Useful Links

Below are some valuable links for parents and educators of students with special needs.

Local Right to Education Task Force The Right to Education Task Force was set up by court order in 1972 to ensure that students with mental retardation were given access to a free, appropriate public education. In 1975, the scope of the task force was expanded to include all students with special needs. The Task Forces duties and responsibilities are vast. Visit their site at:

The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. PaTTAN supports the Department of Education's efforts to lead and serve the educational community by offering professional development that builds the capacity of local educational agencies to meet students' needs. PaTTAN's primary focus is special education. However, services are also provided to support Early Intervention, student assessment, tutoring and other partnership efforts, all designed to help students succeed. PaTTAN's website offers many resources for parents and educators. Visit their website at:

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice. Visit their website at: