Community Resources & Information

Connecting you to top community resources and the latest information.

California Dyslexia Guidelines
California Dyslexia Guidelines was written in response to the passage of Assembly Bill 1369, Chapter 647, Statutes of 2015, and which added sections 56334 and 56335 to California’s Education Code. The purpose of these guidelines is to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents in identifying, assessing, and supporting students with dyslexia.

Orange County Private School Association
The Orange County Private Schools Association, founded in 1970 is a not-for-profit group of independent preschools through high schools in Orange County. The goal of the OCPSA is to make families aware of the rich choices they have among the many diverse private schools in our county – and to help them make the right choice for their family by hosting an annual school fair, offering one convenient place to find information about our member schools, and providing guidance on how to navigate the process of selecting a private school.

Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to reach their maximum potential by providing them, their families and the professionals who serve them with training, support, information, resources and referrals, and by providing community awareness programs.

The H.E.L.P. Group
A private school with several programs, one specializing in students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Located in Sherman Oaks, The H.E.L.P. Group is a wonderful resource for parents with students with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The R.E.A.D. Program
The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.) program improves children’s reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog. R.E.A.D. dogs are registered therapy animals who volunteer with their owner/handlers as a team, going to schools, libraries and many other settings as reading companions for children.

National / International Organizations
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

ASHA strives to make effective communication accessible and achievable for all by empowering and supporting speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

Since 1963, the Learning Disabilities Association of America has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life.

The State of Learning Disabilities Third Edition 2014

Online Resources

LD Online
World’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

LD Resources
LD Resources is a collection of resources on various aspects of learning disabilities with comments from community members. The LD Resources website has been providing information for people with learning disabilities and people who work with people with learning disabilities since 1995. The site contains lists of tools, schools, organizations and professionals and other resources for the LD community as well as new articles and commentaries.

Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, and is also a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia. The YCDC Website is a valuable tool to: deliver news and information about the center and about research on dyslexia; provide resources, information, and encouragement to people with dyslexia, parents, educators, and clinicians; and highlight the strengths of individuals with dyslexia.

College Preparatory
For prospective college students with disabilities, this site addresses accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs.

Parents Education Network
Parents Education Network (PEN) is a coalition of parents collaborating with educators, students and the community to empower and bring academic and life success to students with learning and attention differences.
With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

In the News

Congressional hearings report regarding Dyslexia
Dr. Richard Long, President of Literate Nation reports from the congressional hearing on dyslexia with a focus on several key issues: 1) 1 out of five students have dyslexia or an attention issue; 2) there are not enough trained teachers; 3) there are not enough schools with specialized programs; 4) dyslexic people think differently and many have made significant contributions to society and understanding; 5) he would like to turn the “disability into possibility” for those with the condition. For notes or video of the hearing, visit: