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Description: There is more to estate planning--particularly when special needs children are involved--than signing some documents and putting them in a strong box or filing cabinet, never to be found again. As a general rule, we should keep our estate planning documents in a safe place that is readily accessible in the event they are needed. Parents of children with special needs should also use a binder that contains all the information that future caregivers will need to carry on after the parents are...
Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: Accessible Academic Activities are educational activities that support single switch technology. Students with physical disabilities and/or students who become overwhelmed by too much information (or choices) are good switch candidates. This webinar will review a variety of educational activities that provide curricular supports for switch users focusing on emergent literacy skills (specifically alphabet knowledge, letter writing, print knowledge, oral language, and phonological awareness)....
Description: Many school divisions are working to improve student performance on standards of learning tests, yet few are thinking about the power of assistive technology. How can you bust the barriers to the use of AT in these endeavors? Dr. Reed will draw on research from many fields to suggest critical actions that you can use to gain support for assistive technology. Participate in this webinar and become a barrier buster! Note: You will need to sign in to your TTAC Online Account to access this Archived...
Description: Workers with disabilities are paid about 10% less than other workers in similar jobs, and 8% less in total compensation, including wages, health insurance and vacation time, according to a new Cornell University study.
Description: Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English SOL Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading, persuasive writing, and research using primary sources.
Description: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the...
Description: The Reading Teachers Network – or RTN – is the online source for renewal, creativity, and reading instruction for all reading teachers and administrators. RTN has been designed to provide the research-based resources teachers need, and to be a meeting place where educators can connect and communicate. RTN is a 24/7 virtual resource for teachers of reading that includes videos of classroom instruction, webinars, articles about best practices, instructional tools, and much, much more.
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: 2013 conference presentations and materials are available for download from the conference program.
Description: This guide includes scholarships, internships, fellowships, books and websites. (Courtesy of U.S. Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congressional District 34-California, 2013-2014 Edition)
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: More than four hundred Virginia PIP alumni, and thousands who have graduated from PIP programs across the country, have learned how to make a difference every day for themselves, their families, and their communities. Individuals participating in PIP attend advocacy training, resource development, and skill building workshops led by state and national experts. Topics covered include the history of the disability rights movement, self-advocacy, independent living, employment, building inclusive...
Description: This booklet describes the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and health benefits for a child with a disability and explains the evaluation of disability claims for children. (Spanish version)
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: Stratford University is a private educational institution dedicated to preparing students for the challenges of a rewarding career. Alumni pursue professions in high-demand fields like information technology, hospitality, culinary arts, business administration, health sciences, and nursing.
Description: With more than 50,000 graduate and undergraduate students attending classes at one of 100 campus locations, online courses offered to U.S. and international students and over 2,000 faculty, Strayer University is a compelling and enriching center of higher education.
Description: School connectedness—the belief held by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals—is an important protective factor. This publication defines and describes the components of school connectedness and identifies specific actions that schools can take to increase school connectedness.
Description: Marshall University is committed to making all programs, services, and activities fully accessible to students with disabilities. The purpose of the Office of Disability Services Program is to provide the educational and physical accessibility support necessary for students to achieve their academic goals and to promote as much independence as possible on the part of the students with disabilities. (postsecondary education)
Description: This is the Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration. This contains a variety of information and resouces concerning disability benefits. Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
Description: PBIS of Virginia is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. This web site is a collection of resources, tools, training opportunities and similar guides for educators and school administrators.
Description: When children read what they enjoy, they learn to love reading and become better readers. The free summer reading programs at your public library will help your child keep reading and learning while having fun all summer long. Research has shown that children who continue to read during the summer vacation perform better in the fall when school resumes, and the even reading for simple summer enjoyment helps children with literacy skills, while helping prevent learning losses.
