Web Sites Highlighted in E-News
2003 National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth:
NCSET, with the support of numerous partnering agencies and organizations, hosted the National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth in Washington, D.C. in September 2003, and has launched a Web site describing and summarizing the events that took place. The Summit was attended by 42 State leadership teams and resulted in the development of State priorities and action plans. These priorities are available on the Web, along with PowerPoint presentations from distinguished speakers, photos of attending teams, and more.
4-H provides a variety of opportunities for all youth, including youth with disabilities, to become involved in, enabling them to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals. 4-H provides organized clubs, school-enrichment groups, special interest groups, individual study programs, camps, school-age childcare programs, and instructional television programs. 4-H is the youth education branch of the Cooperative Extension Service, a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A Piece of the Puzzle: A Network Dedicated for Special Needs:
This Web site is a social community dedicated to those with special needs and disabilities. Besides being a social network, members can chat and visit the game room. It also has a parents forum and articles for parents, educators and organizations.
A Tale of Two Teachers:
“A Tale of Two Teachers” is a new guidebook and website from the Joyce Foundation on teacher quality aimed at parents, community leaders, school administrators, and policymakers. It tells two stories of the same teacher: one who receives the right support to help her students succeed, and one who does not. The guidebook suggests teacher effectiveness policies and provides tactical information on how to hire good teachers, raise standards of performance, and help teachers thrive in their careers. It also encourages parents to stand up for their children’s right to a quality education, and includes a list of key questions for parents to ask their schools, administrators, and state legislators as they advocate for change. It also includes a complementary guidebook that outlines steps advocates can take to improve the way we recruit, support, evaluate, and reward teachers.
AAIDD Online Learning Website:
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), in partnership with Essential Learning, has launched an Online Learning Web site of continuing education courses and training opportunities for developmental disability professionals. It offers access to more than 300 courses developed by content experts and accredited by leading organizations in behavioral health and human services, to help disability professionals get continuing education (CE) credits, remain in compliance with training requirements, improve staff performance, and deliver high quality services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. Subject areas include such topics as developmental disability, aging, substance abuse, mental illness, domestic violence, compliance, workplace skills and more.
AbilityHub: Assistive Technology Solutions:
Assistive Technology is for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This Web site will direct them to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing technology.
ABLEDATA: Your Source for Assistive Technology Information:
ABLEDATA is a federally funded project whose primary mission is to provide information on assistive technology and rehabilitation equipment available from domestic and international sources to consumers, organizations, professionals, and caregivers within the U.S.
AbleLink Technologies: Changing Lives with Cognitive Support Technologies:
AbleLink Technologies is an assistive technology research and development firm specializing in developing assistive technology systems designed to improve the quality of life for individuals with cognitive and intellectual disabilities by enabling them to live more independent and self-determined lives. They sell a variety of software packages that can be adapted to individual needs. AbleLink also provides Web-based tools for counselors and others who provide services to people with disabilities.
This Web site, operated by New York University's Child Study Center, connects parents and youth workers to critical information about child mental health and behavior.
AcademicInfo is a reference guide to online degree and education resources.
Academy for Educational Development (AED):
AED is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems in the U.S. and throughout the world. Major areas of focus include health, education, youth development, and the environment. The Web site offers symposium series and links related to these topics.
Accessible Book Collection: Providing Digital Text to Persons with Disabilities:
This Web site is a collection of digital copies and e-books of age-appropriate reading materials for students reading below their grade level (these are often called high interest/low reading level materials). Students are eligible to use the e-books if they have a documented disability that prevents them from reading standard print effectively, such as blindness, a visual impairment, learning disabilities, or dyslexia.
Achieve Web site Updated:
Achieve has updated the design and organization of its Web site. Achieve is a nonprofit organization providing support to states to help them design, develop, adopt, implement and sustain policies to ensure all students graduate from high school ready for college, careers, and life. In recent years, Achieve has been particularly focused on supporting states as they transition to the Common Core State Standards Achieve offers state-specific advocacy materials for all 50 states and Washington DC in the states section of the website. Achieve is the project manager for states in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Next Generation Science Standards, and has links in the “Our Networks” section of the website to them.
Achieve, Inc., is an independent, bipartisan, non-profit organization created by the nation's governors and corporate leaders to help states raise academic standards, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability to prepare all young people for postsecondary education, work, and citizenship.
Adolescent Health Transition Project: A resource for adolescents with special health care needs, chronic illnesses, and/or physical or developmental disabilities:
Along with specialized information for providers, parents, and young adults, this recently redesigned Web site includes a transition timeline and extensive list of transition resources and other online attractions specifically for youth with disabilities, downloadable and printable versions of the Adolescent Autonomy Checklist, and Web sites of interest to teens. Although many resources are Washington State specific, the project has worked with programs nationally to adapt this information to specific populations or states.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing's Web site includes information for parents, professionals, deaf and hard of hearing adults, and teens with hearing loss; and links to information about Alexander Graham Bell, Association membership, programs and events, ways to take action, financial aid and scholarships, hearing loss, and Association partners and supporters. Visitors to the site can also shop the bookstore, join the Association, find a job, search a service director, donate to the Association, or ask a question.
All About Adolescent Literacy:
All About Adolescent Literacy’s Web site, AdLit.org, is dedicated to resources for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12, has a wealth of resources on adolescent literacy, classroom strategies, approaches for teachers, and research on college readiness, etc.
All Children Can Read, Given the Right Tools:
This Web site of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness provides strategies, examples, and resources to expand literacy learning opportunities for children with combined vision and hearing loss, multiple disabilities, and other complex learning challenges.
The All4ed.org contains the Alliance reports, webinars, blog posts, and newsletters and has been updated to focus on more action-oriented materials, to increase engagement and participation.
Alliance for Excellent Education:
The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life. Its Web site offers publications, legislative updates, events, and ways to take action.
Alliance for Technology Access (ATA):
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) connects children and adults with disabilities to technology tools by raising public awareness and implementing programs and initiatives that provide access to conventional, assistive and information technologies, related services, and resources.
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE):
AACTE is a national, voluntary association of colleges and universities with undergraduate or graduate programs that prepare professional educators. The Web site features publications for educators, research about teacher education, and news and information on education issues.
American Association of School Administrators (AASA):
AASA is the professional organization for over 14,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA's major focus is standing up for public education. Web site features information on awards and scholarships, career advice, conferences, and government information.
American Educational Research Association (AERA):
The American Educational Research Association is an international professional organization with the goal of advancing educational research and its practical application. Its Web site includes information on meetings and events, membership, divisions, publications, employment, and fellowships and grants.
American Institutes for Research’s National High School Center:
The National High School Center, based at the American Institutes for Research, provides the latest research, user-friendly tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues.
American Recovery Reinvestment Act:
The Department of Education has created a specific ARRA web page where additional information on the act will be posted as it becomes available. Currently, it offers the press release, a more detailed fact sheet, and links to budget information, including state-by-state allocations for formula-based programs, as well as a brief "video statement" by Secretary Arne Duncan.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):
ASHA's mission is to ensure that all people with speech, language, and hearing disorders have access to quality services to help them communicate effectively. The Web site provides information to help users understand communication and communication disorders. It also provides a referral service for access to qualified professionals.
American Youth Policy Forum:
The American Youth Policy Forum Web site offers information on policy, practice, and research that can improve the lives of young people. AYPF’s mission is to broaden the understanding of policymakers and strengthen the youth policymaking process by identifying the most pertinent information on youth issues and providing a forum for leaders in government, programming, and research, as well as youth themselves, to share their viewpoints about policies and practices that improve outcomes for all youth.
Annenberg Institute for School Reform:
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform's Web site reflects its focus on three interrelated support areas that are critical for systemwide improvement: teaching and learning supports, system supports, and civic supports. The site includes AISR work, projects, resources, and contact information for each of these areas, as well as general resources, publications, information about the Institute, and other information and tools.
The ARISE Web site offers information and links to resources on assisting at-risk youth to avoid dropping out and incarceration with the aim of keeping them in education and preparing for adult life.
AskEARN Web site:
The National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC) has launched a new Web site, a one-stop resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. The site is an employer resource provided by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN). NETAC is funded by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to Cornell University.
Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center:
The AACC implements, evaluates, and improves assessment and accountability systems so that states and districts can reach the No Child Left Behind goal of academic proficiency for all students. It is operated by WestEd in partnership with National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). Its Web site includes information about special populations.
Assistive Technology Resource Centers – AbleData:
State Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs work to improve access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive statewide programs. The AbleData website includes information about AT products and equipment, including a listing of AT manufacturers and distributors by state.
Assistive Technology Resource Centers – ATAP Association:
State Assistive Technology (AT) Act Programs work to improve access to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities through comprehensive statewide programs. The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs’ website includes a list of programs by state, and other information on device loans, AT reuse, device demonstrations and state financing activities.
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE):
ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. This Web site offers information about the history, mission, and structure of ACTE, as well as details on their annual awards program, public policy, and other useful resources.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD):
ASCD's Web site contains many helpful resources for educators.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Web site:
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Web site proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Association of Travel Instruction Web site:
ATI’s Web site promotes transportation independence.
Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD):
The Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) is an international, multicultural organization of professionals committed to full participation in higher education for persons with disabilities. The Association is a vital resource, promoting excellence through education, communication and training. The Web site offers information on membership, publications, conferences, and legal issues.
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources:
Attention Deficit Disorder Resources is a national non-profit organization that helps people with ADD or ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities. Its Web site includes reading material, resources, events, learning opportunities, and a monthly listserv.
AUCD Launches Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) Web Site:
ITAC’s Web site provides up-to-date information and news related to the interdisciplinary training of professionals in autism and developmental disabilities. The resources section provides a wealth of materials and links for individuals and programs. Also included in the site are events, funding opportunities, links to MCHB and the State Public Health Autism Resource Center, and a directory of CAAI-funded training programs.
Autism After 16:
Autism After 16 is dedicated to providing information and analysis of adult autism issues, with the emphasis on analysis. Its website offers information on programs, documents, and products that for adults with ASD to help them and their families make sense of what’s out there. A major focus is Transition issues, since there are so many adults with ASD in the process of struggling with Transition.
Autism Awareness Centre Inc.:
The Autism Awareness Centre, a Canadian organization, provides information, education, and resources to families and professionals who live and work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Its Web site includes information and news about autism, where to find help in your area (including in the U.S.), a calendar of upcoming autism-related events, an autism RSS feed, and more.
Autism Information Center:
This online information center, hosted by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, focuses on the activities of federal and federally funded programs and the resources produced by these programs. It includes: information about autism spectrum disorders; activities of the CDC and other federal agencies; state activities funded by the CDC; education, services, and research resources; and activities to help children use the Internet to learn more about autism spectrum disorders.
Autism Source: #1 in Autism Information:
An enhanced version of Autism Society of America’s (ASA) online searchable directory is now available to parents and professionals. New features include the ability to search by keyword and zip code, as well as to search listings by category: ASA chapters, camps and recreation, consultants, day schools, dentists, government agencies, information and support, legal/advocacy, medical and diagnostic, physicians, psychologists, related services, research, service providers, and training. In addition, organizations with listings can now update their information directly, rather than submit changes through ASA.
Autism Speaks, North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, recently launched a redesigned Web site that enables those impacted by autism or interested in learning more about the disorder to access, share and use autism-related news, actionable information, resources, and ideas.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources on NICHCY Web Site:
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has a new Autism "suite" of Web pages that includes five separate topic pages devoted to five separate disorders under the umbrella category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS).
Autism Today: Everything You Need to Know About Autism:
The online source for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome resources and information. Geared to provide the most efficient and effective tools and resources available to individuals with Autism, parents, teachers, and community members, it includes articles, news updates, opportunities for discussion, a showcase of creative talent, and much more. Sign the Autism Today guest book and receive a free monthly newsletter, which provides the latest news, resources, articles, documentaries, and treatments available.
Back on Track: Pathways through Postsecondary Jobs for the Future:
Jobs for the Future works with districts, states, national youth-serving networks, intermediaries, and community colleges to reengage youth who are off track to graduation or out of school and put them on a path to postsecondary success. The JFF Web site offers a comprehensive range of services, tools, and resources.
Beach Center on Disability:
The Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas works to make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability and those closely involved with them.
Becomeopedia.com offers information on deciding which careers to pursue. Currently, the site has articles on over 200 careers.
Best Evidence Encyclopedia:
The Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University has created this Web site to present reliable, unbiased information on high-quality evaluations of educational programs. It includes brief, readable “educator’s summaries” of research on educational programs, using symbols à la Consumer Reports, as well as full-text reviews on each topic. Topics include elementary mathematics; comprehensive school reform (elementary, secondary, and Borman); education service providers; technology in reading and math; and reading for English Language Learners.
Better High Schools:
The National High School Center, based at the American Institutes for Research, offers information on research, tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues at its website.
Better High Schools:
The Better High Schools website, from the National High School Center, is based at the American Institutes for Research, and offers information on the latest research, user-friendly tools and products, and high-quality technical assistance on high school improvement issues.
Book scans can now be shared through a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for persons with print disabilities. The Web site Bookshare.org has information about this new resource, providing access to books that are stored online as well as books added to the collection. Free memberships for qualified students with disabilities are currently being funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Bookshare also offers more than 45,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.
BrainLine – The New Web site Is Here:
Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI), their families, friends, and teachers will find useful timely information and resources at this new site, a comprehensive Web site for anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. It includes links to specific sections for people with TBI, their
families and friends, and professionals.
Bureau of Education & Research:
The Bureau of Education & Research provides staff development training for professional educators in the U.S. and Canada, including seminars, conferences, video-based online courses, video training, and audio seminars. It offers on-site training on disruptive students, struggling readers/writers, differentiated instruction, Aspergers/autism, co-teaching, inclusion, and speech therapy.
CADRE Web site: New and Improved:
CADRE (National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education) has revised its Web site. Some of the changes are aesthetic while others are related to new or revised content in resources for dispute resolution in special education and early intervention.
