Culturally Responsive Differentiated Instruction Strategies

This brief addresses what differentiated instruction is and how it applies to teaching and learning for diverse learners. Differentiated instruction recognizes students’ varying background knowledge, readiness, language, preferences in learning, and interests, and assists teachers in knowing how to differentiate instruction given these various learning areas.

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Social Security Benefits for Children with Disabilities.

A child with a disability who is younger than 18 years of age may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Have a look at SSA’s Child Disability Starter Kit, which includes a factsheet on the application process, a child disability interview preparation checklist and a Medical and School Worksheet.

SSI Child Disability Starter Kit (for children under age 18)

Spanish: Conjunto de materiales para iniciar la solicitud de SSI por incapacidad de un niño (para niños menores de 18 años)

Webinar on Self-Advocacy Skill Building

Slide from the webinar saying that Self-Advocacy Skill Building is a priority for Parent Centers.A webinar for the Parent Center Network


Webinar Date:  
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Lisa Küpper
Product Development Coordinator, CPIR

Dr. Josie Badger
PEAL Center Youth Development Director
RAISE Center Co-Director
#IWantToWork Campaign Manager


Supporting youth with disabilities in becoming effective self-advocates is one of the current priorities of Parent Centers. What, exactly, does that mean, and what does it involve?

This webinar explores the resources available to help youth with disabilities build their self-advocacy skills. These include training materials that Parent Centers can use when working with youth and their families. The discussion of resources revolves around those listed in the priority page of the CPIR’s called Best Practices in Self-Advocacy Skill Building.

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Handout | Building the Self-Advocacy Skills of Youth with Disabilities: Requirements as stated in the 2015 Application Package for Parent Centers
This handout repeats the verbatim requirements stated in the Request for Proposal (RFP) published by OSEP for the 2015 competition of PTIs with respect to building the capacity of youth with disabilities to be effective self-advocates.

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Go to the Webinar Archives, to listen to and view other webinars in the CPIR series.


The Family Engagement Tool

The web-based Family Engagement Tool (FET) guides a school team (including parents) in assessing every aspect of its family engagement programs and practices and creating and monitoring an improvement plan based on indicators of effective practice. FET’s two-year process helps the school determine needs, set priorities, develop a plan, monitor the plan, and strengthen the school community.

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Distinguishing Difference from Disability: The Common Causes of Racial/Ethnic Disproportionality in Special Education

This Equity In Action is intended to provide educators and researchers with comprehensive information on identifying and reducing disproportionality in schools. The brief describes a data-driven process for identifying root causes as well as the driving forces (internal and external to district) of those root causes.

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