Resource Links

Tennessee Department of Education guidance on services to students with disabilities.


IDEA Best Practices Guide for Districts Released (6/30/20) The Council of Great City Schools has issued a best practices guide to help districts offer support, knowledge, and tools as they continue to provide instruction and services to students with disabilities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The U.S. Department of Education guidance related to the provision of special education and related services during school closings or virtual settings.

The U.S. Department of Education website page to address COVID-19 ed.gov/coronavirus


Infographics Addressing Provision of Special Education During Mandatory School Closures – March 2020

STEPInc., Tennessee’s Parent Training and Information Center, is grateful to Florida’s Family Network on Disabilities (FND) for sharing these excellent infographics. STEP has formatted them in a PDF for easy viewing and printing. Click here to access these infographics.  Click here for Spanish.

This link provides direct access to the online infographics created by the Family Network on Disabilities. bit.ly/FND-Infographs-Supplemental-Fact-Sheets

The infographics have been created based on the document, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING A COVID-19 OUTBREAK, released on March 13, 2020, by Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos responding to the COVID-19 OUTBREAK. (Also available in Spanish).

Please visit, bit.ly/USDOE-QA-Covid19-20200312 to download the original publication.


 

The ADA and Face Mask Policies (Updated: June 10, 2020)

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways. People with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and people over the age 60, are at a higher risk of becoming infected and most likely to become seriously ill. Safety measures such as social distancing, stay at home orders, and the wearing of face masks or cloth face coverings are now part of our daily lives. For the purposes of this document, the term “face mask” will be used for both face masks and cloth face coverings.

Wearing a face mask is one important way to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing a face mask in public places like grocery stores and pharmacies, where it is hard to stay six feet apart from other people. [1] Several state and local governments are requiring the use of a face mask when in public spaces.

Wearing a face mask may be difficult for some people with a disability. State and local government agencies or private businesses that want customers to use a face mask may have questions and concerns. This fact sheet offers answers to questions about the issue of face mask policies, wearing face masks, reasons why a person with a disability might not be able to wear a face mask, and the legal rights a person has under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Click here to read more.


Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM) provides toolkits for caregivers supporting individuals with autism during this pandemic.


The Branch, a program of PAVE, provides sample documents and medical guidance for family caregivers who are responsible for children because of a parent’s military service.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a page to track national news and updates related to the outbreak.


A simply written 8-page booklet about Coronavirus, created by and for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is available for download from the Center for START Services at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have relaxed rules in order to give states more flexibility in providing medical and early learning services through remote technologies. The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) has a webpage on teleintervention. Topics include training for families learning to navigate technology for online learning and appointments.


The Child Mind Institute provides access to live video chats with clinicians, telemedicine and more. The agency provides guidance in English and Spanish and offers parents an opportunity to sign up for a COVID-19 tip of the day.


COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or someone else, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255).

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, confidential 24/7 phone line that connects individuals in crisis with trained counselors across the United States.

You don’t have to be suicidal or in crisis to call the Lifeline. People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, illness, getting over abuse, depression mental and physical illness, and loneliness.


Eating Well During Stressful Times

You may find that it is hard to eat healthy during stressful events such as the COVID-19 pandemic. You are not alone. One out of every three Americans report they overeat or otherwise eat unhealthy during stress. That being said, the University of Tennessee Extension has a resource to help you eat healthier during this time.


The Family Network on Disabilities (FND) provides English and Spanish versions of a visual resource that describes the Department of Education guidance for serving children with disabilities during the pandemic.


Family Resource Guide

Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services is aware that children and families across the state may need additional support during this unprecedented and challenging time. As always, our priority is ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children by building strong, healthy, and empowered families. You can help us achieve this goal by looking out for the children and families in your community. If you identify a family that may need assistance, reach out with a helping hand to link them to important resources found in this guide. By taking care of the children in our communities, together we can make a difference.


How a Supportive School Environment Can Help Counter the Effects of Trauma

It is well documented that a child’s reaction to trauma can interfere with brain development, learning, and behavior — all of which have the potential to impact a child’s academic success as well as the overall school environment. By understanding trauma and how it can change the actual physiology of the brain, school personnel can help reduce the negative impact. Teachers can use specific strategies to help children as they learn, and all staff members can help create a more supportive school environment to counter the effects of trauma. Read more in this blog post from SHAPE America.


PBS Teaching Tennessee provides two hours of instructional content airing each weekday morning from 10-12 a.m. CDT on all Tennessee PBS stations. Lessons for grades 1-8 are also posted online on TDOE’s YouTube channel. Parents can help support their kids with this guide. In addition to the reading and math lessons, you can find short physical education and art lessons on the TDOE YouTube Channel.


Parent & Child Emotional Survival Toolkit

During stressful times such as the current coronavirus pandemic, what children need most is Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

Our goal is to provide emotional support and positive experiences to uplift you and your children while you’re confined to home. Accordingly, we’ve assembled a one-of-a-kind toolkit of meaningful and fun activities to benefit your family, now and long-term.

The EQuip Our Kids! Survival Kit allows you easy access to an array of mostly free interactive resources for parents and kids – online programs, videos, games, and apps from a variety of respected sources. Collectively, they cover every age from birth through high school. Your children and you can learn some of these effective ways of relating to yourselves and others on your own. Others enable you to work together learning how to manage painful reactions, better cope with adversity, and create a happier, healthier mood in your home.


Preventing and Managing Communication Disorders during COVID-19”, features guidance to parents and families which they may find helpful during this challenging time. Through this campaign, free informational resources for the public are available which feature guidance that can be used as families spend more time in the home environment. 

• Tips for Parents: Maximizing Success of Virtual Speech and Language Treatment Sessions infographic
https://bit.ly/2WBLXFC
• Early Intervention and COVID-19: Advice for Parents of Children 0-3 Whose Services Are Interrupted
https://bit.ly/2WY6W4l
• Helping Children with Language Disorders Maintain Social Connection During COVID-19
https://bit.ly/2Z4TsGB
• COVID-19 and School Closures: Tips for Parents of Bilingual Children and English Language Learners Receiving Speech-Language Therapy Services
https://bit.ly/2Ta2Jta
• At Home with Young Children? Build Preschoolers Speech and Language Skills with Everyday Interactions and Activities
https://bit.ly/2Z5WJW8

To learn more and access additional resources, visit The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA’s) website at http://www.asha.org/bhsm.


Protecting Immigrant Families provides a downloadable fact sheet called You Have Rights: Protect Your Health. The website offers updates from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In March 2020, USCIS announced that immigrants can seek testing, treatment, and prevention of COVID-19 without immigration consequences despite a public charge rule that went into effect in February.


Resilience for Children & Families 8: Tough Feelings during Covid-19

Explore and address the difficult feelings children and youth are having right now as they hear confusing information in this blog post.


Resources About Face Masks

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and Children’s Specialized Hospital has developed a series of resources to help children understand and feel comfortable wearing face masks. The series includes:


Resources within Reason Using Telepractice to Support Children and Families – With the suspension of direct contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, colleagues and families are working to figure out what assessments, interventions, and home visits should look like. Click here for some resources that may be useful to colleagues who are making the transition to technology as a medium to support children and families.


Special Education and the Coronavirus: Legal FAQs About IEPs

By Andrew M.I. Lee, JD

Updated April 22, 2020

Nearly all schools are closed due to the coronavirus. Working with Lindsay Jones of our partner, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, we created this FAQ to answer common legal questions you may have about special education, evaluations, and IEPs.

As you read these FAQs, keep in mind that your state laws may differ. Your first place for information is your state department of education and your local school district, as well as the U.S. Department of Education’s up-to-date coronavirus information page. But these FAQs will give you a good starting point. Click here to read more.


 

Supporting Children with Autism through Uncertain Times

The ED-funded Autism Focused Intervention Resources & Modules (AFIRM) at the University of North Carolina Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute recently published Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times. This toolkit provides seven strategies that are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with autism during this period of uncertainty. In addition, examples and ready-made resources are included to help caregivers implement these strategies quickly and easily.


The US Department of Agriculture provides guidance about Food and Nutrition services, including information about waivers available because of the pandemic.


Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Below are resources, tips, and strategies for meaningfully participating in a virtual meeting.

These resources were produced in collaboration with the Center for Parent Information and ResourcesFamily Network on DisabilitiesNational Center for Systemic ImprovementPROGRESS Center, and Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support.

On this page, you will also find video resources and webinars useful when preparing to conduct or participate in virtual meetings.


“Wearing a Mask” Social Story Download!

Looking for tools to help your kids understand all the COVID-related changes right now? Check out this free social story about wearing a mask. You do have to create an account in order to download, but it’s free and just takes a minute. For more resources like this, go to autismlittlelearners.com.


Art and Music Resources

Art and music can help kids develop discipline, creativity, confidence, and critical thinking skills. The arts can also help build connections with others, improve memory, and open a window into diverse cultures. Explore some artistic tips and resources help with your adventure on learning at home.

Early Childhood/PreK Resources

Teaching preschoolers at home can be rewarding, and one of the greatest things you can do for your child. Preschoolers learn best through exploring, using all their senses to understand their world. Get your kids excited about discovering something new by disguising the learning activities as fun time. Find resources below to support your child’s early learning.

Interactive Learning Resources

Interactive learning is a more hands-on, real-world process of relaying information in classrooms. Students can continue learning at home with interactive websites, videos, and educational apps. Discover the learning resources below to keep your child engaged.

Literacy Resources

Having experiences that promote literacy at home can help develop your child’s reading ability, comprehension, and language skills. Engaging in joint reading, drawing, singing, storytelling, and game playing can be fun as well as educational. Explore these tips and resources to help with your adventure on learning at home.

Math Resources

Developing math skills will enhance your child’s daily activities, and become an important part of his or her lifetime learning. Connect below for math resources to add to your learning-at-home journey.

Parent Resources

Keeping your child engaged through a consistent daily learning schedule can be very helpful. Create a supportive at-home learning environment which will make the switch to learning at home a more seamless one.

The good news is that there are many engaging and fun ways to learn at home. We invite you to explore this collection of tips and resources to help with your adventure in this new normal.

Science Resources

Science is all about exploring how things work. It’s often best learned through hands-on experiments and observation. This makes it a fun and easy subject area for you and your kids to dive into while at home, and to set your older kids to tackle projects on their own. The following resources should keep students learning even while out of school.

Virutal Tour Resources

Many of the world’s most iconic historic sites/landmarks, renowned museums, major attractions, zoos, and national parks now offer virtual tours. Take your children on an adventure to “see the world” without having to leave your home. You can visit these Online Tours anytime and stay as long as you like.


Other Resources

100 Activities To Do At Home During School Closures

A helpful guide for all of you to survive the upcoming school closures. Many of these activities listed below will require some supplies. Most items you could find at the Dollar Store. Enjoy the list!


Activities for Students and Families Stuck at Home Due to Coronavirus

Balancing work and family is challenging enough in today’s active society, but doing so in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic can be overwhelming. Erin Higgins, a Department of Education staff member at the National Center for Education Research, shares her experiences working from home, addressing her child’s learning needs, and other responsibilities in a blog post. She includes a list of activities to keep children happy, healthy, and engaged — from monitoring screen time via apps to sorting, matching, and identifying colors when helping with the laundry.