Campaign for Youth: Coming Together for Our Nation’s Youth:
The Campaign for Youth aims to focus attention on the needs of youth who are out of work, out of school, and out of the mainstream. It advocates for expanded opportunities and supports to prepare youth for their future roles as workers, parents, civic leaders, and engaged community members. Its members believe that youth should have the opportunity for a safe, healthy, successful passage to adulthood. They are committed to elevating awareness of the challenges facing youth, advancing policy and program solutions that work to reconnect and expand opportunities for them, and creating a constituency for making solutions happen.
Career Voyages, collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education, provides information on high-growth, in-demand occupations and identifies the skills and education needed for those jobs, with basic labor market information such as wage and employment trends as well as occupation descriptions and career videos for in-demand occupations. In addition, Career Voyages works directly with industry associations, providing direct access to their career exploration information, videos, education opportunities, scholarships, and other industry-specific resources.
Career/Technical Education (CTE) Statistics :
The Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics has updated the Career/Technical Education Statistics Web site and its tables on career/technical education (CTE) at three levels: (1) secondary/high school CTE, (2) postsecondary/college career education, and (3) adult education for work. These tables are updated periodically to incorporate new CTE-related topics and data from new surveys. In this update, 36 tables were added to the secondary/high school tables, covering the topic of high school student participation in CTE, and 15 new tables were added to the postsecondary/college tables, replacing tables on current postsecondary career education offerings and credentials with tables on trends in offerings and credentials.
CareerOneStop Web Site:
The U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration has made upgrades to its suite of electronic tools for jobseekers, students, workforce professionals, and businesses. All of the tools are housed on the CareerOneStop Web site. New information on the Web site includes tips for creating portfolios, attending job fairs, searching for jobs online, and networking via social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. The site includes a Service Locator, a gateway to access state, and local resources including locations of American Job Centers.
Caring Communities for Children in Foster Care:
This Web site highlights strategies and best practices to increase comprehensive health care services for children in foster care. Includes strategies usable by foster parents and caseworkers in advocating for the healthcare and service needs of youth in foster care, as well as local and national resources for foster youth, foster families, and providers. Foster parents and service providers will benefit from a series of issue briefs and tips for raising awareness and foster collaborative relationships with multiple service providers. Directed by the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC).
CAST UDL Exchange:
CAST has launched UDL Exchange, a free website community that enables educators to create, mix, and share lesson plans and other teaching resources based on universal design for learning (UDL) principles and aligned to the Common Core State Standards. UDL Exchange also includes resources that teach about the UDL principles and a UDL Lesson Builder tool to support educators at all grade levels and in all subject areas in planning lessons and making their own UDL-based instructional materials.
CAST UDL Lesson Builder:
The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lesson Builder from CAST provides educators with models and tools to create and adapt lessons that increase access and participation in the general education curriculum for all students. Users can learn about UDL, explore model UDL lesson plans, and create, save, and edit their own UDL lesson plans.
Catalyst Center: Improving financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs:
The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), funded by the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Center partners with a broad range of stakeholders to expand health insurance coverage of CYSHCN across the country; close the gaps faced by underinsured families; develop and disseminate innovative financing strategies at the community, state, and national levels; and enhance knowledge and collaboration among key stakeholder groups around financing issues.
CCSSO Secondary School Redesign Web Portal:
The Council of Chief State School Officers launched the Secondary School Redesign Web Portal in 2008. The Web site provides a collection of existing resources, tools, and practices produced by state education agencies and others to bolster and inform secondary school redesign initiatives.
Center for an Accessible Society: Disability Issues Information for Journalists:
A national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded research to promote independent living. The Web site contains a wealth of information on different disability-related topics as well as links to more information and an E-news letter.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement Web site:
The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates has just launched its new Web site on developments in school reform and improvement, with news, information on its webcasts and podcasts, and links to relevant Web sites.
Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS):
The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is a nonpartisan policy and program resource center located at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. CHHCS builds on a 20-year history of testing strategies to strengthen health care delivery systems for children and adolescents. For the past decade, with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Center staff and consultants have worked with institutional leaders, state officials and clinical providers to maximize outcomes for children through more effective health programming in schools. The Web site offers information on policy and programming, publications, dental health, and mental health.
Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd):
CITEd’s Web site includes content for teachers, administrators, technology coordinators, and professional development coordinators; a Learn Center, Action Center, and Research Center; and a database of products that support math or reading. Users can also request technical assistance from CITEd.
Center for Self-Determination:
The Center for Self-Determination is a highly interactive working collaborative of individuals and organizations committed to the principles of self-determination. The purpose of the collaborative is to change the nature of the support and service system for individuals with disabilities, using the principles of self-determination to help all persons create the lives they want, connected to and with their communities.
Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF):
The mission of the Center for Special Education Finance (CSEF) is to address fiscal policy questions related to the delivery and support of special education throughout the U.S. and disseminate up-to-date information to stakeholders at all levels. The CSEF offers publications on policy, state finance, and other related publications.
Center for Universal Design in Education:
The Center for Universal Design in Education (UDE) develops and collects Web-based resources to help educators apply universal design to all aspects of the educational experience: instruction, student services, information technology, and physical spaces. Its Web site includes information on universal design in general and at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels; links to projects, exhibits, and conferences on universal design; information on resources and training; and more. UDE is a project of DO-IT, University of Washington.
Chapin Hall Rolls Out New Web Site with Improved Access to Research:
Established in 1985, Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities. Its new Web site provides new content and features and an updated navigation bar to help visitors browse more than 200 publications and abstracts of ongoing research projects.
Chapin Hall Web site:
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago reports on their policy research that benefits children, families, and their communities on their website.
Chapin Hall’s New Web site with Improved Access to Research:
Chapin Hall’s new Web site provides content and features and an updated navigation to browse through more than 200 publications and abstracts of ongoing research projects.
Check & Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention:
Check & Connect, a dropout prevention model developed by researchers at the Institute on Community Integration, was recently accepted into the What Works Clearinghouse as an evidence-based intervention (see http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/reports/dropout/check_conn/). The Check & Connect Web site provides information about the model, projects implementing the model, publications and presentations of project staff, and information on program impact.
Child Development Institute:
This Web site from the Child Development Institute contains information on child development, parenting, family life, teenagers, learning, health & safety, child psychology, and mental health including ADHD.
Child Trends Data Bank:
The Child Trends Data Bank is a one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research on over 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being, with new indicators added each month. Its data briefs and newsletters examine broad topics and special populations of greatest concern to policy makers, service providers, the media, and the general public.
Child Trends Website:
The Child Trends website presents news, research, and blog discussions of issues in child poverty, child welfare, early childhood development, education, fatherhood & parenting, health, evaluation, indicators of child well-being, marriage & family, positive development, teen sex & pregnancy, and youth development.
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Knowledge Path:
The Knowledge Path, produced by the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, points to resources that analyze data, describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at developing systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs that are family-centered, community-based, coordinated, and culturally competent. This knowledge path for health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, educators, researchers, and families is updated periodically.
CityTownInfo.com’s College and Career Search Center:
CityTownInfo.com’s College and Career Search Center is a guide to major career and education resources.
Coglink: Personalized Email Designed for Simplicity of Use:
Coglink is an email program designed for use by individuals with brain injury or cognitive disabilities. This program helps the user build a community of email partners. The email software is personalized to include only the people the user wants to exchange email with. Those who send spam and viruses are excluded. With Coglink, email messages are sent in a few steps, with no hidden windows or distracting pop-up screens. Coglink includes a free training program that helps users learn basic mouse, keyboarding, and emailing skills. Cost for use: $10/month.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website works to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning Website:
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) offers resources for social and emotional learning, factors so important in achieving academic progress.
College Access Marketing:
The Pathways to College Network has launched the College Access Marketing Web site. The site is designed to help schools, programs, community groups, organizations, and states use marketing techniques to help increase college participation. It includes a multimedia gallery of examples of marketing products and campaign planning materials.
College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS):
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS) website, based at the American Institutes for Research, offers tools and resources for improving college and career readiness and success.
College Atlas: A World of Higher Learning:
The College Atlas: A World of Higher Learning Web site gives information about colleges and higher education opportunities organized by kind of institution, location, and majors, with links to recommended college search articles.
College Board Advocacy and Policy Center Web site:
The fastest growing populations in the country are those minority groups with the lowest levels of male educational attainment. If present levels of education and current population trends hold, the United States will see a decline in the educational attainment of the country as a whole. The goal of ensuring the future global competitiveness of the U.S. cannot be met without the full participation of our nation's young men of color. The College Board Advocacy and Policy Center works to provide insights that help make this possible
College Navigator provides information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the U.S., including programs offered, retention and graduation rates, price, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, accreditation, degrees offered, institution type, selectivity, distance from home, school size, institutional mission, extended learning opportunities for adults, and intercollegiate athletics programs offered. Users can also compare up to four institutions in one view, and maintain a list of favorite institutions from different searches; save their sessions and receive an e-mail with a link taking them back to where they left off; and export search results to easily-used formats, such as Excel.
College Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities:
For students with intellectual disabilities considering college, a new Web site created by the Post-Secondary Education Research Center (PERC) project offers overviews and links to a number of programs.
Combating Autism Web site from MCHB:
As part of the Combating Autism effort, the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) recently launched its Combating Autism Web site. This site includes a list of MCHB-funded activities and combating autism resources. HRSA’s implementation of the Combating Autism Act of 2006 addresses some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism and their families.
Common Core of Data (CCD): Information on Schools in the U.S.:
The National Center for Education Statistics is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 95,000) and school districts (approximately 17,000). The Public School and District locators allow users to retrieve information on public schools and districts. Data includes address information and basic information on students, staff, finance and 2000 Census data. Additionally, the "Build a Table" tool enables users to create customized tables of public school data for states, counties, districts and schools using data from multiple years.
Common Core State Standards Initiative:
The Alliance for Excellent Education’s website on the common standards movement includes information on the importance of common standards, how individuals are affected by the movement, how states are progressing in implementing common standards, and links to media news and responses reported by national media.
Community Network for Youth Development Webpage:
The Community Network for Youth Development (CNYD) webpage offers information on CNYD’s efforts to improve the quality of out-of-school programs for youth. It helps in designing and implementing solutions that create long-lasting positive change. Their work is based on the Youth Development Framework for Practice, a set of principles and practices for promoting the healthy development of young people.
Community Works Institute’s Educators’ Network Web Site:
Community Works Institute (CWI) has launched an online Educators’ Network, a way for educators and administrators to connect with one another and share and collaborate in making place-based education, service learning, and sustainability a core part of their students’ learning experience. The site includes collegial support and dialogue, teaching and administrative resources, innovative curriculum ideas, and information on collaborations and partnerships.
Computers for Youth:
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, foundations and corporations provide help to non-profit organizations that place computers and Internet access in the homes of low-income families.
Connect a Million Minds:
Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds introduces youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the science, technology, engineering, and math skills they need to solve the economic, environmental, and community challenges of the future. The “Connectory” is a searchable guide to activities and resources in local communities.
CONNECT Module 3: Communication for Collaboration:
This Module from The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge, FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina has information about effective communication practices that can be used to promote collaboration with professionals and families in early care and education, and intervention settings. (The Module can also be accessed through the CADRE website.)
Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement:
Connecting to Success a project of the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, is an electronic mentoring program designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults. This Web site provides information about the program, e-mentoring, participant benefits, a training manual, related research and links, and information on becoming an affiliate.
Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE):
The Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education Web site offers a database of dispute resolution activity in special education. Users can browser or search topics, moving from broad to more narrow process descriptors and program details. At the process level, users will find broad categories that mirror a theoretical five-stage model of conflict: capacity building and prevention, early dispute assistance, conflict resolution, formal procedural safeguards, and legal review.
CopeCareDeal: A Mental Health Site for Teens:
This Web site from the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands (with support from the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania) provides information and tools to help teens cope and deal with their own mental health issues and care for friends and loved ones with mental health issues.
Correctional Education Library:
The Office on Vocational and Adult Education provides an online library on correctional education issues. The library contains a number of online articles on this topic.
Council of the Great City Schools: The Nation's Voice for Urban Education:
The Council of the Great City Schools is a coalition of 60 of the nation's largest urban public school systems. It works to promote urban education through legislation, research, media relations, instruction, management, technology, and other special projects designed to improve the quality of urban education. The Council serves as the national voice for urban educators to provide ways to share promising practices and address common concerns.
Creating Quality: Tools for Improving Arts Education:
The Creating Quality Web site shares ideas and resources for improving the quality of education. It is a venue for teachers, community educators, artists, principals, researchers, nonprofit and civic leaders, policymakers, and others to learn about, collaborate on, and share strategies for ensuring that children receive the best possible education.
Creature Discomforts: Changing the Way People See Disability:
This “claymation” ad campaign from Leonard Cheshire Disability aims to change the way people think about, and respond to, disability. It’s a series of animations based on the experiences of real disabled people.
C-SPAN, the cable television network that covers Capitol Hill events, created C-SPANclassroom.org for middle and high school civics and government teachers. The site provides free access to lesson plans, standards-based video content, and primary source materials aimed at helping students understand the federal government.
Dare to Dream Student Leadership Conferences Highlights:
The annual Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences, sponsored by the New Jersey Office of Special Education Programs, focus on the importance of student self-advocacy and leadership. Each conference features presentations from students and young adults with disabilities who have demonstrated exemplary self-advocacy and leadership skills. Students also participate in workshops led by their peers; some topics include goal setting, self-discovery, student self-advocacy, and planning for college. This video shows some of the conference highlights.
Department of Education’s StudentAid.gov:
The U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid has launched a website with tools to help students and graduates through the financial aid process to borrow for college or repay. The site combines content and interactive tools from several ED websites.
Department of Labor Launches My Next Move:
The U.S. Department of Labor has launched My Next Move, a web-based tool to provide job seekers with information on more than 900 occupations, as well as local job openings and training opportunities. Users can search for jobs in three categories: jobs with a “bright outlook” in growing industries, jobs that are part of the “green” economy, and jobs with Registered Apprenticeship programs. Each listing has a one-page profile with information about what knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed; the occupation's outlook; level of education required; technologies used in the job; other similar jobs; and links to local salary information, training opportunities, and relevant job openings.
