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General and Special Education Resources

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ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION WEBSITE RESOURCES

Academy For Educational Development (The Academy for Educational Development (AED), founded in 1961, is an independent, nonprofit service organization committed to addressing human development needs in the United States and throughout the world. Under contracts and grants, AED operates programs in collaboration with policy leaders; nongovernmental and community-based organizations; businesses; governmental agencies; international multilateral and bilateral funders; and schools, colleges, and universities. In partnership with its clients, AED seeks to meet today's social, economic, and environmental challenges through education and human resource development; to apply state-of-the-art education, training, research, technology, management, behavioral analysis, and social marketing techniques to solve problems; and to improve knowledge and skills throughout the world as the most effective means for stimulating growth, reducing poverty, and promoting democratic and humanitarian ideals.)

Alphabet Soup: Disability-Related Acronyms (Confused by the alphabet soup of disability-related documents and reports? Here's a quick guide to some of the more common acronyms in disability education, law, medicine and rehabilitation. Medical and psychological tests and medications are not covered. Links are to related pages in The DRM WebWatcher. This page is "under construction.")

Apple Learning Interchange (A dynamic online community where educators share,learn and communicate.)

American School Directory (America's Premier Home-to-School Connection-Use our fast search engine to find your school's fully interactive ASD Web Site. More than 70,000 school sites are loaded with pictures, art, calendars, menus, local links, & notes from students, parents & alumni. "The internet gateway to all 108,000 K-12 schools")

A New Approach to Learning: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Area Special Education Cooperative (This site is designed to be a stepping off point for current information of interest regarding special education issues.)

Ashley's Mom (In keeping with the spirit of the "mother of invention," Ashley's Mom, Inc. was "born" out of necessity for finding creative ways to provide meaningful education for children with multiple disabilities.) (Great stuff check her out!)

Autism 2000:A Tragedy (Copyright 2000 F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP. The following data, from Table AA11 of the twenty-first report of the United States Department of Education to Congress (IDEA) show that the accelerating increase in autism is continuing Nationwide, in a one-year period, 97-98 to 98-99, autism has increased by 26% among children ages 6 to 21 attending school in the United States. In the same population, the following relevant increases were reported in the same period:)

Autism: Interventions and Strategies for Success

Awesome Library K-12 Education Directory (Awesome Library organizes the Web with 14,000 carefully reviewed resources,including the top 5 percent in education.A Text-Only Site is also available.) (This is a great site with tons of information)

Band-Aides and Blackboards When Chronic Illness...Or Some Other Medical Problem...Goes To School (Here is a terrific site for information on childhood illnesses and conditions. You will find articles written for children and by children.)

Best Practices for Designing and Delivering Effective Programs for Individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (This document was assembled by various people in the State of California, including educators, parents, and proffesionals. It is very good though a compromise, and comprises many of the components needed to assemble good community services for the treatment of Autism. This is recommended reading for Parents, Educators, and Professionals. Information on how to order this document is available in the Introduction. This document is available in a Microsoft Word 6.0. The document is a self extracting zip file, 108K in size, please click here to download. The document is also available in a single HTML file, please click here. Note, that the document is 120 pages in length.)

Black Hills State University List of Early Childhood Internet Resources (Another nice job from this resource!)

Black Hills State University List Of Special Education Websites (HUGE!!. Nicely arranged in catagories)

CESA #7 Special Education Home Page (Great site!)

Childrens Television Family Workshop (Children's Television Workshop, celebrated for its visionary role in innovative family programming, has a new media property custom made for today's families. The CTW Family Workshop delivers a unique approach to the Internet: melding technology and edutainment to bring families together to learn and have fun.) (Check it out LOTS of GREAT stuff!!)

Classroom Connect (At Classroom Connect we work with educators in bringing the power of the internet to their students. From our interactive Quest expeditions to our staff development resources, we're committed to transforming K-12 education by helping teachers spark students' imaginations.)

The Council for Exceptional Children (The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.)

