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Description: Make & Play Quiz allows teachers to design their own unique board game or "quiz", where students can learn or strengthen their skills by playing a game. Each square can have a Question (Multiple Choice, Fill in the Blank or True/False) or an Event (Stop-skip turns, Go forward, Go Back or Get Points). One to four players can play at a time and the games can be shared with others. The cost is 99¢. 
Description: Anyone who has experienced a brain injury, either their own or that of a friend or loved one, understands the worry, confusion, and stress it creates. Support groups provide a chance to learn from others who have been living with brain injury, share your own experiences, and give and get encouragement from those who really understand. You can search Brain Injury Association of Virginia database of local support groups. Just type in the name of the group (if you know it) or you can select the...
Description: Brain Injury Services Coordination Unit (BISCU) is located within the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Virginia’s designated “lead state agency” for planning and monitoring services that enhance the quality of life and vocational goals of persons with acquired brain injury. BISC Unit manages about $6 million in programs and services, primarily through federal/state grants, and statefunded contracts with organizations across the Commonwealth. BISC Unit...
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: As a busy parent, keeping your child healthy and safe is always a top priority. The Heads Up to Parents Site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury. This includes Educational Materials, Brain Injury Basics, Helmet Safety, Videos,  and Trainings.
Description: The 2016 Autism Speaks Local Grant application opened on Monday, July 18 and will be open until Friday, September 23. Organizations providing services to children and adults with autism can apply for grants of up to $5,000. The goal of this program is to help promote local services that enhance the lives of people affected by autism. Since 2012, Autism Speaks has distributed nearly $2 million in grant funding to 365 organizations around the country through our Local Grants program in the areas...
Description: Social communication and social skill difficulties are core characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Deficits in social skills often have negative consequences that impact individuals’ outcomes in inclusive learning opportunities in schools and inclusive engagement in the communities. Though this social component is a widely known hallmark of ASD, intervention to support individuals’ mastery of these skills is still emerging in classroom and community environments across...
Description: “Work Early, Work Often” is a video campaign created by the Youth Transitions Collaborative’s career preparation and management working group. Together, the three-part series highlights the importance of work and work-based experiences in an individual’s transition to adulthood, particularly for young adults with disabilities. Each storyline focuses on a different subject and narrative, told from the perspective of key audiences that are part of the transition journey....
Description: This Info Brief is intended to create increased understanding of the important role that families can play in the postsecondary success of students with disabilities. For the purposes of this brief, a postsecondaryinstitution is defined as any accredited institution of higher learning offering 2-year, or 4-year degrees,or other institutions offering professional certificate programs. It is based in large part on findings from anational online dialogue titled Connecting with Families: Supporting...
Description: The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is excited to announce the second year of the Autistic Scholars Fellowship, a scholarship which provides 4 to 6 autistic students with a $5,000 tuition scholarship to promote autistic leadership and create systemic change on their college campuses. Fellows will be required to establish or participate in a leadership role within an ASAN campus chapter or a disability rights student organization, work to promote Autistic culture and community, and take...
Description: If your child is turning 17, it is time to begin thinking about the age of majority and what that means for you and your son or daughter. Federal and state laws require that Local Education Agencies explain this to parents and students by age seventeen. You need to consider how you might support the decisions he or she has to make upon reaching the age of majority at age eighteen. The freedom to make decisions and to be self-determined plays an important role in defining all of us as human...
Description: Inclusion and participation in the community are not always easy for individuals with ASD. At times, members of the community may not be accepting or supportive. However, community participation can lead to a better quality of life for everyone and make all the difference in an individual’s life. What do Teachers Need to Know?One of the best ways to engage students and promote independence is to give opportunities for choice making and problem solving. This helps increase motivation and...