Free Access to Webinars for Families With Young Children

The Division of Early Childhood (DEC) is offering parents and family members of young children with disabilities between the ages of 0 and 8 free access to DEC webinars during the Covid-19 outbreak. Please email [email protected] for more information.


An Institute of Education Sciences (IES) blog post, “The ED Games Expo ‘Goes Viral’ to Support Distance Learning,” details the 82 learning games and technologies developed with funding across the federal government that are available online at no cost until the end of the school year.


Helping Kids Learn at Home Video Series

Do you need to help your child with their schoolwork?

The educational experts at The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER) have created videos to help your child with reading, math, writing, science, and social studies plus give parents and guardians useful effective practices to teach students at home due to COVID-19. Videos will be posted regularly, so be sure to return to this page often to get the latest information.

Follow this link to watch these videos https://www.meadowscenter.org/library/resource/helping-your-kid-with


Ken Burns in the Classroom

Ken Burns and his collaborators have been creating historical documentary films for more than 40 years. The full-length film series and short videos in Ken’s online classroom cover the spectrum of school subjects and grade levels, eras, and topics. We warn you—you’ll never want to leave.


Podcasts: Listening for Entertaining and Learning

Parents and families across the country are looking for ways to stay active and engaged during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Podcasts are one way to use technology for learning purposes. One survey revealed 80% of children listen to a single podcast episode more than once. According to Fatherly.com, podcasts can entertain or inform and are not as likely to cause overstimulation as screens. Podcasts can provide story time when adults are working, or families can listen together. Educational and informative podcasts for all age groups and interests are available from a number of sources.


Parent as Master Planner

Parents or adult family members play an essential role as learning coaches, ensuring their children have the structure and support to succeed in online and distance learning environments. This learning coach/master planner role is particularly important for children with disabilities, learning and attention issues, and those who struggle with executive function skills, including organization and prioritizing.

As a learning coach, you can assist at home by supporting and guiding your child to navigate various aspects of virtual learning. Parents can play the role of the master planner as the expert who knows your child best. Taking what the teacher and school provides, create the most supportive learning environment at home for your child. This article from schoolvirtually.org offers several ways to get started in your role as learning coach, including:

  • creating a Personal Learning space
  • supporting self-reflection
  • customizing your child’s schedule
  • using graphic organizers

ReadyRosie is an early education tool that helps families, schools, & communities across the nation deepen and scale their family engagement efforts. The Results: Ready Families. Ready Educators. Ready Children. A FREE resource for families with children from birth to 3rd grade.

ReadyRosie’s modeled moments are designed to bring valuable lessons into real-life situations in an engaging way for everyone. You will receive a weekly playlist of videos that connect fun activities with serious learning opportunities.

If you have a school-aged child, please select his/her school district. If you have more than one child, you only need to enroll one time and will have access to all content for your children. If your child/children are not in school yet, please select the “Birth-Five” option.  Click here to register your child.


The STEM Innovation for Inclusion in Early Learning Center (STEMI²E²) stresses the importance of creating structure and routines at home for early learners. To help children cope with the changes resulting from COVID-19, STEMI²E² provides resources to support families, help them have a conversation about what is happening, and teach children how to handle this situation.


STEM Resources for Young Children with Disabilities | Division for Early Childhood (DEC)

All young children are born ready and able to engage in early science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning opportunities. Young children are naturally interested in many STEM-related concepts such as exploration, cause – the effect, and problem – solving. Facilitating STEM learning early may improve long term outcomes for children and their families. These resources to help early educators, families, and specialists target early STEM learning opportunities for young children with and without disabilities.


The STE(A)M Resource Hub includes three weekly challenges around design activities, critical thinking, and career exploration that can all be done in the home. The department and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) released a STE(A)M Resource Hub for educators and families to use with students grades 3-12 during COVID-19 related school closures. Find the activities here.


Supporting Families with PBIS at Home

This 8-page brief speaks directly to parents about how to use positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) at home, an approach used in over 25,000 schools as a highly effective way to  build children’s social-emotional-behavioral skills and reduce challenging behaviors. The publication is a collaboration between the Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), and is a  direct response to current stay-in-place policies and school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recommendations in the brief start with setting routines. Examples are given as to how to adapt school use of PBIS to home use for both elementary and secondary school routines. Another recommendation is to set home expectations of behavior. Again, examples are given of how expectations at school can be adapted to expectations at home. A third recommendation focuses on emphasizing positive feedback over correcting behavior (rule of thumb: aim for a ratio of 5 positive to 1 corrective). This recommendation includes strategies such as reminding children about expectations before an activity and rewarding positive behaviors. Additional recommendations are given about communicating with the school, being creative, and modeling good behavior and well-being.


What Are the Signs of Autism in Girls – Is Asperger’s in Girls Overlooked?

Girls with autism have long been misdiagnosed as their symptoms look quite different from those of their male peers on the spectrum. New research indicates that autism in girls is more common than previously thought as more is learned about the signs of autism in girls.

One of the latest guide from Autism Parent Magazine

Click here to read

Travel Tips for Children With Autism

Kids with autism thrive on set schedules, and vacations in new places far from home can cause discomfort and disrupt routines. With proper planning and organizing, you can help your child adjust so everyone in the family can travel together.
https://www.parents.com/health/autism/resources/travel-tips-children-with-autism/

Talk About Curing Autism – TACA

TACA has local Chapters in several states around the United States which provide outreach to families affected by autism via monthly educational meetings and Coffee Talks. Monthly Chapter Meetings feature expert speakers on a variety of autism related topics.
http://www.tacanow.org/about-taca/programs-services/

National Autism Network

The National Autism Network is the largest online resource for the autism community providing a social network, nationwide provider directory, events calendar, discussion forums, autism news, expert written content and thousands of resources. Our mission is to unite and empower parents, providers, family members and individuals on the autism spectrum by providing a growing community rich in knowledge and expertise with a common goal of working together to make a difference in the lives of those affected by autism. We are all in this together as one community!
https://www.facebook.com/NationalAutismNetwork/

National Autism Center’s newest manual -“A Parent’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice and Autism”

Being armed with information about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) helps families feel more comfortable as they face new challenges. Some families need to know where to start when one member of the family has been recently diagnosed. Other families face unexpected difficulties as their loved ones with ASD learn to live effectively in home, school, or community settings. We are dedicated to supporting families by making information and resources more readily available.
http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/resources/for-families/

National Autism Center

The National Autism Center is May Institute’s center for the promotion of evidence-based practice.
http://www.nationalautismcenter.org/index.php

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Helping Asperger’s Teens to Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps

For children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism (HFA), change is hard; all their lives they have struggled with the confusing and troubling nature of the highly changeable world around them — then suddenly, with the advent of the teen years, the changes become internal, too. Hormonal fluctuations, the quest for self-identity, and the pressure of trying to be socially acceptable, all come together to make the world a complex, disorienting, and often highly troubling place. And of course, then you must consider the additional burden of the Asperger’s teen: He or she likely has trouble with verbal expression, shutting down the voicing of these painful emotions.
http://www.psy-ed.com/wpblog/helping-aspergers-teens/

Best Essentional Oils for Autism and ADHD – The Ultimate Guide

When you hear the words “essential oils,” one image that might pop into your mind is going to the spa for some much-needed relaxation. Essentials oils are sometimes associated with spas because they are often used by a massage therapist or masseuse during a therapy session. But did you know essential oils can be beneficial for children on the autism spectrum and kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well? Before we discuss the best essential oils for autism and ADHD, first let’s explore what they are and what they can do for our bodies.

One of the latest guides from Autism Parent Magazine

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Autista: Una guía breve para padres sobre los trastornos del espectro autista

Una guía breve para padres sobre los trastornos del espectro autista.  Información para los padres de niños en edad escolar.
http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/assets/files/resources/apgschoolsp.pdf

Autismo: Una breve guía para padres acerca del autismo

Una breve guía para padres acerca del autismo: Información para padres de niños pequeños y preescolares.
http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/assets/files/resources/apgtoddlersp.pdf

Autism Tennessee (formerly Autism Society of Middle TN)

Mission is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through Advocacy, Education, and Support.

We are now Autism Tennessee (formerly the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee). The mission has not changed, we just have a brand new look!

www.autismtn.org

Autism Society of the Mid-South

Provide resources and support to help improve the lives of people living with Autism and their families here in the Mid-South (Tennessee).
http://autismsocietymidsouth.org/

Autism Society of East TN

Provide support, services, advocacy, education, and public awareness for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families as well as educators and other professionals.
asaetc.org/

Autism Resources for Parents – The Ultimate New Guide

Are you looking for Autism Resources to help you and your child? With its vast amount of data and accessibility, the Internet has become a powerful tool in the search for up-to-date information. Chances are, however, you don’t have the extra time needed to filter the infinite amount of autism resources and information as you balance daily life.

As part of our ongoing endeavor to provide families affected by autism with the latest information and advice, we have compiled a list of autism resources for parents. Whether you are a parent, family member, caregiver or teacher of someone with autism, or you are on the spectrum yourself, we hope the following autism websites and articles can help guide you in the right direction.

Download our FREE guide on the Autism Resources for Parents at the following link https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-resources-parents/

Autism Parent Guide: Information for Parents of School-Age Children

A brief parent guide on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Information for parents of school-age children.
http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/assets/files/resources/apgschool.pdf

101 Noteworthy Sites on Asperger’s and the Autism Spectrum

A compiled list of 101 best Autism and Asperger’s resources on the web, covering sites in Autism news, organizations, along with personal and professional blogs.

http://phdinspecialeducation.com/autism-aspergers/

15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors.

When caring for or working with a child with autism, a parent, teacher, or other adult may become frustrated with the child’s behavior. Behaviors can come on suddenly, last for hours, be hard to control, or make the adult scared or embarrassed.

https://ibcces.org/blog/2016/07/15/behavior-strategies/

National Bullying Prevention Center

Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities.

https://www.pacer.org/bullying/

Bullying – A legacy resource from NICHCY – Now Residing on Parent Center Hub Respository

Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed in our website will be useful to you in that effort.

https://www.parentcenterhub.org/bullying/

Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who It Affects and Why

Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. This FREE online resource provides information about adolescent bullying, addiction, and mental health issues.
https://www.drugrehab.com/guides/bullying/

Bullying Awareness & Prevention: Understanding the Bullying Trend and Discovering New Ways to Combat It

Bullying is not just a buzzword co-opted by the media to drive ratings from frightened school children and their worried parents. Bullying is a serious problem that has far-reaching implications for the person being bullied—and for the bully as well. In this guide, readers will find information on what bullying is, how it impacts people, and where victims can get help. In addition, there is information on the mental health industry’s response to bullying and why psychologists are uniquely equipped to handle this issue.

http://www.learnpsychology.org/now/bullying/

Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe In School

Cyber and physical bullying are growing and undeniable problems, and like so many misunderstood issues, education and awareness are the best prevention tools we have. This guidebook’s purpose is to do just that: educate students of all ages and their families about what bullying is, why it happens, and what they can do to prevent it. http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/bullying-awareness-guidebook/

Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide

Helping the Bullied, Stopping the Bullies.  A complete resource guide on Cyber Bullying.
http://backgroundchecks.org/cyber-bullying-helping-the-bullied-stopping-the-bullies.html

What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html

What Is Cyberbullying? An Overview for Students, Parents, and Teachers

The Internet is a defining factor of modern education. In fact, education has become more accessible and widespread than ever before because of the Internet. From using digital textbooks to getting a degree online, more classroom functions and student experiences are moving into cyberspace — including, unfortunately, bullying.

