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Professional Organizations

Council for Exceptional Children

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.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to increase opportunities for all individuals with learning disabilities to achieve their potential. NCLD accomplishes its mission by increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities, conducting educational programs and services that promote research-based knowledge, and providing national leadership in shaping public policy. We provide solutions that help people with LD participate fully in society.

Idaho Connections

Idaho Department of Education

To enable all students to achieve high academic standards and quality of life, the Special Education Bureau works collaboratively with districts, agencies, and parents to ensure students receive quality, meaningful, and needed services.

Idaho State Council on Developmental Disabilities

To promote the capacity of people with developmental disabilities and their families to determine, access, and direct the services and/or support they need to live the lives they choose, and to build the communities’ ability to support their choices.

Idaho Parents Unlimited

Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc. (IPUL) is a statewide organization founded to provide support, information and technical assistance to parents of children and youth with disabilities. Since 1989, IPUL has been designated as Idaho’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides funding for its programs. IPUL’s activities are also supported from various state agencies, fund-raisers and through parents memberships.

Assessment and Instruction in Special Education

Response to Intervention

Response to intervention integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and to reduce behavior problems.

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Literacy Skills

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of standardized, individually administered measures of early literacy development. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of pre-reading and early reading skills.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

NICHCY serves as a central source of information.  You will find specifics about disabilities in infants, toddlers, children and youth; IDEA, or the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind as it relates to children with disabilities; and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading

The goal of all children reading proficiently and imaginatively at grade level by the end of third grade is well within our grasp. This website is designed to provide information and technology to teachers, administrators, and parents across the country. With determination, vigor, and reliance on validated research, the goal of all children reading by the end of third grade will be reached.

Center for Applied Special Technology

A not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, especially those with disabilities.