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Description: Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.
Description: Founded in 1948 as Recording for the Blind, Learning Ally serves more than 300,000 K-12, college and graduate students, veterans and lifelong learners – all of whom cannot read standard print due to blindness, visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning disabilities. Learning Ally’s collection of more than 65,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles – downloadable and accessible on mainstream as well as specialized assistive technology devices – is the...
Description: Since 1963, LDA has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals. At the national, state and local levels, LDA provides cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make the Learning Disabilities Association of America the leading resource for information on learning disabilities. (National Organizations)
Description: The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable...
Description: The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) is the largest national membership organization representing the interests and needs of recreational therapists. Recreational therapists are healthcare providers who use recreational therapy interventions for improved functioning of individuals with illness or disabling conditions. (National Organizations)
Description: The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. The slogan of NCPAD is Exercise is for EVERY body, and every person can gain some health benefit from being more physically active. This site provides information and resources that can enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be. (Adapted PE, National Organizations)
Description: Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has focused on one goal: To improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities.
Description: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. (National Organizations)
Description: The Office of Head start (OHS) launched the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) in 2006 with a clear and innovative mission: to provide timely information and learning opportunities relevant to the Head Start and Early Head Start community, and to serve as a comprehensive resource for anyone involved in early childhood education. Head Start programs and parents visiting the ECLKC will find the latest information on OHS priorities, policies, and programs. The ECLKC also offers...
Description: ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Overview Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.  
Description: Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. Highlights Spread the Word: That All May Read Bureau of Engraving and Printing U.S. Currency Reader Program Learn Who is eligible What is available Where libraries are located How to sign up NLS Application for Free Library Service: Individuals, in English [PDF: 350 KB / 4p.] NLS Application for Free...
Description: The NAMI movement works to raise mental health awareness, provide education and support, and improve the mental health system. These efforts involve three levels of organizational collaboration: NAMI, the NAMI state office, and local NAMI affiliates. As a big NAMI family, our pathways to success are intertwined, and each level has an important role to play. It’s valuable to understand the specific roles that each NAMI entity plays in the collective mental health movement. NAMI...
Description: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) is a Federal advisory committee that coordinates all efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) concerning autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Description: The Autism Research Institute (ARI) is the hub of a worldwide network of parents and professionals concerned with autism. ARI was founded in 1967 to conduct and foster scientific research designed to improve the methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing autism. ARI also disseminates research findings to parents and others worldwide seeking help. ARI publishes the Autism Research Review International, a quarterly newsletter covering biomedical and educational advances in autism research.
Description: This spreadsheet is a list of enrolled Medicaid Providers who currently offer Assistive Technology and Environmental Modifications through the Home and Community Based Waiver Programs. Please use this list to locate a provider in your area if you are in need of these services.
Description: The resource guide is a directory to expand awareness and knowledge and ensure that consumers and their families can gain full access to Virginia’s health and human services. The resource guide will help you: • identify resources for disability information • answer questions about services and benefits • explain rights and responsibilities • provide information for access to support and advocacy groups
Description: The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has received requests for clarification of some of these regulations. This is one of a series of question and answer (Q&A) documents prepared by OSERS to address some of the most important issues raised by requests for clarification on a variety of high-interest topics.
Description: Technical Report 3 from the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) entitled Recommended Transition Practices for Young Children, by Beth Rous provides findings from a national validation survey. The report provides information on 21 transition practices validated across early childhood and early childhood special education professionals. (preschool)
Description: This publication describes programs that have been proven to help young people successfully complete high school and be prepared for success in postsecondary education and careers. These programs represent a wide range of interventions, including school-wide reform initiatives, community-based afterschool services, work-based learning opportunities, and college access programs. From an analysis of the included programs, the report identifies common programmatic and structural elements that may...
Description: The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
Description: The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of how school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as a framework for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and relevance of practices to prevent school violence and bullying behavior, in particular. (OSEP Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports)
Description: The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) collaborated on this publication. Through it you will find ways to create a sense of order in your life and maintain control over your finances as you care for your child and prepare him or her for adulthood. (parent)
Description: The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is one of the Institutes that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special...
Description: The Center for Family Involvement is part of the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Center for Family Involvement works with families to increase their skills as advocates, mentors and leaders so that families, children and young adults with disabilities can lead the lives they want.
Description: Local school divisions are required by the Code of Virginia to form local Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs) made up of parents of individuals with disabilities, community volunteers and one teacher appointed by local School Boards. The primary purpose of the local SEACs is to: * identify needs relating to the education of students with disabilities within a local school division; * advise the local school division of these needs; and * assist the local school division in developing...
