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Description: Spina bifida is one of the most common birth defects in the United States, affecting some 1,5physic00 babies each year. 2 Spina bifida happens during the first month or so of pregnancy and means that the baby’s spine did not close completely. Damage to the nerves and the spinal cord may result.
Description: Espina bífida quiere decir una partidura en la espina, o sea que la columna vertebral no se ha cerrado completamente.
Description: The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others. There appear to be critical periods for speech and language development in infants and young children when the brain is best able to absorb language. If these critical periods are allowed to pass without exposure to language,...
Description: Recognizing that there are multiple needs in the expansive and varied autism community, the focus of Autism Speaks Family Services Community Grants is on proposals that serve to build the field of services for individuals with autism and expand the capacity to effectively serve this growing community. Organizations interested in submitting an application must address one of the three areas of need. Successful applicants will apply grant funding to support new programs or the expansion of...
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: 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: 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: CPIR (Center for Parent Information and Resources) offers a suite of resource pages that can help you find answers and people who can help–specifically, through the early intervention system that’s available in every state. Early intervention is an effective way to help very young children (birth to the third birthday) catch up or address specific developmental concerns as soon as possible in their lives.
Description: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lists five special factors that the IEP team must consider in the development, review, and revision of each child’s IEP. The discussion below will highlight the importance of these special factors in the education of children with disabilities and the need for individualized consideration of these factors in IEP development and revision. The special factors are: Behavior, Limited English proficiency, Blindness or visual impairment,...
Description: El nacimiento de un niño es un evento lleno de emociones que le cambiará la vida por completo. Un nuevo bebé hermoso llega a su hogar, familia, y comunidad. Es un tiempo para celebrar. Sus familiares conocen al niño y se preguntan: ¿Va a ser un futbolista, será una famosa cantante, va a descubrir la cura para el cáncer, o se convertirá en el presidente de los Estados Unidos?
Description: Los padres tienen el derecho de no estar de acuerdo con el sistema escolar, como hemos discutido en la página Derecho de No Estar de Acuerdo. El sistema escolar tiene el mismo derecho—el de no estar de acuerdo con ciertas decisiones o acciones de los padres en cuanto a la identificación, evaluación, o ubicación de su niño, o la provisión de una educación pública gratis y apropiada al niño. Pero, ¿cuáles opciones...
Description: Looking for information, resources, and technical assistance (TA) to help you and others support children with disabilities in their least restrictive environment in school? Here’s a starter list of places to look online. These will surely lead you to more. (Parent/family)
Description: NICHCY was funded for decades by the Office of Special Education Programs, at the U.S. Department of Education. The project’s funding ended on September 30, 2014. Much of the rich library of materials and publications that NICHCY produced over the years has a new home at the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).
Description: The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities. (This website is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.)
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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: The Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development Team (VCPD) promotes planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development (PD) with the intent to ensure coordination of all early childhood PD in Virginia.
Description: Parents who speak Spanish may use these products to provide their infants, toddlers, or preschoolers with fun and exciting literacy learning experiences. Practitioners working with parents who speak Spanish may also find these helpful.
Description: Todas materias no son disponibles en español. Trabajamos para desarrollar las versiones españolas de todas materias, pero actualmente todas materias disponibles en inglés no son disponibles en español.
Description: As young children are just beginning to develop self-control, challenging behavior is common and expected in the years from birth to three. Young children are also developing self-regulation—the ability to calm or regulate themselves when they are upset. This process leads to some challenging moments for both adults and children. Learn more about how to respond to challenging behaviors like crying, aggression and defiance, and how to support your child’s development of self-control...
Description: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. The Promoting Social and Emotional Competence training modules available on this site provide evidence-based practices for promoting children's social and emotional development and preventing challenging behaviors.
Description: The Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (VBPD) has released its first film, Place Matters, which documents the transitions of people from state training centers to homes in the community. On January 26, 2012, Virginia and the U.S. Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement, which mandates that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities must live in integrated, community-based settings.
Description: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
Description: The content of this issue of Best Practices for Better Schools™ is excerpted with permission from Doing What Works (DWW), a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources to help principals and other educators implement research-based instructional practice.
Description: The International Center for Leadership in Education has developed an extraordinary reservoir of resources and relationships to advance school improvement. Our Rigor/Relevance Framework is used in schools across the country and around the world to make instruction and assessment more rigorous and more relevant for all students. Our Learning Criteria can help a school better define how well it is meeting the needs of all learners by looking at the whole school and the whole student. (National...
Description: The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization* dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process. (National Organization)
Description: A nationally-recognized, hospital-based center that specializes in Intensive Pediatric Physical Therapy for children & young adults who have Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spina Bifida, and a variety of syndromes & non-progressive gross motor disorders.
Description: CLASP seeks to improve the lives of low-income people. We develop and advocate for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work.
Description: Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families, and the professionals who work with them. We provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome, and work to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome.
Description: The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous early intervention, educational, and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.
Description: The National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness provides the Head Start community with research-based information, practices, and strategies to ensure optimal academic and social progress for linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families. (National Organization)
Description: The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only professional organization at the national level wholly devoted to representing both English language learners and bilingual educational professionals. Along with our affiliate organizations in 20 states, we represent a combined membership of bilingual and English-as-a-second-language teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, university professors and students, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and parents. (National...
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: The Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute has published seven new Everyday Child Language Tools on the Center on Everyday Child Language Learning (CECLL) website. These tools include the methods and procedures practitioners and parents can use to implement the CECLL model and practices. CECLL is a model demonstration center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The main goal of CECLL is to implement and evaluate an approach to early childhood communication...
Description: A professional network focused on expanding the breadth and scope of accessibility services and programming across the country and around the world.
Description: The Sibling Support Project is a national effort dedicated to the life-long concerns of brothers and sisters of people who have special health, developmental, or mental health concerns. (Sibshops, SibTeen, Sib20 and Sib Net)
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: Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury (TBI), especially children and older adults. CDC’s research and programs work to prevent TBI and help people better recognize, respond, and recover if a TBI occurs. This site includes information on: Adults and TBI as well as Children and Teens and TBI. There is free online training available for Medical Providers, for Coaches (Youth Sports) and for High School Coaches. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: The Children’s National SCORE Concussion program is staffed by neuropsychologists and neuropsychology post-doctoral fellows who can assess and treat children, teens, and college student-athletes, ages 4-22, who have sustained a concussion. An important part of treatment is educating the student and parents about concussions, the risks of re-injury, and ways to ensure recovery.
Description: STRIVE, Inc. is a private non-profit organization of parents and professionals dedicated to providing opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities to transition from school to post-secondary training, employment, and successful community living. Strive Cornerstone Foundation Residential Program is a non-profit Supported Independent Living Residence for Learning Disabled Adults.
Description: There are eight T/TAC Regions across the Commonwealth of Virginia that serve professionals in their local areas.
Description: LDI offers internationally recognized and fully-accredited high school, college and career-focused programs for young adults with Learning Disabilities, Asperger's, ADHD, Autism and similar conditions. (secondary and post-secondary education)
Description: Since 1991, Lynn University’s Institute for Achievement and Learning has provided academic support for students with learning differences or for those who are seeking to enhance their academic skills and performance. (postsecondary education)