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...]


NICHCY Disability Fact Sheet 16 (FS16) Updated March 2012, Links checked April 2013 PDF version In This Publication... About deaf-blindness Help for children with deaf-blindness Resources in your state and beyond  Back to top About Deaf-Blindness There are approximately roughly 45,000 to 50,000 individuals in the U.S who are deaf-blind. [1] According to the 2007 National Deaf-Blind Child Count, over 10,000 are children under the … [Read more...]

Deaf-blind fact sheets for families

The Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center has developed a series of fact sheets, parent mini guides, tools, and a Parent Center Guide to help families use the tools, related to the Educational Services Guidelines. You can find the resources, in English and Spanish, at:http://www.parentcenternetwork.org/region1/resources/other_topics.html (scroll down to Deaf-Blind) … [Read more...]

Website Supports Literacy For All Children!

by Gail Leslie National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness Often people believe that literacy is something that starts to percolate in kindergarten and first grade when children begin to learn to read. In fact, literacy, like communication, begins early in life. Children grow up understanding that the world is full of colorful signs, letters, and numbers that have meaning. For children with disabilities, especially those with complex needs and sensory … [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.