Disability Related Information (Characteristics)
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Description: Hearing loss can affect a child’s ability to develop communication, language, and social skills. The earlier children with hearing loss start getting services, the more likely they are to reach their full potential. If you are a parent and you suspect your child has hearing loss, trust your instincts and speak with your child’s doctor. Don’t wait!
Description: La pérdida auditiva puede afectar la capacidad del niño para desarrollar sus destrezas de comunicación, lenguaje y socialización. Cuanto más temprano se administren servicios a un niño con pérdida auditiva, mayor será la probabilidad de que alcance todo su potencial. Si usted es padre de familia y cree que su hijo tiene pérdida auditiva, siga sus instintos y hable con
Description: Having multiple disabilities means that a person has more than one disability.
Description: Has a child’s disability recently touched your life? Are you visiting our website today looking for information about that disability? Would you like to find organizations and people that can help address the disability-related questions and concerns you may have?
Description: This webpage connects you quickly with brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blindness/ Visual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness and Hearing Loss, Developmental Delay, Down...
Description: NICHCY ofrece información en español sobre 13 discapacidades específicas. Cada hoja informativa define la discapacidad, describe sus características, y ofrece consejos para los padres y maestros. Cada una termina con una lista útil de recursos impresos y organizaciones que pueden ofrecer mayor información y asistencia. Autismo/Trastorno Generalizado del Desarrollo, Discapacidades Específicas del Aprendizaje, Discapacidades Intelectuales,...
Description: A developmental delay is when your child does not reach these milestones at the same time as other children the same age. If your child is not developing properly, there are things you can do that may help. Most of the time, a developmental problem is not something your child will “grow out of” on his or her own. But with help, your child could reach his or her full potential! English and Spanish versions are on the same document.
Description: El TDAH (o ADHD, por sus siglas en inglés) es uno de los trastornos del neurodesarrollo más comunes de la niñez. Generalmente se diagnostica desde la infancia y a menudo perdura hasta la edad adulta. Los niños con TDAH tienen dificultad para prestar atención, presentan un comportamiento impulsivo (pueden actuar sin pensar en las consecuencias) y, en algunos casos, son hiperactivos. 
Description: These resources were compiled by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).
Description: Educación Especial Nacional y Estatal
Description: This guide addresses home and community-based services for people with disabilities. The Guide was prepared by the Endependence Center, Norfolk, VA.
Description: Guía de Servicios de Exención de Medicaid Apoyos domiciliarios y comunitarios para personas discapacitadas
Description: Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette Syndrome or TS) is a neurological disorder which becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. The first symptoms usually are involuntary movements (tics) of the face, arms, limbs or trunk. These tics are frequent, repetitive and rapid. The most common first symptom is a facial tic (eye blink, nose twitch, grimace), and is replaced or added to by other tics of the neck, trunk, and limbs. (National Organization)
Description: This site brings together the range of web-based content available through Perkins School for the Blind for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities.
Description: Broadcast LIVE and for FREE, Perkins Training & Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. There are many recorded webinars that can be watched for free or you can register to earn professional credit.
Description: 3E Love, LLC. is a social entrepreneurial experiment to change the perception of disability. The company was started by siblings Annie & Stevie Hopkins in 2007 with the intent of promoting their unique symbol and social model of disability. The company's trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo) is the drive behind it's social mission to provide the tools for others to embrace diversity, educate society, and empower each other to love life.
Description: The Library and Resource Center (LRC) is a component of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) from which two fundamental programs are administered. Library services are offered to persons who are print disabled. The Library and Resource Center service is provided to local school divisions to support education of visually impaired and blind children.
Description: AAIDD provides opportunities for professional education on a wide variety of interesting and important topics through webinars. Our programs advance our priorities of promoting good health, furthering the supports paradigm, and using new diagnostic and assessment methods in determining individual strengths, needs and preferences.
Description: This guide has been written for anyone who has been touched by brain injury, whether mild or severe, family or friend. It is the goal of this guide to provide survivors, caregivers and loved ones with step-by-step tools they need to travel the incredible journey of recovery. This guide is not meant to be read at one sitting. We hope you will find the information you need at the time in which you need it. (San Diego Brain Injury Foundation)
Description: Se ha escrito esta guía para cualquier persona afectada directa o indirectamente por una lesión cerebral, ya sea leve o severa, familiar o amigo. El objetivo es brindar a los sobrevivientes, cuidadores y seres queridos los instrumentos necesarios para recorrer paso a paso el increíble trayecto de la recuperación. La intención no es leer esta guía en una sentada. Esperamos que encuentre la información que necesita en el momento en que la necesite.
Description: Welcome! In an effort to assist sports organizations, coaches, and parents to provide a safer sports environment for the brain, we have developed the “CLF Concussion Checklist.” You will find ten categories that every organization must address, and within each category SLI has provided a number of innovative ways to make the games safer. Make sure your program addresses every category to the best of your ability.
