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Updated, April 2013Photo of young children going into the school, in a line with joined hands.

Looking for information, resources, and technical assistance (TA) to help you and others support children with disabilities in their least restrictive environment in school? Here’s a starter list of places to look online. These will surely lead you to more.

The resources below are excepted from:

Building the Capacity of Educators to Provide High Quality Services to Students with Disabilities in General Education Settings [1],  with additional resources included by NICHCY.

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Quick-jump links

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Reflecting on the Meaning of LRE

Questions and Answers on the LRE Requirements of the IDEA —
U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/lre.osers.memo.idea.htm

Inclusion, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), Mainstreaming —
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/lre.index.htm

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Availability of Accessible Materials

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.
http://aim.cast.org/

Bookshare.
http://www.bookshare.org/

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic).
http://www.learningally.org/

How to develop state guidelines for access assistants: Scribes, readers, and sign language interpreters.
http://education.umn.edu/nceo/OnlinePubs/AccessAssistantsManual.html

Universal design of assessments (Online manual).
http://education.umn.edu/nceo/UDmanual/default.html

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Building Instructional Capacity and Skill of Educators

OESE Center on Instruction.
www.centeroninstruction.org/

National Center on Universal Design for Learning.
http://www.udlcenter.org/

IRIS Center for Training Enhancements.
Online professional development modules on a wide range of “how-to” practices that support inclusion of students with disabilities, such as accommodations, assessment, progress monitoring, behavior, differentiated instruction, and much more—
http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/resources.html

Creating an inclusive school environment: A model for school leaders.
http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/inc/chalcycle.htm

Supports, modifications, and accommodations for students.
http://nichcy.org/schoolage/accommodations

Accommodations and strategies for different disbilities.
Info on what types of accommodations are appropriate for specific disabilities, namely: Autism | Mental Retardation | Learning Disability | Other Health Impaired | Emotionally Disturbed | Visually Impaired | Hearing Impaired | Orthopedically Impaired
http://akuehnel3.tripod.com/index.html

Progress Monitoring Tools Chart.
http://www.rti4success.org/tools_charts/progress.php

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in math.
http://www.studentprogress.org/progressmonitoring_math_faq.asp

FAQs: Curriculum-based measurement in reading.
http://www.studentprogress.org/faq.asp

Preparing educators to teach students with disabilities in an era of standards-based reform and accountability.
http://www.cehd.umn.edu/NCEO/OnlinePubs/eprri/EPRRITR5.pdf

Inclusive schooling (Professional Learning Module).
http://www.urbanschools.org/professional/mod_3.html

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Federally funded TA Centers

OSEP’s TA&D Network.
TA&D focuses on improving outcomes for students with disabilities by building capacity in the educational system
http://www.tadnet.org

OESE’s Comprehensive Center Network.
http://www.macc.ceee.gwu.edu/TAproviders/RCC

LRE Part B Community of Practice.
http://www.tacommunities.org/community/view/id/1027

Reading Rockets.
www.readingrockets.org

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center.
http://www.nectac.org

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
http://www.pbis.org

Family Center on Technology and Disability.
http://www.fctd.info

Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd).
http://www.cited.org

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LRE Materials from Individual States

Even if you don’t live in the States making these resources available, you’ll find good guidance about LRE decision making in all of the materials below.

AK | Alaska | Adapting Teaching Techniques to Meet Individual Needs
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/ELearning/Adapting.html

AZ | Arizona | 100 General Accommodations
http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/PDF/SE20.pdf

CA | California |  LRE Resources Project —
http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/pj/204

CA | California |  Information on LRE —
http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/pubs/504001Ch07.pdf

CA | California |  Implementation of programs and services for students with disabilities in the LRE —
http://www.calstat.org/lremessages.html

CT | Connecticut | Least Restrictive Environment Initiative
http://www.ctserc.org/s/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=45:lre&Itemid=110

DE | Delaware | Guidelines for Inclusion
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/aab/Report_and_documents/Special_Populations.shtml

DE | Delaware | Accessible Instructional Materials
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/students_family/specialed/aim.shtml

FL | Florida | Least Restrictive Environment Considerations Related to Individual Educational Plans
http://www.fldoe.org/ese/pdf/y2000-5.pdf

GA | Georgia | LRE Decision-Making Model —
http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/LRE-Co-teaching-Training-Manual-1.aspx

IA | Iowa | Least Restrictive Environment
http://www.iowa.gov/educate/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1605&Itemid=2384

IL | Illinois | LRE Clearinghouse
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/SPEC-ED/html/lre.htm

KS | Kansas |Educational Placement and Least Restrictive Environment
http://www.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=BjZmHiAKSvk%3D&tabid=3152&mid=8268

KS | Least Restrictive Environment (see Chapter 8)
http://www.ksde.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=KhtzO6EPdtY%3d&tabid=3757&mid=9192

KY | Kentucky | Kentucky Accessible Materials Database
https://louisville.edu/education/abri/kamd

LA | Louisiana | Standards for Building Inclusive Schools
http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/eia/2410.html

LA | Louisiana | Access Guide: Locate Strategies, Accommodations, and Technologies for the LA Comprehensive Curriculum
http://accessguide.doe.louisiana.gov/default.aspx

ME | Maine | Least Restrictive Environment
An entire page full of materials and resources for educators.
http://www.maine.gov/education/speced/tools/b5lre/index.html

MN | Minnesota | Special Education in the Classroom
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/index.html

MT | Montana | Best Practices for Instruction
Lots and lots of resources!
http://www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/SpecialEd/Index.html#gpm1_11

NC | North Carolina | Lots of instructional support materials.
At the link below, you’ll see tabs across the top of the page, such as “Disability Resources” and “Instructional Resources.” Check out what’s available under the tabs!
http://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/

NE | Nebraska | Assessment and Instruction of Students with Disabilities
http://www.education.ne.gov/sped/assessment.html

NJ | Array of Supports for Including Students with Disabilities in General Education Programs
http://www.nj.gov/education/specialed/info/array.pdf

NJ | Developing an IEP for Educating Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment —
http://www.spannj.org/START/DevelopinganIEPfortheLRE5-21and28-2008.pdf

NV | Nevada | Instructional and Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
http://tinyurl.com/bvads6c

NV | Accommodations Form for Students Participating in Special Education Programs and the NPEP
http://www.doe.nv.gov/NDE_Offices/APAC/Testing_and_Assessments/CRT/Administration_Forms/IEP_Testing_Accommodations_1213/

OH | Ohio | Preschool Special Education: Least Restrictive Environment
http://tinyurl.com/28mx6wp

WV | West Virginia | Educating students with disabilities in the LRE
http://wcteachers.org/sped/SE_LRE.pdf

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[1] Developed by the Facilitator Team for the LRE Part B Community of Practice, based on a review of research and literature, as well as on the team’s experience in providing technical assistance.

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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.