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Assistive Technology Information

  LDONLINE is a comprehensive website on learning disabilities for parents, educators, and kids. You will be able to learn, to find help, and to exchange ideas. It was created by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.
LD Resources (
  LD Resources has a collection of pages and links dealing with tools of all kinds from highlighter pens to computers.

Assistive Technology Providers

TextHelp (
  TextHelp is software that includes Wordsmith and other reading and writing tools.
Inspiration, Inc. (
  Inspiration, Inc. is software that has good writing strategies that help students to develop ideas and organize thinking. Kidspiration is the software for younger students.
Learning Ally (
  Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) is a good source of books on tape, especially textbooks on tape, for those who are blind or dyslexic
Kurzweil (
  Kurzweil has developed computer technology that assists those with difficulty with reading. There are applications for readers of all ages.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (
  Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) has regional and local chapters. ADDA focuses especially on the needs of AD/HD adults and young adults with AD/HD. Parents of children with AD/HD are also welcome.
Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (
  Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (C.H.A.D.D.) has regional and local chapters. They provide information and networking possibilities. Information available in Spanish.
The National Resource Center for AD/HD: A Program of CHADD (
  The National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD is a national clearinghouse of information and resources concerning this important public health concern. Information available in Spanish


International Dyslexia Association (
IDA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families, and the communities that support them. Their goal is to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators, and researchers to share their experiences, methods, and knowledge. Call 410.296.0232
The Houston Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (

HBIDA is the Houston branch of The IDA. The Houston Branch is dedicated to increasing community awareness of dyslexia. HBIDA annually presents a conference and a workshop dealing with dyslexia and related disorders. An informative Resource Directory is available at no charge. Call 713.529.1975 to request a Resource Directory and/or to be placed on the mailing list.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity (
  The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, as well as a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.
Understood for Learning and Attention Issues (

Fifteen nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents to help their children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. Understood provides state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more.


Learning and Learning Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of America (
  Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a national non-profit organization which promotes the education and general welfare of individuals with learning disabilities. There are state organizations accessible through this site that provide local information.
LDOnline (
  LDOnline is a comprehensive website on learning disabilities for parents, educators, and kids. You will be able to learn, find help, and exchange ideas. LDOnline was created by the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (
  National Center for Learning Disabilities provides information, resources and referral services, and promotes public awareness to help individuals with learning disabilities. Includes information about the Get Ready to Read literacy screening tool.
Great Schools (
  Great Schools by the Schwab Foundation for Learning is a national nonprofit whose mission is to inspire and guide parents to become effective champions of their children's education at home and in their communities. Information available in Spanish.

Legal Issues

The ARC of Greater Houston (
  The ARC of Greater Houston is a non-profit which provides information and support to individuals with disabilities & their families in the Greater Houston area. They have regular programs that provide parents with information about I.D.E.A. and other laws pertaining to special education.
Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities, Inc (
  Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities, Inc. provides Section 504 and IDEA training and resources for educators but helpful to parents too.
Dyslexia and Related Disorders Procedures Handbook 
  Dyslexia and Related Disorders Procedures Handbook. A copy of the Texas Education Agency handbook on the Texas dyslexia law includes questions and answers
Heath Resource Center (
  Heath Resource Center is a national clearinghouse on post-secondary education for individuals with disabilities. It is a program of the American Council on Education in Washington D. C. Call for a Spanish translator 1-800-544-3284
Disability Rights Texas (
  Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Their mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society.
Wrightslaw (
  Wrightslaw is a web site about federal laws pertaining to special education, but even more important the Wrights offer strategies for organizing yourself and advocating effectively for your child.


Reading Rockets (
  Reading Rockets is a national service of PBS station WETA/Washington, D.C. that provides information on teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle with reading. Information available in Spanish.
Get Ready to Read (
  Get Ready to Read …NCLD’s initiative provides parents, educators, health-care professionals, and advocates with tools to help build early literacy skills. This includes an early literacy screening tool.

Websites for Kids

PBS Kids Between the Lions (
  PBS Kids Between the Lions is sponsored by WGBH Boston and Sirius Thinking Ltd. It contains stories, songs, games, and “things to print.” The goal is to encourage reading for kids ages 4-7 years old.
  Celebrities Read Books to Kids (
  Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading. Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum aimed to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners.