Family and Community Resources for Special Education Students
This site houses the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) archives, and provides information on disabilities in children and youth, program and service resources, the nation's special education laws, and information on effective practices.
Learning Disabilities Online includes useful information for adults (and also students).
With a mission to serve the needs of the ASL Educational Community, this site provides free, easy-to-use reference and learning tools to enhance in-classroom learning for ASL Educators and their Students. ASL letters and signs are demonstrated with short videos. Includes custom dictionaries and ASL for Babies.
Disabilities Information Resources, both for and about the disabled, offer regularly updated news for researchers, businesses and clients, including international resources.
This site was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has a "plain English" description of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
As a companion piece to its PBS series on students with learning disabilities, Misunderstood Minds includes links to articles and centers which would be especially helpful to families.
The government has consolidated programs for adults with disabilities, so here is the link (Federal Disability) in case you need it for one of you students' parents.
Kodak has compiled various activities in which special education students, including severely retarded, can express themselves and learn basic skills via photography. While not technology intensive, these activities can be led by parents or teachers. All are intended to raise students' self-concept.
The Awesome Library portal for special education contains comprehensive topics, such as disabilities and home schooling.
One of the best sources for pointers to assistive technologies is Alliance for Technology Access. This site includes a comprehensive listing of resource centers and vendors.
Resources for parents (and educators) dealing with learning disabilities. Updated regularly.
All Kinds of Minds, based on the work of Mel Levine, offers activities for kids while serving its main purpose -- educating parents about the origin and resources for students with learning difficulties. Some resources are available in Spanish, too.
Pharrell's "Happy" in ASL
Being challenged doesn't mean you can't have fun!
This ASL interpretation of Pharrell Williams's "Happy" was produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.
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Data can be mustered to demonstrate the benefits of homogeneous and heterogeneous grouping in classrooms, in this case learning disabled and gifted students. Folks hold quite strong opinions on this issue. One advantage of telecommunications, especially if a classroom houses a large number of computers, is that a wide range of capability levels can be accommodated for both individual and group work. The key is to challenge each student and foster mutual respect.
For district coordinators of Special Education the DOE has placed the new provisions of the umbrella legislation, IDEA, online.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Developing Research Skills
• Directory of Science and Technology Centers Around the World
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Evaluating the Quality of Information on the Internet
• High Performance Standards for Applied Learning
• Major US and North American Federal Organizations: Environment
• Parent Involvement
• Research Resources for Teachers and Librarians