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Accelerating Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 shuttered school buildings and the impact on students will potentially be significant for years to come. While instructional loss will affect most students, it could have a disproportionate impact on students with disabilities and other historically marginalized populations, including students of color, students impacted by poverty, and English language learners. It’s critical that schools take immediate steps to address the issue of instructional loss and prevent students from falling further behind. This 26-page report from NCLD discusses promising practices for doing just that. It explores in some detail research-based approaches to accelerate learning; how to implement those approaches with success; and policy recommendations and actions at the state and federal levels. Read more about the report and download it here.

SABE Webinars

SABE stands for Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered. Their webinars cover quite a range of topics promoting self-advocacy. You’ll find webinars such as: disability awareness (“look through our eyes”) staying safe (“building a safety net for yourself”) many aspects of self-advocacy (“people taking responsibility for advocacy in their own lives” and “to boldly go where all have […]

Being an Effective Advocate for Your Child

Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families If you, as a parent, have discovered that your child has a psychiatric or learning problem, or you are beginning to suspect so, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure that she is getting the best support possible when he or she is […]

Modifying an IEP or 504 for Distance or Hybrid Learning

(2020) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families and schools Also available in Spanish. As the year begins with distance or hybrid learning at most schools, many parents are worried that pre-pandemic IEP plans may leave students with disabilities without vital services. Luckily, IEP or 504 plans aren’t set in stone. If a […]

“I’m Determined” Website

A project of the VA Department of Education, the I’m Determined website offers resources for youth, families, and educators around self-determination. Self-determination is about youth with disabilities taking control of their lives. Resources include videos, modules, a transition guide, downloadable brochures, and more. Access the website at: http://www.imdetermined.org/ More Details About the Site and Its Resource […]

Parents Guide to Problem Behavior

Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families whose child or children exhibit challenging behavior. When children struggle with their behavior, it can have a negative impact on everyone in the family. Parents know they need to respond, but they often aren’t sure what’s the best strategy, especially if a child is frequently acting out […]

Financial Planning Guide for Parents of a Child with Special Needs

(2020, January) | Useful to: Parent Centers and families of children with special needs. This article from eParent.com discusses a topic of great importance of parents of a child with disabilities. As A Financial Planning Guide for Parents of a Child with Special Needs states, “Raising a child with special needs can be one of […]

Charting the LifeCourse

The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals of I/DD has been working to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Especially for individuals, families, and professionals are the Charting the LifeCourse materials, which include a LifeCourse toolkit in English and Spanish. The framework for Charting the LifeCourse was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Read more about and access the LifeCourse Toolkit in English and Spanish here.

Eligibility for Special Education under a Specific Learning Disability Classification

Identifying students who have specific learning disabilities (SLD) and are eligible for special education can be a complicated process under IDEA. To improve policy and practice, 11 national organizations, working together, developed this 2-page resource, Eligibility for Special Education Under a Specific Learning Disability Classification. The resource succinctly lays out 8 critical elements of a quality evaluation process when SLD is suspected. Using these 8 principles, schools and evaluation teams can examine their current practices and determine areas that need improvement. Access the principles and a list of additional resources here.

Back-to-School Introduction Letters

For parents of children with disabilities, writing a back-to-school introduction letter to their child’s teacher can help get the school year off to a good start. Parents can use such a letter to share important facts about their son or daughter, what accommodations the child is to receive, and any specifics of his or her IEP. Understood.org provides two model letters to guide parents (one to introduce grade-schoolers and another to introduce middle-schoolers). Both are available in English and Spanish. View or download the letters here.

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