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September 2013

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New Disability-Related Resources

Summer Camps 2013!  | posted February 15, 2013
Just in time to help you plan ahead for the summer and what to do with the kids. This publication includes lots of listings that will help you explore summer activities for the kids, with a special section on camps for children with disabilities.

Three new legal articles posted in our Education and Disability Laws section!  | posted February 4, 2013
Perry Zirkel shares with NICHCY three new law-related articles on IDEA and Section 504/ADA. Primarily useful to impartial hearing officers and lawyers, the articles look at case law and circuit court decisions in Florida, Illinois, and New York with respect to such topics as eligibility, FAPE, and LRE.  The compilations of decisions are intended to give hearing officers and lawyers a ready source of the judicial precedents in their jurisdiction (the Second Circuit, New York; the Seventh Circuit, Illinois; and the Eleventh Circuit, Florida).

New Spanish resource | Comunicándose con la Escuela a Través de Cartas!  | posted January 25, 2013
Throughout your child’s school years, there is always a need to communicate with the school’s teachers, administrators, and others concerned with your child’s education. So we’ve updated the Spanish version of the popular Communicating with Your Child’s School Through Letter Writing to be consistent with the latest in the law. Two new letters in this new version, too!

Also revised! | La Evaluación de Su Niño  | posted January 25, 2013
Updated to reflect current law, La Evaluación de Su Niño is the Spanish version of our Your Child’s Evaluation. It sums up the evaluation process in just 4 easy-to-read pages.

Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Instructional Components | Research Summary 84 | posted January 25, 2013
This meta-analysis synthesized findings from 42 interventions on instructional approaches that enhance the mathematics proficiency of students with learning disabilities in math. Four categories of instructional components were examined; nearly all showed significant impact on student learning.

Guide to the State Lists—in English and in Spanish!  | posted January 11, 2013
Wondering how to find the organizations and agencies in your state that can help with disability-related issues? Visit our State Organizations search page. We’ve added 2 quick guides that explain how to use the search feature: one in English and one in Spanish. You’ll see them right at the top of the state search page!

Spotlight on early intervention!  | posted December 10, 2012
Many new resource pages have been added to the Babies and Toddlers section of our website. All focus on early intervention for babies and toddlers with disabilities. Pick your pleasure from among: (1) the newly revised Overview page; (2) Early Intervention, Then and Now; (3) Parent Notification and Consent; (4) Key Terms to Know in Early Intervention; (5) Public Awareness and the Referral System; and (6) Providing Services in Natural Environments.

Otro Impedimento de la Salud  | posted November 10, 2012
Our fact sheet on Other Health Impairment is now available in Spanish. Many thanks to its translators at the Medford School District 549C in Medford, Oregon.

Common Core State Standards  | posted November 1, 2012
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are an effort by states to define a common core of knowledge and skills that students should develop in K-12 education, regardless of the state they live in. At this point, 45 states, 3 territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have formally adopted the Common Core State Standards. This web resource page connects you with the standards themselves, what’s happening in your state, how the CCSS  apply to students with disabilities, and more.

Visual Impairment, including Blindness” | Disability Fact Sheet 13  | posted November 1, 2012
Updated, expanded fact sheet on visual impairments in children, including blindness.

Basics of Early Intervention | Training Module 1 | posted November 1, 2012 
Module 1 of the training curriculum on Part C of IDEA (early intervention) is designed to help you train staff and families on the 8 basic steps in the early intervention process, 7 acronyms to know, and 9 key definitions in Part C. Produced in a collaboration between OSEP and NICHCY, the module includes gorgeous 4-color slideshows, trainer guides, and handouts and activity sheets for participants.

“Lovaas-Based Interventions for Children with Autism” | Research Summary 83  | posted September 19, 2012
This research summary abstracts the findings of a comprehensive synthesis of research using early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) for young children with autism based on the University of California at Los Angeles Young Autism Project method (the Lovaas method).

Education and Disability Law Articles
posted April 26, 2012
We’ve added a new section to NICHCY’s website! It’s devoted to bringing you full-length articles on special education and disability law. Find legal articles on IDEA, Section 504, state laws, and other topics.

