The National Center for Family Literacy provides resources for parents to expose children to reading at an early age help children make the symbol/language connection and more likely to be reading at the appropriate age level by the end of third grade. The Literacy Center aims to provide safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
A Parent's Guide to Section 504
This important civil rights law can provide educational benefits to kids with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD in public schools. School districts do have the right and responsibility to establish their own policies and procedures for implementing Section 504. This article attempts to answer basic questions pertaining to the implementation of Section 504 in public school systems.
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Act 2004 is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center
The PACER Center was founded on the premise of parents helping parents of children and youth with disabilities to advocate for a free and appropriate public education for all children. Today, the PACER Center expands opportunities and offers services to enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families across the nation. Staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities, PACERS works in coalition with 18 disability organizations to provide assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children.
National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Charleston Area
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.
The Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs, Inc.
Parent Resource Training Center is a not-for-profit organization located in Charleston, South Carolina, providing information services throughout the Lowcountry. The Family Resource Center was organized to promote opportunities for learning, inclusion, and empowerment for individuals with disabilities and special needs, their families, and their communities through such means as education, advocacy, and outreach.
South Carolina Autism Society
South Carolina Autism Society provides for the facilitation of partnerships between school personnel and the parents of students with autism through the Parent-School Partnership program. They also provide a parent-to-parent network of support and regional support groups.
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department is an employment agency for people with disabilities. Many of our clients are highly motivated but need help developing work skills. After eligibility is established, each client participates in an assessment to determine which vocational rehabilitation services are needed to help the client prepare for employment. The client is totally involved in the development of an Individualized Plan for Employment tailored to his or her abilities and interests.