Despite all the good that the Internet has brought to students, parents, and teachers alike, there are people who use it with malicious intent. And just as bullying has existed since the dawn of time, virtual bullying has existed since the beginning of the Internet. This guide on cyberbullying from Maryville University Online will help you learn everything you need to know about cyberbullying, from relevant facts and statistics to helpful resources, so you can keep your teen safe online.

https://online.maryville.edu/blog/what-is-cyberbullying-an-overview-for-students-parents-and-teachers/

Your Complete Guide To Understanding Bullying In The Modern Age

Bullying can cause serious physical, emotional and mental negative effects for the short term, but these effects can also last a lifetime. Bullying can be experienced by children and adults alike.  This guide will help families understand the risks, effects, how to address bullying, prevention, plus much more.
https://everlastrecovery.com/understanding-bullying/

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American Printing House for the Blind

The world’s largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace, and independent living products and services for people who are visually impaired.
www.aph.org

Audio & Braille Books through the Imagination Library

Did you know that resources are available for young blind and visually impaired children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)?   The Imagination Library has partnered with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to make many of the books in this program, available in braille and audio format. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that young blind and visually impaired children can also benefit from these wonderful children’s books.

www.aph.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library/

Cerebral Palsy Group

The Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.
https://cerebralpalsygroup.com

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide offers free support, educational and financial resources to families and children whom are affected by cerebral palsy.
http://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

CerebralPalsySymptoms.com

Our mission at CerebralPalsySymptoms.com is to provide the public with accurate and up to date information on the many aspects of cerebral palsy and other birth injury complications. Our team strives to maintain a comprehensive free resource so those interested or concerned about their children can take actions to protect them. If you would like to get in touch with our team we can be reached at [email protected].
CerebralPalsySymptoms.com

Down Syndrome Association of Memphis & the Mid-South

Promotes the inclusion of all people with Down syndrome by providing families and our communities with up-to-date information and education.
http://www.dsamemphis.org/

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee

We celebrate and support individuals with something extra. The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee is a community of parents, grandparents, siblings, physicians, educators, professionals, friends and self-advocates from forty-one counties in Middle Tennessee who celebrate and support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.

http://www.somethingextra.org/

 

Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Pediatric Audiology Links to Services (EHDI-PALS)

A web-based link to information, resources, and services for children with hearing loss. At the heart of EHDI-PALS is a a national web-based directory of facilities that offer pediatric audiology services to young children who are younger than five years of age. The facilities included in this directory have licensed pediatric audiologists who provide these services to children who are younger than five years of age.
http://www.ehdipals.org/Default.aspx

Fast Facts About Mental Illness: Discover the Facts About the Most Common Mental Health Issues and Their Impacts

Mental illness is a serious medical condition that can affect a person’s ability to function in their daily life. Suffering from mental illness means navigating the world differently than a person who doesn’t.

There are millions of Americans who navigate life with mental a health diagnosis, yet many are still going untreated due to the stigma connected to mental illness.

Discover the facts about the most common mental health issues and their impacts.

https://www.arrowpassage.com/mental-illness-facts/

Free eBook: A Parent’s Guide to Speech & Communication Challenges in Young Children

Does your child have a speech impediment? Or have you noticed that your child just doesn’t talk as much as other kids his age? Are you wondering if your child’s speech and communication skills are developing normally? These are questions many parents ask.

We invite you to read our FREE eBook: A Parent’s Guide to Speech & Communication Challenges in Young Children. It is filled with great information on 10 of the most common speech and communication challenges that children may face. Read on and let us know if you have any questions about your child!

https://www.speechbuddy.com/blog/speech-disorders/ebook-parent-guide-speech-communication-challenges-children/

Guide to Hearing Health

An in-depth Guide to Hearing Health which covers loud sounds that should be avoided, tips on protecting your hearing health, and answers to the most pressing hearing-related questions.
https://besthearinghealth.com/hearing-health-guide/

Hands and Voices

Supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology.
www.handsandvoices.org/index.htm

Healthline – Treating Bipolar Disorder

Provides a very comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.
http://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder

Identifying and Treating ADHD

A resource for school and home from the US Department of Education.
www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/adhd/adhd-identifying-2008.pdf

National Down Syndrome Society

Advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
www.ndss.org

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students

Depression and suicidal thoughts are two of the most frightening things a person can face in their lifetime. Unfortunately, acting on those suicidal thoughts is a far too common scenario for many across the world, including students. In fact, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24.

This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will commit suicide. Finally, it is meant for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others – or in themselves – and find the proper resources.

http://www.learnpsychology.org/suicide-depression-student-guidebook/

Tennessee Eligibility Standards and Informational Resources

If you suspect that your child may have one of the following disabilities that is impacting his or her education, you may request in writing a comprehensive evaluation.  An initial evaluation for eligibility must be completed within 60 calendar days of the local education agency’s receipt of informed written consent.
https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education/special-education-evaluation-eligibility.html

Traumatic Brain Injury Program (TN Department of Health)

The TBI Program is the central office for brain injury information in the state. Numerous materials including articles, books, videos, and pamphlets are available to survivors, family members and professionals. A toll-free number (1-800-882-0611) is available to give immediate information regarding traumatic brain injury to individuals all across Tennessee.
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/vipp/tbi.html

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Dyslexia Resource Guide – TN Dept. of Education

Produced by the Tennessee Department of Education (2018).  The Dyslexia Resource Guide is provided to assist districts in their implementation of the requirements established by the Public Chapter 1058 of the Acts of 2016). In particular, this guide a) identifies and clarifies the bill requirements; and b) defines dyslexia and provides applicable resources.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/special-education/dys/dyslexia_resource_guide.pdf

Dyslexia Overview for Parents Guide

The Tennessee “Say Dyslexia” law requires school districts to screen all students for characteristics of dyslexia. The new Dyslexia Overview for Parents one-page guide includes information about the law, school obligations, the screening process, tips for parents, and resources.

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

https://goo.gl/Tn4MQK

“Say Dyslexia” Law Overview for School Districts Guide

The “Say Dyslexia” Law Overview for School Districts provides requirements of the “Say Dyslexia” law, universal screening process summary, continuum of programming, and resources.

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?STEPInc./a64fc77325/06c40e84e2/efd896617f

Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Apps

Provided by the University of Michigan, the following is an extensive and meticulously organized list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of dyslexics, or the professionals who work with dyslexics (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.). They carefully consider each app before they add it, ensuring that it claims to help dyslexics in ways that are in line with the evidence on how to help dyslexics. In other words, they add apps that aid with the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing, but they do not add apps that are visual aids for reading, because evidence shows that dyslexia is not a visual disability.
http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/tools/apps

Ignite Dyslexia Awareness

Ignite’s mission is to build awareness about dyslexia throughout the state of Tennessee and beyond. The goal is to get research based information to parents and all educators so, we can have the right knowledge and tools that will give dyslexic students the chance to succeed and feel empowered in school.  Providing advocacy, coaching, screening and tutoring for dyslexics.
http://www.ignitedyslexia.com/

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.
http://www.interdys.org/

TN Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

The Center is dedicated to unraveling the puzzle of dyslexia. It is a model for the organization and delivery of professional services to students with dyslexia, to psychologists and teachers who identify and instruct them, and to schools that must orchestrate a broad range of factors that will enable these students to achieve their potential.
www.mtsu.edu/dyslexia

Child Find Self-Assessment

OSEP, with the collaboration and support of ECTA (Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) and IDC (for Sections II and III), developed this voluntary self-assessment tool to assist states in meeting regulations and implementing best practices related to child find. It will assist states in understanding and documenting their work around child find regulations and in identifying best practices to improve the efficiency of their child find efforts.

The following tools are designed to support the collection, review, and improvement of child find systems including 618 data.
http://ectacenter.org/topics/earlyid/tools.asp

IDEA Early Intervention Due Process Complaints and Hearing Requests – Part B Procedures

A Guide for Families of Infants and Toddlers (Birth through Age 2).  This publication is part of a series of guides on dispute resolution options available under Part C of the IDEA. These options include mediation, written state complaints, and due process complaints and hearings. Published by The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), the national technical assistance center on dispute resolution.
https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Part%20C%20Parent%20Guide%20-%20Due%20Process%20Part%20B%208.21.pdf

IDEA Early Intervention Due Process Complaints and Hearing Requests — Part C Procedures

A Guide for Families of Infants and Toddlers (Birth through Age 2).  This publication is part of a series of guides on dispute resolution options available under Part C of the IDEA. These options include mediation, written state complaints, and due process complaints and hearings. Published by The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), the national technical assistance center on dispute resolution.
https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Part%20C%20Parent%20Guide%20-%20Due%20Process%20Part%20C%208.27_0.pdf

IDEA Early Intervention Mediation

A Guide for Families of Infants and Toddlers (Birth through Age 2).  This publication is part of a series of guides on dispute resolution options available under Part C of the IDEA. These options include mediation, written state complaints, and due process complaints and hearings. Published by The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), the national technical assistance center on dispute resolution.
https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Part%20C%20Parent%20Guide%20-%20Mediation%208.21.pdf

IDEA Early Intervention Written State Complaints

A Guide for Families of Infants and Toddlers (Birth through Age 2).  This publication is part of a series of guides on dispute resolution options available under Part C of the IDEA. These options include mediation, written state complaints, and due process complaints and hearings. Published by The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), the national technical assistance center on dispute resolution.
https://www.cadreworks.org/sites/default/files/resources/Part%20C%20Parent%20Guide%20-%20WrittenStateComplaints%208.27_0.pdf

Tools to Support Preschool Learning

New resources focus on technology integration, emergent bilingual learners.

Early childhood educators looking for ways to develop a supportive learning environment for children who are emergent bilingual (or dual language) learners, while also seeking to meaningfully integrate technology tools into their programs, now have two new EDC resources. Both resources were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children in Early Learning and Integrating Technology into Early Learning draw on current research into how children learn, giving educators promising practices for supporting the diverse needs of young learners. These resources also provide easy-to-use classroom checklists to aid educators in effectively implementing these practices. The resources, available in Spanish, Chinese, and English, are applicable to all early childhood professionals, working in all types of learning environments, with young children from all backgrounds.

Want to know more? Click here or Follow the hashtag #EarlyEdTools on Twitter for ideas and to connect with other early childhood educators or contact Heather Sherwood.
https://www.edc.org/early-ed-tools

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How to Teach Children About Disabilities and Inclusion

“We accept you.”

When expressed freely among peers, this phrase can have a lifesaving effect on youth who are vulnerable to bullying’s most dangerous outcomes: depression, isolation, anxiety, and fear.


Teaching youth to share and accept each other’s differences is part of building an inclusive culture that shields students with disabilities from bullying.


“It’s become a sort of the rallying echo for who we are as a group and how our group connects with one another,” said David McClung, youth engagement specialist for Texas System of Care, which helps connect youth who have mental health needs with community organizations that provide care.

“The experiences you are going through may not make sense right now,” he said, “but they can be used to fuel your passion and change the world.”

Teaching youth to share and accept each other’s differences is part of building an inclusive culture that shields students with disabilities from bullying. Numerous studies have documented that students with visible and invisible disabilities are at greater risk of experiencing bullying (PDF, 348 KB) than their peers.

