Whether you’re a general or special education teacher or school administrator, you play a vital role in helping children with disabilities achieve their full potential. Students with disabilities might need classroom and curriculum modifications, aides, and other accommodations and supports. The following resources provide more information on meeting the educational and social needs of children with disabilities in the school system.
Educating Children with Disabilities
Information for teachers on helping students with disabilities achieve their full potential including specifics of the IDEA, professional development resources and best practices.
Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities
This Tool Kit from the Department of Education brings together the most current and accurate information, including research briefs and resources designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities.
Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
The TA&D Network supports projects that provide information and technical assistance to states, local schools, educational professionals and families. The projects address topics such as autism, deafness, disproportional representation, dispute resolution, learning disabilities, parenting children with special needs, positive behavior support and transition.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
Another challenge educators face is making sure children with disabilities feel comfortable and accepted in the classroom. Teaching disability awareness to all students goes a long way toward breaking down barriers and promoting acceptance.
Friends Who Care Program
Easter Seals’ FRIENDS WHO CARE® is designed to help children better understand what it means and how it feels to be a young person with a disability. This educational program gives students the opportunity to learn what is involved when someone has a disability and how they adapt to live life, go to school, or work as independently as possible.
Disability Studies for Teachers
Disability Studies for Teachers is a web-based resource for teachers who want to introduce students in social studies, history, literature, and related subjects in grades 6-12 to disability studies and disability history. The site contains lesson plans, essays, and teaching materials. The project is based on a disability studies perspective which refers to the examination of disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. In contrast to clinical, medical, or educational approaches to disability, disability studies focuses on how disability is defined and represented in society.
Center for Disability Information and Referral KidsWeb
A web site for kids that helps them learn about disabilities through games, trivia, and fun facts.
Tips on Interacting with People with Disabilities
Tips from the United Spinal Association on disability etiquette that help people interact and communicate more effectively with people with disabilities.
Other Helpful Resources
The Accessible Classroom
The Accessible Classroom Primer (ACP) includes resources to help educators address the accessibility needs of students with disabilities and ensure that ALL students have access to the general education environment and curriculum.
Bookshare® is a searchable, online library of digital books available free of charge to people with print disabilities. The collection includes textbooks, novels, periodicals and assistive technology tools for readers of all ages.