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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the largest professional organization of speech-language pathologists—individuals who identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems in children and adults. The link for “The Public” provides a nice overview of hearing and communication disorders and their treatment. The link labeled “Students” describes career options for students interested in this profession.
National Association of School Psychologists
NASP is a professional organization for school psychologists that represents and supports the discipline through education, advocacy, and training. The link “About School Psychology” provides a wealth of information for graduate students who are training to be school psychologists and undergraduate students who are considering a profession in school psychology. NASP also posts position papers and reviews important topics related to child mental health.
Center on Response to Intervention
The National Center on Response to Intervention is funded by the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center’s mission is to provide support for the implementation of RTI through work with states, districts, and schools. The link “Essential Components of RTI” provides an introduction to this method of identifying children with learning disabilities.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
This site provides a user-friendly introduction to learning disabilities in children including case studies and the IDEA definition of learning disabilities. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the site, which shows useful links for parents and teachers.
National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
The National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) is a committee of representatives of organizations committed to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. Their website offers a good starting point for researching the topic of learning disabilities and disorders.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
The NIDCD website provides a host of information on a variety of topics related to hearing and speech. For information on communication disorders, go to Health Info tab and choose Voice, Speech, and Language.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
The NCLD’s mission is to “improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.” The website provides resources to meet these goals.