This resource directory is designed to help students, parents, educators and health care professionals find local, state and national resources for supporting students who struggle with learning. The directory is meant to be used as a guide and not intended as a recommendation for any individual, organization or agency. Links to and from the CSS Web site to other sites do not necessarily constitute an endorsement by CSS of any of their content.
- LOCAL AND STATE RESOURCES/ORGANIZATIONS
- NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
- WEB RESOURCES
- RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
- TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
CHaD Family Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756
Phone: (603) 653-9899
The Family Center’s staff and volunteers are available to answer questions. Families can schedule individual time with a Resource Specialist to learn about supports that may be available in their home community. The Resource Specialist can also help families find health information specific to the families’ needs. Representatives from local support agencies will often be on-site and available to families and staff. The Family Center acts as a bridge between existing hospital departments and the surrounding community.
New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE)
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of New Hampshire’s students, teachers, educators, administrators, families, and community members.
The department is currently organized into three major divisions: Career Technology and Adult Learning, Instruction, and Program Support. Each division is further divided into bureaus providing specific programs and service.
New Hampshire Family Ties
Phone: (800)499-4153 x241
Parent to Parent of New Hampshire offers resources for parents of children with special needs including:
- Emotional Support, Insight and Understanding for parents when they learn their child has special needs or when their child may be going through a transitional period
- Parent Matches between Supporting Parents who have “been there” with referred parents of children with special needs (medical, developmental, emotional, learning)
- Information and Referral to community resources, services, support groups, state support programs and others
- Training for Parents who would like to become volunteer Supporting Parents
- A State-Wide Network of regional Parent to Parent coordinators
Parent Information Center of New Hampshire (PIC)
54 Old Suncook Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 224-7005
The Parent Information Center (PIC), a New Hampshire statewide family organization, strives to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. This is achieved through its partnerships with families, educators, youth, professionals and organizations.
List of Services:
- Telephone/E-Mail support
- Statewide Interactive Workshops
- Multisensory Intervention Through Consultation & Education (MICE)
- PIC Volunteer Advocates for Special Education
- Advocates for Families of Children with Disabilities – a fee for service
- New Hampshire Family Voices
- PIC Parent Connection newsletter
- Prevention Makes Cents Program
Special Needs Support Center (SNSC)
12 Flynn Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Phone: (603) 448-6311
Contact: Haver Walther Armstrong
To help children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support. Children and families served by SNSC are more productive, have greater independence, and are empowered to contribute to their communities.
The New Hampshire Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
P.O. Box 3724
Concord, NH 03302
Phone: (603) 229-7355
The purpose of the International Dyslexia Association is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that address the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write. The New Hampshire Branch serves New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
Research, information, workshops, conferences and training
Spark Community Center
75 Bank St. Suite L-08,
Lebanon, NH 03766
Phone: (603) 678-8619
Mission: Spark! Community Center’s mission is to provide a welcoming place where the lives of all people of differing abilities are enriched through a sense of community.
1 Oak Ridge Rd
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Offers learning evaluations and tutoring services
183 Talcott Road, Suite 101
Williston, VT 05495
The Stern Center for Language and Learning is dedicated to literacy for all children and adults. Many people who struggle to read and write don’t learn the same way as those who easily achieve literacy. They may be challenged by learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, by attention deficit disorders, or by differences in the way they learn best.
Educational experts promote success in learning by helping children and adults reach their full potential. With facilities in Williston and West Lebanon, NH, and on-site services in schools, the Stern Center supports students and teachers throughout the region.
List of Services:
- Educational Evaluations
- Diagnostic Teaching
- Individualized Instruction in all academic areas
- Small Group Instruction – social skills, math, writing
- School Consultation including observation, demonstration teaching, informal assessment, prescriptive program design, IEP development, record review
Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE)
State Office Building
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620
Phone: (802) 828-3154
Working under the authority of the State Board of Education, the VT DOE is committed to helping students, educators, and public schools meet Vermont’s high standards. The site provides information about the VT DOE’s programs, services, and initiatives to all who are interested in Vermont’s education community.
Vermont Family Network
600 Blair Park Road
Suite # 240
Williston, VT 05495-7549
Phone: (800) 800-4005
The Vermont Family Network empowers parents, families, and children with special needs to become effective advocates to improve the child’s education and quality of life.
List of Services:
The Vermont Family Network offers several programs to encourage and support families in the pivotal role they play in their children’s lives. Included in these services are the following:
- Individualized Help for families regarding a child’s education, development and special needs
- Educational Workshops
- An Assistive Technology Center that allows individuals to sample equipment and software that can help children be more independent at home, in school, at play
- Volunteer Programs
- Family Scholarships
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
The NCLD provides information, services, and programs for children and adults with learning disabilities, their families, educators, and other professionals. The NCLD Web site provides a database of state resources, educational programs, legislative advocacy and public policy.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD)
The CEC’s primary purpose is to advance the education of all exceptional students. The DLD is the division that focuses on the needs of individuals with learning disabilities. The Web site provides legislative updates, International programs, and CEC publications.
Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
The CLD is an international organization that promotes strategies for research and practice through collaboration and advocacy.
