Special Education: If your child is having difficulty in school, getting the help that he or she needs can often be a long, frustrating, and confusing process. UnderstandingSpecialEducation.com provides an excellent resource in understanding the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, as well as Student Study Teams (SST), the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
All Kinds of Minds also has an excellent website with information and resources for parents of children who are having difficulties in school.
This guide has a wealth of information on how to support your child at home by fostering a calm, soothing environment. Creating a Comfortable Home Environment for Children with ADHD If you suspect you have ADHD, this resource provides excellent information on factors your doctor considers in diagnosing you, as well as some of your treatment options.
For adults and children alike, there are an array of activities to try that can help ease ADHD symptoms ADHD Helpful Activities
Cognitive and Developmental Delays: If your child has developmental delays, he or she may qualify for Regional Center services. Regional Center is the service system within California that provides assistance, treatment, and resources for children with epilepsy, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and autism. They also provide early intervention services for children ages 0 - 3. The following organizations provide good information regarding client rights, advocacy, information, and support.
The Arc of California www.thearc.org 1225 8th Street, Ste. 350 Sacramento, CA 95815 916-552-6619
American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities www.aaidd.org email@example.com 501 3rd Street NW, Ste. 200 Washington, DC 20001 800-424-3688 Fax: 202-387-2193
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome www.nofas.org firstname.lastname@example.org 1200 Eton Court, NW Third Floor Washington, DC 20007 Office: 202-785-4585 Fax: 202-466-6456 General Information: 202-785-8570 or 800-66NOFAS
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov email@example.com SAMHSA FASD Center for Excellence 2101 Gaither Road, Ste. 600 Rockville, MD 20850 866-STOPFAS (786-7327)
If you are coping with anxiety, information and support can be found at www.calmclinic.com
Advocacy: Sometimes, it helps to have an advocate in your corner to assist you in obtaining the accommodations you or your child need due to a disability. The following organizations may be able to provide you assistance:
Ability First www.abilityfirst.org 1300 E. Green St. Pasadena, CA 91106 Toll Free: 877-768-4600 Local: 626-396-1010 Fax: 626-396-1021
Disability Rights California www.pai-ca.org Los Angeles Regional Office 3580 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 902 Los Angeles, CA 90010-2512 Toll Free: 800-776-5746 Local: 213-427-8747
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice www.laclj.org firstname.lastname@example.org 1241 S. Soto St., Ste. 102 Los Angeles, CA 90023 323-980-3500
Living with Disabilities Toolkit: The folks at educatorlabs.org have put together an online toolkit to help empower those living with disabilities.