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Adult Education Disabilities
This link is shared through the cooperation of the Minnesota Adult Education Services as a resource only. This website contains information describing identification and diagnosis, classroom challenges, instructional strategies, testing accommodations, English Language Learner (ELL) applications, and resources and websites links.

All Kinds of Minds
The institute’s mission is to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise. All Kinds of Minds was founded in 1995 to translate the latest research on how children learn into programs, products, and services that help students struggling in school become more successful learners.

Center for Persons with Disabilities
The CPD offers educational opportunities for students, community members, and professionals in fields ranging from business to heath care. Representing more than 14 disciplines, our specialized staff offer mentoring through the interdisciplinary training program and courses offered in academic departments. We offer unique opportunities to participate in supervised research and clinical experiences. Research addresses issues that cross fields ranging from biomedicine to education. In clinical experiences, learners join teams of professionals, family members, and individuals with disabilities to deliver services and supports. Stipends and assistantships are available.

Council for Learning Disabilities
The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization that promotes evidence-based teaching, collaboration, research, leadership, and advocacy. CLD is composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines and are committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and others who experience challenges in learning. This website contains information on how to become a member. It also has newsletter archives, news and legislation and links to other organizations.

Disability is Natural
This is a site designed to help people who either have or know people who have disabilities. It is a positive site that chooses to find similarities rather than differences between people, and to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included.

Florida Center for Reading Research
The Florida Center for Reading Research’s aim is to conduct basic research on reading, reading growth, reading assessment, and reading instruction that will contribute to the scientific knowledge of reading and benefit students in Florida and throughout the nation. They also disseminate information about research-based practices related to literacy instruction and assessment for children in pre-school through 12th grade, conduct applied research that will have an immediate impact on policy and practices related to literacy instruction, and provide technical assistance to schools for the improvement of literacy outcomes in students from pre-K through 12th grade.

HEATH Resource Center
This site is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. It contains several links to other websites that contain information on disabilities, as well as being able to further one’s education despite disabilities. The site also contains publications, answers to frequently asked questions, and current news.

Institute for Community Inclusion
The purpose of this organization is to offer training, clinical, and employment services; conduct research, and provide assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities. This site includes information on their activities, provides news and events, and lists recent publications.

The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet
The goal for The International Center for Disability Resources is for the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community. ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.

The Iris Center
The IRIS Center is a national center that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities. IRIS seeks to obtain this goal by providing free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.

Lawrence School
Lawrence School is an independent, state-chartered, college preparatory, coeducational day school for bright students with learning disabilities and attention deficits.  They provide a full academic program including language arts, math, social studies, science, technology, physical education, music and art. Structured instruction in organization, study skills and social ability helps students succeed both in and out of the classroom. Though their emphasis is on students in grades 1 through 12, some of their programs might be adapted to adult students.

LD Pride
This site contains links to several articles and sites about learning disabilities.

The Learning Disabilities Adaptations & Accommodations Guide
This guide contains a collection of materials aimed at helping teachers, tutors and programs understand and creatively use appropriate adaptations and accommodations to help adults with learning disabilities to meet their individual learning needs and achieve their real-life goals. This is not designed as a primary resource at understanding learning disabilities; instead, it has been directed toward those who already have a background understanding in this area.

Learning Disabilities Association of America
The Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) of Washington promotes and provides services and support to improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by learning and attentional disabilities. This website contains information, links to programs and services, information about learning disabilities, links to other sites, and articles and publications.

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence
This site provides an explanation of what learning styles and multiple intelligence are about. It also provides an interactive assessment test of your learning style/MI, and practical tips to make a particular learning style work for you.

Literacy & Learning Disabilities Special Collection
This website aims to provide a single point of access to information on Learning Disability issues important to adults with learning disabilities and their families; adult education teachers and tutors; and employers.

Misunderstood Minds
This is a companion site to the PBS special on learning differences and disabilities that profiles a variety of learning problems and expert opinions. It is designed to give parents and teachers a better understanding of learning processes, insights into difficulties, and strategies for responding.

National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
The National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to parents whose children receive special education services, both in and outside of school. NAPCSE was founded for parents with children with special needs to promote a sense of community and provide a national forum for their ideas.

National Association of Special Education Teachers
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education.  NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas. This website contains resources, publications, and membership information.

National Center on Educational Outcomes
The National Center on Educational Outcomes has designed and built educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency. This site has informational publications, presentations and links to related sites.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: The NICHD Research Program in Reading Development, Reading Disorders and Reading Instruction
This paper addresses the critical need of children and adults who have severe reading difficulties. After researching the statistics, it was discovered that a number of these individuals have learning disabilities, although a large number also come from all social classes, races and ethnic groups. The paper addresses several questions and approaches to address the need of teaching children and adults in ways that are suited to their learning styles.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Online Multimedia Center
This links to a national summit held in May 2009, that focused on the keys to learning success for all children. The conference discussed strategies to enhance student learning and ways to move these practices into the nation’s classrooms. In order to view the presentations, Realmedia Software is required.

National Center for Learning Disabilities: RTI Talk
This site contains live, online discussions on Response to Intervention (RTI) featuring nationally recognized researchers and experienced implementers. During an RTI Talk, experts are available to answer questions submitted prior to the talk or during the live event. Transcripts are available of past discussions.

National Center on Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems. The site contains a library of informative articles, tools for screening, progress monitoring and tiered instruction and discussion forums.

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

National Center for Youth Issues: Learning Disabilities
This site has a listing of several products that can be purchased. The products can be used with the individual child, in a classroom setting, or as simply a resource guide for teachers. The site contains products beyond just learning disabilities, so it might be worth checking out for those other products as well.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: NINDS Learning Disabilities Information Page
This site provides basic information on learning disabilities and also provides a list of organizations to contact for further information, networking and/or help.

National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
This site is designed for educators, parents and children, and contains information on learning disabilities. It contains general information, a glossary and a question and answers page, and a section on finding help and other resources. There is also a section in Spanish for Spanish-speaking individuals.

National Research Center on Learning Disabilities
This site was put together by NRCLD. Their 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. This site includes information on their research into the identification of learning disabilities and the dissemination of practices associated with responsiveness to intervention.

Network for Good
One in every five Americans is affected by a disability that impacts vision, hearing, mobility, mental development or ability to learn. This translates into 54 million people striving to gain greater independence within their communities. This site contains information on how to donate to organizations that help treat disabilities, as well as volunteering for such organizations.

The Neurobiology of Reading and Dyslexia
This article reviews recent advances in the neurobiology of dyslexia and their implications for teaching adults with dyslexia.

Parents Helping Parents
This website is designed to provide lifetime guidance, support and service to families of children with any special need and the professionals who serve them. It lists current events, provides support information and local service contacts and also provides answers to frequently asked questions.

Recognition and Response - National Center for Learning Disabilities
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. Recognition & Response is based on an approach called Response to Intervention (RTI) designed for school-age children who are at risk for learning disabilities. RTI emphasizes early intervening rather than waiting until children fail.

Seri Learning Disabilities Resources
This site contains several links containing information and resources for learning disabilities.

University of Portland Health Center: Learning Disabilities - Transitioning from High School to College
This site contains information to assist students with learning disabilities and their parents with the transition from high school to college. Some of the topics addressed include the differences between the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, students’ rights and responsibilities and documentation requirements.