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...]

Intellectual Disability

NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 8 January 2011 PDF version En español | In Spanish In This Publication: Matthew's story What is an intellectual disability? What causes an intellectual disability? How common are intellectual disabilities? What are the signs...? How are intellectual disabilities diagnosed? Definition under IDEA Help for babies and toddlers Help for school-aged children Educational considerations Tips … [Read more...]

Sexuality and developmental disability: A guide for parents

This 15-pager comes from the Calgary Health Region.http://www.scribd.com/doc/20155763/Sexuality-Developmental-Disability … [Read more...]

Intellectual disability and Medicaid

The Medicaid Reference Desk is a resource for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to learn about Medicaid and other public benefits, services, and supports. http://www.thedesk.info/ … [Read more...]

Health-care decision making for people with ID

“My Health – My Decision” is part of a larger education initiative regarding informed consent and decision-making. The curriculum was developed by a team of people with disabilities and experts in supporting them. Key factors in the program include: introducing skills needed to help people with intellectual disabilities become more meaningfully involved in their healthcare decisions; co-presenting by people with disabilities and supporting staff/volunteers; … [Read more...]

Self-determination | Research to practice

This series, Research to Practice in Self-Determination, describes key issues in the field of developmental disabilities that can be enhanced by considering efforts to promote self-determination. The format for these issues includes definitions, a brief review of the literature, promising practices, applied examples, and targeted recommendations for scaling-up efforts. This series is intended for use by people with developmental disabilities, family … [Read more...]

Assistive technology for people with intellectual disabilities

This fact sheet from the South Carolina Assistive Technology Project discusses how people with intellectual disabilities can use assistive technology (AT) to compensate for functional limitations and increase learning, independence, mobility, communication, environmental control, and choice. The fact sheet touches upon how AT can help in communication, mobility, education, activities of daily living, employment, and sports and recreation. (posted … [Read more...]

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