Would it surprise you to know that your friends at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) are actually a very small group of passionate people serving a very large nation of hard-working early interventionists, educators, and families? We’ve learned over the years how to stretch limited resources to serve many thousands of requesters and information seekers. One of our favorite strategies is to offer as much information on our website as we can, so that you can help yourself freely and often.
Today, we’d like to invite you to take advantage of one of our most powerful labors of love — the recently redesigned Gateway to National Organizations.
The Gateway to National Organizations can help you find national organizations across the disability and education spectrum. We’ve collected information on over 700 disability groups, assistive technology organizations, research institutions, federal agencies, and more. Here are the topics and a small sample of sub-topics you can search:
- Babies and Toddlers
- Early Childhood
- Early Intervention
- Transition to Preschool
- Down Syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Rare Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Family Support
- Independent Living
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Assistive Technology Act
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- School-age Children
- Dropout Prevention
- Effective Practices
- Spanish/en español
- Agencia Federal
- Apoyo Familiar
- Edad Escolar
- Niñez Temprana
- Technical Assistance
- Comprehensive Center
- Equity Assistance Center
- Parent Technical Assistance Center
- Regional Resource Center
- Technical Assistance & Dissemination
- Child Welfare
- Federal Agency
The Gateway’s easy to use
The Gateway to National Organizations is online at: http://nichcy.org/org-gateway
Once you’re on the Gateway page, simply select your topic on the left drop-down menu (e.g., Disability) and then narrow your search by selecting a subtopic on the right (e.g., Autism). You’ll automatically get a list of the organizations focused on your area of concern.
Example | Let’s say you’re interested in early childhood and its expert organizations. Set the left drop-down to Babies & Toddlers and the right drop-down to Early Childhood. You’ll see a list of 27 organizations, with descriptions of their work, contact information, and links to their email addresses and websites.
Example | Looking for resources to support students who have emotional disabilities? Set the left drop-down to Disability and the right drop-down to Emotional Disorder. You’re instantly connected to 22 helpful organizations.
Spanish example | Perhaps you’d like to connect Spanish-speaking families with information on early childhood resources. Set the left drop-down to Spanish/en español and the right drop-down to Niñez Temprana. Result? You’ll be given a list of 11 organizations.
The Gateway awaits you
Start exploring our database of national organizations today, and you’ll find a wealth of resources! Our National Organizations Gateway is available from every page of our website, in the Quick Links box on the right-hand side of the page.
Pretty soon, you’ll be your own Information Specialist!