School Associations

  • International Dyslexia Association
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Texas
  • Houston Association of Independent Schools
  • Special Schools Coalition of Greater Houston


Houston Baptist University/The University of St. Thomas
To promote awareness and understanding of dyslexia and other language-based learning differences, a panel of Junior and Senior students at Briarwood serve on a film committee that presents a film, ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia’ to both undergraduate and graduate level classes at Houston Baptist University and The University of St. Thomas. Following the film, the Student Film Committee serves as a panel of experts on dyslexia and other language-based learning differences by sharing their educational journeys with the college students.

Houston Community College
For many years, The Briarwood School has served as a site for students from HCC to receive observation hours that are required through their college program. HCC students may receive up to sixteen observation hours at Briarwood.

Texas A & M University/The University of St. Thomas
Texas A & M University and The University of St. Thomas have selected Briarwood as a site for their general and special education students to complete their student teaching prior to their college graduation. Student teachers from both universities are mentored by Briarwood teachers and have opportunities to work closely with Briarwood students.

Neuhaus Education Center, Houston Branch of The International Dyslexia Association and The Briarwood School
NEC, HBIDA and The Briarwood School annually sponsor a panel of college students who present with learning differences. The panelists share their journeys throughout their high school years and the transition year into college. Panelists then answer questions posed by the audience.

The Frostig Center, Pasadena, California
The Briarwood School incorporated into its program The Frostig Center’s SUCCESS ATTRIBUTES for individuals with learning differences following collaborative efforts of Roberta Goldberg, Ph.D., and a lead researcher, and Briarwood. The Frostig Center conducted research for over twenty years in an attempt to identify factors that predict successful life outcomes. Following the research, The Frostig Center’s findings yielded SIX SUCCESS ATTRIBUTES: SELF AWARENESS, PROACTIVITY, PERSEVERANCE, GOAL-SETTING, PRESENCE AND USE OF SUPPORT SYSTEMS, and EMOTIONAL COPING STRATEGIES.

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Useful Websites for Further Information

Houston Branch of The International Dyslexia Association (HBIDA)
HBIDA provides four programs per year for teachers, professionals, and parents, a free Resource Directory annually, two free newsletters annually, a local telephone helpline and email for information and referral services, and a Speakers Bureau of professionals, available to present to groups about dyslexia.

International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them. IDA is the oldest learning disabilities organization in the nation – founded in 1949 in memory of Dr. Samuel T. Orton, a distinguished neurologist. The goal of IDA has been to provide the most comprehensive forum for parents, educators and researchers to share their experiences, methods and knowledge.

LDOnLine is a website that promtes inself as “the leading Website on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and other professionals,” provides sections specifically for teachers as well as other information about finding help for a student with a learning disability.

LD Resources
LD Resources is a website devoted specifically to people with learning disabilities. Richard Wanderman, creator of the site, has developed an keeps current an extensive list of schools with L.D. support, technology that assists the student with a learning disability, organizations, conferences, and significant people.

National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC)
NAPSEC member programs provide educational therapeutic services to both publically and privately placed individuals who are not able to be successfully educated in the regular education environment.   These services also include infants and toddlers who are served by NAPSEC’s early intervention service members and postsecondary college experience and adult living programs that serve individuals who have graduated or who are over 21 and are no longer eligible for services under IDEA.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.

Neuhaus Education Center
Neuhaus Education Center provides teacher and parent education, on-line classes and adult literacy classes.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity serves as a nexus for research on dyslexia, and is as well a leading source of advocacy and information to better the lives of people with dyslexia.

Wrightslaw provides accurate, up-to-date information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities. Articles, cases, newsletters and additional resources are found in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries.