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Description: Gilles de la Tourette syndrome (Tourette Syndrome or TS) is a neurological disorder which becomes evident in early childhood or adolescence. The first symptoms usually are involuntary movements (tics) of the face, arms, limbs or trunk. These tics are frequent, repetitive and rapid. The most common first symptom is a facial tic (eye blink, nose twitch, grimace), and is replaced or added to by other tics of the neck, trunk, and limbs. (National Organization)
Description: This site brings together the range of web-based content available through Perkins School for the Blind for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities.
Description: Broadcast LIVE and for FREE, Perkins Training & Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. There are many recorded webinars that can be watched for free or you can register to earn professional credit.
Description: 3E Love, LLC. is a social entrepreneurial experiment to change the perception of disability. The company was started by siblings Annie & Stevie Hopkins in 2007 with the intent of promoting their unique symbol and social model of disability. The company's trademarked International Symbol of Acceptance (wheelchair heart logo) is the drive behind it's social mission to provide the tools for others to embrace diversity, educate society, and empower each other to love life.
Description: The Library and Resource Center (LRC) is a component of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) from which two fundamental programs are administered. Library services are offered to persons who are print disabled. The Library and Resource Center service is provided to local school divisions to support education of visually impaired and blind children.
Description: AAIDD provides opportunities for professional education on a wide variety of interesting and important topics through webinars. Our programs advance our priorities of promoting good health, furthering the supports paradigm, and using new diagnostic and assessment methods in determining individual strengths, needs and preferences.
Description: Welcome! In an effort to assist sports organizations, coaches, and parents to provide a safer sports environment for the brain, we have developed the “CLF Concussion Checklist.” You will find ten categories that every organization must address, and within each category SLI has provided a number of innovative ways to make the games safer. Make sure your program addresses every category to the best of your ability.
Description: ACHIEVES offers this resource to school systems to help make sure that individuals who provide educational support to children have a good understanding of the challenges that may surface after a concussion is diagnosed and of the steps needed to help these students ACHIEVE a successful recovery. This toolkit highlights the vital roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder within a school, household, and athletic/recreation program when assisting in the prevention, recognition, and management...
Description: This guide has been written for anyone who has been touched by brain injury, whether mild or severe, family or friend. It is the goal of this guide to provide survivors, caregivers and loved ones with step-by-step tools they need to travel the incredible journey of recovery. This guide is not meant to be read at one sitting. We hope you will find the information you need at the time in which you need it. (San Diego Brain Injury Foundation)
Description: If you have recently learned that your child has a developmental delay or a disability (which may or may not be completely defined), this message may be for you. It is written from the personal perspective of a parent who has shared this experience and all that goes with it. When parents learn about any difficulty or problem in their child’s development, this information comes as a tremendous blow. The day my child was diagnosed as having a disability, I was devastated—and so...
Description: Supporting Success is a ‘go-to’ site for professionals and family members seeking more information about hearing loss and what can be done to better support the future learning and social success of children with hearing loss. Only 1 in 100 students with IEPs are receiving services primarily for hearing loss! Hearing loss causes learning issues due to access barriers, not learning disorders. Professional Resource Topics Include: Amplification, Assessment, Early Childhood,...
Description: This resource (PDF) contains documents and websites (in English and Spanish) about Advocacy, Early Intervention, Special Education (2 through 21 years), Transition and Information on Specific Disabilities.
Description: What is autism spectrum disorder? ¿Qué son los trastornos del espectro autista? (English and Spanish version are on the same document) (CDC- Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: Aprenda los signos. Reaccione pronto.
Description: From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child’s development and act early if you have a concern.
Description: This fact sheet includes: What is ADHD? What are some signs of ADHD? What can I do if I think my child may have ADHD? ¿Qué es el trastorno por déficit de atención e hiperactividad o TDA/H? (English and Spanish versions available on the same document)
Description: This page lists some facts about ASD. (Early Childhood Development, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Description: 10 Hechos Sobre el Trastorno de Espectro Autista (TEA) (Early Childhood Development, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Description: The Autism Society improves the lives of all affected by autism through education, advocacy, services, research and support.
Description: INFORMACION GENERAL SOBRE EL AUTISMO El autismo es una incapacidad relativa al desarrollo mental que típicamente aparece durante los tres primeros años de vida. Es resultado de un trastorno neurológico que afecta el funcionamiento del cerebro, el autismo y sus comportamientos asociados pueden ocurrir en 1 de cada 68 individuos. El autismo es cuatro veces más frecuente en los niños que en las niñas y no conoce las fronteras raciales, étnicas y...
Description: Apoyo para padres y madres de niños con necesidades especiales
Description: This website supports extraordinary individuals and their families. You’ve likely landed here because a loved one recently received an autism diagnosis, or you’re concerned that someone in your life may be on the autism spectrum. You need good advice, quality information and real help.
