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Parent Education Network

PEN is Pennsylvania"s statewide Parent Training and Information Center. Much of the information included in this site is designed to support Pennsylvania parents of children with special needs, but information and links are included on Federal Special Education, National Disability Issues and Resources, Special Education Legal Links, Transportation, and Travel that will also pertain to parents and individuals with disabilities in other states.


Special Kids Network

Special Kids Network was founded in 1999, by Chad and Debbie Coe who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Deeply affected by their own personal experience with a nephew with developmental disabilities, Chad and Debbie have galvanized an entire community in support of various organizations dedicated to serving children. 

Exceptional Parent

EP"s on-line resource. Continuing 35 award-winning years of providing
information, support, ideas, encouragement & outreach for parents
and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals
who work with them.


The Special Kids Network, 1-800-986-4550


Council for Exceptional Children

Reston, VA

This organization is dedicated to improving outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities.


Council for Learning Disabilities --
P.O. Box 40303, Overland Park, KS 66204. (913) 492-8755. CLD provides services to professionals who work with individuals with learning disabilities.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Division of Learning Disabilities --
1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091-1589. (800) 328-0272. A non-profit membership organization with 17 specific division, DLD is the division dedicated to learning disabilities. Provides free information and holds conferences.

International Dyslexia Association --
Chester Building, Suite 382, Baltimore, MD 21204. (800) 222-3123. The Society has 42 branches across the country which offer informational meetings and support groups. Referrals are made for persons seeking resources; in addition, the Society publishes journals and publications regarding dyslexia.

Learning Disabilities Association of America --
156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. (412) 341-1515. The LDA national office has a resource center of over 500 publications for sale; it also operates a film rental service. Call the national headquarters to receive a free information packet and referral to the nearest local chapter.

National Center for Learning Disabilities --
99 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, (212) 545-7510. NCLD seeks to raise public awareness and understanding, furnish national information and referrals, and arrange educational programs and legislative advocacy. NCLD provides educational tools to heighten the understanding of learning disabilities, including: the annual publications called Their World, quarterly newsletters, informative articles, specific state-by-state resource listings and informative videos regarding learning disabilities.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities --
P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013-1492, (800) 695-0285. NICHCY is an information clearinghouse that provides free information on disabilities and related issues, focusing on children and youth (birth to age 25). Free services include: personal responses, referrals, technical assistance, and information searches.

Parent Education Network --
... distributes materials for special education students such as guides on IEP"s. 333 East 7th Avenue, York, PA 17404. (800) 522-5827.

Parents' Educational Resource Center --
1660 South Amphlett Blvd., Suite 200, San Mateo, CA 94402. (415) 655-2410. PERC provides information and guidance to parents and others seeking resources to help students with learning differences gain self-esteem and maximize their potential in school and other life activities.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic --
20 Rozel Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. (800) 221-4792. A not-for-profit service organization providing educational and professional books in accessible media. RFB&D has an extensive free library of books on audiocassette, covering all subjects from fourth grade through postgraduate. RFB&D"s services are available to students with a verified visual, physical, or specific learning disability that substantially limits reading.

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding--

4123 Embassy Dr. SE., Kentwood, MI 49546. (616) 954-9747.

The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and those who work alongside them to improve mutual understanding. We approach the social impairment in ASD as a shared impairment. We work to improve social understanding on both sides of the social equation, helping individuals with ASD to communicate and interact more successfully with the people with whom they live and work.