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Thursday, July 16, 2015

20 Valuable Special Education Links for Parents of Autistic Children

From Top Education Board

July 9, 2015

The following list is a compilation of various websites that offer valuable resources for parents, students, and special educators. A brief summary is given, followed by an outlined list of the contents of each website.

Special Education Websites

1.) Wrightslaw -  http://www.wrightslaw.com/

This website offers a comprehensive discussion of special education law including writing IEP’s, the process of filing complaints and recent legal issues and decisions. It also provides a section for parents to find resources for their children and a yellow pages link.

Contents include articles on the following:
  • Special Education/Education
  • Special Education/ Advocacy
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)
  • Legal Issues and Decisions
  • Free flyers, Resources and Publications
  • Books, DVD’s and Related Websites

2.) The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - http://nichcy.org/

This website offers state-by-state resources for children with disabilities. It also offers general information including developmental milestones for children, categories of disabilities, and information about education laws.

Contents include articles on the following:

Information about Disabilities in Children
  • Developmental Milestones
  • Categories of Disabilities under IDEA Law
  • Fact sheets on Specific Disabilities
Information about Babies and Toddlers
  • Overview of Early Intervention 
  • Parent Intervention Resources 
  • Early Intervention Resources in your state 
  • Writing an IFSP for your child 
  • Effective Practices in Early Intervention 
  • Technical Assistance in Early Intervention
Information on Transitioning to Preschool

Information about Children ages 3-22
  • Ten Basic Steps in Eligibility for Special Education
  • Key terms to know in Special Education
  • Parental Rights under IDEA
  • Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities
IEP Information
  • Supports, Modifications and Accommodations for Students
  • Resolving Disputes Between Parents and Schools
  • Q and A Series on IDEA
  • Evaluating Children for a Disability
  • Placement Issues
  • Effective Practices in the Classroom and School
Disability and Education Laws
  • IDEA
  • NCLB Act
  • Section 4 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Assistive Technology Act

3.) U.S. Department of Education Website - http://idea.ed.gov/

This is an important resource for people going into special education as it deals with the IDEA act, its regulations, and upcoming events and amendments.

Major topics include:
  • Alignment with the NCLB Act
  • Discipline
  • Early Intervention Services
  • Evaluation Processes
  • Funding
  • Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Monitoring and Reinforcement
  • Identification of Specific Learning Disabilitie
  • IEP
  • National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard
  • Private Schools
  • Procedural Safeguards
  • Secondary Safeguards
  • Statewide and District wide Assessments

4.) Autism Education Net - http://www.autismeducation.net/

This website provides important information about autistic children, laws regarding their education, and articles about research centers and resources available for parents of autistic children.

Content includes:
  • Autism Definition
  • Diagnosis and Intervention
  • Special Education System
  • Advocating for Autistic Child
  • Laws
  • E-training Education Center
  • Educating Children with Autism
  • Resource Center with Links, Downloads regarding Autism

5.) National Center for Learning Disabilities - http://www.ncld.org/

This website provides information through programs designed to teach parents and teachers about learning disabilities. They host events and have various publications on latest research and laws regarding children with learning disabilities.

Content includes:
  • Basic Information on Learning Disabilities
  • How Disabilities affect Reading, Writing, Language, Math, and Executive Functioning
  • Social and Emotional Issues
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Success Stories
  • Research
  • National Joint Community on Learning Disabilities Issues
  • Issues in the Home
  • Issues at School
  • Issues regarding College and Work
  • Laws
  • Blogs
  • Publications and Resources

6.) Resources for Teachers of Basic Skills - http://webpages.charter.net/hope4all/index.htm

This website provides links and free software and lesson plans for special educators who teach the basic skills.

Content includes:

Free Software
  • Community Signs
  • Spelling
  • DOS Freeware and Shareware
  • Talking Letters and Numbers
  • Talking Money
Links to other Educational Software

Links to Adaptive Computer Programs

Links to Online Educational Games

Links to other Sites Regarding Learning Disabilities and Disorders

Free Lesson Plans and Activities
  • Cooking Class Game
  • Brainstorm of Ideas
  • Famous People with Disabilities
  • The Hygiene Game
  • Community Signs
  • Nutrition Knowledge
  • Picture Bingo
  • Safety Game

7.)  Do2Learn - http://www.do2learn.com/

This site provides resources for children with special needs, including picture communication cards, songs, and games.

