Useful Links


PPS Special Education/Parent Resource Center
The Center is open to all families residing in the city of Portsmouth who have children of all ages who may be identified with special needs or who are at risk of being identified as such. 

Portsmouth Families
Coalition of youth, parents, and representatives from youth-serving agencies as well as faith-based, civic, social, and business organizations.  

Virginia's program that helps working families provide health insurance to their children.

PPS Pupil Personnel Department
Visit Portsmouth Public Schools' Special Education Department.   

Department of Pediatrics (CHKD)
A joint program of CHKD and EVMS which conducts scientific investigations to improve the health of children and their families worldwide.  Information is made available to members of the national and international scientific community, local health departments, private practitioners, service organizations, teachers, and parents.

Virginia Department of Education
Educational agency for the state of Virginia. 

Virginia Department of Social Services
Provides social services assistance to the residents of Virginia. 


A Mission for Michael
A resource to help educate and support those who struggle with anxiety disorders. 

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
AAMR promotes progressive policies, research, practices, and human rights, for people with intellectual abilities. 

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Assists parents and families in understanding developmental, emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders affecting children and adolescents. 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Dedicated to advancing the knowledge of suicide and the ability to prevent it.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Topics for understanding anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. 
An anti-bullying website that provides information and resources for students, parents, schools and community groups.  

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Provides advocacy, research, and support for individuals diagnosed with ADHD. 

Center for Disease Control, National Prevention Information Network
Nation's largest collection of information regarding HIV, AIDS, TB, and STD's.

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
Helping communities create schools that promote emotional well-being, effective instruction, and safe learning.

The Compassionate Friends
Grief support after the d eath of a child.

Council for Exceptional Children
Information regarding Special Education.

Family Services Agency, Inc.
Works to increase opportunities for involvement in their children's learning at home and at school.

Helping parents and advocates improve educational results for children with disabilities.  

Healthy Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students Project
American Psychological Association's project to prevent behavioral health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students. 

LD Online
Information on learning disabilities to parents, teachers, and other professionals. 

Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect
References to statutes, articles and resources in all 50 states regarding child abuse and neglect.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Improving the well-being of children from birth through 8.

National Association of School Psychologists
Official website of the National Association of School Psychologists.  Valuable resources for  school psychologists, parents, and educators.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Federal effort to improve results of children with disabilities.    

The National Dropout Prevention Center
Increases opportunities for at-risk youth to sucessfully graduate from high school.  

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Valuable materials to help you better discuss the effects of drug abuse on the brain with people of all ages and backgrounds.

National Institute of Mental Health

Improving mental health through research on mind, brain, behavior. 

The Pacello Group
Goal of this website is to stimulate education, research, and development of technologies that will ensure accessibility for people with disabilities to advanced information systems and emerging technologies.

Parents: The Anti-Drug  
Dispels myths regarding adolescent drug use. 

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Provides schools capacity-building information and tehcnical assistance for identifying, adpating, and sustaining effectiv school-wide disciplinary procedures.  

Positive Parenting

Positive Parenting is dedicated to providing resources and information to help make parenting more rewarding, effective and fun.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
Educational library for those with print disabilities.   

School Psychology Resources Online
Resources for psychologists', parents, and educators. 

Selective Mutism and Childhood Anxiety Disorders
Provides information regarding selective mutism. 

Special Education Resources on the Internet
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of itnerest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. 

Talk with Your Kids
How to talk with your kids about tough issues. 

US Department of Education
Department of Education for the United States.  

US Department of Health & Human Services
Information regarding health, safety, and well-being.    

This web site provides up-to-date  information about special education law and advocacy  for children with disabilities.

Zero to Three
Website for parents and professionals who work with infants and toddlers. 
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