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Description: This is a place to browse and build resources, lessons and collections. You can use and share these materials to support instruction guided by the UDL principles. UDL Studio ™ UDL Exchange ™ UDL Book Builder ™ UDL Guidelines ™ iSolveIt ™ Math Puzzles UDL Curriculum Toolkit ™ CAST Science Writer ™ UDL Curriculum Self-Check ™ UDL Editions ™
Description: Families are the enduring presence in the lives of young children with disabilities. This volume contains activities to support early care and education staff and families in developing positive relationships that support collaboration and family leadership. Session 1: Creating Bright Futures (Building Relationships with Families) Session 2: Listening to Families Session 3: When Concerns Arise: Learning from Families' Experiences Session 4: Getting...
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. Beneath these umbrella terms, there is actually a wide range of specific conditions that differ from one another in their characteristics...
Description: Giving a child a home is a remarkable gift. This page is written for the families who’ve adopted children with disabilities (and without!) and those who offer them safe haven through fostering. It’s also written for those who work in state agencies or in private organizations who find foster homes and adoptive families for so many children.
Description: Cerebral palsy—also known as CP—is a condition caused by injury to the parts of the brain that control our ability to use our muscles and bodies. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. Often the injury happens before birth, sometimes during delivery, or, like Jen, soon after being born. CP can be mild, moderate, or severe. Mild CP may mean a child is clumsy. Moderate CP may mean the child walks with a limp. He or she may...
Description: Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as talking with friends, going to school and work, or participating in recreational activities is a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help to overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance their quality of life and lead more independent...
Description: SmartBrief provides: Summaries of what matters to you, written by expert editors to save you time and keep you informed and prepared. A daily snapshot of special education with news from Education Week, Teacher Magazine and other leading sources.
Description: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Each year there are a reported 1.7 million civilian brain injuries in the United States. In the military from 2000 through 2012, more than 266,000 service members sustained a TBI. Brain injury has become known as the signature wound of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most brain injuries are mild, and most people recover in a matter of weeks....
Description: These online training modules, created by Barbara Didona, MEd. (funded by the Allen C. Crocker Family Fellowship at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, and by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School) were created specifically for paraprofessionals. The free, research-based modules are full of practical tips and strategies. The modules can also be shared by parent centers with the professionals and paraprofessionals for whom they...
Description: The organization of the document, as detailed in the Table of Contents, is as follows: Introduction: Establishes a common vocabulary, defines co-teaching, and describes the six co-teaching approaches; Guidelines for Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a District-Wide Co-Teach Program: Provides information for district-level administrators on setting up and implementing a co-teach program; Guidelines for Campus Administrators: Considerations for Beginning a Campus Co-Teach Program:...
Description: We have developed Communication Guidelines and Resources to support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD and to create lifelong learners. The Communication Guidelines and Resources are designed to: Enhance understanding of what communication is, Enhance understanding of why communication is important, and Advance expectations, knowledge, and skills related to communication based assessments, strategies, and supports. The Communication Guidelines...
Description: It is one thing to read about learning and attention issues.  It's another thing to see them through your child's eyes. Experience firsthand how frustrating it is when your hand won't write what your brain is telling it to. Or how hard it is to complete a simple task when you have trouble focusing. Use these unique simulations and videos to better understand your child's world. Simulations These game-like experiences  are a fun way to help you see why learning and attention issues can...
Description: On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).  ESSA contains several provisions which impact “highly qualified teacher” (HQT) requirements beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The terms “highly qualified teacher” and “highly qualified paraprofessional” will be eliminated...
Description: CEC is the voice and vision of special education and the premier association for special education professionals.
Description: Bienvenidos a BrainLine. Somos un sitio de Internet dedicado a informar al público sobre la prevención y el tratamiento de las lesiones cerebrales traumáticas (traumatismos cerebrales o Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI en inglés). También brindamos recursos para las personas que viven con una lesión cerebral y sus familiares. Nuestra misión es ofrecer información confiable, y crear una comunidad sólida para apoyar a todas las personas...
Description: The Autism Speaks 100 Day Kit is a tool designed to help assist families of children between the ages of 5 and 13 recently diagnosed with autism during the critical period following an autism diagnosis.