Creative Perspecitves (Our mission is to...Challenge and appreciate the world of Autism Spectrum Disorders through providing innovative interventions to children, dedication and support to families, and knowledge and encouragement to professionals. Creative Perspectives offers interventions and support programs year round. Interventions for children are offered Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm with additional intervention provided M, W, F from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Family support programs are offered monthly.)

Do To Learn (A web site for those with special learning needs. Why? Life can be challenging, especially for those who see the world in a different way. This site provides information and special learning tools for anyone having difficulty understanding, ordering and functioning in our world. We have planned our activities to help children and adults with diagnosed disorders such as autism, LD or ADD. These activities may also benefit anyone learning basiclanguage and daily living skills, including young children. Our site is designed to allow those with special needs to Do activities in a safe, planned way and To Learn at their own pace. (You are going to LOVE THIS SITE!)

EASI's K-12 Education Technology Center (EASI is dedicated to providing the latest information and resources on improving K-16 access to technology in education for students with disabilities or in special education. Utilizing distance learning online courses and workshops, discussion listservs, a scholarly journal and a website full of resources on Adaptive & Assistive Technology, hardware, software and best practices in K-12 education, EASI has developed a complete resource and collaborative effort towards increasing the success of educational technology for students with disabilities. As an affiliate of the American Association of Higher Learning and with Grants from the National Science Foundation EASI has been providing parents and educators high quality current information within their realm for the last 12 years. With a current thrust on increasing access to science & math learning, EASI recently devloped a wide set of resources on their website in this area. We hope you visit and let us know what you think and what we can add to better meet your needs! A must-see adaptive technology resource site for teachers, administrators and parents who are interacting and making educational decisions for K through 12th grade children with disabilities. Bookmark this site!)

EdGate The Copernicus Education Gateway (Current Events, Teachers' Place, Co-Curricular Center, Parents' Place, School Notes, Research Cente,r Discovery Adventures, Creative Zone, Collaboration Station)

Education Week on the Web (Welcome to Education Week on the Web! Our goal is nothing short of being the place on the World Wide Web for people interested in education reform, schools, and the policies that guide them.)

Education World "Where Educators Go To Learn " (A search engine for educational Web sites only without searching the entire Internet. Complete online resource guide.)(Lots of information and many links. Make sure you check out their special education resources!!!I think this page will be a really helpful resource.)

Educational Psychologist UK (Work with an educational psychologist via e-mail advice and joint problem solving, or locate an educational psychologist who will make an assessment of your child.  Problems with reading, writing, spelling, specific learning difficulties/dyslexia, behavior, ADD and ADHD, general learning difficulties, language delay and disorder, physical difficulties, Autistic spectrum disorders, other disorders and syndromes.) (Lots of links here also!)

EducatorsNet (The World's #1 Education Search Engine  Over 8000 Reviewed Listings and Growing! )

ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC is an acronym for the Educational Resources Information Center. The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC) is one of 16 federally funded clearinghouses in the ERIC system, a nationwide information network sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), and administered by the National Library of Education (NLE). ERIC EC gathers and disseminates the professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.)

Evaluating Your Learning Style (This questionnaire will help you analyze your learning style. It is important to know how you learn best so that you can approach the learning task with confidence. Learning about particular weaknesses also gives you the opportunity to concentrate on certain techniques to overcome those weaknesses.)

The Excellant Skills Lists! (It's our homeschool preschool just for one! It's our homeschool preschool just for fun! skill check lists for 2-5 year olds)

F.O.C.U.S. Special Education, LLC ( FOCUS is a unique approach based on the belief that every child with special needs can learn and progress, when given the opportunity to do so. At FOCUS, our priority is helping children with special needs learn the self-help skills that are so necessary to help them become as independent as possible.)