Description: What do Teachers Need to Know?Providing opportunities for students with ASD to be as independent as possible will help to pave the way towards independence as they transition to adulthood. Consider the personal skills needed for independence: physical health, social health and community participation. Students with ASD often lag behind their peers in these areas. Providing strategies and practicing these skills while still in high school will help the student after graduation while at home, in...
Description: College accommodations are those supports and services provided at no cost to eligible students with disabilities to have equal access and opportunity to benefit from classes, programs, and activities. Common academic accommodations may include priority registration, note takers, extended time on tests, testing in a limited distractions room, accessible classrooms, interpreters, and textbooks in an alternate format. Using accommodations can make a big difference in student learning and grades...
Description: The following transition tips were compiled from a survey developed by the Center on Transition Innovations and given to a diverse group of Virginia families whose children have experienced the transition from high school to adult options. These valuable suggestions can assist others in making informed decisions, advocating for improved services, and building upon school and community partnerships. 1. Love your child unconditionally, believe in him or her, provide encouragement, dream big! You...
Description: Advisory: This Fast Fact contains adult content and may not be suitable for all readers In today’s technological world, the Internet has become an important and growing source of information and connectedness. The Internet is useful for many reasons, whether it is being used to chat with old friends, find directions to a restaurant, or read a movie review. However, individuals with ASD and their families may face unique challenges when attempting to safely navigate the web. It is possible...
Description: This site contains a Parent's Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities and a Parent's Guide for Girls with Disabilities. This publication was developed and written by Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). Boys Toolkit Web Version The toolkit web version is a pdf version of the printed toolkit that you can print for your reference. Boys Toolkit Appendix This appendix has storyboards and visuals that you can use in implementing the methods outlined in the...
Description: We all have issues that don't go our way and end up straining relationships with others. It's what we do from that point that determines whether we can maintain positive relationships with those involved or further strain those connections. The Problem Resolution App is designed to help facilitate the collection of narratives of those involved in a particular dilemma. This is a great tool for counselors/facilitators/administrators to gather multiple perspectives around issues that arise. ...
Description: VDOE Office of Special Education Program Improvement has web-based trainings available online that offer support and resources for mathematics instruction support, planning a master schedule and using data informed decision making through the lens of the Virginia Tiered System of Supports. Participants will gain valuable tools and resources to assist in meeting the needs of SWD (students with disabilities). Administrators, teachers and division level staff are encouraged to use these resources...
Description: The Every Student Succeeds Act  of 2015 (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. The new law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Under ESSA, states will develop new federal accountability systems during the 2016-2017 year, to be implemented the following school year.  Updates on plan progress will be made available on this webpage throughout the development of Virginia’s state plan.
Description: This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, select teams of middle and high school co-teachers participating in the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only...
Description: Marilyn Friend, Ph.D. is interviewed at the 2016 Focus on Inclusion conference on the topic of "What is Specially Designed Instruction?". This video was published on Mar. 11, 2016. "First and most basically, if you look at the regulations in Federal Special Education Law, Specially Designed Instruction is actually the definition of special education and it is the required service that every student with an IEP must receive, so that whether the student is educated in a separate setting or perhaps...
Description: The organization of the document, as detailed in the Table of Contents, is as follows: Introduction: Establishes a common vocabulary, defines co-teaching, and describes the six co-teaching approaches; Guidelines for Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a District-Wide Co-Teach Program: Provides information for district-level administrators on setting up and implementing a co-teach program; Guidelines for Campus Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a Campus Co-Teach Program:...
Description: Formative assessments are ongoing assessments, observations, summaries, and reviews that inform teacher instruction and provide students feedback on a daily basis (Fisher & Frey, 2007). While assessments are always crucial to the teaching and learning process, nowhere are they more important than in a differentiated classroom, where students of all levels of readiness sit side by side. Without the regular use of formative assessment, or checks for understanding, how are we to know what each...
Description: PANDAS is short for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections. A child may be diagnosed with PANDAS when: Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorders suddenly appear following a strep infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever); or The symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse following a strep infection. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor and/or...
