Friday, May 6, 2011

Sources for News You Can Use

We all receive emails from stores or websites we have visited, and often delete them without checking their contents. But there are some organizations or websites that provide such helpful information that we not only welcome their occasional emailings or newsletters, but have actively signed up to receive them. They are all free. You may find them helpful too.

They include:

Wrightslaw, a commercial website (which includes announcements of upcoming seminars and publications) that publishes The Special Ed Advocate, focusing on the legal issues impacting education and special education. This publication and the website itself have a national scope and an extensive archives, in addition to topical articles.

LDonline, which offers broadly based and highly informative newsletters, as well as articles on their website written by a wide range of experts. They are national in scope, based out of Washington, D.C.

Disability Scoop is broader in scope than some of the other sites we read, focusing beyond educational issues to physical and cognitive disabilities, but they are quick to note news, legal decisions, and research findings that impact individuals with learning disabilities.

The Arise Coalition, which brings together educators, advocates, parents, and students to improve education in New York, especially for students with special needs.

Inside Schools, which keeps families informed about issues relating to New York City Public Schools, including reviews of schools, important dates, and issues of concern to families.

Families in Westchester, Dutchess, and other upstate New York Counties may want to receive the monthly newsletter from Littman Krooks, a law firm that works with individuals with special needs and their families. They provide extensive listings of local events and activities for their region.

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