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Description: State and district personnel, faculty, and school personnel often find it difficult to locate reliable, effective resources that translate the latest research on evidence-based practices into practical information that educators can use to improve learning and behavior outcomes for all children. The IRIS alignment tools are a user-friendly way to learn more about which of the IRIS resources align with high-leverage practices (HLPs), state-identified measurable results (SiMRs) topics, and the...
Description: As a teacher, you recognize the need to develop self-determination skills in your students. You also realize there are certain skills and content you must teach. How can you do both at one time? As your students dip into their reading, you can pose questions, give writing prompts, and design assignments that will develop both skill in literacy and skill in self-determination.
Description: DO-IT videos promote the success of people with disabilities, particularly in school and work settings. DO-IT videos play in a custom accessible media player with audio description and transcripts provided. They can be downloaded, viewed on DO-IT's YouTube channel, or ordered on DVD. The Search Video Library feature enables users to search the full text of all videos and begin playing videos at specific start times from the search results. Most videos are accompanied by a brochure with...
Description: This webinar will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts of Self-Determination for students with autism and related disabilities. We will discuss how to teach these concepts, Power-Standards for IEP goals, how to include students in the IEP process, and other strategies for supporting students with developing their self-determination skills. The presenter will be accompanied by student members of a self-determination club. Self-advocates are encouraged to participate.
Description: This virtual college fair provides the opporturnity to explore dozens of inclusive college programs from around the country offering options for students with intellectual disability. The College Fair will be LIVE on October 7, 2020 but the resources will remain available for you to visit throughout the year.
Description: The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) funds a network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs). Each REL serves a designated region of the country and works with educators and policymakers to support a more evidence-based education system. In response to COVID-19, the RELs have collaborated to produce this series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations brought by...
Description: The Youth and Parent Summit is a three-day event held each June and sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Youth with disabilities from across the Commonwealth meet to network and discuss issues of importance to youth and young adults with disabilities. This year, due to the travel restrictions and guidelines put in place by the governor, the event was moved online. This Virtual Summit followed a similar feel to the face-to-face events...
Description: Considerations for COVID Recovery Services for Students with Disabilities (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets (A Collaborative Effort Across OSEP-Funded Projects) Virtual Meetings: Strategies, Tips and Resources (The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, CADRE) Resources for Families and Students (Progress Center: Promoting Progress for Students with Disabilities) IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning (Understood.org) Virtual...
Description: Workplace Readiness Toolkit - Practicing Employment Skills at Home (Center on Transition Innovations, VCU) August 2020 A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (Revised August 2020) U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Project Success: Distance Learning Resources & Tools (to meet the needs of students with disabilities) (Indiana Department of Education & Public Consulting Group)...
Description: As you plan services for transition-aged students, it is important to determine how you will continue to connect currently enrolled and newly referred students with the services of DARS as well as opportunities for students to connect with the Pre-Employment Transition Service counselors. All schools system in the Commonwealth have had the opportunity to complete a Memorandum of Understanding with DARS, whereby preferences regarding school contact, the referral process, pre-employment transition...
Description: This toolkit includes weekly activities to reinforce workplace readiness skills that have already been taught at school. Each activity sheet focuses on one specific workplace readiness skill that can easily be practiced at home, supplemented with technology, and varied with modifications to meet the needs of all students. Each skill learned builds upon the next skill and should continue to be reinforced at home, school, and community throughout the semester and school year. It is important to...
Description: The Development of the Virginia Board of Education's Model Guidance for Student Code of Conduct Policy and Alternatives to Suspension This interactive webinar reviews the reasons the Board adopted new guidance for student conduct policy in 2019, the shifts in mindset needed for implementation of theModel Guidance, and the Guidance’s connection to the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, social emotional learning, restorative practices, trauma informed care, and equity. The Components of the...
Description: Harness the power of High Leverage Practices (HLPs) to boost your inclusive practices! The Ready, Set, Go Team in coordination with TTAC @ GMU is pleased to offer four, 1-hour virtual community of practices for general education teachers and special education teachers who serve students pre-K-12 with disabilities. The community of practices will be aligned with TTAC’s Ready, Set, Go newsletter articles published at the beginning of the same month. Read the Ready, Set, Go and then join...
Description: These materials are being provided as a resource for teachers considering remote learning options. The resources contained in this site do not reflect an endorsement from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Please refer to local remote learning guidance, policies, and practices for further clarification. For optimal viewing of this site please use the Google Chrome browser. 
Description: Distance Learning Resources & Tools include: Utilizing Paraprofessionals to Support Distance Learning Considerations for Supporting Families During Distance Learning Best Practices in Employability, Transition, & Life Skills for Distance Learning Activities for Teaching Employability, Transition & Life Skills Project Success Choice Board for Transition Skills And more..
