For students with disabilities: Be self-determined!

The I'm Determined project, funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing students with disabilities with direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior beginning at the elementary level and continuing through the student's educational career. … [Read more...]

Postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities

Visit the HEATH Resource Center at George Washington University for its new 36-page publication that answers many commonly asked questions about college experiences for students with intellectual disabilities. … [Read more...]

Improving reading comprehension: What works

This guide from the U.S. Department of Education recommends five specific steps that teachers, reading coaches, and principals can take to successfully improve reading comprehension for children K-3. … [Read more...]

Roles of paraeducators in inclusive classrooms

This 3-part series may interest many of you. Find it online at the Inclusive Schools Network on this page (scroll past the four FAQs): … [Read more...]

Reciprocal Teaching

Reciprocal teaching refers to an instructional activity in which students become the teacher in small group reading sessions. It’s been shown to be an effective approach to increasing student learning. Now, this resource page at Reading Rockets explains it step by step, provides worksheets and templates to download, and includes a clip from the PBS show Reading for Meaning in which a Seattle school uses reciprocal teaching to guide students in … [Read more...]

Transition Trek!

PACER’s Transition Trek—updated! You may know about this resource already…it’s an educational board game that helps youth and young adults plan for life after high school. Happily, it’s been updated for 2010! Order your copy via: … [Read more...]

RTI cannot be used to delay or deny evaluation

Read OSEP’s memo on RTI and evaluation. Writing to the state directors of special education, OSEP addresses how a RTI process (response to intervention) cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. (updated August 2012) … [Read more...]

Who’s exemplary in dispute resolution systems?

Who’s exemplary in dispute resolution systems, and how did they do it? CADRE reports back on a 2-year process of identifying state special education and early intervention dispute resolution systems that are particularly effective. CADRE worked with representatives from the exemplar states to identify and document the processes and features of their dispute resolution systems that are effective and contribute to those states’ success. To simplify … [Read more...]

What the National Institutes of Health Have Found

What’s NIH found in all its medical research? Have a look at this incredible list of fact sheets written for the public. Sign up to receive email updates from NIH on the results of its research. … [Read more...]

Will Retention Help Your Child?

Retention, in this case, refers to when a student has to repeat a grade. For students with disabilities and their parents, this may or may not be the most effective approach to the student's lack of progress. Read what Wrightslaw has to say on the subject. … [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.