Description: This includes the following: The Bullying Problem: What You Need to Know, How to Help Your Child Defend Against Bullies, The Facts on Bullying, 9 Steps to Take If You Suspect Bullying at School, At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Grade School, At a Glance: Signs of Bullying in Middle School, At a Glance: Who Can Help With Bullying, The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying, Anti-Bullying Resources: Books Teen Forums and More, What to Do When Your Child Is The Bully, 8 Ways to Make Your Child's...
Description: The Virginia Autism Council is a group comprised of self-advocates, professionals and family members. This Council works to advance knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders by defining skill competencies needed to effectively support a person with ASD and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers who provide support. The VAC website is Virginia’s clearinghouse on education and training opportunities taking place...
Description: Designed for educators, AT specialists, and therapists on a shoestring budget, this webcast integrates low to high tech AT into math and science instruction for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities, for little or no cost. Learn how to create: accessible math and science resources for differentiated instruction, including: scientific process and math sequence ropes; customized graph paper; graphic organizers; item banks; electronic timers; mini-offices; virtual and...
Description: Reading Makes Cent$ is a financial literacy program for Virginia students grades K–3.
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging. Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
Description: Are you using all the tools that are available to improve your students' learning and demonstration of literacy skills? Have your students developed note-taking and study skills? Are they communicating and participating in socially acceptable ways, autonomously and as independently as possible? These are the possibilities of supports through today's mobile technologies, apps, software, and even no tech assistive technology strategies. You will be prompted to login to view this archived video.
Description: This includes the top 10 fact parents, educators and students need to know, including #1 "The facts - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabiled peers" and #2 "Bullying affects a student's ability to learn."
Description: Bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. Schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices and policies that address all forms of bullying and harassment and emphasize prevention; timely, consistent intervention; social-emotional supports victims and bullies; and clear, effective discipline. School psychologists work with educators, students, and families to ensure that every child feels safe at, and on the way to and from, school....
Description: These fact sheets include: Common Views and Myths about Bullying, Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying, The Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Bullying, Bullying - Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns, Is Your Child Being Bullied In Cyberspace?, Steps To Take If Your Child Is Being Bullied At School, Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident - Using a Template Letter, and many more! Some of these fact sheets are available in Spanish.
Description: In over 30 years of clinical practice, Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have worked with thousands of children who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are weak executive skills, and through our writing and now this website, we spotlight these skills that are critical for school and life success.
Description: The Customized Employment 101 webinar will assist special education teachers, transition coordinators and employment specialists of middle and high students in considering person-directed employment beyond the confines of traditional job development. The outcome of customized employment planning is paid, community-based employment for students with complex lives. (VCU Center on Transition Innovations)
Description: The Process of Discovery surrounds a person-centered approach to gathering information about the prospective worker to guide the development of customized employment and work experience. Discovery answers the question "who is this student?", "what contributions can he/she make? and "where and when are they at their best?" This process uses portfolios, visual resumes, interviews and observations to uncover the unique contributions, skills and interests that each person can bring to the job. (VCU...
Description: People First Language is an objective and respectful way to speak about people with disabilities by emphasizing the person first, rather than the disability. It acknowledges what a person has, and recognizes that a person is not the disability. In putting the person before the disability, People First Language highlights a person's value, individuality and capabilities. (Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities)
Description: Paraeducator (Paraprofessional) Resources Accommodation Rubric Enhancing the Role of the Paraeducator Paraeducator Weekly Log Paraeducator Effectiveness Self-Check Paraprofessional Schedule
Description: Are you looking for information on a health condition or perhaps trying to find health services? There are lots of medical sites out there that explain conditions in terms you don’t need to be a doctor to understand. And there are sites that can help you locate healthcare services in your community.
Description: Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources. Table of Contents Employment Postsecondary Education Recreation Independent Living Assistive Technology Disability Living Online
Description: Building effective communication skills is a critical component of the education of all students with ASD. It requires a systematic plan that ensures communication instruction is individualized to fit the short term and long term needs of the student. This involves individualized communication instruction, team collaboration, a system of communication that allows for effective and efficient communication, and implementation of evidence-based strategies and supports.