Content includes:

Disabilities Evaluation, Characteristics and Strategies
  • Resource Called Teacher’s Toolbox
  • Classroom environment planning overview
  • Learning Strategies for different subjects
  • Student forms
  • Problem solving worksheets
  • Teacher forms
  • Literacy forms
  • Games and Activities Worksheets
  • Art Projects
  • Card Games
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Learning Clocks and door signs
  • Math Helpers
  • Reading and Writing aids
  • Shape recognition
  • Social and Emotional Skills
  • Sorting and Matching
Songs and Games
  • Songs about Safety in Different Areas
  • Color and Number Games
  • Emotion Games
  • Sequence Games
  • Word Games
Organizer Section
  • Classroom
  • Daily organizers
  • Emotions Color Wheel
  • Job Tips
  • Set up
  • Social Skills Toolbox
Picture Cards
  • Schedules
  • Story Strips
  • Reciprocal Communication
  • Doctor’s Appointment
  • Self Help
  • Home and School

8.) LDOnline - http://www.ldonline.org/

This website provides an interactive learning guide to disabilities for parents, teachers, and children. They offer many resources including articles, research, chat rooms, and other resources to help people with special needs.

Content includes:

Definitions of Learning disabilities and ADHD

Articles and Multimedia related to Learning Disabilities and ADHD
  • Accommodations and Modifications
  • Behavior and Social Skills
  • Classroom Management
  • College Prep
  • Early Identification
  • English Language Learners and LD
  • Home schooling
  • Gifted Learners and LD
  • Homework Help
  • IEPs
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Math and Dyscalculia
  • Nonverbal LD
  • Parenting and Family
  • Processing Deficits
  • Reading and Dyslexia
  • Research and Reports
  • Responses to Intervention
  • Self-esteem and Stress Management
  • Special Education
  • Speech and Language
  • Study Skills
  • Teaching and Instruction
  • Technology
  • Transition: School to Work
  • Writing and Spelling
Articles for Parents and Teachers

Articles for Kids
  • Art Gallery
  • Your Story
  • Books
  • E-cards
Learning Store

9.) Dyslexia Teacher - http://www.dyslexia-teacher.com/

This website offers resources such as articles about current research, assessments, teaching methods, and resources for teaching kids with dyslexia. There are also discussion boards and an advice line to further assist teachers.

Content includes:

  • Articles for Dyslexia Teachers 
  • News and Research 
  • Resources 
  • Case Studies 
  • Teaching Methods 
  • Dyslexia Symptoms 
  • IEP’s and IDEA 
  • Assessment 
  • Treatment 
  • Bullying 
  • Dot’s Diary 
  • Your letters 
  • Dyslexia Course 
  • Ads, Newsletter, Magazine 
  • Advice Line and Discussion Forum 
  • Books and Software

10.) Internet Special Education Resources - http://www.iser.com/

This website has various links to camps and programs designed to help kids with special needs. It also includes a directory of professionals who assist the learning disabled community.

Content includes:

Articles and resources on the following:
  • LD, Autism, Dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD Assessment
  • LD and ADD/ADHA Rights
  • Special Needs Camps and Therapeutic Program
  • LD, Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD Schools, Treatment, Therapy
  • At- Risk Teens – Programs and Treatment of Alcohol Addiction and Other Disorders
  • Special Education Software and Assistive Technology
  • Non Profit Resource Centers
  • Autism Spectrum Nutrition
  • PT, OT and Vision Therapy
  • Special Needs Travel
  • Special Ed College Programs
  • Resources for Professionals
  • Dyslexia/ Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia
  • Teen escort/transport
  • Test Prep
  • Attorneys and Expert Witnesses
  • Tutors and Reading Specialists
  • Home schooling and Distance Learning

11.) Audiblox Learning Programs - http://www.audiblox2000.com/

This website provides products for students with special needs aimed at helping them develop cognitive skills through activities that help develop concentration, spatial orientation, visual and auditory memory, verbal comprehension, and vocabulary.

Content includes:

  • Kits for Home and School to assist in learning
Success Stories

Articles on some of the following:
  • Auditory Perception
  • Brain Research
  • Causes of Learning Disabilities
  • Emotional Scars of Learning Disabilities
  • Handwriting Problems
  • Occasional Memory Loss
  • Study skills
  • Visual-Spatial Dyslexia

12.) Learning Disabilities Association of America - www.ldanatl.org

This website provides information about recent research on learning disabilities as well as a network of resources for parents and teachers. They have conferences and local chapters that offer their own resources depending on the state.