Department of Labor Launches Online Tool for Job Seekers:
The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has launched an online tool, “My Skills My Future,” to help job seekers match their current skills to new careers and find out what training is needed to transition to another job. It includes information about occupational skills that can be transferred from one job to another, a side-by-side comparison chart of likely skill gaps from one occupation to another, and links to training programs that could help address skills needs. Job listings will also be available from the site.
Described and Captioned Media Program:
The Described and Captioned Media Program 1) seeks to ensure that students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind have the opportunity to achieve academically; 2) advocates for accessible media and the establishment and maintenance of quality captioning and video description by service providers; 3) maintains a collection of free-loan described and captioned educational media; 4) furnishes a clearinghouse of information and research about accessible media; 5) acts as a gateway to Web resources related to accessibility; and 6) explores and adapts new media and technologies helpful in obtaining and using available information.
Directory of Consumer-Driven Services:
The Directory of Consumer-Driven Services is a project of the National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse. It provides consumers, researchers, administrators, and service providers with information on national and local consumer-driven programs. The Director includes resources in the following categories: advocacy, clubhouse, community education, crisis prevention/respite, drop-in center, employment, housing, peer case management, peer companion, peer counseling, recovery education, recreation/arts, support group, and technical assistance.
Disability is Natural:
This Web site strives to change the current thinking about people with disabilities. The site proclaims that disabilities are natural, just like gender and ethnicity. The creators of the Web site strive to get rid of descriptors such as “mentally handicapped” and other words that focus on the condition rather than the person. There is a book available for purchase as well as articles and other resources.
DisAbility Online is the home page for the Department of Labor/Employment & Training Administration's Division of Disability and Workforce Programs (DDWP). DDWP develops and implements disability policy and program initiatives related to the workforce system, including a cross-agency collaboration to address structural barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities. DDWP supports the New Freedom Initiative to improve career and employment outcomes for people with disabilities through innovative skill training and systems change grant activities.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF): Advocating for disability civil rights since 1979:
The leading national law and policy center in disability civil rights. This site provides time-sensitive alerts on policy and legislation, a parent advocacy discussion forum, legal cases, publications, newsletters, and more. Produced by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF).
Disability Scoop is a news web site for the developmental disability community.
Disability Social History Project:
The Disability Social History Project is a community history project. This is an opportunity for people with disabilities to reclaim their history and determine how they want to define themselves and their struggles. The Web site features links on art and culture, disability studies, people with disabilities, and history information on specific disabilities.
DisabilityInfo Web site Enhanced:
DisabilityInfo, a collaborative product among twenty-two federal agencies, has comprehensive information on cross-cutting issue areas including employment, benefits, housing, transportation, health care, education, civil rights and technology. The site has been enhanced and updated including: over 2,000 new links to state-level resources; increased information about programs and services on the State and Local Resources Map; access to the quarterly newsletter; and answers to frequently asked questions about the DisabilityInfo Web site.
DisabilityNation: An Audio Magazine by and for People with Disabilities:
DisabilityNation is an audio magazine by and for people with disabilities. It highlights people working, participating in sports and recreation, and other activities, including married couples, singles, children and adults, politicians, and couch potatoes who happen to be people with disabilities. You will hear conversations about life, not necessarily about disability.
Division on Career Development and Transition, Council for Exceptional Children:
The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), is a membership organization for persons and families interested in career and vocational issues for students with disabilities. DCDT has evolved into a powerful force in the youth development field through its high quality publications, its active participation in policy development and implementation, its provision of effective national and regional conferences and its interdisciplinary approach to issues affecting children, youth, and adults of all exceptionalities.
Doing What Works:
Doing What Works (DWW), a U.S. Department of Education Web site, aims to help educators adopt research-based educational techniques. Much of its content is based on IES’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/). DWW provides examples of possible ways educators might apply those research findings. DWW currently contains content on English Language Learners. Information on Cognition & Learning, Early Childhood Education, High School Reform, Literacy, Math & Science, and School Restructuring is forthcoming.
Doing What Works:
Doing What Works (DWW), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, contains an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice. Much of the DWW content is based on information from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) What Works Clearinghouse.
DO-IT: Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology:
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers. This site includes many programs for helping students with disabilities in transition, and for equipping faculty to support them.
Early College High School Initiative:
This Web site from Jobs for the Future’s Early College High School Initiative contains an overview of and FAQ about early college high schools, publications, information on the Initiative’s Partners & Sponsors, information on over 130 early college high schools, and links to media coverage of the Initiative.
Earthducation is a series of seven expeditions to every continent over the course of 4 years (2011-2014) designed to create a narrative of the intersections between education and sustainability. Teachers, students, and our online community expand upon this narrative to explore how education influences the future of our planet.
Eat Well, Spend Less, Save Time:
Tight times mean tight family budgets, but don't have to mean unhealthy choices. Family Plus, a youth development and community building resource from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, has resources to help families plan ahead to improve nutrition and cut costs. Plan the meals to prepare in the coming week, make a list of the ingredients needed, and then shop, advise nutrition experts in the University of Georgia’s Department of Foods and Nutrition. Having everything needed for the week on hand means fewer trips to the grocery store, and most people spend less when they shop less often.
Supports young people with and without developmental disabilities to create e-mail friendships across the country and world. Through the site, e-Buddies agree to e-mail each other at least once a week for one full year. e-Buddies is one of five friendship programs created by Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the lives of people with mental retardation. The site also includes a frequently asked questions section, training and internships, news articles, and tool kits for special education teachers and volunteers.
ED Data Express:
The U.S. Department of Education has launched a new Web site to bring together in one place data from a number of Department resources. Formerly, users had to visit multiple sites to obtain various data, and formats were sometimes not conducive to sorting and comparing. ED Data Express centralizes data from various program offices, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the College Board. It also includes interactive features that encourage users to explore the data, create customized reports, and view state profiles.
ED Pubs: Order Free U.S. Department of Education Publications:
The ED Pubs Web site allows visitors to identify and order U.S. Department of Education products. All publications are provided at no cost to the general public by the U.S. Department of Education. ED Pubs offers more than 6,000 titles. Items include brochures, CD–ROMs, grant applications, newsletters, posters, research reports, videotapes, and financial aid products.
Education Commission of the States Web Site:
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) Web site offers links to ECS publications; education news; information on education issues, state comparisons, research studies database, events, and blogs and newsletters.
The Education Evolving Web site discusses a wide variety of topics in education.
Focuses on how state and district e-learning initiatives are changing the education landscape. Users can link to education technology updates, statistics, and resources in all 50 states. In addition, the site investigates how e-learning arrangements are transforming the professional and personal lives of teachers across the country.
Education World is a resource that includes: a search engine for educational Web sites only, a place where educators can find information without searching the entire Internet; original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts; site reviews; daily features and columns; teacher and principal profiles; Wire Side Chats with the important names in education; and employment listings.
The Education World Web site includes topics relevant to disabilities, such as "School Issues/No Educator Left Behind" and "Professional Development/Strategies That Work."
Educators National Science Standards and Lesson Bank:
The Space Foundation has developed a bank of free, downloadable science lesson plans for grades preK-12. The lesson plans, which were designed by practicing teachers, meet national science standards.
Edutopia, from the George Lucas Educational Foundation, is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process, and to inspiring, informing and accelerating positive change in schools and districts by shining a spotlight on evidence-based strategies and best practices that improve learning and engagement for students.
Edutopia: Information and Inspiration for Innovative Teaching in K-12 Schools:
The mission of the George Lucas Educational Foundation is to celebrate and encourage innovation in schools. Its Web site, edutopia.org, includes detailed articles, in-depth case studies, research summaries, instructional modules, short documentary segments, expert interviews, and links to hundreds of relevant resources.
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC): Resources for K-12 Math and Science Educators:
ENC Online is visited by thousands of educators daily. It includes access to the largest catalog of math and science resources (books, CDs, videos, kits, tapes, and more) in the nation. In addition, the site offers the full text of ENC’s quarterly magazine and links to other publications and national and state standards. The site also links teachers to Web sites offering a wealth of instructional resources for K-12 classrooms.
E-Learn Web site Offers GED Support:
The E-Learn, Inc., Web site has numerous free articles and information developed to support learners preparing for the GED and the networks that serve them. The articles include frequently asked questions, GED eligibility, study skills, test tips, scores, and how to get motivated and manage test anxiety. Articles also address GED benefits and resources, from where to take tests and why they're valuable, to guides for finding financial aid and support.
Entry Point!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. This Web site features an opportunity to meet current and former Entry Point! interns, a Roadmaps and Rampways chronicle of the journeys of three dozen students who have participated in the program, application information, and more.
eTrac Online Job-Seeking Information:
eTrac provides job seeking/retention information in a YouTube video to help promote independence and confidence. Midwest Special Services (MSS), a non-profit serving adults with disabilities, developed eTrac based on their own experience and best practices to help job seekers achieve employment success. The program walks the job seeker through every step, from the initial job search, to the interview process, and the skills necessary to retain and advance at work. Assistance accessing the on-line video (for information on pricing or to pre-view a demo copy of the program) is available from MSS by emailing or calling Josh Franzen (firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-777-7220).
Evaluation Group, Institute on Community Integration:
The Evaluation Group at the Institute on Community Integration is a cadre of specialists offering evaluation services to programs and organizations that serve people with disabilities and other special needs, including schools, state and local education agencies, human service agencies, and workforce development agencies. Its Web site provides information about its services and approach, staff, and past projects, as well as contact information.
ExceptionalNurse.com is a nonprofit 501(c)3 resource network committed to inclusion of more people with disabilities in the nursing profession. By sharing information and resources, ExceptionalNurse.com hopes to facilitate inclusion of students with disabilities in nursing education programs and foster resilience and continued practice for nurses who are, or become, disabled. This Web site is maintained by Donna Maheady, Ed.D., ARNP, an advocate for nurses and nursing students with disabilities.
Exceptional Vacations, LLC:
Exceptional Vacations is an organization based out of South Florida that provides all-inclusive, supervised vacations for individuals with developmental disabilities. They ensure a safe environment that promotes integration, socialization, friendship, and fun. They also work as a travel agency for individuals, families, or agencies with special needs.
Expanded Learning and Afterschool: Opportunities for Student Success:
The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects people with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in their communities. Young people need – and deserve – more from education. High quality afterschool and summer learning programs powered by school-community partnerships offer young people a variety of hands-on learning activities that build upon the school day.
The Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT) program at the University of Washington is currently marketing The Faculty Room Web site, a comprehensive online resource for faculty, staff, and administrators who work with students with disabilities in postsecondary education. Detailed information available on the Web site includes: Academic accommodations for students with disabilities; Universal design of instruction; Computer technology and web accessibility; Legal rights and responsibilities; and Resources.
Families and Work Institute:
Families and Work Institute (FWI) is a nonprofit center for research that provides data to inform decision-making on the changing workforce, changing family, and changing community. Its Web site provides links to its work-life research, publications and other resources, events, and more.
Family Caregiver Alliance: National Center on Caregiving:
Family Caregiver Alliance was the first community-based nonprofit organization in the country to address the needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. FCA offers programs at national, state and local levels to support and sustain caregivers.
Family Education Network:
This site was created by parents for parents, and provides homework help, parenting tips, and expert advice on various topics related to parenting. Launched in September, 2000, the company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives.
Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network (KIN):
This Web site offers a national clearinghouse of family support for individuals with disabilities and their families. The Build Your Knowledge section has information on important issues, policies, and services related to the needs of individuals with disabilities and families.
Financial Aid Center from Career OneStop:
The Financial Aid Center from the Department of Labor’s Career OneStop site can help you find out how to finance your lifelong learning and training to advance in your career. The site offers national resources and provides links to help users answer the following questions: What Are My Education/Training Goals? How Much Will It Cost? and Where Can I Find Money?
First in the Family: Advice About College:
This Web site from What Kids Can Do features straight-up, practical advice from first-generation students who have made it to college, including videos and other testimonials. The site also includes facts, tips, planning checklists, and other resources.
First in the Family: Your High School Years:
On this Website first-generation college students give advice to high school students and talk about the money, cultural, family, and the academic hurdles they faced on the path to a four-year degree – and how colleges can help students who are the first in their family to go to college to get going and keep going.
Funworks: For Careers You Never Knew Existed:
This Web site helps youth ages 11-15 explore ways to link their interests to exciting future careers. It offers online resources about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Funworks stands out with its vibrant colors, graphics and photos, interactive games, quizzes, and more. It was created by the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development Center.
Future Ready Project 2.0 Website:
The Future Ready Project website provides research-based communications and advocacy materials to support the sustainability of the college- and career-ready agenda and its related policies, including the Common Core State Standards, college- and career-ready assessments, rigorous graduation requirements and advances to state accountability systems.
Genetics Home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions:
This Web site from the National Institutes of Health includes extensive information on genetic conditions, genes, and chromosomes, as well as tools including a handbook, glossary, and information on how to find a genetics professional in your area.
Global Youth Action Network:
The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is a youth-led organization that unites the efforts of young people working to improve our world. The Network connects many thousands of organizations in over 190 countries and a growing membership is now helping to shape the future direction of GYAN. GYAN works to: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.
Global Youth Justice Websites:
Global Youth Justice, in conjunction with the American Bar Association and its celebration of Law Day, is helping local youth courts in 41 states launch 250 websites to promote their juvenile justice diversion programs. More than 1,400 communities and tribes worldwide currently operate a youth justice program associated with their local peer, student, youth, or teen courts. These courts train teenagers to be judges, prosecutors, attorneys, and jurors who handle low-level offenses of their peers, promote accountability, provide access to youth resources, and model peer leadership.
Global Youth Justice, LLC:
Global Youth Justice, LLC strives to promote solutions which alleviate some of the world’s most pressing social problems, especially reducing crime and incarceration rates around the world and supporting the empowerment of youth to become global youth justice champions and activists for positive social change. The Web site contains a comprehensive catalog of organizations and links helpful in finding funding, relevant information, media contacts, or potential organizational partners in working to improve youth outcomes.
