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How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

We at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) have enjoyed providing information and resources to the nation for many, many years. This month marks the end of our funding cycle, and so we must bid you adieu.

As this is our final newsletter, we are focusing on connecting you with other trustworthy sources of information to support you beyond our end date of September 30, 2013. Our website will remain in service through September of 2014, so we’re including our most popular and unique resources here as well.

It has been our great honor to serve you over the years.

Our best to you,

Elaine, Indira, Kori, Kyrie, Lisa, Sarah, and the many former staff members of NICHCY


For the next year, our website will still be at your fingertips. Our favorite resources to remember include these:

State Organizations
This is a great place to find helpful organizations in your state. Use our search feature to look for state agencies, disability-specific organizations in your state, organizations especially for parents, and other disability organizations.

National Organizations Gateway
The Gateway includes literally hundreds of national-level organizations that offer help and guidance on disability and educational issues. Looking for info on a particular disability or issue? Search the National Gateway.

Children, 3 to 22
This page on our website actually introduces a wealth of topics related to educating children with disabilities, ages 3 to 22. Especially popular subsections include 10 Basic Steps of Special Education (great for those who are new to disability in school-aged children), All about the IEP (even the kitchen sink!), Parent Rights under IDEA, and Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students (one of our personal favorites). Find all this and more, at:

NICHCY en español
¡Mucha información para las familias hispanohablantes!


This month, our last, we’ve planned a big hurrah flood of resources for you. They’re not quite ready yet, but keep your eyes peeled for:

Access to new journal articles
We’ll be posting several new full-length articles on special education and disability law, at:

Blog on Teaching Students with Multiple Disabilities
This blog is meant to partner with our new fact sheet on Multiple Disabilities.

New training modules on Part C of IDEA
If you haven’t signed up yet to receive alerts when new training modules come out on early intervention for infants and toddlers with delays and disabilities, you might want to. We’ll be working on the remaining modules for a few more months, so soon we hope to share, share, share. Sign up at:

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Bookmark the Parent Center Network
The federally funded Parent Technical Assistance Network is your go-to resource for finding parent supports. On the network’s website you can find links to local parent centers, current news on special education and early intervention, archived trainings, and more.

Find the app your child needs
The Friendship Circle offers a database with over 1,000 Apple and Android apps for children with disabilities. You can search by platform, category, or price and see descriptions, costs, average ratings, and testimonials from users.

Watch a video to walk you through the IEP process (when AT is considered)
The Family Center on Technology and Disability has an informative video that introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. Captioned in both Spanish and English!

Reading Rockets for parents
Parents, did you know that Reading Rockets has an entire section of its website dedicated to you? Take a look at all of the great resource topics: testing, connecting with your child’s teacher and school, helping your struggling reader, and much more.

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Explore the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center)
This collaborative project offers information on Part C of IDEA (ages birth to three) and Section 619 of Part B (preschool), as well as information on topics such as challenging behavior and natural environments, contacts for state Interagency Coordinating Councils, and wonderful weekly eNotes newsletters!

Include AT in the Individualized Family Service planning process
There are many variations in the format of an IFSP and in the ways that assistive technology (AT) is described on the plan. Tots-n-Tech has a resource brief that lays out guidelines, considerations, and additional resources on how to best include AT in the IFSP.

Teaching Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children publishes Teaching Young Children bi-monthly. Each issue provides useful, research-based ideas and activities that preschool teachers, educators, and Pre-K teachers can use in their classrooms. This issue includes articles about coping with disasters, exploring nature, and making parallel books with preschoolers.

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No budget for professional development? IRIS has you covered!
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center offers a wide variety of online learning modules, case studies, activities, and more. IRIS’ evidence-based materials cover topics such as classroom management, Response to Intervention (RTI), differentiated instruction, and much more. IRIS’s resources are always of the highest quality, extremely relevant, and FREE.

Visit the Learning Port for more great resources for professional development
The Learning Port has been compiled for all of us by the IDEA Partnership, and it’s loaded with incredible resources that educators, principals, early childhood specialists, and state agency personnel can use “as is” or customize to meet their professional development needs.

Don’t get left behind as online learning takes off!
The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities is your federally funded center for research and information about how students with disabilities can effectively participate in online learning. The Center’s website includes research reports, a chart identifying accessibility features of various technologies used in online learning, an informative blog, and more.

Looking for great strategies to teach reading?
Reading Rockets provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in the following areas: print awareness, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing.

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The Active Implementation Hub: Free 24/7 implementation training for you and your team
The newly launched “Active Implementation Hub” is a free, online learning environment for use by any stakeholder-practitioners, educators, coaches, trainers, purveyors-involved in active implementation and scaling up of programs and innovations. The site goal is to increase the knowledge and improve the performance of persons engaged in actively implementing any program or practice. The site is an initiative of the State Implementation & Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices Center (SISEP).
Learn more:

IDEA Partnership resources cover what you need
The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. The Partnership’s website includes dialogue guides to engage stakeholders in conversation; collections of resources on useful topics such as autism spectrum disorders, common core state standards, and assessments; links to communities of practice; and more!

The AIM Center-because accessible instructional materials can make all the difference
Students with print disabilities need accessible instructional materials. The AIM Center is a true go-to resource on this subject!

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Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement #H326N110002 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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NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to