Federal Resource for Educational Excellence (Hundreds of education resources supported by agencies across the U.S. Federal government are now easier to find. Subjects include:* Arts * Educational technology * Foreign languages * Health and Safety * Language arts * Mathematics * Physical education * Science * Social studies * Vocational education)

FunBrain (FunBrain.com was founded in May, 1997 by associates of PMpublishing, a Chicago based software company that specializes in developing risk management and training systems for banks and options traders. Applying this same technology to kids learning games quickly produced the number one education site for K-8 kids and teachers. In early 1999, FunBrain became its own entity (FunBrain.com, LLC) in order to focus solely on providing teachers, parents, and kids with the tools they need to succeed. )

Gifted and Creative Services in Australia has lots of good info on visual and spatial learners!!

The Handle Institute Providing a Holistic Approach to NeuroDevelopment and Learning Efficiency. (The HANDLE Institute is a non-profit organization providing an effective, drug-free alternative for identifying and treating most neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan. HANDLE incorporates research and techniques from many disciplines. It includes principles and perspectives from medicine, rehabilitation, psychology, education and nutrition. It is founded on an interactive, developmental model of human functioning.  The institute offers clinical services, community information, and professional training programs.  The main facility is located in Seattle, Washington.)

Handwriting Without Tears (Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) is the easy way to teach pre-printing, printing and cursive!  It was developed by Jan Z. Olsen, OTR, an occupational therapist and a handwriting specialist.  She has over 22 years experience helping children and training teachers and therapists.  HWT is an inclusive method for teaching children of ALL ability levels. Children love it.  Also, it doesn't take any special training to teach the Handwriting Without Tears method. Parents and new teachers enjoy the simple and clear directions that make it easy to help children. Experienced teachers appreciate the innovative techniques and limited preparation needed to have great success with the entire class. More information about the program can be found in the "HWT Method.")

Help Us Learn (A complete self-paced training program for preparing parents, educators, students, teachers, therapists, service providers, friends & family to use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, PDD, & other developmental delays Written by Kathy Lear)

Highlights TeacherNet (This is an online community for teachers in Early Childhood and K-8. The site features bulletin boards, teaching hints, ideas for activities, information about education trends and developments, and much more! This webiste is an excellent for early childhood and elementary educators. It enables teachers to connect with other educators and exchange thoughts, ideas, and issues. )

I Think in Pictures, You Teach in Words: The Gifted Visual Spatial Learner

Inclusive Education Web Site Renaissance Group The Whats and How Tos of Inclusive Education (This web site is designed for general education teachers, special education teachers, parents, and school staff to help provide some answers about how inclusive education can be accomplished. Resources for making accommodations are included as well as links to other web sites and resource lists for learning more about inclusive education. This Inclusive Education web site is produced by the Renaissance Group, a consortium of universities noted for their teacher preparation programs and for working to reform teacher education.Teaching Ideas and Resources for Early Education)

The Inclusion Network (The Inclusion Network was formed when discussions with individuals and organizations, initiated by The Mayerson Foundation, identified the need for an umbrella group that would help raise awareness of inclusion, recognize exemplary inclusive efforts, provide technical assistance and link individuals with and without disabilities. The Inclusion Network is a group of volunteers concerned with making Greater Cincinnati a more inclusive community)

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) (tons of links!!)

Internet Special Education Resources (ISER is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. We help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs. )

Itsy Bitsy Webs (This site is dedicated to parents and everyone else involved in the education of hearing impaired children.Many times parents are not given adequate information to make informed decisions in regards to their child's communication and education.   This happened to us, and it is my hope that by having this site I can help ensure it won't continue to happen to other families.  Great information on IEP”S!!)

JuneBox ( Find everything you need for the classroom. For lesson plans, project ideas, and educational links,)

Kathy Schrock's Guide For Educators (Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated daily to include the best sites for teaching and learning.)

Kathy Schrock's Homepage (Welcome to Kathy Schrock's Home Page, a portal of possibilities for effective integration of technology into the curriculum!)

Kids Fonts! (We are a new site dedicated to bringing do-it-yourself supplies to teachers of toddler-Kindergarten age children. Whether you're homeschooling, or are just tired of the prepackaged worksheets available to early-childhood educators, Kids Fonts is here to help! Scroll down to see what we currently have available, and to tell us what you'd like to see in the future.All fonts are TrueType, Mac & Windows versions available.) (I think this a GREAT free resource to download a "tracing" dot to dot type of print font for kids of all abilities to practice writing letters!)