Desarrollando el IEP de Su Hijo
posted December 13, 2011
We’ve updated the Spanish version of our popular Developing Your Child’s IEP to reflect the requirements of IDEA 2004. This detailed look at the components of the IEP and how it’s developed is sure to help Spanish-speaking parents participate effectively in writing an IEP that works for their son or daughter.

The Facts about Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities
posted November 8, 2011
We answer 10 commonly asked questions that families and educators of students with disabilities have about charter schools. We also offer links to state-specific resources that can help you better understand how charter schools work in your individual state.

Preguntas Comunes de los Padres sobre los Servicios de Educación Especial
posted November 1, 2011
We’ve updated the Spanish version of our popular Questions Often Asked by Parents about Special Education Services to reflect the requirements of IDEA 2004. Good for Spanish-speaking parents new to special education!

“Co-Teaching” | Research Summary 81  | posted October 3, 2011
Describes the major points of Scruggs, Mastropieri, & McDuffie’s 2007 Co-Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms: A Metasynthesis of Qualitative Research. This article examines the results of 32 qualitative studies of co-teaching implementation. The findings section includes Requirements for Successful Co-Teaching.  (Also see below.)

Co-Teaching: General and Special Educators Working Together | posted October 3, 2011
Our companion page to Research Summary 81 (above), which will connect you with more information on effective practices in co-teaching.

DisAbilityConnect, our App for Android smart phones | posted August 2011
Download the app for free to your Android and use it to find resources in your state. It’s a mobile adaptation of our State Resource Sheets.

“What Works” | Research Summary 80  | posted August 2011
Describes the findings of Do Special Education Interventions Improve Learning of Secondary Content? A Meta-Analysis. And the answer is yes, there are special education interventions that improve learning. The meta-analysis reports on 7 interventions that really work with students.  (Also see below.)

Using “What Works” | posted August 2011
Our companion page to Research Summary 80, which will connect you with more information about those 7 interventions.

Video: How to Use NICHCY’s Website | posted May 2011
To help you become familiar with our new website design, we’re pleased to offer a crash-course video that points out key areas to explore.

New to Disability? | posted April 2011
Added as part of our website redesign, the New to Disability? page offers great information and resources for families and educators just entering the world of disability.

Starter Set of Resources on LRE | posted March 2011
Children with disabilities are to be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE). This “starter set of resources” will help you educate students in the LRE.  The webpage now has separate sections on: reflecting on the meaning of LRE (least restrictive environment), availability of accessible materials, building instructional capacity and skill of educators, federally funded TA centers, and LRE materials from individual states.

Rare Disorders Fact Sheet | posted February 2011
Revised and updated for 2011, the fact sheet now includes the following sections: organizations addressing rare disorders, genetics and genetic disorders, the Human Genome Project, laws you may not have heard of, orphan drugs, and the undiagnosed condition.

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New Blogs from NICHCY

Multiple Disabilities in Your Classroom: 10 Tips for Teachers  |posted September 19, 2013| By Sarah Escowitz. Is there a child with multiple disabilities in your class? He or she clearly has special learning needs, so how is teaching this student different than teaching a student with just one disability? How can you address the student’s learning needs in positive and effective ways that will help the student learn? If you are looking for ideas on how to address these questions and others, this blog is for you!

Six things you might not know about IEPs  |posted August 27, 2013| By Elaine Mulligan. It’s time to start a new school year, and that means familiarizing yourself with the IEPs of your students with disabilities. For most teachers, that means checking out each student’s learning goals for the year and, if appropriate, the accommodations the student needs in the classroom. But there’s so much more to the IEP!

Check out our new look on your mobile device!  |posted August 8, 2013| By Elaine Mulligan. Here at NICHCY, we spend a lot of time talking about, tweaking, and trying to improve our website. That’s probably 10% because we’re technology geeks and 90% our acknowledgement of the power of the web. We’re a small organization made up of six individuals, so we know that our website can reach exponentially more users than our six sets of ears and hands. Over 2 million people have visited our site in the past year.

