Education Resources

The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center provides Parent Centers, Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in each state with innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information and high-quality resources and materials. This assistance helps parents participate more effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of children and youth with disabilities.

Building the Legacy: A Training Curriculum on IDEA 2004 The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities produced this training curriculum at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the nation's special education law.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers, so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.

Department of Defense Education Activity This instructional program provides a comprehensive pre-kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum dedicated to attaining the highest student achievement for all students. The Department of Defense Education Activity schools include Department of Defense Schools — Europe, Department of Defense Schools — Pacific, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools — Guam and the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Department of Defense Education Activity Special Education This website provides an overview of course descriptions, programs and services offered to students with special needs and includes information on eligibility categories.

Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. The website provides information on programs and initiatives, contact information, reports and resources, and news.

Department of Defense Directory of Early Intervention, Special Education and Related Services in OCONUS Communities This directory is intended to assist the medical and educational assignment coordinators with identifying those military communities OCONUS with pre-established programs or services for children with special needs. Note: The OCONUS Directory does not identify pre-established programs or services for special medical needs.

Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools The Office of Overseas Schools promotes quality educational opportunities at the elementary and secondary level for dependents of American citizens carrying out the programs and interests of the U.S. government abroad. The Office of Overseas Schools website provides information on overseas schools' advisory councils, educational assistance programs, regional education associations and resources for special needs.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.

Education Directory for Children With Special Needs This directory provides useful information for military families about national and local resources for early intervention (infant and toddlers) and special education (school-aged children) services. The directory provides the following information:

  • brief summaries of national and state policies and evidence-based practices related to autism spectrum disorders, behavioral and emotional disorders, and intellectual disabilities
  • profiles and contact information for districts that serve military installations in the selected states
  • a representative list of effective resources
  • suggestions and resources to assist families during the educational transition of their child with a disability

Educational and Developmental Intervention Services The military medical departments provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers from birth up to 3 years of age who are eligible to attend a Department of Defense school. The military medical departments also provide related services to eligible children in locations outside the continental United States where the DoD Education Activity is responsible for educational services. The Army, Navy and Marine Corps each have their own programs.
 
The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The center gathers and disseminates information to help people with disabilities reach their full potential through postsecondary education and training. The website provides a calendar of events, training modules and links to publications and resources.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS  MilitaryINSTALLATIONS provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Many installations now have a school liaison to serve as a bridge and facilitator between schools and military families. The liaisons work with schools to minimize the negative consequences of transitions and inform school personnel, as well as the installation command, about issues related to the education of military youth, including special education. Parents who are having difficulties working in partnership with school personnel should be referred to the installation school liaison. Contact information for installation services can be found under the program/services titled "School Liaison Office/Community Schools."

National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc. This association strives to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities throughout the United States, federal territories and the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The website provides information on current projects, publications, events and links to additional resources. The website has contact information and links to websites for each state's director of special education.

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition This center coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities, to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. The website provides information and news, links to publications, a calendar of events, links to related websites and state-level contact information.