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Description: The Virginia Autism Council is a group comprised of self-advocates, professionals and family members. This Council works to advance knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders by defining skill competencies needed to effectively support a person with ASD and to advance higher education, training and educational opportunities for personnel and caregivers who provide support. The VAC website is Virginia’s clearinghouse on education and training opportunities taking place...
Description: The Brain Injury Association of Virginia notes that it is important for all education professionals to be aware of the issues surrounding brain injuries and how they can affect the student’s abilities in the educational setting. When a child is known or suspected to have sustained a concussion, either from a sports injury, motor-vehicle crash, fall, or other cause, the resulting impairments can be multidimensional and may include cognitive, behavioral, and/or physical deficits. Impairments...
Description: The Mason Autism Support Initiative offers individualized, comprehensive social and academic supports to motivated Mason students with autism spectrum disorder in order to guide them through the transition into university life, and assist them in building skills necessary for success in the university environment and beyond. We encourage development of self-advocacy and college-level independent living skills by providing individual and group support within a collaborative model. Applications...
Description: On this website you can learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. You can apply online or search for someone who can assist you with your application.
Description: All children need homes that are safe and full of love. Children who have experienced severe trauma may need more. Early, hurtful experiences can cause children to see and react in different ways. Some children who have been adopted or placed into foster care need help to cope with what happened to them in the past. Knowing what experts say about early trauma can help you work with your child.
Description: Our program is a comprehensive child identification and protection tool designed to give families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing children. Not only do we include children, but teenagers, adults and senior citizens in the event that they go missing. Because EVERY ONE IS SOMEONES CHILD. This program is provided "free of charge" to every Virginia family who wishes to participate.
Description: This fact sheet presents information that can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma in your child and offers recommendations for what you can do to help your child heal.
Description: This hour-long webinar is for educators, school administrators, teachers and advocates. It addresses current best practices, policies and tools that can improve school climate for all students, but especially those in the child welfare system.
Description: The goal of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative – a federal cross agency initiative – is to coordinate and leverage existing resources to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This resource guide is an example of federal agencies working together to ensure employers have the tools and resources they need to recruit, hire, retain, and promote people with disabilities.
Description: Spring is an ideal time for educators to pause and reflect. Routines and practices are established, but enough of the year remains to make adjustments. It is also not too early to start planning for next year. (William & Mary T/TAC Link Lines Newsletter, Feb. 2015)
Description: This archived webinar is a presentation by Daniel Parker, WDPI, Autism and Family Engagement, and Ben Kaufman, OAR, Director, Programs and Community Outreach. (OAR- Organization for Autism Research)
Description: The Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate Program prepares you to expertly engage with individuals with spectrum disorders through program content developed from current research in the field. The courses promote collaborative learning with a focus on services and strategies to improve success with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) across the lifespan in a variety of settings, including educational, home, work, and community. This 100% online graduate certificate program is from the...
Description: Mike DeBellis thinks that there's a big hole when it comes to children finding role models with disabilities in their reading, so he wrote a book called “Charlie and the Cardborad Box,” about a the adventures of a boy who uses a wheelchair. DeBellis says the book gives kids with disabilities someone to relate to, and it also helps spread awareness about disabilities to kids without disabilities. (disability awareness)
Description: LEAP provides training on healthy relationships and information about preventing abuse to adults with disabilities. Training Sessions are provided free of charge within a two hour radius of Richmond, and Newport News, Virginia. Co-trainers will travel on-site and provide training sessions free of charge. To arrange for training for your organization, contact: Jack Brandt, Partnership for People with Disabilities, (804) 828-1365, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Resumen: Cómo facilitar la comunicación con los estudiantes con discapacidades auditivas, de visión o del habla
Description: Información en español en este sitio, Nos complacemos en facilitar su acceso rápido a nuestra información en español a través de esta lista alfabética organizada por Tema de Discapacidad.
Description: Students with disabilities, like all students, must have the opportunity to fully participate in our public schools. A critical aspect of participation is communication with others. Three Federal laws – the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) (Title II), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) – address the obligations of public schools, including charter schools, to meet the...
Description: Helping families living with autism requires: supporting the family, understanding the causes, developing and testing new treatments, and creating access to services and supports. The goal of autismMatch is to connect families and individuals living with autism with researchers in the Mid-Atlantic region who are seeking the answers to how to achieve these goals.
Description: If you have a family member, child or adult, with Autism Spectrum Disorder and you’ve been longing for a Family Vacation, then you’ve arrived at the right place.
Description: Family Voices is a national, nonprofit, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. Working with family leaders and professional partners at the local, state, regional, and national levels since 1992, Family Voices has brought a respected family perspective to improving health care programs and policies and ensuring that health care systems include, listen to, and honor the voices of families.
Description: This includes the top 10 fact parents, educators and students need to know, including #1 "The facts - Students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabiled peers" and #2 "Bullying affects a student's ability to learn."
Description: The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. That's why we base our programs and materials on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Use the points below to help young people understand the Six Pillars, and use the mnemonic devices at right to help them remember. (bullying prevention)
Description: Designed by educators for educators, this kit reflects the best available research on bullying prevention: How do I advocate? How do I intervene? What is bullying? Bully Free Campaign?
Description: At least 28 percent of students 12-18 are bullied at school. As much as 6 percent of students report having been threatened with harm. Maintaining a safe, nurturing school environment for students is any school leader’s top priority. These resources can help you combat bullying in your school.
Description: This site includes: Bullying Info and Facts, Educator Toolkits and Activities, Free Bookmarks, Information Handouts, Book Club and Students with Disabilities.
Description: KnowBullying is a free App the provides tips, warning signs, conversation starters, and more to help spread the word about bullying.
Description: Bullying is an unacceptable behavior that adults and students have a responsibility to stop. Schools must have clear and comprehensive prevention practices and policies that address all forms of bullying and harassment and emphasize prevention; timely, consistent intervention; social-emotional supports victims and bullies; and clear, effective discipline. School psychologists work with educators, students, and families to ensure that every child feels safe at, and on the way to and from, school....
Description: Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids, but it may offer certain challenges for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Preparation and planning can help you stay stress-free. Whether this is your child’s first Halloween or not, here are some ideas to help you and your child enjoy the holiday.
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: This includes resources and tips to help parents prepare their children for the new school year. There is information about: Immunizations and Other Health Requirements, Financial Assistance for Families, Homework Help, School Supplies, and Health Eating and Physical Fitness.
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: This is a starter list of who's who in early intervention. It will 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: La salud de nuestros niños es algo muy importante. Mantenerse saludable puede ser caro, especialmente si hay preocupaciones dentro de la familia con conseguir seguro de la salud, cuidado médico, un diagnóstico, o información médica sobre una condición específica.
Description: Giving a child a home is a remarkable gift. This page is written for the families who’ve adopted children with disabilities (and without!) and those who offer them safe haven through fostering. t’s also written for those who work in state agencies or in private organizations who find foster homes and adoptive families for so many children.
Description: We know from the experiences of families and the findings of research that having a child with a disability powerfully affects everyone in the family. This includes that child’s brothers and sisters.
Description: Welcome to NICHCY’s training curriculum on IDEA 2004's Part C (early intervention)! There are 14 Modules
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.