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PARENT RESOURCES 

CAPE Resource Center

The mission of the Bergen County Special Services School District (BCSS) Resource Center is to serve individuals with disabilities from infancy through adulthood as a central point of contact for guidance and connection to accessible and appropriate resources. The Center is committed to helping individuals and families access the system of resources

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) now serves as the new home to the many resources developed by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY). The CPIR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource (CPR) Centers. The CPIR consists of 6 regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), which are funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. The goals of the regional PTACs are to provide services to help families that have a child with a disability. They help parents participate effectively in the education of their children at school and at home, thereby improving outcomes for children with disabilities. 

Children's Aid and Family Services 

Children’s Aid and Family Services is one of northern New Jersey’s leading nonprofit providers of human services and child welfare programs. We help children who don’t have families able to care for them, and we support children, young adults, the elderly and their families through the everyday challenges and transitions in life.

Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired 

The New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CBVI) was established in 1910 by order of the NJ State Legislature. This agency’s mission is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independent living and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community. CBVI’s service programs are designed to enable consumers to achieve full inclusion and integration in society through success in employment, independent living, and social self-sufficiency. These services are made available through state and Federal funding and for the most part, are provided free of charge to residents of New Jersey.

Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DDHH) is the principal state agency established by New Jersey Law on behalf of people of all ages who are deaf and hard of hearing. The division provides education, advocacy and direct services to eliminate barriers and promote increased accessibility to programs, services, and information routinely available to the state’s general population. DDHH maintains up-to-date and constructive resources on hearing loss including communication, access referral services, technical assistance, equipment distribution, stakeholder communications and advocacy. 

Doing What Works 

Doing What Works is an online resource center of the U.S. Department of Education that contains information about research-based educational practices. It contains the clearinghouse for all USDOE approved research-based practices in general and special education, as well as special education laws such as No Child Left Behind (NCBL) Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Civil Rights, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Higher Education Act, and general information on relevant federal laws and policies. 

Family Support Organization of Bergen County

Family Support Organization of Bergen County is a family-run, county-based nonprofit that provides education, support and direct family-to-family peer support to family members of children with emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

IDEA

This website provides a “one-stop shop” for resources related to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations. This site provides searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws related to special education, video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources. 

LD Online

LD Online is a great source full of hundreds of expert-reviewed articles and resources for educators, parents, and others concerned about children and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD.

MyStudyBar (eduapps) 

MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience when studying, reading, and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed.  

National Center for Learning Disabilities

The main mission of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is to improve the lives of children and adults with learning and attention issues- by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.  

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is a college of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), was created by Congress in 1965 to offer post-secondary technical education to students with hearing loss. Today, more than 1,350 deaf, hard-of-hearing and interpreting students study, live and socialize on the RIT campus with more than 14,000 hearing students, making NTID truly a college like no other. More than 125 sign language interpreters also work at RIT; and 90,000 hours of note taking, captioning and tutoring each year make it one of the most accessible colleges for students with hearing loss anywhere. NTID’s Center on Access Technology investigates, evaluates and reports on the most effective and efficient use of access technologies and trains individuals in their use to benefit students with hearing loss in college. It is the first and only organization in the world dedicated to advancing access technologies for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.   

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards were first adopted by the State Board of Education in 1996. The standards are not curriculum, which is decided at the local level. Rather, the standards describe what students should know and be able to do upon completion of a thirteen-year public school education. The standards are also designed to help teachers prepare our students to be college- and career-ready. 

OSERS Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities

This website was created by representatives from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Office of the Assistant Secretary (OAS), and 3 program offices within OSERS: The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This website was developed in response to an increasing priority on the transition of youth with disabilities from school to productive adulthood. This website provides public information regarding transition activities, resources, policies, and events occurring within OSERS. 

PACER  Center

The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities who work in coalition with 18 disability organizations. It is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth through 21. Located in Minneapolis, it services families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. 

State of New Jersey Department of Education

The New Jersey Department of Education’s official website is the gateway to NJ information and services for parents, educators, students, and other residents. 

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network 

Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is New Jersey’s parent training and information center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The organization provides an array of support and information to parents of students with disabilities within New Jersey.

Universal Design for Learning Tech Toolkit

This website contains many useful resources for educators, parents, and students. You can choose between free text-to-speech, graphic organizers, multimedia and digital, storytelling, study skills, literacy, writing, collaborative, research, math, handwriting tools, as well as helpful apps. Each link provides numerous different resources for each category, including productivity tools and games.

We Connect Now

This website is used as a resource by institutions of higher learning and has been linked by colleges, universities and groups serving people with disabilities in 50 states and at least 9 countries. The main function of this website is to connect and integrate college students with disabilities as a virtual community with a voice on important issues.

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