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Description: Being a parent is the most wonderful—and hardest—job in the world. If you have a child with special needs, your job is no less wonderful, but it can be more complicated. Your child’s education is most likely an area of great interest to you. As a child with a disability, he or she may be eligible for special education services in school. If so, then it will be important for you to learn: more about special education; how special education services can support your child; and...
Description: Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement. Ready asks individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) build...
Description: Project Aim: Develop a comprehensive implementation program for the delivery of Universal Core vocabulary instruction and augmentative communication supports using the multi-tiered system for augmenting language (mSAL). Goals: Teach students with significant cognitive disabilities and complex communication needs to use symbols included on augmentative communication systems to communicate with a variety of people for a variety of needs. Create and evaluate the mSAL with...
Description: The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.
Description: The POWER (Parent Organizer With Educational Resources) web app provides parents and families with online resources to answer questions about child development, disabilities, community services, Special Education, diploma options in Virginia and transition to life after high school.  The questions and potential resources are separated into age levels: Early Childhood, Elementary School, Middle School and High School. This project is a collaborative effort between the Parent Resource...
Description: Social communication and social skill difficulties are core characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Deficits in social skills often have negative consequences that impact individuals’ outcomes in inclusive learning opportunities in schools and inclusive engagement in the communities. Though this social component is a widely known hallmark of ASD, intervention to support individuals’ mastery of these skills is still emerging in classroom and community environments across...
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: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.  Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with...
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: 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: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?
Description: The goal of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative – a federal cross agency initiative – is to coordinate and leverage existing resources to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This resource guide is an example of federal agencies working together to ensure employers have the tools and resources they need to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.
Description: Founded in 2009, the National UDL Center supports the effective implementation of UDL by connecting stakeholders in the field and providing resources and information UDL Basics, Advocacy, Implementation, Research, Community, and Resources.
Description: Spring is an ideal time for educators to pause and reflect. Routines and practices are established, but enough of the year remains to make adjustments. It is also not too early to start planning for next year. (William & Mary T/TAC Link Lines Newsletter, Feb. 2015)
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: This includes direct links to the videos: Segment One: Characteristics, Segment Two: Integrating Supports in the Classroom, Segment Three: Practices for Challenging Behavior, and Segment Four: Effective Use of Teacher Supports as well as the Supplementary Training Manual and the Professional Development Curriculum. These videos developed for secondary teachers assisting students with autism in general education settings. However, they could be used to give educators ideas to support students...
Description: In this folder you will find the following: •Webinar Guide Providing Table of Contents for Webinar Discussion which Allows You to Move to Sections of Webinar You Wish To View •The Powerpoint Handouts for this Presentation •Resources Links to Accompany Webinar (these are updated as new resources are sent to DPI) •Summary of Feedback and Participant Questions •General Family and Autism Resources Folder
Description: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. The information on this site includes How to get started, the AAC Assessment Process, Implementation and Use, Research, Resources and Professional Development. Professionals and families now have access to all of this information in one location to help in planning for those students needing communication goals and strategies. (Click...
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: This module describes how teachers can incorporate vocabulary and reading comprehension skills instruction into content-area lessons and will introduce you to a variety of effective practices—including the use of graphic organizers—to help students better understand what they read.
Description: This Module examines some of the reasons that adolescents struggle with content-area text and overviews effective strategies teachers can use to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of students with a wide range of abilities and across a variety of subjects.
Description: Students with disabilities, like all students, must have the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. Three Federal laws – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (Title II), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) – address the obligations of public schools, including charter schools, to meet the...
Description: Start with the Arts at Home is an educational resource that uses the arts to assist young children, including those with disabilities, in exploring themes commonly taught in early childhood classrooms in the home setting. Start with the Arts at Home is available for free download in both English and Spanish.
Description: This App renders the “Parents' Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution” by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), for mobile devices. It covers “Mediation,” “Formal Complaint,” and “Due Process” and includes a section that defines relevant “Acronyms” and a “Glossary.” The application offers an easy to use question and answer format. Many answers include a direct link to the Regulations Governing Special Education...
Description: This paper presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success.
Description: Apps for Children with Special Needs (a4cwsn) is committed to helping the families and caretakers of children with special needs and the wider community of educators and therapists who support them, by producing videos that demonstrate how products designed to educate children and build their life skills really work from a user perspective. Our aim is that these videos, along with relevant information and advice from an independent source you can trust, provides valuable insight into whether a...
Description: As part of their alliance, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a PSA to Major League Baseball clubs and their minor league affiliates. This PSA featuring Curtis Pride is part of a multi-year outreach initiative, "Ability Transcends Challenges," undertaken by PBATS to educate the public about the talents of people with disabilities in sports and in the workplace. In his own words,...
Description: ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and for other states, the Common Core standards. (Grades K-12)
Description: Let's Move! Active Schools is a comprehensive program that empowers P.E. teachers, classroom teachers, principals, administrators, and parents to create active environments that enable all students to get moving and reach their full potential.
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: "Student Involvement in the IEP" features two evidence based strategies to involve students in the IEP process. This fact sheet was developed as a collaborative effort between the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC).
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: La salud de nuestros niños es algo muy importante. Mantenerse saludable puede ser caro, especialmente si hay preocupaciones dentro de la familia con conseguir seguro de la salud, cuidado médico, un diagnóstico, o información médica sobre una condición específica.
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. t’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: Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources.
Description: We know from the experiences of families and the findings of research that having a child with a disability powerfully affects everyone in the family. This includes that child’s brothers and sisters.
Description: As a child care provider or preschool teacher, you may even be among the first to notice a child’s difficulties or special needs. That’s why, quite often, child care providers and preschool teachers play a key role in recognizing that a child may need special help and in connecting families with the systems of that help that address children’s developmental and disability-related needs.
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: Reports on complex factors surrounding bullying and the activities underway to reduce its occurrence; new tools to prevent opioid overdose and underage drinking; rises in PCP-related emergency department visits; and the final rule on the Federal parity law. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
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: ¿Qué es el acoso?, Acoso por Internet, ¿Quién está en riesgo?, Prevenir el acoso, Responder ante el acoso, Recibir ayuda ahora (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
Description: This site includes sections on: What is bullying, Cyber Bullying, Who is at Risk, Prevent Bullying, Respond to Bullying and Get Help Now. (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
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: 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: El habla y el idioma son las herramientas que los seres humanos usan para comunicar o intercambiar pensamientos, ideas y emociones. El idioma es el conjunto de reglas, compartido por los individuos que se están comunicando, que les permite intercambiar esos pensamientos, ideas o emociones. El habla es la conversación, una de las formas de expresar el idioma. El idioma también puede expresarse mediante la escritura, el lenguaje a señas o los gestos, en el caso de las...
Description: The Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia includes rights and safeguards to protect parents and children. Parents must be informed about these rights and safeguards in the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia so that they can have a leadership role in the services provided to their family. Notice of Child and Family Rights and Safeguards is an official notice of the rights and safeguards of children and families as defined under federal Part C regulations of the Individuals with...