Description: A variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials are available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral. US History GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of high school US history through maps. Earth Science GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of Earth...
Description: This extensive resource page comes from the Military Parent Technical Assistance Center (MPTAC), also known as the Branch. The Branch is funded by OSEP to help Parent Centers increase their visibility with, and support for, military families within their communities. About the Resource Page and the Tools ListedIn this resource, the Branch has identified some cool tools for military children to help them grow essential self-advocacy skills. They’re aimed at children ages four through...
Description: This webinar presentation covers two aspects of Age of Majority issues presented by The disAbility Law Center of Virginia (dLCV): Social Security and Alternatives to Guardianship"Social Security: The Age 18 Re-determination and Related Topics", presented by Elizabeth HornSynopsis -Students on SSI as a child will be re-determined at age 18 based on the adult rules. How is the decision made, can benefits be extended, is working during this time recommended? What about applying for the first...
Description: Our latest PEATC Youth Factsheets were developed by collaborating with PEATC's Youth Advisory Board --- Thank You to the members for their expertise and insights! Topics include: How to be Friends with Someone with Special NeedsBe Determined to be the Best YouMaking Homework Time Less StressfulKeep up-to-date with PEATC Youth by following our blog: https://peatcyouth.wordpress.com/  
Description: In recognition of the Commonwealth’s ten-year investment in Smart Beginnings (2006-2016), the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation is proud to present this edition of Virginia’s School Readiness Report Card through the lens of a decade’s trends in key indicators of school readiness. The trends in state averages over the ten-year term are positive on nearly all of the indicators tracked by VECF. In other words, a top-line view of the data provides the perspective that, in most...
Description: Dr. Kathy Dial of Kin and Kids Consulting presented a webinar for Formed Families Forward in May chock full of great ideas for keeping children of all developmental stages (Toddlers & Preschoolers, Elementary School Age, Adolescents, Teens and Tweens) busy this summer. Summer Planning is a family affair. First, you need to understand your child's wants and needs.
Description: The Brain Injury Strategies App is intended to provide ideas for supporting an individual who is returning to learning. It addresses various areas of concern that can happen after a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. The end product is a summary of selected strategies that can be implemented by an educator for an individual student. (Note: To preview Brain Injury Strategies App, use 1234 as student ID.)
Description: My Life My Community DBHDS (Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services) is committed to being good listeners, good partners and good stewards of the public resources entrusted to the agency. As we meet the challenges that lie ahead, we are dedicated to a system re-design that truly provides opportunity for citizens to receive the supports they need to live full lives in the community. This includes information on Waiver Amendments, Waiver Redesign...
Description: We have developed Communication Guidelines and Resources to support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD and to create lifelong learners. The Communication Guidelines and Resources are designed to: Enhance understanding of what communication is, Enhance understanding of why communication is important, and Advance expectations, knowledge, and skills related to communication based assessments, strategies, and supports. The Communication Guidelines...
Description: Do you know it feels when your hand won't write what your brain tells it to? Or how hard it is to complete a single task when you have trouble focusing? Pick an issue to start a simulation of your child's frustration firsthand. (Reading Issues, Attention Issues, Math Issues, or Writing Issues)
Description: Give your students a boost and support their summer reading with accessible fiction and non-fiction books. Titles can be found in a variety of accessible formats within many genres required by your schools, such as: Historical Fiction Biography Non-Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction Classics Graphic Novels Search books on your summer reading lists for eligible AIM-VA students and ORDER NOW! Click below for a sampling of available books at different reading levels: Elementary School books Middle...
Description: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), the Federal Transit Administration’s newest technical assistance center, has launched a new website to provide easy access to a wealth of useful transportation resources and information for people with disabilities, older adults, and caregivers. Visit the site for free resources that support the work of public transportation, from front-line operators to board members. The website also offers online community forums,...
