Video program of MTPS is a free loan service funded by the Dept. of Ed


ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE FOR HEARING IMPAIRMENT
1. American Sign Language Dictionary by Multimedia 2000
Collection of 2200 Video Clips of signs, learning games, animations and finger spelling.
Availability: Commercial Product
Contact: Multimedia 2000 USA
Phone: +1-206-622-5530
Fax: +1-206-622-4380
E-mail: webmaster@m-2k.com

2. ASL Finger spelling by Scott Gaertner
Program designed to help you learn ASL finger spelling, speed control to accommodate varying levels of user competency.
Availability: Freeware
Contact: Scott Gaertner USA
E-mail: srg@where.com

3. Click It! by IntelliTools. Inc.
Lets you point and clikc without a mouse: pinpoint screen hot spots, assign keystrokes which can then be mapped onto Intelli Keys overlays. For students who cannot use a mouse. Click It! allows you to create mouseless access to point-and-click sofftware. Click It! works with whatever application you are using.
Availability: Commercial Product
Contact: IntelliTools. Inc.
Phone: +1-800-899-6687, +1-707-773-2000
Fax: +1-707-773-2001
E-mail: info@intellitools.com

4. L'aventurier des confusions (auditives) by Adeprio Diffusion
Software for rehabilitating hearing problems with the help of interactive stories. Education, speech, therapy, reading, spelling. Created and used by speech therapists.
Availability: Commercial
Contact: Adeprio Diffusion, France.
Phone: +33-0-134-670-552
Fax: +33-0-134-468-470
E-mail: adepriodif@wanadoo.fr

5. HyperSign: Interactive Dictionary of American Sign Language version 2.0 by Trinity Software
If you have a hearing-impaired family member or friend, HyperSIgn will help you become a better communicator. HyperSign displays the ASL signs for 2000 words in full motion video. HyperSign can be customized for specific needs.
Availability: Commercial Product
Contact: Trinity USA
Phone: +1-800-352-1282
+1-603-536-9661
Fax: +1-603-536-9951
E-mail: trsoft@lr.net

6. Interactive Sign Language Fingerspelling and Numbers by Palatine Inc.
This software is a language-training program that translates and typed letter, number, or word into finger spelling signs. Interactive Sign Language provides to improving comprehension and increasing signing speed, the software acts as a personal trainer. With the help of photographs and actual animation of hands, users are able to master finger spelling and numbers quickly and easily.
Availability: Commercial product
Contact: Palatine Inc.
Phone: +1-800-475-1119
+1-206-933-5958
Fax: +1-206-933-6301
E-mail: info@palatine.com

7. Personal Communicator version 2.4 by Communication Technology Laboratory, Michigan State University.
Using interactive digital video and speech synthesis technology, the Personal Communicator is a user-friendly program that brings ASL communication capabilities to the desktop and notebook computer. With more than 2500 digital video signs and 4500 English words, the Personal Communicator can be a useful tool in communication, education and other environments. The Personal Communicator also can convert your typed English text into ASL signs and speech for learning or communication purposes. It also features interactive learning playroom.
Availability: Commercial product
Contact: Communication Technology Laboratory, Michigan State university.
Phone: +1-517-353-9229
Fax: +1-517-353-5498
E-mail: director@commtechlab.msu.edu

8. Sign Language Sign Right by Ecological Linguistics
Symbols transcriptions of hand shapes, movements, 24 and 48 point bitmapped fonts, iconic symbols developed from European dictionaries.
Availability: Commercial product
Contact: Ecological Linguistics USA
Phone: +1-202-546-5862
E-mail: ecoling@aol.com

9. Sign Link: Lexicon of ASL version 1.0 by Sorenson Vision, Inc.
Multimedia dictionary and tutorial for ASL which also includes material on grammar, history and phonetics. Word search features lets you type in English equivalents to retrieve the required signs, also includes more than 100 video clips of the most common signs; includes context sensitive help screens.
Availability: Commercial product
Contact: Sorenson Vision, Inc. USA
Phone: +1-435-716-8800
Fax: +1-435-716-8801
E-mail: orders@s-vision.com

10. Soft TTY version 1.3.1 by Intelligent Products
Configurable software which provides a full TTY without the need for additional hardware. A TTY is a device used by the deaf and hard of hearing for communicating over the telephone. This software is an inexpensive solution to hard TTY.
Availability: Commercial product
Contact: Intelligent Products USA
E-mail: sales@softtty.com


Autism

This website contains a reproduced article on Autism and Asperger’s Syndromes. It provides information on the syndromes, helpful hints, and classroom integration and teaching ideas. The article also proved a list of helpful resources. The website is great as it is easy to read, tips are bolded, and serves as a quick reference if you don’t have too much extra time to read up on the condition.