Educating children about disability and inclusion can protect vulnerable students from bullying and encourage empathy and kindness among the student body.   Click here to read more.

Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education? Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?

For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.

This guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR has enforcement responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as amended, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, (Title II), which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Every school district and nearly every college and university in the United States is subject to one or both of these laws, which have similar requirements.1 Private postsecondary institutions that do not receive federal financial assistance are not subject to Section 504 or Title II. They are, however, subject to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice and which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities that are not private clubs or religious entities.  Read more…

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html

What is Universal Design

Universal design is the process of creating products that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics. Universally designed products accommodate individual preferences and abilities; communicate necessary information effectively (regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities); and can be approached, reached, manipulated, and used regardless of the individual’s body size, posture, or mobility. Application of universal design principles minimizes the need for assistive technology, results in products compatible with assistive technology, and makes products more usable by everyone, not just people with disabilities.
https://www.washington.edu/doit/what-universal-design-0

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (P.L. 114-95)

On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), most recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Watch the signing ceremony. Get the Every Student Succeeds Act online or in PDF (392 pages).

Under ESSA, waivers granted to states through ESEA flexibility became null and void on August 1, 2016.

http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/index.shtml

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Tennessee

Impact of the ESSA on Tennessee

In Tennessee, we have laid a firm foundation for our students’ future by raising standards to a more rigorous level that will prepare them for college and careers; establishing fully aligned assessments to ensure all of our students are developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills; and by using evaluation and accountability systems based on multiple factors.

ESSA builds on this work by reaffirming the importance of standards, assessment, and accountability and through empowering states to make decisions for our kids. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and will go into effect in August 2016. Tennessee will remain on its previously approved waiver until then, and all states are required to fully transition to ESSA by the 2017-18 school year.

Much of the work we have outlined in our recent waiver – which was developed with extensive stakeholder engagement – and in our strategic plan is in sync with the new law and will allow for a seamless transition. The department gathered feedback from Tennessee’s educators, key advocates, parents, students, and the public on specific policies. The feedback will inform a Tennessee-specific ESSA plan that will guide the department’s work over the coming years and help the department capitalize on the new law’s empowerment of local leadership.

https://www.tn.gov/education/essa.html

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About.com for Food Allergies

Find recipes you can use as-is, adapt any recipe for your own allergy needs, and track down unusual ingredients with the resources on this site!
http://foodallergies.about.com/od/foodallergybasics/a/allergycooking.htm

Allergy Kids

“We build community and provide information for people who want to protect the health of their loved ones, especially the 1 in 3 American children with allergies, ADHD, autism and asthma.”
http://www.allergykids.com

Cook IT Allergy Free

All of your favorite recipes, easily adapted to meet your food allergy needs.
http://cookitallergyfree.com

Food Allergies 101

The article is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the subject of food allergies, and contains three sections:

Section 1: The 8 Most Common Food Allergens

Section 2: How To Prevent An Allergic Reaction

Section 3: How To Manage A Severe Allergic Reaction

Food Allergy Kitchen

Simple and effective methods of food allergy management are provided through tips and recipes!
http://www.foodallergykitchen.com

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)

FARE formed in 2012 when two reputable organizations merged: the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI).  Providing public awareness of food allergy through the media and through education, advocacy, and research efforts.
https://www.foodallergy.org/

Gluten Free & More

The magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities.
https://www.glutenfreeandmore.com/

Kids With Food Allergies

Welcome to Our Wonderful Collection of Safe Eats® Allergy-Friendly Recipes!

Parents of food allergic children have shared thousands of their favorite recipes that are indicated as “free of” many different allergens. You can search to meet your special dietary needs, or you can browse by category. The “free of” boxes indicate that the recipe can be made without those allergens (it may require substitution to make the recipe safe for your particular needs).

http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/page/recipes-diet.aspx

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.

Children and youth ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.


OSEP COVID-19 Q&As: IDEA Parts B Dispute Resolution Procedures

June 22, 2020 – The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B dispute resolution procedures in the current COVID-19 environment.

This Q & A document does not impose any additional requirements beyond those included in applicable law and regulations. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. The responses presented in this document generally constitute informal guidance representing the interpretation of the Department of the applicable statutory or regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented here and are not legally binding and does not establish a policy or rule that would apply in all circumstances.

To review other Q & A documents that OSEP has provided related to COVID-19, please visit https://sites.ed.gov/idea/topic-areas/#COVID-19. Additional information specific to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found online at https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers, birth through age 2, with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.

Children and youth ages 3 through 21 receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.


US DOE Clarification – Part C Dispute Resolution during COVID

June 22, 2020 – The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), within the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, issues this Question and Answer (Q & A) document in response to inquiries concerning the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C dispute resolution procedures in the current COVID-19 environment.

This Q & A document does not impose any additional requirements beyond those included in applicable law and regulations. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. The responses presented in this document generally constitute informal guidance representing the interpretation of the Department of the applicable statutory or regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented here and are not legally binding and does not establish a policy or rule that would apply in all circumstances.  Click here to read more.

To review other Q & A documents that OSEP has provided related to COVID-19, please visit https://sites.ed.gov/idea/topic-areas/#COVID-19. Additional information specific to the COVID-19 pandemic may be found online at https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.


A Family Guide to Participating in the Child Outcomes Measurement Process

This guide helps families determine if their child’s early intervention or special education program is meeting his or her needs through three “child outcomes”.  Published by: National Parent Technical Assistance Center at PACER Center & ECTA Center.
https://www.pacer.org/publications/pdfs/ALL-71.pdf


All About ME Book

The “All About ME” booklet is an important document to let teachers know about your child or youth.  What are their unique needs, social skills, behavior, sensory issues, communication needs, and medical information?
www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/All About Me Booklet – revised Mar 2015.pdf


Bridges4Kids

A non-profit parent organization providing a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals working with children from birth through transition to adult life.
www.bridges4kids.org


Common Questions Regarding the IEP Process

These documents has been co-authored by the Exceptional Education Department of Metro Nashville Public Schools and the Exceptional Education Family Advisory Council.  Direct questions to the EE Dept. at [email protected].

Document also available in the following languages:

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Arabic.pdf

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Burmese.pdf

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Kurdish.pdf

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Nepali.pdf

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Somali.pdf

EEFAC IEP Rules Final_Spanish.pdf


Determining Appropriate Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

IEP and 504 Plan team members, including parents, must engage in a thoughtful process that determines the necessary accommodations to facilitate the student’s access to grade-level instruction and full participation in state and district assessments. The purpose of this document is to guide team members in selecting appropriate accommodations.
http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/tnready_accessibility_determining_accommodations.pdf


IEP Process and Assistive Technology: The Key to Finding What Works

IEP teams must consider assistive technology (AT) as part of developing a plan to meet your child’s unique needs. But, as one mom learned, there may be members of the IEP team who really don’t understand how AT works. Read more about how she discovered that some people see it as an unfair advantage. Then find out what the law says about who pays for AT—and learn where you can try out AT to see what works for your child.

Information provided by www.understood.com

https://goo.gl/Bj2YX5


Parent Guide to TNReady Supports for Students with Disabilities 2016-17

As a parent of a child with a disability, you are involved in making decisions about services for your child. This guide is intended to increase your understanding of the use of accommodations in both instruction and assessment. Accommodation use is an important part of planning the educational program for your child, and many students with a disability only need slight changes to the way they are taught and tested to participate successfully in their general education classes.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/documents/Parent_Guide_to_TNReady_Supports_for_Students_English.pdf


Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

This Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education is an overview of some of the provisions of special education. It is designed to assist families in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the special education process. Parents of children who receive or may be eligible for special education services have rights under both the TN Rule 0520-01-09 and The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2014). An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education.

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?STEPInc./a64fc77325/06c40e84e2/750e10f148


Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2)

RTI² is a system that supports academic success.  Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is a general education program allowing ALL students to receive high-quality curriculum and instruction and some students will be given additional, specialized instruction in areas needing improvement.

Click here for A Parent’s Guide to RTI² (English)

Click here for RTI² – Una Guía para Padres (Espanol)

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/RTI%20Parent%20Information%20Guide%20-%20Final%202-2016.pdf


Response to Instruction and Intervention Framework – TN Dept. of Education

We are pleased to share this updated manual for Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²), which is Tennessee’s framework for teaching and learning that begins with high-quality, differentiated instruction throughout the day and emphasizes intervening with students when they first start to struggle to avoid prolonged academic difficulties. The goal of this manual is to support educators and empower districts in their continued implementation of RTI² and to ensure that you have the structure and resources necessary to provide all students with access to and support for reaching high standards and expectations.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/special-education/rti/rti2_manual.pdf


Special Education Terms and Definitions

The following list contains special education terms, definitions, and acronyms that are commonly used by schools during the IEP process.  Click here to read.


Tennessee Curriculum Standards

What should your child be learning in school this year? Check out the curriculum standards for your child’s grade.
https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.html


TN Early Learning Developmental Standards (TN-ELDS)

The Tennessee Early Childhood Education Early Learning Developmental Standards, or TN-ELDS, were first developed in 2004 to provide documentation of the continuum of developmental milestones from birth through age five based on the research about the processes, sequences, and long term consequences of early learning and development.

The standards for 4 year-olds were revised and adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2012.  These revised standards provide a direct alignment with the content areas found in Tennessee’s state English language arts and mathematics standards as well as the Tennessee state standards for kindergarten.

The birth-48 months standards were revised in 2013 and adopted by the State Board of Education in January 2014. These revised standards continue to be a resource for educators, child care providers, and families who work with children in this age range.

https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards/early-learning-development-standards.html


Transition Goals in the IEP

NICHCY – National Dissemination Center (Now resides on Parent Center Hub)

https://www.parentcenterhub.org/transitionadult/


Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Below are resources, tips, and strategies for meaningfully participating in a virtual meeting.

These resources were produced in collaboration with the Center for Parent Information and ResourcesFamily Network on DisabilitiesNational Center for Systemic ImprovementPROGRESS Center, and Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support.

On this page, you will also find video resources and webinars useful when preparing to conduct or participate in virtual meetings.


Wrightslaw Special Education Rights and Advocacy

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw for reliable, accurate information about IDEA issues: child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations, high stakes testing, IEPs, accommodations, alternate assessments, educational placements, transition, parental rights, and more.
www.wrightslaw.com

Recursos de Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Infografías que abordan la provisión de educación especial durante los cierres obligatorios de escuelas – Marzo 2020
(Infographics addressing the provision of special education during compulsory school closings – March 2020)

STEPInc. El centro de capacitación e información de Tennessee agradece a la Red de Familias de Discapacidad de Florida (FND) por compartir estas excelentes infográficas. Step a formateado en PDF estas infográficas para que fácilmente puedan leer e imprimir.

Haga clic aquí para obtener estas infografías.

Este enlace le dá acceso directo a las infográficas de la Red de Familias de discapacidad. Las infografías han sido creadas en base al documento PREGUNTAS Y RESPUESTAS PARA PROPORCIONAR SERVICIOS A NIÑOS CON DISCAPACIDADES POR EL BROTE DEL COVID-19 publicado el 13 de marzo del 2020 por la Secretaría de Educación, Betsy DeVos, respondiendo al brote del COVID-19.

Por favor visite: https://fndusa.org/esedownload/providing-services-children-disabilities-covid19/

bit.ly/USDOE-QA-Covid19-20200312 para bajar la publicación completa.

