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Parent and Community Resources for Special Education

Welcome to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Division of Systems and Supports, K-12 Special Education Parent and Community Resource Page.  The website links are for informational purposes only.  Please contact the resource directly for additional information.

Local Organizations and Resources

The Arc of DC
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
DC Health Resources Partnership
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)

United Cerebral Palsy
WVSA arts Connection

District of Columbia Parent Training and Information Center

Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE)

National Resources

The Alliance for Full Participation
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Foundation for the Blind
Arc of the US
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
Autism Society
Beach Center on Disability
Brain Injury Association
Easter Seals Society for Disabled Children and Adults, Inc.
Education Resources Information Center
Family Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
Family to Family Health Information Center
Federal Resources on Disability and Health
Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
IDEA – Building the Legacy
Institute on Disability
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
National Down Syndrome Society
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NICHCY - National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
The National Fragile X Foundation
Prader-Willi Syndrome Association
Reading Rockets
RTI Action Network
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.
Spina Bifida Foundation
Tourette Syndrome

District of Columbia Offices and Agencies

Child and Family Services Agency

DC City Council
Department of Health

Department of Human Services
Department of Mental Health
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services

Department on Disability Services (Developmental Disabilities Administration and Rehabilitation Services Administration)
District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB)

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - The Office of Special Education

Office of Disability Rights

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Federal Government

Administration on Developmental Disabilities
US Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)


Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Center for Law and Education
The Children's Law Center (CLC)
Council for Exceptional Children
DC Action for Children
Idea Partnership
Susie’s Budget and Policy Corner



Parent/Consumer/Educational Advocacy and Family Support

Asian American LEAD
The Advocacy Institute
Exceptional Parent
Family Voices DC
The HSC Health Care System (Parents Advisory Leaders Group – PALs)
Inclusion Research Institute (Youth Empowerment)
National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education
National Association of Protection and Advocacy System, Inc.
National Council on Independent Living
National Fathers Network
Parents Helping Parents
Parent to Parent USA
Partners in Education
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities (Family Empowerment Center)
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE)
The Sibling Support Project
Syndromes Without A Name USA (SWAN)
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers
University Legal Services: Protection and Advocacy Agency


Dispute Resolution

Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education - CADRE
SchoolTalk DC

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