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Education

 

Schools K-12
Offering comprehensive reports on public, private and charter schools— elementary, middle and high schools. We make it easy to conduct a thorough investigation, critical in choosing a top school. Get your child’s academic career off to the right start with Schools K-12.
URL: http://www.schoolsk-12.com/

 

American Association of School Administrators
AASA, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for over 14,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA's major focus is standing up for public education.
801 N. Quincy Street
Suite 700
Arlington, VA, 22203-1730
Phone: 703-528-0700
Fax: 703-841-1543
Email: webmaster@aasa.org
URL: http://www.aasa.org

Education Commission of the States
The mission of the Education Commission of the States is to help state leaders identify, develop and implement public policy for education that addresses current and future needs of a learning society.
707 17th Street
Suite 2700
Denver, CO, 80202-3427
Phone: 303-299-3600
Fax: 303-296-8332
URL: http://www.ecs.org

Educational Resources Information Center
The Educational Resources Information Center is a national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide access to education literature and resources.
2277 Research Boulevard
6M
Rockville, MD, 20850
Phone: (301) 519-5157
Fax: (301) 519-6760
Email: accesseric@accesseric.org 
URL: http://www.eric.ed.gov/

EducationNews.org
EducationNews.org calls itself “the Internet's leading source of education news.“
Email: editor@EducationNews.org
URL: http://www.educationnews.org

GreatSchools.net
GreatSchools.net is a nonprofit online guide to K-12 schools that provides parents with the information they need to guide their children's education.
965 Mission Street
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Fax: (415) 977-0704
URL: http://www.greatschools.net/

Just for Kids
Just for the Kids collects enrollment and state test data from state education departments to analyze student achievement in core academic subjects. The JFTK School Reports identify a school's potential for improvement by comparing it to other schools with equally or more disadvantaged students. This analysis identifies which schools are succeeding and which need more help. Our researchers use this information identify and investigate educational best practice.
4030-2 West Braker Lane
Austin, TX, 78759
Phone: 512.232.0770
Fax: 512.232.0777
Email: jftk@just4kids.org
URL: http://www.just4kids.org

National Center for Education Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the U.S. and other nations.
1990 K Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20006
Phone: (202) 502-7300
Email: nceswebmaster@ed.gov
URL: http://nces.ed.gov/

SchoolMatch
SchoolMatch by Public Priority Systems, Inc. is a research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools.
Phone: (614) 890-1573
Email: schools@schoolmatch.com 
URL: http://www.schoolmatch.com/

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Employment

 

National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability - Over eighty organizations offer a variety of relevant resources and information useful to those interested in workforce development and youth.

 

Visit our section on Job Opportunities & Resources - click here.

 

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Health

 

Health Journals for Parents of Kids with Special Needs - "When my daughter was diagnosed, I created a health journal to help organize all of her medical information. Soon, the clinic asked me to make 40 more for the other parents." The Little Acorn now offers many versions of this book which have been customized to fit specific disabilities. Visit the website for more details or to order. Available items (New products added often - see website for current offerings): "Juggling Autism" Starter Kit, "Juggling Cystic Fibrosis” Starter Kit, "Juggling Down Syndrome” Starter Kit, "Juggling Cerebral Palsy" Starter Kit, "Juggling Asthma" Starter Kit, "Juggling Diabetes" Starter Kit, "Healthy Kids” Starter Kit, "A Woman's Health Journal", and "The Courage Book”

 

Family Voices of North Dakota, Inc. - A grassroots network assisting families of children with special health care needs.

 

PubMed, available via the NCBI Entrez retrieval system, was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Entrez is the text based search and retrieval system used at NCBI for all major databases including PubMed, Nucleotide, and Protein Sequences, Protein Structures, Complete Genomes, Taxonomy, OMIM and many others.  PubMed was designed to provide access to citations from biomedical literature.  Subsequently, a linking feature LinkOut, was added to provide access to full-text articles at journal web sites, and other related web resources. PubMed also provides access and links to the other Entrez molecular biology databases.