Description: This Reading Progression Chart (PDF) identifies the grade level at which specific skills are formally introduced in the 2010 English SOL. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: Many sports-related brain injury mechanisms are preventable. The results suggest that further efforts aimed at universal rule changes, safer playing environments, and the education of coaches, players, and parents should be targeted in maximizing prevention of sport-related brain injury using a multifaceted approach.
Description: The following is an annotated listing of curriculum, instruction, and assessment resources and guidance provided to school divisions since 2009 to assist with the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning.
Description: Project SEARCH provides employability skills training and workplace internships for individuals with significant disabilities, particularly youth transitioning from high school to adult life. Project SEARCH originated at Cincinnati Children's and now has program sites throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Description: The SETT Framework is a four part model intended to promote collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. The SETT Scaffolds are a series of forms that, like architectural scaffolds, are designed to be used when and where needed. They are meant to be examples and can be adapted and changed to meet the needs of the people who are using them as long as credits to the...
Description: While it is expected that parents and school personnel will work in partnership to ensure children with disabilities are provided appropriate services, there are times when the child’s parents and school officials cannot reach consensus on what constitutes a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for an individual child. When such disagreements occur, parents and school districts can turn to IDEA’s procedural safeguards and dispute resolution options.(parent, parents)
Description: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. This law applies to public elementary and secondary schools, among other entities. (parent, parents)
Description: This is a parents' guide to adult services in the city of Alexandria and Arlington and Fairfax Counties. It contains "Securing a Future: A Checklist for Parents," as well as information on Estate and Benefits Planning, Post-Secondary, Vocational and Day Support Services, Recreation, Transportation and Living Arrangements. The 10 Appendices include additional resources. Some of the resources are specific to parents in Alexandria City and Arlington and Fairfax County but some of the information...
Description: The revised Computer Technology Standards of Learning were approved by the Virginia Board of Education in February 2013. These standards outline the content and skills that teachers in Virginia are expected to integrate into their classrooms so that students are proficient in technology use.
Description: SMALL STEPS: A Parent-Infant Education Program for Families Raising Children who are Deaf,Hard-of-Hearing, Blind, Low Vision and DeafBlind...honoring the small steps that promote happy families... FREE services offered through The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind
Description: WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you'll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they've learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.
Description: The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) maintains and promotes the Louis Database of Accessible Materials, named in honor of Louis Braille. Louis contains information on accessible print materials produced by about 160 organizations throughout the United States. These materials include books in braille, large print, audio, and electronic file format. Louis also lists products developed by APH.
Description: The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Inc. is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinitis pigmentosa (RP), macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of retinal degenerative diseases.
Description: Special Olympics Virginia is a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. We serve more than 11,000 athletes through seven regional offices and 30 area programs. We are one of 52 U.S. programs, and part of a global movement that serves more than 3.7 million athletes in more than 170 counties.
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: 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: 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: Theses resources for working with children with Blindness or Visual Impairment are available from the TTAC Lending Resources from the Kellar Library at George Mason University. No time to come to the library? No problem! Most items can be mailed to your school or home address. To see a list of resources, click on the attachment. (parent, parents) If you are interested in the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment, click the website listed beside "visit."
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: 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: 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: March 2011- English Skills Worksheets and Sample Student Resources have been updated for English. A standards-based IEP describes a process in which the IEP team has incorporated state content standards in its development. The IEP is directly linked to and framed by Virginia’s course content Standards of Learning (SOL) for the grade in which the student is enrolled or will be enrolled. The components are the same as the traditional IEP. It should be noted that in a standards-based IEP, the...
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: This module underscores the importance of the general education teacher's collaborating with professionals and other individuals knowledgeable about the needs of students with visual disabilities.
Description: A comprehensive and practical resource that provides field-tested, research-based strategies for including young children with disabilities in early childhood programs. Early childhood educators, child care providers, and administrators can use the photocopiable forms and case studies to promote inclusion in the earliest social and educational experiences of young children. The book provides suggestions on activity planning, family involvement, collaboration, cultural issues, multiple...
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.