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Description: This site is intended to be an active community of graphics, pictures, and visual supports. Parents, professionals, and others can share graphics, pictures, and ideas to help individual students learn to use language and communicate the best they can. (AAC Resource)
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: Communication is an essential part of everyday life and is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Impairment in communication is one of the diagnostic characteristics of ASD. This means that every student identified with an ASD will experience communication difficulties. It is now widely regarded that communication is an essential life skill and should be a primary goal for students with ASD.
Description: This site includes Books & Reading (Reading help, Book Lists), Child Development (Cognitive, Language, Physical), School Help (Grade-by-Grade Guides, Teacher-Parent Relationships), Activities, News & Blogs and Kids' Sites Early Learning Games.
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: The purpose of the PA Verbal Behavior Project is to enhance learning and communication to improve the lives of children who live with autism and their families. The Project provides training, consultation, resources, and information.
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 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community and...
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: The purpose of this kit is to provide helpful information about your students with autism and tools and strategies to achieve positive interactions and increase learning for all members of the school community. With help from respected experts in the field of autism and special education, and experienced parents, caregivers and teachers, we’ve included an introduction to autism and specific strategies for supporting students. About the School Community Tool Kit Information about the...
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: These strategies were shared at the TTAC GMU Advisory Board Meeting on March 15, 2012.
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.
Description: PSP ebook creator allows you to make attractive ebooks you can read on your PlayStation Portable. While the PSP may not be the ideal reading device, adding books to your device gives it yet another functionality, and its excellent screen means text is well defined. PSP ebook creator allows you to import any TXT file and create a book of JPEG image files that you can read from the PSP's photo folder. (reading)
Description: Literary Resources offers a wealth of support and information about reading and children. The myriad choices reflect our determination to provide teachers and parents with current trends in education, down-to-earth suggestions on reading in the home, and no-nonsense strategies to improve children’s reading.
Description: The Virginia Autism Council has developed a set of skill competencies for professionals and paraprofessionals. This document addresses the following areas: general autism, individualization and support stategies, communication, social skills, behavior and sensory. (Individualization and Support Strategies)
Description: Now there is an easy way for people with limited reading ability or special needs to explore their career interests and find a job that fits. The Picture Interest Career Survey (PICS) is a quick way for people to identify occupational interests by using pictures of people at work rather than text-based items. (Transition Assessments)
Description: The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website includes an Evidence Maps on a variety of topics (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Orthopedic Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearing impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Other Health Impairment, and more).
Description: A guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and products promote best practices for home and classroom learning. (2006)
Description: As part of the project, case studies are being developed to support educational teams and families in their efforts to address the literacy and communication needs of individuals with severe disabilities, including deaf-blindness.
Description: The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The mission of the National Association of the Deaf is to preserve, protect and promote the civil, human and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States of America. (National Organizations, hearing impairment)
Description: The National Ataxia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of persons affected by ataxia through support, education and research. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. (National Organizations)
Description: The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publicly funded charity whose mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and communication. We are the ONLY national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia and their families. On-Demand Webinars are available for a fee. You must register to view Research Symposium.
Description: Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Description: Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the...
Description: The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is the largest national membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists. Recreational therapists are healthcare providers who use recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions. (National Organizations)
Description: The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be. (Adapted PE, National Organizations)
Description: Learning in Hand is a resource for educational technology by Tony Vincent. From netbooks and web applications to iPods, iPads, and podcasting, Tony has put together practical information for educators.
Description: Technical Report 3 from the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) entitled Recommended Transition Practices for Young Children, by Beth Rous provides findings from a national validation survey. The report provides information on 21 transition practices validated across early childhood and early childhood special education professionals. (preschool)
Description: Thanks to advancements in technology, young people with disabilities can do virtually any job that someone without a disability can perform. Expanding your workplace to include young people with and without disabilities is a positive way to help shape the future workforce—and benefit your business.
Description: Challenge Discovery Projects is excited to present the "Sign with Your Child" video series. This series of instructional and informational videos was created to provide a resource for parents and caregivers with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. They are designed to facilitate and encourage communication and language development within the family. The video series contains lessons on various topics with language that can be easily incorporated into daily life, for example, "Getting...
Description: This document from the U.S. Department of Education discusses IDEA's physical education requirements for students with disabilities. Its purposes are to disseminate information on improving opportunities for children and youth to access PE and athletics and to refer the reader to sources of additional information regarding the inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in PE and athletic extracurricular activities.
Description: The "Talking EBP" digital newsletter provides updates to SLPs at least twice each year. Information that is relevant to evidence based practices (EBP) in schools is summarized in a quick and easy to read format. The newsletter addresses practice issues related to serving students in public schools from 2 to 21 years of age. Issues include relevant research that focuses on EBP highlights for a variety of communication deficits. findings from a published systematic review with which school SLPs...
Description: The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special...
Description: These tip sheets from Harvard Family Research Project are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences. (Available in English and Spanish)
Description: Since 2007, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder (NPDC) has worked to develop free professional resources for teachers, therapists, and technical assistance providers who work with individuals with ASD. Resources include detailed information on how to plan, implement, and monitor specific evidence-based practices.
Description: These videos of young children engaged in typical activities have been produced for use in professional development programs to build the skills of practitioners in observation, documentation, and assessment in early childhood settings. You can watch the clips online or download QuickTime versions of the videos for use in training. (The Practice Clips are available in Spanish.)
Description: This booklet is intended for anyone who nurtures and cares for young children. Although it is primarily directed to teachers in a structural setting, the family is the first teacher. Therefore, many of the ideas apply to either the classroom or home. (Behavior/discipline)
Description: This collection of research-based articles describes ways to promote oral language throughout the early childhood curriculum. Also included is a list of print and online resources. (curriculum and instructional strategies)
Description: This book provides parents and caregivers with information and ideas to encourage their child’s development. The book is divided into six categories: cognitive, linguistic, physical, sensory, social, and emotional. An outline of child development is also provided so parents can look at child’s progress in context. (2008) (Family involvement resources)
Description: This book gives the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joint position statement on “Learning to Read and Write, Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.” The authors translate the philosophy into teaching practices under eight major themes: the power and pleasure of literacy, the literate environment, language development, building knowledge and comprehension, knowledge of print, types of...
Description: RecognitionandResponse.org is a comprehensive online resource that provides educators with information about this cutting edge approach to early education. This site offers information and resources to help early educators address the needs of young children (3 to 5 year-olds) who show signs that they may not be learning in an expected manner, even before they begin kindergarten. (State and national resources)
Description: This rubric has been developed for programs in Virginia that provide preschool services to children who are four-years-old. While it is intended for the Virginia Preschool Initiative, Title I Preschools, Early Childhood Special Education, and Even Start Family Literacy programs, private and parochial providers may also use this rubric. The purpose of the Preschool Curriculum Review Rubric is to help early childhood educators identify and choose curricula that are based on scientific research and...
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling.
Description: PACER’s Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project gives parents of children ages birth through 5 years the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to help their children obtain the education, health care, and other services they deserve. In Minnesota, special education services for children with disabilities are mandated by law beginning at birth. By federal and state law, families must be involved in the planning, development, and implementation of comprehensive...