This website was created by parents caring for a child with autism that struggled to find information and resources. It shares what they have learned along the way and is intended to be used as a resource and planning tool. The site contains resources and information on autism including screening, scheduling, toys, camps and more.

POPARD is funded by the British Columbia provincial Governement and provides online information, eLearning modules, and teaching resources. This website also contains a blog with current information and updates.

The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote access and opportunity for individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community.

Index of online information and resources on the developmental disabilities Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.


Behavioural/Emotional

The purpose of this site is to provide a format that allows school personnel, parents, and other professionals to gain access to information and to share effective practices concerning the full range of behavior problems and challenges displayed by children and youth in school and community settings.
Information about how to deal with behaviorally disorder kids and adolescent.

Contains articles, recommended books, forum and more. Owned by parents with the similar experience dealing with behavior disorder kids.

Book about ADHD, with excerpt.

Help people with ADD, ADHD, Learning Delays, Autism, Dyslexia, Balance and Coordination problems, Sensory integration and motor skill difficulties, Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Development Disorder, Down's Syndrome.


Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD)

This website is funded through donations and consists of a huge database of resources and literature, links, a discussion forum, a cd you can order, and so much more. This website is great so feel free to check it out and donate!

FASDWorld is dedicated to reduce the incidence of FASD through public awareness, the encouragement of creating new policies and programs for individuals with FAS and their families, and working with other organizations toward a common goal. They offer counseling online or by telephone and will travel to give workshops, presentation, or consultations for a very reasonable cost.

POPFASD is funded by the British Columbia Ministry of Education and provides online information, eLearning modules, and teaching resources. This website also contains a blog with current information and updates.

Intellectual Disabilities

Research and Traing Center on Family support and children's mental health, established in 1984 at Portland State University, focuses on improving services to families whose children have mental, emotional or behavioral disorders through a set of related research and training programs.

Learn about how studies are conducted with psychiatric illnesses and what this means for current and future treatment.

The American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) is an interdisciplinary organization of professionals (and others) concerned about mental retardation and related disabilities. AAMR's mission is to advance the knowledge and skills of professionals in the field of mental retardation by exchanging information and ideas.
444 North Capitol Street, NW
Suite 846
Washington, D.C. 20001-1512
Telephone: 202/387-1968 or 800/424-3688
Fax: 202/387-2193

ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE FOR INTELLECTUAL IMPAIRMENT
To raise the consciousness to help those less fortunate. The foundation also provides opportunities to promote understanding of mental retardation.

The Arc of the United States works through education, research and advocacy to improve the quality of life for children and adults wit mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families, and work to prevent both the causes and the effects of mental retardation.

Focuses on the needs of facilities working with residents who are elderly and mentally retarded or developmentally disabled. Offers software solution, staff training, and psychological services.

The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with mental retardation by providing opportunities for one to one friendship and integrated employment.

Legal advocacy for the civil rights and human dignity of people with mental disability.

Since 1876, AAMR has been providing leadership in the field of mental retardation, AAMR is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals concerned about mental retardation and related disabilities.

The foundation is to provide high quality human services to children, adults and families with special needs which derive from behavior, psychological, intellectual or neurological impairments.

All about mental health. This net provides information about different decease related to mental illness.

Information and resources on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services for mental illness.

Psychologist, psychiatrist, and social worker directory, mental health journal and resource directory.


Learning Disability

This website is designated to children with developmental disabilities. It has information on development, psychology, learning, parenting, health/safety, research, school issues, and a blog.

LD Online is a phenomenal website full of resources for teachers, parents, and students (children, adolescents, and adults). It provides detailed information specifically on Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD. LD Online has forums, links for finding additional help, multimedia resources and store to purchase a variety of resources.

This website contains lots of great information about learning disabilities and ADHD and ideas for differentiated instruction, teaching strategies, links, and resources. There are separate sections with information and resources specific to teachers, parents, professionals and adults.

This website is a great resource containing information on teaching students with learning disabilities. The site contains information on indicators, general courtesy, teacher presentation, group interaction/discussion, research and testing.

WYNN is software that helps you read, study, and comprehend text more easily and effectively. WYNN is an exciting new product from Freedom Scientific, leading maker of software reading tools for people with visual disabilities. Used with a standard PC, WYNN lets you open a file and hear it read aloud. Or, you can scan a page using a flatbed scanner, and read that aloud. Once you open a file, you can alter the way the page is presented on the screen as well as the way it is read aloud to you. You can also insert notes and bookmarks, highlight sections, or look up words in the dictionary.

Professionals representing diverse disciplines who are committed to the development of individuals with learning disabilities. Information on conferences, advocacy, research and teaching tips.

