American Association for Vocational Instructional Materials
- (800) 228-4689
An operator is available from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET Monday - Friday,
who provides information on educational materials (software, videos, manuals),
including a Performance Based Teacher Education catalog. The catalog includes
a listing of Category L Modules that deal with teaching students with special
needs. Products are available for purchase.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Hotline - (800) 949-4232
The ADA Hotline provides technical assistance, information services,
and outreach regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). This number connects
the caller to one of 10 sites based on the caller's location. Hours of operation
vary depending upon the time zone (Monday-Friday). Operators are equipped with
a listing of LD associations and can answer questions about how ADA protects individuals
with LD. An answering machine is available during non-business hours, and follow-up
calls are placed the next working day.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - (800) 669-3362
EEOC's voice mail system directs all calls from 7 a.m. - 5:30
p.m. ET Monday - Friday. Operators accept orders for publications, fact sheets,
posters, and a resource directory for people with disabilities, including learning
disabilities (LD). They do not answer questions relating to employment but can
give referrals to local EEOC offices.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career & Vocational Education
- (800) 848-4815
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education is
located at the Center for Employment, Education and Training at Ohio State University.
From 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday - Friday, representatives are available to
provide information on ERIC Digests, annotated bibliographies, and assorted publications,
some with information on LD. ERIC does not answer specific questions on disabilities,
local programs or jobs.
Federal Student Aid Hotline - (800) 433-3243
The hotline accepts calls from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET Monday
- Friday, and provides information on eligibility, benefits, applications and
other questions about Federal Student Aid. Voice mail directs calls during business
General Educational Development (GED) Hotline - (800) 626-9433
General Educational Development (GED) Hotline has a 24-hour
operator service that provides information on local GED classes and testing services.
They have an accommodations guide for people taking the GED who have a learning
International Dyslexia Association (IDA) - (800) 222-3123
Formerly the Orton Dyslexia Society, IDA has a 24-hour voice mail
service that receives information requests. From 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET (Monday-Friday)
at (410) 296-0232, IDA staff direct people to appropriate materials about the
issues of dyslexia and make referrals for testing and tutors. Information is given
on publications about dyslexia local branches of IDA, and workshops and conferences.
Job Accommodations Network (JAN) - (800) 526-7234
JAN has a free consulting service from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Monday-Thursday)
and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET (Friday) that provides information on equipment,
methods, and modifications for disabled persons to improve their work environment.
All information is specific to the disability, including LD.
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) - (888)
NCLD's voice-mail system directs all calls, and an operator is
available from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday-Friday. The caller is directed
to information about program areas, membership, and can get information sent directly
from NCLD's Information and Referral service.
National Center for Research in Vocational Education (800)
An operator is available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
(PT) Monday - Friday, who provides information on products, electronic services,
and vocational education. A catalog and newsletter are also available. The Office
of Student Services produces materials on learning disabilities and a sub-catalog
for "Special Populations."
National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) Hotline - (800) 228-8813
Literacy Hotline has a 24-hour, bilingual (Spanish/English) operator
service that provides information on: literacy/education classes, GED testing
services, volunteer opportunities, and a learning disabilities brochure.
National Library of Education at the U.S. Office of Educational
Research and Improvement - (800) 424-1616
U.S. Office of Educational Research and Improvement has an operator
available from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET Monday - Friday and provides information
on statistics on education and schools, publications, references to other agencies,
and references to a specialist on learning disabilities.
National Library Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- (800) 424-8567
Voice mail system that directs all calls 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ET (Monday-Friday). Operators provide information on audiocassette, large print,
and braille books and magazines for recreational reading. Callers with learning
disabilities must meet certain guidelines to use these services.
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) (800) 221-4792
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc. has core office hours
from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET (Monday-Friday) with extended hours to 9:00 p.m.
when necessary. Operators provide information on: over 80,000 recorded textbooks
(on 4-track cassette or computer disk) and other classroom materials, from 4th
grade through postgraduate levels, available for loan; the application process
and fees; and the certification process. Callers with learning disabilities are
eligible to participate, but must complete the certification requirements.
Social Security Administration - (800) 772-1213; (800) 325-0778
Representatives answer calls from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday)
ET and provide information on a wide range of Social Security and Supplemental
Security Income matters. A limited number of automated services are available
24 hours a day. Bilingual (Spanish/English) services are also available.