Resources for Students with IEPs



Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD. In addition to our informative website, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with ADHD.

ADDitude is the trusted resource for families and adults living with ADHD and related conditions and the professionals who work with them. We provide well-vetted expert guidance and in-the-trenches understanding to help you navigate the very real challenges that arise from ADHD and related mental health conditions. It remains our mission to be your most reliable advisor and ally, and a source of inspiration along your path to health and well-being.

Whether you are a teenager who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or you are the parent/carer or teacher of someone who has the condition, we understand that you face lots of challenges and have many questions and concerns. The site contains advice for teens, parents and teachers.

Whether you are a caregiver or an educator for children and teens that may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD or that have already been diagnosed, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find the information and resources necessary to make a difference.

The ACO is the worldwide professional membership organization for ADHD coaches. We are committed to serving as a resource for ADHD coaches, for our members and for the public. The ADHD Coaches Organization is a 501(c)6 non-profit association created to advance the profession of ADHD coaching worldwide.


Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential – Peg Dawson

Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder – Edward Hallowell and John Ratey

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential – Richard Guare, Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare

Taking Charge of ADHD, Third Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents – Russell Barkley

The ADHD Workbook for Kids: Helping Children Gain Self-Confidence, Social Skills, and Self-Control (Instant Help) – Lawrence Shapiro

Take Control of ADHD: The Ultimate Guide for Teens With ADHD – Ruth Spodak and Kenneth Stefano

Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD: A Skill-Building Workbook to Help You Focus and Succeed – Debra Burdick and Lara Honos-Webb

He’s Not Lazy: Empowering Your Son to Believe In Himself – Adam Price

Smart But Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD – Thomas Brown

On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens With ADHD/LD – Patricia O. Quinn and Therea Laurie Maitland

Children with Learning Differences


Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. With this knowledge, parents can make effective choices that propel their children from simply coping to truly thriving.

All the materials found on the CPIR Hub have been created and archived for Parent Centers around the country to help them provide support and services to the families they serve. The CPIR employs a user-centered process, gathering the perspectives of our experienced audience—Parent Center staff members and other experts—every step of the way, to create products and services that increase Parent Centers’ knowledge and capacity in specific domains.

The combined information support centre was designed to meet the information needs of individuals and organisations working in health, disability and development worldwide. These included health care workers, disabled people’s organisations, CRB workers, OTs, disability practitioners, and grassroots and local NGOs in developing countries, as well as academics, researchers and policy influencers.

Organizationally, Parent to Parent programs offer parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health concern. Through a one-to-one “match,” experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. Parent to Parent programs are committed to listening and learning from families and developing an array of services and supports in response to family identified needs.

Through more than 30 projects, PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and 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. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Easterseals provides opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities to achieve their full potential. Together, we’re changing the way the world defines and views disability. With a network nationwide, we’re proud to serve approximately 1.5 million people with disabilities and their families. From therapy and early intervention services, to camps and employment placement, we help children and adults with disabilities, caregivers, veterans and seniors be at their best as they live, learn, work and play

Family Voices is a national organization and grassroots network of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities that promotes partnership with families–including those of cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity-in order to improve healthcare services and policies for children.

The Federation for Children with Special Needs provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities. We are committed to listening to and learning from families, and encouraging full participation in community life by all people, especially those with disabilities.

The Family Hope Center is an international organization dedicated to working with (and for) parents of children with special needs and neurological difficulties. Using a practical scientific approach, the Team strives to educate and help parents promote functional improvement in their children in the areas of physiological health, physical structure, sensorimotor abilities, behavior, cognition, and communication.

FRCD is here to help you:

  • Learn about your Rights and Responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Make informed decisions about your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Obtain appropriate services for your child
  • Communicate more effectively with school professionals
  • Come together with other parents who share your concerns and desires to make a difference
  • Learn more about Early Intervention and transition services
  • Effect positive change in your child’s school.
  • Learn about what he or she needs to lead a productive and independent adult life

NAPCSE is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to parents whose children receive special education services, both in and outside of school. NAPCSE was founded for parents with children with special needs to promote a sense of community and provide a national forum for their ideas.

The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

NCWD/Youth is your source for information about employment and youth with disabilities. Our partners–experts in disability, education, employment, and workforce development–strive to ensure you will be provided with the highest quality, most relevant information available.

The National Down Syndrome Society envisions a world in which all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to enhance their quality of life, realize their life aspirations and become valued members of welcoming communities.

LDA Visualizes a World in Which: all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.


Special People, Special Ways by Arlene Maguire

My Brother is Very Special by Amy May

My Brother, Matthew by Mary Thompson

We’ll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

The Alphabet War by Diane Burton Robb

My Friend Isabelle by Eliza Woloson

Keep Your Ear on the Ball by Genevieve Petrillo

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Different Like Me by Jennifer Elder

El Deafo BY Cece Bell

We’re Amazing 1,2,3! Story about Friendship and Autism (Big Golden Book) by Leslie Kimmelman and Beth Nelson

Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper


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