Las familias de Tennessee pueden comunicarse con STEP para obtener ayuda con la navegación de educación especial.

Dorca Rose Guayurpa
(423) 290-3391
[email protected]

Patricia Valladares
(615) 463-2310
[email protected]


 

DEPARTAMENTO DE EDUCACIÓN DE TENNESSEE
(Tennessee Department of Education)

Recursos para las familias durante el cierre escolar
(Resources for Families During School Closing)

School Closure Toolkit for Families is now available in Spanish


Glosario – Traducciones inglés-español de términos comunes relacionados con IDEA
(2nd Edition of the Office of Special Education (OSEP) English-to-Spanish Translation Glossary!)

Recién salido de la prensa, la segunda edición del Glosario OSEP incluye más de 400 términos relacionados con IDEA Partes B y C. Estos términos fueron seleccionados por traductores experimentados de Centros de padres que trabajan con familias con niños con discapacidades que representan la mayoría de las culturas de habla hispana. en América Latina y España. Cortesía de Statewide Parent Advocacy Network y Region 1 PTAC, ¡descargue su copia hoy!

The Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms – Hot off the press, the 2nd edition of the OSEP Glossary includes over 400 terms related to IDEA Parts B and C. These terms were selected by experienced translators from Parent Centers who work with families with children with disabilities representing the majority of Spanish-speaking cultures in Latin America and Spain. Courtesy of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and Region 1 PTAC, download your copy today!


Conjunto de materiales para iniciar la solicitud de SSI por incapacidad de un niño (para niños menores de 18 años) 
Set of materials to initiate the SSI application for a child’s disability (for children under 18)

El material se establece para iniciar la solicitud de discapacidad.

The material sets to initiate the disability request.

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/SP_dib_starter_kits_child.htm


Educación Para Adultos
(Adult Education)

Si quiere aprender o mejorar su inglés, puede comunicarse con la Oficina de Educación para Adultos en su estado para localizar un programa. También puede localizar un programa en su ciudad.

  • GED: Localice información en español del examen.
  • Oficina de Educación Para Adultos en su estado: Oriéntese acerca de los recursos disponibles en su estado para la educación de adultos.
  • Clases para adultos: Encuentre clases para aprender inglés y localice programas de escuelas secundarias en su área local usando su código postal.
  • Administrador Estatal del GED: ¿Necesita sus expedientes del GED? Comuníquese con el administrador del GED en su estado.
  • www.usalearns.org: El Departamento ha desarrollado un programa gratuito para ayudarle a aprender inglés. Inscríbase y mantenga un archivo de su progreso aprendiendo el idioma.

Todos los niños tienen derecho de ir a la escuela
(All Children Have the Right to Attend School)

Hoja informativa sobre protecciones para niños indocumentados. Todos los niños tienen derecho a asistir a la escuela. Documento en inglés y español.

Protections for Undocumented Children Fact Sheet.  All children have the right to attend school.  Document in English and Spanish.

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/All%20Children%20Have%20A%20Right%20to%20Attend%20School%20-%20Eng-Spanish.pdf


Camino Seguro

Camino Seguro es una base de datos que abarca temas como discapacidades, salud mental, y servicios sociales. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.

Camino Seguro is a database that covers topics such as disabilities, mental health, and social services. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.

www.caminoseguro.org


Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)
In addition to its English-language fact sheets, the Center offers many in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese.


Derechos Civiles
(Civil Rights)

La Oficina de Derechos Civiles, conocida por sus siglas en inglés OCR (Office for Civil Rights), da cumplimiento a las cinco leyes federales relativas a los derechos civiles que prohíben la discriminación por causa de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad y edad en programas o actividades que reciben ayuda económica federal del Departamento de Educación. Denuncie la discriminación por causa de raza, sexo, discapacidad, origen nacional, o edad, en las instituciones educativas


Carrera Universitaria
(College Career)

La formación universitaria es una inversión a largo plazo. Con la planificación cuidadosa puede encontrar la institución y las alternativas para costear los estudios que mejor se adapten a su situación y que lo pondrán en el camino al éxito.

Recursos de Coronavirus (COVID-19 
(Coronavirus Resources (COVID-19)

En respuesta al brote del Coronavirus y a los recientes tornados en Tennessee, Camino Seguro conecta a las personas con la información y los recursos disponibles para satisfacer sus necesidades. Si tiene alguna duda al conectarse con las ayudas o llenar las aplicaciones llámenos al 615-875- 9850.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)


 

Recursos en español
(Education Resources for Spanish Speakers)

Gracias por su interés en la educación. En el Departamento de Educación creemos firmemente que todos los niños pueden aprender y que la educación es el camino más seguro hacia la realización de su sueño.

El Departamento de Educación tiene como misión promover el alto rendimiento académico y la preparación de los estudiantes para la competitividad global al fomentar la excelencia en la educación y garantizar la igualdad de acceso.


Every Student Succeeds Act, “ESSA”

La Ley Cada Niño Triunfa (Every Student Succeeds Act, “ESSA”) fue firmada por el presidente Obama el 10 de diciembre de 2015, y es una buena noticia para las escuelas de nuestro país. Esta medida bipartidista reautoriza la Ley de Educación Primaria y Secundaria (ESEA), la legislación de educación nacional que se compromete a la igualdad de oportunidades para todos los estudiantes de la nación, y vigente desde hace 50 años.


Ayuda para Niños con Discapacidades (3-21)
Help For Children with Disabilities (3-21)

Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.

If you have or know a child between the ages of 3 to 21, and have concerns about their development, emotional well-being, behavior, learning or disability, this page will help you become familiar with the support systems for children with disabilities in children. U.S.

https://www.parentcenterhub.org/paraninos/


En Breve| El Impacto de la Adversidad Durante la Infancia Sobre el Desarrollo de los Niños
(The Impact of Early Adversity on Children’s Development)
This 2-page article summarizes research on the impact of adversity on children and the enormous importance of early intervention and stable supporting relationships.


Una guía para padres – Ayudando a su hijo/a a usar una mascarilla facial
(A Parent’s Guide – Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask)

Su hijo/a puede tener problemas o molestias cuando usa una mascarilla facial. Después de hablar sobre la importancia de las mascarillas faciales, pregúntele a su hijo/a acerca de lo que puede parecerle molesto y sobre cualquier preferencia de tipo, color o estilo. Una vez que los comprenda, usted puede colaborar a trabajar con su hijo/a para ayudar a que la mascarilla facial sea más cómoda de usar.

Una guía para padres – Ayudando a su hijo/a a usar una mascarilla facial
A Parent’s Guide: Helping Your Child Wear a Face Mask – (English)

Ayude a su hijo/a a sentirse bien al usar y ver a otros usar mascarillas faciales
Help Your Child Feel Good about Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks – (English)

Puedo mantenerme saludable usando una mascarilla facial
I Can Stay Healthy by Wearing a Face Mask – (English)


ReadyRosie

Los momentos modelados de ReadyRosie están diseñados para aportar valiosas lecciones en situaciones de la vida real de una manera atractiva para todos.

Recibirás una lista de videos semanalmente que conectan actividades divertidas con importantes oportunidades de aprendizaje.

Si tiene un hijo o hija en la escuela, favor se seleccionar su distrito escolar. Si tiene más de uno, solo se tiene que registrar una vez y tendrá acceso a todo el contenido para sus hijos. Si sus hijos todavía no están en la escuela, por favor seleccione la opción “Birth to Five.”


Educacion Especial
(Special Education)

Bajo la Parte B de la ley IDEA (Acta para la Educación de los Individuos con Discapacidades), cada estado y sus agencias públicas deben asegurar que una educación pública, apropiada y gratuita (FAPE por sus siglas en inglés) se haga disponible a todo estudiante con discapacidades específicas dentro de los rangos de edad establecidos y que los derechos y las protecciones de la Parte B sean extendidos a estudiantes elegibles y a sus padres.


Señales de Trauma en los Niños
(Signs of Trauma in Children)
After a disturbing event or tragic loss in the lives of children, parents and teachers do their best to help kids cope with their grief and anxiety in a healthy way. This article from the Child Mind Institutes provides tips on how best to engage kids in a calm and supportive dialog about their feelings. It’s also important to recognize the signs of unhealthy coping that would suggest a visit with a professional might be needed.


STEP LANZA LA CAPACITACIÓN VIRTUAL SOBRE EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL EN ESPAÑOL 
(STEP Virtual Training on Special Education in Spanish )

Familias en Tennessee ya tenemos el taller de Derechos Básicos en Español disponible en DVD, si no puede asistir a un taller, contáctenos al 1-800-975-2919 y se lo enviaremos por correo!

Families in Tennessee we already have the Spanish Basic Rights workshop available on DVD, if you cannot attend a workshop, contact us at 1-800-975-2919 and we will send it to you by mail.

Click here to view


Programa de servicio de alimentos de verano que ofrece comidas gratuitas a los niños de Tennessee
(Summer food service program offering free meals to Tennessee children)

Las comidas son gratuitas para menores de 18 años y no es necesario registrarse. El Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Tennessee está recordando a las personas que las comidas gratuitas para niños ahora se sirven en todo el estado durante el verano.

El Programa de Servicio de Alimentos de Verano está abierto a cualquier niño de 18 años o menos, así como a personas con discapacidades mayores de 18 años inscritas en programas escolares durante todo el verano mientras la escuela está fuera de sesión. No es necesario registrarse y las comidas son gratuitas.

Puede visitar el sitio del USDA en https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids, envíe un mensaje de texto con la palabra “Summer Meals” al 97779 o llame al 1-866-348-6479 para encontrar un sitio cerca de usted.

Si necesita ayuda alimentaria, también puede llamar a la Línea directa nacional contra el hambre. El USDA dijo que el personal de la línea directa puede ayudarlo a encontrar comida cerca de donde vive:

1-866-3-HAMBRIENTO (1-866-348-6479)

1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (en español)


Transición a la vida adulta
(Transition to Adult Life)

La vida está llena de transiciones, y una de las más notables ocurre cuando los estudiantes se preparan para salir de la escuela secundaria y entrar al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, la planificación para el futuro es especialmente importante. De hecho, la ley IDEA lo requiere.

This resource page connects Spanish-speaking youth (and their families and service providers) with information in Spanish about the transition process, their rights under federal law, the systems of help that are available, post-secondary education, and the world of work.

http://www.parentcenterhub.org/repository/transicion-adulta/


Traumas: Información y Consejos para Niños y Adultos
(Trauma: Brief Facts and Tips for Children and Adults)
This 1-page resource in Spanish shares the warning signs of trauma, signs of strong emotional reactions, and resources for additional support. From the National Association of School Psychologists.


Separación Traumática, Niños Migrantes y Refugiados: Consejos para Padres, Cuidadores Primarios y Proveedores
(Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers)
This 3-page tip sheet provides tips for current caregivers and others to help address the needs of immigrant and refugee children who have experienced traumatic separation. It also outlines what children of different ages might be experiencing and how caregivers and others can help.


Translated Safety and Crisis Resources
Visit the National Association of School Psychologists webpage for crisis resources in many different languages, including Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Kurdish, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


Entendimiento del Estrés Traumático Infantil: Una Guia para Padres
(Understanding Child Traumatic Stress: A Guide for Parents)
This tip sheet offers parents information about child traumatic stress (CTS), the best way to treat CTS, what parents can do at home for their children, and how parents can make sure their children receive support at school.


