Resources

Adoption

Adoption Community of New England   non-profit membership organization which serves all those touched by adoption

Adoption Journeys  post-adoption services and support to families throughout Massachusetts

Adoptive Families Together  provides education, advocacy, training and support to famiies, professionals and communities

Donaldson Adoption Institute     leadership, research, education and advocacy to improve adoption laws, policies and practices

North American Council on Adoptable Children      committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them

Advocacy

Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts  formed in 2004 to address the need for public advocacy on behalf of individuals, families and professionals who have or deal with people with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Center for Public Representation  non-profit public interest law firm providing mental health law and disability law services

Community Works  person centered planning, self-determination, community living

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education      encourages the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs

Disablity Law Center      private, non-profit organization responsible for providing protection and advocacy for the rights of Massachusetts residents with disabilities

Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health helping children with mental health needs and their families achieve a better quality of life

Massachusetts Advocates for Children  private non-profit organization dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities

Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change  statewide, grassroots coalition of individuals with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses and their families

The Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee  established by Massachusetts Legislature to secure and protect the legal rights of persons involved in mental health and retardation programs

National Council on Disability  an independent federal agency making recommendations to the president and congress to enhance the lives of all Americans with disabilities and their families

Parent Professional Advocacy League      Massachusetts Statewide Organization of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health providing support, education, and advocacy around issues related to children’s mental health

Reidy Associates  a consulting service which helps to create organizations that contribute to the social good

Special Needs Advocacy Network  advocates and others concerned about the special needs of children and young adults with disabilities privide a supportive network of child advocates and information and resources to advocates, other professionals, and parents

TASH equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities

Wright’s Law educational law information

Attachment

AACAP Facts for Families  Reactive Attachment Disorder

ATTACh  Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children

Attachment & Trauma Network  hope and healing for traumatized children and their families

Attachment Institute of New England  assessing and treating attachment disorders in children

RadKid.org      a resource and source of mutual support for parents or others who are parenting children with reactive attachment disorder

Developmental Disabilities

Asperger Syndrome Education Network  a volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in New Jersey

Asperger’s Tips a quick start guide to the world of asperger’s syndrome

Autism Society of North Carolina Bookstore not-for-profit bookstore offers over 400 titles on ASD and related topics

Autism Online  to connect the parents of newly diagnosed children with autism and professionals working with these children with critical resources, support, and research information

Children Making Strides  services and information for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their parents

Community Autism Resources  family created and organized community services organization

Families for Early Autism Treatment  non-profit organization of parents, educators, and other professionals dedicated to providing world-class Education, Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding  dedicated to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and those who work alongside them to improve mutual understanding

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council  Provides opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families to enhance independence, productivity, and inclusion

National Autism Association  advocacy, empowerment and public and professional awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the autism community

Woodbine House  publishing house for books on autism

Differing Abilities

All Kinds of Minds   non-profit Institute that helps students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association  professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Our support services will allow students with disabilities to participate in and benefit from their educational programs

CHADD  Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyper-activity Disorder

Inclusion Press  person centered planning and resource material

Institute for Community Inclusion  supports the rights of children and adults with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community

Institute on Disability – University of New Hampshire  established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

International Dyslexia Association  non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with, dyslexia, their families

and the communities that support them

Learning Disabilities Association of America  support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals

Learning Disabilities Worldwide  non-profit, volunteer organization including individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and professionals working to enhance the lives of individuals with learning disabilities, with a special emphasis on the underserved

Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing  mission to explore innovative solutions for accessible communication, identify links to resources and supports, and become better prepared for current and future challenges impacting people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and late-deafened

National Center for Learning Disabilities  works to ensure that adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.

National Coalition for Auditory Processing Disorders, Inc.  assists families and individuals affected by auditory processing disorders through education, support, and public awareness

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities  a wealth of information on disabilities including disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youths and information on IDEA, No Child Left Behind” and research-based information on effective educational practices

National Institute for Learning Disabilities  established to meet the needs of students and adults with learning disabilities through an individualized program of educational therapy

National Lecotek Center  making play accessible and successful for children of all abilities

The Out of Sync Child  site by author Carol Kranowitz featuring her books and recommendations and additional resources on sensory integration

S.I.Focus  international magazine dedicated to improving sensory integration

The SPD Foundation   world leader in research, education and awareness for the sensory processing disorder

Tourette’s Disorder   information and support

Tourette Syndrome Plus  information on Tourette’s by a psychologist

Evaluation Specialists

Center for Cognitive Development Assessment and Remediation  psychological services for internationally adopted children

Dr. Ronald S. Federici   neuropsychological and family therapy association providing comprehensive assessment and innovative treatment

Learning Disabilities Program  Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Neurology provides a provides comprehensive learning disabilties evaluation for children who are experiencing a lack of success in school or who have specific difficulties with academic achievement

South Shore Therapies  resources for raising children with sensory, developmental, and social-emotional challenges

Triangle Reasearch Center  psychological Dr. Chasnoff and specific interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol and other drugs

Family Support

The Arc of Greater Plymouth  a private, non-profit membership organization committed to providing creative, flexible and diversified supports for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families

Asperger’s Association of New England  dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with asperger’s and related conditions

Center for Future Planning  the ARC provides future planning q&a, models, and support to help families and people with I/DD establish their vision and roadmap for the future.

