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For Parents

Parent Resources

Parent's Guide to Special Education (May 2018) - English
Parent's Guide to Special Education (May 2018) - Spanish
Parent and Family Engagement Resources

U.S. Department of Education

Making Data Work: A Parent and Community Guide

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)
CTD is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. CTD offers a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies for organizations, parents, and educators to provide information that supports each in their efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.
Assistive Technology 101
Assistive Technology and the IEP

Learning Disabilities Association of America
Here you will find a wealth of information on understanding learning disabilities, negotiating the special education process and helping your child and yourself.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
NCLD's goal is to help educators, policymakers, and parents understand the complexity and importance of making sound decisions regarding whether a child has a specific learning disability. Our research in this area—including studies of the role of and best practices associated with responsiveness to intervention—is the foundation underlying all of the materials available on this site. 
NCLD 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.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and provides information related to secondary education (high school) and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

National ParentNet Association
This site shares the resources of many individuals, groups, and organizations working toward the goal of increasing family engagement through positive youth development.

The Sibling Support Project
The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns.

Thompson Center, University of Missouri — Columbia
The Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Missouri — Columbia was established on April 29, 2005 to promote research, teaching, and service innovations designed to improve the lives of children with ASD and other neurological conditions. The center serves as a resource for families and professionals, providing help today through clinical services and hope for tomorrow through research and professional training.