Helpful Education Resources​​

 It is my hope that this webpage will serve as a resource in your studies on special
 education. I have shared the contact information for local, state, and national
 agencies should you need to reach out to the resources provided.
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Metropolitan Area

Leaders in Special Education

Bessemer City SES Coordinator(s):
Edward  Cox
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-432-3002

Birmingham City SES Coordinator(s):
Christy  Atkinson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-231-4730

Fairfield City SES Coordinator(s):
Ardrene  Bishop
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-783-6850

Tarrant City SES Coordinator(s):
Jimann  Edmonds
[email protected]
Phone: 205-849-3700

Andrew  Smith
[email protected]
Phone: 205-849-3700

Jefferson County SES Coordinator(s):
Janice  Lott
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-379-2147

Maryann  Pledger
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-379-3800

Nancy  Rhodes
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-379-2043
Susan  Wirt
Phone: 205-379-2033

Leeds City SES Coordinator(s):
Amy  Terry
Phone: 205-699-5437

Midfield City SES Coordinator(s):
Stephanie  Smith-Matthews
Phone: 205-923-2262

UAB School of Education
The UAB School of Education is working every day to transform lives and to optimize human potential. They are known for their cutting-edge programs that prepare professionals to serve in a diverse world. Their outstanding faculty are not only leaders in their fields, but also excellent mentors and educators who inspire others to grow and learn. They make a difference in the lives of our students and in the communities they serve.

Samford University School of Education
Orlean Beeson School of Education empowers its students to educate, lead, and serve; enriching the community and making a positive difference in the world. The vision of Orlean Beeson School of Education is to be distinguished for excellence as a committed, Christian community, widely recognized for quality education and well-prepared students.

Birmingham-Southern College Department of Education
Birmingham-Southern College challenges students to think independently, to examine the arts and sciences aesthetically and critically, and to communicate clearly. It fosters the advancement of scholarship, personal and resourceful learning, and comprehensive advising. The Education Department seeks to complement the mission of the college by providing an academically rigorous, intellectually stimulating program of experiences. Our mission is to produce purposeful and intentional teachers who know, know why, and know how.

Miles College Division of Education
The mission of the Division of Education follows the mission of the college to ensure that teacher education candidates “seek holistic development that leads to intellectual, ethical, spiritual, ad service oriented lives. This includes providing a liberal arts curriculum along with content mastery courses and teaching pedagogy that maximize the diversity and creativity essential to teacher education. Faculty professional involvement with candidates contributes to a learning environment that stimulates the life-long learning that undergirds teaching effectiveness. The Division manifests this concept by providing opportunities for candidates to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that they will need to work effectively with students in P-12 schools.
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Leaders in Special Education

Region 4 State Education Specialist:
Denise Wilson
Education Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 334-242-8114

Choctaw County SES Coordinator(s):
Leslie  Oswalt
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-459-3031

Demopolis City SES Coordinator(s):
Yolanda  Samuel
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 334-874-1630

Fayette County SES Coordinator(s):
Mary  Gravlee
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-932-4611

Greene County SES Coordinator(s):
Angelia   Hood
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-372-2101

Hale County SES Coordinator(s):
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 334-624-2286

Lamar County SES Coordinator(s):
Tom  Howell
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-695-6195

Linden City SES Coordinator(s):
Terry  Gosa
[email protected]
Phone: 334-295-8802

Marengo County SES Coordinator(s):
Kathy  Pritchett
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 334-295-2271

Pickens County SES Coordinator(s):
Kimberly  Clark
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-658-2624
Alesia  Williams
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-367-2080

Sumter County SES Coordinator(s):
Mary   Whitehead
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-455-2422

Tuscaloosa City SES Coordinator(s):
Lisa   Berger
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-759-3531

Bruce  Prescott
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-342-0507

Tuscaloosa County SES Coordinator(s):
Gwendolyn  Hardnett
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 256-232-0212

Region 5 State Education Specialist:
Cindy Augustine
Education Specialist
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 334-242-8114
The Alabama Parent Education Center (APEC) is a small non-profit organized by parents in central Alabama. They were formed to provide parents with training and information to help them become meaningful participants in their children’s education. They operate projects such as the Alabama Parent Training & Information Network for Children with Disabilities (AL PTI NCD) and provide Youth Transition Services, School Improvement Services, Cooperative Parenting assistance and work with the Imagination Library.

