Last updated 3/27/12
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within those web sites.
News Room Information from the Communications Office
which oversees all public relations and media activities
from Jack O'Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction,
and the California Department of Education (CDE).
Education and Other Codes is an absolutely invaluable
site if your job requires that you muck around in the law.
This service offers a good search function once you get
to the code you're dealing with.
Department of Finance maintains a page devoted to keeping
folks abreast of what's happening with the State budget.....a
good place to hear the latest.
Update offers current information about the status of
emerging laws as well as thorough analysis by the Legislative
Analyst and committees.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education
- Employment information, as well as information on recruitment
and retention of quality special educators.
of Public School Construction gives information on funding
for new school construction, improvements, deferred maintenance,
relocatables and more. In the future, this site promises
to have project tracking, project accounting, approved projects
lists by priority, applicants handbook, and forms.
Education Composite of Laws - This site allows the user
to enter keywords and search the Composite of Laws database
to find information on laws related to special education.
Office of Special Education Programs provides the latest
information on special education from Washington, D.C.
The Internet can be a wonderful
tool in your search for information on your child's unique
needs. You can access the latest research on treatments
and instructional technology. There is information from
special interest groups and advocates for various methodologies.
The information can range from wonderfully informative to
blatantly misleading. In using the Internet, we recommend
you search the websites of nationally recognized organizations
with established credibility. Here are a few you might want
to check out:
Association on Mental Retardation - AAMR is the oldest
and largest interdisciplinary organization of professionals
(and others) concerned about mental retardation and related
for the Blind - A one-stop information and referral
resource for people who are blind or visually impaired,
the organizations and individuals that serve them, and the
Society of America - A leading source of information
and referral on autism.
Parent Training & Information Centers - A list of
California agencies providing resources for families of
children with disabilities.
Parent Network - A one-stop family resource center serving
families of children with disabilities and special health
& Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- The nation's leading nonprofit organization serving individuals
for Exceptional Children-Division for Learning Disabilities
- Information and resources for teaching children with learning
Costa ARC- A non-profit membership-based community organization
which exists to enhance and enrich the lives of children
and adults with developmental disabilities. They provide
direct services and advocacy to assist those they serve
in achieving their highest level of personal independence
Costa Crisis Center - Maintains a database of 24,000
sources for help or information on a variety of human services.
Costa Community Services Bureau - CSB provides child
development programs across Contra Costa County for children
0-5 years old and reserves 10% of their enrollment to serve
children with suspected or diagnosed disabilites.
Costa Employment and Human Services- In partnership
with the community they provide services that support and
protect adults, children, families and the elderly and promote
personal responsibility, independence and self-sufficiency.
and Families Services Department is the connection to
Child Welfare Projects and Programs that ensure safety of
children and work to toward healthy independence for families
and their children.
Stress Center- The Family Stress Center is a community
based organization serving Contra Costa County with counseling,
educational programs, social services and in-home support
to strengthen families and to treat and prevent child abuse
Each year over 7,000 children and their family members
are served from offices in Concord, Antioch, and Richmond
and program sites in Bay Point and Martinez. Our parent
education classes are offered in community buildings throughout
Institute of Mental Health - Information about the symptoms,
diagnosis, and treatment of learning disabilities, ADHD,
autism, and many other disabilities and illnesses.
- (Parents of Orinda Individuals in Special Education) is
a resource for support and information - even mentorship
among families of differing ages with similar circumstances
in the Orinda School District.
Simplified Technology for Children with Communication Disorders
- Information and resources regarding Augmentative and Assistive
Education Services and Resources - Programs and services
available to students with disabilities, publications, training
and technical assistance opportunities and recruitment resources
Bifida Association of America- The Spina Bifida Association
of America (SBAA) serves the 70,000 adults and children
who live with spina bifida. SBAAs programs give hope
and strength to people confronted with the challenges of
Special Education Resources
Education and Other Codes
Media & Technology, the California Dept. of Education
provides FREE Braille, large-print, audio cassettes and
American Sign Language VideoBooks to California's public
Childhood Research Institute is developing a resource
bank of materials for families and practitioners working
with young children who are disabled or at risk for disabilities
from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Do you need information about ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICES,
SERVICES or FUNDING for a person with any disability? Check
Made available through the California Department of Rehabilitation's
California Assistive Technology System and the iTECH Center
at Parents Helping Parents.
DON'T LAUGH AT ME PROJECT (DLAM) is working to transform
schools, camps and other youth organizations into more compassionate,
safe and respectful environments for children. Founded by
Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the
project disseminates educational resources that are designed
to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical
cruelty some children inflict upon each other by behaviors
such as ridicule, bullying and - in extreme cases - violence.
Their website is: www.dontlaugh.org.
Video and curriculum materials are available for age specific
groups for free.
is an education job opening network portal to thousands
of teaching and other education job openings throughout
Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education -
Employment information, as well as information on recruitment
and retention of quality special educators.
Foundation for Learning, information, support and hope
for parents and educators helping kids with learning differences.