General information, branch services, membership, conferences and seminars, bookstore and bulletin boards.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America is a national, non-profit organization with the purpose of advancing the education and general welfare of children and adults of normal or potentially normal intelligence who manifest handicaps of a perceptual, conceptual, or coordinative nature.

NCLD is a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of those affected by learning disabilities. NCLD provides, free of charge, the latest information on learning disabilities and resources available in communities nationwide to parents, professionals and adults with learning disabilities.

Assistive Technology for computers and disability.

Various links for learning disabilities and other disability related resources.

Index of online information and resources on the developmental disabilities Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

A publisher of visual thinking and learning tools for K-12 education.

LDInfo has been created as a non-profit organization designed to provide up-to-date information and an ever-growing dialog on how to effectively deal with a learning difference.

This site contains excellent web sites, organizations, general informations and chat lines dealing with learning disabilities.

Information, services and resources provided through the University of Georgia.

This site is about Learning Disabilities from the Research and Training Division of the Learning Disabilities Center. Questions and comments are appreciated. Information about, Research Articles, Training Activities, A List of Products, and Consumer Led Empowerment Training are included.

The LD Store offers an array of resources on learning disabilities and related topics. Within each topic area you will find information on selected publications, audio and video programs, and other resources.

This site contains a variety of resources for learning disabilities.

This site provides strategies for coping learning disabilities.

This collection of resources provides a single point of access to information on LD issues.

Resource on Learning Disabilities.

Software that assists with phonetic spelling.

Provides an overview of LD. Offers community outreach services and programs. Located in Vancouver, near Rupert Skytrain station.

ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
  1. Creature Antics by Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
    • Designed for those with severe difficulties, this program has cast of animated characters helping users to begin learning about cause and effect and turn taking. Similar programs included Creature Capers, Creature Cartoons, Creature Chorus, Creature features, Creature magic.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Laureate Learning Systems, Inc.
    • Phone: +1-802-655-4755
    • Fax: +1-802-655-4757
    • E-mail: customer-service@laureatelearning.com

  2. Early Learning I, II, III by Marblesoft.
    • This program is designed to let the student have fun learning while requite a minimum amount of time from the teacher or parent. Early Learning I includes 4 activities that teach pre-reading skills, Early Learning II includes 4 activities that teach addition and number sequencing. Early Learning III includes 3 activities that teach subtraction and number comparison.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Marblesoft USA
    • E-mail: mail@marblesoft.com

  3. Following Directions: Left and Right by Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
    • Designed to help those with disabilities and impairments, this program offers 10 activities to help student learn to follow directions and discriminate between left and right, accessible through keyboard, touch screen or single switch.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
    • Phone: +1-802-655-4755
    • Fax: +1-802-655-4757
    • E-mail: customer-service@laureatelearning.com

  4. Micro-LADs: MicroComputers Language Assessment and Development System by Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
    • Designed to train 46 basic syntactic structures, this is aimed at the special needs of those with disabilities and impairments, accessible with keyboard, touch screen, single switch or mouse.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
    • Phone: +1-802-655-4755
    • Fax: +1-802-655-4757
    • E-mail: customer-service@laureatelearning.com

  5. Monkeys jumping on the bed by Soft Touch Software
    • This program combines a favorite preschool song with number and color activities. Students with cognitive delays respond to upbeat music and interesting sounds. Large graphics help learners focus on the action.
    • Availability: Commercial product.
    • Contact: Soft Touch Software USA
    • Phone: +1-877-763-8868
    • Fax: +1-661-396-8760
    • E-mail: support@softtouch.com

  6. Teach Me to Talk by Soft Touch Software
    • Many students have difficulties learning to speak. This program features several strategies where children learn language through rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Soft Touch Software USA
    • Phone: +1-877-763-8868
    • Fax: +1-661-396-8760
    • E-mail: support@softtouch.com

  7. Co: Writer 4000 by Don Johnston Inc.
    • Co: Writer is a writing assistant with intelligent word prediction, a productivity tool for those who struggle with writing due to injury, physical limitation, language delay or learning disability. Co: Writer is suitable for all vocabulary levels. And the speech output gives auditory feedback to those who need to hear their words. Co: Writer is a whole-language-writing tool for novel communication and for student with language deficiencies or learning disabilities.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Don Johnston Inc USA
    • Phone: +1-847-526-2682
    • Fax: +1-847-526-4177
    • E-mail: info@donjohnston.com

  8. Write: OutLoud by Don Johnston Inc.
    • Write: OutLoud is a flexible and user-friendly talking word processor that offers multisensory learning and positive reinforcement for writers of all ages and ability levels. Write: OutLoud uses CD-quality audio to repeat words, letters and sentences as students type. The auditory feedback is great for students with learning disabilities because they can hear if words are omitted or substituted. Write: OutLoud is a suitable creature writing program for all ages and especially for students with learning disabilities.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Don Johnston Inc. USA
    • Phone: +1-847-526-2682
    • Fax: +1-847-526-4177
    • E-mail: info@donjohnston.com

