Background information on school health services for children with special needs: Health Care for Children with Disabilities or Enrolled in Special Education Programs: A brief Summary

A brief analysis of a critical issue in special education: Tapping Medicaid Funds. From the National Association of State Directors Special Education.

Resources for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Family Voices: Families and Friends Speaking on Behalf of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Education Rights.

The ARC. Sibling Support Project
A national Program dedicated to the Interests and Needs of Siblings of People with Special Health and Developmental Needs.

Resources on Special Education and Children with Disabilities

The FAPE Site” is a comprehensive guide to FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education). The touchstone of the Individuals with Disabilities Act is the federal mandate requiring that school districts must assure that all disabled children receive a free appropriate public education at no cost to the child or the child’s parents. The site addresses such issues as parental rights, disability law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and IEPs.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), located within the US Department of Education, supports programs and research that assist children, youth and adults with special needs. They provide information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education ACT (IDEA) 1997, links to the Office Of Special Education Programs, the Rehabilitation Services Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, as well as information on preventing school violence, and reports to Congress on IDEA.

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities and their families through advocacy, education, research, and collaborative efforts. This site provides information on resources, state LDAs, publications, and alerts/bulletins pertaining to individuals with learning disabilities.

Wrightslaw, has articles, cases, newsletters and other information on special education law and advocacy designed for parents, advocates, educators and attorneys.

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. This site has information and resources for children and adults with disabilities. There is a parents guide to federal special education law in English and Spanish, as well as information on managed care, and health and mental health care for children.

Medicaid and Special Education: Coordination of Services is Evolving (Letter Report, 12/10/1999, GAO/HEHS-00-20). Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the mechanisms of coordination between Medicaid and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), focusing on: (1) how Medicaid and IDEA interact to meet the needs of low-income school-aged children with disabilities; and (2) issues that have arisen in coordinating Medicaid and IDEA services in schools.

The Council for Exceptional Children, provides information for professionals and families on the 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special features include a monthly online and email newsletter, IDEA news, providing news and resources that address IDEA law and regulations.