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National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has enjoyed providing information and resources to the nation for many, many years. Unfortunately, the Center’s grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013.

Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014. We recommend that you explore our website and some of its most popular and useful features:

• Disability fact sheets:
• Special education resources:
• Early intervention resources:
• State organizations search:
• National organizations search:

Parents of children with disabilities seeking information and support should contact their local Parent Training and Information center (PTI) or Community Parent Resource Center. For more information, visit

It has been our great honor to serve you over the years.

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Families in Vermont, get to know Vermont Family Network (VFN)! VFN promotes better health, education, and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Check out their Special Education FAQ!

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Formed Families Forward provides training and support to foster, kinship, and adoptive families of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. They serve families, educators and child welfare professionals in the Northern Virginia area. Check out the fact sheets on their Resources page!

Families in Virginia, get to know the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC)! PEATC provides services and support for families and professionals and easy-to-understand, research-based information and training. Check out their September newsletter on sibling and friend relationships!

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NICHCY's latest blog gives teachers a clear definition of multiple disabilities, a run down of how IDEA defines it, and 10 tips to assist teachers in working with students who have multiple disabilities. Feel free to share!

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Families in Tennessee, get to know Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)! As the state's Parent Training and Information Center, STEP helps families be actively involved in navigating the special education process. Check out their downloadable information packets!

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"Life is school and you gotta show up. . . . No matter who you are, somebody's learning from you. . . . What are you going to teach the world?"

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As the new school year gets under way, remember that educators are very important in the daily lives of children: "When you Google 'hero,' there should be a picture of a principal, a school lunch worker, a custodian, a reading specialist, a teacher, or a bus monitor. Real heroes don’t wear capes. They work in America’s schools."

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Families in central and western Pennsylvania, get to know the Parent Education & Advocacy Leadership Center (PEAL Center)! The PEAL Center provides individual assistance and referral to parents and professionals, as well as training on the special education process and best practices. We love their "Did You Know?" videos!

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What's cooler than students participating in IEP meetings? This music video featuring students singing and rapping about it! Thanks, WI Facets!
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