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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: There is more to estate planning--particularly when special needs children are involved--than signing some documents and putting them in a strong box or filing cabinet, never to be found again. As a general rule, we should keep our estate planning documents in a safe place that is readily accessible in the event they are needed. Parents of children with special needs should also use a binder that contains all the information that future caregivers will need to carry on after the parents are...
Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: Each and every child in an early childhood classroom can benefit from the use of visual supports. This webinar will explore strategies for utilizing visual schedules, visual prompts, and other assistive technology materials throughout the daily routines in the classroom. Ideas for engaging children and easing them through transitions will be shared.
Description: The 2013 virtual conference was held on November 11-15, 2013, featuring Penny Reed's keynote address that focused on integrating assistive technology to improve the performance of students on the Standards of Learning. Daily webinars featured Digital Print Plus MS Word Equals Access…a Winning Equation, Who Needs AT in an Early Childhood Classroom?, Accessible Academic Activities – Literacy and AAC and Core Vocabulary. Although the live conference is over, the archived videos are...
Description: Accessible Academic Activities are educational activities that support single switch technology. Students with physical disabilities and/or students who become overwhelmed by too much information (or choices) are good switch candidates. This webinar will review a variety of educational activities that provide curricular supports for switch users focusing on emergent literacy skills (specifically alphabet knowledge, letter writing, print knowledge, oral language, and phonological awareness)....
Description: Many school divisions are working to improve student performance on standards of learning tests, yet few are thinking about the power of assistive technology. How can you bust the barriers to the use of AT in these endeavors? Dr. Reed will draw on research from many fields to suggest critical actions that you can use to gain support for assistive technology. Participate in this webinar and become a barrier buster! Note: You will need to sign in to your TTAC Online Account to access this Archived...
Description: Have you heard the word about MSWord? Did you know that you can adjust the cognitive difficulty of print information to provide multiple means of representation, action and expression, and engagement using MS Word and free Internet downloads? Awesome, right? The tools in MS Word plus the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) equals access to knowledge. But wait, there’s more! Using a process called "cognitive rescaling" (Edyburn, 2002) and flexible digital technologies, you can...
Description: Workers with disabilities are paid about 10% less than other workers in similar jobs, and 8% less in total compensation, including wages, health insurance and vacation time, according to a new Cornell University study.
Description: Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English SOL Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading, persuasive writing, and research using primary sources.
Description: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the...
Description: The Reading Teachers Network – or RTN – is the online source for renewal, creativity, and reading instruction for all reading teachers and administrators. RTN has been designed to provide the research-based resources teachers need, and to be a meeting place where educators can connect and communicate. RTN is a 24/7 virtual resource for teachers of reading that includes videos of classroom instruction, webinars, articles about best practices, instructional tools, and much, much more.
Description: This guide includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books and websites. (Courtesy of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional District 34-California, 2013-2014 Edition)
Description: The following materials are available for download: Milestone checklists (single ages), Milestone products for a range of ages, Flyers, Condition-specific fact sheets, Other resources and Materials in other languages (Arabic, Korean, Portuguese).
Description: Start with the Arts is an instructional program created by VSA for pre-school and early elementary school learners that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms.
Description: Partners in Policymaking (PIP) participants are people who have a developmental disability or are parents of young children with developmental disabilities. Partners must be Virginia residents. Individuals attending the program will participate in advocacy skill workshops, resource development, and leadership training.
Description: This booklet describes the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and health benefits for a child with a disability and explains the evaluation of disability claims for children. (Spanish version)
Description: This booklet is for the parents, caregivers or representatives of children younger than age 18 who have disabilities that might make them eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. It is also for adults who became disabled in childhood (prior to age 22) and who might be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. (We call this SSDI benefit a “child’s” benefit because it is paid on a parent’s Social Security earnings record.)
Description: Stratford University is a private educational institution dedicated to preparing students for the challenges of a rewarding career. Alumni pursue professions in high-demand fields like information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, business administration, health sciences, and nursing.
Description: With more than 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students attending classes at one of 100 campus locations, online courses offered to U.S. and international students and over 2,000 faculty, Strayer University is a compelling and enriching center of higher education.
Description: School connectedness—the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals—is an important protective factor. This publication defines and describes the components of school connectedness and identifies specific actions that schools can take to increase school connectedness.
Description: Marshall University is committed to making all programs, services, and activities fully accessible to students with disabilities. The purpose of the Office of Disability Services Program is to provide the educational and physical accessibility support necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and to promote as much independence as possible on the part of the students with disabilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: This is the Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. This contains a variety of information and resouces concerning disability benefits. Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
Description: Whether your preschooler will attend kindergarten in your neighborhood school with pull-out services or a special day class in another school, kindergarten is the big first step into your child’s school-age years. Getting ready for kindergarten for you and your child can make this transition smooth. (Help! sheet #26, Matrix Parent Network + Resource Center)
Description: PBIS of Virginia is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. This web site is a collection of resources, tools, training opportunities and similar guides for educators and school administrators.