National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Dozens of fact sheets and other resources in Spanish here! Scan through the long list and select those articles that address the aspect of childhood traumatic stress relevant to your situation: disasters, traumatic separations, leaving the hospital, materials for youth, coping with school shootings, and much more. If you click on the drop-down menu labeled Spanish, you’ll also find a small selection of resources in other languages (e.g., Russian, Chinese, Korean, Armenian, to name a few).
https://www.nctsn.org/resources/informacion-en-espanol


Hojas de consejos de la reunión virtual del IEP
(IEP Virtual Meeting Tip Sheets)

Las circunstancias pueden prohibir a los participantes asistir a reuniones de educación especial en persona. En estas situaciones, la tecnología permite que una o todas las personas participen a través de Internet o por teléfono. Muchos tipos de reuniones pueden ocurrir virtualmente, incluyendo reuniones de IEP, mediaciones, sesiones de resolución y audiencias de debido proceso. Si bien cada uno de estos tipos de reuniones es único, las reuniones virtuales comparten rasgos y consideraciones comunes. A continuación se encuentran recursos, consejos y estrategias para participar significativamente en una reunión virtual.


Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Circumstances may prohibit participants from attending special education meetings in person. In these situations, technology allows one or all of the individuals to participate through the Internet or telephone. Many types of meetings can occur virtually, including IEP meetings, mediations, resolution sessions, and due process hearings. While each of these types of meetings is unique, virtual meetings share common traits and considerations. Below are resources, tips, and strategies for meaningfully participating in a virtual meeting.

These resources were produced in collaboration with the Center for Parent Information and ResourcesFamily Network on DisabilitiesNational Center for Systemic ImprovementPROGRESS Center, and Wisconsin Family Assistance Center for Education, Training, and Support.

On this page, you will also find video resources and webinars useful when preparing to conduct or participate in virtual meetings.

Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Centro Hispano es un lugar acogedor para la comunidad multicultural de East Tennessee. Aspiramos en ser la organización que en la educación y proporcionar servicios sociales para mejorar la calidad de vida y la integración exitosa de estas familias a la comunidad. Nuestra misión es promover el empoderamiento y la participación cívica de la comunidad multicultural a través de educación y servicios sociales.

Centro Hispano is a welcoming place for the multicultural community of East Tennessee. We aspire to be the organization that in education and provide social services to improve the quality of life and the successful integration of these families into the community. Our mission is to promote the empowerment and civic participation of the multicultural community through education and social services.

Camino Seguro

Camino Seguro es una base de datos que abarca temas como discapacidades, salud mental, y servicios sociales. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.

Camino Seguro is a database that covers topics such as disabilities, mental health, and social services. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.

www.caminoseguro.org

Conexión Américas 

Ayuda a Familias Latinas

Conexión Américas es una organización sin fines de lucro cuya misión es ayudar a las familias Latinas inmigrantes a alcanzar sus aspiraciones para progresar socialmente y económicamente.

En Conexión Américas trabajamos para ayudarte a ti y a tu familia a alcanzar tus aspiraciones para una mejor calidad de vida.

Estamos aquí para apoyarte en el proceso de adaptación a la vida en este país y en Tennessee…a enfrentar los retos y las oportunidades.

Gracias a las contribuciones que recibimos de fundaciones, corporaciones e individuos, y a nuestra estrecha colaboración con otras organizaciones, nuestros servicios son gratis o de muy bajo costo.

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At Conexión Américas, our mission is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute, and succeed.

Every year, we assist more than 9,000 individuals and their families in their desire to start businesses, improve their English, help their children succeed in school and go to college, and become an integral part of Nashville’s social, cultural and economic vitality. 

Conexión Américas is the lead partner of Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative at the gateway to Nashville’s International District that is home to Conexión Américas and nine partners.

El Programa en Español Sobre Autismo en Chattanooga

Proporciona información y apoyo para la comunidad latina con autismo a través de materiales educativos, grupos de apoyo, reuniones, talleres y actividades sociales. Este programa es para padres y familiares que deseen aprender sobre el autismo y las diferentes maneras de cómo mejorar la calidad de vida para los individuos dentro del espectro. El autismo afecta a todas las etnias y el aumento de la concienciación sobre el autismo debe importar a todos. Para obtener más información, puedes contactar a Dorca Rose Guayurpa por correo electrónico: o 423-531-6961 option 9.

Facebook Programa en Español sobre el Autismo en Chattanooga

Todos los cuartos Martes de cada mes, tendremos un grupos de apoyos  que se reúne con el fin de  aprender a través de talleres y de actividades sociales . Si quieres ser partícipe, eres más que bienvenido a venir al Centro de Autismo en Chattanooga a las 6:30 p.m.

https://www.chattanoogaautismcenter.org/espanol

Únete a nuestro grupo en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismocac/
The Spanish Autism Program in Chattanooga Provides information and support for the Latino community with autism through educational materials, support groups, meetings, workshops, and social activities. This program is for parents and family who want to learn about autism and the different ways how to improve the quality of life for individuals on the spectrum. Autism affects all ethnicities, and increased awareness of autism should matter to everyone. For more information, you can contact Dorca Rose Guayurpa by email: or 423-531-6961 option 9.
Every fourth Tuesday of each month, we will have a support group that meets in order to learn through workshops and social activities. If you want to be a participant, you are more than welcome to come to the Autism Center in Chattanooga at 6:30 p.m.
Join our group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/autismocac/

Hispanic Family Foundation 

Hispanic immigrants are dramatically changing the demographic and economic landscape of Tennessee. Today, Nashville/Davidson County’s Hispanic population exceeds 62,000 with strong population growth in the Middle Tennessee suburban areas. Each county surrounding Davidson County saw the Hispanic population double between 2000 and 2010.

The Hispanic Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Hispanic families in Middle Tennessee. We work through our platforms of— Economic, Education, Social Services, Advocacy and Culture—to provide programs that strengthen the Nashville Hispanic community.

HoLa Hora Latina

HoLa se inició en Knoxville, TN en 1992 y es una organización Latina sin fines de lucro y la más antigua en el este de Tennessee. Constituida en 2003, es ahora una (c) (3) caridad 501. Su misión es promover la unidad en la comunidad mediante la creación de puentes de arte, cultura y la comunicación entre los latinos y la comunidad en general, y mediante el fomento de la educación, la participación y el liderazgo.

HoLa ha contribuido a la vida cultural de la zona de Knoxville a través de sus programas educativos y culturales variados. Somos posiblemente más conocidos por la celebración anual del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que se celebra del 15 de septiembre hasta el 15 de octubre y por el Festival HoLa, el más destacado este mes con largas celebraciones.

HoLa Hora Latina started in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1992 and is the oldest grassroots Latino non-profit organization in East Tennessee. Chartered in 2003, it is now a 501(c)(3) charity. The mission of HoLa Hora Latina is to promote unity in the community by creating art, cultural and communication bridges between Latinos and the larger community, and by encouraging education, participation and leadership.

HoLa Hora Latina has contributed to the cultural life in the Knoxville area through its various cultural and educational programs. We are mainly known for the annual Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 and for the annual HoLa Festival. The last one being the most celebrated among the many celebrations during this month. The HoLa Festival is known to be attended by more than 25,000 festival goers kicking off with a Saturday night Salsa Fiesta and leading to a Sunday filled with food, music, dance, cultural events, a Parade of Nations and endless activities promoting the culture of all Hispanic countries and their influences in the United States.

LaPaz Chattanooga

El Centro De Recursos Familiares Para La Comunidad Latina – En el 2013 la Ciudad de Chattanooga le dió a La Paz la posición de Centro de Recursos para Familias Latinas. Tomamos este papel muy en serio – actuamos como guía y conexión para familias latinas. Ya sea que buscan ayuda con diligencias cotidianas o consejos sobre como manejar las cosas dificiles, nuestro personal trabaja sin cesar apoyando la comunidad para que puedan prosperar.

Chattanooga’s Official Latino Family Resource Center – In 2013 the City of Chattanooga gave La Paz the title of Latino Family Resource Center. We take this title very seriously, acting as a guide and connector for Latino families. Whether they’re seeking help with day-to-day tasks or advice on how to navigate the heavy stuff, our Social Impact staff works tirelessly to advocate for them and empower them so they can thrive in their community.

Latino Memphis

Qué Hacemos

Para muchos latinos que viven en Memphis, los latinos de Memphis son el primer paso en su búsqueda de una vida mejor para ellos y sus familias. Para otros, somos el único lugar al que pueden acudir para obtener asistencia con la salud, la educación y otros servicios básicos.Cada vez más latinos hacen de Memphis su hogar cada año. Más de 80,000 latinos mempianos viven, adoran, trabajan, estudian y se divierten aquí. Como el principal proveedor de servicios para esta comunidad, nos hemos dedicado a la idea de que cada memphian latino debería tener la oportunidad y los recursos para convertirse en un participante comprometido y activo para hacer que nuestra ciudad sea una gran ciudad. Esto significa brindar oportunidades educativas y de avance profesional, conectar a los clientes con los servicios necesarios, garantizar que las familias estén seguras y fomentar el compromiso entre personas de todos los orígenes y etnias.Latino Memphis ofrece servicios a través de cuatro programas clave: 

  • El centro que ofrece acceso a servicios de información y referencia
  • Abriendo Puertas que ofrece un camino para Estudiante latino éxito
  • Derechos Cuál es el Centro de defensa de los derechos de los inmigrantes que ofrece servicios legales de inmigración.
  • Tu Voz que ofrece una voz a través de política y compromiso con la comunidad

For many Latinos living in Memphis, Latino Memphis is the first step in their pursuit of a better life for themselves and their families. For others, we are the only place they can turn to for assistance with health, education, and other basic services.

More and more Latinos are making Memphis their home every year. Over 80,000 Latino Memphians currently live, worship, work, study, and have fun here. As the primary provider of services to this community, we have dedicated ourselves to the idea that every Latino Memphian should have the opportunity and resources to become an engaged and active participant in making our city great. This means providing educational and career advancement opportunities, connecting clients to needed services, ensuring families are safe, and encouraging engagement between and among people of all backgrounds and ethnicities.

Latino Memphis offers services through key four programs: 

  • El Centro which offers access to information & referral services
  • Abriendo Puertas which offers a path to Latino Student Sucess
  • Derechos which is the Immigrant Rights Defense Center offering legal immigration services
  • Tu Voz which offers a voice through policy and community engagement

LUCES Memphis

Latinos United for Children, Education and Services “LUCES” es un grupo de apoyo para familias de habla hispana que tienen hijos con necesidades especiales.

Latinos United for Children, Education and Services “LUCES” is a support group for Spanish-speaking families who have children with special needs.

Office of Immigrant Services, Catholic Charities of East TN [Servicios para Inmigrantes de Caridades Católicas]

Offers assistance to immigrants of diverse countries (not only Hispanic)to fill out paperwork and formularies of immigration like petitions for family members, renewals of work permits, citizenship & naturalization, replacement of immigration documents and information about basic social services.

Telamon Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start

NIÑEZ TEMPRANA Y APOYO A LA FAMILIA

Promovemos la educación en la niñez temprana a través de nuestros programas Head Start (y fomentamos la participación de los padres) con diversos servicios, desde educación para el desarrollo infantil hasta servicios de apoyo a la familia.

