Early Childhood

Sharing A Vision Conference Resources and Registration Information.

Resource List for Early Childhood FPG is one of the nation's oldest multidisciplinary institutes for the study of young children and their families.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center The Center supports the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Bright Futures Bright Futures is a national health promotion initiative.

Creative Curriculum A parent's and teacher's guide to the first 5 years.

Early Intervention to Early Childhood Transition Frequently Asked Questions January 2013 This the latest version of the Early Intervention to Early Childhood Question and Answer document.  This document is a useful resource for district staff and parents of young children with disabilities  in completing transition process from IDEA Part B early intervention to Part C early childhood special education.

Family Voices Speaking on behalf of children and youth with special health needs.

itinerant roles ECSE Toledo EC Itinerent resources and models of Professional Development Project DIRECT, inclusion through consultation; a new way of looking at Itinerant Service delivery in the State of Ohio.

Get it Got It Go Provide tools for you to measure (Get it) and monitor (Got it) the progress of the children you are assessing. In addition, this site includes informational materials about the background of the assessment model and assessment types. Dr. Jean has many Early Childhood activities, songs and strategies to support all young children

SpecialQuest Birth-Five: Head Start/Hilton Foundation Training All materials within the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library to support the inclusion of children with disabilities ages birth through five are now available online for anyone to view or download.

Transition Resource Module-This training module will discuss the goals of transition, the options available to children and families when they leave early intervention, and the responsibilities of all who are involved in the transition process.

Illinois Division of Early Childhood newsletter

Zero to Three A guide to the health and development of infants and toddlers.

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Assistive Technology

Infinitec Infinitec brings assistive technology to people with disabilities of all types, in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake and Kane.

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Information from the Illinois State Board of Education and SISEP

ISBE Continuous Improvement Plan

ISBE Guidelines for Assessment Accommodations

Special Education Plan

What Works Clearinghouse A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.

NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.

The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices.

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.

The Results for Kids: Resources (RKR) library provides an annotated bibliography of research and evaluation related to models, curricula, practices, policy, research, tools, and resources that can improve outcomes for all struggling learners, as generated by researchers in general education, special education, and related disciplines. A novel feature of the RKR Library is that each citation is briefly described and the links to related articles and reviews are provided so the reader has easy access to a broad range of literature.

e Report Card Public Site

Data Analysis and Progress Reporting

Illinois Response to Intervention (RtI)

No Child Left Behind/Adequate Yearly Progress

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Advocacy Organizations

ARC Program for Advocacy The statewide information and advocacy coordination system for people with developmental disabilities.

American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)

The Arc - The nation's largest voluntary organization, the ARC is committed to the welfare of all children and adults with mental retardation and their families. (Formerly Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States)

Empowerment Zone - A collection of electronic resources on the subject of political action.

National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS) - An association which represents federally mandated programs that protect the rights of persons with disabilities.

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) - Provides technical assistance and training to the federally-funded parent training and information centers in each state.

Trace Research and Development Center - Trace Center's mission is: "To advance the ability of people with disabilities to achieve their life objectives through the use of communication, computer and information technologies."

Wrightslaw - Special Education Law & Advocacy makingyourcase - Interactive, self-paced learning program available 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Learn effective advocacy methods at the local, state and federal levels.

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Disability Information & Referral

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAID)

American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA)

Assistive Technology Center - Lists software in various formats for a variety of applications.

RESNA - Assurance of Quality in Assistive Technology Delivery

The California State University Center on Disabilities - The Center on Disabilities is an integral part of the university mission of teaching, scholarship and active learning, furthering the vision of an inclusive society which supports the attainment of academic, professional and personal goals for persons of all abilities. The Center fulfills this mission through programs of student service, education, and research.

Chicago Parent Written Guide to Special Education A guidebook by Betsy E.Borgacz

CEC Journals/Publications This module of the CEC web site displays all the articles in the current issue of Exceptional Children and TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Disabilityworld e-zine home page

Epilepsy Foundation of America

FRAXA Research Foundation - Supporting research aimed at treatment of Fragile X Syndrome.

IDEA 2004 - The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997.

Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP) - Directed by and for people with disabilities and their families.

Illinois Autism Project The Illinois Autism/PDD Training and Technical Assistance Project is an Illinois State Board of Education initiative which provides training and technical assistance focused on educating students with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).

Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc.

Institute on Community Integration

The National Association of School Psychologists

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) - offers free access to REHABDATA, its database of literature on rehabilitation, disability and assistive technology.

The Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Network The Illinois State Board of Education's partnership to assist educational systems in developing collaborative, community-based supports for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

NCES - Special Education and Research Statistics

TASH - An international association of people with disabilities, their families, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.

Resources for the Sensory Processing Disorder community.

US Department of Education Publications - The US Department of Education publishes a wealth of information for teachers, administrators, policymakers, researchers, parents, students, and others with a stake in education. Many of these publications can be found on this Web site.

