Effective Practices in Early Intervention

September 2010 Resources updated, February 2013 A critical part of improving developmental and educational results for children with disabilities is using effective practices in early intervention, wherever services are being provided---an agency setting, the home, and across the child's natural environment.An impressive knowledge base of experience has been built on the delivery of early intervention services.  NICHCY is pleased to launch you into … [Read more...]

Special Factors in IEP Development

September 2010 Resources updated, March 2013  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) lists five special factors that the IEP team must consider in the development, review, and revision of each child’s IEP. Read IDEA's exact words.The discussion below will highlight the importance of these special factors in the education of children with disabilities and the need for individualized consideration of these factors in IEP development … [Read more...]

Assistive Technology Act

December 2009 Resources updated, April 2013  As technology has come to play an increasingly important role in the lives of all persons in the United States, in the conduct of business, in the functioning of government, in the fostering of communication, in the conduct of commerce, and in the provision of education, its impact upon the lives of the more than 50,000,000 individuals with disabilities in the United States has been comparable to its … [Read more...]

Considering Assistive Technology

A resource for IEP Teams December 2010 PDF version This checklist is included as a Resource for Trainers in Theme D of NICHCY’s Building the Legacy training curriculum on IDEA. It was adapted from the Nebraska Department of Education’s Nebraska IEP Technical Assistance Guide (1998, September). That document is no longer available online, but a 2010 edition is and appears below. Find the entire document online, at: http://www.education.ne.gov/SPED/technicalassist/IEP%20DOCUMENT.pdf _________________________ Assistive … [Read more...]

Services for Adults with Disabilities

Updated October 2010 | Links checked, February 2013Once a student with a disability leaves high school, other agencies are available to assist with putting the individual in contact with helpful resources.We have prepared this listing of resources for adults with disabilities to help you get started. Look over this list, and you will find organizations that provide information, referral, and/or direct services. A brief description of each organization's … [Read more...]

Module 13: Content of the IEP

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities December 2007 **Este módulo está disponible en español: El Contenido del IEP Module 13 looks in detail at the information that must be included in the IEP of every child with a disability receiving special education and related services under IDEA. This is critical knowledge for families and school personnel to have! The module  is available … [Read more...]

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning

This 50-page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need about assistive technology to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. From the Family Center on Technology and Disability. Also available in Spanish. http://www.fctd.info/show/newfig   … [Read more...]

Matching AT to students’ special needs

Assistive Technology to Meet K-12 Student Needs is a great resource offered by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. It provides extensive lists of AT for vision, hearing, communication, access, and learning and studying.http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm … [Read more...]

Video training | Helping little children use AT

This training module from CONNECT includes an example of how a child care provider, speech therapist, and parent work together to help a two-year-old communicate and participate in everyday activities using assistive technology (AT).http://community.fpg.unc.edu/connect-modules/learners/module-5  … [Read more...]

Assistive technology solutions fact sheet

The Family Center on Technology and Disability offers AT fact sheet that provides visual examples of a range of AT products to help parents who are beginning their search for assistive technology. This fact sheet includes basic questions to be considered when trying to identify AT devices that will best suit a child and illustrated examples of some of the AT options available.  Each AT example has an icon indicating whether it is high-tech, mid-tech … [Read more...]

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