KidsSource OnLine (The source for in depth and timely education and healthcare information that will make a difference in the lives of parents and their children)

KidSource OnLine Education K-12 (The number one concern of many parents who visit KidSource OnLine is how to help their children do better in school. These articles do just that. They are focused on specific subjects, skills or lessons for children in grades K through 12.)

LD Resources (This site contains resources for people with learning disabilities.) (Really great site, can be slow to load.)

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence (an excellent summary of the "seven intelligences" and practical suggestions for capitalizing on your strengths. Talks about visual/auditory and kinetic learners.)

LIFE The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention (The Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention is a research based Institute in California that specializes in teaching pre-school aged children with autism, pervasive developmental disorders, and related developmental disabilities. The behavioral intervention program was developed in the Psychology Department of UCLA under the direction of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas. It is based on extensive clinical experience and more than 35 years of scientific research. Our focus is to serve children of all levels of functioning while providing an educational setting that allows them to achieve their individual potentials. The program is comprehensive - aimed at enhancing language and communication, social/play, pre-academic and independent living skills of young children so that they may take better advantage of opportunities in their communities and may require less professional attention as they grow older.)

Marc's Special Education Page (Welcome to my special education page. This page contains the best special education-related links that I could find. General links are at the top of the list; specific category links are at the bottom.)

Mary's Home Page (Educators, Family, Kids and More! Educator's Area -Early Childhood, lesson and theme ideas,  children's literature, resources, etc.Family Area - Travel to this area of the Village for links to kid and family friendly sites. Kids' crafts and activities, homework help, games, etc. Parenting ideas, investment, internet tools and search engines, uplifting sites, etc.)

The Miller Diagnostic Survey (MDS): A Method to Help Parents Evaluate Their Special Children’s Progress (This is an innovative approach to two longstanding problems that parents have faced: How to tell if their child is progressing in his or her program... and how to tell if one program is better for that child than another. In this approach, the parent is the expert on their child and by answering the questions on the MDS they make it possible to isolate precisely where their child most needs help so that teachers and therapists can focus their efforts where it will do the most good.) (Click on the Miller Diagnostic Survey MDS link on the left)

Multiple IntelligenceTheory (Simcoe County Board of Education MIT page Comprehensive look at what teachers need to know about MI. The website includes forms and checklists and covers implications for teachers and students, the benefits of MI approach, characteristics and behaviors of MI, and classroom strategies.)

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (Please take a minute to check out our web-site.  You will find lots of helpful information.  NASDSE is dedicated to assisting State agency staff carry out the mission of ensuring a quality education for students with disabilities.  We believe that students with disabilities, when given real opportunity can almost always achieve far more than is expected.  Join us in helping to make those opportunities a reality.)

National Institute for Urban School Improvement (The mission of the National Institute for Urban School Improvement is to support inclusive urban communities, schools, and families to build their capacity for sustainable, successful urban education. The Institute will accomplish this mission through dialogue, networking, technology, action research, information systems, alliance and consensus building.) (I highly recommend that you check out this site and look at their publications that you can either download in PDF format or view online in htm. Publications such as Improving Education: The Promise of Inclusive Schooling,1st Annual Urban Schools Symposium Report Relationship, Community, and Positive Reframing: Addressing the Needs of Urban Schools. They also have many links.)

New York State - Promise Program (We call our program "Promise".Promise addresses, and works to correct, severe deficits in emotional and language development, behavior control and learning skills of selected preschool children, ages two through five. It is intended to replicate successful models and initiatives offered in other parts of the country which use an Applied Behavior Analysis treatment protocol. The goal of "Promise" is to transition children into regular education settings, and therefore not require extensive (and costly) special education services in the future.)