Going to College:
Going to College is a new Web site with information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for teens with disabilities and provides video clips, activities, information, and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.
Going to College:
This new Web site, designed for high school students, has information about living college life with a disability. The site contains video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get ahead and start planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities provide firsthand information about how they have been successful in college. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and how to be better equipped with important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
Going to College: A Web site for Students with Disabilities Interested in College :
Going to College is a Web site with information about college life, designed for high school students with disabilities. It provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help them in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer firsthand experiences of students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that will help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and suggest important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
Going To Work: Real People, Real Jobs:
The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Real People, Real Jobs Web site is a growing catalogue of success stories about individuals working in paid jobs in their communities. Through the use of innovative, front-line employment support practices, these individuals are earning money, forming networks, and contributing to their communities.
Google Accessible Web Search for People with Visual Impairments:
Accessible Search is a Google Labs product designed to identify and prioritize Web search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users. Regular Google search helps you find a set of documents that is most relevant to your tasks. Accessible Search goes one step further by helping you find the most accessible pages in that result set. Google Accessible Search examines the HTML markup on a Web page and favors pages that degrade gracefully—pages with few visual distractions and pages that are likely to render well with images turned off.
Google for Educators:
Google, the popular search engine, has created a Web site just for educators. It includes a teacher’s guide to Google products, including basic information about each tool, examples of how educators are using them, and lesson ideas. The site also includes lesson plans and videos from Discovery Education focused on Google Earth and Google SketchUp. Users can also subscribe to the Google Teachers’ Newsletter.
Got Transition Site Redesigned:
Got Transition has launched its redesigned web-site. The site includes an interactive health provider section that corresponds to the three Six Core Elements’ practice settings, as well as frequently asked transition questions developed by and for youth/young adults and families, new information for researchers and policymakers, and a listing of transition resources.
GoVoter.org: National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access:
A collaboration of eight national organizations have come together to develop a tool that states can use to comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and make voting accessible to all voters and potential voters in the state. It will be one place to go, nationwide, for anyone (including people with disabilities) to get information that will assist them to register and vote. The Web site is still under construction but information is offered about the project and how you can participate.
Grantmakers for Education:
The Grantmakers for Education website, for those interested in U.S. education philanthropy, gives access to tools, programs and services from its 260 member organizations on best practices, new developments, and advancing alignment and collaboration among funders.
Harvard Family Research Project Web site:
The Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) has launched its redesigned Web site, incorporating visitors’ suggestions for improving the site to rebuild it from the ground up. Enhanced features of the new site include added tools to make it easier to find and share resources. Visitors can now search for HFRP publications and resources by topic, author, and date; search inside “The Evaluation Exchange”, send articles to colleagues, print articles and other content in a reader-friendly format, order publications, and subscribe to RSS feeds.
Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed the Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools to assist those who influence the health and safety of students and school staff. The guidelines recognize that while the primary mission of schools is to educate students, schools are also responsible for students’ health and safety while they are at school. The guidelines were developed with input from more than 300 professionals representing more than 30 national organizations.
Healthy & Ready to Work National Resource Center:
For the first time in this country, there is a generation of youth with special healthcare needs, chronic health conditions, and disabilities who have survived beyond their diagnosis/prognosis. These youth must optimize their health potential by understanding their health needs, becoming involved in their healthcare decision-making, and transitioning smoothly from child-centered to adult-oriented systems of care. In response to these issues, the Maternal and Child Health Bureau has funded model Healthy & Ready to Work state programs focused on children and youth with special healthcare needs. This Web site provides related information and connections to health and transition experts.
HEATH Resource Center:
The George Washington University HEATH Resource Center has updated its Web site. New modules on the reconfigured site include 14 training modules for high school students with disabilities preparing for transition from high school to college, a module for parents, and a module for college/university professionals.
HEATH Resource Center: Online Clearinghouse on Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities:
HEATH is the national clearinghouse on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities. Information exchange, products and articles about educational support services, policies, procedures, adaptations, and opportunities are available.
Helping Educators Improve Learning in Diverse Classrooms:
As part of an effort to improve the teaching of students of color, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program has launched a new online initiative. The Teaching Diverse Students Initiative (TDSi) offers interactive multimedia tools to help educators improve learning opportunities and outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse students. TDSi's resources include learning activities, case studies, video of effective practice, reports and articles, and video commentary by leading researchers. School districts interested in working with TDSi should contact Michelle Garcia at TDSI@tolerance.org. The research-based tools of TDSi are available free of charge.
High School Matters:
The National High School Center shares resources for improving high schools on their website, including their High School Knowledge Database, Early Warning System Middle Grades (EWS MG) Tool, enhanced Early Warning System High School (EWS HS) Tool, EWS Community of Practice, High School Events Calendar, archives of their EWS Webinar Series, and information on relevant new articles.
Hire DisAbility Solutions Career Site:
Monster.com, a leading global online careers and recruitment resource, and Hire Disability Solutions, LLC, which brings together top companies and job seekers with disabilities, have created a co-branded career resource section on HireDS.com’s site. This joint initiative makes Monster job search tools, career content, and resume posting capabilities more accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales:
Hispanos Unidos para Niños Excepcionales (HUNE) empowers parents of exceptional children to obtain a free and appropriate quality education for their children and other children with disabilities. Two especially helpful features of its Web site (which is available in both English and Spanish versions) are: 1) a page for parents about the evaluation process, and 2) links to sample letters and forms.
Homeless & Service Providers to the Homeless:
The Department of Labor (DOL) has launched a Web site to help the homeless. It provides links to DOL's homeless programs, as well as other governmental and non-governmental homeless programs.
Huff Post Teach Plus Web Site:
The Huff Post Teach Plus Web Site covers education news. The most recent entry (March 17, 2014) is “The Role of Assessments in Special Education.” In February 2014, Teach Plus published a report "The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is spent on Testing in American Schools." A major finding of the report is that urban students spend an average of only 1.7% of the school year taking state and district-required tests. In this series, Teach Plus teachers comment on assessments and the impact they have on their students and teaching practice.
Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program’s Web Resource for Students in Transition:
The Humboldt County Office of Education/Regional Occupation Program has produced an interactive web-based resource for students transitioning through high school to adult life. The Personal Data Wizard is an individual career portfolio and transition-planning program. A student can login to a secure personal site for the following activities and resources.
IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center:
The IBM Accessibility Center was created in 2000 to apply research technologies to solve problems experienced by people with disabilities. In 2002, the Accessibility Center team expanded its focus to include access to information by virtually anyone under virtually any circumstances. IBM Accessibility Centers are located in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.
The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. Members include more than 55 national organizations, as well as technical assistance providers and state and local organizations and agencies. Its Web site provides information about the Partnership, news, resources, a topics database, links, and more.
IDEAdata.org: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data:
This Web site from Westat provides public access to the most recent data about children with disabilities served under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These data are collected annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs in accordance with Section 618 of IDEA. They are provided on this Web site in the form of tables produced for the Annual Reports to Congress (see http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/).
Idealist.org: Action Without Borders:
Provides nuts and bolts policies and procedures, useful definitions and articles, examples of schools that have successfully integrated community service or service learning into their curricula, classroom activities that can accompany student volunteering, online volunteer matching organizations, and information about how to find a volunteer center in your community.
IDRA’s Courageous Connections Webpage :
The Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) has developed a “Courageous Connections” webpage, that highlights events, resources, initiatives and projects on how communities and schools can spark and sustain changes, using IDRA’s Quality Schools Action Framework.
iEARN: International Education and Resource Network:
iEARN, the International Education and Resource Network, is the world’s largest non-profit global network encouraging teachers and youth to use the Internet and other new technologies to collaborate on projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. It collects and distributes classroom cultural-exchange projects, and also sponsors international-exchange programs, student photo contests, and conferences on topics such as interactive learning, social bridge building, and technology integration.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences has a Twitter account focused on educational research, discussing what IES-funded grantees are discovering about ways to improve education.
Inclusive Schools Network:
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based educational resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices.
Independent Living Research Utilization:
Independent Living Research Utilization is a national center for information, training, research, and technical assistance in independent living. Its goal is to expand the body of knowledge in independent living and to improve utilization of results of research programs and demonstration projects in this field. It is a program of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR).
Individualized Learning Plan Web Page from NCWD/Youth:
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has launched a webpage on Individualized Learning Plans, featuring publications and resources for understanding and using Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs, with information about research, policies, and practices. An ILP is a tool that students in secondary school use, with support from school counselors and parents, to define their personal interests and goals related to their career and postsecondary education and to plan what courses to take and what activities to participate in during high school to further their interests and achieve their goals.
Informacion General Sobre el Autismo:
The Autism Society of America recently announced the launch of a Spanish-language section on its award-winning Web site, responding to the ever-growing need of the Hispanic community for bilingual information on autism spectrum disorders.
Institute for Child Health Policy:
The mission of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida is to research, evaluate, formulate, and advance health policies, programs, and systems that promote the health and well-being of children and youth. The Institute’s goals include advancing scientific knowledge necessary to promote health and improve health care outcomes and delivery; evaluating systems of care for children and youth, including the organization and financing of health care; supporting the formulation and implementation of health policies and programs that promote the health and well-being of children and youth, especially those with special health care needs; and serving local, state, and national communities through innovative research, evaluation, and consultation.
Institute for Community Inclusion Launches Webpage Capturing Promising Employment Practices:
The Institute for Community Inclusion has new information on its Web site on the integrated employment opportunities expanding for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The site is designed to increase communication and broaden perceptions about improving employment outcomes at the system level.
Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR):
The government's Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) has created a new Web site to ensure that federal research efforts meet the needs of Americans who have disabilities. Individuals may offer their ideas about access to technology, education, employment, community life, health care, and other issues.
Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs Web Tool:
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs has created an online Web tool that allows users to search for federal grant opportunities by youth topic or federal agency on Grants.gov. The tool uses a filter to search for grants that are likely to fund youth programs. Grants.gov is a Web site that allows users to search and apply for thousands of federal grants.
Intercultural Development Research Association:
The Intercultural Development Research Association is an independent, private non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening public schools to work for all children. IDRA fulfills its mission through professional development, research and evaluation, policy and leadership development, and programs and materials development. Its Web site includes information about attrition and dropout rates, including the Coca-Cola Valued Youth dropout prevention Program.
International Renewal Institute Inc. (IRII):
IRII has launched its redesigned Web site, providing a roadmap to fulfill President Obama's challenge to American educators.
Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all students. The site was created by a school psychologist and school administrator. It includes information on academic and behavioral intervention strategies, publications on effective teaching practices, and tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.
The IRIS Center offers special education resources and materials – validated instructional strategies, research-to-practice strategies, best practices and more. IRIS aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities, by offering free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice.
Job Shadow provides real interviews from people as they talk about the jobs they do and the careers they have.
JobTIPS is a new government-funded Web site to help individuals with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder explore career interests, seek and obtain employment, and successfully maintain employment. JobTIPS addresses the social and behavioral differences that might make identifying, obtaining, and keeping a job more difficult for individuals with disabilities.
Through text and video-based features, JobTIPS offers tools for job seekers with disabilities to identify compatible employment opportunities, advice on how to act in an interview or at work, and tips on when and how to talk about a diagnosis. The website also includes resources for educators, clinicians and transition specialists.
Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Website:
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org), a site for ethically sound journalism on juvenile justice issues, has launched a comprehensive Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network and the MacArthur Foundation. The Hub will feature research, best practices, and toolkits on effective systems reform in juvenile justice.
K-20 Technology Solutions Center from eSchool News:
The K-20 Technology Solutions Center from eSchool News provides information about education technology providers (browse by keyword, company name, or product category) and products. In addition, users can review relevant research briefs, case studies, and white papers related to educational technology and learn how and where to get funding.
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA):
A national grassroots network of young people, committed to empowering other youth to advocate for themselves and others through better knowledge of disability and special health care needs and rights. The site is maintained by youth and includes news updates, links to other resources and Web sites, bulletin boards, and opportunities for young people with disabilities to be paid for written submissions to any feature on the site.
Know How 2 Go:
The American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Ad Council created the KnowHow2GO campaign’s website. Low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education often lack the guidance they need to prepare for postsecondary education. To help to these students, this website provides grade-by-grade tips to help 8th -12th graders to prepare for college.
KnowHow2GO Web site:
Young people in all socio-economic groups have college aspirations. Despite their aspirations, low-income students and those who are the first in their families to pursue higher education are severely underrepresented on college campuses. Studies show these students often lack the guidance they need to prepare for postsecondary education. To turn these students’ college dreams into action-oriented goals, the American Council on Education, Lumina Foundation for Education and the Ad Council launched the KnowHow2GO campaign in January 2007.
Knowledge Loom: Educators Sharing and Learning Together:
Developed and maintained by Educational Alliance at Brown University, this Web site enables educators to become part of an active online teaching and learning community. Visitors to the site will have the opportunity to: review research that identifies best practices related to various themes, view stories about the practices in real schools/districts, learn to replicate the success of these practices in your own organization, and participate in online events and discussions.
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.:
Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc., is a developer of reading technology for people with learning difficulties and those who are blind or visually impaired.
Launch of a SharedWork.org Site:
A new SharedWork.org site was launched October 26th, 2009. Based on participants’ feedback on the previous SharedWork.org site, they added more functions (e.g. My Dashboard, User Tips, and Search Function) and improved the existing one (e.g., easier way to post documents, reconfiguration to be more user-friendly). For more information or to discuss training options, contact Mariola Rosser at email@example.com, or see the website
www.ideapartnership.org, or the SharedWork site.
Law, Health Policy, & Disability Center:
The Law, Health Policy, and Disability Center is a leader in law, technology, education, and research, focused on improving the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Based at the University of Iowa College of Law, with a satellite office in Washington, DC, the Center concentrates on public policy and its impact on persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on self-determination and self-sufficiency. The Center helps expand, improve, and modify disability policy and other more general policies in order to improve the employment status of Americans with disabilities and increase their independence.