 

Health Finder - As a health care consumer today, you are faced with many decisions concerning doctors, prescriptions, hospitals, long term care, health insurance, and medical privacy.  We've brought together some of the best information on the Internet to help you make these important choices for yourself and your family.  For background on health care providers, ratings of hospitals and nursing homes, guides to health insurance, how to report fraud or make a complaint, and privacy issues, just choose a starting point when visiting their home page.

 

National Patient Travel Center Rare Disease Conference Travel Assistance - Mercy Medical Airlift provides a transportation service to help families attend rare disease conferences.  The World Congress on Disabilities/Coalition for PKU & Allied Disorders conference is listed with Mercy Medical Airlift as a rare disease conference and they may be able to assist families with free transportation to the convention. Mercy Medical Airlift can usually arrange transportation in general aviation aircraft (Angel Flight) to anyone living within approximately 1,000 miles of conference site at no cost.  For more information, contact Mercy Medical Airlift, National Patient Travel Center, 4620 Haygood Rd., Suite 1, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

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Links for Kids & Youth

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Miscellaneous Resource Links
Do you believe that you may have been wrongfully injured while taking pharmaceuticals? You can find information on this website. Note that this listing does not imply endorsement of the services offered, however, the information offered may be useful in figuring out where to begin. Some very popular drugs have been known to cause some very debilitating side-effects and even death. Better safe than sorry, in my book.
Bridges4kids Featured Product: SPIO Orthotic Garment - SPIO is a snug orthotic garment that surrounds the body with pressure-touch and mild proprioceptive input, which promotes body awareness and the release of calming/modulating chemistry. SPIO’s are useful for decreasing sensory seeking behaviors (such as excessive touching, crashing and banging) which leads to improved safely and stability for the child. SPIO’s patented material is breathable and can be worn alone or under regular clothing during waking hours.

Featured Website: Ramapo For Children - Ramapo’s mission is to serve children with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and learning problems in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment, providing educational and recreational experiences that promote social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. Ramapo’s specific focus is to provide adventure-based experiential learning programs that develop character, competence and build community in children from preschool age through late teens, and in families. Ramapo’s newest initiative, Ramapo Training, provides on-site staff training and program support for educational and recreational programs serving at-risk and special needs children.

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National Support Group Information

 

Permanently Disabled Online Support Group: MDJunction is a health community focused on becoming a free center for Online Support Groups.

 

Jonah & The Whale Foundation, Inc.

Helping Families of Disabled & Chronically ill Children

P.O. Box 981
Mars, PA 16046
(877) 49-Jonah(56624)
Email: Info@JTWF.org
Web: http://www.JTWF.org

 

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse - Website of the American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse and the New Jersey Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, a non-profit, social service agency that provides information by phone on over 4500 local self-help groups in New Jersey. Website contains information on starting self-help groups, statewide training workshops, online newsletter, and contact information for over 170 local mental health groups (including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, families of the mentally ill, dual diagnosis, and more). Website made possible through partnership with Med Help International, one of the nation's leading online medical websites, providing online access to world renowned medical organizations and experts.  The non-profit American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, run by St. Clare's Health Services in New Jersey, helps families and professionals to find and form self-help support groups for almost any specific illness, disability, addiction, bereavement situation, parenting, caregiver concern, abuse, or other stressful life situation. Their keyword-searchable database has over 1,100 national, international, online, and model groups. If there is no existing support network in the world for your concern, they provide a registry and free consultation for those who want to join with others to start one. Their website at www.selfhelpgroups.org also has a listing of local non-profit self-help group clearinghouses worldwide, as well as suggestions for starting both community and online groups. If you prefer to phone to get group information or help, the they can be reached at 973-326-6789. If you frequently refer people to such support groups and would like a hard copy of their database, they recently published the 7th Edition of their Self-Help Group Sourcebook, which contains their database, how-to's, research reviews, over 300 additional national to--free help lines. The 448-page guide costs $18 postpaid, and may be ordered by phone with a credit card, or by check to: Am. Self-Help Group Clearinghouse, Attn: Sourcebook, 100 E. Hanover Ave., Rm 202, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927-2020.
  

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