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Description: The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS! Articulated in the Aspen Declaration, these values were identified by a nonpartisan, nonsectarian (secular) group of youth development experts in 1992 as “core ethical values that transcend cultural, religious and socioeconomic differences. The six pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. CHARACTER COUNTS! recommends always using these pillars in...
Description: This App renders the “Parents' Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution” by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), for mobile devices. It covers “Mediation,” “Formal Complaint,” and “Due Process” and includes a section that defines relevant “Acronyms” and a “Glossary.” The application offers an easy to use question and answer format. Many answers include a direct link to the Regulations Governing Special Education...
Description: U. S. Department of Education's Family and Community Engagement Framework is for families, schools, districts, states, and the broader communities to build capacity for student achievement and school improvement. This site includes Tools and Support for Schools )Programs and Guidance, Programs and Guidance- Special Education and Programs and Guidance- Early Learning), Parents and Families (Programs and Guidance, Staying Healthy and Succeeding in School and Beyond) and Communities (Reaching...
Description: This paper presents a new framework for designing family engagement initiatives that build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success.
Description: While this guidance document is designed to address the particular needs of military families with students in special education, we note that other families with students in special education who are transferring to other school divisions may find some of the information included here helpful as well.
Description: These fact sheets include: Common Views and Myths about Bullying, Help Your Child Recognize the Signs of Bullying, The Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Bullying, Bullying - Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns, Is Your Child Being Bullied In Cyberspace?, Steps To Take If Your Child Is Being Bullied At School, Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident - Using a Template Letter, and many more! Some of these fact sheets are available in Spanish.
Description: The Assessment’s chapters are organized by the core categories of services/supports needed by Virginians with developmental and related disabilities across the lifespan. References are included at the end of each chapter. Information on statewide advocacy groups is provided in Appendix A, and information on preparing for emergencies is contained in Appendix B. The 2014 Assessment describes disability services and supports that are primarily funded, operated, licensed, regulated, or...
Description: In "Inside the Teenage Brain," FRONTLINE chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers.
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Toddler Initiative will expand on the work conducted by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. The ASD Toddler Initiative will develop new materials and modify existing processes to support the use of evidence-based practices for young children (birth-3) and for their families.
Description: The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) developed Grant Writing and Grant Management Tool Kit for Self-Advocates to help self-advocacy organizations apply for grants. The toolkit provides information on how self-advocacy organizations can become more independent and guidance on how to become a tax-exempt non-profit organization (501c3).
Description: This site provides resources, training, and links to Infant Mental Health endorsement. The goal of Earch Childhood Mental Health of Virginia is to develop of a comprehensive system of care for infant and child mental health serving children birth through age eight and their families/caregivers, which: Engages parents as partners; Provides high quality supports and services to families; Is grounded in developmental knowledge; Includes family and child centered practices and policy & cultural...
Description: These resources include: Interactive Glossary of Inclusion Terms, Inclusion Roadmap, Scheduling Form 1, Scheduling Form 2, Scheduling Form 3, Form 3 Planning Grid EXAMPLES, Strategies for Students with Cognitive Disabilities, Collaborative Teaching Observation Form, Specialized Support Observation Form, Steps for Scheduling Elementary, Steps for Scheduling Middle School Steps for Scheduling High School.
Description: A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we've put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.
Description: This publication is from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Division of Special Education. It includes "My Records Notebook, Preparing for an IEP Meeting, Participating in an IEP Meeting, About My Child, Agency, School & Medical Contact Information, Appendix A: Glossary, and Appendix B: Acronyms. Note: Some of the terms in the glossary and some of the acromyns are not used in Virginia.
Description: This guide was developed to give you information on how the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting works so you can participate in making informed decisions about your child’s educational program. The guide gives suggestions on what you can do to prepare for the meeting, and information about what happens during the meeting, including the development of the IEP document. It also tells you what happens after the IEP meeting and lists resources and definitions of special education...
Description: How long a list of “who’s who” would you like? There are quite a few experts in the early intervention field! In the interests of efficiency, we will give you the semi-short but to-the-point list to get you started (we apologize to all those organizations we haven’t listed here). This starter list will definitely lead you into the wider network and keep you informed in the ongoing work in early intervention.
Description: Are you looking for information on a health condition or perhaps trying to find health services? There are lots of medical sites out there that explain conditions in terms you don’t need to be a doctor to understand. And there are sites that can help you locate healthcare services in your community.
Description: A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided—an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment. An impressive knowledge base of experience has been built on the delivery of early intervention services.
Description: Building effective communication skills is a critical component of the education of all students with ASD. It requires a systematic plan that ensures communication instruction is individualized to fit the short term and long term needs of the student. This involves individualized communication instruction, team collaboration, a system of communication that allows for effective and efficient communication, and implementation of evidence-based strategies and supports.
Description: If you have a child with a disability, the need to plan for your future, as well as your child’s, is important and the time to plan is now! The reality is that something could happen at any moment to leave you or your child at risk. It could be your death, or a chronic or debilitating illness or catastrophic injury that impairs your ability to care for yourself and your child. These events cause emotional and often financial hardship, so why not create a plan now while you can be...
