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Here are some places to check out for support & information. Special thanks to Rose Sias, David Hogan, Pam Wilson, & Anne Wasserman for their help & encouragement. More sites will be added as I find them, so keep checking back & e-mail me with any special requests.

E-mail loops, Message Boards, Newsgroups, & Chats | National & Local Organizations | Other Resources & Places for Information & Help

E-mail loops, Message Boards, Newsgroups, & Chats

ADHD has an online discussion group, The Christian ADD/ADHD Digest, and have begun placing archives online for general perusal, and info. on homeschooling the ADD/ADHD child.

Aut2BHome is an e-mail loop & support website for families that are homeschooling their autisic child. Here is the info:
"I'm listowner of Aut-2B-home which specializes in homeschooling children n the autism spectrum. We've been around since 1996 supporting families walking in our shoes. Here's information about our list:
Subject: How to Subscribe The AUT-2B-HOME list is a collection of families who are homeschooling their autistic spectrum children full-time or part-time. Our conversations encompass both education and autism: developing programs that meet individual needs and learning styles, teaching methods, curriculums, resources (books, webbsites, organizations, etc), autism therapies, homeschool laws, IDEA laws as applied to homeschoolers, homeschool support groups, addressing lack of support from family and professionals, environmental issues, diet, nutrition, etc. The atmosphere of the list is intended to be positive and supportive with exchange of information, brainstorming and sharing of triumphs and tragedies highly encouraged. Members of the list have experience with a variety of educational techniques (ABA, TEACCH, Options, computer curriculums, eclectic, unschooling, etc). Members are also from several countries. The list is secular, but religious expression is not forbidden or attacked. While the list is intended for homeschoolers, families who are not currently homeschooling, but who are considering this option, are welcome to subscribe so they can learn more. The list is private and cannot be accessed by non-members. YOUR BIOGRAPHY WILL BE USED TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE LIST, but is only accessible by listmembers. To subscribe, send a biography to the listowner, Tammy Glaser:
Parent(s) Name(s)
email address
Children's names, birthdates, DIFFability
Town, State, Country
Homeschooling methods, curriculums, expertise, general wisdom, questions.
"Autism is a DIFFability, not a DISability" -- Sarah Miller, age 9, Asperger's Syndrome"

Christian Homeschool Forum's Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child compiled by Kathy Ridpath has info on 2 e-mail interest groups: one for homeschooling children with physical disabilities & one for homeschooling autistic children. Also, info on other groups not on the net & helps for ADD & ADHD.

CMspecialkids Charlotte Mason for Special Kids is for those using Charlotte Mason homeschooling methods for special needs children. A wide range of special children are represented on our list, from learning differences to developemental delays, audio and visual processing disorders to deafness and blindness. This list is for the sharing of information related to adapting CM for special needs and for sharing the unique challenges and joys of everyday life with our kids, for support, encouragement and prayer.

The Family Education Network has an entire area dedicated to Special Needs which includes links, family matching, a message area & more! There is also a separate discussion area that has started for homeschoolers. Just choose the Special needs logo on the main page to get there. If you want to post under homeschooling, choose the Education link, then the Discussions tab, scroll down to the Parental Involvement forum, & choose homeschooling.

Gifted Resources Home Page is filled with information on everything from distance learning to mailing lists.

GT World is a site aimed at parents of gifted & talented kids. They have info on mailing lists, including GT-Special, which is for families with gifted/special needs kids, a MOO (similiar to IRC but more interactive), articles, links, & more!

Homeschool Language Impaired Forum is a moderated list aimed at people who have an interest in educating language impaired children. There is a heavy focus on practical educational ideas which can be applied to children who have difficulties in language - speech/reading/writing. The link above will take you to the sign-up page.

The Homeschool Page Chat is aimed at homeschoolers of young children (younger than 7 years), language-impaired or learning-disabled children. All homeschoolers are welcome however. Check the schedule for times & dates. You will also find the times & dates in other countries available to!

The Homeschooler's Curriculum Swap now has a Special Needs message board. You must register to post messages.

Homeschooling Kids With Disabilities is more than just e-mail list. There is now an outrageous website full of information!

Kaleidoscapes's Homeschooling Special Needs Kids Message Board is new message board.

LD Online has various articles, bulletin boards, kid's pages, etc. There is also an article on Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake? & they have added a message board for homeschoolers.

ParentsPlace.com This area is a special treat. It is aimed at all parenting issues. It has a homeschool message board, 8 special needs message boards, a scheduled chat on ADHD & a homeschool chat! If you register for the message boards, they will let you know when there is a response to your message via e-mail. You MUST register with the board to use the chats.