Description: All children are able to learn, just not in the same way. Autism is an information-processing difference that affects: communication, social interaction, sensory response, and learning and thinking. In part 1, we discussed academic strategies for the classroom. This presentation will address strategies for the unstructured time within the school day, environmental supports, social supports, and communication supports. Dr. Webb will also discuss strategies for managing behavioral challenges.
Description: Games and activities are more than just fun for a preschooler — they also help with physical development and early learning. Find creative activities for your preschooler in areas such as arts and crafts, cooking, music and dance, and basic academic skills.
Description: In order to implement any strategy to help students on the autism spectrum, we first need to understand the reasons behind some of their challenging behaviors and understand the feelings those behaviors provoke in their caretakers. This session helps caregivers manage their own emotions so they can help manage those of their children or clients.
Description: All of us can have meltdowns when we lose control and seem immune to reasoning. Having consistent rules and consequences for such behavior is important, yet there are times when such traditional discipline seems ineffective. When consistent discipline is not enough, we need to understand why these difficult moments continue. This presentation is designed to (1) learn ways to de-escalate a meltdown in the moment, (2) understand 7 common triggers to repeat problems and (3) create effective...
Description: Our goal in education must be to create a rich educational setting for all children. Special Education was originally designed as a "resource" to educational programs, not as a separate placement. Research indicates that removing children from their typical peers, undermines their capacity to learn the skills that will enable them to belong. Statistics from the CDC show a dramatic rise in Autism; therefore we must prepare our inclusive classrooms to create the educational setting to address the...
Description: This includes: Concussion - Management Flow Chart.docx Concussion - CDC Concussion Checklist (CMT-1) Concussion - Student Concussion Symptom Monitoring Tool (CMT-2) Teacher Notification of Concussion (CMT-3) Concussion - Student Concussion Academic Monitoring Tool (CMT-4) CMT Recommendations for Ongoing Symptoms (CMT-5) Concussion - Symptoms and Accomodations (CMT-6) Concussion - Report to Teachers.docx
Description: Contiene preguntas que los consumidores pueden hacerse para ayudarles a decidir si se debe buscar ayuda para un problema de abuso de drogas, de salud mental, o ambas cosas. Urge a los que respondieron "sí" a cualquiera de las preguntas, que busquen ayuda y contiene una lista de recursos dónde pueden obtener más información. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Lists questions consumers can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a substance abuse problem, a mental health issue, or both. Urges those who answered "yes" to any of the questions to seek help and lists resources for more information.(SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Although definitions of bullying vary, experts generally agree that the core elements of bullying consist of unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children involving a real or perceived power imbalance. There is also an element of repetition, meaning the behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Types of bullying include: Physical abuse Verbal abuse Social exclusion Spreading rumors Cyberbullying (via e-mails, texts, websites) The Centers for Disease Control...
Description: Sleep affects how children feel and function. By helping your child to get the recommended amount of sleep, you can improve your child's health, psychological well-being , and safety. Sleep is key to your child's growth and development as well as his/her ability to learn. (Virginia Academy of Sleep Medicine)
Description: Welcome to Sleep Education, a comprehensive educational resource for teachers and administrators! The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed lessons and activities to generate interest in the study of sleep medicine and to raise awareness of sleep disorders. Sleep is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and impacts our ability to perform in many aspects of life. (American Academy of Sleep Medicine)
Description: This includes 10 tips for parents to support their child's science learning.
Description: Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can present in the form of threats, physical assault, and intimidation that is intentional and involves a difference in power and/or strength.Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. This site includes FAQs, Facts for Families, Clinical Resources, Research and Training,...
Description: STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE’s goals are to: Increase awareness that youth violence can and should be...
Description: Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed in this article are useful to you in that effort.
Description: In this webcast, Tori illustrates her struggles, triumphs, and tools used to survive each day. This allows for an opportunity to walk a mile in her shoes as she journeys through life from childhood to adulthood. Tori's message will leave you curious, motivated, and with a heightened awareness of ASD. Just when you think you know all about ASD, Tori's story may surprise you! (VCU Autism Center for Excellence- ACE)