A service of The Learning Project at WETA in association with the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities, LD OnLine is a comprehensive web site that includes basic and in-depth information about learning disabilities, articles, research findings, political news, audio clips of learning disabilities experts, bulletin boards, "Ask the Expert," a comprehensive listing of national and state organizations and agencies, an LD Calendar, personal essays, a newsletter, and more.
Leadership in the History of the Developmental Disabilities Movement: A Web-Based Instructional, Discussion, and Wiki Program:
The Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration has launched a wiki website on leadership in the history of the developmental disabilities movement. The website profiles the experiences of some of the key leaders in the developmental disabilities movement from 1845 through the present through historical trends and public and professional perceptions, including the evolving context of acceptance of and services available to persons with disabilities, the features of effective leadership, and the different styles of leadership (e.g., visionaries, researchers, organizers, policy-makers, opinion-makers) required for sustainable change.
Leading Change: Resources for Principal Preparation and professional Development:
The Coalition for Community Schools offers a new one-stop shop for research, tools and ideas to help principals and staff effectively engage communities and families. (Free registration required.)
Learning Disabilities Association of America:
The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a non-profit grassroots organization whose members are individuals with learning disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them. LDA strives to advance the education and general welfare of children and adults with learning disabilities.
Learning First Alliance: Strengthening public schools for every child:
The Learning First Alliance is a permanent partnership of 12 leading educational associations that have come together to improve student learning in America's public elementary and secondary schools. This Web site includes news and policy updates, publications, job and internship opportunities, and serves as a forum to share success stories and encourage collaboration. An excellent Web resource for people at all levels of the education system.
Learning Port’s National Online Library of Professional Development Resources:
The IDEA Partnership’s Learning Port Web site has built a section listing “National Online Library of Professional Development Resources Compiled to Help Bridge Research, Policy and Practice.” This library provides educators with access to an array of resources that can be used or customized to meet their needs.
Learning to Give: An Action of the Heart, A Project for the Mind:
This Web site teaches the importance of voluntary action for the common good in a democratic society. It offers lesson plans, activities, and resources to educate youth about the power of philanthropy (sharing time, talent, and treasure) to help empower young people to make a difference in their school, their community, and their world.
MDRC Web site on Programs for Disconnected Youth:
The Web site of MDRC (Manpower Development Research Corporation) discusses programs to assist disconnected youth and provides links to the programs’ sites. Disconnected youth, including high school dropouts, homeless and runaway youth, incarcerated youth, and youth who have aged out of the foster care system, need help to improve their literacy, work, and technical skills to qualify for high-quality jobs. MDRC’s focus is identifying and testing the most promising approaches to helping these youth reconnect to education and work.
Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium: Creating Quality Education for All Students:
Assists school systems and other educational organizations to create learning environments free of race, gender, class, ethnic, and culture biases so that students of all backgrounds will have equal opportunities to flourish. Includes topics and issues, equity tools, educational profiles, and more.
The MiddleWeb Blog features discussions of the middle grades. The most recent posting (March 29, 2014) is “Building Rapport with Inclusion Students Requires Extra Steps,” on the importance of and strategies for building rapport with inclusion students.
This Web site is a companion to the PBS special on learning differences and disabilities. Visitors to the site can explore stories from the show and find information and resources for parents.
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange has developed a Mobility International USA (MIUSA) Web site to provide information on bridging people, programs, and places for increasing disability inclusion in international exchange for Americans with disabilities going abroad, visitors with disabilities coming to the US, and international exchange professionals.
The Mobility International USA (MIUSA) website, from the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, offers resources for increasing disability inclusion in international exchange, bridging people, programs, and places. It includes tipsheets, stories and blogs, “Ask a Question,” and an “A to Z List” of resources.
My Next Move: What Do You Want to Do for a Living?:
The “My Next Move: What Do You Want to Do for a Living?” website offers tools and resources for choosing a career (including a Spanish-language version).
My Voice, My Vote:
My Voice, My Vote is a new Web site for young adults with disabilities who want to learn about the voting process and make a difference in their communities. The site includes resources for voters in Minnesota and across the country, including the many different ways one can vote and what it means to be a good citizen. The Web site also includes an open-captioned video on the voting process. The video can be embedded in individuals’ Web sites by going to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6zL_PJYz-g.
My Summer Camps is a comprehensive, easy to use summer camps directory which includes listings for 289 special needs camps in the following categories: asthma, autism, blood disorder, burn, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, developmental disabilities, diabetes, epilepsy, hearing impaired, HIV and AIDS, learning disabilities and ADHD, mainstreaming, mental retardation, muscular dystrophy, physical disabilities, speech impaired, spina bifida, substance abuse, Tourette’s syndrome, visually impaired, and other disabilities.
National AfterSchool Association Launches New Site:
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) has launched a website that provides new resources, ideas and inspiration, professional development tools for use in the classroom and within programs, and a new marketplace that lists trusted vendors.
National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET):
NASET, a voluntary coalition of 40 national organizations, now has a Web site! NASET was established to identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment and adult life. NASET's first task was to develop National Standards and Quality Indicators to help school systems and communities identify what all youth need. Users will also find supporting evidence and research for the standards and indicators as well a Self-Assessment Tool and a Priority-Setting Tool for program improvement.
National Arts and Disability Center:
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance, and referral center in the field of the arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual-, performing-, media, and literary-arts communities. The NADC is a project of the University of California, at Los Angeles (UCLA), Tarjan Center for Developmental Disabilities.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP):
This Web site from the National Center for Education Statistics is devoted to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas. Since 1969, assessments have been conducted periodically in reading, mathematics, science, writing, U.S. history, civics, geography, and the arts.
National Association of Private Special Education Centers (NAPSEC):
NAPSEC is a non-profit association whose mission is to represent private special education centers and their leaders. Its Web site includes information about the Association and its services; programs, resources, and services for its members; resources for parents; and the Association’s annual conference.
National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET):
The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to lending all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. Its Web site includes a career center, links to resources and publications (including a suite of transition planning resources), news in the field of special education, information on its Special Educator e-Journal, and membership information.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education:
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is dedicated to improving educational services and outcomes while ensuring a balance of procedural guarantees for our children and youth with disabilities and their families. This Web site provides information on NASDSE projects, publications, events, government relations, resource links, and state-by-state directory.
National Association of State Head Injury Administrators:
The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) assists state governments in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families. In March 2006, NASHIA launched an expanded Web site with new products and services for the TBI community, including an enhanced store and Resource Center and Policy Information sections.
National Association of State Medicaid Directors:
The National Association of State Medicaid Directors keeps track of waiver programs. Their Web site contains all sorts of information, data, and statistics, including data on children enrolled in MR/DD 1915c waivers by state, age, and program.
National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt):
NCCRESt, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, provides technical assistance and professional development to close the achievement gap between students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and their peers, and reduce inappropriate referrals to special education. The project targets improvements in culturally responsive practices, early intervention, literacy, and positive behavioral supports. The Web site provides links and resources regarding culturally responsive educational systems.
National Center for Innovation and Career and Technical Education Website:
The National Center for Innovation and Career and Technical Education (NCICTE), funded in 2012 and authorized under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), has launched a website that features proposed research by the center, related research in the CTE resource section, and online training modules that provide guidance for translating the center’s studies into application at individual colleges, districts, or schools.
National Center for Learning Disabilities:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescence, and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work, and life. Its Web site provides information to parents, professionals, and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities. The site includes an information zone, resources for people living with learning disabilities, and resources for writing legislatures to learn about the latest policy news.
National Center for Learning Disabilities Web site:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities provides resources for youth and adults with learning disabilities, parents, and educators.
National Center for RTI:
The National Center for Response to Intervention (RTI) Web site contains information on the practice and research of RTI models of instruction. The “Library” section of the website includes briefs, fact sheets, articles, and numerous other types of sources all related to research on RTI composed by a variety of authors and organizations. Resources are catalogued by topic area such as "What is RTI?" and "Early Intervention Services" for ease of use.
National Center for Special Education Personnel & Related Service Providers:
The National Center for Special Education Personnel and Related Service Providers at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education recently launched a new Web site and information center designed to help people who work with states, local school districts, Part C, and personnel preparation programs. Information available on the site includes research regarding successful initiatives addressing recruitment, preparation and retention of special educators and early intervention and related service providers; a database of special education, early intervention, and related service personnel preparation programs; and a financial aid page.
National Center for Technology Innovation:
The National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI), funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), seeks to advance learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Its Web site includes information on the following topics: accessibility, assistive technology, collaboration, commercialization, design, developing a research agenda, the digital divide, disability, education, evaluation, evidence, grant-writing, implementation, leadership, marketing, research, technology transfer, and universal design.
National Center for the Dissemination of Disability Research (NCDDR):
Established in 1995, the NCDDR performs research, technical assistance, and demonstration activities focusing on the dissemination and utilization of disability research funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The Web site provides publications on disability research information in areas such as: assistive technology, community integration, employment, and much more.
National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports:
The vision of the National Center is to move beyond what has and has not worked in the past, towards a new system of educational supports for people with disabilities in the 21st century. The Center has developed a brand new Web site that includes supportive and related information on conferences, institutes, products, an E-News feature, links, and much more.
National Center for Urban School Transformation (NCUST):
NCUST is an organization housed at San Diego State University that is dedicated to improving achievement in urban schools. This site contains information on research, principal coaching, and strategies for improving instruction and academic achievement in urban schools.
National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials:
The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials Web site provides information about accessible media, policy, and practice, and about upcoming events; AIM and NIMAS tools and resources; and opportunities to collaborate with the AIM community.
National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice (EDJJ):
A collaborative research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination program focused on developing more effective responses to the needs of youth with disabilities in or those at-risk for involvement with the Juvenile Justice System.
National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO):
NCEO researches, provides technical assistance, and engages in extensive dissemination activities on the participation of youth with disabilities in national, state, and district assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements. Visitors can link directly to state information on accommodations, accountability, alternate assessments, graduation requirements, out-of-level testing policies, participation information, and aggregated state reports.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability:
The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote the substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. This site provides information and resources that enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.
National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD):
The National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD) is a resource center for information, training, and technical assistance for families and educators of more than 1 million school children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, visually impaired, or who have severe disabilities. Its Web site includes sections on research, resources, technology, and news, as well as information about NCSSD and links to its newsletter and Pop-Up IEP resource.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD/Adult):
NCWD has launched a new-and-improved Web site. Consult the Quick Directory for over 130 articles on workforce and disability issues – designing access for all, policy analysis, helping customers find jobs – or learn more about NCWD training and consultation services.
National Charter School Research Project:
The National Charter School Research Project aims to bring rigor, evidence, and balance to the national charter school debate. Their goals are to facilitate the fair assessment of the value-added effects of U.S. charter schools, and to provide the charter school and broader public education communities with research and information for ongoing improvement. The Project is an initiative of the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education.
National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Website:
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) Website aims to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in international exchange opportunities and encourage youth with disabilities to consider traveling abroad as an international exchange student. NCDE has a variety of resources that assist in successful programming, including a website with guidance tips on inclusion and accommodations, financial aid resources, searchable databases on international exchange programs, free consulting services, publications, and videos. Past participants have found that travel helped them in their careers by the development of professional skill building leading to work in the fields of public health, disability advocate, diplomacy, education, etc.
National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange: Including Youth with Disabilities in Study and Travel Abroad Programs:
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and is managed by Mobility International USA. NCDE provides resources on how special education teachers, transition and VR specialists, and parents of youth with disabilities can encourage high school students to explore overseas opportunities, both broadening their interests in other cultures and their future career options; and on how they can welcome and work with international youth with disabilities hosted in their home communities.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth):
The site contains useful information and resources for youth with disabilities and their families, service providers and other front line workers, administrators, policy makers, and employers. The content is developed by NCWD/Youth partners, who have expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) Blog:
Recent posts on the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) Blog include “Career Exploration: A Critical experience for All Youth,” “Keeping the Promise of the ADA: Unequal Justice for Disabled victims of Murder,” “Youth Service Professionals Becoming #BetterAllies,” “Young Adults Should Be Invincible,” and “Connecting Families to disability Employment Awareness Efforts.”
National College Access Program Directory:
The National College Access Network (NCAN) and the Pathways to College Network (PCN) are collaborating to expand, manage, and promote the National College Access Program Directory, a searchable online set of profiles of college access programs across the United States that help underserved students prepare, plan, and pay for college. This directory of college access programs is a resource for students, parents, counselors, and researchers and those operating college access programs.
National Consortium for Health Systems Development:
The National Consortium for Health Systems Development (NCHSD) is a technical assistance partnership providing flexible, tailored technical assistance to states developing comprehensive health and employment service systems for people with disabilities who want to work. Its Web site is a resource for states that are developing employment systems for people with disabilities, providing a library, resource exchange, and grants information. It offers a wide variety of information about what is happening at the state level around health-related employment supports for workers with disabilities as well as changes to state infrastructure around access to health care for workers with disabilities.
National Consortium for Health Systems Development Web site:
The National Consortium for Health Systems Development (NCHSD) is a technical assistance partnership providing flexible, state-tailored technical assistance to states developing comprehensive health and employment service systems for people with disabilities who want to work. Serving people with disabilities, providers, state agencies, research institutes, advocates and businesses, NCHSD is a project of Health & Disability Advocates.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL):
The NCIL is a membership organization that advances the independent living philosophy and advocates for the human rights of and services for people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.
National Dropout Prevention Centers:
This site, produced by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network and the National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, provides knowledge and promotes networking for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and families to increase opportunities for youth in at-risk situations to receive the quality education and services necessary to successfully graduate from high school.
National Education Association:
The nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education's Web site contains information for parents and educators. NEA is a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of staff at the local, state, and national level.
National Girls Institute Web Site:
The National Girls Institute Web site offers advice, information, opportunities for involvement, and shared experiences for girls and young women involved in the juvenile justice system or in a prevention or intervention program, their parents, and those who work with them.
National Health Care Transition Center:
The National Health Care Transition Center’s “Got Transition?” is a Web site for health care professionals, families, youth, and state policy makers focusing on a young adult’s transition from pediatric to adult health care. This site offers an information exchange about health care transition, particularly as pertaining to youth with special health care needs. Transition tools and tips and other resources are available under each of the main categories of Youth, Family, Providers, and States.
National High School Center :
The National High School Center Web site, based at the American Institutes for Research, provides recent research, user-friendly tools and products, and technical assistance on high school improvement issues.
National Inclusion Project Web site:
The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. They partner with communities and inclusive programs creating awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.
National Institute for Urban School Improvement:
The National Institute for Urban School Improvement supports inclusive urban communities, schools, and families to build their capacity for sustainable, successful urban education through dialogue, networking, technology, action research, information systems, alliance, and consensus building. This site provides information on upcoming events, publications, and resources for professional development.
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD):
This Web site from the National Institutes of Health includes information on health and human development topics and clinical trials, information on NICHD research, and information on funding from NICHD for research and training.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped:
Through a national network of cooperating libraries, the National Library Service administers a free library program of Braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers by postage-free mail. On this Web site, you can learn who is eligible, what is available, where participating libraries are located, and how to sign up; and find books and magazines in Braille or audio.
National Organization on Disability (NOD):
In addition to keeping you up to date on the most recent developments, the N.O.D. web site provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.
National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative:
The National Organization on Disability’s (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative recently enhanced its Web site to include a bulletin board, research paper, and products and services directories. Developed after September 11, 2001, the Emergency Preparedness Initiative was developed to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in the emergency planning process. NOD seeks to increase communication and cooperation between emergency managers and the disability community, and to educate people with disabilities about what they can do to be prepared.
National Resource Center Prepares Diverse Communities for Emergencies:
The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities is a hub of resources for communities, service providers, and emergency planners and an exchange site to facilitate communication, networking, and collaboration. The site also features hundreds of cross-referenced annotated resources in over 40 languages highlighting successful programs and projects.
National Runaway Switchboard:
The National Runaway Switchboard, is a hotline for youth and those who care about them. Youth can call 1-800-RUNAWAY or chat live on the NRS website for confidential support and referrals to service providers. They may also qualify for a free bus ticket home.
National Safe Place:
National Safe Place is a network of organizations working to keep young people off the streets, with state-by-state links to Safe Place site locations and phone numbers for the local youth shelters.
National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP):
NSIP builds connections between disability organizations and state commissions, offices, and service programs. Their Web site offers useful information, such as Frequently Asked Questions on Etiquette, Recruitment, National Service Benefits and Federal Aid, and more.
National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports:
The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) was established by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices. The Center works to identify and enhance knowledge about and practical demonstration of school-wide PBIS practices, systems, and outcomes and to develop, conduct, and evaluate technical assistance and dissemination efforts that allow evidence-based practices to be implemented on a large scale with high durability and effectiveness. The site provides information on school-wide positive behavior supports (PBS), district-wide PBS, state-wide PBS, high school PBS, families and PBS, and PBS and the law.
National Youth Employment Coalition:
NYEC is a network of 180 youth employment and development organizations dedicated to promoting policies and initiatives that help youth succeed in becoming lifelong learners, productive workers, and self-sufficient citizens.
National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN):
NYLN is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders by promoting leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth leaders with disabilities in all aspects of society at national, state, and local levels.
Navigating College Web Site:
Navigating College, a project of The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), is an introduction to the college experience by and for people with autism. The writers and contributors are autistic adults, giving the advice they wish they had been given us when starting college.
NDPC-YD Model Programs Database:
The Model Programs Database of the National Drop-out Prevention Center for Youth with Disabilities (NDPC-YD) provides information on reentry programs for out-of-school youth with disabilities.
The Children’s Bureau has a new, updated Web site, the Children’s Bureau Express (CBX). The content reflects Children’s Bureau priorities, including messages from the Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner, news from the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network, Quality Improvement Centers, and grantees, as well as other federal, state, local, and tribal child welfare news. Other features include tools and strategies, the latest research, and other resources to help child welfare professionals in their work.
New to Disability?:
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) New to Disability page has information and resources for families and educators just entering the world of disability.
New Ways to Work Web site:
The New Ways to Work web site helps to build communities that will prepare youth for success as adults. New Ways to Work builds powerful partnerships among schools, community organizations, social service agencies, the private sector, government, and community partners to ensure better access to quality educational and career opportunities for youth.
New Ways to Work: Building community connections that prepare youth for success:
New Ways to Work has been the nation's leading research, training, and consulting organization on workplace practice for over three decades. Over the past 18 years, New Ways has designed, piloted, and field-tested organizational and program strategies that expand access to the workplace for youth enrolled in school and participating in programs offered through local community-based organizations. New Ways helps communities build powerful connections between schools, workplace partners, community organizations, and public institutions.
New Web site for College-bound Students with Disabilities:
This Web site has been developed to help high school students learn about college living with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get started in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer firsthand experiences from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and examine important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.
New Website for RTI from NCLD:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities has recently launched a new Web site as part of its initiative on Response to Intervention, the RTI Action Network. The Web site features content on implementation of RTI from preschool to postsecondary education, as well as information for educators and families.
Next Generation Learning Challenges:
The Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) Web site offers information about designing student success, and the NGLC grants and events.
NICHCY Website Adds a Listen Button:
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) website has added a Listen Button to the website to allow users to listen to the content and follow along with highlighted text. This not only helps low literacy users and those with dyslexia, but also users who are accessing the website on a smartphone, where the text can be too small to read easily.
Niusi-Leadscape Conversation: Another Inclusion Effort:
Another Inclusion Effort: Education for Social Justice for Students with Disabilities by Dr. Carole Edelsky is the newest blog in a guest writers’ blog series hosted by Niusi-Leadscape. Dr. Edelsky talks about the roles of educators and administrators in creating a new curriculum which supports the sharing of ideas surrounding equity and social justice. This semi-weekly blog series offers opportunities to engage in substantive conversations with experts on issues around inclusive education practices.
North Central Mental Health Services: A New Innovative Strategies Profile from NCWD/Youth:
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability-Youth (NCWD/Youth), as part of its work of identifying and sharing successful program strategies that benefit all youth, including youth with disabilities, has posted a new organizational profile to the Innovative Strategies section of its Web site. This profile highlights practices and strategies from the Columbus, Ohio-based North Central Mental Health Services – Transitional Community Treatment Team.
A creative and well-designed site supporting inclusion, diversity, and advocacy.
Includes products, writings, and stories as well as a good list of useful links related to the independent living, inclusion, diversity, and disability rights movements.
O*NET OnLine: Occupational Information Network:
This Web site, launched by the Occupational Information Network, is a valuable career exploration and human resource tool for employers and job seekers. The O*NET database includes information on skills, abilities, knowledge, work activities, and interests associated with occupations. This information can be used to facilitate career exploration, vocational counseling, and a variety of human resources functions, such as developing job orders and position descriptions and aligning training with current workplace needs.
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources:
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education has launched OER Commons, a comprehensive open learning network that enables users to find freely available high-quality teaching and learning materials online. Its broad selection of open educational resources for K-16 education can be browsed, searched, and enhanced using collaborative features such as tags, ratings, and reviews. It has alliances with over 60 content partners in order to provide a single point of access through which educators and learners can search over 9,000 open educational resources, read and provide descriptive information about each resource, and retrieve the ones they need.
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Updated Web site:
Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez announced an updated version of the Office Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Web site on the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ODEP Web site serves as an entry point for employers, individuals, educators and service providers seeking information about helping to ensure that the U.S. Department of Labor’s vision of “Good Jobs for Everyone” includes people with disabilities.
Office of Disability Employment Policy-Funded Web Site Features Resources on Disability Employment:
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace and other benefits of fully including people with disabilities at work. The web site offers a range of education and outreach tools designed to engage employers, people with disabilities, family and educators, and the general public; and features on-line forums, grassroots tools, links to trusted resources that provide disability employment-related information, etc.
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education:
OSERS is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts, and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation, and research.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education:
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. IDEA authorizes formula grants to states, and discretionary grants to institutions of higher education and other non-profit organizations to support research, demonstrations, technical assistance and dissemination, technology and personnel development and parent-training and information centers. The Web site offers information on programs and projects, grants and funding, as well as other resources.
Online Parent and Student Financial Aid Center:
The Web site of the Parent and Student Financial Aid Center of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) offers information about applying for financial aid (saving for college, paying student loans, etc.).
P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education:
The mission of the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children's Education is to promote the integration of the arts into all educational programs, with a special focus on children who learn in different ways. The Foundation's Web site includes information about the Foundation, the Foundation's annual conference, various “learning barriers” (such as ADHD, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, hearing impairments, and MR) and awards and grants, and as well as links to resources in arts education.
PACER Center, a Minnesota nonprofit organization that provides information to Minnesota families of children with all disabilities, has revamped its Web site. The site now includes a site map, events calendar, first stop page, PACER stories, and more alternative/interactive content, in addition to improved navigation and an updated publications catalog.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center:
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center website features resources and web-based tools from the National Bullying Prevention Center on planning events, activities, outreach, and educational initiatives to help prevent bullying. The website includes links to the related websites especially for teens/high-school age students and for kids/elementary-school students.
The Postsecondary Access for Latino Middle-Grades Students Project seeks to improve the lives of Latino youth by opening doors to postsecondary education, providing information about how to equip and support students and families in pursuing education beyond high school.
PARCC Web site:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has launched a Web site to provide information and timely updates on the progress of the 25-state PARCC consortium as it develops a next-generation common assessment system that will help ensure all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The Web site includes
information on PARCC’s goals, governance structure, key stakeholders, timeline, and challenges; information about PARCC’s major design and development work; implementation issues to address for successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments; “In the Classroom,” on instructional resources being developed through PARCC, as well as other instructional resources for the Common Core State Standards being created by other organizations; and progress on implementing PARCC goals and the Common Core State Standards in each of the 25 PARCC States.
Parent Side Online Store: For Those Who Battle For What Others Take For Granted:
Created by a parent of a child with a disability and a graduate of Partners in Policymaking from Temple University, The Parent Side Online Store offers t-shirts, sweatshirts, mousepads, mugs, bumper stickers, postcards, and tote bags in designs such as “Inclusion Voodoo Doll,” “IEP Action Figure Set,” and “Super Advocate.”
Parents. The Anti-Drug.:
TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to provide parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Created in collaboration with the nation’s leading experts on parenting and substance abuse prevention, TheAntiDrug.com provides helpful articles and expert advice; scientifically-based drug prevention information, news, and studies; support from other parents; and teen perspectives. Information available in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, and Vietnamese.
Parentwarrior.com is a site for parents who have lost their edge and want it back and for professionals looking for a fresh perspective on preventing dysfunctional behavior in children.
Partners in Policymaking:
Partners in Policymaking was created in Minnesota by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1987. Partners provides competency based leadership training programs for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. It also provides resources on various topics such as activism, education, and self-determination.
Pass It On Center: The National Assistive Technology Reuse Center:
The Pass It On Center’s Web site is for individuals looking for ways to reduce the cost of Assistive Technology (AT) or Durable Medical Equipment (DME) or programs across the country that reuse, recycle, and refurbish AT and DME. Among other features, the site includes a map of state AT/DME reuse programs and information on how to deal with legal, liability, and regulatory information in reuse; build a facility for reuse of AT; make informed decisions about purchasing used AT; and plan for sustainability of reuse programs.
Pathways Mapping Initiative:
The Pathways Mapping Initiative is a Web site where community coalitions, providers of services and supports, and policymakers can find information about what works in social programs and policies to increase children’s readiness for school and families’ economic success. Site information is sorted into two Pathways: what communities can do to improve School Readiness, and what communities can do to encourage Family Economic Success. The Pathways Mapping Initiative is supported by the Harvard Medical School and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Edventures.com provides great resources for managing and facilitating fun, project-based learning activities that prepare students for the future and address technological literacy standards. Perfect for technology educators, as well as general and special education classrooms. The Web site also includes special segments for parents and kids.
PeaceJam International Web site:
The PeaceJam Foundation is an international education Program whose mission is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. This Web site brings young people together with Nobel Peace Laureates to tackle such issues as access to water, basic rights, social justice, and human security.
The pepnet2 (Pn2) Web site is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in an array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance, to increase the educational, career and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Person-Centered Planning Education Site:
This Web site of the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University helps users enhance their awareness of and appreciation for person-centered planning by providing an overview of the person-centered planning process, self-study courses covering the basic processes involved, a compendium of readings and activities, and various downloadable resources and links.
Personnel Improvement Center:
The Personnel Improvement Center (PIC): National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities contains information to help increase the nation’s capacity to recruit, prepare, and retain fully qualified special educators, early intervention and related service providers through knowledge development, technical assistance and dissemination, and leadership coordination.
The new PN2 website offers improved online training and e-learning products and better access to their evolving interactive Communities of Practice. Visitors can also join the PN2 Discussion Forum (formerly the PEPNet Post listserv) here.
Postoutcomes Network of NCSET at the University of Hawaii:
A collaborative effort of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition at the University of Minnesota and the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii. The Postoutcomes Network focuses on issues of postsecondary education, employment and transition for individuals with disabilities. The Web site includes information on institutes, events and activities, related resources, publications and more.
Preparing for College: The Online Guide for Students with Disabilities:
This website offers guidance to students with disabilities in choosing and preparing for college.
Helps families, educators, administrators, and therapists increase the participation of students with disabilities in school programs. This site contains success stories, inclusion strategies, adapted curricula, training handouts, and intervention planning forms. There is also a section on using technology to promote inclusion of students with disabilities in schools and a "gadgets and gizmos" section that contains products to help children with disabilities participate in school and play activities. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, call 303.864.5277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public School Review:
Public School Review provides free, detailed profiles of USA public schools and their surrounding communities. The site evaluates schools relative to each other and to state-wide averages for several key criteria like teacher:student ratios. The site can be particularly helpful for families who are moving and need to evaluate several potential schools, or for all parents who are exploring different pre-college educational options for their child.
