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  • A Review of Technology-Based Approaches for Reading Instruction (National Center for Technology Innovation)
    Describes the development of the Reading Matrix, a searchable database that presents evidence-based technology products that support instruction for students with reading disabilities.
  • Accommodations Manual (Council of Chief State School Officers)
    How to select, administer, and evaluate use of accommodations for instruction and assessment of students with disabilities.  Presents a five-step process of Individualized Educational Program (IEP) teams, 504 plan committees, general and special education teachers, administrators, and district level assessment staff to use in the selection, administration, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the use of instructional and assessment accommodations by students with disabilities.
  • Acronyms
    Like all professions, education and special education have their own "language." Sometimes in the interest of efficiency, we use abbreviations or acronyms, which can be confusing – so we offer this partial list of frequently used acronyms.
  • ADA Q&A…Back to School (Pacer Center)
    While it is true that the ADA does apply to schools, both public and private, it is important to remember that the ADA is foremost a civil rights act with a broad application.
  • An Overview of Special Education Transportation (LRP Publications – 2003)
    These guidelines are intended to provide an overview of the federal laws as well as case law governing the provision of transportation to students with disabilities, and an exposure to the main issues impacting such services.
    Patti's Comment:  Although this is a bit dated, it is still a good resource.
  • Building a Bridge – A Resource Manual for High School Students
    Information to help parents play a meaningful role in guiding your child for the future. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, transition planning is required as part of your child's IEP (Individualized Education Program).
  • C.N. vs. Willmar Public Schools, et al
    Because a third-grader's BIP allowed her teacher to use seclusion and restraint as behavior management techniques, a parent could not show that the teacher's use of those techniques violated the child's constitutional rights. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a decision that the teacher was entitled to qualified immunity on the parents' Section 1983 claims.
  • Considering Assistive Technology in the IEP Process (The Texas 4-Step Model)
    Provided to assist educational teams in considering assistive technology in the development, review, and/or revision of a student’s Individual Educational Plan.
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. – 12/12/11
    Comments submitted by COPAA regarding 34 C.F.R. Part 300 governing the Assistance to States for the Education of Children with Disabilities, published in the Federal Register Vol. 76, No. 188, on September 28, 2011.
  • Dear Colleague Letter: Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated Programs (U.S. Dept. of Education)
    A letter from the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights advising of an issue involving students with disabilities seeking enrollment in challenging academic programs. 
  • Dear Colleague Letter and Resource Guide on Students with ADHD (U.S. Dept. of Education)
    A letter reminding school districts of their obligations to students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).
  • Education: Fact Sheets – Early Intervention: Children With Disabilities Birth to School-Age Publications (Disability Rights Network of PA)
    Links to publications related to special education issues
  • Gifted Education Press Quarterly (Fall 2010)
    Featuring, among other articles, one titled "Should Special Education Programming for Gifted Students be a Right or a Privilege?"
  • Higher Education Act, as reauthorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), includes information on the eligibility of students with intellectual disabilities to participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants programs. Institutions that offer a CTP program can apply to have that program approved so that eligible students may receive Federal Pell Grant, FWS and FSEOG funds. To be eligible, an institution must already participate in the Federal student aid programs and offer an approved CTP program.
  • Is School Funding Fair? A National Report Card (Education Law Center)
    A New National Report Highlights the Unfair Distribution of School Aid in Many States:
    The 50 states are rated on the basis of four separate, but interrelated, “fairness indicators” – funding level, funding distribution, state fiscal effort, and public school coverage. Using a more thorough statistical analysis, the report provides the most in-depth analysis to date of state education finance systems and school funding fairness across the nation. The results show that many states do not fairly allocate education funding to address the needs of their most disadvantaged students, and the schools serving high numbers of those students.
  • Key Policy Letters Signed by the Education Secretary or Deputy Secretary (
    This Letter is the result of a decision (January 7, 2008) by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in School District of the City of Pontiac, et al. v. Secretary of the United States Department of Education (No. 05-2708). This case is about a Michigan district and it is supposed to provide guidance to states and school districts while this matter works its way through legal proceedings.
  • Letters Regarding Special Education Matters (RespectABILITY)
    Sample letters to use for various issues regarding special education.
  • Lost at School (a book by Ross W. Greene, Ph.D)
    Why our kids with behavioral challenges are falling through the cracks and how we can help them.
  • Office of Special Education Programs letter (U.S. Department of Education)
    Answers to questions re: rules to determine eligibility for special needs education and related services.
  • Procedural Safeguards Under the Special Education Law
    Series of articles from Special Education Law Blog: (October 2010 – January 2011)
    Part I      You Be the Judge – Introduction
    Part II     Notice of Procedural Safeguards
    Part III    Parental Consent
    Part IV    Independent Educational Evaluation
    Part V     Prior Written Notice
    Part VI    Dispute Resolution
    Part VII   Facilitated IEPs
    Part VIII  Mediation
    Part IX    State Complaint
    Part X     Resolution Sessions
    Part XI    Due Process Hearings
    Part XII   Procedural Violations
    Part XIII  Attorney's Fees
  • Managing Life Threatening Food Allergies in Schools (Mass. Dept. of Education)
    The number of students with life-threatening food allergies has increased substantially over the last 5 years. As with all children with special needs, it is important that students are able to access all education and education related benefits.
  • Medicaid School-Based Administrative Claiming Guide (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
    The school setting provides a unique opportunity to enroll eligible children in the Medicaid program, and to assist children who are already enrolled in Medicaid to access the benefits available to them.
  • Overview of Transition
    Preparing for transition should begin very early in children's lives and continue until they are able to be on their own. The parent's role is to help their children gradually achieve mastery of the skills necessary for functioning independently. Here is a suggested timeline for transition activities.
  • Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates
    The guide provides a comprehensive article on preparing for special education mediation and resolution sessions, including tips for both families and advocatesl. It includes a flowchart of mediation and resolution session to support the understanding of how these two processes work and intersect. For additional insight, it provides both an interview with a seasoned special education mediator and a summary of a study that sought to identify the factors that contribute to parent-school conflict. It includes communication tips for building strong partnerships and additional resources for locating further information.
  • Research Press Publishers
    Books and videos in school counseling, special education, psychology, counseling and therapy, parenting, developmental disabilities and grief counseling.
  • Safe Schools Initiative (Georgia Advocacy Office)
    We invite members of the community to come hear about the State Board of Education rule promulgation process and how they can become involved through public comment. Several related links are provided here.
  • Special Education Matter – Final Decision (Alaska Dept. of Education)
    For a summary of this case, click here.
  • Special Education News – JD Supra (11/10)
    This issue features information about service animals in school, wrongful graduation and more.
  • Special Education Parent Handbook (Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District)
    A handbook that was developed by parents of special ed kids in Malibu/Santa Monica for other parents. I think its written in a manner that's more accessible for parents than many other documents, so it might be useful to parents that want to learn more about the special ed process.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Special Needs Teaching: 100+ Resources and Links (Teaching
    Whether you have an entire class of students with special needs, or you’ve welcomed a student with a disability into your traditional classroom, this massive list of resources will help you research different disorders and conditions, review special lesson plans, and find the support you need to work with your students and help them succeed.
  • Tip Sheets: Positive Ways of Intervening With Challenging Behavior (Univ. of Minnesota)
    To assist teachers and parents in providing the best possible educational opportunities to children who engage in challenging behavior.
  • Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators (US Dept. of Education)
    For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.