“Like all people, individuals with Down syndrome learn and develop at their own rate and in their own way. People with Down syndrome have varied goals for their futures and individual expectations of their roles in the family, school and community.
Down syndrome is not a blueprint for potential or a prescription for a given educational or life plan. However, people with Down syndrome often experience mild to moderate delays in their cognitive and physical development and research has shown that educational and therapeutic interventions (such as early intervention services) can greatly benefit learners with Down syndrome. Careful consideration, supports and early planning are often necessary to facilitate education and community life.” – From the website. CLICK HERE to visit the website or go to http://www.ndss.org/Resources/Education/Education–Down-Syndrome/
“The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities… Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities, BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected Innovation Areas: Economic Participation and Community Participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities.” – From the Burton Institute Website. Click Here or go to http://bbi.syr.edu/ to learn more about
“Nothing stops Jerry Robinson. Nothing. After graduating as salutatorian in college and landing a job with a global financial company, Robinson continues to do what he knows best—shatter barriers. The budding scholar, born with cerebral palsy, is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and conducting research with the BBI team. It’s an incredible feat for someone who nearly died at birth. ‘My parents were told I wouldn’t live long, but here I am,’ says Robinson, 30, who suffered brain damage after the umbilical cord became wrapped around his head…” – From the website. To read the entire article Click Here
Roundtable discussion featuring scholars in the field of disability studies. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend as space is limited, and be sure to mention any special assistance needs you may have to attend this discussion.
It can be difficult to find information regarding available scholarships, especially when you are looking for scholarships specifically for disabled people. Here are a few resources that might help make that search a little easier
Disabled World has information of both scholarships to go to college, but also grants for other services; such as sending a developmentally disabled child to summer camp. It also had some useful tips for searching scholarships on the Internet. To visit their website click here
SchoolSoup.com has created a list of grants and scholarships sorted by specific disability. For example: Autism, Down Syndrome, Physical Disability, Blindness, Deafness, etc. A great place to find disability specific scholarships and grants! Start searching HERE!
FinAid focuses on scholarships for people with learning disabilities. There are many different scholarships available, however, with the growing number of people claiming to have learning disabilities the scholarships are highly competitive.
Education Week: On Special Education is an online news source which focuses specifically on issues in special education. With an archive of hundreds of articles, organized by subject (ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, Early Intervention, etc.) this is a great resource for keeping up with current events in the world of Special Education.
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College An excellent resource for anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend college at some point in their lives. This guide covers many different subjects ranging from goal setting, managing time, searching for grants and scholarships, developing a support network, and where to look (both on and off campus) when you need help.
PEPNet provides resources and expertise that enhance educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing–including those with co-occurring disabilities. PEPNet’s national outreach is coordinated through its four regional centers. At the local level, each state’s contact person is the gateway to the shared knowledge and best practices of the four regions. PEPNet regional centers work collaboratively to provide a broad variety of best practices & resources where and when you need them to enhance educational opportunities.
Do you have a student in your classroom who struggles with articulation, fluency, voice, or language? Is the student’s academic performance being negatively affected? This blog will give you 8 tips to help support students in your class who have speech or language impairments.
April 13, 2011 KUNC For students living with Asperger’s syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism, the everyday social interactions of college life can be awkward. So as more kids with autism head off to college, there’s a growing demand for college services to help students fit in, graduate and ultimately find jobs.
A resource for children with behavioral issues, their families and teachers from NICHCY with information and links on positive behavior management in the classroom, behavior issues and specific disabilities such as Autism and ADD/ADHD, and what the laws require. En Espanol.
The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities – 10 commonly asked questions that families and educators of students with disabilities have about charter schools. We also offer links to state-specific resources that can help you better understand how charter schools work in your individual state.
Special Programs covers a wide range of services. These include special education, family resource centers, health services, Title programs, positive behavior support, community transition programs, and Motor Team (OT/PT services).
This resource page addresses one aspect of development that’s important not to ignore with children with or without disabilities—the development of sexuality. There’s so much to know and consider on this subject–what sexuality is, its meaning in adolescent and adult life, and the responsibilities that go along with exploring and experiencing one’s own sexuality. Children need information about values, morals, and the subtleties of friendship, dating, love, and intimacy. They also need to know how to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual exploitation. This is especially true when the young person has a disability.
