ANYA'S BELL (Oct. 31, 1999)

A CBS movie about an elderly blind woman and a 12-year-old dyslexic boy, starring Della Reese as Anya Herpick and Mason Gamble as Scott Rhymes.


This page is for people who either have a disability, have a relative with a disability, or work to help people with disabilities. The disability I have included the most links to is LD, because that is the disability I am most interested in learning about. I, myself, have a form of LD known as nonverbal learning disability. For those who wish to learn more about that particular disorder, I have included some links that will educate you, beginning with this informative online brochure.

However, LD is not the only disability I have included links on. I have also posted links on several other disabilities, and will include more in the future.



"Some exceptional individuals learn to live with and overcome their handicaps in ways that surprise most of us. Their differences do not keep them from leading full and normal lives as children or as adults. Sometimes special education plays no role in their lives because their own personal strength and support from their families and communities are sufficient to allow them to overcome obstacles. A case in point is Jim Abbott, a student at the University of Michigan. But many others, some with differences less obvious or extreme than Jim's, need special education programs and related professional services to help them live full and happy lives."--Daniel P. Hallahan & James M. Kauffman, EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN: INTRODUCTION TO SPECIAL EDUCATION, Fourth Edition (copyright 1988)

Welcome to "One Place for Special Needs," Where Resources Find YOU!

The Cornelius Group (...Your Source for Almost Anything)

The Option Institute

Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the U.S.

Disability Culture Awareness Tribute To Our Lives

Disability Information for Students

Sibling Spport Project

Mabenn's Homepage!

Free Spirit Publishing Home

Disability Discussion Forum

Welcome to Sam's Coffee Shop!

Yvonne Singer's World

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Living with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic-L: Cystic Fibrosis Information and Support

Slime Doesn't Pay: My Life with Slime Disease (CF) and the Petty Annoyances that Make Up My Stupid Little Life.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) USA Home Page

MDA: Helping Jerry's Kids

Welcome to the Telethon Years! (

All Kinds of Minds

Multiple Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder

National Center for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Rescue--November, 1959

Aftermath: My Siblings--1999 (sequel to "Rescue--November, 1959)

Anne's Page

JONI AND FRIENDS: The Ministry Outreach of Joni Eareckson Tada

Cindy's Homepage on ASL and Deaf Culture


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Deafblindness (Wikipedia)

Center for Deaf-Blind

Intervention Professional Network (I.V.P.) (Strategies for Working with Individuals who are Congenitally Deaf-Blind with Additional Disabilities)

Sands Point Center Introduces Deaf-Blind to a Wider World

Laura Bridgman (Wikipedia)

Helen Keller (Wikipedia)

RNIB Factsheet--The Life of Helen Keller

AFB: American Foundation for the Blind (Fulfilling Helen Keller's Vision)

Do 2 Learn: See, Do, and Learn Online--Activities To Promote Independence in Individuals with Special Learning Needs

Marva Collins Seminars, Inc.

Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic

Gifted Development Center: A Service of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (serving gifted children)

Hidden Brilliance

Hands On Sign Interpreted Performances Home Page

Welcome to Deaf Clubs (Home Pages)

Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

Virtual School for the Gifted

Pacific Justice Institute

Growing Strong

Welcome to Alexis's Webpage!

Erin's Elementary Education Page

Stephen Hawking


Artist--Patti Marker-White

Family Adopts Those "Less Desirable"

The Official Torey Hayden Web Site p>Torey Hayden bulletin board

Life Skills--The Universe & Everything

The Georgiana Institute

John Milton Society for the Blind


"In the end, I hope all this information will help you see that having a child with mental retardation is NOT an unmanageable predicament, although I realize that it can feel that way at times. In fact, mental retardation is only one small part of your child's make-up. It doesn't really define who your child is or is becoming."--Romayne Smith, CHILDREN WITH MENTAL RETARDATION (copyright 1993)

American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR)

The ARC (Formerly The Association for Retarded Citizens)