The Five Secrets to Being A Special Education Teacher And Still Love Your Job | posted July 23, 2013 | By guest blogger Tim Villegas. Perhaps you are young and not yet jaded by the persistent thumb of the public education system pressed firmly on your back. Perhaps you are an optimist, who tries to see the silver lining in everything. Or perhaps you have already figured out the secrets to working in a job that has little pay, little respect, and little support. Here my five secrets to being a special education teacher who still absolutely loves it.

What’s in a diagnosis?  |posted July 9, 2013| By guest blogger Matrixparents.  Getting a diagnosis that your child has a disability comes with a range feelings, but know that you are not alone in this journey. Teachers can serve as professional partners to help parents through the difficult process of entering the world of disability.

NICHCY’s website can talk!  |posted June 27, 2013| By Kori Hamilton and Elaine Mulligan.  Here, at NICHCY, we try to be keep our website user friendly and accessible. Our website is easy to navigate, compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, written in plain language, and translated into Spanish. As much as those things contribute to our ability to provide information to a vast audience, there are still many web users who struggle with text.

Summer learning and fun on a shoestring |posted June 11, 2013| By guest blogger AskECAC. Many parents worry that the summer break from school will mean weeks of lost opportunities to learn. Worse yet, they fear that their child may actually lose skills that they have worked so hard to develop.

What do teachers do in the summer? Learn!  |posted May 28, 2013| By Elaine Mulligan. Although the school year traditionally operates on a nine month calendar, teachers typically work all twelve months of the year. Lesson planning, team building, and professional learning are continuous activities, even through the summer. It is not always easy to find professional learning resources that you can use on your own, so we have gathered some great resources and ideas to get you started.

Enter the Gateway to National Organizations |posted May 14, 2013| By Elaine Mulligan. Would it surprise you to know that your friends at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) are actually a very small group of passionate people serving a very large nation of hard-working early interventionists, educators, and families? We’ve learned over the years how to stretch limited resources to serve many thousands of requesters and information seekers.

FAQ: One-on-one assistants and LRE for students with disabilities |posted April 30, 2013| By guest blogger AskECAC. Some students receive a lot of special education services, accommodations and supports in the regular education setting and are not removed from their non-disabled peers at all. This would still be considered to be the least restrictive placement on the continuum.

Teachers on the Team |posted April 16, 2013|By Lisa Küpper. So you made the team—the IEP team, that is, of a student with a disability. That’s a very good thing, because as a general or special educator you bring critical experience and educational know-how to the discussions that go on at IEP team meetings. This blog takes a closer look at what your role on the team involves and why it’s so important that you’re there.

The Importance of Including Your Child in the IEP Meeting |posted April 4, 2013| by Dennise Goldberg Cross-posted from Special Education Advisor. We as parents spend a lot of time advocating for our children when they are young. However, there comes a time when our children become older and they have to learn how to advocate for themselves; knowing when the time is right will depend on your child. If your child is still attending elementary school, they are most likely NOT mature enough to participate.

Jerry: Paraprofessionals, Part Three |posted March 19, 2013| By guest blogger Jerry. In this final part of my three-part series, I will note three ideas that I have come across in literature and in my personal experience that I believe might pave the way forward if we are serious about providing paraprofessionals with the respect their work deserves.

Accommodations and modifications: Wait, they’re not the same? |posted March 7, 2013| By Kori Hamilton and guest blogger Elizabeth Kessler. Being able to provide ample opportunities for success to all students requires a clear understanding of the needs of each individual student. Every student has a unique learning style, and some students require more help than others. Students who receive special education services have a plan in place to identify the type of support(s) that’s needed.

Jerry: Paraprofessionals, Part Two |posted February 19, 2013| By guest blogger Jerry. Having come from the ranks of the paraprofessional (I have 4.5 years of service as an educational assistant), I understand the hard, often unnoticed, and unsupported work that paraprofessionals do on a daily basis. Because I understand it, I have developed some strong opinions about that work.

Social Skills Can Help Some “Problem Behaviors” |posted February 7, 2013| By guest blogger AskECAC. Sometimes we forget that, other than basic bodily functions, just about everything we do is learned behavior. In schools we learn obvious things like reading, writing, and math. At home we learn communication, self-help, and independent living skills, as well as how to function as part of a family group. Social skills can and should be taught everywhere that children can possibly find themselves.

