Email Discussion Lists on
Special Education and Disabilities

Here are snippets of information about email discussion lists addressing various aspects of disabilities and special education. Lists come and lists go, so there may be some outdated information here. Generally, you should be able to check the information by writing to the person managing the list; you can do so by writing to owner-listname@address.plc where you substitute the name of the list for listnameand the mailing address (the stuff that follows the "at sign") for address.plc.

For example, to reach the owner of the list, BEHAVIOR, you would write a message to the address When you send a request for a subscription, a computer program (the list-serving software) reads your request and acts on it. The software often uses the address from which the request is sent--some permit you to specify a different address--so you probably want to send such a request from your own email account. Some list-serving software permits you to include a real name in the subscription information, but some do not.

It's important not to send a request for a subscription to the list itself. Be sure that you correspond with the computer software that maintains the list of subscribers. Because you're writing to a computer program, send the commands correctly. There's not much room for creativity here. Notice that some subscription commands request that you insert your first and last name after the command, but others do not.

Here's how this resource works: It's organized alphabetically by subject area of the discussion list. The flush-left line of each entry gives the subject of the list; the first indented line gives the address for subscription (send a note to this address) and the second indented line gives the command (put this command in the body of the note).

ADD for parents
subscribe add-parents

subscribe autism

Autism--behavioral intervention
subscribe me-list

Behavioral and emotional problems (SED)
subscribe behavior Firstname Lastname

Cerebral palsy or dystonia
subscribe cp_dystonia-l
or, for the digest version
subscribe cp_dystonia-l-digest

Deaf culture and deafness
subscribe deaf-l Firstname Lastname

Deaf (magazine)

Deaf kids' list
subscribe deafkids Firstname Lastname

Deafness and sports
subscribe deafsports Firstname Lastname

Deaf educational issues
subscribe deafedu Firstname Lastname

subscribe deafblnd

Developmental delay
subscribe our_kids

Developmental disabilities, psychological aspects
subscribe psych-dd Firstname Lastname

Down Syndrome
subscribe down-syn Firstname Lastname

Fragile X:
subscribe fragilex

Health care needs, special
subscribe cshcn Firstname Lastname

subscribe hyceph-l Firstname Lastname

Inclusion (United Kingdom)
subscribe inclusive education

Learning disabilities
subscribe ld-list

Mental retardation and deafness
subscribe mrdeaf

New York Special Education Advocay Network
(There should be an underscore between the abbreviation and the work "Network")

Parent suport group called "OUR-KIDS"
sub our-kids Firstname Lastname

School psychology (international)
subscribe ispanet

Sign language (American or ASL)
subscribe asling-l Firstname Lastname

Sign language, especially gestures and alternative forms
subscribe gesture-l Firstname Lastname

Sign language, interpreters
subscribe terps-l Firstname Lastname

Sign language linguistics
subscribe slling-l

Special education (general)
spedtalk is no longer active
Tuberous sclerosis
subscribe tsctalk

Tile maintains a searchable list of internet discussion groups at If you don't see something here, you might want to search for it there.

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