New York State Education Department Special Education (The Mission of the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) is to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities while ensuring that they receive the rights and protection to which they are entitled; assure appropriate continuity between the child and adult services systems; and provide the highest quality vocational rehabilitation and independent living services to all eligible persons as quickly as those services are required to enable them to work and live independent, self-directed lives.)

NLD Online (Nonverbal Learning Disorders.) (national and international NLD database in order to network parents, NLD adults and professionals.  Educating the caregivers and associates of individuals with NLD is the prime goal of this website; next is the desire to network those interested in NLD.  With these goals comes the desire to gain recognition, understanding and accommodations for this often misunderstood learning disability.)

Nurture Your Child's Visual-Spatial Intelligence

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) (The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities)

Pace School (Pace School is a private, non-profit special education program which has been serving the needs of learning and/or behaviorally challenged children for 30 years.)

PALAESTRA (Forum of Sport, Physical Education & Recreation For Those With Disabilities) (As a premier resource on adapted physical activity, PALAESTRA's mission is * to enlighten parents in all aspects of physical activity, making them the best advocates for their children during IEP (Individual Education Program) discussions with school or community recreation staffs; * to increase the knowledge base of professionals working with children or adults with disabilities, making them aware of the can do possibilities of their students/clients; * to show the value physical activity holds for adult readers' increased wellness.)

Parent Pals Special Education and Gifted Guide (This site has information about special education issues, including a dictionary, definitions, laws, medical assistive technology, organizations and adoption)

The Perpetual Preschool (This site was built to celebrate the creativity and dedication of all those who contribute to the perpetual education of young children.  While visiting, hands-on participation is encouraged!  Feel free to explore all of the areas in the preschool.  Please add to this site by sharing your wonderful ideas for working with young children.  With your help and knowledge, The Perpetual Preschool can become an invaluable asset to Early Childhood Educators across the world!)

PlaySteps Autism Teaching Materials Building skills for special children. (Children with special needs often require extra help to learn to play with toys. The new Playsteps books teach constructive play, step by step and are recommended for children 3-8 years old. The books have been field tested for two years with students with autism and multiple disabilities and provide a helpful tool for parents and teachers targeting independent play skills.)

Policymaker Partnership for Implementing IDEA PMP (PMP operates to increase the capacity of policymakers to act as informed change agents who are focused on improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities. Objectives - To infuse special education issues in all areas of educational decision making. To consider the policy implications of IDEA '97 in the context of general education and school reform. To communicate relevant research to policymakers. To foster innovative collaboration among policymakers. To disseminate the results of effective collaboration and promising practice)

Positive Reinforcement: A Self-Instructional Exercise (The purpose of this exercise is to teach the concept of positive reinforcement and also to provide an idea of the kind of self-instructional exercises used in many Athabasca University course packages. Some technical notes about this lesson are available.)

Preschool Zone Resources for Early Childhood Special Education (GREAT STUFF!)

Project ACCESS (Project ACCESS is a cooperative effort between the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Southwest Missouri State University. ACCESS provides support and technical assistance to school districts serving students with autism. Staffed with resource specialists in autism and graduate students from SMSU, ACCESS offers two major types of services to Missouri public schools: staff development activities and library resources. These services are available on a statewide basis. Another service ACCESS provides is to arrange visits from "Missouri Autism Consultants" for school districts that wish to have on-site consultation. District wanting this service may call ACCESS to begin the process.

Riverside Publishing a Division of Houghton Mifflin Favorite Educational-Related Resources Online

Scholastic's Homepage (Teachers -Thousands of lesson plans, classroom activities and other award winning resources. Kids - Find your favorite characters, the best books, games galore and other web wonders. Parents - Connect with tips and fun activities to help your child thrive.)

SchoolExpress (Thousands of FREE worksheets, phonics, math, science, language arts, social studies, history, humane education and more. The thematic units and treasure hunt are especially popular.Find links to hundreds of educational websites. Sites include: lesson plans, unit studies, math, phonics, online activities, language arts, science, social studies, online courses, tutoring, and more.Download hundreds of FREE educational software programs. Subjects include: math, phonics, science, geography, social studies, and language arts.Online learning fun...crossword puzzles, word finds, jigsaw puzzles and more.Everything Phonics!)

