Scheduling for Special Needs

A student’s success could come down to something as simple as his or her class schedule. This video describes how to put students with special needs first when creating class schedules to create a productive and successful day for all students.

Two Asian parents cradle their baby and look lovingly at him. IFSP meeting

What Should I Prepare for My Child’s IFSP Meeting?

Make the most of your annual IFSP meeting. Be ready to discuss your family’s everyday routines and activities, how your child and your family function within those routines and activities, and your concerns and priorities.

An African American teacher provides specially designed instruction to a student sitting at a desk in a diverse classroom

Specially Designed Instruction

Specially designed instruction, defined by IDEA as “adaptations to the content, method, or delivery of instruction,” is the foundation of special education.

a young African American girl sits on a rug with a book in her lap. her eyes are closed, she is touching the book and reading through Braille

Accessible Education Materials

Ensuring that all students have appropriate Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) is essential to creating an equitable learning environment in which all students can progress towards high standards.

Service Delivery Models can include a paraeducator assigned to help a student with his or her movement challenges. Here an adult kneels next to a young boy in a wheelchair as they smile at each other

What are Service Delivery Models?

Service delivery models refer to the framework for the delivery of special education services. For example, services may be direct or indirect.

Incorporating Sensory Activities into Recess Time

Many children would describe recess as their favorite part of the school day, and its importance is being recognized across the nation. Recess offers children a number of physical, social and cognitive-behavioral benefits and is widely supported by several children’s health and education associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. After years of dismal stories […]

Universal Design for Learning Puppet

The “You” in UDL

Watch the Universal Dancers for Learning as they sing and dance their way to showing how UDL can work in your classroom.   Universal Design for Learning is all about flexibility and giving teachers and students lots of options. The more on ramps there are to a highway, the more likely everyone will be able […]

A red handicapped figure with a laptop is surrounded by a bright blue circle. Below the circle reads "section 508 compliant" in large black letters.

Section 508: Ensuring Equal Access to Information on Digital Devices

508 compliance refers to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which applies to all federal agencies “when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.” For […]

making access happen. A young boy with an intellectual disability sits at a table and works on fine motor exercises. Another toy in a black shirt sits behind him.

Making Access Happen

The Making Access Happen (MAH) program works to increase the participation of 3- to 5-year-old children with disabilities in public and private community-based early learning programs.

Helpful to Know: Strategies for Working with Children with a Visual Impairment

What are some effective strategies for working with children who have a visual impairment? Verbally and specifically narrate what is happening in the classroom at any given time so students always feel included Communicate with families and other professionals to share information and strategies Adapt activities to promote independence Provide multi-sensory, tactile, and experiential learning […]