  9. Dyna Vox Mac by Dyna Vox Systems Inc.
    • Dyna Vox Mac software helps students with disabilities break through the barriers to learn and succeed in the classroom. Dyna Vox software can be used to create dynamically linked communication pages for those with special speech, language and learning needs. Dyna Vox Mac acts as a speech/language therapy tool and also helps turn a Macintosh into an augmentative communication device for the speech disabled.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Dyna Vox Systems Inc.
    • Phone: +1-888-697-7332
    • E-mail: sales@dynavoxsys.com

  10. Weirdkids.com
  11. Fast Forword
    • A software for very young children to build the critical early learning skills. It is recommended as an appropriate tool for children with Autism.
    • Address: Scientific Learning 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza Suite 500 Oakland, CA 94612-2040
    • Phone: 1-888-665-9707
    • Fax: 510-444-3580
    • Email: info@scilearn.com
    • http://www.fastforword.com

  12. Access to Math
    • An on screen talking math worksheet that guides a student to math solutions. Students with learning disabilities can learn math at their own pace with this program.
    • Availability: Commercial product
    • Contact: Don Johnston Inc USA
    • Phone: +1-847-526-2682
    • Fax: +1-847-526-4177
    • E-mail: info@donjohnston.com


Motor/Orthopedic Impairments

The website contains resources and specialist consultations related to cerebral palsy.


  • The Tetra Society
The Tetra Society a non-profit society that recruits volunteers to create customized assistive devices for people with physical disabilities.
http://www.tetrasociety.org/about/index.php

Multiple Disabilities


Traumatic Brain Injury


Speech/Language Impairments



Visual Impairments



Other Health Impairments



Tech Ed Specific


General Resources

  • About.com
About.com is an online encyclopedia (like Wikipedia) and a portal. It contains information on a variety of exceptionalities and resources for educators including: IEPs, Lesson Plans, and Behavior Management.
http://specialed.about.com/

  • BC 211
Red Book online connects you to information about community, government, and social services in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts. This site links to the BC 211 database and provides information on child care, language classes, job searches, emergency shelters, housing, and financial assistance to name a few.
http://redbookonline.bc211.ca/bc/goHome?langInd=E

  • Educational Resources- Supporting Special Education
Educational Resources is a portal to a multitude of resources and links. This website introduces various disability groups and provides tools for addressing the needs of each group.
http://web.ku.edu/~spedres/index.html

  • Ministry of Education – Special Education
This site is great as it is specific to BC. It contains government policy, resource and links, information on funding and programs, and contacts. The website has a complete list of exceptionalities including sub-sections with description, identification and assessment, planning and implementing strategies, and evaluation and reporting.
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/

  • New Horizons for Learning
New Horizons for Learning is a network of people, products, and programs dedicated to successful, innovative learning. This website is full of resources for teachers in any classroom including sections on Teaching and Learning Strategies and Special Needs. New Horizons for Learning also has detailed information on the following exceptionalities: ADD/ADHD, Autism, and gifted learners.
http://www.newhorizons.org/index.html

  • The Really Big List of Classroom Management Resources
This is a portal that is comprised of 419 different sites with classroom management tips ranging from simple organizational tips to special education to new products and services.
http://drwilliampmartin.tripod.com/classm.html

  • SEN Teacher
This is a website that can be used by both students and teachers and has free teaching resources for special education. The site has printable worksheets for Math and Literacy, flash cards, and printable certificates. The work is geared more to the elementary and middle school levels but can aid in helping students that are below the expected grade ability.
http://www.senteacher.org/Home/

  • SET-BC: Special Education Technology British Columbia
This website is full of resources and is dedicated to providing people with disabilities with access to curriculum through various technologies. This website has an online learning centre which has countless resources in PDF and online, technology support, recent news and events and current and upcoming projects/initiatives. SET-BC provides training opportunities on the use of assistive technologies. SET-BC has a collection of 700 Accessible Books. Accessible Books are books that are ‘recreated’ through pictures and synthesized or digitized speech.
http://www.setbc.org

  • the "Organization" & "Resource" links from here
http://www.as.wvu.edu/~scidis/sitemap.html

  • Healthy Place.com Mental Health Communities Directory
HealthyPlace.com is divided into various communities representing major psychological interests. The various sites within each community and extensive information on the issue are listed on the front page of the community or you can click on one of the links below and go directly to that site.
http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/healthyplacecom-mental-health-communities-directory/menu-id-198/