RISE - Rise supports people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment in attaining their personal measure of safe and affordable housing, vocational achievement, self-sufficiency, and belonging in their communities.

Family Village: A Global Community of Disability Related Resources

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Inclusive Education

CSIE - The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education, an independent British educational charity, is a national organization funded mainly by donations from trusts and foundations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Inclusion
This document was prepared to address the frequently asked questions that have been generated following the release of the report entitled, "Establishing an Inclusive Educational System in the San Francisco Unified School District."

Inclusive Child Care The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), a national, nonprofit organization, conducts research, policy analysis, technical assistance, and advocacy on issues related to economic security for low-income families with children. CLASP is a leader in the national effort to establish equal justice for all.

Inclusion: School as a Caring Community - Are you seeking success with inclusion? Here you'll find help and inspiration-- an entire book composed for Cyberspace with links in each chapter for elementary and secondary levels. This is an Industry Canada initiative, in partnership with SchoolNet.

Including Your Child - Information offered by the US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

Inclusion Press - This independent press produces readable, accessible books and resources about full inclusion in school, work, and community.

Project Participate - Inclusion is more than physical presence in the classroom. Students learn when they actively participate in the academic lessons and interact with others. Here are some tips to create a meaningful and inclusive learning environment.

Special Education Research Dedicated to building the capacity of TA systems, States, districts, and schools, to help students with disabilities learn from the general education curriculum.

Together We Can - The Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education created this guide for communities interested in creating a pro-family integrated system of education and human services for children and families.

BC Teacher Federation - B.C. teachers believe in inclusion and have adopted a policy that every student is entitled to an appropriate education. Students with special needs have a right to access an inclusionary public education system which prepares them for full citizenship in a democratic society.

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Family Information & Support

ADCO Learning Products - Information about Hypersign software, a program which displays a video of the sign for over 2,000 words or phrases.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)

Circle of Inclusion - This web site offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.

Early Intervention Clearinghouse - This is a library of resources for parents and professionals that allows you to connect to the Illinois Library System so you can get materials through your own local library.

Family Education Network - Dedicated to helping parents take an active role in the education of their children.

Family Engagement and Children with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Educators and Parents - In this document by the Harvard Family Research Project, educators will find resources that can guide their work with families of children with disabilities, and families will find resources to help them ensure their children with special needs have a positive educational experience.

Family Matters Acronym Guide - Confused by all the acronyms in special education?  This guide from Family Matters makes the ABCs of special education make sense.

Family and Parent Involvement Modules- This website has valuable information to assist with home-school communication.

Family Village - Integrates information, resources, and opportunities on the Internet for persons with mental retardation and other disabilities, their families, and those that provide them services and supports.

Illinois Life Span - Illinois Lifespan is a resource for families in Illinois including connections to conferences, advocates, and information.

Inclusive Schools - You will find information to help you understand inclusion, resources to share with your school and family about inclusion.  It also provides strategies to enhance inclusion and make it work for your child.

Kids Together - The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. is to promote inclusive communities where all people belong.  It provides many links to national information and organizations.

National Easter Seals Society (NESS) - Easter Seals provides exceptional services to ensure that people living with autism and other disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Online Advocacy Course - A self study course designed to help people with developmental disabilities and their families create positive change through advocacy.

Parent Pals - A parent's guide to special education developed by Ameri-Corp Speech and Hearing.

Parents Helping Parents web site

Promoting Positive Behavior - Intervention Central offers free tolls and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.

Special Education Parent Rights Guide - The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has developed a new document, Educational Rights and Responsibilities: Understanding Special Education in Illinois.  Parents can learn about their educational rights for children who have disabilities and are receiving special education services.  Please note the guide is 234 pages long.  If you prefer to have the guide on CD, contact us at  If you need assistance accessing the guide, please contact 815-751-1356.  For questions regarding the document, call ISBE at 217-782-5589.

Student Record Keeper - This booklet provides parents all the tools they need to keep track of information needed for IEP meetings and communication with school staff.

Through the Looking Glass - An international leader on disability and family issues, is sponsoring an international conference on parents with disabilities and their families.

The Schwab Foundation for Learning - Free publications and Information desk to help parents, educators and caregivers understand how they can help children with learning disabilities improve their performance.

Transition Resource Directory

Transition Resource Module-This training module will discuss the goals of transition, the options available to children and families when they leave early intervention, and the responsibilities of all who are involved in the transition process.

When I'm 3, where will I be? - This family transition workbook was created by parents and early intervention and school personnel and is provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.  This workbook is essential for families who are planning for their child's transition from Early Intervention services.

Wrights Law - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrights Law for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

Yellow Pages for Kids - Find comprehensive listings by state for disability information groups, evaluators, tutors, support groups, advocacy groups, anad state agencies.

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Websites for Teachers

Splashes from the River Offers a free Spelling Course

Resources for purchase The Lightspan Network with Plato Learning. A source for standards-based, online curriculum and resources for K-8 classrooms. Free 30 day trial.

