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Autism Society of Wisconsin
This is a comprehensive Web site with several links to Internet autism resources, access to local chapters, and other information pertaining to autism. This site also contains a link to the Autism Society of America.

Online Asperger's Syndrome Information & Support (OASIS)
This Web site offers a wide range of resources related to research, family, current issues, general information, and WWW links.

Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic and Research Home Page
"The Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluations for children and adults with social disabilities, usually focusing on the issues of diagnosis and intervention." The site has medical information, a listing of publications, and a resource list of Internet links.

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Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome on the Internet
Designed for parents of children with Down Syndrome, this comprehensive site features many links to disability, medical, and educational sites plus parenting resources on the Web. Lists are provided for U.S. and international organizations, online publications, parent resources, medical resources, and health care guidelines for persons with Down Syndrome.

National Down Syndrome Congress
"It is the mission of the National Down Syndrome Congress to be the national advocacy organization for Down syndrome and to provide leadership in all areas of concern related to persons with Down syndrome. In that capacity, NDSC will function as a major source of support and empowerment to persons with Down syndrome and their families." The Web site contains general and medical information, plus advocacy and research links.

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Emotional Disorders

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Resources and links on emotional and psychiatric disorders of children and adolescents can be found here.

Behavior OnLine
"Behavior Online aspires to be the premier World Wide Web gathering place for mental health professionals and applied behavioral scientists--a place where professionals of every discipline can feel at home." There are links to discussion lists, organizations, and editorials.

Dr. Ivan's Depression Central
"This site is [a]... clearinghouse for information ... of depressive disorders and on ... treatments for individuals suffering from Major Depression, Manic-Depression (Bipolar Disorder), Cyclothymia, Dysthymia and other mood disorders." The site has a search engine, as well as an extensive index on mood disorders.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
"The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain." It provides information on mental illness in youth and how to get help for home and school. Read further information about the History of NAMI .

School Psychology Resources Online
The site provides information about "research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and more." Sandra Koser Steingart, Ph.D. Office of Psychological Services, Baltimore County Public Schools maintains this site.

SERI Behavior Disorders Resources
"Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education." The site is maintained by Hood College.

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Circle of Inclusion
This site deals primarily with inclusion issues as they relate to the early childhood classroom. Guidelines for developing quality inclusion programs, links to model programs and on-line discussion groups are provided. "This web page is a cooperative venture between Kansas Inservice Training System (KITS), Nebraska's Early Childhood Training Center, University of Kansas Department of Special Education, KUAP Parsons, ALTec Alliance."

The Renaissance Group maintains this site, which provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about inclusion. Legal issues, teaching strategies, financial considerations, and the philosophy of inclusive education are discussed. Northwest Missouri State University is a member of the Renaissance Group.

The Inclusion Network
The information provided by this site comes from The Inclusion Network, a group of people dedicated to helping people with disabilities lead inclusive lives. The site includes links to an explanation of inclusion, to the organization's quarterly newsletter, and to employment opportunities.

Inclusive Learning Environment for Students with Special Needs
The links on the site are divided under general information, collaboration, system change, staff development, teaching and learning, standards and assessment, the building, and search. Frequently asked questions about the site are answered on New Horizons for Learning page.

Inclusion: School as a Caring Community
Maintained by the JP Das Developmental Disabilities Centre at the University of Alberta, this site provides information about developing an inclusive classroom. Field notes from interviews with teachers who have used inclusion successfully and guidelines (by grade level) for creating inclusive classrooms are provided.

Learning Disabilities
Maintained by the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, the purpose of this site is to differentiate between inclusion and mainstreaming. Definitions of both terms are included, and an explanation of legal issues concerning inclusion/mainstreaming is provided.

Special Education Inclusion
This site, from the Wisconsin Education Association Council, provides information on the curricular, legal, and social implications of inclusion/mainstreaming. A bibliography and information about recent legal decisions regarding inclusion/mainstreaming are included.

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Learning Disabilities

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Decade of the Brain
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Decade of the Brain is provided by the Federal Consumer Information Center. It provides overviews of learning problems and bibliographies listing print publications.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

CHADD is the national advocacy organization for ADD. This site has information on the organization plus many print and Web resources on ADD.

Family Village School

Family Village is a Web site sponsored by the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and provides links to educational resources that benefit learning disabled children plus additional resources "Just for Kids."

LD Resources
LD Resources provides basic LD information, organizations, a list of K-12 schools and colleges, software for the learning disabled and a large list of other WWW links to LD resources. This site also contains articles and essays on a variety of topics. The author's credentials are described on his resume.

Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
The background and perspectives of this association are described on the About LDA page. Several valuable resources linked from this site include LDA Fact Sheets, Resources and Alerts / Bulletins / FYI.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

"The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides national leadership in support of children and adults with learning disabilities (LD) by offering information, resources and referral services; developing and supporting innovative educational programs; promoting public awareness; and advocating for more effective policies and legislations to help people with learning disabilities."

READY*SET*READ Early Childhood Learning Kit
The United States Department of Education sponsors this site as a part of the America Reads Challenge. Activity guides, for use by caregivers as well as families, are provided. The guide targets specific age groups from birth to five years old. The kits are designed to improve preschoolers' language skills. Tips for implementing the suggested activities are included.

There are resource links for parents and educators. There are links for identifying differences, the learning differences and for connecting with others.

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Mental Disabilities

RTC Portland
Links to organizations are provided for persons looking for more information about a particular disorder. Information about this organization is available on the About the RTC page.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
This organization's home page has links to abstracts from current periodicals, conventions, political policy statements, career opportunities, and membership information. This resources provides "rapid access to information about the mental retardation and disabilities field."