Description: These training modules were created by the I-CAN! Accessibility Project. The I-CAN! Accessibility Project is a collaboration between the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work and the Partnership for People with Disabilities. Module 1: Understanding Disability Module 2: Person Centered Thinking and Disability Etiquette Module 3: Disabilities and Abuse Module 4: Brain Injury and Abuse Module 5: Safety Planning and Accommodations
Description: Table of Contents: Economic Impact Payments, Information about Representative Payees, Stay Informed, Monthly Benefits and Other Financial Help, Protect Yourself from Scams, Getting Help from Social Security, Hearings, COVID-19 Resources
Description: During these uncertain times, VCU-ACE is working to provide resources for families. Weekly, VCU- ACE will provide an opportunity for parents to join us for Lunch and Learn. An interactive and secure Zoom meeting that will address different topics each week. There will be a short presentation with a time for Q&A.
Description: VDOE has been fielding questions and concerns regarding the impact of extended closures. Some of the common and most critical issues for school divisions are the instructional and logistical barriers to meeting graduation requirements, awarding of credits, and continuity of learning. The goal of this document is to provide school divisions with information and solutions around graduation requirements, promotion, new instruction, and ease of process. The intent is not to over burden or restrict...
Description: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere (PDF) which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local...
Description: On March 23, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam, closed all public and private schools through the end of this school year due to this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. This FAQ document provides answers to commonly asked questions related to the transition from Early Intervention to Early Childhood Special Education. In This FAQ Early Intervention School Closures Transition from EI to ECSE Communicating with Families
Description: This virtual training webinar will be the first of a three-part series on strengthening the transition from high school to postsecondary education and careers. This webinar will focus on postsecondary knowledge including strategies that support student and family understanding of the expectations and norms of postsecondary education and training, and expose students and families to career paths. (Webinar took place Thursday, November 7, 2019.) Speakers: Deborah Jonas, REL Appalachia Kori...
Description: This virtual training webinar was the second of a three-part series on nonacademic supports for strengthening the transition from high school to postsecondary education and training. Presenters shared strategies that can help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and college application requirements. (Webinar took place on Thursday, February 27, 2020.) Presenters: Ashley Campbell, REL AP, SRI International CJ Park, REL AP, SRI International...
Description: Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced today that every teacher in the commonwealth’s public schools will be able to host virtual classes on the Virginia Department of Education’s Virtual Virginia online learning system throughout the 2020-2021 school year. The expanded access to Virtual Virginia is available at no cost to school divisions through $3.5 million in support from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES...
Description: America’s Promise Alliance is a broad coalition of organizations and individuals that are all working to support young people and are experts on diverse facets and aspects of young people’s lives. America’s Promise is committed to connecting our network to resources and information to help them and their communities cope with the repercussions of this public health emergency and the challenges that may become part of everyday life for the coming weeks or months. Members of...
Description: These English and Spanish Booklets contain COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities.
Description: The Our Lives: Safe and Strong Program Toolkit is a set of two web-based tools for abuse awareness, support, and safety planning. One is specialized to the abuse experiences of male-identified individuals, and the other for female-identified individuals. The programs feature people with diverse disabilities and identities speaking about their own abuse experiences. These tools can be used privately, or in the company of a trusted person(s). They can be used as educational information for the...
Description: The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, Gail S. Ennis, and Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, announce the launch of a dedicated online form to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams. These scams—in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported Social Security number problems—skyrocketed over the past year to become the #1 type of fraud reported to the...
Description: The Arc of Northern Virginia is pleased to provide these important resources on Supported Decision Making, made possible in part by a grant from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. As a condition of the grant, and, for reporting purposes only, the ARC are being asked to collect demographic information. Once you submit your answers, you will be redirected to the Supported Decision Making (SDM) Resource Library where you’ll find factsheets and handouts on SDM, SDM videos and...
Description: The K-12 Inclusive Practices Guide is an informational resource to support school divisions and parents looking to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by meeting their needs to the maximum extent possible in general education setting.
Description: This issue looks at how people with disabilities are experiencing self-determination in the U.S. and other countries today, and at the emergence of Supported Decision-Making (SDM) as one way to support individuals with disabilities to exercise self-determination. Articles include discussions of self-determination and SDM in education and human service settings, personal stories of individuals with disabilities and their families embracing self-determination and SDM, and resources for...
Description: Work is for Everyone is a video series designed to promote career awareness for students in elementary school. By featuring individuals with disabilities in a variety of careers, it allows all students to explore potential careers and to gain an awareness that work is for everyone. The video series is available on the CTI website and as part of Virtual Job Shadow Junior (VJS Jr). VJS Jr is an online platform for all K-5 students to explore careers through viewing authentic, real-life...
Description: These 20 Free Apps for Student Success cover the following topics: Productivity Campus Engagement Mental Health and Wellness Stress Management Support System Financial Creating Healthy Habits Study Support Some of these applications are only for use on desktops, while most are available on iPhones or Android products.
Description: The Virginia Community School Framework (VCSF) seeks to remove nonacademic barriers to learning as a means to enhance student academic success. Community schools vigorously pursue equity by creating opportunities, empowering communities, providing wrap-around services, and meeting students where they are, every day. Policies, practices, and supports allow for flexibility that put students first. The VCSF aligns with the Virginia Department of Education’s commitment to maximizing the...