Schwab Foundation For Learning(Schwab Foundation for Learning is a non-profit operating foundation, founded by discount brokerage pioneer Charles R. Schwab and his wife, Helen O'Neill Schwab. In 1989, the Schwabs established a resource center as a community service to give families information and support on learning differences. The Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about learning differences and providing parents and teachers with the information, resources and support they need to improve the lives of kids with learning differences. Schwab Foundation for Learning offers a wide range of services for parents and educators to provide information, support and resources to improve the lives of students with learning differences. )

SERI-Special Education Resources on the Web (Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education. This collection exists in order to make on-line Special Education resources more easily and readily available in one location. This site will continually modify, update, and add additional informative links.)

SmarterKids.com Special Needs (Nurture your child’s growing abilities by addressing your child’s special needs.Simply choose the area in which your child is challenged to find great toys, games, books, and software. Each recommended product comes with special learning ideas to suit your child’s special needs. *Be sure to select the grade at which your child is currently performing.)

The Special Ed Advocate (The Special Ed Advocate is our free online newsletter. Each issue includes information about special ed law, new decisions, research, internet links, and other special education topics. We will publish this newsletter occasionally, not on a set schedule. Back issues of the newsletter are archived in The Advocacy Library. The Special Ed Advocate is an on-line newsletter - it is not available by mail.) (MUST SEE!)

Special Education News (Special Education News answers a need in education for in-depth, timely news related to educating students with disabilities. The Web site and newsletter are journalistic publications centered on the news of the special education field. The Web site is also designed to offer unique resources to special education professionals in one convenient place. These include places for educators and others to exchange their views, find links to important information at other sites on the Web and keep track of news and events across the country.)

Special Education Home Page (about.com home page for starting guide to lots of links, articles and highlights on special education - has a large list of great topics worth investigating!)

Strategies for Teaching Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (The following information has been gleaned from a variety of sources. It consists of information and ideas which have been used in my classroom. All suggestions do not work with all students. What works for me may not necessarily work in your classroom. If you have problem areas, maybe I can help. If you have suggestions, send me a note and I will give them a try and/or post them on the Room5 page.Be sure to check back often for updates.)

Teacher Magazine

Teaching Strategies OnLine (Teaching Strategies, Inc. was founded in 1988 by educator and author Diane Trister Dodge. Our mission is to enhance the quality of early childhood programs by offering the highest quality curriculum materials, training programs, parenting resources, and staff development services that are practical, developmentally appropriate, responsive to the needs of the field, and reflect the most innovative thinking.)

Teaching Ideas and Resources for Early Education (Teaching Ideas for Early Childhood Special Educators Don't reinvent the wheel - there are lots of ways to share teaching ideas on the web.) (LOTS OF GREAT STUFF!)

Tinsnips (special education resource. It contains tools for teachers of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, related developmental disabilities, and children with special needs. Quite a few of the activities are also appropriate for Pre-K and Kindergarten) (Great site check it out!)

Tony Attwood (This website is a guide for parents and professionals whose lives are affected by Asperger's Syndrome.  These pages are updated frequently with resources, information on my schedule, issues related to Asperger's Syndrome, and papers I have written on related topics.)

UCPnet Understanding Disabilities, Creating Opportunities (Mission...is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities)

U.S.A. - Reed Martin Special Education Law (Articles, audiotapes and conferences. Informational Resource for Parents and School Personnel Advocating for Children with Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Behavior/Emotional Disorder, and More. Reed Martin is an attorney with 28 years experience in special education law. Reed has litigated under Section 504 and the ADA as well as the IDEA. He has also successfully pursued Section 504 complaints through the Office for Civil Rights in several regions.)

U.S Department of Education Home Page (Thousands of educators, policy makers, parents, students, researchers, and other citizens with a stake in education visit the U.S. Department of Education site each week.)