Jerry: Paraprofessionals, Part One |posted January 23, 2013| By guest blogger Jerry. With rare exception, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, or educational assistants — whatever we want to call them — are typically not placed in a specific place because they have had specific training. That is, people are placed in rooms by rank or seniority, often with little training, and sometimes against their desires.

Connecting to Evidence-Based Teaching Practices| posted January 10, 2013| By Kyrie Dragoo. Data are all around us. But is making use of data just for geeks and sports fanatics? No, and you don’t need a degree in advanced statistics to make data-based decisions. You do it every day, every time you choose the fastest route to work or plan a lesson for your particular mix of students. Data-based decision making is simply the use of credible information to inform decisions.

The Case for Inclusion (Part Three): Sea Change | posted December 18, 2012 | By guest blogger Tim Villegas. The longer there is a strong distinction between general and special education, the worse it is for students who are labeled with a disability. It perpetuates the language of us and them. These two worlds need to meet and the sooner they meet, the better.

Getting Clear on Response to Intervention (RTI) | posted November 27, 2012 | By Kori Hamilton and Elaine Mulligan. There seems to be some confusion as to what Response to Intervention is and how teachers and schools can use this approach to help children. So, let’s start with some basics: RTI is not an action verb. You cannot RTI a student to support his or her learning and behavioral needs.

The Case for Inclusion (Part Two): What Does Inclusion Look Like? | posted November 13, 2012 | By guest blogger Tim Villegas. It should always be the objective of public education to serve all students no matter their labels of ability or disability. The objective of public schools should always be to give the right amount of support to all children.

Teaching Students with Emotional Disturbances: 8 Tips for Teachers | posted October 23, 2012  | By Lisa Küpper. “Emotional disturbance”: Two words that can strike fear into the heart of an unprepared teacher. Students who are identified with this category of disability show a range of characteristics from bashful to belligerent. Knowing how to support students with emotional disturbances could improve the classroom experiences of students and teachers alike.

The Case for Inclusion: Does All Really Mean All? | posted October 9, 2012  | By guest blogger Tim Villegas. Things were so simple before. If students were struggling in your classroom, there obviously was something wrong with them, not your teaching methods (or the curriculum, for that matter). Things are not so simple anymore, nor were they ever – really.

What You Need to Know about NICHCY’s Disability Fact Sheets | posted September 25, 2012  | By Elaine Mulligan. Looking for brief, but detailed information on specific disabilities? NICHCY’s latest blog gives you an overview of our fact sheets that define disabilities, describe their characteristics, offer tips for parents and teachers, and connect you to related information and organizations. Sound interesting? Check out the excerpt below and follow the links to great resources!

Behavior: The Pressing Classroom Issue | posted September 11, 2012  | By guest blogger Iris. With a new set of personalities entering your classroom at the beginning of each year, it is important to be proactive about establishing student behavior expectations. Having a solid plan in place can ease some of the anxiety around classroom management. The IRIS Center has developed a training module to help teachers create a comprehensive behavior management plan!

A Back-to-School Basic: Your Parent Training & Info Center | posted August 28, 2012 | By guest blogger Connie Hawkins. School can sometimes be difficult to navigate as a parent, especially when you have a child who has special needs. Did you know that your state has a PTI that can help you become an informed advocate? PTI stands for parent training and information (PTI) center, and are a terrific information resource for parents of children with disabilities. Connie Hawkins is the Executive Director of North Carolina’s PTI, the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center. She explains how PTIs in every state work to support families.

Speech and Language Impairments in Your Classroom: 8 Tips for Teachers | posted August 14, 2012 | By Kori Hamilton. There are many types of speech and language disorders that can affect children. Over one million students are being served in our schools under the speech or language impairment category of IDEA, the law that authorizes special education. How do you address the learning needs of a student with a speech or language impairment in your general education classroom? Kori Hamilton shares 8 practical tips to address this question.

