Understanding Universal Design

September 2010 | Links updated, May 2013According to CAST, universal design is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.  Designing instruction with UDL in mind involves three main principles:Providing multiple means of RepresentationProviding multiple means of Action and ExpressionProviding multiple means of Engagement (National UDL Center, 2010)UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional … [Read more...]

Addressing the General Education Curriculum

September 2010 Links updated, May 2013IDEA requires that students with disabilities be involved in, and make progress in, the general education curriculum. This refers to the same subject matter and skills that children without disabilities are expected to learn: math, science, history, and so on. Moreover, most children with disabilities are educated in the general education classroom, alongside their peers who do not have disabilities.To read more … [Read more...]

Key Terms to Know in Special Education

October 2010 En español | In SpanishSpecial education is full of terms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it's important to know what those terms mean. NICHCY is pleased to provide this handy reference to special education terminology, and hopes it helps our readers quickly connect with the meaning of pivotal words and phrases in the field.Quick-Jump Index to the TermsPoint of Reference: IDEAChild with a disabilityFAPE … [Read more...]

Who’s Who in Early Intervention

October 2010 Resources updated, August 2012 How long a list of "who's who" would you like? There are quite a few experts in the early intervention field! In the interests of efficiency, we will give you the semi-short but to-the-point list to get you started (we apologize to all those organizations we haven't listed here). This starter list will definitely lead you into the wider network and keep you informed in the ongoing work in early intervention. _______________________________________ National … [Read more...]

Behavior Expertise

Revised, December 2009 Links updated, July 2013NICHCY is pleased to connect you with sources of information for helping children who have behavior challenges.  This page in our Behavior Suite focuses on where to access Behavior Expertise.Find who's who in the behavior field and where to go for more information, reading, links, and assistance. The list below isn't intended to be exhaustive of the behavior resources and expertise available to you---those … [Read more...]


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 Paraprofessionals at the CPIR is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/paras/ Updated February 2013My kids continued to grow and develop as learners in a happy and caring classroom community. … [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...]

Starter Set of Resources on LRE

---------------- 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, Starter Set of Resources on LRE, is: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/lre-resources/ ---------------- Updated, April 2013 Looking for information, resources, … [Read more...]

About the Dissemination Initiative

January 2011 Who We Are Why We've Created This Initiative Who Else Is Involved Specific Activities and Outcomes How You Can Get Involved Who We Are The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) serves the nation as a centralized source of information on children with disabilities from birth to age 22. We take pride in writing easy-to-read publications in English and Spanish on: disabilities, early … [Read more...]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper, NICHCY July 2007 ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Module 1 welcomes everyone to IDEA. With these training materials, you can learn about and give trainings that include: a quick overview to the 10 major steps in special education (three of which are evaluation, eligibility, and writing the IEP); and the top 5 acronyms used in special education (IDEA, … [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.