Description: Parents are often the first to notice when their child is not learning or growing like other babies. This brochure outlines what to expect from your child during the ages from birth to three years old. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: Encuesta sobre el desarrollo de su hijo: Los padres son a menudo los primeros en saber cuando su hijo necesita ayuda. (Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia)
Description: Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are residing in the United States. Fifteen winning artists share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners...
Description: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them.
Description: This Teachers’ Desk Reference provides information about traumatic brain injury (TBI), specifically concussion, and the potential effects of TBI on a student’s behavior and academic performance.
Description: The Iowa Department of Public Health has the following archived webinars on Pediatric TBI and Schools: Intro to the Brain Injury Quick Guide, Pediatric Brain Injury 101, Common Challenges after Brain Injury, Managing Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom Following Brain Injury, Pediatric TBI: Where do we go from here?, Pediatric TBI: From Hospitalization to Classroom, Returning to the Classroom Following Concussion & Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury.
Description: VCU Autism Center for Excellence provides a variety of training events for anyone who lives with, works with, or supports an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Training is developed and designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of: Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Personnel, Paraprofessionals (paraeducator), Administrators, Psychologists, Family Members and Friends, Medical Professionals, Early Intervention Service Providers and Adult Service Providers. (VCU...
Description: The VCU Autism Center for Excellence is committed to providing resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Resources consists of items which may be checked out from our extensive Lending Library as well as electronic materials you can download directly from our website. The electronic materials include fact sheets, peer reviewed journal articles, manuals, website links as well as other materials and information that expand the knowledge of ASD and facilitate implementation of...
Description: This document contains the following sections: Overview, Public Perceptions of LD, LD in the Schools, LD Beyond School, Emerging Issues, Conclusions and Appendices.
Description: This technical assistance resource was created in collaboration with staff at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE) and is designed to be a tools for educators, administrators, and parents working to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These guidelines offer an overview of the current best practices for educating individuals with ASD.The Guidelines are not a standard of practice for the education of individuals with ASD in...
Description: The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Autism Center for Excellence (ACE) is funded by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Our mission is to build state-wide capacity to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. (VCU ACE)
Description: The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis (VA-ABA) Consortium is comprised of four universities: George Mason University, Lynchburg College, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The Consortium was formed to deliver coursework approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB) via distance learning modalities by the member institutions. This allows individuals from across the state to participate in the Consortium. Participating universities also may have...
Description: This guide contains information and resources for teachers and school staff. It includes a brief overview of brain injury statistics, levels of brain injury severity, and brain anatomy as well as the behavior, psycho-social, physical/sensory-motor, perceptual, attention, memory/learning, executive function and communication/language challenges that may be faced by a student who has had a traumatic brain injury. There are instructional strategy suggestions and a case study that illustrates how to...
Description: HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion and know how to respond if you think that your athlete might have a concussion.
Description: Families and schools need to communicate in order to make sure potential injury-related learning problems are not overlooked in a child with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Description: Kids with TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) have similar challenges to kids with other disabilities, but they also have uneven skill profiles, meaning they may be strong in one area or academic subject but deficient in another.
Description: Some researchers estimate that over half of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have some sort of issue with food. These feeding issues can be of significant concern to parents because they might impact their child’s health and wellbeing. The Autism Speaks Autism Treatment Network (ATN) created Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Guide for Parents to help parents and professionals better understand the “nuts and bolts” of feeding issues.
Description: This module is focused on adult wounded warriors and their caregivers, but it has good general information about what to expect after a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. There is information about "What you might see" and "How you can help" that might be useful for school aged students, who have a severe to moderate traumatic brain injury, and their caregivers.
Description: Good access to doctors is especially important for people with Medicare—seniors and adults with permanent disabilities because they are significantly more likely than others to need health care services. This issue brief examines the evidence on Medicare patients' access to physicians to assess the extend to which these concerns are supported by findings from multiple patient surveys, physician surveys, published studies, and new physician data from Medicare.
Description: Autism NOW: The National Autism Resource and Information Center will be a dynamic and interactive, highly visible and effective central point of quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, their families, and other targeted key stakeholders.
Description: This is a list of tips about staying warm, traveling in a wheelchair, using a assistance dog and more.
Description: This is the story of a little girl named Jackie. The story attempts to explore her short life and how she impacted those who shared it with her.
Description: The Optometric Extension Program Foundation is an international organization* dedicated to the advancement of the discipline of optometry through the gathering and dissemination of information on vision and the visual process. (National Organization)
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia have updated this guide for educators that includes the following sections: Brain Injury 101, The Student with TBI: AN Overview, Educational Implications, Transition, Family and Special Education.
Description: This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment after a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
Description: This guidelines document is designed to be a resource for teachers and administrators as they address the educational needs of students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) in Virginia. Parents of children with SLD may find this document useful as well. These guidelines offer an overview of best practices for educating individuals with SLD and should be used in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)Regulations Governing Special Education Program for Children with...
Description: This online Parent Resource Directory provides contact information and other service details about organizations dedicated to providing support and information to families with children who have chronic healthcare needs.
Description: This booklet serves as a guide to help grandparents explore the world of Down Syndrome.