Parent's Soup is a site aimed at families. They have a dealing with disabilities message board, homeschooling message board, & IRC chats on homeschooling, Tourette's Syndrome, & ADD/ADHD. To access either of these, you must join Parent's Place. Simply fill out Join Parent Soup & fill in your name, a nickname, your e-mail address, & a password. You nickname is the name you will be known as in the discussion groups & IRC chats.

Special Homeschoolers If you are homeschooling special needs children in South Carolina, you are welcome regardless of your religious affiliations. However please understand that this is a Christian based support group and email loop. We do advocate prayer for our children and our families. We will share resources, curriculum ideas, support and prayer if needed and always when requested. :-) This loop is moderated by a homeschool mom to 6 special needs children.

Special Needs Education Network World Wide Web was established under the auspices of the SchoolNet project, a cooperative initiative of Canada's provincial, territorial, and federal governments, in consultation with educators, universities, colleges and industry.
SNE (es-en-ee) services have been designed for parents, teachers, and organizations that are interested in special needs education, but SNE information and resources will be of interest to a wide variety of SchoolNet users. It develops and maintains comprehensive information resources and communication networks to facilitate collaborative efforts in special needs education. This includes Mailing Lists, Gopher, World Wide Web, and Special Projects.

HE-SPECIAL-UK is a UK based mailing list, which has been started with the aim of providing support and encouragement, to families who home educate children with any kind of special educational need (SEN).
The main aim of the list is to provide a supportive meeting place, where the special, day to day, issues involved in Home Educating children with Special Educational Needs can be discussed. Where we can all offer encouragement to one another, sharing in our difficulties, and celebrating our success stories.
If you are home educating a child with SENs, or if this is something your family is thinking about, then I'd like to invite you to join us. You will be very welcome.

* UTGNET: Uniqueness, Twice-Gifted, Gifted Network - (804) 883-6757
Contact: Margaret E. Bradley-Simard
e-mail: :Uni Gift@aol.com (please mention UTGNET in the subject field)
UTGNET: UTGNET: UNIQUENESS, TWICE - GIFTED & GIFTED NETWORK Support Network for parents and home educators of exceptional students (special needs to gifted)
We are a parents and home educators network of individuals who are concerned about appropriate education and related services for exceptional students. The network is sponsored by and for parents of "Uniqueness" (Special Needs), "Twice-Gifted" (Crossover), and "Gifted" students. We are hoping to offer some direction of assistance, so that you (the parent) can enrich your life and that of your child's.
UTGNET: Internet is - an informational network which can offer support to parents through various means. We have an internet private/closed email loop that discusses various issues pertaining to education, resources, services et al. ---It is a place to query and exchange ideas with other parents. ---It is a place for general support from other parents of exceptional children. ---It is a place to find personnel and academic support from other parents who might have the same needs. ---It is a place to be yourself and make friends. ---And it is a nice place to just chat.

National & Local Organizations

Assessment 4 Kids specializes in reading, math, & language assessments and also offers learning style and parent checklists.

Avko Educational Research Foundation specializes in helping people with dyslexia.

Family Homeschool is a national organization that helps families to homeschool their children with special learning needs.

Family Village is a place for people to find support of all different kinds of disabilities! There are message areas, links to web sites & more. Although not homeschool specific, you may find a lot of support here in general.

Feingold Association is an excellent place to start if you are looking into alternatives for treatment of your ADD labeled child.

NACD - National Association for Child Development has been helping homeschoolers for a long time. I know of several who have used their services & are very happy.

NATional cHallenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATTHAN) is a Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to providing encouragement to families with special needs children who are homeschooling.

Riverbend Down Syndrome Parent Support Group is located in Illinios. Even is you don't live in the area, they have a section on homeschooling that you may find helpful.

Special Needs Education Network World Wide Web was established under the auspices of the SchoolNet project, a cooperative initiative of Canada's provincial, territorial, and federal governments, in consultation with educators, universities, colleges and industry.
SNE (es-en-ee) services have been designed for parents, teachers, and organizations that are interested in special needs education, but SNE information and resources will be of interest to a wide variety of SchoolNet users. It develops and maintains comprehensive information resources and communication networks to facilitate collaborative efforts in special needs education. This includes Mailing Lists, Gopher, World Wide Web, and Special Projects.

Other Resources & Places for Information & Help

ABA Materials is a company that produce CD-ROMs with thousands of color images that parents can print cheaply as flash cards to teach speech, language and communication to kids with learning disabilities such as Autism/PDD etc.

ADD/LD Schoolhouse on the Web has suggestions & tips to help parents deal with & teach their ADD & LD kids.

Audioblox is a program for dyslexia and other learning difficulties which has proven successful for more than 100,000 people. Now available in a home study application complete with all manuals, parts and tutorial video to guide you every step of the way. They say that if you are not entirely pleased with the results, return it within 30 days for a full refund.

