Guide to Resources on Learning Differences
Disability Information and Referral Center (DIRC)

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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

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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

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)
4601 Presidents Drive, Suite 300
Lanham, MD 20706
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

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

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
32 Laight Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10013

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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

Center for Parent Information Resources (new organization)
c/o Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
** See Statewide PTI Projects under “State/Local Organizations”

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
2900 Crystal Dr, Ste 1000
Arlington, VA 22202-3557

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

TASK (Team of Advocates for Special Kids)
100 W. Cerritos Ava
Anaheim, CA 92805

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Education-Centered National Organizations

American Library Association (ALA)
50 E. Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611

Association of Educational Therapists
7044 S. 13th St
Oak Creek, WI 53154

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

2134 G. St., NW Ste 308
Washington, D.C. 20052

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

Law-Centered National Organizations

American Bar Association (ABA)
Center on Children and the Law
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400
Washington, DC 20036
800-285-2221 or 202-662-1720

National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education (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)
3075 Adeline St, Ste 210
Berkeley, CA 94703
510-841-8645 FAX  email

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

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
1250 N. Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-836-0942 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

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

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
972-490-4219 FAX email

Children and Adults with ADD (CHADD):
A search on this site will provide information on local support groups, parent to parent certified teachers, and ADHD professional services

Children’s Disabilities Information Coalition (new organization)
1101 E. Schuster Ave
El Paso, TX 79902
(915) 217-2747
(915) 496-0751 fax

Dallas Dyslexia Information Group
Contact: Connie Burkhalter: 972-530-2641
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

972-233-9107 ext 222


Learning Disabilities Association of Texas (LDAT)
PO Box 831392
Richardson, TX 75083

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)
Gay Ferguson, Program Manager  
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)
2400 Augusta Dr., Ste 435
Houston, TX 77057
713-524-2147 Office or Toll free: 877-832-8945
713-942-7135 Fax

3) PEN Project
Serving:  Regions 14 (Abilene), 15 (San Angelo), 16 (Amarillo), 17 (Lubbock), 18 (Midland), and 19 (El Paso)
1001 Main Street, Suite 701
Lubbock, TX 79401
806-762-1434 Office or Toll free: 877-762-1435
806-762-1628 Fax

Texas Department of State Health Services
Audiovisual Library
1100 W. 49th St.
Austin, TX  78756-3199
888-963-7111 ext. 7260 or 512-776-7260

Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Special Education Section
1701 N Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

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,
   St. Anthony's: 214-443-1205,
   Dallas Academy: 214-324-1481,
   Fairhill School: 972-233-1026,
   Hillier School: (214) 526-7457,
   Oak Hill Academy: 214-353-8804,
   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: 817-336-8611,
   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: 817-924-9095,
   Briarwood School: 281-493-1070,
   Monarch School: 713-479-0800,
   Tullis Farm School &Puppet Place: 281-334-6615,
   Crisman Preparatory School: 903-758-9741,
   Great Lakes Academy: 972-517-7498 x103,
San Antonio
   Foundation School: 210-402-0253
   Winston School: 210-615-6544,


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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
     Smart Tuition Management Services: payment plans

Tuition Pay/Sallie May Corporation


Specific Programs:

Anne & Matt Harbison Scholarship
P. Buckley Moss Society
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 & Allegra Ford Scholarships
National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc.
For a graduating senior with LD with plans to attend college

National Achievement Awards
Learning Ally
20 Roszel Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

SLM Financial's K-12 Family Education LoanSM
(877) 279-7172

Loan programs for approved K-12 private schools

     Wells Fargo Student Loan for Parents

Loan programs for K-12 schools


Loan Programs:

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:


Education Resources Information Center (ERIC):
Guide to College-Level Tests:
Internet Special Education Resources (ISER):
LD Resources:
Literacy and Learning Disabilities Special Collections:
Great Schools:

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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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Page last modified: July 23, 2015