Description: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment and requires that covered employers (employers with 15 or more employees) provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities that require such accommodations due to their disabilities. This document seeks to provide general information to employers and employees regarding when...
Description: The transition from high school to college life is difficult enough for any number of students without considering a disability. Odds are that if you have a disability and you made it through high school, you’ve done it with the help of a very disciplined and structured routine order of classes. College life is a very different game, allowing students to make a lot of choices and decisions for themselves.
Description: The Parents with Disabilities Toolkit provides a summary of disability laws that protect families’ rights. Inside of the toolkit, you will find information on topics like adoption, custody, visitation, family law, and the child welfare system. We have also shared parts of NCD’s report, Rocking the Cradle, with stories from parents who have been treated unfairly because of their disabilities. Knowledge is power, and helping people understand this issue is very important. Through this...
Description: CommonLit delivers high-quality, free instructional materials to support literacy development for students in grades 5-12. Our resources are: Flexible; Research-Based; Aligned to the Common Core State Standards; Created by teachers, for teachers. We believe in the transformative power of a great text, and a great question. That’s why we are committed to keeping CommonLit completely free, forever. Themes include: America, Comedy & Tragedy, Death, Education, Fear & Paranoia,...
Description: From birth, children are curious. You can build on that natural curiosity by developing their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Use daily routines to build on skills and concepts in math and science. By talking, reading, singing, playing, signing or using other ways to communicate—whatever works best for your infant, toddler or preschooler—you can help develop her STEM skills through play and exploration. Easy ways to promote young children's natural...
Description: In a new feature on its ADA.gov website, the Department of Justice (DOJ) provides information and resources on accessible technology. Topics covered include enforcement, technical assistance and guidance, regulations, and technology initiatives. ADA.gov is the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s site for technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Enforcement The Department's ADA enforcement efforts have helped to ensure that people with disabilities can access Web sites,...
Description: According to the latest statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 43.8 million Americans, or 18.5% of the national population, experience mental illness every year. Mental illness is a broad term defined by the Mayo Clinic as any disorder that affects one’s mood, thinking, or behavior. When mental illness influences family life, work, education, and other aspects day-to-day life, the condition is known as a psychiatric disability. A recent report from Johns Hopkins...
Description: The Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Guide is designed to help you and your family explore the different opportunities and learning environments after leaving high school. With only about one third of youth with autism attending college in young adulthood, Autism Speaks wants to offer the best possible resources on this topic to help you explore all of the various options available to you. We hope this resource will help guide you through your high school years and the years...
Description: Who We Are The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a national family-run organization linking more than 120 chapters and state organizations focused on the issues of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs and their families. It was conceived in Arlington, Virginia in February, 1989 by a group of 18 people determined to make a difference in the way the system works. Where We Come From Members of the National Federation come from all...
Description: Dyslexia and dysgraphia are both learning issues. Dyslexia primarily affects reading. Dysgraphia mainly affects writing. While they’re different issues, the two are easy to confuse. They share symptoms and often occur together. This article provides a simple table can help you tell them apart. It gives information about What is it?, Signs you may notice, possible emotional and social impact, What can help, and Accommodations. If your child is struggling with reading or writing, it can be...
Description: Currently 4 videos are available: No Fighting, No Biting! Managing Sibling Conflict The goal of this workshop is to give parents some strategies to cope with conflict between siblings, including situations where one sibling has a disability. Presented by: Meladie Gey Burke, LPC, RPT Transition 101: Agency Linkages Agency linkages are critically important for students with disabilities as they prepare to transition to postsecondary education, training, employment and independent living. The goal...
Description: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers free summer meals to kids across Virginia similar to School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, except meals are free to all kids that come to a registered summer meals site. Summer Meals Programs Details: Meals are FREE to children and teens ages 18 and younger who come to a summer meals sites Free summer meals will help families save money and stretch their already tight food budgets Food served at summer meal sites follows USDA nutrition guidelines...