P.O. Box 870395
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0395
(205) 348-4928
The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) is part of the nation's federally-funded protection and advocacy (P&A) system. ADAP provides legal services to Alabamians with disabilities to protect, promote and expand their rights.

100 North Union Street RSA Union Building
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
(800) 232-2158
(334) 242-0797 (Fax)
The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has a mission to support independence, advocacy, productivity, and inclusion for Alabamians with developmental disabilities. ACDD is dedicated to the vision that all Alabamians, regardless of disability, will live, learn, work, and play in inclusive communities. As a result of the Council's projects and initiatives, individuals and families have experienced more access to the many spheres of human life.
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United States

Leaders in Special Education

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS)

Office of the Director:
Ruth Ryder, Acting Director
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 5139

Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division:
Greg Corr, Division Director
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 5148

Research and Practice Division
Larry Wexler, Director
Potomac Center Plaza, Room 5147

United Cerebral Palsy educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. They assist all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) is a national, not for profit organization of attorneys dedicated to the practice of disability and public benefits law. Individuals with disabilities, their families and their advisors rely on the SNA to connect them with nearby attorneys who focus their practices in the disability law arena. The SNA is an invitation-only organization. SNA membership is based on a combination of relevant legal experience in the disability and elder law fields, direct family experience with disability, active participation with national, state and local disability advocacy organizations, and professional reputation.

Useful Blogs & Websites

Special 2 Me A personal blog from a passionate special education teacher, Special 2 Me is a valuable website for anyone working in education who wants to gain insight into the lived reality of special education teaching.

One Room Schoolhouse Jam-packed with resources for special education teachers and even some general education materials, One Room Schoolhouse has a particular focus on creative exercises suitable for special education.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities An excellent blog for teachers and parents involved with special education, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities provides practical help and advice alongside a commitment to advocacy.

The Life That Chose Me Daniel Dage is a K-12 special education teacher and father of two boys with ASD, making his blog a fantastic resource for special education workers and parents of children with special needs.

On Special Education Education Week’s special education-focused blog provides regular news updates on the world of special education, keeping teachers and parents alike informed of ongoing events and potential changes regarding provision and legislation.

Reality 101 This blog is a collaboration between special education teachers and the Council for Exceptional Children and presents advice and real-world experiences from within special education.

Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties Looking for lessons, strategies, and tips for teaching in special education? Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties has got you covered.

Barto’s World This blog aims to provide news and reflections relating to learning disabilities and working in special education.

SpeEdChange SpeEdChange is focused on the future of special education worldwide and offers teachers and parents news and evaluation of ongoing and future changes in special education across democratic societies.

Special Needs Children Covering everything from medical diagnoses to behavioral concerns and legislation, this is a veritable encyclopedia for anyone with a special education question they need answering fast.

Teacher Vision offers free curriculum strategies and classroom management techniques to teach students with special needs effectively. Resources include:
  • Ways to adapt and supplement your classroom materials with printed materials, activities, books, and charts.
  • Tips to create an inclusive classroom with behavior modification and educational technology.]
  • Informative articles on learning and developmental disabilities, mental health, wellness, and ADD/ADHD.

The National Center for Learning Disabilities can help further your knowledge on many types of learning disabilities. Videos and articles contain valuable information and strategies to help you effectively teach your students. You can also read tips on assistive technology, improving parent-teacher relationships, and using the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.

The National Education Association provides special education news and guides on common issues found in the special education school system. Some of the guides include:
  • Truth in Labeling: Disproportionality in Special Education
  • The Puzzle of Autism
  • Twice Exceptional Dilemma
  • IDEA and NCLB: Intersection of Access and Outcomes

Learning Disabilities Online features an Educators section, which provides instructional strategies, information, and solutions for teaching issues. There is also a LearningStore for products to supplement your teaching material. You can also browse the other sections of the site to learn more about the learning and developmental disabilities your students have, and review the latest news and research in childhood disabilities and special education. Additionally, the website has recommendations for many other resources found online, books, and state resources you can consult for additional information.

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international organization that is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Disability Rights, Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) gathers and disseminates the professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

IDEA PRACTICES is an organization that provides teachers, school administrators and related services professionals in implementing recent changes to the nation's primary special education law.

National Parent Information Network (NPIN) provides access to research-based information about the process of parenting, and family involvement in education.

PACER Center is a nonprofit organization that provides workshops, individual assistance and disseminates materials to help parents become informed and effective representatives for their children with disabilities in early childhood, school-age and vocational settings. Excellent site for publications on support services.

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