Promoting Positive Behavior Intervention Central offers free tolls and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all children and youth.

Education Place. Graphic organizers in PDF from Houghton Mifflin; over 30 choices.

The Write Site. 12 free PDF graphic organizers for writing.

Enchanted Learning. Picture dictionary graphics and definitions

Do to Learn. Free pictures cards, graph paper, math helpers. Additional materials available for purchase.

Idea Box. Early childhood ideas for crafts, activities, games, etc.

Teach-nology. A website that has many resources. Paid membership required.

Get Worksheets. Some sample worksheets, graphic organizers for free; additional ones for purchase

Make Worksheets. A few samples. For a fee it allows you to use the templates and personalize them for your class without purchasing specialized software.

Ed Helper. This site has some free things that are always changing: printable maps, learning pages and lessons. There is a subscriber only section available for a fee.

Discovery School. School related clip art. Links to other sites.

Puzzlemaker. Make puzzles and mazes for free.

Weekly Reader. Teacher resources, links. Sign up for writing pals program.

Scholastic. Online games for students, teacher resources, lesson plans, strategies.

PBS. Online games, links to educational sites of interest.

Family and Parent Involvement Modules-This website has valuable information to assist schools with home-school communication.

Fun Brain. Online games for students. Free trial period for teachers to use online gradebook.

ReadPlease. Free read aloud program. You can change speed of reading and voice. Each word is highlighted as it is read.

Lesson Plans Page. Lesson plans sorted by subject and grade level.

Page by Page Books. Classic books online. No fees. You can read on the screen, or you can copy and paste into another program like word or readplease.

Benetech Bookshare. Downloads of textbooks and novels for students. Must register each student using. To be eligible the student has to have a disability related to using print. Schools can have accounts. Nominal fee.

Boxcars & Oneeyed Jacks. Math and spelling game ideas. There are supplies available for purchase.

Mrs. Levin's Pre-K Pages. Ideas for classrooms from word walls to centers

Pink Monkey. Summaries of novels, with character descriptions and chapter notes.

Confusing Words. Lists of words that are often confused and explanations of when to use each word.

Special Connections Connecting Teachers to strategies that help students with special needs access the general education curriculum Collaboration and co-teaching focus. Articles, online training and resources

Marilyn Friend Co-Teaching Connection website that features Marilyn Friend and her resources.

Iris Project Inclusion online training- Iris Project

Authentic Assessment Toolbox Authentic Assessment Toolbox, a how-to text on creating authentic tasks, rubrics and standards for measuring and improving student learning. Research on Down syndrome and Inclusion Flashcard maker- including foreign Languages Improving outcomes for all students K-8

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Websites for Para-educators

The Paraprofessional Connection - Newsletters and tools for Para-educators and teachers

The University of Vermont - University of Vermont training articles and Project EVOLVE

National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals - Links and resources

Illinois ASPIRE - The mission of The PAR²A Center is to promote optimum learning for all students through research and training on the roles, responsibilities, career development, preparation, supervision, and employment of paraprofessionals in all aspects of public education

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Transition to Adulthood

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition - The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures. - Youth with intellectual disabilities have not had many chances to go to college. This is changing as individuals across the country begin to create opportunities for these youth to reap the benefits of postsecondary education. This website will provide information and links to anyone interested in finding out more about the possibilities.

The HEATH Resource Center - The HEATH Resource Center is an online clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. The HEATH Resource Center Clearinghouse has information for students with disabilities on educational disability support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, accessing college or university campuses, career-technical schools, and other postsecondary training entities. We have information on financial assistance, scholarships, and materials that help students with disabilities transition into college, university, career-technical schools, or other postsecondary programs. - This needs assessment provides you with a tool that can be used to evaluate the educational services received by students 17-21 with significant disabilities to determine if changes are needed. The purpose of this online training module is to provide guidance on developing an Individual Support Model (ISM) to increase access to inclusive college experiences and to improve chances for the success of students with intellectual disabilities.

Far Northern Regional Center - Self advocacy website

We Connect Now - This site provides information and resources to college students with disabilities.  Links, blogs, news, and information about laws and regulations can be found at their site.  Information and resources provided specifically relate to issues about access to higher education and employment issues for people with disabilities.

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Other Resources

Illinois State Board of Education

Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG) - Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.

AbilityHub - Assistive Technology for computers and disability

Children's Bureau

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

ASPIRE - Access to Student Assistance Programs In Reach of Everyone

Illinois ASPIRE - Alliance for School-based Problem-solving and Intervention Resources in Education establishes and implements a coordinated, regionalized system of personnel development that increases the capacity of school systems to provide early intervening services, aligned with the general education curriculum, to at-risk students and students with disabilities.

Service Dogs - These dogs assist people with a variety of different disabilities while providing support to encourage independence

Inclusion Report 2009

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