The Arc of the United States
About the Arc provides information about the organization that sponsors this site, which provides the user with government information, fact sheets, publications and promotional products, and a search engine.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development
"The mission of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development is to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood and emotion caused by disruption of typical development." There is a list of research topics from aggression to writing disabilities. It also includes links to the National Mental Retardation Research Centers.

VSA Arts
"VSA arts is an International organization that creates learning opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The organization offers arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music and the visual arts implemented primarily through our vast affiliate network in 39 states and the District of Columbia, collaborators in 10 states, and 70 international affiliates in 67 countries."

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison
The Waisman Center specializes in the study of human development and developmental disabilities. It is "dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the life span." There is a good resources list plus information on various projects. It also includes links to Web resources on the Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities Resources page.

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Awesome Library - K12 Special Education
This site provides links to information about assistive technology, Attention Deficit Disorder, the blind and visually impaired, cleft lip or palate, the deaf and hearing impaired, developmental disabilities, the gifted, home schooling, individualized plans, learning disabilities, mental health, mental retardation and the physically challenged. It is sponsored by Dr. R. Jerry Adams and the Evaluation and Development Institute (EDI) in conjunction with the federal government to provide learning disabilities resources to the public.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
"ERIC EC gathers and disseminates the professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted." The Clearinghouse provides over 70,000 citations of "information on topics such as ADD, gifted, behavior disorders, early childhood, inclusion, learning disabilities." Users are able to search through databases for specific topics, access ERIC digests, and find quick fact sheets regarding disabilities and gifted education.

FRAXA Research Foundation
The Fraxa Research Foundation has developed a site with descriptions of fragile X syndrome, treatments, online newsletters, links to fragile X organizations around the world and other Web resources. This site provides information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments.

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER)
"ISER is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. We help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs." This page features assessment, treatment alternatives, and rights for those with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, there are educational alternatives, a learning center, therapy and advocacy. Most of the pages include a state by state listing of organizations and associations that can help parents and professionals.

READY*SET*READ Early Childhood Learning Kit
The United States Department of Education sponsors this site as a part of the America Reads Challenge. Activity guides, for use by caregivers as well as families, are provided. The guides target specific age groups from birth to five years old. The kits are designed to improve preschoolers' language skills. Tips for implementing the suggested activities are included, as well.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
Links to several national projects, agencies, and resource centers that supply information and support for the disabled are available from this site sponsored by the United States Department of Education.

Yale Child Study Center Developmental Disabilities Clinic
The Yale Child Study Center is a major research and diagnostic facility for autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorders. The site has medical information, a listing of publications, and a resource list of Internet links.

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Physical Disabilities

American Foundation for the Blind
"A nonprofit organization founded in 1921 and recognized as Helen Keller's cause in the United States, AFB is a leading national resource for people who are blind or visually impaired, the organizations that serve them, and the general public." The goal of the organization is to gather information, identify critical issues, educate the public and policymakers, and produce talking books and other forms of audio materials. Users of this Web site are able to access links under the categories of Information, Services, Community, and Publications.

Gallaudet University
Gallaudet University for the hearing impaired is one of the main sources of information related to deafness, hearing loss, sign language, and deaf and hearing impaired individuals. The site provides information about the school itself and several resources regarding hearing impairment.

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
The role of the NIDRR is to "conducts comprehensive and coordinated programs of research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment, and independent living of disabled individuals of all ages." Links are provided to current research conducted by the institute and related Web resources.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Sponsored by the Library of Congress,this site provides "access to books and materials for the blind plus other resources of interest." The site has a network of 57 regional libraries and 81 subregional libraries throughout the US. It offers recent press releases, including information about Web-Braille on the Internet, Braille book catalogs and listings, and links to other Web resources.

National Transition Network
"The National Transition Network provides technical assistance and evaluation services to states with grants for Transition Systems Change and School-to-Work....This website offers online publications, transcripts, workshop information and reports, conference call announcements, state contacts, and more."

Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences
Judith Maginnis Kuster, a speech-language pathologist from Mankato State University, provides a very comprehensive site with resources in many different categories including specific disorders and links to other speech/communication disorder resources on the Internet. This Web site is intended for professionals and students in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, speech science, persons with communication disabilities or differences and their support persons.

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Disability and the Workplace
This site was developed by Deborah Joseph, a librarian at Catherwood Library of Cornell University. It includes links to information about ADA, disability listservers, government sites, international issues, job hunting, law & legislation, organizations, return to work, statistics, and workers compensation.

Job Accommodation Network
"This is international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employability of people with disabilities. The organization also provides information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)." The site is hosted by West Virginia University.

LD In Depth: Postsecondary Education
The National Center for Learning Disabilities maintains this site that includes links to information about transition, success strategies, selected publications, planning & selection, help for advisors, online resources, community colleges, financial assistance, an area for discussion, self-advocacy, and technology.

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
"The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition seeks to increase the capacity of national, state and local agencies and organizations to improve secondary education and transition results for youth with disabilities and their families.." This site provides links to information to assist with the development of transition programs. Information about this organization is available on the About page.

Office of Disability Employment Policy US Department of Labor
"The mission of ODEP, under the leadership of an Assistant Secretary, will be to bring a heightened and permanent long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons with disabilities. This will be achieved through policy analysis, technical assistance, and development of best practices, as well as outreach, education, constituent services, and promoting ODEP's mission among employers." The site provides links to jobs, programs, publications, job accommodation network, business focus, state liaisons, related sites, and archives.

Transition Guides
"This series of [online] publications focuses on preparing youth with disabilities to make the transition from high school to the adult world." It is part of the The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities Web site. Other publications available at this site include Technical Assistance Guide: Helping Students with Cognitive Disabilities Find and Keep a Job, A Student's Guide to Jobs Set2, and A Student's Guide to Jobs.

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