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zebras3NICHCY’s Dirty Dozen


Knowledge is the treasure of a wise man.

~~ William Penn


We’re all busy these days. Assessments, IEP meetings, planning for next year, figuring out summer child care – there’s no time to waste! That’s why we’re focusing this month’s newsletter on “dishing the dirt”, i.e., which resources give you what you need at the moment you need it.

Here you’ll find the pages on our website that attract the most users consistently over time. We start with NICHCY’S Dirty Dozen, the most visited pages on our site! Then, each section of this eNews offers the top 3 most relevant NICHCY pages and the top 3 resources given in the Related Information sidebar (it’s on the right our web pages). So if you’re tired of fishing around the internet looking for answers, here’s where you can get down to the real dirt. Which is, after all, where the gold lies!

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for Children with Disabilities



NICHCY’s Dazzling Dozen
12. State Organization – Search by State
11. Speech and Language Impairments
10. National Organizations Gateway
9. A-Z Topics
8. Emotional Disturbance
7. Disability & Education Laws
6. Specific Disabilities
5. Intellectual Disability
4. Children (3 to 22)
3. Disabilities
2. IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
1. Categories of Disability Under IDEA

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Logo of the IDEA Partnership.

We can’t say for sure what the “hotspots” are for the IDEA Partnership website, but our favorite page on their site is the Collections page. Each of the 8 collections includes a glossary, several powerpoint presentations, presenter’s guides, dialogue guides, and more. If you’re looking for resources on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the Common Core Standards, RtI, Secondary Transition, or other important topics, bookmark this page!


PrintThe Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities (COLSD) offers information and data about students who receive education in a fully online setting or in supplemental courses, including disability, race, gender, type of school attended, language status, and persistence in online schooling.

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Top 3 Pages from NICHCY
All about the systems of help available to you.
There is help available to address the needs of children and youth with disabilities and their families at the national, regional, state, and local levels.

Disability & special education acronyms. 
A list of special education and disability related acronyms used to abbreviate names or phrases.

Disability awareness.
Links to selected materials available from different organizations to educate you, your family, friends, community, and school about raising awareness of disabilities and disability etiquette.

Top 3 Resources from NICHCY’s Related Information
Special education FAQ. 
Some recurring questions and answers about the protections offered under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Making the IEP process more parent-friendly. 
This issue of the Wrightslaw newsletter gives parents simple but effective tools for asking questions and making suggestions at team meetings, including using a Parent Agenda before the meeting.

Disability etiquette: Engaging people with disabilities.
This brochure provides guidance on common courtesies, how to interact with a person who uses a wheelchair or who has a service animal, and etiquette for engaging with people who have disabilities.

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Top 3 Pages from NICHCY
Overview of early intervention.
This page covers what it is, who is eligible, how to access services in your state, who pays for the services, and more.

Effective practices in early intervention. 
NICHCY connects you into the knowledge base of effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided — an agency setting, the home, and across the child’s natural environment.

Transition to preschool. 
Early intervention services end at age three. These resources will help you to plan ahead if the child will need continued support in preschool so that the transition is smooth.

Top 3 Resources from NICHCY’s Related Information
Guided IFSP for young children with TBI. 
This shell of an individualized family service plan (IFSP) will help early interventionists and families develop an effective IFSP for a child younger than 5 years old who’s had a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Early intervention for children with complex communication needs. 
This website provides guidelines for early intervention to maximize the language and communication development of young children with autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and multiple disabilities.

Preventing & dealing with autism behavior problems. 
This help guide article provides valuable insights into how the behavior of a child with autism can be analyzed for its underlying messages about things that are important to the child.

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Top 3 Pages from NICHCY
All about the IEP.
The resources we’ve collected will help you learn what the law requires, what information a typical IEP contains, how IEPs are developed, and more.

Supports, modifications, and accommodations for students. 
This page is intended to help teachers find information that can guide them in making appropriate changes in the classroom based on what their students need.

Placement issues. 
Find out more about who decides placement, how they decide it, what LRE is, and how placement can be affected if a child with a disability violates certain codes of student content.

Top 3 Resources from NICHCY’s Related Information  
Sample IEPs: IEP templates and suggested accommodations. 
It can be useful to see how IEPs vary from place to place and diagnosis to diagnosis as you sit down to plan your child’s IEP.

Outcomes and insights from researchers on inclusive education. 
This 7-page document describes seminal policy statements, research articles, and reports that demonstrate the positive outcomes of inclusive education.

5 critical mistakes schools make with ipads and how to correct them.
K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher shares common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.

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Top 3 Pages from NICHCY
Response to Intervention. 
This page synthesizes what we know about RTI, provides access to RTI-related information, and discusses RTI from the perspective of people directly involved in the RTI process.

The common core state standards. 
This resource page will help you find answers to questions such as “What are the  Common Core State Standards (CCSS) all about?” and “How do they apply to students, especially those with disabilities?”.

What it means to be highly qualified. 
This webpage focuses on what it takes to be a “highly qualified teacher”  as NCLB and IDEA define the term.

Top 3 Resources from NICHCY’s Related Information
The use of RtI to identify students with LD: review of the research.
Drs. Doug Dexter and Charles Hughes present the regularly stated criticisms of the current LD identification methods and review the latest research on the impact of RTI as a method for LD identification.

Achieve the Core website. 
The site provides free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing the Common Core State Standards.

How great principals build and lead great teams of teachers. 
This study by New Leaders examines 200 successful schools and identifies specific actions the strongest principals take to ensure great teaching and academic success.

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #H326N080003 between FHI 360 and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.


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