The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Serving the nation as a central source for information on disabilities, the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a wealth of information and resources for early intervention for babies and toddlers as well as children from ages 3 to 22 years old. Check the ‘State Resource Sheets’ that connect parents with the disability agencies and organizations for their particular state.
U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs) — IDEA: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act This site was created to provide a “one-stop shop” for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, with access to cross- referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.). Among a variety of other information sources, you’ll find video clips on selected topics, links to OSEP’s Technical
Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions. (URL above)
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) focuses on fostering success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work, and in life. Below are some excellent resources regarding the impact of learning disabilities on all ages.
Child Development — A Developmental Milestones Chart This developmental milestones chart is includes normal expectations of developmental milestones for children at birth through adolescence, in terms of physical, cognitive, and social development. Developed by The Institute for Human Services for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, its content was adapted from “The Field Guide to Child Welfare Volume III: Child Development and Child Welfare” by Judith S. Rycus, Ph.D., and Ronald C. Hughes, Ph.D. (Child Welfare League of America Press 1998). Download the pdf via the link above.
Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist Many children with special health needs may have sensory issues (muscle coordination or overly/under-sensitive to certain sounds, smells, tastes, visual input) that affect functioning in both home and school environments. This simple checklist for parents is a good starting point to begin discussion with physicians, therapists, and school personnel. From the book The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol S. Kranowitz (1995).
A Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants– This guide is to help those with disabilities get scholarships and grants.
Grahamtastic Connection A non-profit program that provides laptops and Internet access to connect chronically ill children to their world, particularly vital for those missing school due to hospitalization or treatment schedules.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Parents of children diagnosed with a rare disease often rely on the school nurse as a vital member of their child’s care team. Enlist the aid of the school nurse for assistance with such areas as creating an IHP (Individualized Heath Plan) or 504 plan (for children with special health care needs). School nurses are positioned to offer valuable insight into how chronic illness might impact the P.E.T. (Pupil Evaluation Team) process. The National Association of School Nurses offers SCHLRN-L, an online discussion group that promotes networking among school nurses to share information, insights, and resources.
Scholarship Search– A search engine for scholarships.
Affordable Online Colleges– Online colleges that are affordable in every state.