Intellectual Disabilities in Your Classroom: 9 Tips for Teachers | posted July 24, 2012 | By Lisa Küpper and Kori Hamilton. How do you address the learning needs, of a student with an intellectual disability, in positive and effective ways that really help the student learn? Lisa Küpper and Kori Hamilton share 9 great tips and connect you with a wealth of additional information to thoughtfully address this question.

What’s the Big Deal about Pinterest? | posted July 10, 2012 | By Elaine Mulligan. Why on earth would a disseminator need to learn about Pinterest? Elaine Mulligan, director of NICHCY, gives us many reasons why Pinterest is a natural fit for educators, families, and info centers who want to disseminate their information and resources to others. There’s even a video on how to create a Pinterest board!

Writing Without the Blocks | posted June 19th, 2012 | By guest blogger Ira David Socol. Sometime the very tools we use to write (pen, pencil, or keyboard) can block a student from becoming a great writer. Ira Socol discusses non-traditional tools that can help students develop writing skills without the “blocks” that typical writing techniques can create.

Understanding Research Studies in the News | posted June 5th, 2012 | By Kyrie Dragoo. Education research has become a commonly discussed topic in informal settings. Friends share the latest research they have heard or read about; media sources constantly spout statistics about the state of education today. But how do you know when this information is reliable? NICHCY’s latest blog provides 5 points to consider when faced with research findings.

LD in Your Classroom: 7 Tips for Teachers | posted May 15th, 2012 | By Kori Hamilton. Learning disability is a general term that describes specific kinds of learning problems. A learning disability can cause a person to have trouble learning and using certain skills. The skills most often affected are: reading, writing, listening, speaking, reasoning, and doing math. This blog has 7 great ideas for how teachers can better support their students with LD.

AD/HD in Your Classroom: 10 Tips for Teachers | posted May 1st, 2012 | By Lisa Küpper. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a condition that can make it hard for a person to sit still, control behavior, and pay attention. Parents and teachers do not cause AD/HD, but there are many things that both parents and teachers can do to help a child with AD/HD. This blog has 10 great ideas for doing just that!

Expertise at Your Fingertips | posted April 17, 2012 | By Lisa Küpper. The internet has put information at our fingertips, but it is nearly impossible to check out every organization that claims to have expertise in the area of Special Education. Do not fear – TA&D is here! The Office of Special Education Programs provides this support and expertise by funding a collection of centers called the Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network.

Five Strategies to Increase Reading Comprehension With Your Child With Special Needs |posted April 3, 2012 | By Jennifer James. Many parents of children with special needs are working to increase reading comprehension with their child.  It’s not uncommon for children with special needs to struggle with understanding what a story (or even a paragraph) is about, who the main characters are, what the setting is, what the problem or moral is, and/or what the function of a story is.  How do you help?

Differentiated Instruction in Today’s Classrooms posted March 20, 2012| The IRIS Center is a national center that provides high-quality resources about students with disabilities for college and university faculty and professional development trainers. Visit IRIS’ website to find free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice

Bridging Home-School Communications: Helping Parents Begin Conversations with Teachersposted March 6, 2012 | Gayle Hernandez began her teaching career 18 years ago. Her passion is teaching kindergarten, promoting inclusion, and building classroom and school communities. Her blog offers some practical tips to help parents improve communication between families and teachers.

Website Supports Literacy For All Children!posted February 21, 2012 | Gail Leslie, of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, introduces us to a new website designed to support literacy instruction for children with disabilities, especially those with complex needs and sensory issues. These children often need intensive and thoughtful learning experiences to provide them with the skills needed to insure their quality of life. The website is loaded with strategies, practical examples, and resources.

Top 10 Most Ridiculous Comments Heard at an IEP Meetingposted February 7, 2012 | Dennise Golberg shares some of the most ridiculous comments heard in IEP meetings. Oh, these fly in the face of everything the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act stands for!

My Storyposted January 24, 2012 | Read David Egan’s story of inclusion, thoughtful transition planning, and meaningful employment. David, who has Down syndrome, has been working for 14 years, is an athlete and a public speaker, and has testified before the U.S. Senate.