SPED430g web page: LD and MR links

National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome: Understanding the Gift of Life

The Omaha Down Syndrome Parents Network Website

Chris Burke (Wikipedia)

Chris Burke with Joe and John deMasi: Official Site

Office of Special Education: Mental Retardation

The Child Psychologist: Mental Retardation

Mental Retardation

Mental Retardation (Council for Exceptional Children)

Identification and Evaluation of Mental Retardation (American Family Physician)

Mental Retardation (Developmental Disability)

Mental Retardation (

Mental Retardation (the Free Dictionary by Farlex)

Welcome to Special Olympics

Welcoming Babies with Down's Syndrome

Mary's Little Place on the Web

Best Buddies International, Inc.

FRAXA Research Foundation--Fragile X Syndrome

Life Skills--The Universe & Everything

How We Cope: Married life with FASD and blindness


"Defeat means losing. The learning disabled child is much too frequently a loser at school because the people around her don't understand what's preventing her from learning. Often she's trying as hard as she can while the world tells her, 'You're not trying hard enough.' She's doing the best she can, yet we tell her she's not."--Sally L. Smith, NO EASY ANSWERS: THE LEARNING DISABLED CHILD AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL, REVISED AND UPDATED (copyright 1995)

LD Online

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators

International Dyslexia Association


Learning Disability Association of America

National Center for Learning Disabilities


GTLD: Gifted, Talented, and Learning-Disabled

WIC Biography--Sally L. Smith

The Lab School of Washington (LSW)

The Lab School of Washington

The Charles Armstrong School

Pine Ridge School

Alexia (Wikipedia)

Alexia (knol: a unit of knowledge)

Alexia: Clinical Summary (MedLink)

Definition of Alexia (

Alexia (Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory)

What is Alexia? Is This a Disorder that Writers and Readers Should Care About? (Health and Wellness)

Apraxic agraphia: An insight into the writing disturbances of posterior aphasias

Agraphia (

Pure apraxic agraphia with abnormal writing stroke sequences: report of a Japanese patient with a left superior parietal haemorrhage (short report)

Subject: What are the characteristics and treatment for Agraphia in children? (opening thread in a forum)

Dysgraphia: Causes and Treatment)

Learning disabilities (Wikipedia)

Dyslexia (Wikipedia)

The Right to Read: Beating Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities (online book)

Educational Problems--It's the Kids' Fault (Learning Problems at School: Whose FAULT Is It?)

Types of Learning Disabilities: Introduction to How Problems May Manifest for the Student


"Double Trouble" (Education Week on the Web)

"Tough As Nails" (The Boston Globe Magazine)

"Class of '99" (Sarasota News)

Multisensory Reading, Spelling & Penmanship CD-ROM

SPED430g Web Page: LD and MR Links

ADHD of the Christian Kind

LD OnLine: MSL Chat Series--May 26, 1999 (an online chat about multisensory reading methods)

Dyslexics.Net--Free Information For Dyslexia Students

Great as Gold: Reading Fun for Children with Dyslexia

"Feeding Hungry Minds: The Brains Behind Turns His Attention to Online Education" (Business and Finance)

"Pre-law student credits Second Chance" (South Bend Times)

The GRAM: LDA-CA's Quarterly Newsletter

LD Resources

Kara's Way

P. Buckley Moss: The People's Artist

P. Buckley Moss

Artist--Patti Marker-White

Free Spirit Publishing Home

#1: "This is so hard for me to do..."

