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Whether your child has dyslexia or attention deficit disorder (ADD), is autistic, deaf, or blind, there are homeschool supplies and resources that can help you manage. You are your child's own best advocate. If you are considering homeschooling, you've probably run into problems with the system. This list of information links will help you pursue the right solution for your child's special needs situation.

General

  • Students Who Learn Differently
    Not all of the suggestions apply to homeschooling since this is written for the classroom teacher.
  • AVKO Educational Research Foundation
    AVKO comes from Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic, & Oral a multi-sensory approach. Don McCabe is a dyslexic who teaches other dyslexics how to read and spell. His web site is full of information about dyslexia, and is often peppered with dry wit and humor. McCabe offers free daily tutoring at the AVKO Reading Clinic in Michigan.
  • Charlotte Mason Special Needs
    This site posts information and a few links about using the Charlotte Mason method with special needs children, including suggestions on how to develop an individual education plan (IEP), required in some states.
  • Disability Resources on the Net
    A link list of sites that deal with a variety of disabilities.
  • Disability Solutions
    A resource for families and others interested in Down Syndrome and related diseases.
  • Eric Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
    This portion of the ERIC system is operated by the Council for Exceptional Children. It is an excellent first stop when looking for information about educating children with special needs. The Digests, Fact Sheets and Mini-bibs section includes the documents Homeschooling Resources for Gifted Students, Readings and Resources About Reading Instruction for Young Children with Learning Disabilities, and many others.
  • Family Village: A Global Community of Disability Related Resources
    Welcome to the Family Village! This site offers a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs
    The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.
  • Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities
    Lists signs of giftedness and learning disabilities, symptoms and solutions for disabled children, and characteristics of spatial and sequential learners. A good place for those dealing with giftedness, learning disabilities, or both in their children to start finding help.
  • Hearts of Courage
    Hearts of Courage is for: parents of medically fragile children, with special health care needs or who are chronically ill with multiple medical conditions, or who are fighting life-threatening illness. When you have a medically fragile child with special needs, your child is a courageous heart.
  • Home Educating Children with Special Educational Needs in the UK
    Articles, links and resources from the families that participate in the HE-SPECIAL-UK Mailing list. We are a group of families who have been brought together by our common interest in Home Education - and our shared experience of having children with special educational needs.
  • LD Online
    This is a really well done website. There is a great deal of information here formatted to be found easily. Message boards, an LD store, stories of first hand experiences, a kids area, online newsletter and Calendar of LD events are some of the handy features. Parents will especially appreciate the following sections: The ABCs of LD and ADD offers the basics about learning disabilities - What is a learning disability? What is Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?; LD In-Depth has information on every aspect of learning disabilities. Material comes from leading organizations and professionals in the field of learning disabilities.; and Where to Find Help is a comprehensive listing of resources on learning disabilities - national and state organizations and agencies, on-line resources and much more.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities
    The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. NCLD accomplishes its mission by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conducting educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and providing national leadership in shaping public policy. We provide solutions that help people with LD participate fully in society.
  • National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network
    Equipping parents to raise their children with special needs or disabilities confidently. 5383 Alpine Rd. S.E., Olalla, WA 98359, 253-857-4257, Email: NATHANEWS@aol.com.
  • Office of Special Education - Special Education Information
    In the Intervention Techniques you’ll find articles that detail effective teaching techniques for academics, behavioral skills, vocational skills, social skills, language skills, and functional skills. You’ll also find articles on diet and disabilities and a collection of information about learning disabilities.
  • Popcorn and Peanuts Learning Differences Resources
    Don't despair! Learning disabilities are often just another way of looking and thinking! From the more ordinary dyslexia and ADHD, to depression, blindness, and birth defects- there is help. This site gives you a list of helpful sites and email groups you can join. This site also has music online, so you might want to turn down your speakers before surfing there.
  • Sofdesign Dyslexia Training
    This site offers Dyslexia Training Program, Literacy Training Program, Keyboarding, and also includes a link to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which offers a program to assist dyslexic children.
  • Teaching LD
    The purpose of Teaching LD is to provide trustworthy and up-to-date resources about teaching students with learning disabilities.
  • The National Academy for Child Development
    The National Academy for Child Development, is an international organization of parents and professionals dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential. Founded in 1979 by internationally recognized educator and lecturer Robert J. Doman, Jr., NACD designs very specific home educational and therapeutic programs for infants, children and adults. The over 15,000 clients served by NACD have come to us with labels including; Learning Disabled, Dyslexic, Distractible, ADD, ADHD, Hyperactive, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Tourettes Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Fragile X, Developmentally Delayed, PDD, Autistic, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injured, Comatose, Retarded, Minimal Brain Dysfunction, Normal, Accelerated, and Gifted. The families served by NACD have traveled from all 50 states, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Canada.
  • The Sky at Your Fingertips
    "The Sky at your Fingertips" is aimed at visually impaired users of all ages, who wish to set off on a fascinating journey among the planets, comets and galaxies and discover the wonders within the Universe.

ADHD

  • ADHD of the Christian Kind
    What is ADHD of the Christian Kind? It is an acknowledgement that Christians (adults and children alike) may have ADHD and related disorders including depression, Tourette's Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and others that affect many people who love the Lord. The Know Your Rights page has information on legal rights for special needs kids.

Dyslexia

  • British Dyslexia Association
    The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. Their vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.
  • Dyslexia, The Gift
    Web site for Davis Dyslexia Correction, offering the well-known book The Gift of Dyslexia. Dyslexic people are visual, multi-dimensional thinkers. They are intuitive and highly creative, and excel at hands-on learning. Because they think in pictures, it is sometimes hard for them to understand letters, numbers, symbols, and written words. They can learn to read, write and study efficiently when they use methods geared to their unique learning style.
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
    Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and learning disorders, like dyslexia. Today, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children provides ongoing care for more than 14,000 children each year. There is no charge for treatment at the Hospital and admission is open to Texas children from birth to 18 years of age.
  • Universe for Dyslexia
    "Universe for Dyslexia" is a free downloadable curriculum in PDF format for dyslexic children, developed by the Bologna Planetarium - Educational department - Municipality of Bologna, in collaboration with VIII Didactic Circle - Primary School Carducci and Italian Association for Dyslexia.

Autism/Asperger's Syndrome

  • Center for the Study of Autism
    The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) is located in the Salem/Portland, Oregon area. The Center provides information about autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions. Much of our research is in collaboration with the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California.
  • Homeschooling Autistic Kids- Tammy Glaser
    Homeschooling Children who "Aut" to be home, this site is dedicated to parents who homeschool their autistic children. This site also offers advice about removing your children from public school and how to integrate them, and you as a parent, into a homeschooling lifestyle.
  • The Bonding Place - PREACCH
    Parents Rearing and Educating Autistic Children in Christian Homes

Other Learning Disabilities

  • Forgotten Kids
    the children that have nearly invisible disabilities.This site includes information on the following: ADD/ADHD, FRAGILE-X, AUTISM, DOWN'S SYNDROME, CONDUCT DISORDER/OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANT DISORDER, SEPARATION ANXIETY, WILLIAMS SYNDROME, as well as sections for encouraging parents and helping with various resources including assistive technology.
  • Parent Pals
    Special education information, educational and therapy games. Tips for ADHD, deaf and hard of hearing, gifted, speech, and stuttering. Book reviews for a variety of gifted and special needs.

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