Telamon-TRC brinda servicios principalmente a través de centros Head Start en seis estados: Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Carolina del Norte y Tennessee.

Telamon Corporation is the sole provider of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start services in Tennessee. The program has four schools in East Tennessee. The East Tennessee locations are: Bledsoe county (serving Bledsoe, Rhea and Hamilton counties) Cocke county (serving Cocke, Jefferson and Hamblen counties) Greene county (serving Greene and Grainger counties)and Unicoi county (serving Unicoi, Carter, Washington and Greene counties) Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs are available to families with children six weeks to five years of age (0-5) that meet agricultural income guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services. Provides full day childhood education, nutritious meals and snacks; transportation in the majority of cases; comprehensive health, mental health and disability services; and family support, social services, and parent education. Children with special needs make up at least 10% of our enrollment based on agricultural income and certified disability. 

Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities Apps

Provided by the University of Michigan, the following is an extensive and meticulously organized list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of dyslexics, or the professionals who work with dyslexics (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.). They carefully consider each app before they add it, ensuring that it claims to help dyslexics in ways that are in line with the evidence on how to help dyslexics. In other words, they add apps that aid with the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing, but they do not add apps that are visual aids for reading, because evidence shows that dyslexia is not a visual disability.
http://dyslexiahelp.umich.edu/tools/apps

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

This Guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), an organization charged with assisting education and workforce development organizations to improve the successful transition of youth with disabilities into the workplace.

This Guide includes numerous quick reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth.  Quick reference tools are of limited use without an understanding of learning disabilities, so in-depth information is provided on a variety of topics including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions.

This Guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the workforce development system serves many youth who have learning disabilities that may never have been identified and many others who may know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose.  Although focusing primarily on youth with learning disabilities, many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this Guide, which are premised on universal design, may be of practical use for other youth.

https://ldaamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/career-devel-youth-disabilities-2010.pdf

Getting Started: Help Your Child With a Learning Disability Be More Independent With Assistive Technology (AT)

This guide can help your child with a learning disability take important steps towards independence for high school, postsecondary education, and employment. Topics covered include: setting priorities and goals, working with your child’s IEP team, and exploring assistive technology.

CLICK HERE to download the PDF guide.

https://goo.gl/xToxKP

How Technology Can Help Your Child With a Learning Disability Be More Independent

This guide provides parents a brief overview of the ways assistive technology can help grow their child’s independence. Topics covered include: examples of assistive technology for managing schoolwork, reading and writing, and focus and time management, as well as helpful strategies for encouraging their child’s independence.
https://goo.gl/yL3yqS

LD Online

The educators’ guide to learning disabilities and ADHD.
http://www.ldonline.org/index.php

Learning Disabilities – Transitioning to Life After High School

Developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities.  Several articles on post high school options for students with learning disabilities.

https://www.ncld.org/transitioning-to-life-after-high-school

Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2)

RTI² is a system that supports academic success.  Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is a general education program allowing ALL students to receive high quality curriculum and instruction and some students will be given additional, specialized instruction in areas needing improvement.

Click here for A Parent’s Guide to RTI² (English)

Click here for RTI² – Una Guía para Padres (Espanol)http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/RTI%20Parent%20Information%20Guide%20-%20Final%202-2016.pdf

Students with Learning Disabilities Find Help in Community Colleges

Community colleges are an excellent stepping stone between high school and a four-year institution, especially for students with learning disabilities. Learn about the support programs available at community colleges that can help students thrive academically, regardless of their disabilities.
http://www.communitycollegereview.com/blog/students-with-learning-disabilities-find-help-in-community-colleges

Understoon for Learing & Attention Issues

Parents want the best for their children. We do, too. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.

With the right support, parents can help children unlock their strengths and reach their full potential. With state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more, Understood aims to be that support.

https://www.understood.org/en

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.
http://www.ncld.org/

“All Children Can Read” -NCDB’s -National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness

Strategies, examples and resources for children with sensory losses, including children who do not use a formal language system and children who have multiple disabilities and complex learning challenges. Builds on communication as the foundation for early literacy and moves children along a continuum toward ever-increasing skill levels. The website allows users to interact with each other as well as request technical assistance for their child or classroom.
literacy.nationaldb.org/

Audio & Braille Books through the Imagination Library

Did you know that resources are available for young blind and visually impaired children through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL)?   The Imagination Library has partnered with the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) to make many of the books in this program, available in braille and audio format. The goal of this initiative is to ensure that young blind and visually impaired children can also benefit from these wonderful children’s books.

www.aph.org/dolly-partons-imagination-library/

Get Ready to Read

Providing Free Early Learning Resources, Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.
http://getreadytoread.org/

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)

Named one of 25 best websites for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians, the ICDL provides  free online access to books for children in multiple languages.
http://en.childrenslibrary.org/index.shtml

Reading Rockets – Science

Many of the skills that are critical for growing strong readers and writers are also core skills in the study of science and math.
www.readingrockets.org/extras/stem_series/

Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

STEP is a partner on the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) which supports children with special needs and their families in the development of language, communication, pre-literacy, and literacy skills to ensure academic achievement. Visit this site to learn more about the TN State Improvement Grant and for information.
www.tnspdg.com

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The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
https://www.acl.gov/

Advocacy Institute

Organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
www.advocacyinstitute.org

ARC

The largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
http://www.thearc.org/page.aspx?pid=2530

Birth Injury Justice Center

The Birth Injury Justice Center is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or other disabilities. Our organization was created to provide answers and guidance to help families and children get all the assistance they need to help improve their overall quality of life.
https://www.childbirthinjuries.com

Cerebral Palsy Group

The Cerebral Palsy Group is a national organization that provides free educational information and support to those who have been affected by cerebral palsy.
https://cerebralpalsygroup.com

Cerebral Palsy Guide

Cerebral Palsy Guide offers free support, educational and financial resources to families and children whom are affected by cerebral palsy.
http://www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

ChildHealthOnline.org

ChildHealthOnline.org is fully owned and maintained by Healthy Childcare Consultants, Inc.  ChildHealthOnline.org is a website resource for child care health consultants; early childhood care providers and trainers; members of professional organizations, educational and medical facilities; and families.  It is our goal to provide accurate information and effective resource materials to promote the health and safety of young children, birth through age 8, and to offer resources for family education.
http://www.childhealthonline.org

EdPro Development

Provides a variety of professional development activities that empower educators with research-validated, content-based differentiated and personalized instructional practices.
www.edprodevelopment.com

Entertainment Guide for Families of Children with Special Needs

Family vacations and daytrips enrich everyone’s lives. They can provide children and parents with new perspectives, not to mention relaxation mixed with excitement. Unfortunately, vacations are also a source of stress for many families – and particularly those that include a child with special needs. But with a little planning, preparation and information, a trip can be a source of joy rather than distress.
http://eguide.thecplawyer.com/

IDEA Partnership

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.
www.ideapartnership.org

Inclusive Technology

Inclusive Technology provides special educational needs software, switches and computer access devices, simple communication aids and assistive technology for learners with a physical disability, sensory impairment or learning difficulty.
http://www.inclusive.co.uk/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.

The IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.  Click here to read more.

https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Infant Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.
http://www.ideainfanttoddler.org/

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
www.nami.org/

National Bullying Prevention Center

Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center unites, engages and educates communities nationwide to address bullying through creative, relevant and interactive resources. PACER’s bullying prevention resources are designed to benefit all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities.

https://www.pacer.org/bullying/

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.
http://nces.ed.gov/

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

The National Center for Learning Disabilities improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.
http://www.ncld.org/

National Center on Dispute Resolution (CADRE)

Funded by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. CADRE uses advanced technology as well as traditional means to provide technical assistance to state departments of education on implementation of the mediation requirements under IDEA ’97. CADRE also supports parents, educators and administrators to benefit from the full continuum of dispute resolution options that can prevent and resolve conflict and ultimately lead to informed partnerships that focus on results for children and youth.

https://www.cadreworks.org/

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

In any given year, approximately one million children come to the attention of the US child welfare system. Many are victims of abuse or neglect, live with caregivers who are impaired, and/or deal with school and community violence as a fact of life. Identifying these traumas and providing early intervention are crucial to assisting children traumatized by maltreatment and other stressors.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help child welfare administrators, caseworkers, frontline staff, other mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children. Check out their website – full of great resources.

www.nctsn.org

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has released a series of documents that review the statutory changes in IDEA 2004. We also offer links to summaries of changes in the law prepared by various groups.
www.nectac.org

Resources for Accredited Online Colleges

Accredited Online Colleges lets you search through countless accredited schools, based on a variety of criteria, to find the accredited college that best meets your needs. Read Article “Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education”here: http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/resources/accredited-online-colleges-and-disability-education/
http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/

Social Security Disability Benefits Guide by TheSimpleDollar.com

This recently researched and published a guide, “Social Security Disability Benefits Guide,” and tool will help people understand social security disability benefits and will not only answer common questions, such as how to qualify for but also features a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

http://www.thesimpledollar.com/disability-benefits-guide/#social-security-disability-benefit-calculator

Social Security Disability Benefits: The Ultimate Guide

A comprehensive guide to eligibility as well as the process of applying and receiving benefits, so anyone looking for information on benefits available to them will likely find this resource valuable.
https://www.moneysavingpro.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-social-security-disability-benefits/

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

A child with a disability who is younger than 18 years of age may be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Have a look at SSA’s Child Disability Starter Kit, which includes a fact sheet on the application process, a child disability interview preparation checklist and a Medical and School Worksheet. Available in English and in Spanish.

U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance On Civil Rights of Students with ADHD

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-guidance-civil-rights-students-adhd

Wrightslaw Special Education Rights and Advocacy

Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to IDEA 2004 at Wrightslaw for reliable, accurate information about IDEA issues: child find, eligibility, evaluations, reevaluations, high stakes testing, IEPs, accommodations, alternate assessments, educational placements, transition, parental rights, and more.
www.wrightslaw.com

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities on the Yellow Pages for Kids for your state.
www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/states.htm

Administration on Developmental Disabilities – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (ADD)

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.
https://www.acl.gov/

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Section 504 Guide & Model Policies and Procedures

A comprehensive guide and model policies and procedures for Tennessee’s Local Education Agencies on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/legal/legal_section_504_guide.pdf

All About ME Book

The “All About ME” booklet is an important document to let teachers know about your child or youth.  What are their unique needs, social skills, behavior, sensory issues, communication needs, and medical information.
www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/All About Me Booklet – revised Mar 2015.pdf

Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee (DSAG)

The Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee (DSAG), a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) organization, is a parent-initiated organization developed to provide information and support to families of individuals with Down syndrome (DS) and to raise awareness within the community about the abilities of individuals with DS and the benefits of their inclusion into society.

Gentle Caregiver

Offers support to the self-sacrificing people who devote their lives to give gentle care to people with developmental disabilities.
http://www.gentlecaregiver.com/

HIE Help Center

The HIE Help Center provides information and educational materials to families of children with Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) to help them navigate the diagnosis.
https://hiehelpcenter.org/

Juvenile Diabetes – Living with T1D

Back to School season can be an overwhelming time for students living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and their parents and caregivers. It requires paperwork, special planning and many conversations with teachers, school nurses and other students about T1D and how it’s managed at school. The good news is that with JDRF’s help, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.

