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National Resources and Experts



AbleNet, Assistive Technology/Devices - educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives.
Website: www.ablenetinc.com
Phone: (800) 322-0956

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information - information and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act
Website: www.ada.gov
Phone: (800) 514-0301 (voice)
Phone: (800) 514-0383 (TTY)

Autism Speaks - funding for research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families
Website: www.autismspeaks.org
Phone: (888) 288-4762
En Espanol (888) 772-9050

Beach Center on Families and Disability - research and training center committed to making a significant and sustainable positive difference in the quality of life of individuals and families affected by disability and the professionals who support them
Website: www.beachcenter.org
Phone: (785) 864-7600

Center for Parent Information and Resources - resources and products related to children with disabilities
Website: www.parentcenterhub.org

division for Early Childhood (DEC) - resources and products related to children with disabilities
Website: http://www.dec-sped.org/

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) - help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families, and find high-quality resources
Website: http://ectacenter.org/families.asp

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - promotes high-quality early learning for children birth through age 8
Website: http://www.naeyc.org/
Phone: (800) 424-2460

National Down Syndrome Society - advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome
Website: http://www.ndss.org/
Phone: (800) 221-4602

Research and Training Center on Early Childhood Education - focus on interventions associated with the healthy mental, behavioral, communication, pre-literacy, social-emotional, and interpersonal development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at risk for developmental disabilities
Website: http://www.puckett.org/researchtrainingcenter.php
Phone: (800) 824-1182

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) - creates products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply best practices to improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children
Website: http://www.challengingbehavior.org/
Phone: (813) 974-6100

What Works Clearinghouse - review of research on the different programs, products, practices, and policies in education
Website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/default.aspx
Phone: (866) 503-6114

Wrightslaw - information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities
Website: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/ei.index.htm



We hope the information provided is helpful to you. Send any questions or requests to be added to the directory to: EarlyStepsDirectory@flhealth.gov

Also available is a Print Version of the Early Steps Directory.

For more information call (800) 218-0001