Specific Disabilities

En español | In Spanish NICHCY offers brief, but detailed fact sheets on specific disabilities. Each fact sheet defines the disability, describes its characteristics, offers tips for parents and teachers, and connects you with related information and organizations with special expertise in that disability. Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new … [Read more...]

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

 _________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of Categories of Disability under IDEA at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/categories/_________________________________March 2012In PDFIn Spanish … [Read more...]

Deafness and Hearing Loss

_________________________________Alert! Alert!  Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of the fact sheet on Deafness and Hearing Loss at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/hearingloss/_________________________________ NICHCY Disability … [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...]

Considering the Needs of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

_________________________________Alert! Alert! Because NICHCY’s website will only remain online until September 30, 2014, most of its rich content has moved to a new home, the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), where it can be kept up to date.The new address of this page at the CPIR is:http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/considering-hearingloss/_________________________________A resource for IEP TeamsDecember 2010PDF … [Read more...]

A parent’s guide to hearing loss

If you've recently found out that your child has a hearing loss or is deaf, here's a very handy guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (link updated August 2012) http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/parentsguide/ … [Read more...]

Deaf and hard of hearing children: Federal support for developing language and literacy

This 2011 report comes from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report looks at the extent of hearing loss among children, the settings in which children with hearing loss are educated, the factors that help these children acquire language and literacy skills, and the challenges to providing appropriate interventions for them. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-357  … [Read more...]

Without Data All We Have Are Assumptions: Revisiting the Meaning of a Free Appropriate Public Education

August 2012Read the article (PDF)About This ArticleThirty years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down its first major decision interpreting the nation’s special education law, now commonly called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the IDEA requirement that schools provide a "free and appropriate public … [Read more...]

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 http://www.parentcenterhub.org/resources. This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to http://www.parentcenterhub.org.