Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment

Completing an internship can help young people with and without disabilities prepare for their career field of choice. In “Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment, A Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship,” the National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth guides youth through the steps of finding, applying for, participating in, and evaluating an internship. Topics covered include activities … [Read more...]

Self-determination and independent living e-course

This seven-hour self-directed e-learning course has been created to help people with developmental disabilities, their parents, family members and friends, educators, and service providers understand the important concepts of self-determination, family support, community living and assistive technology. The course focuses on helping people with developmental disabilities, their family, and friends explore these four important elements that, together, … [Read more...]

For parents of children with developmental disabilities

Here's a 3-hour self-directed course that's been created to help parents of children with developmental disabilities understand and maximize the special education system. The course focuses on a child's right to a free appropriate public education, the laws that protect those rights and offers practical ways that parents can ensure that their children benefit from an inclusive education. The course reviews IDEA 2004 and includes current thinking on … [Read more...]

Employment and people with developmental disabilities

This six-hour self-study online course is designed to help people with developmental disabilities find meaningful jobs and plan a career. In this course, participants will create a resume or portfolio of their strengths, skills, and interests; learn how to network and identify potential employers; prepare for an interview; and understand the hiring process. The course has been updated to include information on ways that people with autism and other … [Read more...]

Making the IEP Process More Parent-Friendly

The April 26, 2011 issue of the Special Ed Advocate from Wrightslaw discusses the active role parents can play as a member of their child's IEP team. The issue gives parents simple but effective tools for asking questions and making suggestions at team meetings, including using a Parent Agenda before the meeting. There's also a form parents can use to document requests and team decisions. Other sections of the newsletter focus on what to do when school … [Read more...]

Frequently asked questions about Section 504 and the education of children with disabilities

This  is a guidance document published by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education.  As an authoritative source, that can't be beat!  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires a school district to provide a "free appropriate public education" (FAPE) to each qualified student with a disability who is in the school district's jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability. Under Section … [Read more...]

Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology & Transition Planning

This 50-page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need about assistive technology to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children’s lives. From the Family Center on Technology and Disability. Also available in Spanish.   … [Read more...]

Milestone moments

Milestone Moments is a 42-page booklet that includes milestone checklists and tips to help parents support their child’s development from age 2 months to 5 years. It also includes guidance about what to do if developmental concerns arise. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program “Learn the Signs, Act Early” which seeks to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. … [Read more...]

Track your child’s developmental milestones

Track Your Child’s Developmental Milestones is a brochure from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program “Learn the Signs, Act Early” which seeks to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The brochure includes a checklist of key milestones from 6 months to 4 years and a message for parents about the tracking their child’s milestones and what to do if developmental concerns … [Read more...]

Siga de Cerca los Indicadores del Desarrollo de Su Niño

Para padres de niños de 0 a 4 años de edad, este folleto describe los indicadores del desarrollo que su niño debe alcanzar para jugar, aprender, hablar y actuar. No alcanzar estos indicadores o alcanzarlos mucho más tarde que otros niños, podría ser una señal de problemas en el desarrollo de su niño. (abril 2011) … [Read more...]

NOTICE: NICHCY is going away, but its resources are not. Find hundreds of legacy NICHCY publications, as well as our training curriculum on IDEA 2004, in the Center for Parent Information and Resources' Library at This website will remain available until September 30, 2014. After that date, web visitors will be automatically redirected to