September 2010 En español | In Spanish If you're looking for information about disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities, you've come to the right place! NICHCY offers information and connections to the full spectrum of disabilities in children, including developmental delays and rare disorders. Use the links below to learn about typical developmental milestones in childhood, specific disabilities and disorders, … [Read more...]

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. Don't see the disability you were looking for listed below? Try our suggestions page. _____________________ Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity … [Read more...]

Categories of Disability Under IDEA

March 2012 In PDF In Spanish | En español The nation's special education law is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. As part of making special education and related services available to children with disabilities in the public schools, IDEA defines the term "child with a disability." That definition includes specific disability terms, which are also defined by IDEA, as this webpage describes. The IDEA's disability … [Read more...]

Parent training in autism

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UCDavis offers a free, online training series called ADEPT--Autism Distance Education Parent Training Interactive Learning. ADEPT is a 10-lesson interactive, self-paced, online learning module that gives parents the tools and training to more effectively teach their child with autism using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/ddcenter/CEDD_ourproducts.html … [Read more...]

Differences in how “disability” is defined in federal laws for children and for adults

This December 2010 report is the Country Report for the United States, written to capture our status at the moment regarding Pathways for Disabled Students to Tertiary Education and Employment. Chapter 1 will give you the ultimate authoritative summation of how the federal laws in the United States define the term “disability.” These definitions have important implications for youths with disabilities as they transition to adulthood and to education, … [Read more...]

Is your child’s behavior caused by a disability?

Read more about how problem behavior and disability may coincide. Another great Wrightslaw article. http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/11/nl.0215.htm … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know about NICHCY’s Disability Fact Sheets

By Elaine Mulligan, Project Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Are you an educator with a new student in your class who has Attention Deficit /Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)? If so, there’s a NICHCY fact sheet that can help you prepare. Are you a parent whose child was recently identified as having a learning disability? If so, there’s a NICHCY’s fact sheet that can help you understand how … [Read more...]

SSI and children with disabilities: Just the facts

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities discusses Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for low-income children with disabilities, presenting basic facts about the program, including who is eligible, how children qualify, how parents' earnings affect a child's eligibility, and more. (posted March 4, 2013) http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3875 … [Read more...]

Enter the Gateway to National Organizations

Would it surprise you to know that your friends at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) are actually a very small group of passionate people serving a very large nation of hard-working early interventionists, educators, and families? We've learned over the years how to stretch limited resources to serve many thousands of requesters and information seekers. One of our favorite strategies is to offer as much information … [Read more...]

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.