Dyslexia My Life, by Girard Sagmiller

Hidden Brilliance: For Anyone Living with a Speech Impediment, Learning Disability, or other Affliction that Hides Their True Brilliance

LD Perspectives: Helping People Involved with Learning Disabilities Take Charge

Symptoms of Dyslexia

Home Page Dyslexia Newsgroup

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia

"Academics and Attitude: How to Motivate the Teen with Disabilities"

Reading Disabilities: A Parent/Teacher Resource

Solving the Puzzle of Learning Disorders

LDinfo Web Site (learning disabilities and practical LD information)

Learning disabilities no barrier to college

Dr. Robert Brook: Motivational Speaker for Business, School & Parents

LEARNING DISABILITIES: THEORIES, DIAGNOSIS, & TEACHING STRATEGIES 8th edition Janet W. Lerner, Ph.D. Northeasten Illinois University

Michael's Reading Success Story

Child Dyslexia (bulletin board)

George's Links--Dyslexia

Gifted Children with Learning Disabilities

Gifted w/disabilities? (bulletin board excerpt)

Gifted, but Learning Disabled (bulletin board)

All Kinds of Minds (default)

Gifted Development Center: A Service of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (has links on GT/LD kids)

Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student (About The Book)

5/31/95--Twice Exceptional

Multisensory Reading, Spelling, & Penmanship CD-ROM

Helping dyslexic children within the classroom.

DARC--Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center

Pacific Justice Institute

History of Extreme Midsouth Wrestling

Dyslexia: The Gift

The Marine Miracle

Home Page of Carol T. Wren, Ph.D.

Learning Disabilities: The LD Perspectives Booklets, by Carol T. Wren, Ph.D., and co-authors

Hanging by a Twig: Understanding and Counseling Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADD, by Carol T. Wren, Ph.D. (with psychotherapuetic commentary by Jay Einhorn)

A Day to Cry, by Mary Grigar (An autobiography of a gifted woman who also has dyslexia, but prefers to call it a unique learning style. This book is a must for parents, teachers, therapists and counselors, and adults with learning disabilities.)

Excerpt from Chapter 2: "Hanging by a Twig," HANGING BY A TWIG, by Carol T. Wren, Ph.D. (chapter tells story of Mary Grigar)

Kids Can Learn: Helping Parents, Teachers, and Homeschoolers Help Kids Become Motivated Students--From Kindergarten to Primary to Secondary Schools! ("Learning Thru Living")

Handwriting Without Tears

Thoenes Fixed On Zion

Curriculum and the LD Child-Part 1

Curriculum and the LD Child-Part 2

Curriculum and the LD Child-Part 3

Curriculum and the LD Child-Part 4

Curriculum and the LD Child-Part 5

Family Adopts Those "Less Desirable"

Gifted/LD Index Page--Resource

Helping Your Highly Gifted Child

The Arts Dyslexia Trust Internet Service

The Links Page for Vision Therapy

Wyman Reading Inventory

H.E.L.P. Program (directed by Dr. Barbara P. Guyer, author of THE PRETENDERS: GIFTED PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY LEARNING)

Smart Kids with LD/Parenting for Success: Helping Parents Help Their Children Succeed

Special Needs Forum (bulletin board)

SEDL-RCI: Understanding Reading and Its Framework: A Cognitive Framework for Reading

Recording For The Blind & Dyslexic

The LD Child

Allison Lee Merriweather Art Gallery

Dyslexic Help: The Web Site for Parents of Dyslexics

Customer Comments: Somebody Else's Kids, by Torey Hayden

The Official Torey Hayden Web site

Torey Hayden Discussion Forum

Torey Hayden bulletin board

Books by Caroline Janover

Customer Comments: Reversals: A Personal Account of Victory Over Dyslexia, by Eileen Simpson

"A Guide to Reviving Relationships with Relationship-Resistant Children: The Nonfiction of Torey Hayden," by Mike Marlowe, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Famous People with the Gift of Dyslexia

Welcome to Brad (Darb) Elder's Dyslexia Page

Reading/Phonics Software Program using Orton-Gillingham

Decoding Activity: Recognizing Phonemes

Shoptaw Services--Sing, Spell Read & Write

Sing, Spell, Read and Write

The National Right to Read Foundation: Testimonial--"Sing, Spell, Read, and Write Winning"

Sing, Spell, Read & Write

Homeschool Resources from God's World Book Club: Sing, Spell, Read, and Write


I Am

Teens Helping Teens

NLD (Nonverbal Learning Disabilities)