Description: Contiene preguntas que los consumidores pueden hacerse para ayudarles a decidir si se debe buscar ayuda para un problema de abuso de drogas, de salud mental, o ambas cosas. Urge a los que respondieron "sí" a cualquiera de las preguntas, que busquen ayuda y contiene una lista de recursos dónde pueden obtener más información. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Lists questions consumers can ask themselves to help them decide whether to seek help for a substance abuse problem, a mental health issue, or both. Urges those who answered "yes" to any of the questions to seek help and lists resources for more information.(SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Supports the national dialogue to build awareness of mental health problems in communities. Presents data and other facts about mental illness in the U.S. to help educate and inform communities and start a conversation about mental illness. (The Information Graphic Reference List is located at http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4725/SMA13-4725_Reference.pdf.) (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Apoya el diálogo nacional para crear conciencia acerca de los problemas de salud mental en las comunidades. Presenta datos y otra información sobre la enfermedad mental en los Estados Unidos para ayudar a educar e informar a las comunidades e iniciar un diálogo acerca de la enfermedad mental. (Información gráfica- Lista de referencia- http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA13-4725SPAN/InformationGraphicReferenceListSpanish.pdf) (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Es un recurso útil para que usen los padres, cuidadores y educadores después de un desastre o un evento traumático. Explica cómo ayudar a los niños y jóvenes hacer frente a estos eventos y además contiene una lista de recursos útiles. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Helps parents and teachers recognize common reactions children of different age groups (preschool and early childhood to adolescence) experience after a disaster or traumatic event. Offers tips for how to respond in a helpful way and when to seek support. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Proporciona a las comunidades, incluyendo a los consumidores y facilitadores, con datos relativos a la salud mental como, por ejemplo, la prevención e identificación temprana de las enfermedades mentales, el acceso a tratamiento, las respuestas a las crisis, y los apoyos para la recuperación. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Provides data and other facts helpful in creating conversations about mental health that break down misperceptions, and promote recovery and healthy communities. Discusses early identification, access to treatment, crisis response, and recovery supports. (SAMHSA- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration)
Description: Although definitions of bullying vary, experts generally agree that the core elements of bullying consist of unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children involving a real or perceived power imbalance. There is also an element of repetition, meaning the behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Types of bullying include: Physical abuse Verbal abuse Social exclusion Spreading rumors Cyberbullying (via e-mails, texts, websites) The Centers for Disease Control...
Description: Autism Speaks announced the results of the National Housing and Residential Supports Survey. The first-of-its-kind survey is a snapshot of the current housing and support needs of the rapidly growing number of young adults and adults with autism.
Description: This guide will help people with disabilities and their families and caregivers prepare for emergencies. It also includes information about resources and organizations that can help individuals impacted by disasters in the recovery process.
Description: This article is available in the TTAC Telegram Vol. XVI Issue: 4 April/May2012 on pages 16-17.
Description: This article is available in TTAC Telegram Vol. XVI Issue: 2 Nov/Dec 2011 on pages 17-19.
Description: ¿Qué es el acoso?, Acoso por Internet, ¿Quién está en riesgo?, Prevenir el acoso, Responder ante el acoso, Recibir ayuda ahora (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
Description: This site includes sections on: What is bullying, Cyber Bullying, Who is at Risk, Prevent Bullying, Respond to Bullying and Get Help Now. (A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.)
Description: Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can present in the form of threats, physical assault, and intimidation that is intentional and involves a difference in power and/or strength.Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents. Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis. This site includes FAQs, Facts for Families, Clinical Resources, Research and Training,...
Description: The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as “Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.” It is also known as “cyber bullying,” “electronic bullying,” “e-bullying,” “sms bullying,” “mobile bullying,”...
Description: STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE’s vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE’s goals are to: Increase awareness that youth violence can and should be...
Description: Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed in this article are useful to you in that effort.
Description: If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability, there are many things you can do to support him. Here are 10 ideas to get you started!
Description: Si su hijo tiene problema en el aprendizaje, hay muchas cosas que Ud. puede hacer. Ofrecemos diez sugerencias para empezar.
Description: This is a visual lecture called Concussions 101. The symptoms of a concussion can be tough to recognize, for kids in particular. Watch this video to learn the basics you need to know to make sure you take care of that awesome brain of yours, as much as you take care of the rest of your body.
Description: A developmental delay is when your child does not reach these milestones at the same time as other children the same age. If your child is not developing properly, there are things you can do that may help. Most of the time, a developmental problem is not something your child will “grow out of” on his or her own. But with help, your child could reach his or her full potential! English and Spanish versions are on the same document.
Description: This guidebook presents what you need to know before your child's third birthday. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: Guía Informativa de Niñez Temprana en Transición, Lo que usted necesita saber antes del tercer cumpleaños de su niño. It was developed in Minnesota and is based on federal and state guidelines, but may contain some information that differs from the transition process from Part C to Part B in Virginia.
Description: When children are young, they learn by listening and talking with their parents, relatives, babysitters, and others. If you and your child are more comfortable with Spanish, then sing, talk, and read with your child in Spanish. This will build your child's speaking, listening, and understanding skills. These skills will later help him or her speak and read English.
Description: Los niños pequeños aprenden escuchando y hablando con sus padres, con sus familiares, con los encargados del cuidado infantil y con otras personas. Si usted y su niño se sienten más a gusto con el español, cante, converse y lea con su hijo en español. Así, se fortalecerán sus habilidades de hablar, escuchar y comprender. Estas habilidades le ayudarán más adelante a hablar y a leer en ingles.
Description: As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child's school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have.
Description: Los padres son los primeros maestros y los que ejercen mayor influencia en las vidas de los niños. Por eso es muy importante que los padres desarrollen y mantengan enlaces fuertes con las escuelas de sus hijos. Cuando los padres y las familias se involucran en las escuelas, los niños tienden a destacarse más y sus opiniones sobre la escuela son más positivas. Para que los niños puedan tener éxito en la escuela, los padres y las familias deber participar activamente en el aprendizaje de los...
Description: In the U.S. educational system, teachers and school leaders believe that a strong partnership between the home and school will help children succeed in school. Teachers welcome input from the parents about their children, such as information about what the child likes to do or what they are good at. Teachers also understand that each student is different and learns differently, and that no one knows your child better than you do. You may provide some insight that will help the teacher work more...