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National Organizations

The following is a list of some of the available national organizations/newsletters that home educators with special needs children might find beneficial. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. If there are additional organizations that home educators have found to be helpful, information concerning them would be greatly appreciated. Inclusion in this list is not meant as an HSLDA endorsement. The views and opinions held by the organizations are not necessarily those of HSLDA.

American Association of Christian Counselors
The world’s largest Christian counseling association. Here parents can find support, counselors, and resources for troubled kids, eating disorders, chemical dependency, depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health and behavioral difficulties

The American College of Pediatricians
This is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. The college produces sound policy, based upon the best available research, to assist parents and to influence society in the endeavor of childrearing.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding 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.

Autism Speaks also maintains a Family Services Resource Guide. Families can search the guide, which contains over 50,000 local resources, to find support groups, services, activities, social skills groups, and much more. It is the largest most comprehensive autism database in the world and contains local services in all 50 states!

Christian Cottage Schools
Mike and Terry Spray
3560 West Dawson Road
Sedalia, CO 80135

Mike and Terry Spray offer a national education service that includes testing, curriculum design, lesson planning, unit lessons, workshops, and ongoing counseling.

The Christian Medical and Dental Association
This organization has a doctor search tool on their website. To access the search tool click here.

Joni and Friends
P.O. Box 3333
Agoura Hills, CA 90301

This organization offers a free monthly newsletter. They sponsor family camps in the summer, where attendant care is provided for the physically disabled.

National Challenged Homeschoolers
Associated Network (NATHHAN)
P.O. Box 310
Moyie Springs, ID 83845

This is a national organization of parents who home school their special needs children. NATHHAN coordinators Tom and Sherry Bushnell publish NATHHAN NEWS-an easy-to-use internet magazine at

Scottish Rite
Scottish Rite is a private, philanthropic organization that provides The RiteCare® Childhood Language Program, which offers facilities for the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of children with speech and language disorders, as well as learning disabilities.

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation
Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation offers an abundance of services and programs for professionals, parents, and anyone interested in knowing more about the sensory challenges that affect children academically, socially, and/or in their emotional development. They offer a treatment directory of professionals, a parent connections group, blog, articles, and much more. 

National Information Center for Children & Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
P.O. Box 1492
Washington, DC 20013

Although affiliated with the Department of Education, this organization does provide free information for families who have a child with a disability and also offers helpful articles for parents on such topics as effective teaching practices, alternative assessments, and testing accommodations.

National Institute for Learning Development
801 Greenbrier Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23320

NILD provides workshops for parents of struggling learners and teachers . NILD also administers educational therapy services in home and private-school settings for struggling learners. Go to to locate an educational therapist in your area or call 757-423-8646.

Pacer Center
PACER is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and a national parent center that provides information, training, and assistance to parents of children and young adults with all disabilities; physical, learning, cognitive, emotional, and health. Its mission is to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and youth with disabilities and their families.

Parents Instructing Challenged Children (PICC) LEAH
Mary Fratianni
(866) 960-9440 ext. 3

This organization is for parents of special needs children in New York State.

The International Dyslexia Association
Chester Building/Suite 382

8600 LaSalle Road
Baltimore, MD 21286-2044

This association is a source of helpful information for persons who have difficulty in reading and other subject areas.

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