Description: Healthcare Transition for Youth & Family Course (1 hour) This course is designed to help patients and their families who want to learn more about Healthcare Transition from pediatric to adult care, and their role and the role of others for ensuring their health and well-being throughout the entire process. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to: Identify at least one tool for evaluating youth readiness for healthcare transition Describe best practices for the timing and order of...
Description: This section of the Social Security website includes Audio, PDF and Other Language versions of the following information: What You Need to Know About Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) When You Turn 18 Disability Benefits How We Decide if You Still Have a Qualifying Disability Your Right To Question The Decision Made On Your Claim Benefits For Children With Disabilities Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors If You Are Blind Or Have Low Vision - How We Can Help Your Ticket To Work: What...
Description: This website is designed to provide easy access to information from research to practice initiatives funded by OSEP that address the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This website includes resources, links, and other important information relevant to OSEP’s research to practice efforts. What is in included in the Federal Resources for...
Description: What does the research indicate concerning specific teaching techniques that will help adolescent students develop necessary writing skills? This report responds to the need for information on how to improve adolescent writing skills. The study builds upon previously published Reading Next results and highlights a number of key elements essential to improving the oftenneglected component of literacy—writing. Graham and Perin believe that writing in general—and teaching writing skills...
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when their children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals,...
Description: What is it? This guide is for special education teachers and transition planners who serve students with EBD. For the purposes of this guide, EBD includes: students that are formally identified as having an EBD, students identified as having Other Health Impairment (OHI); students with IEPs who have behavioral goals; and/ or students with 504 plans for whom teachers are providing extra behavioral and emotional support. This is a guide for involving adult community agencies during the critical...
Description: What is it? This is a guide on how to aid students with emotional or behavioral disturbances (EBD) to lead their Individualized Educational Program (IEP) meetings during high school. For the purposes of this manual, a student-led IEP is an IEP where a student with an EBD holds a leadership role during the IEP meeting, and actively participates in the writing, creation, and implementation of the IEP, including its transition component. This guide will outline steps and activities needed to...
Description: What is it? This is a guide about how to include Career and Technical Education (CTE) into the transition plans of high school students with Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD). It can be used as a roadmap and reference for steps to take and activities to engage in when planning for and incorporating CTE courses into the transition component of Individualized Education Plans (IEP). This document brings together existing tools and creates a continuum for how to braid them together into a...
Description: At University Headquarters we are an industry-leading, independent educational organization. We have compiled a comprehensive set of information for students who wish to pursue higher education. We are your all-in-one source for information on colleges, entrance requirements, and career paths. We provide career guides that will help you navigate all of the requirements to gain entry to programs, become certified, or move up the career ladder in your chosen field. If you are unsure about your...
Description: C-Cal was developed to help provide job-coaching tips and advice, through a series of Q&A listening exercises. The module is intended to strengthen the auditory processing skills of students with disabilities and prepare them for post-secondary environments, particularly the workforce Scenarios presented include the interview process, getting started on the job, on the job experiences, and standing up for yourself on the job.
Description: RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today launched Virginia is for Learners, an initiative to engage students, parents, educators, and employers with the Commonwealth’s efforts to better prepare Virginia students for success in the 21st-century workforce and adapt to a changing world. The initiative includes a public information campaign and a coordinated set of future-focused strategies to accompany recent major changes the Commonwealth has made to public education. “Over the...
Description: Parents and caregivers have certain goals in mind when children go to school. Regardless of whether children have disabilities or not, all parents want them to learn, explore, and experience as much as they possibly can. Parents strive for their children to complete their public education, obtain a diploma, and be fully prepared to move on toward their chosen path, whether that is immediate employment, higher education, or something else. In order for your child to achieve these goals, there are...
Description: Since the 1970s, April has been designated as National Autism Awareness Month. Learn more about teaching students with autism spectrum disorders using the tools for educators, administrators and parents working to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) - created in collaboration with staff at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE). 
Description: Self-advocacy is important for kids with dysgraphia in middle school. But kids this age can sometimes feel embarrassed about speaking up. You can help your child by rehearsing some common scenarios and responses. 1 of 5: Can I use Assistive Technology?
Description: The WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Youth Program offers free training, internships, SAT and GED prep, tutoring, and career exploration for eligible young adults ages 17-24. How to apply? Watch the video (on the homepage) Sign up for an information session Gather the following documents: Social Security Card Driver’s License or Picture ID Proof of Citizenship / Right to Work (examples: Birth Certificate, Passport, Permanent Residence Card (Green Card), Voter’s ID, or...
Description: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers an integrated and comprehensive range of services consisting of workforce development activities benefiting job seekers—adults, dislocated workers, youth, incumbent workers, new entrants to the workforce, veterans, individuals with disabilities—and employers. WIOA’s objective is to meet employers’ needs by increasing employment, job retention, earnings, and occupational skills among all job seeker populations. Job...