Resource Library

 

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We make no explicit or implied claims of value, accuracy, quality or benefit.    
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Parent's Guide to Special Education (joint publication by the Federation of Children with Special Needs and the MA  Dept. of Education.)


LOCAL PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS                                                                           Massachusetts Department of Education    
                                                                                                                                             Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Search Page
Concord PAC Concord, MA SPED PAC website
Framingham PAC Framingham PAC's Resource Page
Hopkinton SEPACHopkinton Parent Advisory Council website
MASSPAC  Massachusetts SPED PAC website
Sudbury PAC   Sudbury, MA PAC website
Westborough SEPAC Westborough SEPAC website
    

ADHD Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 


APRAXIA

ARTHRITIS  

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (AT) and ACC
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (AHSA)  Augumentative & Alternative Communication (ACC) information
MassMatch Massachusetts Initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology in Consumer's Hands.   Mission is to enhance independence of people with disabilities by use of assistive technology.
Center for Communication Enhancement A clinic at  Boston Children's Hospital in Waltham providing evaluation, consultative, and therapeutic services to a wide range of patients who experience communication disorders.
Lit2Go Free online collection of stories and poems in audiobook format. Over 4500 files of K-12 literature with print resources and activities.
Special Education Applications to use with iPod or iPhone

ASTHMA AND ALLERGY
 
AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
AFAM Advocates for Autism in Massachusetts
Child Development Partners   Strategies and support for families living with ADHD, Autism and Learning Disablies, articles, teleseminars, book, etc.
Doug Floutie Jr. Foundation for Autism  Helps families get access to services, lead active lifestyles, grow towards adult independence.
The Arc of Massachusetts  Advocacy of supports and services based in the community; great list of resources in the area
The Help Group  Autism, AHD and Learning Disabilities

CAMPS AND EDUCATION WORKSHOPS
SPED Child & Teen  - Disability Camps, Workshops and Events in Greater MA


DOWN SYNDROME
Down Syndrome Program - Boston Children's Hospital

DYSLEXIA/SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY-Reading
Decoding Dyslexia - MA   Grassroots movement driven by parents, educators and professional concerned with the limited access to research based interventions for dyslexia.
Dyslexia Help - University of Michigan
Dyslexia MA  MA branch for International Dyslexia Organization
LD On-line - Multisensory Structured Language Programs:  Content and Principles of Instruction (Info)
Learning Ally  A non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed in education. Offers the world's largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature as well as solutions, support and community for parents, teachers and students.
Lexia Learning Using technology for learning
Orton Gillingham Practitioners and Educators Academy  an approach to multi-sensory reading instruction for students with dyslexia
Wilson Language Program Evidence based, multisensory, structured reading and spelling curricula. Instructor certification can be verified by contacting Wilson Language.
                                              
EARLY INTERVENTION

EATING DISORDERS

EPILEPSY AND SEIZURE DISORDERS
Epilepsy & Learning Disabilities - LDA (Learning Disability Association of America)

EXCEPTION LIVES -  special education resource for families to gain better access to services and supports


LEARNING DISABILITIES
Landmark School Outreach programs offering courses to parents and teachers about language based learning disabilities.
The Help Group  Autism, AHD and Learning Disabilities

LEGAL ADVOCACY - DISABILITY ISSUES
LEUKEMIA/LYMPHOMA

LIMB DEFICIENCY

MEDICAL SUPPORT

MENTAL HEALTH
Masachusetts Association of Mental Illness State of MA - National Alliance on Mental Illness
Massachusetts Association of Mental Illness - Metrowest Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Metro Suburban RLC Mental Health  Peer Support Group (advocacy, education and training opportunities for individuals with mental illness, trauma, or extreme emotional stress.)

MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE
Mitochondrial Program -Boston Children's Hospital

MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY

NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS

NON-VERBAL LEARNING DISABILITIES

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER

PARENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT

RECREATION/SPORTS
Mark Fidrych Foundation – Challenger Sports
SpecialOlympics – Marlborough, MA
Sudbury Recreation Department  - Inclusive and Adaptive Recreation Programs



SERVICE PROVIDERS, COMMUNITY BASED RESOURCES
Barrett Family Wellness provides pediatric occupation/speech therapy to address developmental problems including autism, sensory processing, ADHD.  Educational programs. 
Family TIES of  MA.  Link to 2016 Directory of community based resources and state agencies that support families of children/youth with special needs.

SOCIAL PRAGMATICS
Academy MetroWest (Natick, MA.   Camps and programs)
Child Therapy Boston (new office in Westborough)

SPINA BIFIDA

TRANSITION EDUCATION 
Planning for Life after Special Education in MA  a transitional services on-line manual
Transition Topics  The site is designed to assist students, families and educators learn more about the transition process.

TWINS, TRIPLETS, AND MORE

 


  
 


 
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