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Description: The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. DARS includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division for Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging,...
Description: The Virginia Accessible Instructional Materials Center (AIM-VA) renewed the statewide license of Read:OutLoud, an accessible eBook and web reader for students with IEPs or 504 Plans. The AIM-VA Read:OutLoud license is now upgraded to a no-term license (no expiration), meaning that you will be able to use Read:OutLoud (version 6) on a continual basis. There will be no annual renewal fees.
Description: Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center (KCRC) is a place dedicated to serving children with special needs.
Description: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is the facility of choice for pediatric care in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Whether a child needs hospitalization, ongoing care for a chronic illness, outpatient surgery or primary care, CHKD Health System provides the staff, facilities and technologies that address the unique demands of childhood. The CHKD sports concussion program is the only comprehensive, multi-disciplinary sports concussion program in 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 International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) is dedicated to the development and support of multidisciplinary medical and clinical professionals, advocates, policy makers, consumers and others who work to improve outcomes and opportunities for persons with brain injury. (parents, parent)
Description: This CDC fact sheet is part of the "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs." Children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussion. The potential for a concussion is greatest during activities where concussions can occur, such as during physcial education (PE) class, plaground time, or school-based sports activities. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: What is a concussion? A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young,developing brain and need to be addressed correctly. What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?...
Description: This CDC fact sheet is part of the "Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs" program. It provides steps that school professionals can take to help facilitate a student’s return to school and recovery after a concussion. It emphasizes the importance of a collaborative approach by a team that includes not only school professionals, but also the student’s family and the health care professional(s) managing the medical aspects of the student’s recovery. (CDC- Centers for...
Description: CDC Injury Center's publications are designed for professional health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. Many of our publications are also available for ordering in hard copy at no cost. (CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) The Traumatic Brain Injury Publications include: Fact Sheets Patient Information Health Care Providers Sports Older Adults
Description: To help coaches, parents and athletes properly identify and respond to a concussion, CDC, in partnership with leading experts and organizations, developed the HEADS UP: Concussion in High School Sports initiative and materials. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Specific Concussion Information for: Coaches Parents Sports Officials Teen Athletes
Description: To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The HEADS UP initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Specific Concussion Information for: Coaches Parents Sports Officials Young Athletes
Description: A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms (Signs Observed by School Professionals and Symptoms Reported by the Student). (CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Any one of your students could take a spill, knock his/her head, and get a concussion in any number of school settings ranging from the hallway, the playground, the cafeteria, and beyond. That’s why—whether you’re a principal, school nurse, teacher or other school professional—the CDC and several other distinguished medical, educational, school-health and school-professional organizations encourage you to use the HEADS UP to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs materials....
Description: There are many ways to help reduce the risk of a concussion or other serious brain injury both on and off the sports field, including: General Prevention, All Sports Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Field Hockey Football Ice Hockey Lacrosse Soccer Softball Volleyball Wrestling (CDC-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Based on motor responsiveness, verbal performance, and eye opening to appropriate stimuli, the Glascow Coma Scale was designed and should be used to assess the depth and duration coma and impaired consciousness.
Description: Our multidisciplinary team helps children and their parents through every step of recovery, from managing neurological symptoms to school and social issues. Specialists on the team include: Certified brain injury specialists Educational consultants Neuropsychologists Registered nurses Rehabilitation therapists Social workers Sports medicine physicians The team also includes certified consultants for ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). ImPACT is the most widely...
Description: Brain Injury Services provides specialized case management to address the complex needs of survivors who have experienced disabilities involving cognition, behavior and physical functioning. This intervention focuses on minimizing institutionalization and maximizing clients’ strengths and abilities in order to be a part of their community. The role of the Case Manager also includes increasing the capacity of other organizations to serve our clients and his/her family effectively, as well...
Description: Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.
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: Head Start is a national child development program for children from birth to age 5, which provides services to promote academic, social and emotional development for income-eligible families. As a professional organization, the Virginia Head Start Association is dedicated to advocacy, training and providing support which enhances and fosters growth of our individual members, member agencies, partners and others who impact the lives of children and families. (parents, parent)
Description: VSTE is the premier professional development and advocacy organization for educators in Virginia. The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) was founded in 1986 as the Virginia Educational Computing Association and is Virginia’s affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In addition, VSTE is the Virginia state chapter for CoSN. VSTE’s mission is to promote excellence in education through professional development endeavors supporting the...
