National Organizations & Web Resources

Disclaimer: A Bridge to Achievement does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.  This list represents resources and organizations recommended by local families or professionals. It is not exhaustive.  However, if you have a good experience and would like to recommend other resources for this list, please send them to for inclusion in our next revision.

ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative whose supporters share the goal of accelerating the design and availability of ABLE accounts for the benefit of individuals with disabilities and their families. We bring together the investment, support and resources of the country’s largest and most influential national disability organizations.

Arc Legislative Action Center The National Arc has an excellent resource to help families keep up to date on legislative issues affecting children and adults with disabilities. The Legislative Action Center will provide you with a guide to your federal, state and local elective officials. It also has a list of Action alerts, important issues, recent votes, current legislation, and more. Let’s make an effort to make a difference!

Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms. A resource for assistive technology (AT) and a link to a wide variety of AT and disability-related information.

Autism Society of America
The Autism Society envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. They provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Best Buddies The mission of Best Buddies is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Do2Learn Do2Learn has activities to promote independence in individuals with special learning needs. Great site!

Exceptional Parent Exceptional Parent provides information, support, ideas, encouragement and outreach for parents and families of children with disabilities, and the professionals who work with them.

Family & Advocates Partnership in Education (FAPE) The Family & Advocates Partnership in Education (FAPE) website is a new project which aims to inform and educate families and advocates about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA 97).

Flash! Pro2 CD-ROM The Flash! Pro2 CD-ROM contains the most comprehensive set of over 8500 color photo images in 65 categories that you can easily select, preview and print as flash cards to teach speech and language.

Handwriting Without Tears Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is the easy way to teach pre-printing, printing and cursive! It was developed by Jan Z. Olsen, OTR, an occupational therapist and handwriting specialist.

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed is an association for persons with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

National Disability Institute The mission of National Disability Institute is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. Through the power of collaboration with federal agencies, major corporations, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations, NDI has brought new attention to the possibilities of economic empowerment.

Parents’ Guide to Special Education in North Carolina The Duke Children’s Law Clinic has produced a comprehensive Guide for parents of children with special education needs. The Guide explains the special education law in clear terms so that parents can learn the vocabulary, navigate the special education system, and become an effective advocate for their children. The Guide is especially geared to assist North Carolina parents.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities’s mission is to help you earn your degree without taking on thousands of dollars in debt. Their site is a free resource designed to help everyone address the costs of college while pursuing their goals. They can show you the path to a reasonably priced higher education.

Sensory Resources Sensory Resources offers resources for raising children sensory-motor, developmental, and social-emotional challenges.

Sign2Me teaches parents how to empower their babies as young as eight months old with expressive communication skills.

Special Needs Advocates for Parents (SNAP) The mission of SNAP is to provide information, education, advocacy and referrals to families with special needs children of all ages and disabilities.

Special Olympics The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Reads for Special Needs Special Reads for Special Needs produces full-color picture books uniquely formatted for children with special needs. Large type, special features for quick reading success. Packaged with oversized flash cards.

Time Timer LLC Time Timer LLC is taking the idea of a simple, visual depiction of elapsed time and turning it into a line of products that help solve time perception problems.

Trips Inc. Special Adventures Trips Inc. Special Adventures provides travel outings to adults of various abilities in a safe, respectful and fun atmosphere. Our trips are designed for people with developmental disabilities and special needs who require staff assistance for a safe and enjoyable vacation.

Woodbine House publishes The Special-Needs Collection, sixty books on disabilities and related topics including AD/HD, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, learning disabilities, spina bifida, early intervention, inclusion, special education, and more.

Wrightslaw Provided by Pete and Pam Wright, this site contains excellent, informative information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities. The site includes hundreds of articles, cases, newsletters, and other information about special education law and advocacy.