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A to Z Home’s Cool – Special Needs Homeschooling: Articles, advocacy, online support, screening resources. Reviewed links from A to Z Home’s Cool.
LD Online – Homeschooling: Some parents opt to educate their children at home, to provide individual attention to their children. If you are homeschooling, and you suspect your child is having difficulty, these articles may help you get your child assessed and discover some techniques that will help your teaching.
PhD in Special Education’s Special Needs Handbook: This “handbook” offers resources for parents at every stage of the journey of caring for their special needs children. From learning more about special needs to picking a school, to planning a financial future, and getting past the bullying and discrimination that so often plague people with special needs.
NATional cHallenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN): Families who choose the calling of homeschooling their child with special needs will find a deep well of information and help from NATHHAN, including information on state laws and services and support groups.
Special Needs Homeschooling: A popular blogger who advocates that you can homeschool your child no matter the limitation or the special need that they have.
Wrightslaw: A website for parents, attorneys, educators, and advocates of children with special needs. Offers information packages, advocacy training seminars, and a free online newsletter, “The Special Education Advocate.”
Career Guide for People With Disabilities: Looking for a job as a person with a disability can feel intimidating. Find everything you need to know about navigating the pathway to employment for individuals with a disability.
A to Z Home’s Cool ADD Resources: Reviewed links from A to Z Home’s Cool.
ADDitude – Inside the ADHD Mind: The editors of ADDitude magazine share their “best of” list of links and resources.
CHADD – The National Resource on ADHD: Tips, resources, support, and advocacy for those with ADHD.
Will Homeschooling Help ADD/ADHD: Ideas and resources shared by Jeanne Faulconer, at TheHomeSchoolMom.
Aut-Home-Fam: A Yahoo group of diverse families who have chosen to homeschool their child(ren) with autism. We recognize and honor that each family unit has its own unique logistics, beliefs, perspectives and experiences that shape their lives and decisions. We believe in the adage that “parents know their children best” and “there are as many ways to homeschool as there are families homeschooling.”
Homeschooling a Child on the Autism Spectrum: Some resources from TheHomeschoolMom for those who homeschool their child with autism.
Designing the Perfect Home Playroom for Children with Autism – A Complete Guide: Information and tips on how to design an ideal play space in your home for children with autism.
How Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Affects Sleep: Examines the causes, impacts, and treatments for sleep disturbance in individuals with ASD.
A to Z Home’s Cool Dyslexia Resources: Reviewed links from A to Z Home’s Cool.
Dyslexic Advantage: Although people with dyslexia are among some of the most innovative thinkers the world has ever known, it is grossly misunderstood, perceived as a disease, deficit, or disability. As a result, many children and adults may be embarrassed or ashamed about their dyslexia, be reluctant to self-identify, and never discover their talents and strengths. We want to change what people think of when they think about dyslexia, and we envision a world where dyslexic processing styles are celebrated and all people with dyslexia are given opportunities to flourish.
The Right Side of Normal: There’s an epidemic of diagnosing learning disabilities today. Home educator Cindy Gaddis believes it signals a mismatch between the learning needs of right-brained children and the educational environment in most schools. “Creative learners have amazing strengths that emerge when they are placed in an appropriate setting,” says Gaddis. Too many children are shamed for the very traits that define who they are. This website helps parents and teachers stop trying to fit right-brained learners into a left-brained mold, and instead create space for them to flourish.
IDA Virginia: The Virginia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association is a branch of The International Dyslexia Association, an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The membership of this branch consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families.
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