Description: Association for Behavior Analysis International® The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.
Description: ASAT’s mission: We promote safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, timely, and scientifically sound information; advocating for the use of scientific methods to guide treatment; and combating unsubstantiated, inaccurate and false information about autism and its treatment.
Description: The Children's Partnership is a national, nonprofit child advocacy organization working to ensure that all children, especially those at risk of being left behind, have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and to lead productive lives. Particular attention is on the goals of securing health coverage for uninsured children and ensuring that the opportunities of digital technology benefit all children and families. National research is combined with community-based...
Description: Project HOPE - Virginia ensures the enrollment, attendance, and the school success of children and youth experiencing homelessness through public awareness efforts across the commonwealth and subgrants to local school divisions. School divisions develop customized programs to meet the needs of homeless children and youth in their area. Project HOPE - Virginia funds activities throughout the school year, including early childhood education, mentoring, tutoring, parent education, summer enrichment...
Description: The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center staff has identified current and readily available resources that can help support high quality inclusive practices. Excerpts and adaptations of each resource are provided to help users to easily see what each resource has to offer and to encourage further examination via links. National and state-developed resources contained within this document have been designed for a variety of audiences, and may be useful for families, practitioners,...
Description: APH provides accessible educational and daily living products for students who are visually impaired and blind. Search the site for free trial versions of educational software and other educational products. Many products may be provided free of charge for students receiving vision services. Check with your local vision teacher for more information.
Description: The VA Deaf-Blind Project is a free, federally funded resource that support families, early intervention providers, teachers, related service provides, school administrators and medical professionals who live and work with children (birth-21) who have a combined vision and hearing loss. This includes children who may have multiple and/or other disabilities.
Description: This is the web site for the United States Department of Education. (State and National Resources)
Description: This book gives the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) joint position statement on “Learning to Read and Write, Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children.” The authors translate the philosophy into teaching practices under eight major themes: the power and pleasure of literacy, the literate environment, language development, building knowledge and comprehension, knowledge of print, types of...
Description: The primary objective of the National Early Childhood Transition Center (NECTC) is to investigate and validate practices and strategies that enhance the early childhood transition process and support positive school outcomes for children with disabilities. This objective will be met through four inter-related research activities. (State and national resources)
Description: This is the office of early childhood located on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website. (State and National Resources)
Description: The goal of the Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) is to promote the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. This site includes CELLvideos for use with parents and by teachers.
Description: CITEd supports leadership at state and local education agencies to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. CITEd provides this support through identification of best practices, innovative online technical assistance tools, professional development, and communities of practice. CITEd is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and is a cooperative effort of the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the...
Description: Smart Beginnings is a statewide collaboration to share information and efforts about making the most of the early years for Virginia’s children. (State and national resources)
Description: This is the office of Early Childhood Special Education for the Virginia Department of Education. (State and national resources)
Description: This publication is intended to improve the quality of early childhood programs by identifying best practices for supporting child growth and development from birth to kindergarten.
Description: The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
Description: ep (Exceptional Parent) is a 42-year-old, award-winning publishing and communications company. ep provides practical advice, emotional support and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs as well as to the physicians, allied health care professionals, and educational professionals who are involved in their care and development. (Registration is free.)
Description: Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. We partner with organizations and individuals across the entire spectrum of the health care community to achieve our mission.
Description: PACER’s Early Childhood Family Information and Resources Project gives parents of children ages birth through 5 years the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to help their children obtain the education, health care, and other services they deserve. In Minnesota, special education services for children with disabilities are mandated by law beginning at birth. By federal and state law, families must be involved in the planning, development, and implementation of comprehensive...
Description: Reference Points: Transition Updates from the Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) features resources and updates to help parent organizations, advocates and professionals better serve adolescents and young adults with disabilities and their families. Subscribers receive several short e-mail messages each week featuring resources on issues affecting young adults with disabilities and their families. (PACER Center)
Description: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has launched StrengthofUs.org, an online community where young adults with mental health concerns can support each other while navigating challenges and opportunities during the critical transition years from ages 18-25. The site was developed by young adults and is a user-driven social networking community where members can connect with peers; share personal stories, creativity, and helpful resources; write and respond to blog entries; engage in...
Description: Through the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released “Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood.” Whether moving from school or a home setting to work, college, or living on their own, transition-aged youth with significant disabilities and their families or friends can benefit from the information and guidance offered by the...
Description: To answer parents' questions about autism spectrum disorders, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a collection of interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents. (General Autism)
Description: The VA Autism Council's website provides information on training in Virginia. This is Virginia's clearinghouse on best practices and research-based education and training opportunities to advance personnel development in autism in Virginia. (General Autism)