Who Can Help?

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by Elaine Mulligan                    Man with large binoculars

Here at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), we like to think of ourselves as your central source of information and resources on special education. We work hard to give you the most accurate and accessible information about:

• the laws and procedures that guide the special education process

• the best practices for serving students with disabilities in schools

• how specific disabilities can impact the school experience

All too often, though, the best information we can give you answers the question, “Who do you REALLY need to be talking to?”

In most situations, we recommend that you start by talking with the other members of a child’s Individualized Education Program team. Each child is unique, and each team member’s perceptions can be valid and helpful.

Sometimes, though, you’ll need information from outside experts on a child’s disability, state-level procedures or resources, or parent supports. That’s where our State Organizations Search comes in handy.

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How to Search

See the sidebar on the right of this page? It’s there on every page on NICHCY’s website. Under “Quick Links,” you’ll see State Organizations. Clicking on State Organizations will bring you to our state search page. There’s a brief, handy tutorial video posted there, or you can check out the options for yourself:

  1. Select the Type of Organization you’re looking for from the drop-down menu. Your choices are: state agencies, disability-specific organizations, organizations for parents, and other disability organizations.
  2. Choose the state (or states) you’re interested in by clicking on one or more boxes in the “Pick a State” list. Feel free to select several states, or even ALL states (warning – you get a super-long list when you select all).
  3. Then just click on the “Search State Organizations” button to get your results!

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Then What?

Our database includes hundreds of organizations, so you’re bound to get a pretty robust list. Be sure to scroll down the list beyond the first few – they’re grouped alphabetically by type of organization or disability, so the one you’re looking for might be lower down the list.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can use the buttons at the bottom of the page to generate a PDF, print your results, or share them via social media networks.

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In the Future

So, the next time you’re looking for the contact information of an organization in your state that addresses disability-related issues and concerns, remember our State Organizations Search page! It can help you find who’s who in your state…from your state vocational rehabilitation agency, to a source for information on spina bifida, to your state’s Parent Training & Information Center, to…so much more. Enjoy!

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