Consumer Empowerment Funds Program  MDDC provides funds for Mass residents with developmental disabilities and/or family members to attend conferences or other events

Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation  helps families facing childhood autism through support and education

Federation for Children with Special Needs  Boston based center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind  provides rehabilitation and social services to blind individuals, leading to independence and full community participation

Massachussetts Department of Developmental Services  state operated programs providing assistance in job placement, transportation, housing or intensive levels of treatment, monitoring and care

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission  Massachusetts government agency providing services to promote dignity for individuals with disabilities through employment and independent living in the community

Partners for Youth with Disabilities  empowering young people with disabilities to reach their full potential for personal development by providing one-to-one and group mentoring programs where adult mentors with disabilities act as positive role models and provide support, understanding and guidance for youth as they strive to reach their personal, educational and career goals

Road to Responsibility, Inc.  charitable, non-profit organization serving the needs of individuals with disabilities through residential, employment, rehabilitation, and recreation services in 22 towns from Boston, MA to Cape Cod

Step by Step Supportive Services  committed to helping adults with psychiatric or developmental disabilities realize their highest potential for personal, social, and career success through the use of self-empowering and innovative therapeutic strategies

Mental Health

AACAP Facts for Families  The Anxious Child

AACAP Facts for Families  The Depressed Child

AACAP Facts for Families  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  assisting parents and families in understanding developmental, behavioral, emotional and mental disorders affecting children and adolescence

American Psychiatric Association  newsletter of the American Psychiatric Association

American Psychological Association  a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States

Anxiety Disorder Association of America  improving lives, providing hope through research, education and treatment

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health  assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities

Mental Health America  country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness  the nation’s voice on mental illness

Northern County Psychiatric Associates  Carol Watkins, M.D., a child psychiatrist and Nicole, a student, review books on ADHD, depression, family problems, decision-making and many other topics

NYU Child Study Center  transforming the lives of children and families through collaborative science, education and practice

 Parenting Children with Special Needs

Beyond Consequences Institute      Heather T. Forbes’ love based approach to helping children with severe behaviors

Love and Logic      practical tools and techniques that help adults achieve respectful, healthy relationships with their children

Families by Design  Nancy Thomas Parenting information on adoption, attachment and bonding issues for families and professionals

Special Education

Association for Middle Level Education  advocates for continual improvement of middle school education

Center for Applied Special Technology  non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies

Cognitive Concepts  earobics – research-based, supplemental program that ensures elementary students have the foundational building blocks necessary for a lifetime of reading.

Council for Exceptional Children  international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities, and/or the gifted

The Critical Thinking Company  standards based products with highly effective lessons that sharpen the mind.

Educational Resource Information Centerdatabase of journal and non-journal education literature

ExceptionalLives
free, easy-to-use resources for parents and care providers of children with disabilities including IEP guide.

Gander Publishing  products designed to develop sensory-cognitive processing as the foundation for language, literacy, and math skills

Kids Reads  for kids to find info about their favorite books, series and authors including reviews of the newest titles, interviews with the coolest authors and special features on great books

Landmark School Outreach Program  professional development programs designed to help teachers build opportunities for success with students with learning disabilities and different learning styles

Lindamood-Bell South Shore Learning Center critically acclaimed programs that teach children and adults to read, spell, comprehend and express language

Massachusetts Teachers Association  official site with education news from across the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Department of Education  official government site on special education

Middle Web  all about middle school: coping strategies, teacher support and success stories

National Inclusive Schools Network  developing schools and communities that are welcoming of all children & youths

REACH Educational Services  multi-sensory approach to learning through educational, social and behavioral intervention for children with unique educational profiles

Scientific Learning  Fast ForWord reading program

Trauma

Child Trauma Institute  training, consultation, information, and resources

EMDR Institute, Inc.  extensive information on eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

National Child Traumatic Stress Network  resources for parents and caregivers

Miscellaneous

Children with Diabetes  online community for kids, families and adults with diabetes

Kaleidoscope Theatre  professional touring theatre company with a wide range of musical productions including “I’m Special – You’re Special” which deals with inclusion

Mayer-Johnson  boardmaker, picture communication symbols