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
LDA has 50 state affiliates and over 775 local chapters and is dedicated to: enhancing the quality of life for all individuals with learning disabilities and their families; alleviating the restricting effects of learning disabilities; and supporting endeavors to determine the causes of learning disabilities. The LDA Web site provides information about state chapters and recent publications.
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
The IDA is an international, non-profit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia. IDA provides information on assistive technology, medical and educational research, conferences and seminars, and teaching methods.
4 Water Street
Arlington, MA 02476
Lindamood-Bell is an organization dedicated to accurate diagnosis and relevant instruction enabling all individuals to learn to their potential. Founded in 1986 by Nanci Bell, Patricia Lindamood, and Phyllis Lindamood, the authors of programs that teach children and adults to read, spell, comprehend and express language.
- Diagnostic Testing
- Process-based Education
- One-on-One Instruction
- Professional Development
The Orton-Gillingham approach is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible. Its breadth, perspective, and flexibility prompt use of the term approach instead of method. The explicit focus of the approach has been and continues to be upon persons with the kinds of language processing problems associated with dyslexia. Early intervention is highly desirable, but it is never too late to begin.
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is a national organization that provides a support network for parents, continuing education about attention deficits, and resources to help children with attention deficits in educational settings.
Online Library Sources
- Family Resource Connection of the NH State Library
The Family Resource Connection is a free service for New Hampshire residents. Search their on-line catalog to request books, videos, and other child-related materials be mailed to you along with a pre-paid return envelope.
- Consumer Health Information at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
These sites have been selected by the Biomedical librarians and are intended to provide public access to a wide range of health and disease information but should not be construed as medical advice or be used as a substitute for consultation with a health care professional.
- Special Needs Support Center
The Nathan Hall Memorial Library has over 1,000 book titles, videos and informational pamphlets. The library includes a wide selection of topics for parents and children learning to plan, understand and cope with unique challenges.
- VT Family Network
We invite you to borrow materials from our ever-expanding lending library, which contains books, videos, audiocassettes, articles and newsletters on a wide range of topics related to special needs. We are happy to have visitors come to our office to browse our collection. If you are not able to come in person, please call us and we can send you what you need. We also have bibliographies available upon request.
Great Schools offers family support for parents of children with learning differences, legal rights and advocacy, and education on assistive technology.
LD Online is an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. LD Online is the official site of The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities. LD Online provides articles on a wide range of topics, a national calendar of events, a network of resources, artwork and writings by children, parents, and other individuals, and much more.
Wrightslaw provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities for parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys. There are articles, cases, newsletters, and resources about dozens of topics in theAdvocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.
All Kinds of Minds
Offer a learning library of strategies and other resources.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Provides resources, publications and professional development.
Offers professional development workshops and resources to help all learners be successful.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Find out the latest news in education, technology, and distance education. The site also features a grant center with recent grant information including due dates and links.
A site for information on conferences, events, news, resources, and publications related to educational technology.
Learning Network Teacher Channel
This site offers information and ideas for curriculum materials, lesson plans, and other resources.
National School Reform Faculty
A professional development initiative that focuses on developing collegial relationships, encouraging reflective practice, and rethinking leadership in restructuring schools — all in support of increased student achievement.
National Education Association
The National Education Association provides classroom tips, information on higher education, and current news in education.
National Association of Elementary School Principals
The mission of the National Association of Elementary School Principals is to lead in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.
National Association of Secondary School Principals
The NASSP is a resource for middle and high school educators and administrators for news, services, resources, and an online community for principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders.
Mission: To create, inspire, cultivate, and sustain cultures of transformational learning where we are all learners, learning changes lives, learning needs to happen in different ways, and learning empowers us.
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.
Resource for ordering books on learning differences including books authored by Dr. Mel Levine and books on the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.
Educators Publishing Service (EPS)
EPS, a subsidiary of Delta Education, LLC, works with some of the industry’s top experts in language arts and publishes more than 800 titles for students from kindergarten through high school. EPS specializes in vocabulary, phonics, and reading comprehension, as well as materials for students with learning differences. EPS materials are used to increase literacy, encourage critical thinking, and expand student knowledge. Dr. Mel Levine’s books can be ordered through EPS.
Provides technological resources to support learning differences.
Using visual learning, Inspiration® helps 6th to 12th grade students strengthen critical thinking, comprehension and writing skills across the curriculum. Students build graphic organizers to represent concepts and relationships and use the integrated outlining capability to further organize ideas for reports.
Handy Flip-Up Guides
Each Flipper® guide contains hundreds of rules, examples, and definitions printed on both sides of 5″ x 3 ½” laminated cards. The laminated cards are attached to a 6 ½” x 11″ plastic backing. Three holes permit carrying the Flipper® guide in a three-ring notebook. Subject areas include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Languages.
Provides users with reading difficulties, learning disabilities or dyslexia with a portable, discreet device that offers immediate word support to the reader.
Time Timer LLC takes the idea of a simple, visual depiction of elapsed time and turns it into a line of products that helps solve time perception problems. You don’t need to focus on, or understand a traditional clock face to successfully use a Time Timer. This innovative tool constantly reinforces the sense of elapsed time in order to promote better time management. You see and “feel” time elapse as the Time Timer’s dial graphically shows you how much time is left.