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Gifted Community

Guest Author - Robin J. Herbison

Some people find community in their neighborhood or within their own family. Some people want, or need, a different community and travel further afield to find it – whether physically or through the internet.

You may find community for you, your family, or individual family members within the gifted community. To find local resources, remember that Gifted and Talented programs and groups have different names in different areas, and sometimes even in different schools within the same district. The most common abbreviations are GT, G/T, and TAG, but gifted programs can also have unique names, such as “Talent Bank” or “GRO (Gifted Reach Out)”.

Many have found (free) local gifted groups by searching Yahoo!® Groups (at http://groups.yahoo.com/) and Google Groups (at http://groups.google.com/). You may want to search for “gifted education” or “gifted” and the name of your state. You can join Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups with any email, but you will need to get a free ID for their groups. There do seem to be more state groups on giftedness or gifted education in Yahoo! Groups but this may be since it has been around longer.

Some online resources are listed below. You may want to use them for support, to find community, or as suggestions for family or educator(s) of a gifted child.
Online Support Groups:
The largest online support groups for those interested in gifted children are GT-World and TAGFAMily. They have subscribers from all over the world.

The TAG project (TAG families of the Talented and Gifted) has three support communities:

TAGFAM – for the discussion of the range of issues facing families raising gifted children. If your children are in traditional schools, TAGFAM is the support community for you. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe tagfam firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org

TAGMAX – for homeschooled gifted and talented children. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe tagmax firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org

TAGPDQ – for families needing radical educational and social accommodations for their children. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe tagpdq firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org  

GT World currently operates five mailing lists called GT-Families, GT-Special, GT-Spec-Home, GT-Adults and GT-Talk. These venues provide the opportunity to converse asynchronously about gifted issues. The ability to post a statement or a question at one's convenience and continue the conversation later, after others have responded, seems to be a popular option in our busy lives.

GT-Families – for the discussion of the range of issues facing families raising gifted children. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe GT-Families firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org  
GT-Adult – for gifted individuals. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe yourpassword" in the subject OR body to: gt-adults-request@mixolydian.org

GT-Special – for families of gifted and talented children with special characteristics, such as a learning disability or ADD, sometimes called “twice exceptional”. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe GT-Special firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org

GT-Spe-Home – for homeschooling families of gifted and talented children with special characteristics, sometimes called “twice exceptional”. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe GT-Spec-Home firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org

GT-Talk - a meeting place for discussions not directly related to giftedness per se, a home for discussions among similarly intellectually-oriented peers. To subscribe, send a message with "subscribe GT-Talk firstname lastname" in the body to listserv@listserv.icors.org  

Mensa sponsors the BrightKids elist for parents, guardians and others interested in raising and educating bright children. It has an international membership, although most members are from America. To join, enter your email at: www.lists.us.mensa.org/mailman/listinfo/brightkids.

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page (www.hoagiesgifted.org) remains the most comprehensive site I know on Giftedness and Gifted Education. It is a private site supported by affiliate programs and donations. To find links to gifted support more directly, consider visiting her Mailing Lists, Social Networking Communities, Message Boards, Blogs, Podcasts, Online Conferences and more at: www.hoagiesgifted.org/on-line_support.htm or for her listing of Gifted Conferences visit www.hoagiesgifted.com/conferences.htm.
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