SAM’s efforts focus on a county-wide perspective regarding student achievement, which naturally break down into learning stages. Within each, SAM works to understand factors influencing specific population groups to identify and close achievement gaps. Across learning stages, children and families may face additional challenges due to special needs. While at present,SAM does not have current research and intervention plans addressing the issues below, it is important to share information about these topics and resources available in support of all efforts to improve educational success.

Dyslexia

Article and Video: Curriculum changes and advocacy for Dyslexia awareness.

Decoding Dyslexia: Facebook group for the grassroots movement driven by SC families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for learning disabilities within our public schools and communities. Find resources, network with others in your area and strategize on how to best affect public policy in support of individuals with this learning disability.

International Dyslexia Association - South Carolina: non-profit organization dedicated to promoting dyslexia awareness, scientific research, screening and assessment, effective intervention, legislation, and teacher training.

Five Accommodations to Consider: Review of five easy-to-implement accommodations can make class less stressful and more manageable for students with dyslexia.

Understanding Dyslexia: Overview with resources for topic and age level considerations.

Autism

Autism Support Network: A free support community and connect with thousands of other families and individuals touched by ASD. Find out what’s working for others, coping strategies, and life guides from others living what you’re going through now.

Advocacy Guide: This guide provides a breakdown of vocabulary, laws, regulations, strategies and options to consider for families managing the unique needs of an autistic child.

Autism Resource Center: Provided by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Campaign for America's Kids (CFAK) provides numerous age and topic specific resources.

Autism Speaks: a national organization dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families

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Wondermoms : is a project by three moms to share real talk, helpful information, and practical advice with parents of kids who have intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, autism, language and speech delays, deafness, chronic illness, and traumatic brain injury