Finding What Works for Children with Special Needsposted January 10, 2012 | The What Work Clearinghouse guest blogs on its review of three programs designed to meet the needs of students with emotional disturbance. Were the programs effective? Come find out!

Implementing Inclusion in Charter Schoolsposted December 20, 2011 | Guest blogger Dr. Chloe Marshall  describes the ways in which she supports inclusive practices in one urban charter school.

“No Boundaries” Education | posted December 13, 2011 Guest bloggers Patricia Ralabate and David Gordon describe how using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles right from the start can help educators make lessons more accessible to all students.

Inclusion in Action: Good Morning! | posted November 29, 2011 Guest blogger Nicole Eredics takes us inside her inclusive classroom and describes how she immediately engages her students.

Who Can Help? | posted November 15, 2011 Elaine Mulligan gives a crash course in how to find help in your state by using NICHCY’s State Organizations Search!

Forming Inclusive Classrooms | posted November 3, 2011 Guest blogger Gayle Hernandez shares the kinds of thinking, planning, and communication that become second nature to truly inclusive teachers.

 All About the IEP | posted October 18, 2011 NICHCY’s own Elaine Mulligan, on key parts of the IEP and the team that develops it.

 Join the Conversation at #SpEdChat | posted October 11, 2011 Guest blogger Dennise Goldberg of SpecialEducationAdvisor.com shares a weekly online Twitter conversation about special education.

Confessions of a Bad Co-Teacher | posted October 6, 2011 | NICHCY’s project director, Elaine Mulligan, with confessions of a shady co-teaching past.

Parent Primer: Placing Special Needs Children in the Inclusive Class | posted September 29, 2011 Guest blogger Nicole Eredics, with suggestions for parents on supporting the inclusive education of their child.

New Potentials: Rethinking Disability Through My Sister’s Eyes | posted September 22, 2011 Guest blogger Lisa Tolentino, on growing up with a sister with developmental disabilities and our society’s need to change how we think about disability.

Love (Need) Data? ED Data Express Is For You!  | posted September 15, 2011  | NICHCY’s project director, Elaine Mulligan, on the U.S. Department of Education’s ED Data Express site, an interactive web site that allows users to examine state-level data of many educational factors.

What Works: Effective Teaching Strategies for Students with Disabilities  | posted September 8, 2011 NICHCY’s project director, Elaine Mulligan, on the results of a recent meta-analysis that identified 8 classroom interventions that are effective with students with disabilities–and guidance on how to do them in your own classroom.

Arranging a Classroom to Create an Inclusive Learning Environment!  | posted August 31, 2011 Lots of suggestions here, from our guest blogger Nicole Eredics, an elementary educator who has spent over 15 years working in inclusive classrooms.

Learn to Implement Effective RTI for Mathematics!  | posted August 22, 2011 |  The IRIS Center guest blogs about using response to intervention to help students struggling with math and connects you with its STAR Legacy Module, RTI: Mathematics.

How Parents and Teachers Can Work Together in the Inclusive Classroom | posted July 26, 2011 Guest blogger Nicole Eredics gives us a great list of strategies that parents can use to create a successful partnership with teachers in the inclusive classroom.

Maintaining Quality of Services on a No-Money Budget  | posted July 2011Budgets are tight in schools these days, and it’s not going to get better any time soon. So how do you make the most of your education dollars?

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Pinterest Boards

Pinterest is the fastest-growing social media site and is already the third most-visited social networking site. Pinterest taps into the power of the visual to draw audiences into content. Pinterest has over 16 million users worldwide, and it’s growing like crazy. NICHCY’s been having fun with Pinterest, creating pinboards to give you quick access to top-flight resources on a variety of subjects. Any of these interest you? Have a look!

All our boards in one place

Assistive Technology

Babies & Toddlers with Disabilities

Behavior Resources

Disabilities

IDEA, the special education law
The Building the Legacy / Construyendo el Legado training curriculum was produced by NICHCY at the request of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education. The curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law.

IEP Resources
Legal requirements, tips, suggestions, resources for helping teams create meaningful Individualized Education Programs.

Placement for Students with Disabilities
Placement is where students with disabilities receive their special education services. How is it decided? What’s involved? What about when a student is subject to disciplinary action?

