AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education.
107 Commerce Center Drive, Suite 204
Huntersville, NC 28078 USA

  Voice: (704) 947-7779
    Fax: (704) 948-7779

Designs for Change (DFC) seeks to improve the nation’s 50 largest urban public school systems, beginning in Chicago. DFC applies world-class research and policy analysis to develop reforms which address the most difficult problems facing urban schools.
814 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612

  Voice: (312) 236-7252
    TTY: (312) 236-7944
    Fax: (312) 236-7927
  Email: info@designsforchange.org

Disability Access Information and Support (DAIS) is an important resource to the higher education community, providing a menu of services for those concerned with disability and access in higher education. Institutions and organizations can contract for help from DAIS, in the person of Jane Jarrow, Ph.D., for a variety of services. The growing list of DAIS publications includes resource materials to assist in interpreting legal mandates, reviewing policies and procedures, and understanding the philosophical underpinnings of providing quality service to people with disabilities in the postsecondary environment.

The HEATH Resource Center of The George Washington University, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
HEATH Resource Center
2134 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052-0001

    Fax: (202)994-3365
  Email: AskHEATH@gwu.edu

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

  Voice: (612)624-2097
    Fax: (612)624-9344
  Email: ncset@umn.edu

We serve the nation as a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and; research-based information on effective educational practices. Anyone can use our services—families, educators, administrators, journalists, students. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22). Feel free to communicate with us in English or Spanish.
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20009

  Voice: (800)695-0285
    TTY: (800)695-0285
    Fax: (202)884-8441
  Email: nichcy@aed.org

The purpose of the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) is to assist states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities. NSTTAC is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University. To ensure full implementation of IDEA and help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes, NSTTAC helps states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities and disseminate information and provide technical assistance on scientifically-based research practices with an emphasis on building and sustaining state-level infrastructures of support and district-level demonstrations of effective transition methods for youth with disabilities. NSTTAC provides efficient and effective large-scale implementation and sustainability of research-based secondary transition.
University of North Carolina – Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

  Voice: (704)687-6327
    TTY: (704)687-6327
    Fax: (704)687-2916

Mission Statement: To provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living. OSERS is an office of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-7100

  Voice: (202) 245-7468

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts. OSEP administers the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers. These programs are intended to ensure that the rights of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their parents are protected. OSEP is part of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), within the Department of Education (DOE).
Office of Special Education Programs
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-7100

  Voice: (202) 245-7459

The mission of the Family Resource Center on Disabilities is to improve services for all children with disabilities as their families. This mission is implemented through: parent education on the rights of their children to gain the necessary knowledge to secure these rights; parent training on self-advocacy to enable them to gain the necessary skills to be their child’s best advocate; training of parent leaders, to enable them to train and educate other parents in their own community; systems advocacy to effect positive change in policy making agencies which impact children with disabilities and their families; family support and service linkage to enable families to keep their family member at home; minority outreach to reach and serve underserved minority populations. The philosophy of the Family Resource Center on Disabilities supports the concept of parent to parent information and parent to parent training, and parent/family empowerment.
20 East Jackson Blvd.
Room 300
Chicago, Illinois 60604

  Voice: (312) 939-3513
    Fax: (312) 939-7297
  Email: info@frcd.org

The mission of the Family Matters Parent Training and Information Center is to build upon families' strengths, empower parents and professionals to achieve the strongest possible outcomes for students with disabilities, and to enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities.
Family Matters Parent Training & Information Center
1901 S. 4th St., Ste. 209
Effingham, Illinois 62401

  Voice: (217) 347-5428
	 (866) 436-7842
    TTY: (217) 347-5428
    Fax: (217) 347-5119
  Email: info@fmptic.org

The mission of IN*SOURCE is to provide parents, families and service providers in Indiana the information and training necessary to assure effective educational programs and appropriate services for children and young adults with disabilities.
1703 South Ironwood Drive
South Bend, Indiana 46613

  Voice: (574) 234-7101
	 (800) 332-4433
    Fax: (574) 234-7279
  Email: insource@insource.org

Michigan Alliance for Families and Michigan Alliance - PTI provide information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities from birth to age 26 who are in the educational system. The purpose of the projects are to increase the involvement of families in their children's education and the educational system in general. Please note that the contact information here is for all Michigan counties except the Tri County - Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties.
1819 South Wagner Road P.O. 1406
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1406

  Voice: (800)552-4821
	 (734)994-8100 Ext: 1590
  Email: info@michiganallianceforfamilies.org

Michigan Alliance for Families and Michigan Alliance - PTI provide information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities from birth to age 26 who are in the educational system. The purpose of the projects are to increase the involvement of families in their children's education and the educational system in general.
Michigan Alliance for Families
c/o Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit 3111 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48208

  Voice: (800)552-4821

The mission of PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
PACER Center, Inc.
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, MN 55437

  Voice: (952) 838-9000
	 (888) 248-0822
    TTY: (952) 838-0190
    Fax: (952) 838-0199

discapacitados abriéndose caminos (d.a.c.) is a non-profit organization based out of Minnesota that is solely dedicated to the challenge of disability as it affects Latino families. discapacitados abriéndose caminos (people with disability; opening paths in life) is committed to stabilize basic needs, provide timely and culturally sensitive listening, address the families’ priorities, and communicate and respond in ways meaningful to the family.
621 Marie Ave
South Saint Paul, Minnesota 

  Voice: (651) 293-1748
    Fax: (651) 293-1744
  Email: Discapacitados@qwestoffice.net

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide, nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, and agencies who provide services to them. OCECD works through the coalition efforts of the 48 parent and professional disability organizations which comprise the Coalition.
165 West Center Street, Suite 302
Marion, OH 43302-3741

  Voice: (740) 382-5452
	 (800) 374-2806
    TTY: (800) 374-2806
	 (740) 382-5452
    Fax: (740) 383-6421
  Email: ocecd@gte.net

Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones promotes the development of children and young adults with special needs via resources, education, training, advocacy and referral for individuals, families, caregivers and the community with the goal of improving their quality of life.
Alianza Latina Aplicando Soluciones
1615 S 22nd Street
Suite 109
Milwaukee, WI 53204

  Voice: (414)643-0022
    Fax: (414)643-0023
  Email: alasinc@alianzalatinawi.org

Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training & Support, Inc. (WI FACETS) is a nonprofit organization serving Wisconsin children and adults with disabilities, their families and those who support them.
Wisconsin FACETS
2714 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212

  Voice: (414) 374-4645
	 (877) 374-0511
    TTY: (414) 374-4635
    Fax: (414) 374-4655

In this site you will find: an overview of the person-centered planning process; a self-study course covering the basic processes involved; a quiz section to help you focus on areas you may need to cover more thoroughly; a compendium of readings and activities for you to use on your own; various links and downloadable resources.
Employment and Disability Institute
Cornell University
School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Ithaca, New York 14853-3901

  Voice: (607)255-7727
    TTY: (607)255-2891
    Fax: (607)255-2763

ED's mission is to: Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual; Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education; Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs; Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information; Improve the coordination of Federal education programs; Improve the management of Federal education activities; and Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

  Voice: (800) 872-5327
    TTY: (800) 437-0833

Last Updated on:
Mon Jul 10, 2017