Disability Resources

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice


The Center’s mission is to support and promote a reoriented national preparedness to foster the development and the adjustment of children with or at risk of developing serious emotional disturbance. To achieve that goal, the Center is dedicated to a policy of collaboration at Federal, state, and local levels that contributes to and facilitates the production, exchange, and use of knowledge about effective practices.


Children’s Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Scale (C-NLD)


Learning Disabilities Association of America (http://www.ldanatl.org/) – LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities and has over 200 state and local affiliates in 42 states and Puerto Rico. The membership is composed of individuals with learning disabilities, family members, and concerned professionals, and advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities.


National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice


EDJJ focuses on assisting practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and advocates in identifying and implementing effective school-based delinquency prevention programs, education and special education services in juvenile correctional facilities, and transition supports for youth re-entering their schools and communities from secure care settings.


National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth: Assessment and Screening tools for Measuring Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Independent Living Skills in Adolescents



National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities


The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) is a national information and referral center. NICHCY provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. At the NICHCY Web site you can access a list of state agencies, national agencies, toll-free numbers, or read definitions and explanations on various disabilities.


Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education

The Federal agency responsible for oversight and direction of IDEA.


Parent Advocacy Center for Educational Rights (PACER)


The mission of PACER is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.


TeamChild: Advocacy for Youth


TeamChild makes a difference for youth in trouble by helping them receive the services they need to change their lives by addressing the underlying causes of juvenile delinquency through advocacy for education (including special education), mental and medical health services, safe living situations, and other supports.