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CEC (Council for Exceptional Children) Smartbriefs

CEC SmartBrief provides key articles from hundreds of publications, a brief summary of each and links back to the original sources.

Chalkbeat New York

Chalkbeat New York is currently the best source of news about issues affecting education in New York City. In addition to summarizing and posting links to education stories in major and local neighborhood newspapers, Chalkbeat reporters delve into important, but often unreported issues. Their coverage of special education is excellent.

Disability Law & Policy e-Newsletter

The Disability Law & Policy Newsletter is a monthly publication that aims to inform disability advocates, scholars, and service providers of the most current issues in disability law, policy, research, best practices, and breaking news.

Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop is the first and only national news organization serving the developmental disability community including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and intellectual disability, among others. , Disability Scoop promises to “sift through the clutter to provide a central, reliable source of news, information and resources.”

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News

The purpose of E-News is to provide useful information and timely news updates that will improve your access to knowledge and skill building in the areas of secondary education and transition.

On Special Education

On Special Education is a online news blog published by Education Week that tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers and parents.

Parent to Parent of New York State

Parent to Parent of NYS is where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information. Parent to Parent of NYS provides parents/caregivers the opportunity to connect one-to-one with a parent/caregiver of an individual with the same or similar disability or special health care need – someone who has “been there.” They help families locate the information and services they need and provide workshops on Understanding Medicaid Service Coordination, Record Keeping and Using a Health Care Notebook, and various other topics.  Registrants to Parent to Parent’s email list receive periodic announcements about news and events of interest to families of individuals with special needs in their area.

Think College

Think College helps you stay in touch with all the latest news and information related to postsecondary education (any type of school or training beyond the high school level) for students with intellectual disabilities.


The focus of Understood is on learning and attention issues. It provides well-researched, practical information, access to free expert advice, and resources and tips to help parents work constructively with schools and professionals. While the website and monthly newsletter are aimed at parents, teachers can use the information to help parents with and without internet access better understand their child's learning differences and support their child in the home and in the community.


Wrightslaw provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. The site has links to thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics. The Special Ed Advocate is a free online newsletter about special education legal and advocacy topics.