BrightWord Creations has many articles online, written by both herself & other authors. There is also an online bookstore of recommended reading.

Canada's Schoolnet Special Needs offers links to resources for parents & teachers.

Christian Homeschool Forum's Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child compiled by Kathy Ridpath has info on 2 e-mail interest groups: one for homeschooling children with physical disabilities & one for homeschooling autistic children. Also, info on other groups not on the net & helps for ADD & ADHD.

Dianne Craft MA Solutions for Struggling Learners has info on the connections of diet & learning problems.

Different Roads to Learning is a web site dedicated to parents of learning challenged children. Their on-line catalog that features educational playthings appropriate for children, 2 to 9, who have delays in acquiring cognitive skills. Their toys provide stimulation for fine motor skills, concentration, shape and color recognition, discrimination, eye hand coordination and categorizing. Parents and friends of learning different children are welcome to visit!

Dyslexia Teacher has lots of resources for working with dyslexic children. There are articles, links, teaching ideas, diagnostic testing, mailing lists, message boards, etc. They even offer a certification class for working with dyslexic children!

Doris J Rapp, M.D. has lots of info on the allergy/learning problem/behavior problem connection.

The Down Syndrome WWW Pageoffers lots of info & links!

Dyslexia, the Gift is sponsored by The Davis Dyslexia Association International. It has links to many resources about dyslexia and other learning disabilities.

Dyslexia Online is a magazine with many helpful & interesting articles!

Education By Design Special Needs Resources has a nice selection of links for autism, learning disabilities, & Down Syndrome. Most of these sites are Australian.

The Family Education Network has an entire area dedicated to Special Needs which includes links, family matching, a message area & more! There is also a separate discussion area that has started for homeschoolers. Just choose the Special needs logo on the main page to get there. If you want to post under homeschooling, choose the Education link, then the Discussions tab, scroll down to the Parental Involvement forum, & choose homeschooling.

Funtastic Learning is an on-line catalog of toys, games, and tools for children with skill-development needs. Each of our product descriptions includes a list of the skills that particular toy or game or tool can help build. And each product has been reviewed by the multidisiplinary staff at the JFK/Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in New Jersey, and taken into session with their children. That is why we can say our products are "kid-tested and therapist-approved." They also offer Monthly Specials that often make some of our new or best-selling products an even better value.

Gifted Resources Home Page is filled with information on everything from distance learning to mailing lists.

Greenwood Institute's Home Schooling for Learning Disabled Students is a program aimed at Dyslexic children. They also have a resource list.

Homeschooling Gifted Kids offers info & resources.

The Homeschooling Kids With Disabilities Homepage is a has lots of links to some great information!

The Homeschooling Zone's Resources for Special Children is a page of resources to check out.

Hands-On Tasks & Ideas specializes in products for the special education/special needs environment. They have a new online catalog of products which include a wide selection of 85+ easy-to-store classroom activities in the form of "work tasks." They currently cover 8 major areas of interest and more are being added. They may be ordered ready-to-use in a wide variety of sets or individually. For the do-it-yourselfer they have 2 task construction manuals with color photographs and much more.

Inspired Idea developes, publishes, and retail innovative, Christ-centered learning products including software, multimedia curriculum, and products for those with learning disabilities. Included titles are Scripture Solitaire, Unblocked! (software & workbook for disgraphia), Switched-On Schoolhouse, Color Phonics, Bible Games, & Pre-School software titles.

Muslim Home School Network & Resources - Homeschooling Children with Special Needs has some great info & links aimed mostly at learning disabilities, although there is some info of help to all.

LD Online has various articles, bulletin boards, kid's pages, etc. There is also an article on Homeschooling LD/ADD Children: Great Idea or Big Mistake? & they have added a message board for homeschoolers.

Moore's Foundation has a Special Needs Satellite Program. You can either click on the link to e-mail them for more info or call them at 360-835-2736. They offer programs for learning disabled.

OFTP Home Education Resources for Varied Learning Styles has links to some great resources for special needs kids.

Parent Pals.Com offers special education and gifted information, support, weekly tips, games, book resources, and news and views for parents and professionals.

RJ Cooper & Associates specializes in software & hardware to assist students with special needs. A free cd is available listing their products. They also offer links to other special needs pages.

Robin's For Your Information Disabilities Page has lots of links to check out for various disabilities

Sassafrass Grove Homeschool Add Page has lots of good info & links.

Sibling Support Page has been recommended as a good site for family support & general references.

Trisomy 21 Research Foundation, Inc. (TRI) This site was recommended to be added for parents whose children have Downs Syndrome.

U Seek U Find Home Schools & HomeWork: Special Needs has a list of links that cover many different special needs areas.

If you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like to add, please feel free to e-mail me!

Enjoy!

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