The relatively high number of students who went on to attend postsecondary education without having it as a goal in their transition plan indicates that high schools may underestimate the educational aptitude or aspirations of students with autism. Based on these data, it is legitimate to speculate that more students with autism might have attended postsecondary education had they been encouraged to explore this opportunity when they were in high school. Increasing the level of expectations during high school is critical for improving the quality of life of adults with autism, including their employment outcomes.
Cell phones and touch-type devices like the iPhone, the iPod touch or the iPad can be used to enhance learning, communication and entertainment for people with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorders). This website collects and shares information related to the use of visual and tactile technology such as the iPhone, the iPod touch and the iPad for people with ASD.
Increasing numbers of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are being included in general education settings. Learners with ASD can benefit from the general education curriculum, with some achieving at a high academic level.Yet, social communication and behavioral difficulties can present challenges to their successful inclusion. Instructional priorities for children with ASD include social communication interventions that teach children how to spontaneously initiate functional communication in academic and social contexts. This article describes evidence-based strategies that will help educators create opportunities for social interaction for students with ASD in the context of naturally occurring classroom activities and routines.
Into the game: youth with disabilities in afterschool sports
Discover Leisure Education – This online resource was designed to assist you in understanding and further appreciating the value and importance of leisure in the life of your child. It is a resource to aid you as you consider, planning for, and assisting your child in developing leisure-related skills that will allow them to be successful at home, school, and community settings. This guide is a resource that you can turn to again and again to aid you in finding resources and answering questions. It is our hope that this guide will allow you and your child to embark on a fun and exciting adventure as you, Discover Leisure Education.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an education-based program that uses the sports and education initiatives of Special Olympics to activate youth to promote school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. But it is much more.
A collection of resources for children/youth with disabilities and their families about participating in after school programs.
Afterschool Benefits Kids with Special Needs -This issue brief highlights the effectiveness of afterschool programming in offering children with special needs an opportunity to develop alongside their non-disabled peers. The benefits of afterschool for kids with special needs include; improved performance on standardized tests, mastery of individualized education goals, higher grades, improved behavior and increased motivation to learn.
Afterschool.gov Children with Disabilities section – This section provides you with information on how to best meet the needs of the special populations of children in your afterschool program. Featured are federal sites with information on policies and best practices, research and publications, technical assistance, and special education programs, specifically tailored for children with disabilities, and other populations.
The Natives Program is federally funded through the Indian Education Act of 1972, as amended by No Child Left Behind. The acronym NATIVES stands for Native Americans Towards Improved Values in Education and Society. Through this program students are able to receive an education and participate in multiple learning activities at no charge. The program serves students in the Eugene School District 4J who are:
Members of a tribe, band, or other organized group of state
Federally recognized Indians, including those tribes, bands, or groups terminated since 1940
Child or grandchild of any such member mentioned above
Eskimo, Aleut, or other Alaska Native
Considered by the Secretary of the Department of the Interior to be an Indian
There is no specific blood quantum requirement. Students do not have to be enrolled in their tribe.
Keep up with the latest news on the program’s Facebook Page.
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
August 1, 2011, 9:32 am
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) consists of 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States and one in Canada. Each of these institutions was created and chartered by its own tribal government for a specific purpose: to provide higher education opportunities to American Indians through programs that are locally and culturally based, holistic, and supportive.
The purpose of the program is to provide special education and related services to Native American children with severe disabilities, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Center (a) provides the technical assistance to encourage large-scale implementation of PBIS; (b) provides the organizational models, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation tools needed to implement PBIS with greater depth and fidelity across an extended array of contexts; and (c) extends the lessons learned from PBIS implementation to the broader agenda of educational reform. En Español
Individual Development Accounts Oregon Department of Revenue
July 5, 2011, 1:14 pm
An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings account for a special purpose. The money you deposit in this account will be matched by private donations. Each dollar you save will be matched by other dollars. Save for your home, to go back to school, starting a business, purchasing equipment to support your job, or starting a small business.
Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.
Oregon Student Assistance Commission(OSAC) administers a variety of State of Oregon, Federal, and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians attending institutions of post-secondary education. This agency was formerly known as the Oregon State Scholarship Commission.