Knowing your Rights and Options
Resource Guide for Parents of Students with Disabilities
A guide for parents of students with disabilities, or those hoping to advocate for students disabilities. Information that students with disabilities and their parents need to know about their rights and the laws that protect them, such as the ADA, Section 504, and IDEA.
Individual Education Program (IEP)
ASF IEP Bank
Allows parents and IEP team members to exchange IEP goals and objectives with each other to assist in planning your student’s IEP.
IEP Checklist iPhone App
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) developed this app to help parents of students with special needs become better-informed advocates by making IEP information easier to access.
Find articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child’s IEP on this page. You’ll also learn how to use tactics and strategies to negotiate with the school. IEP cases, recommended books, and free publications about IEPs.
Special Education Guide – IEP
Find a break down the IEP process and other special education issues. Find articles on the teacher’s perspective, the parent’s role in IEP meetings and tips on how teachers and parents can work together to create the best plan for the student.
Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
Special Education Guide – Profiles of Disabilities
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are 13 categories under which a student is eligible to receive the protections and services promised by this law. This site defines each disability as specified by IDEA and explains it in plain English. You can also fine common traits and educational challenges associated with each disability, and tips for parents and teachers.
SuperDuper Publications offers fun learning materials for kids with special needs.
Employability/Life Skills Assessment
Criterion-referenced checklist to assess student’s level of performance in the twenty-four critical employability skill areas identified by Ohio’s Employability Skills Project.
Literacy and Communication
Dynamic Learning Maps
Learning maps allow students to demonstrate their knowledge, even when they take alternate pathways to achieve that knowledge. These alternate pathways give students more opportunities to show that they can learn challenging content. The DLM® project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The new DLM Alternate Assessment System will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot.
Augmentative/Alternative Communication Intervention
Find tips, products and other resources for communication development for children and adults with special needs.
UNC School of Medicine Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
Provides information and resources that promote literacy and communication for individuals of all ages with disabilities. See the plan for Predictable Chart Writing.
A collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.
Understanding Spec Ed FAQ’s
Collection of FAQ’s about various aspects of Special Education.
Institute of Education Sciences – Find what works
Summarize and compare the evidence of the effectiveness of interventions that address your school or district’s needs.
Medical Professional Development
Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MEDMAPS)
Offers Comprehensive Education & Fellowship to Medical Professionals for the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related chronic complex conditions.