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Children with special needs are challenging and rewarding to raise. This section is devoted to resources to help parents of special kids both gifted and challenged.

 

  • Gifted Children
    This section is devoted to children whose curiosity and depth of understanding exceed the average.

     

  • Specific Disabilities
    This section is divided into learning/behavioral disabilities and physical disabilities.
  • Assistive Technology
    For many children with disability, assistive technology is a transformative tool in there lives, learn more about it here.

GENERAL DISABILITY RESOURCES

 


Sections

Special Education Community
Here you'll find a comprehensive set of resources on the IEP process, specific disablities, gifted education, and much more.

Assessment & Intervention
This page in the Early Childhood Educators Community has early intervention resources on special education and children "at-risk" for parents and teachers young children.

Inclusion / Mainstreaming Resources
Learn more about the issues surrounding the current practice of mainstreaming students with disability in the regular classroom for either all or part of the day in our Parents Community's School Issues section.



Articles

ADHD: What Is It?
Education World explores ADHD in a five-part series.

Kids With Disabilities Focus of Three New Books
Each of these books is intended to help young readers appreciate that all people are special and are more alike than they are different.

Will the Government Fund Its Commitment to Special Ed?
If the House of Representatives has its way, the federal government will fulfill its promise to fund 40 percent of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The bill is now under consideration in a Senate committee. How will more IDEA funding make a difference to local school districts?



Reviews
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC) provides access to professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

Family Village
Family Village is an exceptional directory of resources covering disability issues on the Internet. The breadth of the subject and content listings available sets this site apart. Family Village also provides a set of discussion lists and chat rooms.

SNOW Kids
This is the sister site to the SNOW (Special Needs Opportunity Windows) Web site. SNOW Kids has information for special needs children and their teachers and parents.

The Chatback Trust
The Chatback project helps special-needs schools communicate using email. The Web site features projects and moderated mailing lists. (Grades: 6-12)

INDIE: Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education
An information directory of global disability resources.


Related
Links

Federation for Children with Special Needs (FCSN)
The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

Our-Kids A discussion group with r 800 people from all over the world representing children of varying diagnosis; everything from indefinite developmental delays and sensory integration problems, to cerebral palsy, to rare genetic disorders.

Special Education and PTA Library
Articles and other PTA-related information of interest to parents of and advocates for children with special needs, including gifted children.

Special Needs, Special Kids
Created by a special-needs mediator, this site provides an abundance of information about specific disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and spinal bifida.

Basics for Parents
Basics for Parents is a brand new series from NICHCY. Written in easy-to-understand terms, these publications will look at aspects of the special education process and provide parents with information they need.

Parent Guides
The Parent Guide series offers answers to questions and concerns that parents and people who work with parents or children with disabilities typically have.

The User-Friendly Special Education Guide for Parents
The site provides basic advocacy and resource knowledge for parents of special education students.

Music Therapy for Young Children With Special Needs
provides a number of suggestions for using music to help young students overcome or cope with a variety of disabilities.

Very Special Home Pages
This site provides free home pages for children and adults with special needs. Each biography, written by a parent or caregiver, displays the talents, hobbies, and personality of the person with special needs and allows visitors to see beyond the disability.

Special Needs, Special Kids

Music Therapy for Young Children With Special Needs

Very Special Home Pages

A Guide to Children's Literature and Disability
A bibliography intended to help parents and professionals identify books that are written about or include characters who have a disability.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1995
Read about how these amendments affect your child as well as a background on IDEA.

A Guide to Children's Literature and Disability
A bibliography designed to help parents and professionals find books that include characters with a disability.

Advocating for your Child
An informative site for parents regarding special education, IDEA, IEPs, evaluations, placements, related services, advocacy and the laws.

Comfort Connection Family Resource Center
This site offers web based information for parents of infants/toddlers born at risk or with disabilities. This site offers disability specific links.

Internet Resource Sites for Special Education
Alton C. Crews Middle School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, provides links to sites for exceptional children and their parents, teachers, and friends.

Special Education Resources on the Internet
You'll find lots and lots of links to on-line special-education ressources here.

Parents Engaged in Education Reform Project (PEER): Goals 2000 and Children with Disabilities On-line information from the PEER Project, which works through and with the network of trainers in the Parent Training and Information (PTI) Centers to reach parents of children with disabilities.

Starting Points for Parents
A list of helpful short articles on a range of topics related to assessment for special education students from primary school through college and career from the Educational Testing Service and the Office of Disability Policy.

 

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