Supporting Organizations for Education and Advocacy

Information on IDEA Regulations and Family Advocacy and IEP Support

Understanding The Issues:

All about the IEP (Esta información en español)
Includes links to information about all aspects of the IEP including who writes the IEP, what information is contained in the IEP, who’s on the IEP team and what happens at IEP meetings.  

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center on Technology and Disability provides a wide range of resources on instructional and assistive technologies, from introductory fact sheets through CEUs for practitioners and educators.

Understanding Special Education
Providing parents with a guild to special education, the IEP Process and School Success.

U.S. Dept of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.

U.S. Department of Education – Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
A portal site with links to learn more about IDEA—Part B and IDEA—Part C.

Wrights Law
Wright’s Law is a comprehensive collection of accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. This website has a lot of information and can be overwhelming; here are a few tips to get started:

  • “Topics A-Z” is a good place to start looking for information by topic.
  • “Ask the Advocate” covers a variety of topics including a series of “10 Tips for …”
  • “Advocacy Library—Articles” has many resources in a variety of areas including how to write a good letter to the school.
  • “Law Library—Articles” includes Special Education Law articles, analyses and publications.

Special Education Guide
The purpose of special education is to “level the playing field” by providing specialized services to students with disabilities so that they can succeed academically.

Organizations with Additional Resources:

A state program from North Carolia,BEGINNINGS has comprehensive resources under School Issues tab.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Family Advocates Partnership for Education
The Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE) project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss.

IDEA Partnership
The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities through shared work and learning. Their work facilitates interaction and shared work across professional and family organizations around common interests.

NASDSE: National Association of State Directors of Special Education
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) provides leadership to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities throughout the United States, the federal territories and the Freely Associated States of Palau, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands. Aligning policies and practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities is critical to ensuring full participation in their education and transition to post-school education, employment and independent living.

NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment & Management
NCHAM is the National Resource Center for the implementation and improvement of comprehensive and effective Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems. As a multidisciplinary Center, they work to ensure that all infants and toddlers with hearing loss are identified as early as possible and provided with timely and appropriate audiological, educational, and medical intervention.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. Be sure to check out “Most Popular Tools & Information” near the bottom of the page; this is where links are located to more information such as “Handy forms, worksheets and checklists” and an “IDEA Parent Guide.”

National Disability Rights Network
The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the non-profit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, NDRN works to create a society in which people with disabilities are afforded equality of opportunity and are able to fully participate by exercising choice and self-determination.

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)
The U.S. Department of Education funds Parent Information Resource Centers in every state to improve children's school success. PEATC is Virginia's PIRC.

Parent Technical Assistance Center Network
The National Parent Technical Assistance Center provides Parent Centers with innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials. From this website, parents can find the parent center in their state.