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Special Education & IDEA Resources

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Meeting the Challenge: Special Education Tools that Work for All Kids

By Patti Ralabate
General and special educators alike will find effective strategies to help students struggling to overcome academic or behavior difficulties. This book is filled with useful ideas and practical, timesaving strategies, as well as sample checklists, rubrics, conference planning sheets, and other resources teachers can copy and use or modify to make their own. (2002) 160 pp. Available from NEA's Professional Library.

My Future, My Plan: A Transition Planning Resource for Life After High School for Students with Disabilities and Their Families

By Dana Sheets and Ed Gold
Helping students with disabilities plan for life after high school is an awesome responsibility. With this set of resources, educators can encourage early, student-centered transition planning for students with disabilities and their families. The set includes the book, teacher's guide, and video—all available in English and Spanish. (2004) Available from NEA's Professional Library.

General Information

LD at a Glance - A Quick Look

Basic facts and terminology regarding learning disabilities. From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Learning Disabilities: Signs, Symptoms and Strategies

General information, definitions, and various aspects of learning disabilities. From the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials

Disability Studies for Teachers

This Web site contains lesson plans and materials designed to help teachers integrate disability studies into social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12. The site looks at disabilities from a societal rather than a medical perspective. (Center on Human Policy)


Conditions of Teaching Children with Exceptional Learning Needs: The Bright Futures Report

Respondents overwhelming cited overly burdensome and duplicative paperwork as the number 1 obstacle to effective practice. A complete breakdown of the survey results appears in this article. From the Council on Exceptional Children.

Do No Harm

This report focuses on the needs and rights of students with learning disabilities with regard to high-stakes standardized tests. Describes in detail the accommodations, alternate assessments, appeals procedures, and other safeguards that must be implemented for the statewide assessment system to comply with the law and guarantee educationally sound opportunities to students with learning disabilities.

When It's Your Own Child: Some Surprising Views from Parents About Special Ed

The stigma once attached to children in special education is disappearing from America's public schools, according to a Public Agenda survey of their parents released in June. But as Congress prepares to take up legislation governing special education in the public schools, many parents say getting information about services for their children is often a struggle.

Web Sites

Ability Hub

Assistive technology FAQs and links for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This Web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.

Center for Implementing Technology in Education

CITEd supports school districts in using technology to provide differentiating instruction through the Technology Implementation Partnership.

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.

Internet Resources for Special Children

The IRSC Web site provides a central starting point that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities for family, educators, and medical professionals. The directory is organized, comprehensive, and very user-friendly.

LD Online

LD Online is the leading information service in the field of learning disabilities, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.

Schwab Foundation for Learning

Schwab Learning (yes, Charles Schwab, the founder of the first discount brokerage firm) offers resources for educators and parents to use in working with kids with learning disabilities. Content on the site includes in-depth information on identifying learning difficulties, managing school and learning, and connecting with others, as well as other resources and publications. The site includes an interactive database to locate Assistive Technology tools for kids with specific needs. Information is also available in Spanish.

Transition Toolkit for High School Teachers

This Web site offers information to help teachers identify what youth need to succeed in postsecondary education and adult life. The site has information on schooling, career preparatory experiences, youth development and leadership, and connecting activities.

Updated August 2016.