Description: When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer reading programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and learning while having fun all summer long. Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and the even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.
Description: This Reading Progression Chart (PDF) identifies the grade level at which specific skills are formally introduced in the 2010 English SOL. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist Paramedics and those in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s...
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist School Nurses in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Traumatic Injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s or similar syndromes, Lost or frightened...
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources and guidance provided to school divisions since 2009 to assist with the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
Description: Project SEARCH provides employability skills training and workplace internships for individuals with significant disabilities, particularly youth transitioning from high school to adult life. Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children's and now has program sites throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Description: The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. The SETT Scaffolds are a series of forms that, like architectural scaffolds, are designed to be used when and where needed. They are meant to be examples and can be adapted and changed to meet the needs of the people who are using them as long as credits to the...
Description: While it is expected that parents and school personnel will work in partnership to ensure children with disabilities are provided appropriate services, there are times when the child’s parents and school officials cannot reach consensus on what constitutes a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for an individual child. When such disagreements occur, parents and school districts can turn to IDEA’s procedural safeguards and dispute resolution options.(parent, parents)
Description: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities. (parent, parents)
Description: This is a parents' guide to adult services in the city of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. It contains "Securing a Future: A Checklist for Parents," as well as information on Estate and Benefits Planning, Post-Secondary, Vocational and Day Support Services, Recreation, Transportation and Living Arrangements. The 10 Appendices include additional resources. Some of the resources are specific to parents in Alexandria City and Arlington and Fairfax County but some of the information...
Description: The revised Computer Technology Standards of Learning were approved by the Virginia Board of Education in February 2013. These standards outline the content and skills that teachers in Virginia are expected to integrate into their classrooms so that students are proficient in technology use.
Description: SMALL STEPS: A Parent-Infant Education Program for Families Raising Children who are Deaf,Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low Vision and DeafBlind...honoring the small steps that promote happy families... FREE services offered through The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
Description: Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We serve more than 11,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 30 area programs. We are one of 52 U.S. programs, and part of a global movement that serves more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 counties.
Description: This publication was developed to help parents understand their rights and responsibilities, their child's rights and the school's responsibilities to meet the special needs of their child. The guide includes a description of the special education process and what is required of you and the school during each step of that process. Important timelines are highlighted in each section. (Families, family)
Description: The role of the ombudsman is an informal one in which there is a focus on listening and providing information and a discussion of issues and options, as well as referral to other services including mediation. Part of the function of the ombudsman is to encourage the parties to resolve issues at the lowest level in an organization through appropriate dispute resolution processes, by formal and informal means.
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment supports and guidance provided to school divisions since 2010 to assist with the implementation of the 2010 English Standards of Learning.
Description: Because many middle- and high-school students have difficulty with reading for content instruction, it is important that teachers teach effective vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Description: The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) provides training, information, technical assistance and resources regarding the uses of technology for children with disabilities. OTAP services are available to anyone concerned with the needs of Oregon's children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one. The program is sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
Description: The WATI website provides the resource manual for Assessing Student's Needs for Assistive Technology (ASNA): the complete version and by individual chapters. The WATI Student Information Guide Process Forms (AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility, AT for Communication, AT for Computer Access, AT for Motor Aspects of Writing, AT for Composition of Written Material, AT for Reading, AT for Mathematics, AT for Organization, AT for Recreation and Leisure, AT for Blind / Low Vision, AT for Deaf /...
Description: PTPofVA, Virginia’s state Parent to Parent office, supports families with children with disabilities and service providers across the Commonwealth with best practice in family support. PTPofVA provides training, technical assistance and advocacy support.
Description: The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (the Academy) is an independently governed, subsidiary corporation of The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Academy was established in 2005 and envisions a future where individuals and families will have qualified listening and spoken language professionals available in their immediate geographic area. The Academy is uniquely positioned to advance the revolutionary global opportunity for deaf or hard of...
Description: The Language Adventure Early Childhood Curriculum is a comprehensive, spiraling curriculum of thematic units for use with preschool through kindergarten for students with hearing loss. It consists of three volumes: Preschool Curriculum (for 3’s), PreKinder Curriculum (for 4’s), and Kinder Curriculum (for 5’s). Each unit of study provides classroom teachers with more than 300 pages of classroom activities, vocabulary lists, center ideas, and a listing of related...
Description: PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships offer a framework for how families, schools, and communities should work together to support student success. To facilitate the implementation in local schools of programs, practices, and policies that are guided by the Standards, PTA has developed an assessment guide, otherwise known as a rubric.
Description: These resources include: Birth through Grade Five Literacy, Adolescent Literacy through Grade Twelve, Literacy for Special Populations, Standards of Learning Documents for English and Progression Charts for Reading, Writing, Grammar and Research.