Quality Mall: Person-Centered Services Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities:
Quality Mall is an international Web site with free information about the best person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities. Features include Web sites for major disability organizations, person-centered planning styles and formats, and high quality resources.
Racial Equity Tools:
Racial Equity Tools is a Web site designed to support people and groups who are working for inclusion, racial equity and social justice. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources.
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center:
The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center Web Site provides resources to support schools, school districts, and institutions of higher education in emergency management, including the development and implementation of comprehensive emergency and crisis response plans.
Offers information on the Department of Education's ambitious national effort to help every child become a successful reader. Includes a description of how the program will work, an estimated timeline for distribution of state funds, and links to reading reports and related associations and organizations. The Web site initiative is run out of the Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a helpful resource for providers and families eager to understand this federal effort.
Ready by 21:
“Ready by 21” is a set of strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment that helps communities and states improve services, supports, and opportunities for all youth in education settings. Their Web site offers news and commentary on resources and events helping ensure that all youth are ready for college, work, and life.
Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic:
For 60 years, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has been the leading producer of accessible educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible. With titles available in every subject area and grade level from kindergarten through graduate studies, RFB&D’s digitally recorded textbooks are effective learning tools for students challenged by the printed page.
Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on State Systems and Employment:
The mission of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on State Systems and Employment, from the University of Massachusetts-Boston, is to improve the employment outcomes of people with disabilities through the promotion of responsive, effective, and efficient state service delivery systems.
Resource Center to Address Discrimination & Stigma Associated with Mental Illness:
The Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma, a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, helps people design and implement programs to reduce discrimination and stigma associated with mental illnesses. With the most up-to-date research and information, the Center helps individuals, organizations and governments counter such discrimination and stigma in the community, in the workplace, and in the media.
Resource Center: Tools and Training for Volunteer and Service Programs:
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a “one-stop shop” for tools to strengthen volunteer and service programs, offering more than 2,500 free downloadable tools, e-courses, and other resources and materials on hundreds of topics. There are also areas for social networking and interaction.
Resource Highlights Community’s Role in Educating All Children:
Publicschoolinsights.org shows how teachers, administrators, parents, and others are finding common ground and crafting innovative, 21st-century solutions to help all students succeed. Features include a wide variety of success stories about U.S. schools and districts that have adopted successful strategies for addressing key challenges in education. The site’s ultimate goal: to build a sense of community among those who are working at the local level to strengthen their public schools, while showcasing proven strategies.
Resources for Parents from the Office of Adolescent Health: Conversation Generation:
“Conversation Generation,” from the Resources for Parents from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), is an online resource providing parents (and foster parents, guardians, and other parenting and caring adults) with knowledge and skills on beginning and maintaining two-way communication with adolescents about sex, sexuality, and relationships, with tips for getting the conversation started. OAH was established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to coordinate adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Resources for Young Activists:
Idealist.org, a project of Action Without Borders, sponsors this Web site, geared toward young people who want to get involved in their communities or want to organize around an important issue. Includes profiles of organizations started by kids, listings of voluteer opportunities for people under 18, and much more.
Resources in Spanish on the Child Welfare Information Gateway:
The Child Welfare Information Gateway recently launched a “Resources in Spanish” section on its Web site, including a glossary of English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English child welfare terms, as well as resources on: child abuse and neglect; preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect; supporting and preserving families; out-of-home care; and adoption.
Response-to-Intervention: Possibilities for Service Delivery at the Secondary School Level:
Response to Intervention (RtI) is an approach for identifying students with specific learning disabilities. It assumes a broad system of early intervention and support in place, one possible component of which is evaluating a student for suspected learning disabilities. Students are provided with evidence-based instruction and progress monitoring in general education classrooms. RtI has grown beyond just a special education identification approach and become a comprehensive, data-based prevention model for helping struggling students achieve. This e-newsletter looks at the challenges and possibilities of implementing an RtI model at the secondary level.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving: Building Support for America's Caregivers:
Through research, education, and training, the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving “promotes the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, and professional caregivers; teaches effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.” The Institute’s Web site includes many resources for professional caregivers, including downloadable publications.
Rural School and Community Trust:
A non-profit educational organization dedicated to increasing student learning and improving community life by strengthening relationships between rural schools and communities. This Web site includes a wide range of publications, the Rural Policy Matters newsletter, links to other organizations, and ways to get involved in strengthening your area's school and community relationships.
ScholarCentric: Creator of Success Highways, Proven Dropout Prevention for Middle/High School Students:
ScholarCentric is committed to creating ready-to-learn classrooms where students are empowered to succeed in school and in life. Its cornerstone program, Success Highways, combines innovative curriculum, a technology-based assessment, and effective teacher training to help at-risk students stay in school, score higher on achievement tests, and become better prepared for college and work. Its Web site includes information on Success Highways and its other programs, funding resources, and resources on at-risk students.
School Grants Blog:
The schoolgrantsblog Web site provides information on getting school grants and making education affordable. It covers different types of grants, their sources, and how to apply for them.
This Web site sponsored by WestEd, an agency committed to improving learning at all stages of life, helps schools and districts address the immense challenge of raising student achievement in low-performing schools. It offers practitioners the knowledge and expertise they need to make sound decisions and take tangible action in their school reform efforts. It provides resources, services, and tools that education professionals nationwide can use in their work with low-performing schools.
SchwabLearning.org en Español – Una guia para padres con ninos que tienen dificultades del aprendizaje:
SchwabLearning has revised its Spanish Web site, “Una guia para padres con ninos que tienen dificultades del aprendizaje.” The site includes over 20 articles that have been translated into Spanish in the following categories: Identificando, Enfrentando Asuntos, Recursos, and Quienes Somos.
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Using this Web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.
Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages (SPIRAL):
This Web site contains health resources for patients and physicians in seven Asian languages: Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Thai, and Vietnamese. All documents are also available in English. A joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library.
Self Determination Project at Westchester Institute for Human Development:
The Self Determination Project Web site includes information on connecting to local services, resources and bibliography, helpful sites, employment, etc.
The Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at the University of Minnesota and the Arc have partnered to support a Web site for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to help them advocate for themselves and take charge of their lives. Self-Advocacy Online,” an educational and networking tool, includes multi-media lessons on such topics as living self-determined, healthy, contributing lives; a story wall of videos of self-advocates sharing their stories; and a national listing of self-advocacy groups.
Shoulder to Shoulder: Raising Teens Together:
This Web site includes a variety of resources on raising teenagers including a parenting survey, a parenting booklet in Spanish, a PowerPoint presentation on raising teens, and downloadable articles containing parenting tips on numerous topics such as sexuality and dating, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, violence, eating disorders, depression, curfew, truancy, driving, and information for families new to American culture.
Smart Education Systems:
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is leading school reform, especially in urban communities, through smart education systems for developing, sharing and acting on knowledge that leads to school improvement and improved student outcomes. Smart systems are "nimble, adaptive and efficient," building and maintaining partnerships with the surrounding community, businesses, community organizations, and cultural institutions.
The Smithsonian Education Web site includes topics relevant to disabilities, such as its online exhibition, “The Disability Rights Movement,” and information for visits by individuals with disabilities (“Planning Your Smithsonian Visit” and “A Guide for Groups: Planning a Smithsonian Visit”).
Social Security Online for American Indians and Alaska Natives:
The site provides basic Social Security program information on retirement, survivors, disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In addition to program information, this new site shows how individuals can conduct business with SSA Online and information on how individuals and tribes or nations can contact SSA.
Social Security Online: Kids and Families:
Sponsored by Social Security, this Web site page provides two different very innovative, interactive learning opportunities - one for children and one for youth - to learn about Social Security and its programs.
SparkAction is an online journalism and advocacy center by and for the child and youth field. Its site and e-newsletters are a one-stop shop for news and tools to make a difference in the lives of children and youth, gathering and synthesizing the best information on a range of child and youth issues across the development spectrum, from organizations and leaders across the country.
Formally known as Connect for Kids, SparkAction has re-launched a new, improved site: SparkAction.org. The new site merges the comprehensive CFK library of articles and resources with the Youth Policy Action Center’s high-tech online advocacy tools and the National Youth Development Information Center’s publications. SparkAction was developed with input from hundreds of organizations and young people across the country.
SparkAction’s Fund & Sustain Your Work Section:
SparkAction’s Fund & Sustain Your Work Section Web site provides links to grant-writing tools, sample proposals, and funding alerts by deadline and topic.
SparkTop.org, a new Schwab Learning resource designed for teachers of students ages 8-12 with learning difficulties, offers tools and ideas for educators to help these children build their self-esteem. The site offers free downloads, activities on developing leadership and problem-solving skills in a supportive environment, links on topics such as test-taking strategies and adapting a classroom to fit the needs of students with learning disabilities, a free newsletter, and more.
Special Education Resources on the Internet:
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a clearinghouse of Web resources of interest to those involved in fields related to special education, including general disability, specific disabilities, law, transition, technology, inclusion, medicine and health, gifted and talented, parenting, and education.
SSA Office of Policy:
The Office of Policy serves as the Social Security Administration's (SSA’s) focal point for policy analysis and research, evaluation, and statistics. Access this site to find statistical information and other policy-related information relative to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.
State Education Reforms (SER):
The State Education Reforms Web site, which draws primarily on data collected by organizations other than the National Center for Education Statistics, compiles and disseminates data on state-level education reform efforts in four areas: 1) standards, assessment, and accountability; 2) school finance reforms; 3) resources for learning; and 4) state support for school choice options. Specific reform areas include student and teacher assessments, adequate yearly progress, statewide exit exams, highly qualified teachers, open enrollment laws, and charter schools.
State Web Sites for Graduation Requirements:
This new Web page produced by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) links visitors to information on state graduation requirements, including all U.S. states with their graduation requirements online. A helpful tool for policy administrators, as well as for special education teachers and support people interested in helping students with disabilities to understand their graduation options.
The StateData Web site, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, generates customized charts of state, national, and individual disability data. In addition, accessible text versions are automatically created by the charting software. The site currently includes data sets from state mental retardation/developmental disabilities agencies, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level. It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm. This website looks at bullying in relation to children, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and the community, with information on news, references, and resources.
Stop Bullying Web site:
The Stop Bullying Web site, recently updated, encourages children, parents, educators, and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying, and provides a map with detailed information on state laws and policies, interactive webisodes and videos for young people, practical strategies for schools and communities to ensure safe environments, and suggestions on how parents can talk about this sensitive subject with their children. The site also explores the dangers of cyberbullying and steps youngsters and parents can take to fight it.
StrugglingReaders.com: Comprehensive Reading Intervention Programs, Grades K-Adult:
This Web site features Core Reading programming, reading intervention for struggling readers in middle school and high school. Direct instruction programs are also available for elementary through adult. The programs for struggling readers provide direct instruction in sound-symbol development, phonics, word recognition, multi-syllable word management, vocabulary development, reading fluency, and guided comprehension.
Summer Opportunities for Youth:
The Summer Opportunities for Youth/Findyouthinfo web site offers information on summer job opportunities for youth and links to resources that can help youth gain real world experience and contribute to their community.
TAcommunities.org is the home of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) supported by the Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network and the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. The CoPs provide resources and assistance to states on issues affecting students with disabilities, and also extend TA to the states through peer-led collaboration. The CoPs include Data – Part C and B, Exiting – Part B, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Identification – Part C, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) – Part B, Part C Settings – Services in Natural Environments, Preschool LRE – Part B and 619, and Response to Intervention (RTI).
Teaching Diverse Learners:
This Web site is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with English language learners. It includes information on: teaching and learning strategies on culturally responsive teaching, mainstream classrooms, bilingual/ESL classrooms, and special education; strategies for performance and student assessment; organizations that may be useful to teachers of language minority students; and funding opportunities and grants for teaching English language learners.
TeachingBooks.net: Sharing the spirit of books and reading:
The goal of this Web site is to provide all educators with easy access to children’s book authors and authoritative teaching resources. Among the resources available are teacher guides, National Public Radio interviews, and links to authors’ Web sites.
Technical Education Research Centers (TERC) :
TERC works to generate awareness of how learning in the real world and the classroom overlap. This Web site offers useful resources for engaging students in meaningful activities and learning outside of school where students can participate in math and science activities in their daily lives without even realizing it. The Web site also offers games and activities that can get students excited about learning outside of the classroom.
Teen Business Link:
This Web site from the U.S. Small Business Administration helps teens identify ideas for businesses they could start, find a mentor, write a business plan, start a business, meet other entrepreneurs in their community, and protect their business’ idea, product, or name. It also includes information about the benefits of owning a business, legal issues, and insurance.
This is an online summit for youth to exchange information with their peers on a variety of subjects. Youth are also provided information on overcoming adversities.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Web site provides easy access to information about the Foundation’s work, approach to philanthropy, and lessons learned about building thriving communities for vulnerable children and families. Features include an interactive “Casey Places” map; KIDS COUNT databases; and Knowledge Center. Visitors can also sign up for e-mail newsletters, download publications, and stay current on the Foundation’s latest resources and announcements.
The Art and Science | Heart and Soul of Dissemination:
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) Dissemination Initiative page has information for Technical Assistance projects on effective dissemination practices.
The Center for Public Education:
The Center for Public Education (Center) is a resource for information about public education and its importance to the well-being of the nation. The Center provides up-to-date research, data, and analysis on education issues and explores ways to improve student achievement and engage public support for public schools. The intended audience includes school board members and other policymakers, educators, community leaders, parents, and everyone concerned with children’s education. The Center is an initiative of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders :
The Center on Great Teachers & Leaders, at American Institutes for Research, is a website to support states in their efforts to ensure that students have access to great teachers and leaders. It includes sections on evaluating teachers and principals, an online database of state teacher and principal evaluation systems, student learning objectives, educator effectiveness timeline, online tools, events, and blog discussion.