Description: The Strategic Instruction Model™ is a comprehensive, evidence-based adolescent literacy program that empowers teachers and enables students to better succeed in school and beyond.
Description: The American Society for Deaf Children supports and educates families of deaf and hard of hearing children and advocates for high quality programs and services.
Description: The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth–five and their families, in early care and education settings. The SpecialQuest materials and approach have been used with over 5,000 participants nationwide, refined over a period of ten years, and have been shown to create and sustain change. Materials on this website are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.
Description: The Network's mission is to raise awareness of communication and education needs as well as to promote advocacy and research for those who have autism and are deaf/hard of hearing and/or blind/visually impaired.
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: The Epilepsy Foundation of America® is the national voluntary agency dedicated solely to the welfare of the almost 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. and their families. The organization works to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; to improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and to promote research for a cure.
Description: Many interventions exist for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Yet, scientific research has found only some of these interventions to be effective. The interventions that researchers have shown to be effective are called evidence-based practices (EBPs). One reason for using EBPs is because, by law, teaching practices must be based on evidence of effectiveness. What EBPs have been identified? The NPDC used a rigorous criteria to classify 27 focused interventions as EBPs in 2014. The 27...
Description: As concussions and other injuries are on the rise, Mason’s College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) is joining forces with the Central Loudoun Youth Football League (CLYFL) in Loudoun County, Va., and the National Sports Medicine Institute. The partnership will work to improve youth sport safety through on-site medical care and professional expertise from athletic trainers and physicians who will help craft future league safety policies.
Description: This web site is a component of the United States Department of Health and Human Services- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Health Information Network. (Mental Health, National Organizations)
Description: The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek. This includes an Education Corner, where you will learn: how to work effectively with the school team, how federal and state education laws protect your child, who makes the decisions affecting your child’s education, how pediatric bipolar disorder affects learning, and where to turn for more information and assistance. (parent, parents, National Organizations)
Description: The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society.
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: TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. Topics on their site include positive behavior support, inclusive education, communication, and community living. (National Organizations)
Description: The American Council of the Blind (ACB) is a national organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. ACB programs and services include "The Braille Forum", a free monthly publication available in braille, large print, on cassette and computer disk, and by e-mail subscription and at www.acb.org; numerous scholarship awards; and...
Description: The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.
Description: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a individual membership professional organization representing more than 77,000 member physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), and students of physical therapy. APTA seeks to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice, education, and research, and by increasing the awareness and understanding of physical therapy's role in the nation's health care system.
Description: The American Occupational Therapy Association advances the quality, availability, use, and support of occupational therapy through standard-setting, advocacy, education, and research on behalf of its members and the public. (National Organizations)
Description: The Angelman Syndrome Foundation's mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome through education and information, research, and support for individuals with Angelman Syndrome, their families and other concerned parties.
Description: The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the leader in advocacy, education, training, and research for anxiety and stress-related disorders. (National Organizations)
Description: We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.
Description: Since their founding in 1988, the Beach Center on Disability has (a) conducted research, (b) carried out training and technical assistance, and (c) provided international, national, state, regional, and local service. They have carried out these three activities in collaboration with families who have members with disabilities, individuals with disabilities, the professionals and policy leaders who serve families and individuals, and members of the communities in which the families and...
Description: Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). (National Organizations)
Description: The Blind Childrens Center's mission is to provide comprehensive early intervention, specialized education and training, in a fully inclusive family oriented environment, for children ages birth through school age who are blind or severely visually impaired and to optimize each child's development and consequent opportunities to lead an independent and productive life. Additionally, to utilize the Center's professional expertise and experience to serve families and professionals worldwide...
Description: The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. (National Organizations)
Description: The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences. (National Organizations)
Description: The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. (National Organizations)
Description: Welcome to MDA’s new Transitions Resource Center, a site focused on the needs, goals and hopes of young people with neuromuscular disease! Each year in the United States, nearly half a million youth with disabilities and chronic health conditions cross into adulthood — and the numbers continue to grow. However, barriers continue to exist for young people seeking higher education, employment and independent living. (National Organizations)
Description: NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. (National Organizations)