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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 […]

Reaching the Students Who Don’t Have Reliable Internet Access

(2020, April 21) | Useful to Parent Centers assisting families and educators during the coronavirus pandemic As schools turn to virtual teaching and learning, the disparity between some students and their ability to continue learning at home has grown. Not every student has internet access, let alone a computer. And, in some places, like rural […]

Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students

Updated, March 2020 For many students with disabilities—and for many without—the key to success in the classroom lies in having appropriate adaptations, accommodations, and modifications made to the instruction and other classroom activities. Some adaptations are as simple as moving a distractible student to the front of the class or away from the pencil sharpener […]

Helping Students Recover from a Concussion: Classroom Tips for Teachers

Teachers can play an important role in helping students recover from a concussion as they return to school. Making short-term changes to students’ school work load and schedule—and giving them the time to help their brain heal—can help them get back to their regular school routine. CDC’s “Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs” […]

AIM: A Technical Guide for Families and Advocates

Updated March 22, 2019 | This guide was created to help families and advocates learn why a student may need Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), what types of specialized formats are available, how AIM are acquired, what supports are necessary to effectively utilize them, and what can be done to promote the use of AIM for […]

AIM Explorer

Update March 22, 2019 | AIM Explorer is a free computer-based simulation that helps readers with low-vision, physical challenges, and learning and attention difficulties decide which reading access features found in the most commonly available text readers and reading software will help them access and understand text. Magnification, custom text and background colors, text-to-speech (synthetic […]

AIM Basics for Families

Update March 22, 2019 | This web resource explains the concept of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to families of students with disabilities. The document helps families and other members of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) team decide: whether the student needs Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), what type of specialized format the student needs, how […]

AIM Navigator

Updated March 22, 2019 | The AIM Navigator is an online tool that facilitates the process of decision-making around accessible instructional materials for an individual student. It clarifies the four major decision points in the process: determination of need selection of format(s) acquisition of format(s) selection of supports for use The AIM Navigator includes a […]

Glosario de Tecnología de Asistencia

(2018) | (Available in English and Spanish) Useful for Parent Centers sharing Spanish-language resources with families, especially those interested in assistive technology. Sobre este recurso Es importante que los padres entiendan el “lenguaje” de la tecnología de asistencia para que puedan ser defensores informados de las necesidades tecnológicas de sus hijos. Este glosario de términos […]

Considering Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities

A resource for IEP Teams Updated, January 2018 This checklist is designed to help IEP teams consider the needs of students with disabilities for assistive technology. The checklist was included as a Resource for Trainers in Theme D of our Building the Legacy training curriculum on IDEA. It was adapted from the Nebraska Department of […]

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