U.S. Department of Education Takes Action to Deliver Equity for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, proposing a new rule to improve equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities: What To Do When Funding is Limited?Assistive technology (AT) comes in many shapes and sizes, and for students with disabilities, it has the capacity to open many doors. However, with tight budgets and limited funds many districts are challenged to find the funding to provide AT to qualifying students. This article provides a variety of AT online resources, organizations, and technical assistance centers to help LEAs find and receive the necessary support. 

The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Recommended Practices 

The DEC Recommended Practices were developed to provide guidance to practitioners and families about the most effective ways to improve the learning outcomes and promote the development of young children, birth through five years of age, who have or are at-risk for developmental delays or disabilities. The purpose of this document is to help bridge the gap between research and practice by highlighting those practices that have been shown to result in better outcomes for young children with disabilities, their families, and the personnel who serve them. The DEC Recommended Practices support children’s access and participation in inclusive settings and natural environments and address cultural, linguistic, and ability diversity. They also identify key leadership responsibilities associated with the implementation of these practices. 

Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement

5 Ways to Support Siblings in Special Needs Families

Making sure the other kids get what they need, too

The Short-and-Sweet IEP Overview

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. That’s why the process of developing this vital document is of great interest and importance to educators, administrators, and families alike. Here’s a crash course on the IEP.

Office of Special Needs Education Directory for Children With Special Needs

Tools for making the transition to a new school district easier for your child, including forms, checklists, worksheets and sample questions to ask your child's new school district.

OSEP English Spanish Translation Glossary
Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms


With over a thousand apps now available to help individuals with special needs it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives you the ability to find the perfect special needs app for your child. 

SSI Child Disability Starter Kit (for children under age 18)

The fact sheet answers frequently asked questions about applying for SSI child disability benefits. It includes the definition of disability for children under age 18, information about the SSI program, and other important information about state and local medical assistance. It provides a link to the online Child Disability Report.

Classroom Strategies and Techniques for Students with Tourette Syndrome

Managing Tourette or TS in the classroom requires knowledge and understanding. These are the key elements to creating an accepting and supportive educational environment. When school personnel have information about Tourette Syndrome (TS), students have greater opportunities for success. This resource, while not all-inclusive, provides strategies that will help you develop compassionate and effective supports.

Mutual respect, communication and trust will facilitate effective strategies and techniques, as well as play a positive role in the student’s learning. REMEMBER that students with TS do not want to be out of control and may have difficulty using appropriate strategies “in the moment.”

Deaf-Blindness: IEP Parent Mini-Guide

This mini-guide provides information for families of children with deaf-blindness on critical components of the IEP development process, tied to the "best practices" contained in the Educational Services Guidelines for Students with Deaf-Blindness.


In 2010, Jobs for the Future—with support from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation—launched the Students at the Center initiative, an effort to identify, synthesize, and share research findings on effective approaches to teaching and learning at the high school level. 

Planning for the Future


For many years, Rett syndrome was incorrectly thought to be a degenerative disorder.  We were told by experts to just “take her home and love her”.  We now understand the true natural course of Rett syndrome which promises a world of future opportunities.  It is not degenerative, and individuals with Rett syndrome can and do live well into adulthood.  With this in mind, we encourage all parents and caregivers to plan, think and prepare for the future.