Services in Your State for Infants and Toddlers

September 2010 In Spanish | en español Early intervention services are specially designed to address the educational and developmental needs of very young children with disabilities and those who are experiencing developmental delays. Early intervention provides free developmental evaluations of children younger than 3 (that is to say, before their third birthday) and helps families find services for their little one. These services are … [Read more...]

State Agencies Addressing Disabilities

February 2010 | Links checked, February 2013 So you're looking for the resources in your state that can help you address disability issues. Great idea. There are a lot, in fact. At least there are a lot of possibilities for help that can be explored. We've organized this page by the types of help people seem to be looking when they call or write NICHCY, and what we might suggest in response. What's available in your state? Help … [Read more...]

Moving To A New Location

Revised October 2010Moving to a new location can sure disrupt your life! For any family this can be a time of chaos. There is the adventure of newness but also a maddening confusion. Everything and everyone is certainly somewhere, but where? You have to find new grocery stores, new roads, new schools, and new doctors. You have to unpack and reorganize your home and your daily routine. You have to make new friends, meet new neighbors, and establish … [Read more...]

Resources Especially for Foster or Adoptive Families

Updated November 2012My duty is to care for her; my love explains the manner of my days. —Jane WileyGiving a child a home is a remarkable gift. This page is written for the families who've adopted children with disabilities (and without!) and those who offer them safe haven through fostering.  t's also written for those who work in state agencies or in private organizations who find foster homes and adoptive families for so many children.Table … [Read more...]

Effective Staff Development

October 2010 Resources updated, April 2013NICHCY is pleased to offer you this page of resources focused primarily upon staff development for teachers (both general and special educators) and the paraprofessionals who assist them in the classroom. Whether you're a school administrator responsible for the professional development of others, or a teacher or a paraprofessional looking after your own professional development, we hope you'll find information … [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...]

Response To Intervention (RTI)

Updated August 2012 | Links checked May 2013 Response to intervention—hereafter referred to as RTI—is a recent addition to our nation's special education law and our nation's schools. RTI is a process that schools can use to help children who are struggling academically or behaviorally. One of its underlying premises is the possibility that a child's struggles may be due to inadequacies in instruction or in the curriculum either in use at the … [Read more...]

Detect hearing loss early via the EHDI program

EDHI stands for Early Hearing Detection & Intervention. EDHI programs  are located in states and territories and are designed to identify infants with hearing loss.For info in English http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/index.htmlFor info in Spanishhttp://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/ehdi/spanish/default.htm  … [Read more...]

Who Can Help?

by Elaine Mulligan                     Here at the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), we like to think of ourselves as your central source of information and resources on special education. We work hard to give you the most accurate and accessible information about: • the laws and procedures that guide the special education process • the best practices for serving students with disabilities in … [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.