Guide to Resources on Learning Differences
Disability Information and Referral Center

Basic Information
Specialists in the Field
Basic Terminology
Main National Organizations
Disability-Centered National Organizations
Education-Centered National Organizations
Law-Centered National Organizations
Parent-Centered National Organizations
State/Local Organizations
Texas Private Schools
Funding Information
General Sources and Websites
Assistive Technology Resources
PDF version
Related Links
Selected Materials on Learning Differences
National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped


Basic Information

Before you contact any organization, make sure you know the following information:

  1. Child's Name
  2. Gender
  3. Age
  4. Current grade in school
  5. Current type of school attending: public, private, or home schooling
  6. Diagnosis (if there is one)
  7. Your purpose for contacting each organization; Be specific

As you are contacting organizations, do the following:

  1. Maintain a file of personal and professional observations of the child.
  2. Keep a log of contacts. Include this information:
    a) the organization contacted
    b) time/date
    c) the specific person you communicated with
    d) either write a brief summary of the conversation or save the correspondence received.
  3. Read books and articles on the topic.
  4. Attend conferences when possible.
  5. Subscribe to newsletters.
  6. Network in person and online.

NOTE: The field of Learning Disabilities is very broad and constantly changing. The key is to find what methods and resources work best for your child/student.


Specialists in the Field

  • Attorney: legal assistance ·
  • Advocate: representation in legal issues ·
  • Audiologist: diagnoses hearing loss ·
  • Child psychiatrist: behavioral and emotional assessment and treatment; can prescribe medication ·
  • Clinical psychologist: non-medical diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of behavioral and emotional problems ·
  • Developmental behavioral pediatrician: diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders; can prescribe medication ·
  • Educational psychologist: prepares and conducts psychological and educational assessments ·
  • Educational therapist: assesses educational needs and implements programs ·
  • Neurologist: diagnosis and treatment of brain and nervous system problems; can prescribe medication ·
  • Neuropsychologist: conducts psychological tests and assesses brain functioning ·
  • Occupational therapist: provides assessment and treatment in the areas of muscle strength, motor or sensory coordination ·
  • Pediatrician: primary care of children; can prescribe medication ·
  • Social worker: counseling ·
  • Speech and language therapist: assessment and treatment of communication disorders ·
  • Tutor: provides academic assistance and support in one or more subject areas ·

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Basic Terminology

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) - A severe difficulty in focusing and maintaining attention. Often leads to learning and behavior problems at home, school, and work. Also called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ·
  • Brain Injury - The physical damage to brain tissue or structure that occurs before, during, or after birth that is verified by EEG, MRI, CAT, or a similar examination, rather than by observation of performance. When caused by an accident, the damage may be called Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). ·
  • Developmental Aphasia - A severe language disorder that is presumed to be due to brain injury rather than because of a developmental delay in the normal acquisition of language. ·
  • Dyscalculia - A severe difficulty in understanding and using symbols or functions needed for success in mathematics. ·
  • Dysgraphia - A severe difficulty in producing handwriting that is legible and written at an age-appropriate speed. ·
  • Dyslexia - A severe difficulty in understanding or using one or more areas of language, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and spelling. ·
  • Dysnomia - A marked difficulty in remembering names or recalling words needed for oral or written language. ·
  • Dyspraxia - A severe difficulty in performing drawing, writing, buttoning, and other tasks requiring fine motor skill, or in sequencing the necessary movements. ·

Main National Organizations

Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD)
8181 Professional Place, Ste 150
Landover, MD 20785
800-233-4050 or 301-306-7070
301-306-7090 FAX

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
11184 Antioch Rd, Box 405
Overland Park, KS 66210
913-491-1011 913-491-1012 FAX

Division for Learning Disabilities
Council for Exceptional Children
1110 North Glebe Rd, Ste 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
888-CEC-SPED or 703-620-3660
703-264-9494 FAX

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
40 York Rd, 4th Fl.
Baltimore, MD 21204
410-321-5069 FAX

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
4156 Library Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15234-1349
412-344-0224 FAX email

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
381 Park Avenue South Ste 1401
New York, NY 10016
888-575-7373 or 212-545-7510
212-545-9665 FAX

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Disability-Centered National Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
800-498-2071 For Members
800-638-8255 For Non-Members

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
1110 North Glebe Road, Ste 300
Arlington, VA 22201-5704
703-620-3660 local or 888-CEC-SPED toll free
703-264-9494 FAX

TASK (Team of Advocates for Special Kids)
18685 Santa Ynez
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities (NICHCY)
1825 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 700
Washington, DC 20009
202-884-8441 FAX email

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
866-RFBD-585 or 866-732-3585

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Education-Centered National Organizations

American Library Association (ALA)
50 E. Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611
800-545-2433 email

Association of Educational Therapists
11300 W. Olympic Blvd Ste 600
Los Angeles, CA 90064
310-437-0585 FAX email


Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
University of Massachusetts, Boston
107 Commerce Center Dr., Ste 204
Huntersville, NC 280780
704-948-7779 FAX


The George Washington University
2134 G. St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20052
202 - 973 - 0904 or 1-800-544-3284
202 - 973 - 0908 FAX

Dr. Sandra Alper, Department Head:
Department of Special Education,
University of Northern Iowa,
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
319-273-6061 email

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1313 L. St, NW, Ste 500
Washington, DC 20005
202-232-8777 or 800-424-2460 email

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Law-Centered National Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA)
Child Advocacy and Protection Center
740 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (CADRE)
P.O. Box 51360
Eugene, OR 97405-0906
3411-A Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405-5122
541-686-5060 phone  541-686-5063 FAX

Disability Rights Education and
Defense Fund (DREDF)
2212 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
800-348-4232 or 510-644-2555
510-841-8645 FAX  email

CBI (In Child’s Best Interest)
130 Cindy Lou Dr
San Antonio TX 78249

National Council of Juvenile and
Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507


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Parent-Centered National Organizations

Families and Advocates Partnerships for Education (FAPE)
PACER Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044
952-838-0199 FAX email

National Parent Teacher Association
541 N Fairbanks Court
Ste 1300
Chicago, IL 60611
312-670-6783 FAX

National Parent to Parent Support and Information System
Kathleen Judd, Project Director
PO Box 907
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
800-651-1151 or 706-632-8822
706-632-8830 FAX email

PACER (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
8161 Normandale Blvd.
Bloomington, Minnesota 55437
952-838-0199 FAX

Parents of GT/LD Children
2420 Eccleston Street
Silver Spring, MD 20902

NOTE: Use these national organizations both for acquiring general resources on Learning Disabilities and for locating local resources.

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Local contacts can also be found in the following section:

State/Local Organizations

Academic Language Therapy Association
14070 Proton Rd, Ste 100, LB 9
Dallas, TX 75244
972-233-9107 X201 or toll free 1-866-283-7133
972-490-4219 FAX email

Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD):
Austin: meets at Rosedale Elementary, 2nd Tues of the month, 7-8:30 pm during AIDS calendar school year
Brazos Valley (College Station) Satellite: 979-690-6816
Concho Valley: 325-718-9852  Dallas Metro: 214-339-2047
Ellis County: 972-880-6380
Frisco: 214-325-9330
Kaufman Branch of Dallas TX: 972-524-3378
Mid-County: 409-223-3636
NE Tarrant County: meets first Thursday of the month, from Sept – May, Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 7 pm
North Texas: 972-406-1833

Cognitive Clinic
3724 Jefferson St., Ste 204
Austin, TX 78731

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) Regional Chapter
President Elizabeth Swanson
University of Texas

Dallas Dyslexia Information Group
Contact: Bob Brooks: 214-351-1985
Meetings are held the second Monday of the month except for December. The Group meets at: The Winston School, 5707 Royal Lane, Dallas TX 75229, 214-691-6950

International Dyslexia Association Texas Chapters

Sharon McMichael
P.O. Box 92604
Austin, TX 78709-2604

Anna Burton
10470 Proton, Ste 100
Dallas, TX 75244
 972-233-9107 ext 222
 972-490-4219 FAX

P.O. Box 540504
Houston, TX 77254-0504 
832-282-7154 email
Learning Disabilities Association of Texas (LDAT)
1011 W 31st St
Austin, TX 78705
800-604-7500 or 512-458-8234 email

LDAT has local offices in the following cities. Please contact the Austin office for information:

Dallas (Park Cities)
Greenville (Sabine Valley)

Sugar Land (Ft. Bend)

Listening Centre
14330 Midway, Bldg 2, Ste 202
Dallas, TX 75244

Statewide PTI Projects (Parent Training Information Centers)
1) PATH Project
Serving:  Regions 5 (Beaumont), 6 (Huntsville), 7 (Kilgore), 8 (Mt. Pleasant), 9 (Wichita Falls), 10 (Richardson), 11 (Fort Worth), 12 (Waco), and 13 (Austin)
Alice Robertson, Project Director
1090 Longfellow Drive
Beaumont, TX 77760
409-898-4684  or Toll-free: 800-866-4726
409-898-4869 Fax

2) TEAM Project
Serving:  Regions 1 (Edinburg), 2 (Corpus Christi), 3 (Victoria), 4 (Houston), and 20 (San Antonio)
Jeanetta Alexander, Project Director
3311 Richmond, Ste. 334
Houston, TX 77098
713-524-2147 Office or Toll free: 877-832-8945
713-942-7135 Fax

3) West Texas PEN Project
Serving:  Regions 14 (Abilene), 15 (San Angelo), 16 (Amarillo), 17 (Lubbock), 18 (Midland), and 19 (El Paso)
Jon Howell, Project Director
1001 Main Street, Suite 804
Lubbock, TX 79401
806-762-1434 Office or Toll free: 877-762-1435
806-762-1628 Fax

Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin
12871 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78750
512-326-1877 FAX
Scottish Rite has other facilities in Texas:
Learning Center of West Texas (Lubbock): 806-765-9150

Speech Kids
301 Hesters Crossing Rd, Ste 110
Round Rock, TX 78681

Texas Department of State Health Services
Audiovisual Library
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX  78756-3199
1-888-963-7111 ext. 7260 or 512-458-7260

Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Special Education Section
1701 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Parent Information Line: 1-800-252-9668

Texas Rehabilitation Commission (TRC)
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
4800 N. Lamar Blvd., 3rd FL
Austin, TX 78756
DARS has many offices throughout the state.
Other State/Local Resources For Information:
  211/First Call for Help
  Public Libraries
  Neighborhood Literacy Programs

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Texas Private Schools

          Gateway School: 817-226-6222
          Odyssey School: 512-472-2262
          Rawson-Saunders School: 512-476-8382
          Newfound School: 214-390-1749
          St. Anthony's: 972-245-4147
          Dallas Academy: 214-324-1481,
          Fairhill School: 972-233-1026
          Hillier School: 214-559-5363
          Keystone Academy: 972-250-4455
          Oakhill Academy: 214-368-0664
          Preston Hollow: 214-368-3886
          Shelton School: 972-774-1772,
          Vanguard School: 972-404-1616
          Winston School: 214-691-6950,
Fort Worth
          Child Study Center School: 817-390-2831
          Hill School: 817-923-9482,
          Key School: 817-446-3738,
Learning Center of North Texas: 817-336-0808,
          Starpoint Schools at TCU: 817-257-7141
          Wedgwood Academy: 817-263-2976
          Briarwood School: 281-493-1070
          Monarch School: 713-479-0800,
          Star Ranch School: 512-367-4868 (added 4-17-08)
Tullis Farm School &Puppet Place: 281-334-6615,
          Crisman Preparatory School: 903-758-9741
          Meadowview School: 972-289-1831
          Great Lakes Academy: 972-517-7498
          Star Bright Academy: 972-517-6730
          Highland Academy: 972-238-7567
San Antonio
          Winston School: 210-342-5345


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Funding Information

Types of Funding:
Scholarships: criteria based, usually by type of disability, field of study, or state of residence
Financial aid: need based
Loans: usually must be repaid with interest
Payment plans: monthly installments used for repayment

Specific Resources:
FACTS Tuition Management: payment plans
P.O. Box 67037, Lincoln, NE 68506, 800-624-7092

Smart Tuition Management Services: payment plans
95 Wall Street, Ste 2300, NY, NY, 10005, 888-868-8828,

Education Resources Institute (TERI): loans
PO Box 312, Boston, MA 02116, 800-255-8374

Educate: loans
Tuition Pay/Sallie may Corporation
PO Box 816
Swansea, MA 02777

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Specific Programs:

Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship
P. Buckley Moss Society
540-943-5678 email
For a graduating senior with a Learning Disability who plans to attend college. Nominations must be made through a representative of the Moss Society. At this time there are no Moss Society chapters in Texas.

Anne Ford Scholarship
National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
381 Park Avenue South, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10016-8806
212-545-9665 FAX
For a graduating senior with LD with plans to attend college

Learning Through Listening Award
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

SLM Financial's K-12 Family Education LoanSM
Sallie Mae Alternative Education Loans
888-2-SALLIE (72-5543),
Loan programs for approved K-12 private schools

PrepGate K-12 Education Loan
888-353-GATE (4283),
Loan programs for approved K-12 private schools

Wells Fargo Education Connection
Loan programs for K-12 schools

CitiAssist K-12 Loan
Loan programs for K-12 schools

Children's Scholarship Fund
8 W. 38th Street, 9th floor
New York, NY 10018
Provides partial tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools.

Some General sources

Center for Education Reform:
Information on Scholarships:
School counselors
Special education teachers


Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER):
LD Resources:
Literacy and Learning Disabilities Special Collections:
Public Libraries Learning Disabilities Initiative:

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Assistive Technology Resources

For writing skills:

  • Highlighting pen/tape
  • Pencil grips
  • Slant boards
  • Carbonless paper
  • Raised line paper
  • Brainstorming
  • Outlining
  • Portable keyboards

For listening skills:

  • Cassette players
  • Personal Listening Systems

Computer programs:

  • Word processing
    Spell checking
    Word prediction
  • Speech recognition

For organization skills:

  • Planners
  • Palm pilots
  • Databases

For reading skills:

  • Computer Screen Readers
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR Reading Machines)
  • Audiobooks

For math skills:

  • Calculators
  • Computer software

NOTE: Please contact the Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC), a service provided by the Talking Book Program (TBP), for more information on assistive technology resources and on learning disabilities. TBP is a free lending library that provides recreational reading materials in alternative formats for qualified individuals in Texas who cannot read standard print or physically hold a book.

Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC)
Talking Book Program (TBP)
PO Box 12927
Austin TX 78711-2927
512-936-0685 FAX

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