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Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Description: ep (Exceptional Parent) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. (Registration is free.)
Description: Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We partner with organizations and individuals across the entire spectrum of the health care community to achieve our mission.
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...
Description: Reference Points: Transition Updates from the Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) features resources and updates to help parent organizations, advocates and professionals better serve adolescents and young adults with disabilities and their families. Subscribers receive several short e-mail messages each week featuring resources on issues affecting young adults with disabilities and their families. (PACER Center)
Description: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community where young adults with mental health concerns can support each other while navigating challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18-25. The site was developed by young adults and is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in...
Description: Through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-aged youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends can benefit from the information and guidance offered by the...
Description: To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents. (General Autism)
Description: The VA Autism Council's website provides information on training in Virginia. This is Virginia's clearinghouse on best practices and research-based education and training opportunities to advance personnel development in autism in Virginia. (General Autism)
Description: The SPD Network is a project of the Kid Foundation, an organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for students, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorder. Available on this site are FAQs about SPD, scientific research related to SPD, SPD conferences and workshops, a treatment directory, and general information about SPD. (Sensory)
Description: The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has issued a revised Q&A document to provide States, State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), parents, and other stakeholders with information regarding the IDEA requirements relating to individualized education programs (IEPs), evaluations, and reevaluations.
Description: The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center serves as a clearinghouse of information for people seeking to remove or overcome educational barriers and to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Center also supports educators and service...
Description: The Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community. (Adapted PE)
Description: The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
Description: NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment. NTACT will identify and promote evidence-based and promising practices to Increase access, participation and success of students with disabilities in...
Description: Literacy Connections provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy. We recommend resources that are useful for teachers, volunteers, and directors of literacy programs. Topics include the language experience approach, phonics, word study, word families, and the best in children's literature.
Description: Makes Sense Strategies™ (MSS) is composed of scientific research-based instructional procedures and resources designed for “wateringup” the curriculum, and was developed and validated by Edwin Ellis, Ph.D. (University of Alabama). (Reading, writing, social studies, math)
Description: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life (hearing impairment)
Title: LearningPort
Description: LearningPort is a national professional development library of learning modules, tool kits, archived webinars and video resources created by NASDSE’s IDEA Partnership and funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support the use of ARRA funds in states and LEAs. These modules were developed to enable district teams to meet their increasing professional development needs in a flexible as-needed manner.
Description: Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools: academic excellence, developmentally responsive and socially equitable.
Description: Welcome to Disability.gov, the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing. You can also find organizations in your community to help you get the support you need.  
Description: Since 2000, the Transition Coalition, located at the University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disability, has been maximizing professional development opportunities for secondary transition and college and career readiness of youth with disabilities.
Description: The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) at Edvantia is one of 16 regional comprehensive and 5 content centers that make up the Comprehensive Center Network funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of the comprehensive centers is to provide state education agencies with intensive technical assistance to address the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and meet student achievement goals. (Service area includes Virginia.)
Description: AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.
Description: AdLit.org is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers (grades 4-12). The Hot Topics in Adolescent Literacy section is available in Spanish.
Description: The National Center for Family Literacy is creating a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. This site includes a section called, "Tools for Literacy Programs," which contains free teacher resources. (families/parent/parents)
Description: The Mid-Atlantic Equity Center (MAEC) promotes academic rigor for students who have traditionally been denied educational opportunities and equal access to a quality education. We believe that promoting academic rigor for all students and ensuring that underrepresented groups of students have access to high quality curriculum and instruction are the most effective ways to address equity in the nation's schools. (Service area includes Virginia.)
Description: Virginia's state professional association for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Inforamtion on legistation, advocacy, and training. Hosts an annual state conference each spring. (SLP)
Description: The Office for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Education issues this guidance to provide state and local education agencies with information concerning disclosure of disability on report cards and transcripts for students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools.
Description: The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 added section 1148 to the Social Security Act.  Among other things, Section 1148 established the Ticket to Work and Self- Sufficiency Program (Ticket Program).  The Ticket Program provides Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities more choices for receiving employment services and increases provider incentives to serve beneficiaries with disabilities who wish to maximize their economic self- sufficiency through work...
Description: Virginia Easy Access is the name of a website developed for seniors, adults with disabilities, their caregivers and the providers that support them. Virginia Easy Access is full of helpful information about services and supports that are available across the Commonwealth. Virginia Easy Access is the gateway to the VirginiaNavigator provider database. The provider database will help people find local services and supports.  The database is constantly updated in order to make sure the most...
Description: Welcome to FederalGrantsWire.com. We are committed to bringing you the most current information on federal grants, government grants and loans. We also maintain an archive of federal government grants and loans for reference purposes.
Description: The Mission is: To promote economic growth and stability by delivering and coordinating workforce services to include: Policy development Job Placement Temporary income support Workforce information Transition and training services To accomplish our mission, we will: Partner with our stakeholders Develop and empower staff Improve our processes Embrace innovative solutions and technologies Continually renew our organization
Description: The disAbility Law Center helps with disability-related problems like abuse, neglect, and discrimination. We also help people with disabilities obtain services and treatment. All callers receive help with these problems. Individuals with problems, targeted in our program goals, may also receive advocacy services and/or legal representation. The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human and civil rights; and...
Description: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or now income; and It provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Other questions answered include: Am I eligible for SSI benefits? How may I apply for SSI benefits? Help for Beneficiaries Who Return to Work Income Reporting
Description: ReadingQuest is designed to provide you with the philosophical bases for sound comprehension strategy instruction, directions for a range of comprehension and content reading strategies, and printable handouts and masters for transparencies. This website has strategies for reading, writing, organizing, discussion and vocabulary in Social Studies (and all subjects!).
Description: Information to help students achieve progressive levels of mastery so that they may communicate effectively in English and, ultimately, participate fully in society and the world of work. This site includes: Curriculum Frameworks (Blueprints for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education), Instructional Materials (Information and resources for instructional materials), Recommended Literature (Collection of outstanding literature for children and...
Description: Reading First is a national reading initiative established under the No Child Left Behind Act.
Description: Comprehensive resource for reading that proivdes a calendar, eLibrary, ehandouts, slideshows and more.