Valley Achievement Center (Valley Achievement Center , a Non-Profit, Non-Public School for individuals with Autism, creates and facilitates specialized, individualized programming and services. Valley Achievement Center is a multifaceted, nonprofit facility for individuals with autism located in Bakersfield, California. VAC was founded in 1998 as a nonsectarian, nonpublic school by two concerned mothers.)

The Victory School for Children With Autism


IEP Information and Resources

About.com Special Education - IEP

Advocating For The Child (This page is dedicated to all of the parents and children who have to fight for what others take for granted....a free and appropriate education! May all those who come here remember their first priority - the child.) (When checked 2/26/00 the crosswinds server not running, will keep checking it)

Area Special Education Cooperative,East Grand Forks, Minnesota 4.0 INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN/ INDIVIDUAL FAMILY SERVICE PLAN

The Bipolar Child A Model IEP for Bipolar Disorder

CESA #7 Special Education Home Page

Checklist for Effective IEPs

The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (An independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization of attorneys, advocates and parents established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.

Education Advocacy - A Self-Help Guide For Parents (This tutorial is written for parents who want to learn how to advocate for their child's educational needs. I wrote it as a parent who has been through the special education wars with her own child and then as a volunteer advocate for my local chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association. Over the years, I have developed a number of strategies and techniques that seemed to work well for me. This tutorial, then, is not just about your rights, but about strategies and styles. by Leslie E. Packer, PhD ) (Documents and other resources pertaining to the educational rights of students with disabilities and their parents and employment-related issues for adults with disabilities. Many of these documents will require the free Adobe reader. ) Tourette Syndrome "Plus" site has lots of good info, easiest to navigate through the site map. Great site!

Education Law Center - PA (The Education Law Center-PA (ELC-PA) is a non-profit legal advocacy organization dedicated to insuring that all of Pennsylvania's children have access to a quality public education. Our main office is in Philadelphia, with a branch office in Pittsburgh. We also operate the Pennsylvania School Reform Network (PSRN), which has its main office in Harrisburg. The PSRN Web site includes various links of use to parents and educators, as well as a section that describes education legislation currently under consideration by the Pennsylvania legislature.)

Family Village School - Individual Education Plan (As usual Family Village has some good resources and information!)

Glossary of Special Education Terminology

IEP 4U (IEP 4U has over 4000 goals and objectives (IEP-ITP) each with changeable benchmarks. The IEPs are spread out over seven subjects (Domains) and four functional levels. Teachers, parents and students can now access objectives directly from the Internet Input key words, phrases, or test names etc. in the search engine to find just the correct objectives for your students needs. Copy and paste any information you want, modify the objectives (examples) to exactly describe the needs of your students. (forms coming soon).The youth section will give your students personal input to write their own objectives (with your help) and to play some interesting games as well.)

IEP Guide Yahoo Group (This list is strictly for IEP related info only! Upon subscribing, you will receive several [not all] of the files )

IEP Resources (In many ways, these times mirror those times. With the recent reauthorization of IDEA '97, the bar has again been raised as we enter an era in which: inclusion is taken for granted; general and special educators share classrooms and instructional duties; all staff and students undergo disability awareness training; parent/staff partnerships are actively solicited; and most special education teachers are responsible for all types of disabilities in an inclusive setting. New frontiers, new challenges. That's why we created IEP Resources, to help you identify the emerging issues in special education and to access the educational materials that will Allow you to meet them head on.) Be sure to check out the products page.

IEP Tips from the Experts (Parents!) (This tip sheet has been compiled from the generous contributions of parents on the St. John’s Asperger Syndrome List. It represents much accumulated wisdom from many IEPs around the country. All names and personal information has been removed.)

Individualized Education Program (From "Learning Disabilities Online"- Understanding the Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) is essential to maximizing special education services for students with learning disabilities. We've assembled informative articles plus useful forms to help parents and educators make the most of the I.E.P. process.)

Individualized Education Plans (Check this one out, good information!)

Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) Learning Disabilities (Understanding the Individualized Education Program (I.E.P.) is essential to maximizing special education services for students with learning disabilities. We've assembled informative articles plus useful forms to help parents and educators make the most of the I.E.P. process. )

Individualized Education Program:A Road Map To Success -- Celebrate the Journey (Editor's Note: This HTML document is a repackaging of a booklet published by the State of Ohio Department of Education (1995) . The paper version is printed in the form of an AAA Trip Tik with each step of the journey on a separate flip-page.)

Itsy Bitsy Webs (This site is dedicated to parents and everyone else involved in the education of hearing impaired children.Many times parents are not given adequate information to make informed decisions in regards to their child's communication and education.   This happened to us, and it is my hope that by having this site I can help ensure it won't continue to happen to other families.  Great information on IEP”S!!)

KIDS TOGETHER, Inc. IEP Planning (This section of the Kids Together web site includes a 16-page guide to IEP planning, as well as an adaptation check list, information about adapting curricula, and tips on getting what your child needs.) (Annoying music on site though!)

Nebraska Department of Education Special Populations Office - IEP Guidebook (This Guidebook was written to assist teachers, parents and other professionals involved in the IEP process. The development and implementation of an IEP for a student can be a daunting task and this document is intended to make that task easier. It provides practical information as well as information about the best practices. It guides individuals through the IEP process by reviewing the requirements of the law, determining why those requirements are important and deciding how each requirement can best be implemented.)

New York State Educational Department Topics A to Z

Parents Executing Educational Rights - PEER For Parents of Children with Special Educational Needs

NICHCY Briefing Paper on IEP's (INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAMS Third Edition, September 1997)

Preschool Education Program - IEP (The Computer Skills You Need for IEP Survival. You will need to have some basic computer know-how in order to complete the IEP process this year. In a nutshell, you will need to create a directory structure on your hard drive to keep your files, write your summaries and reports, write goals and fill in some other MCPS forms for each child, and keep track of your progress so you don’t forget any of these steps. Each of these tasks is described below with a focus on the technological skills you need to complete them successfully. )

Proposed IEP Goals from O.A.S.I.S (The following sample document is a list of goals for an IEP period.)

O.A.S.I.S. Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support SAMPLE LETTER TO IEP COMMITTEE FROM PARENT(S) (The following is an exceptionally well-researched and documented example of a parent letter to an IEP (or ARD) Committee. This letter was prepared by a parent and generously donated for use on this web site. All attempts have been made to ensure that the legal information contained in this letter is accurate as of the date of writing, April 1996; however, the information contained in this article should not take the place of a consultation with an attorney who specializes in educational disability law, especially in the event that parents fail to reach agreement with the IEP (or ARD) Committee. )

Special Education Goals and Objectives (Educational Service Unit 10 of Kearney, Nebraska has done a great job of posting suggestions for IEP goals and objectives. These are listed by topical areas such as: accommodations, math, reading, social/cognitive, pre-academics. The examples in each area range from very low to grade level skills) (This is a great tool if you have trouble figureing out how to word something for a goal or objective. Impressed that they made this available and will be a help to parents!)

Specially Designed Instructions for Educators: IEP Modification/Adaptations/Support Checklist (The basic format for this document was taken from the Technical Assistance Manual on Autism for Kentucky Schools by Nancy Dalrymple and Lisa Ruble. However, this form has been revised to more accurately describe the modifications and adaptations necessary for a child who is on the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum.)

Teach-Nology The Portal for Educators. Individual Education Plan (IEP)

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY Division of Special Education Sample Forms (Welcome to the Sample Forms page. By following the instructions provided on this page, you will be able to download forms that can be customized and used in the Child-Centered Education Process. * You can download a complete set of CIA/Eligibility Reports or ARD/IEP Supplements, or the entire Sample Forms package. You can also download individual forms.) Special Education In Texas Main Page

Wrightslaw Game Plan for New Parents

Wrightslaw Game Plan: IEP Goals and Objectives