Resources for Administrators
Lots of information here to support your work in helping students with disabilities achieve their full potential.

Resources for Educators

Resources for Parents

Schoolhouse Rock Videos
Great educational tools that teach with music and imagery (and nostalgia).

Special Needs Resources

Technical Assistance & Dissemination Network
Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to support effective teaching and learning for children and youth who have disabilities.

Transition to Adulthood

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New Resources in the Dissemination Initiative

Primarily for the centers and projects in the Technical Assistance and Dissemination network (funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education); the members of the Dissemination Community of Practice; and all those interested in improving their dissemination practices

Create a Great TA Website | posted March 20, 2013
This guide will help TA&D projects crank up the reach and power of their websites. The guide discusses choosing a content management system (CMS), how to write for the web, the benefits of adding Share tools to your site, and how to optimize your site so that search engines can find it. The guide is a product created collaboratively by NICHCY and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC).

Toolkit for the TA&D Network: How to Evaluate Dissemination | posted August 31, 2012
NICHCY created this toolkit in response to the high level of interest expressed by projects in the TA&D network for guidance on how to evaluate their dissemination efforts. The toolkit includes sections on conducting formative, process, and summative evaluation. Data collection methods are discussed, too, with individual looks at how to conduct focus groups, interviews, and surveys.

Writing for the Web | posted September 7, 2011
Did you know that most folks don’t read on the web? They skim and scan for content. The 7 pages in our series Writing for the Web give a wealth of tips and suggestions for writing content that engages readers and connects them quickly with the info they seek.

NICHCY’s Dissemination Plan | posted July 2011
We hope that sharing our plan publicly will inspire other disseminators to create their own plans. Feel free to borrow from ours!

Steal These Dissemination Strategies | posted May 2011
All about dissemination strategies used by NICHCY that we are encouraging you to…um…steal and use in your own dissemination efforts.

Tips and Tools for Disseminators | posted April 2011
This landing page is the door into the resources that are emerging from the Dissemination Initiative launched by NICHCY in 2009. It’s evolving into a tool kit for disseminators and leads to such resources as our Guide to Using Facebook in Dissemination.

Tipsheet: Writing Plainly | posted March 2011
Make it easy for your readers to understand your message by writing in plain language. This tipsheet gives 10 plain-writing tips for starters. [PDF]

The Dissemination Initiative | launched in 2009
The Dissemination Initiative pages include great information for Technical Assistance and Dissemination projects on effective dissemination practices.

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eNews You Can Use

Our monthly newsletter, always chockful of resources you can use to address disability issues and concerns. Access it here on our website. Each month features a special emphasis or topic, captured in italics below.

September 2013 | NICHCY’s Last Newsletter

August 2013 | Back to school!

July 2013 | Here’s how to…

June 2013 | Summer Fun and Continued Learning

May 2013 | NICHCY’s Dirty Dozen

April 2013 | Get Ready for IEP Season!

March 2013 | Health and Well-Being

February 2013 | Social Skills

January 2013 | Grounded in the Law

December 2012 | Behavior: Are we there yet?

November 2012 | Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

October 2012 | Inclusion and Access to the General Curriculum

September 2012 | Gather resources for the school year

August 2012 | Effective teaching practices

July 2012 | Technology

June 2012 | Transitioning to new places, people, and purposes

May 2012 | Teachers! We appreciate you! 

April 2012 | Child safety ~ Safe and inclusive living and learning environments

March 2012 | Food for thought ~ Tools for healthy living

February 2012 | Leaping into action with one more day

January 2012 | Ring in the New Year with resources

December 2011 | Surviving school holidays

November 2011 | Accommodations and modifications

October 2011 | Addressing behavior issues

September 2011 | Getting organized for the new school year

August 2011 | Managing change

July 2011 | The power of community

June 2011 | Professional development at your fingertips this summer

May 2011 | Where to find reliable info on children with disabilities

April 2011 | Winding down the school year

March 2011 | Welcoming our new director!

February 2011 | Rare Disorders

January 2011 | Let’s Have a Great Year!

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NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.