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.

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 […]

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 […]

Get to Know – Rocco Aiello

Rocco Aiello, Coordinator for Adapted Physical Education and Corollary Sports, St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Talk to Rocco Aiello about his amazing journey as an Adapted Physical Education teacher and you soon discover that he is all about inspiration. In fact, Aiello is either inspiring children with disabilities to discover the joys and benefits of […]

Working with children with autism

Training Videos for Working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute developed a series of online training videos to provide classroom tips and practical strategies for working with students on the autism spectrum. See the library of videos covering topics such as sensory supports, communication needs, helping victims of bullying and harassment, legal issues around school removal, and addressing behavioral challenges.

Spotlight on Specialized Services Newsletter

The Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services (DSE/EIS) has launched the inaugural issue of “Spotlight on Specialized Services.” Each issue of this newsletter, produced by the Collaborative Advisory Committee, focuses on one area of support needed for effective special education.