Description: ACHIEVES offers this resource to school systems to help make sure that individuals who provide educational support to children have a good understanding of the challenges that may surface after a concussion is diagnosed and of the steps needed to help these students ACHIEVE a successful recovery. This toolkit highlights the vital roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder within a school, household, and athletic/recreation program when assisting in the prevention, recognition, and management...
Description: If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it.
Description: Si Ud. ha llegado a saber recientemente que su niño está atrasado en su desarrollo o tiene una discapacidad (la cual puede o nó estar completamente definida), este mensaje puede ser para Ud. Está escrito desde una perspectiva personal de una madre que ha compartido esta experiencia y todo lo que va con ella.
Description: The IDEA’s disability terms and definitions guide how States in their own turn define disability and who is eligible for a free appropriate public education under special education law. Note, in order to fully meet the definition (and eligibility for special education and related services) as a “child with a disability,” a child’s educational performance must be adversely affected due to the disability.
Description: Cada año, millones de niños con discapacidades reciben servicios especiales diseñados de acuerdo a sus necesidades únicas bajo la ley federal conocida como el Acta para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades (“Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” o IDEA).
Description: The mental health of our children is a natural and important concern for us all. The fact is, many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence, yet may go undiagnosed and untreated for years. We refer to mental disorders using different “umbrella” terms such as emotional disturbance, behavioral disorders, or mental illness.
Description: Hay muchos términos para describir problemas emocionales, mentales o del comportamiento. En la actualidad, éstos están calificados de trastornos emocionales (“emotional disturbance”) bajo las regulaciones del Acta para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA, for sus siglas en inglés).
Description: Supporting Success is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about hearing loss and what can be done to better support the future learning and social success of children with hearing loss. Only 1 in 100 students with IEPs are receiving services primarily for hearing loss! Hearing loss causes learning issues due to access barriers, not learning disorders. Professional Resource Topics Include: Amplification, Assessment, Early Childhood,...
Description: This resource (PDF) contains documents and websites (in English and Spanish) about Advocacy, Early Intervention, Special Education (2 through 21 years), Transition and Information on Specific Disabilities.
Description: What is autism spectrum disorder? ¿Qué son los trastornos del espectro autista? (English and Spanish version are on the same document) (CDC- Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: People with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active. Although ADHD can't be cured, it can be successfully managed and some symptoms may improve as the child ages.
Description: Las personas con el TDAH pueden tener problemas para prestar atención, controlar conductas impulsivas (podrían actuar sin pensar en el resultado de sus acciones) o pueden ser demasiado activos. Aunque el TDAH no tiene cura, se puede controlar eficazmente y algunos síntomas pueden mejorar a medida que el niño va creciendo.
Description: Aprenda los signos. Reaccione pronto.
Description: From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
Description: This fact sheet includes: What is ADHD? What are some signs of ADHD? What can I do if I think my child may have ADHD? ¿Qué es el trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad o TDA/H? (English and Spanish versions available on the same document)
Description: Hay muchas leyes en los Estados Unidos relevantes a las personas con discapacidades. La más poderosa es el Acta para la Educación de Individuos con Discapacidades, conocido en inglés como “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” o IDEA (por sus siglas). Esta es la ley de educación especial en el país. Si quiere aprender más sobre IDEA, explore los enlaces bajo nuestra página Sobre la Ley IDEA.
Description: This page lists some facts about ASD. (Early Childhood Development, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Description: 10 Hechos Sobre el Trastorno de Espectro Autista (TEA) (Early Childhood Development, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Description: The Autism Society improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.
Description: INFORMACION GENERAL SOBRE EL AUTISMO El autismo es una incapacidad relativa al desarrollo mental que típicamente aparece durante los tres primeros años de vida. Es resultado de un trastorno neurológico que afecta el funcionamiento del cerebro, el autismo y sus comportamientos asociados pueden ocurrir en 1 de cada 68 individuos. El autismo es cuatro veces más frecuente en los niños que en las niñas y no conoce las fronteras raciales, étnicas y...
Description: Apoyo para padres y madres de niños con necesidades especiales
Description: This website supports extraordinary individuals and their families. You’ve likely landed here because a loved one recently received an autism diagnosis, or you’re concerned that someone in your life may be on the autism spectrum. You need good advice, quality information and real help.
Description: Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other babies. This brochure outlines what to expect from your child during the ages from birth to three years old. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: Encuesta sobre el desarrollo de su hijo: Los padres son a menudo los primeros en saber cuando su hijo necesita ayuda. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: VSA and Volkswagen Group of America proudly announce the 2014 emerging young artists Program call for entries. Emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey- internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological – our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives.
Description: The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of script writing. VSA has an innovative and Free Resource Guide for Teachers to help guide teachers and students through the playwriting process.
Description: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Description: This Teachers’ Desk Reference provides information about traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically concussion, and the potential effects of TBI on a student’s behavior and academic performance.
Description: The Iowa Department of Public Health has the following archived webinars on Pediatric TBI and Schools: Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide, Pediatric Brain Injury 101, Common Challenges after Brain Injury, Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury, Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?, Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom, Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion & Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury.