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Resources and Helpful Links

The Special Education Department has compiled a list of resources which may be helpful.  Please click on the links below to access these resources. To suggest a resource, please email us. Thank you for visiting our site!

NEW!!  The Hudson Valley Special Education Parent Center (HVSEPC) has hired a Bilingual Outreach & Information Specialist, Lulu Bencosme, whose role is to work specifically with Spanish-speaking families and school districts throughout the region to promote meaningful family engagement in children’s special education programs. Her contact information is:

Phone: (914) 493-7665 ext. 1253   (914) 493-8119  Fax: (914) 493-8118  Email: lbencosme@wihd.org

More info can be found here:  English    Espanol

SEPTO- Special Education Parent Teacher Organization

Listings/Contacts of Special Education & Disability-Related Organizations

Acronyms and Common terms in Special Education

Important BCSD Documents

Useful Websites

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Education and Special Needs
www.autismndi.comThis site helps parents understand, implement and maintain a gluten and casein free diet for autistic children.
www.cacld.orgCT Association for Children with Learning Disabilities
www.cec.sped.orgCouncil for Exceptional Children home page. The Council for Exceptional Children (CED) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
www.chadd.orgChildren & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
www.directionservice.orgConsortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
www.familyvillage.wisc.eduFamily Village
www.irsc.org/disability.htmIRSC: Disability Links
www.kidsource.com/ The source for in depth and timely education and healthcare information that will make a difference in the life of parents and their children. Offers a free newsletter and lots of useful info.
www.ldonline.org/ LD Online is a service of The Learning Project at WETA, a public radio station in Washington, D.C. It contains access to articles, other sites, and a bulletin board to discuss special needs issues.
www.nichcy.orgNational Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities
www.npin.org/about.htmlThe National Parent Information Network is a project of ERIC (sited earlier). It contains access to databases with articles on education of children and parent involvement in that education.
www.nysed.govNYS Department of Education home page
www.parent.netParent News
www.pnwboces.org/Home page of Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES. Of special interest is our (TAM) Technology and Media site where you can get detailed information about assistive technology devices. It is located at http://www.pnwboces.org/specialed/tam/welcome.html
www.schwablearning.orgSchwab Foundation for Learning
www.wihd.orgWestchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD)
www.westchesterarc.orgWestchester ARC
www.wrightslaw.comThe Special Ed Advocate

Parent Support Resources

www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=parented;listThe Parent Education Ring is a gathering of web sites that have a common purpose of providing information and resources for parents and professionals who work with them.
www.a0kteacherstuff.com/ A0K Teacher stuff provides teachers, educators and parents with resources to work with their students or children. It contains resources for reading, math, science, online reference books, special needs children information, freebies for teachers and an online discount bookstore.
www.advocacycenter.com/The Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy and support for individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and their families in NYS.
www.ChildCareWestchester.orgThe Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc is a unique organization that works with families, early care and education programs, government, community organizations and businesses to promote quality early care and education in Westchester County.

State Education Department and Government Websites

www.disabilityinfo.govWebsite offering links to disability-related government resources
www.nysed.govNYS Education Department
www.opwdd.ny.gov/New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
www.acces.nysed.govNYS Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services
NYS Special Ed Parent GuideNYSED Parent's Guide to Special Education Services

Transition Resources

www.ilr.cornell.edu/edi/Cornell University Employment and Disability Institute
www.nysilc.org/New York State Independent Living Council
www.passonline.orgCornell's ILR Program on Employment and Disability
www.ssa.govSocial Security Online
www.putnamils.org/Putnam Independent Living Center
www.acces.nysed.govNYS Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services
www.wilc.org/Westchester Independent Living Council

Software Reviews

www.superkids.com/A site for parents and teachers containing reviews about educational software for kids and occasional articles about issues in education.
www2.childrensoftware.com/Another site containing software reviews. They also publish a monthly newsletter (you have to pay for it).
www.techlearning.com/indexPrimarily serving educators with ideas, tools, and resources for integrating technology into the K-12 school, classroom and curriculum. But also contains excellent reviews of software with a strong focus on education