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA):
The Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA) is a research and development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on developing, adapting, and studying a comprehensive school-based and community-based education program for high school students on the autism spectrum. This five year project brings together experts in autism, secondary education, adolescence, and implementation to work in collaboration with high schools, families, adolescents with ASD, and community members. The CSESA web site provides information and discussion on the project’s work.
The Forum for Youth Investment :
The Forum for Youth Investment website offers information about research and events relevant to preparing youth to be “Ready by 21” for college, work, and life, with sections on “Ready by 21,” publications, field supports, and policy networks.
The Forum for Youth Investment’s Ready by 21:
Ready by 21 is a set of strategies developed by the Forum for Youth Investment to help communities improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. The approaches included are built on: building broader partnerships, setting bigger goals, using better data and information, and implementing bolder strategies.
The HEATH Resource Center:
The HEATH Resource Center provides online, web based resources on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
The National Center for Homeless Education:
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) at the SERVE Center is a Web site supporting the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center in the area of homeless education, and covers such areas as products and resources (national, state, and local), legislation, and best practices.
The Resource Center on YouTube:
The Corporation for National and Community Service's Resource Center's YouTube page has grown. More than 60 videos have been added on national and community service topics, including social media webinars and training. Focusing national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how individuals can work together to increase the number of mentors, helps assure brighter futures for young people. Service as a mentor enriches the mentor’s own life as much as it does the life of a child, leading to new experiences, new connections, new insights, and new satisfactions.
The Whole Child: Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported, Challenged: An Initiative of ASCD:
ASCD has launched this public engagement and advocacy campaign—called The Whole Child—to encourage schools and communities to work together to ensure that each student has access to a challenging curriculum in a healthy and supportive climate. ASCD proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. You can grade your school on these goals, share your story, spread the word, and more at the Web site of The Whole Child.
A new Web site from the Institute on Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston, designed to provide information to students with cognitive disabilities who are interested in finding ways to attend college. The site includes information for students, family members, and professionals, and features a searchable database of postsecondary education programs, a discussion board designed by students, a listserv, and links to Web-based resources.
Thinkfinity: Literacy, Education, and Technology Site from the Verizon Foundation:
Thinkfinity is a free, comprehensive digital learning platform from the Verizon Foundation. It is designed to improve learning in traditional settings and beyond the classroom by providing the high-caliber content and professional development needed to improve student achievement anytime, anywhere, at no cost. It contains more than 55,000 authoritative educational and literacy resources for teachers, students, and community programs, including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, student materials, interactive tools, and Web sites. Thinkfinity also includes best-in-class evidence-based literacy resources.
Tools for School Improvement Planning: A Project of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform:
This Web site contains observation protocols, focus group samples and questions, surveys, questionnaires, and other techniques to help examine specific school-improvement concerns. In the tools section, there is a database of new and innovative tools used throughout the country, organized into school-improvement focus areas common to many schools, districts, and states. In addition to numerous proven tools, this site features two other essentials for school improvement, including a school-improvement guide with a step-by-step process for successful school improvement, including sample worksheets and rubrics.
Trace Center: Information Resources:
The Trace Research & Development Center is a part of the College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1971, Trace has been a pioneer in the field of technology and disability. The Trace Center is currently working on ways to make standard information technologies and telecommunications systems more accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
Training Resource Network, Inc.:
TRN announces a new and friendlier way to find and purchase resources on community inclusion for people with disabilities. This Web site offers products needed for staff training, family training, or support resources for people with disabilities.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the career development and employment needs of youth with disabilities, regardless of primary disability category, degree of disability, or nature of disability. TransCen, Inc. operates local direct service programs in the Rockville, MD area but also develops, implements, and researches initiatives that have national impact. Web site includes excellent information about services and publications.
The mission of the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas is to maximize professional development in secondary school reform and transition at the national, state, and local levels. The Coalition supports best practices and creates professional development forums using face-to-face and online training and technical assistance.
Transitions Research and Training Website:
The Transitions Research and Training Center, within the University of Massachusetts Department of Psychiatry, offers a Web site with links to their briefs on transitioning from child to adult mental health services, vocational supports for Latino and non-Latino youth, becoming an adult, and supported employment for youth with peer mentors; tip sheets; posters; and their publications and products.
Trevor Project Lifeline and Trevor Chat:
The Trevor Project Lifeline and Trevor Chat are for youth feeling alone, confused, or in crisis, who can call 1-866-488-7386 or chat online with a trained advocate. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
U.S. Department of Education:
The U.S. Department of Education's Web offers customized pages (My.Ed.gov) for teachers and families, technical assistance providers, and grantees. It also offers useful information, publications, and opportunities for involvement.
U.S. Department of Education College-gov Site:
The U.S. Department of Education has a new Web site that aims to motivate students with inspirational stories and information about planning, preparing, and paying for college. Designed with students’ input and participation, College.gov was created as an online resource for credible information about college, providing real-life experiences of peers already attending college.
U.S. Department of Education: Satellite Town Meetings:
A live, interactive television program about what works in schools and communities. Thousands of people in sites all over the country meet virtually to discuss the most critical and timely issues in education. Renowned national experts, local educators, and community leaders share ideas on what it takes to create successful school improvement programs and keep them going and offer practical advice for your school and community. Past topics include testing for results, improving and ensuring teacher quality, expanding parent choice in their children's education, and more. Tune in for a live Webcast or download archived programs.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities:
A new Web site from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management provides a simple way to help employers better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities. The site provides access to information relevant to recruitment, employment and retention of individuals with disabilities in the federal government.
Understanding Educational Equity and Excellence at Scale:
The Annenberg Institute for School Reform has launched a Web site aimed to address a crucial issue in education reform: strategies currently in use have created pockets of excellence but have not created equity—they have not lessened large-scale, persistent academic achievement gaps based on race and income. This site provides text-based, audio, and video resources from important voices in education reform to support an ongoing dialogue between the twin goals of educational excellence and equity at scale in urban schools.
Universal Design Alliance:
The Universal Design Alliance, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create public awareness and expand public knowledge of universal design, which is design for all ages, sizes, and abilities.
University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Achievement Gap Conference Online:
The University of Wisconsin Green Bay’s Achievement Gap Conference Online offers nine of the conference presentations from the November 2010 Midwest Regional Achievement Gap Conference on topics relating to achievement gap and student success.
Updated IRIS Center Website:
IRIS produces evidence-based instructional and intervention practices for use in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. Their Resource Locator offers online modules, case studies, and activities.
USA.gov is the U.S. government's official Web clearinghouse, providing easy access to all the federal government's online information in English and Spanish. Users can find government forms; federal grants for states and school districts; information regarding federal education programs; statistics from the Census Bureau and Labor Department; information on laws, regulations, and court decisions; and contact information for members of Congress. Users can also access federal libraries and photo archives and the site has links to financial aid information, internship opportunities, and federal jobs.
The Voices4Hope website is a place for teenagers and young adults with mental health conditions to find resources and stigma busting information that can help them lead happy and independent lives. It was created and is maintained by four young adults with mental health conditions at the Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC). Voices4Hope has launched three webpages on eating disorders, young adult parenting, and bullying. These pages offer young adults information about conditions or circumstances that can affect them, recovery stories to read, and resources to help them make the best of their lives.
Voices4Hope’s Youth-Led, Youth-Focused Website Supporting Teens and Young Adult with Mental Health Challenges:
Voices4Hope is a website created by a group of young adults with mental health challenges who work in the Transitions Research & Training Center (Transitions RTC). The goal of this site is to connect young adults with mental health challenges across the country so they can talk to each other about things that are important to living happy and independent lives. (More general information on Transitions RTC’s research and dissemination activities is available at http://www.umassmed.edu/cmhsr/TransitionsRTC.aspx).
Waisman Center: University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities:
The mission of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Wisconsin, is to support the full inclusion and self-determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Center accomplishes this mission through its preservice training programs, clinical and intervention services, continuing education programs, and technical assistance and consultation services.
WestEd Website on Research-Based Services and Resources for Education:
WestEd’s new website offers easier access to research-based services and resources for education. It features: new navigation built around the topics that interest educators and practitioners, mobile- and tablet-friendly interface, and improved bookstore with personal accounts and mobile e-commerce.
A nonprofit research, development, and service agency, WestEd enhances and increases education and human development within schools, families, and communities. Its Web site includes information about WestEd and its services and products, including publications and events. Visitors can also request to be put on WestEd’s mailing and e-mailing lists.
What Do You Like? Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has created a Web site that provides students examples of careers that pertain to the topics of reading, building and fixing things, music and arts, sports, managing money, nature, social studies, science, math, law, and helping people. Each career example provides information about what the job is like, how to prepare for this career, how much the job pays, the number of jobs available, the future of the career, and where to find more information.
What Kids Can Do (WKCD):
This national nonprofit organization works to document the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose. This Web site includes links to WKCD partner organizations, short stories featuring successful projects conducted by young people, resources for adults interested in working with students on projects of public value, and much, much more.
What Should Count Web Site:
The American Federation of Teachers has launched this site focusing on higher education accountability, accreditation and assessment. What Should Count? is intended to serve as a clearinghouse of accountability initiatives and assessment mechanisms at the international, national, state, and local levels and to serve as mechanism for faculty, staff, and administrators to discuss the kinds of measures that best help our students succeed.
What Works Clearinghouse:
The What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has been updated to give the public better ways to find what works in education. Publications are now categorized into 15 topic areas. Resources included under topic areas include reviews, practice guides, and intervention reports.
What Works Clearinghouse: Search the Registry of Outcome Evaluators:
The What Works Clearinghouse announces the Registry of Outcome Evaluators, where users can search for evaluators (both individuals and organizations) who conduct research on the effects of educational interventions. The Registry allows users to search by geographic region, individual/organization, content area, and target populations.
This Web site provides a gateway to information, resources, and services regarding the employment of people with disabilities. Nationally recognized for methods and materials of disseminating new knowledge to a national audience, the Web site includes self-paced training modules, notices of teleconferences and Web trainings, newsletters, fast facts on workplace supports, and more. It also offers information on regional and national conferences.
Working Together: Building Improved Communication:
“Working Together” is a collection of CADRE resources designed to support collaboration between parents, schools, and early childhood programs. This on-line site includes short videos, a study guide, and related resources on listening skills, understanding positions and interests, and a module, “The Tale of Two Conversations,” which was developed in collaboration with the Office for Dispute Resolution in Pennsylvania.
Worksupport.com: Information, resources, and research about work and disability issues:
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention at Virginia Commonwealth University has launched a redesigned Web site. The site is a resource for individuals with disabilities seeking and maintaining employment, and businesses recruiting and hiring qualified employees with disabilities. It includes information about the Center, including the Center’s projects and training and research activities; resources; news; an online store selling publications and CDs; information for businesses; and a search feature.
World Institute on Disability:
The World Institute on Disability is a nonprofit research, training, and public policy center promoting the civil rights and full societal inclusion of people with disabilities. Its work focuses on four areas: employment and economic development, accessible health care and Personal Assistance Services, inclusive technology design, and international disability and development. Its Web site includes publications and reports, information and resources, news, employment opportunities, and training and public education.
WorldAndI.com: A Chronicle of our Changing Era:
The ultimate cross-curriculum educational resource for classroom teachers and students, containing more than 10,000 in-depth articles that have appeared in the World and I magazine since 1986. Each month, the site features a Teacher's Guide, complete with learning objectives, vocabulary, follow-up suggestions, and student activities. Access to the World and I Online archives is free until June 15, 2002! Simply log on with the Username: theworld&i and Password: enjoy.
Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities:
WrightsLaw, an organization where parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come for information about special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities, offers this site with contact information for educational consultants, psychologists, diagnosticians, health care specialists, academic tutors, speech/language therapists, advocates, and attorneys. Government programs, grassroots organizations, special education schools, parent support groups, copies of state special education regulations, and other information about special education issues published by state is also available.
Youth and Health: Public Discussions and Personal Decisions (Online Magazine):
The health of young people is always a cause for concern, including such issues as childhood obesity, tobacco and alcohol use, teen pregnancy, or serious automobile accidents. Teens are not very active when it comes to health policy, but that doesn’t mean they are not interested. The youth-written online magazine, “What Kids Can Do,” reports on how teens seek out information about key topics including sexual health, mental illness and healthy eating.
Youth at Work: Real World, Real Rights!:
Youth At Work is a Web site for youth in the workforce, sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers. This Web site is designed to teach youth about their rights and responsibilities as an employee.
Youth on the Move:
When youth with intellectual disabilities finish high school, successful transition to adult life depends on high expectations, good planning, and the right resources. The Institute on Community Inclusion’s Youth on the Move website offers information on this crucial transition from high school to the adult world and how to plan comprehensively, support young people to become more independent, and help them use their interests and skills to guide their job search. It includes a Transition Timeline showing what steps are essential between the ages of 14 and 18.
Youth Service America:
A resource center and premier alliance of 200+ organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Includes the National Youth Service Network, Youth as Decision-makers Directory, Youth Civic Action Network, Fund for Social Entrepreneurs, and more.
Youth to Work Coalition at NSTTAC:
NSTTAC, in partnership with the USBLN and other organizations focused on employment of youth and young adults with disabilities, has launched a newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC) website, accessible through NSTTAC’s website.
Youth Venture: Building a global movement of young changemakers:
Youth Venture a national non-profit organization that empowers young people ages 12-20 by providing them the tools necessary to create civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses. It provides access to a variety of resources, including a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, and up to $1,000 in seed capital to launch their organizations. Youth Venture believes that youth have the inherent creativity and determination needed to create genuine change within their communities.
YouthLEAD Web site for Youth With Disabilities:
The YouthLEAD project has a Web site for youth with disabilities that includes an online resource center, information on internet safety and security, and an interactive dashboard with all kinds of empowering content.
YouthRules! Preparing the 21st Century Workforce:
Through the new YouthRules! initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor and its strategic partners seek to promote positive and safe work experiences for young workers. The YouthRules! Web page and activities will educate teens, parents, educators, employers, and the public on Federal and State rules regarding young workers – the hours youth can work, the jobs youth can do, etc. The YouthRules! initiative will also help teens and employers work together to ensure safe work experiences.
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