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Resources
This page provides webpage links to some most commonly requested resources.   We often partners with  individuals and organizations who provide similar or related services.  When we collaborate we gain an understanding of each other's strengths and can provide even higher levels of care to those we serve. 
 
We want to provide the most up-to-date resources so if you find an out-of-date resource send us a link to the newest one! 
 
Resources
 
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), WA State:  This public agency implements the state laws regarding education from birth to post-secondary education within WA State. http://www.k12.wa.us/
 
 
State school administration
 
Local school administration
  
Higher education
 
 Other
 
 
TUTORING and Educational Enrichment:
 
 
Sylvan Learning Center:  On site or IN HOME ONLINE tutoring.  Improve grades and build skills with custom tutoring in math, reading, organizational skills and writing, etc. 
 
Huntington:  Subject tutoring and school help.  Many subjects are supported. 
 
KumonAfter-school math and reading academic enrichment program
 
COLLEGE:
 
 
Association on Higher Education and Disability:  committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. 
 
ED.gov:  US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. 
 
Financial Aid
  • Creating Options: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
    Contact the Heath Resource Center at George Washington University for the latested edition of this annual resource paper, a comprehesive guide to financial aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.
  • FinAid
    FinAid is the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.
  • Florida's McKay Scholarship Program
    Florida's John M. McKay Program for Students with Disabilities seeks to provide financial aid to families who are seeking either public or private school placements for a child with a disability.
  • National Cristina Foundation
    National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides computer technology and solutions to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and productive lives.
 
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION and Local Support Organizations: Laws and National and local support organizations for ADHD and parent/family support systems. 
 
There are two federal laws that guarantee a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and provide services or accommodations to eligible students with disabilities in the U.S.  They are:
 
·         Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (called Section 504), as amended
·         Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (called IDEA)
 
Section 504of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights law designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Section 504 guarantees certain rights to individuals with disabilities, including the right to full participation and access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. 
 
IDEA 2004 (The Individuals with DisabilitiesEducation Act):   The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities by ensuring that everyone receives a free appropriate public education (FAPE), regardless of ability. Furthermore, IDEA strives not only to grant equal access to students with disabilities, but also to provide additional special education services and procedural safeguards. 
 
OSPI Special Education direct linkState and federal laws regarding special education
 
PARENT TO PARENT (P2P) USAEmotional & Informational support for families of children who have special needs. 
 
PAVEPartners for Action Voices for Empowerment; PAVE, a non-profit organization, shares information and resources for people who are linked to children and adults with disabilities.
 
PACER Center:  Champions for children with disabilities.  A Parent training and information center for families of children with all disabilities from birth through age 21.  
 
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD):  A wide range of resources on assistive technology, from introductory fact sheets and training materials to in-depth discussion of best practices and emerging research.  Before you know it, you'll know a lot more about assistive technology and the ways in which it can improve the lives of the children and youth with disabilities. 
 
Family Life Skills of Washington is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to restoring families and individuals. Family Life Skills is a group of highly trained individuals working together to educate those in crisis with the life skills necessary to be successful participants in our community.  (An excellent resource for those wanting to change behaviors and renew their lives.)
 
The MINDSOURCE Center, LLC, MindSource Center, located in South King County, offers a wide range of counseling, evaluation & training services to address a variety of mental & physical needs. In particular, we are known for serving families touched by autism spectrum disorders, and learning and neurodevelopmental challenges.  (An excellent resource for independent IEP evaluations and behavioral modification strategies.)
 
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
 
CHADD:  (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization serving individuals with ADHD and their families. CHADD has over 16,000 members throughout the U.S. Chapters offer support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
 
EDGE Foundation Coaching for High School and College Students with ADHD. 
 
 
BOOKS (short list):  The staff of the National Resource Center on ADHD has compiled a list of favorite books written about IEPs, 504 plans, and understanding a child's educational rights. More detailed information on each title, as well as additional books and periodicals written for parents who want to learn more about their children's educational rights are available from the NRC:    Library's online database.
 
Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy: The Special Education Survival Guide
Authors: Peter W.D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
Publisher: Harbor House Law Press, Inc. (Hartfield, VA, 2006), 311 pages
Summary: This book helps parents learn about the special education system. It explains how to write annual goals and objectives for IEPs. Information about special education law is included, as well as advice on how to create effective paper trails and letters.
Wrightslaw: All About IEPs
Authors: Peter W. D. Wright and Pamela Darr Wright
Publisher: Harbor House Law Press, Inc. (Hartfield, VA, 2006), 166 pages
Summary: This comprehensive, easy to read book provides concise answers to frequently asked questions about IEPs. Learn what the law says about IEP Teams and IEP Meetings, Parental Rights and Consent, Steps in Developing the IEP, Placement, Transition, Assistive Technology and Strategies to Resolve Disagreements.
Writing Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives
Authors: Barbara D. Bateman and Cynthia M. Herr
Publisher: Attainment Company (Verona, WI, 2006), 136 pages
Summary: This guidebook contains information on the purpose of IEPs, levels of performance, and how to write measurable and attainable goals and objectives. It reflects the core of the IDEA and is designed to help educators understand their role more fully in its implementation. It is filled with an abundance of examples.
The IEP from A to Z: How to Create Meaningful and Measurable Goals and Objectives
Authors: Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett
Publisher: Jossey-Bass (Hoboken, NJ, 2011), 224 pages
Summary: This step-by-step guide shows teachers and parents how to get the right education plan in place for students with ADHD, Autism/Asperger's, Emotional/Behavioral Disturbance, and related conditions. It provides easy-to-understand explanations of the special education process along with a wealth of sample IEP's, and sample goal and objective templates.
A Parent's Guide to Special Education: Insider Advice on How to Navigate the System and Help Your Child Succeed
Authors: Linda Wilmshurst and Alan W. Brue
Publisher: AMACOM (Washington, DC, 2005), 256 pages
Summary: This book provides parents with information on special education law with guidelines on how parents can better understand the legal system to get the best education possible for their children, including advice to parents for fostering better communication with their children's teachers.
Why Johnny Doesn't Behave: Twenty Tips and Measurable BIPs
Author: Barbara Bateman
Publisher: Attainment Company (Verona, WI, 2003), 122 pages
Summary: This book provides tools for teachers including tips to manage classroom behaviors and reinforce positive social skills. The book also covers functional behavioral analysis and behavioral intervention plans, containing charts and checklists for classroom use.
Better IEP Meetings Everyone Wins
Authors: Cynthia M. Herr and Barbara D. Bateman
Publisher: Attainment Company (Verona, WI, 2005), 126 pages
Summary: This book is intended to help parents effectively communicate with teachers during IEP meetings. It is divided into three sections, with information on preparing for meetings, what to say during the meeting, and how to ensure the standards of a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) are met.
How to Reach and Teach ADD/ADHD Children: Practical Techniques, Strategies, and Interventions for Helping Children with Attention Problems and Hyperactivity
Author: Sandra F. Rief
Publisher: Jossey-Bass (Hoboken, NJ, 2005), 464 pages
Summary: This book presents strategies for teaching students with ADHD particular skills, such as organization and study skills, language arts, math, and written language. It also offers guidelines for classroom management, communicating with parents, and dealing with behavioral problems. The author devotes several chapters to kindergarten, middle school, and junior high students.



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