"Perceptual cues serve in the same capacity as traffic signals--they govern the flow, give-and-take, and fluctuations in our conversations. The child who can't read these nonverbal cues is frequently determined to be ill-mannered, discourteous, curt, immature, lacking in respect for others, self-centered, or even defiant. The child with NLD is none of the above. Like the color-blind driver who can't respond appropriately to traffic lights, this is a child who is utilizing all of the resources available to him in order to try to make sense of a world which is providing him with faulty cues and unreliable information."--Sue Thompson, THE SOURCE FOR NONVERBAL LEARNING DISORDERS (copyright 1997)

Click to subscribe to NLD-In-Common

For a concise explanation of what NLD is, read this online brochure:

The Paradox of NLD: Nonverbal Learning Disorders in Adults and Children

If you wish to learn more about NLD, read the following links:


Nonverbal Learning Disorders / Disabilities

ASPEN of America, Inc. (contains information about NLD as well as Asperger's Syndrome)

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)

NLDKids--Nonverbal Learning Disability: Awareness + Education = Achievement

About NLD: Nonverbal Learning Disability

"Finding My Way," by Tera Kirk (college student)

"Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Physician's Story," by Jacqueline Earle-Cruickshanks, M.S., M.A. (Director of Instructional Services and Professional Development)

"How Reading and Writing Have Shaped My Life," by Kathy Green (writer)

"Accepting Myself: Moving Through the Five Stages of Loss," by the author of GROWING UP WITH NLD, Deborah Green (no relation to Kathy Green)

The Wandering Pilgrim

Words Are My World

Revenge of Richie's Home Page

"Nonverbal Learning Disorders," by Sue Thompson, M.A., C.E.T.

"Nonverbal Learning Disorders Revisited in 1997," by Sue Thompson, M.A., C.E.T.

"Stress, Anxiety, Panic, & Phobias: Secondary to NLD," by Sue Thompson, M.A., C.E.T.

"Neurobehavioral Characteristics Seen In the Classroom: Developing an Educational Plan for the Student with NLD," by Sue Thompson, M.A., C.E.T.

"Homeschooling the Child with NLD," by Sue Thompson, M.A., C.E.T.

Silicon Heights: Catalog (Academic): Book: GROWING UP WITH NLD, an autobiography by Deborah Green

"Students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities," by Jean M. Foss, M.Ed.

"The Syndrome of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Clinical Description and Applied Aspects," by Michael A. Roman, Ph.D.

"Learning the Language of Relationships," by Ann Siegel

Hampshire Country School: A Small, Safe, Comfortable Boarding School

Orion Academy

Hanging by a Twig: Understanding and Counseling Adults with Learning Disabilities and ADD, by Carol T. Wren, Ph.D (with a psychotherapeutic commentary by Jay Einhorn, Ph.D.)

Excerpt from Chapter 2: "I've Been Seeking Information My Whole Life," HANGING BY A TWIG by Carol T. Wren, Ph.D.

"Facial Expressions and NLD"

"Interpersonal Understanding of Students with LD"

"LD, Interpersonal Understanding, and Social Behavior in the Classroom," by Shlomo Kravetz, Miriam Faust, Shahar Lipshitz, and Shlomo Shalhav

"Interpretation of Facial Expressions of Affect in Children with Learning Disabilities with Verbal or Nonverbal Deficits," by Lilly Dimitrovsky, Hedva Spector, Rachel Levy-Shiff, and Eli Vakil

"The Nonverbal Dictionary Word Entry--Emotion"

Social Graces Tips

Non-Verbal Learning Disability

Life Skills--The Universe & Everything

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: A Parent's Guide, by Pamela B. Tanguay

Understanding "Learning Differences: Confronting the Puzzle of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities," by Dorothy M. Vacca (Educational Leadership)

Welcome to The Lighthouse Project: Differences between NLD and Asperger's


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