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National Resources

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)
The FAPE project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families, advocates, and self-advocates to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The project is designed to address the information needs of the 6 million families throughout the country whose children with disabilities receive special education services.

The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education
Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.

Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center (MPRRC)
This center is a U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs-funded project that helps build the capacity of State Education Agencies and Lead Agencies in improving programs and services for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCREST)
This organization supports state and local school systems to ensure a quality, culturally responsive education for all students.


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) (In English) (En Español)
This center serves the nation as a central source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
NECTAC serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
This office provides leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living.

U.S. Department of Education
The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities through the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.


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