The Mission of A Small Group is: "We are committed to the creation of a restorative and reconciled community. Our strategy is to discover ways to engage the disengaged through working with existing associations and through direct invitation. Our work focuses on direct efforts to bring into conversation those groups of people who are not in relationship with each other. By this we mean to offer powerful tools and strategies of civic possibility, civic accountability and civic commitment; thus increasing the power of associations to engage citizens in their efforts." Their website includes podcasts and recordings of Peter Block and John McKnight."
"Along with visual art, I also engage in the art of advocacy, the art of presenting and the art of facilitating person centered planning, action learning groups, conversations and actions dedicated to creating communities, schools, organizations, and workplaces that embrace all citizens, including those whose lives are diminished because of continued prejudices toward people with disabilities."
"Through excellence in research, teaching and technical assistance, and service in Kansas, the United States of America, and globally, and through collaborations with those individuals and entities dedicated to the same ends, the Beach Center on Disability will make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability and of those who are closely involved with them."
Brookes Publishing Co. http://www.brookespublishing.com "For 30 years, Brookes has published highly respected resources in early childhood, early intervention, inclusive and special education, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, communication and language, behavior, and mental health."
Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies at Syracuse University http://thechp.syr.edu "The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities. Since its founding, the Center has been involved in the study and promotion of open settings (inclusive community opportunities) for people with disabilities."
Disability is Natural http://www.disabilityisnatural.com "The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by BraveHeart Press, the family-owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included."
Giangreco, Michael http://www.uvm.edu/~mgiangre/ "I am a Professor at The University of Vermont (UVM). I am assigned to the Department of Education and the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. My professional interests focus on how to plan, adapt, coordinate, implement, and evaluate educational programs and services for students with disabilities who are included in general education classrooms."
Inclusion Press/Inclusion Network/Marsha Forest Centre http://www.inclusion.com "Inclusion is a life long process. It is not a place or a quick fix. On this life journey, we must discover ways to move forward and to regain strength so we do not lose our way. Listening to stories of other's journeys are powerful rechargers."
Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire http://iod.unh.edu "The Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. The IOD advances policies and systems changes, promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons."
Kluth, Paula http://www.paulakluth.com "This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners."
Ohio TASH "We are a diverse group representing persons with labels of disability, parents of someone who has been labeled with a disability, and people who work for change within a system and within their neighborhoods, villages and cities. One common theme is our desire to take part in joyful, life-sharing communities that value the presence and participation of all of its members."
PEAK Parent Center "Mission of PEAK Parent Center of Colorado Springs: To ensure that individuals with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities."
TASH (Originally The Association for the Severely Handicapped) "TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities. TASH believes that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work, or learn in a segregated setting; that all individuals deserve the right to direct their own lives. TASH 's mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity, and quality of life."
Think College "Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. ICI has been a leader in the area of postsecondary education for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over ten years. As interest in postsecondary education for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities has expanded, so has the need for research and training in this area. ICI currently has three federal grants designed to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities."
Although geared toward families, this website provides a wealth of introductory information on assistive technology, regulations, resources, and practical implementation that is useful to teachers and related service providers as well
This page brings the user to a free digital copy of Assessing Students Need for Assistive Technology, 5th Edition, an extensive resource for identifying and addressing AT needs among students; information organized by disability area.
This website provides the visitor with links to free digital copies of several excellent publications that are intended to help the assistive technology specialist design and implement more effective training for their colleagues; exploration of the website will yield many other useful resources.
This webpage provides an easy-to-use introduction to AT, including a historical review of relevant legislation, strategies for implementing AT district-wide, software programs to support curriculum, and product tutorials.
Although focused on assistive technology use in Early Intervention, this website provides links to resources and research pertaining to assistive technology use among students, as well as a searchable “Help Desk” that highlights low-tech tools and modifications that can be easily fabricated to assist students of all ages.
With a free account, visitors to this website can explore instructional modules pertaining to AT for specific populations; each module consists of an introductory video followed by well-organized information and resources.