Content includes information regarding:
  • Conferences
  • State Chapters
  • Legislative Updates
  • Learning Disabilities Foundation of America
  • Articles for Parents
  • Articles for Teachers
  • Articles for Professionals
  • Articles for Adults
  • Research
  • Bookstore and other Resources

13.) SERI Parent and Educator’s Resources - http://seriweb.com/parents.htm

This is a website that provides links to other websites that provide valuable resources for parents and educator’s of children with special needs.

Contents include links to websites on topics such as:
  • Lesson Ideas, Plans and Resources
  • Intervention Techniques
  • Music Therapy
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Early Intervention
  • IEP’s
  • Internet Resources
  • Children with Spina Bifida, Hearing Loss, Down Syndrome, etc.
  • Assistive Technologies

14.) Inclusive Communities - http://www.pbs.org/parents/inclusivecommunities/learning.html?gclid=CJLbl8Opl6gCFUa8KgodVGuXEA

This website is a branch of PBS.org, and provides articles for teachers and parents of children with learning disabilities on topics such as effective teaching strategies for children with disabilities, augmentative communication, assistive technology, and links to other sites.

Content includes articles on the following:
  • Assistive technology
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Autism
  • Challenging Behavior
  • Family Rights
  • Fostering Friendships
  • Fostering Independence
  • Inclusive Education
  • Learning Strategies for Home and School
  • Self- Advocacy
  • Yoga
  • Education Regarding Respecting Differences
  • Special Education Evaluation

15.) International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication - http://www.isaac-online.org/en/about/who.html

This website provides resources for students who cannot speak or write. Their resources include things like electronic talking boxes, books and boards with pictures or sign language.

Content includes information regarding:
  • Other related organizations
  • Language Resources
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Mentoring
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Conferences and Events
  • Forums on various related topics

16.) Association for Positive Behavior Support - http://www.apbs.org/new_apbs/autismDesc.aspx

This website provides information on this association which works to educate teachers and parents on how to improve support of children with learning disabilities through the implementation of positive behavior support. This support is based on strategies that focus on rewarding positive behavior. They have forums, conferences and publications devoted to this end.

Content includes information regarding:

  • State by state networks
Positive Behavior Support for various groups
  • Adults with ADD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Early Childhood
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
  • Families
  • School Districts
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Psychological Issues
  • Research and publications
  • Network finder

17.) Online Activities for Autistic Children, Students with Learning Disabilities and Other Special Needs Kids - http://www.kidzui.com/special_needs

This website has a free download of a program that shows direct links to sites that provide online games and activities for children with special needs listed by grade level.

Content includes links to sites pertaining to:
  • Educational Games for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies and Emotions 
  • Homework Helping Sites 
  • Music Groups 
  • Entertaining Videos

18.) Teaching LD - http://www.teachingld.org/
This website is a service provided by the Division for Learning Disabilities and provides resources for teachers of students with learning disabilities. It provides articles and research about assessment, instruction, and curriculum based measurement for monitoring student progress.

Content includes articles regarding:

Teaching strategies
  • Content Enhancements and Adaptations
  • Reading
  • Written language
  • Math
  • Transition and Technology

Resources such as publications, alerts, information on various assistive technical centers, and databases.


19.) SEN Teacher: Free Teaching Resources for Special Education - http://www.senteacher.org/

This website provides a variety of free printouts, web links, and games for teachers of special needs students. There is also free software downloads in areas like math, communication, using computers, the arts, and science.

Content includes printouts and activities in the following areas:
  • Math
  • Literacy
  • Certificates
  • Bones
  • Feelings and emotions
  • Behavior Charts
  • Web Links
Search Tools by Specific Category of Disability

20.) Websites for Special Educators - http://bctf.ca/lata/resources/web/web_sites.htm

This website has many links to other websites that provides resources for special educators.

Content includes links to sites dealing with the following issues:
  • Special Education Resources
  • Rare Disorders
  • Instructional materials
  • Specific Disorders such as deafness and cognitive disabilities
  • Gifted and Talented Children
  • Legal Issues and Policies
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Parenting
  • Professional Concerns and Research
  • Speech and Language
  • Transitioning to Work
  • Teacher Resources
  • Conferences
  • Advocacy

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