22 Great Special Needs Groups on LinkedIn
By now you have most likely heard of LinkedIn, a social networking website for people in professional occupations. With millions of professionals actively contributing, this is the perfect forum to get your questions answered, network with others in the special needs community, and provide advice to other special needs professionals and parents.
Here are 22 great Special Needs Linkedin groups.
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Special Needs Parenting
Parents of Special Kids is focused on networking parents of children with special health and educational needs. Their objective is to provide both business and personal support to parents, caregivers, healthcare personnel, and educators.
Special Kids Network was founded in 1999, by Chad and Debbie Coe who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. In addition to the money raised for special needs organizations they have started this LinkedIn Group so parents and special needs professionals could network.
The Special Needs Group is a social group for special needs families. This group has a number of ongoing discussions from a variety of special needs, parents, therapists, special educators and more. Browse through the many topics being discussed or start your own topic, Someone will be sure to respond with guidance, support and advice.
Understanding Special Needs from the Inside provides a platform of support and guidance for special needs families. In addition it is used as a gathering point to advocate and lobby for special needs families, special educators, and special needs professionals.
This group focus on Educational advocacy and creates an opportunity to change the educational direction of children with special needs in a positive manner. This group will help members to connect with other special education advocates, attorney’s and other special education professionals in an open dialog forum.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC uses their platform on LinkedIn to discuss advocating for appropriate governmental policies and much more.
Students with Special Education Needs require exponentially more support than any other student irrespective of age, ethnicity, location or socio-economic background. This group focuses on finding ways students with special needs can develop to their full potential as well as making progress on issues that will benefit ALL students with special needs.
Are you a special educator looking for an attorney, consultant or specialist with a specific type of expertise? Are you an attorney, consultant or specialist looking for opportunities to share your knowledge and expertise in the area of special education? This group will provide networking opportunities as well as a forum for asking questions and problem-solving.
A group for those who can’t get enough special education law. Participants include: lawyers, advocates, parents, teachers, principals, related service providers, school administrators, state administrators, students, regulators and others interested in special education and the laws that affect it.
Parents with Patience is a LinkedIn group dedicated exclusively to parents of children with autism spectrum disorders. This group provides empathetic, peer-to-peer support to help parents to cope and help our children thrive. We’re not educators and experts, just parents helping parents with “been there, done that” advice that’s friendly, proven and non-judgmental.
11. Autism Awareness
The intention of this group is to bring together business professionals that are touched in some way by Autism.
This group is dedicated solely to meeting the needs of special education teachers and those preparing for the field of special education teaching Parents having special children can also join this group Special Educator MR Autism Attention Issues ADD/ADHD Dyslexia Giftedness Learning Disabilities.
13. Linked to Autism
Group for Linkedin members with a connection to Autism, either personal or professional. A place to make connections within the professional community and promote Autism awareness.
General Special Needs
The purpose of this group is for educators and families to network on the joys and frustrations in supporting children with developmental disabilities.
AAIDD promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A forum for professionals who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to discuss their work, challenges, vision and trends. Members will be able to share information and resources that will help with their professional development, and enrich the lives of the people they support.
PCPID works to expand educational opportunities, increase access to technology, improve individual and family support, increase employment and economic independence and promote access and integration into community life for people with intellectual disabilities.
This group is meant to be a networking place for professionals touched by disability. If you have a disability or work closely with or for people with disabilities this group is for you.
This is a group for adults who have ADHD, have a friend or a loved one who does. In this LinkedIn Group members talk freely, share the good, the bad, the ugly stories that others might find useful.
A group for those who believe ADHD when managed well has nothing to fear and as Michael Phelps has shown, there are No Limits as well.
21. ADHD Aware
Run by and for people with ADHD, the purpose of ADHD Aware is to empower children, adults and families affected by ADHD, educate, and enlighten all people as to the courage and competence of the ADHD community.
Special Needs Travel
This group consists of travel professionals (accessible specialists or general travel), persons with or without disabilities, suppliers (land, air or sea), and any other association connected with the disability market.