Looking for resources and lively community discussions to help you start the school year confident that T1D won’t stand in the way? JDRF has it all. Get information and join conversations about going Back to School with T1D.

NAMI Tennessee

The mission of NAMI Tennessee is to improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness, their families and communities.
www.namitn.org/

Open Doors TN

Offers support group listings for East TN.
http://www.opendoorstn.org/

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)

PWSA (USA) was organized in 1975 to provide support for individuals, families, professionals and organizations and to be a resource for education and information about Prader-Willi syndrome. The organization was first headquartered in Minneapolis, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, and then found its permanent home in Sarasota, Florida in October of 1997. The association is governed by a national board of directors. The board works in conjunction with the paid and volunteer staff of the national headquarters, and a network of chapters throughout the country to direct the organization’s operations and serve its members.

https://www.pwsausa.org

Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students

Depression and suicidal thoughts are two of the most frightening things a person can face in their lifetime. Unfortunately, acting on those suicidal thoughts is a far too common scenario for many across the world, including students. In fact, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24.

This guide is dedicated to helping those who are suffering or have suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts. It is also designed for concerned friends and family members who might be worried that someone they love will commit suicide. Finally, it is meant for students, so that they might spot the warning signs of suicide in others – or in themselves – and find the proper resources.

http://www.learnpsychology.org/suicide-depression-student-guidebook/

Able Tennessee

ABLE TN is a savings program designed to help individuals with disabilities put aside money to pay for qualified expenses. These accounts provide the opportunity to save and invest with tax-free earnings to help participants maintain independence and quality of life.
http://www.abletn.gov/index.html


Autism Society of East TN

Provide support, services, advocacy, education, and public awareness for all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families as well as educators and other professional


Autism Society of the Mid-South

Provide resources and support to help improve the lives of people living with Autism and their families here in the Mid-South (Tennessee).
http://autismsocietymidsouth.org/


Autism Tennessee

Mission is to enrich the lives and experiences of individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and their surrounding community through Advocacy, Education, and Support.

www.autismtn.org


Camino Seguro es una base de datos que abarca temas como discapacidades, salud mental, y servicios sociales. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.
https://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/vkc/caminoseguro/oldhome/


Disability Rights TN (formerly Disability Law & Advocacy Center of Tennessee)

Advocates for the rights of Tennesseans with disabilities to ensure that they have an equal opportunity to be productive and respected members of our society.
http://www.disabilityrightstn.org/


SPARK (Formerly ETTAC)

Helping people with disabilities gain access to adaptive technology & services.

https://www.sparktn.org/


Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

This Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education is an overview of some of the provisions of special education. It is designed to assist families in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the special education process. Parents of children who receive or may be eligible for special education services have rights under both the TN Rule 0520-01-09 and The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2014). An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education.

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

https://tnstep.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Quick-Guide-to-Parents-Rights-and-Responsibilities-2018-w-TDOE.pdf


Response to Instruction and Intervention Framework – TN Dept. of Education

We are pleased to share this updated manual for Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²), which is Tennessee’s framework for teaching and learning that begins with high-quality, differentiated instruction throughout the day and emphasizes intervening with students when they first start to struggle to avoid prolonged academic difficulties. The goal of this manual is to support educators and empower districts in their continued implementation of RTI² and to ensure that you have the structure and resources necessary to provide all students with access to and support for reaching high standards and expectations.

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/education/special-education/rti/rti2_manual.pdf


SCORE – State Collaborative on Reforming Education

The SCORE Sheet is the online conversation on public education reform in Tennessee and is hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).

https://tnscore.org/


Sisken Children’s Institute

A non-profit organization based in Chattanooga, Tennessee that helps children with special needs, families, and professionals through four areas of focus: education, outreach, health care, and research.

www.siskin.org


Summer Food Service program providing free meals to Tennessee kids

The meals are free of charge to children 18 and under and you do not need to register for it.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding people that free meals for children are now being served throughout the state during the summer.

The Summer Food Service Program is open to any child 18 and younger as well as people with disabilities over 18 enrolled in-school programs throughout the summer while school is out of session. You do not need to register for it and meals are free of charge.

You can visit the USDA’s site at https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids, text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

If you need food help, you can also call the National Hunger Hotline. The USDA said hotline staff can help you find food near where you live:

1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (en español).


TENNderCARE – TN’s EPSDT Program

TENNderCARE is a full program of check-ups and health care services for children who have TennCare.
https://www.tn.gov/health/information-for-individuals/i/fact-sheets/epsdt.html


Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities

Provides leadership to ensure independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the community through the promotion of systems change.
www.tn.gov/cdd/


Tennessee Curriculum Standards

What should your child be learning in school this year? Check out the curriculum standards for your child’s grade.
https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/academic-standards.html


Tennessee Department of Education Newsletters – Links to Sign-up

The Tennessee Department of Education publishes nearly forty newsletters geared toward the interests and work responsibilities of various district and school stakeholder groups.

Please click here for a comprehensive list of newsletter sign-up links.

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/DOE_Newsletter_Sign_up_List_final.02.pdf


Tennessee Disability Coalition

An alliance of organizations and individuals who have joined to promote the full and equal participation of men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
tndisability.org/


Tennessee Early Intervention Systems (TEIS)

A voluntary educational program for families with children ages birth through two years of age with disabilities or developmental delays.

TEIS Eligibility click here

https://www.tn.gov/education/early-learning/tennessee-early-intervention-system-teis.html


Tennessee Eligibility Standards and Informational Resources

If you suspect that your child may have one of the following disabilities that is impacting his or her education, you may request in writing a comprehensive evaluation.  An initial evaluation for eligibility must be completed within 60 calendar days of the local education agency’s receipt of informed written consent.
https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education/special-education-evaluation-eligibility.html


Tennessee Housing Development Agency

The new web portal brings landlords, property owners, and families together in one convenient location.
www.thda.org


Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA)

The Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA) is Tennessee’s only statewide consumer-owned and operated organization (and one of the only national 501(C)3 organizations) with a board of directors and staff who are 100% mental health consumers who work for and on behalf of adults with mental illness.
tmhca-tn.org/


Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

STEP is a partner on the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) which supports children with special needs and their families in the development of language, communication, pre-literacy, and literacy skills to ensure an academic achievement. Visit this site to learn more about the TN State Improvement Grant and for information.
www.tnspdg.com


Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC)

A statewide coalition of individuals, agencies and organizations working together as a Steering Council to promote children’s health and education services.
www.tnvoices.org/


TennesseeWorks

Transforming the employment landscape for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state. Meaningful work. Real pay. Opportunities for every Tennessean with a disability. This new website is an online resource for those in our state committed to these goals. Select your role below to find comprehensive information, training, videos, success stories, and many other resources to equip, inform, and inspire your work.
http://www.tennesseeworks.org/


The Arc Tennessee

The Arc Tennessee empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.
www.thearctn.org


TN Center for the Study and Treatment of Dyslexia

The Center is dedicated to unraveling the puzzle of dyslexia. It is a model for the organization and delivery of professional services to students with dyslexia, to psychologists and teachers who identify and instruct them, and to schools that must orchestrate a broad range of factors that will enable these students to achieve their potential.
www.mtsu.edu/dyslexia


TN Department of Education, Division of Special Education

The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education’s purpose is to “promote educational services and programs for all Tennessee’s children with special education needs that will enable them to lead productive and independent lives.”
https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education.html


TN Disability Pathfinder

Helps families and agencies find useful disability services and resources in Tennessee.
kc.vanderbilt.edu/pathfinder/


Traumatic Brain Injury Program (TN Department of Health)

The TBI Program is the central office for brain injury information in the state. Numerous materials including articles, books, videos, and pamphlets are available to survivors, family members, and professionals. A toll-free number (1-800-882-0611) is available to give immediate information regarding traumatic brain injury to individuals all across Tennessee.
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/vipp/tbi.html


Tennessee Housing Development Agency

The new web portal that brings landlords, property owners and families together in one convenient location.
www.thda.org

Lifeline Ministries

CPRC – Community Parent Resource Center – Provide support, information, and respite care to families who have a member living with a chronic or temporary medical or educational, physical or mental disability.
www.lifelinefamilies.org

Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA)

The Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA) is Tennessee’s only statewide consumer owned and operated organization (and one of the only national 501(C)3 organizations) with a board of directors and staff who are 100% mental health consumers who  work for and on behalf of adults with mental illness.
tmhca-tn.org/

Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)

STEP is a partner on the Tennessee State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) which supports children with special needs and their families in the development of language, communication, pre-literacy, and literacy skills to ensure academic achievement. Visit this site to learn more about the TN State Improvement Grant and for information.
www.tnspdg.com

Tennessee Voices for Children (TVC)

A statewide coalition of individuals, agencies and organizations working together as a Steering Council to promote children’s health and education services.
www.tnvoices.org/

The Arc Tennessee

The Arc Tennessee empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to actively participate in the community throughout their lifetime.
www.thearctn.org

TN Department of Education, Division of Special Education

The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education’s purpose is to “promote educational services and programs for all Tennessee’s children with special education needs that will enable them to lead productive and independent lives.”
https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education.html

TN Disability Pathfinder

Helps families and agencies find useful disability services and resources in Tennessee.
kc.vanderbilt.edu/pathfinder/

Traumatic Brain Injury Program (TN Department of Health)

The TBI Program is the central office for brain injury information in the state. Numerous materials including articles, books, videos, and pamphlets are available to survivors, family members and professionals. A toll-free number (1-800-882-0611) is available to give immediate information regarding traumatic brain injury to individuals all across Tennessee.
https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/fhw/vipp/tbi.html

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“A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College” YouTube Series Launches

We’re excited to announce the launch of our YouTube learning playlist, “A Student’s Guide to Your First Year of College” made in partnership with YouTube Originals and NowThis.

This 10-episode series covers topics ranging from applying for financial aid to picking classes to finding mentors and navigating life on your own for the first time.

These free YouTube videos feature advice from Michelle Obama, interviews with college access experts, and tips from upperclassmen in college. You’ll also hear from Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood who attended our Beating The Odds Summit this summer.

You can watch all 10 episodes now on NowThis’s YouTube channel. Once you’re done watching, let us know what you think! Tweet or post about the playlist on social media using #BetterMakeRoom and tag us @BetterMakeRoom or @ReachHigher.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVix8d69sPe4PZ5M0YCmgdqIcFmvGuMZ0&utm_source=Reach+Higher+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a846155b37-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_31_05_15_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ecda91cbfa-a846155b37-&mc_cid=a846155b37&mc_eid=7fc5052455&mc_cid=45500b0126&mc_eid=7fc5052455


AIR Self-Determination Assessment

The AIR Assessments measure two broad self-determination components. Capacity refers to the student’s knowledge, abilities, and perceptions that enable them to be self-determined. Opportunity refers to the student’s chances to use their knowledge and abilities.
http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/self-determination-assessment-tools/air-self-determination-assessment.html


ARC Self-Determination Assessment

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and his colleagues developed and normed the ARC Self-Determination Scale to: (a) assess the self-determination strengths and weaknesses of adolescents with disabilities, (b) facilitate student involvement in educational planning and instruction to promote self-determination as an educational outcome, (c) develop self-determination goals and objectives, and (d) assess student self-determination skills for research purposes.
http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/self-determination-assessment-tools/arc-self-determination-scale.html


BestColleges.com

A recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics states that over 2.5 million college students, around 11%, live with a disability. As part of our effort to support students in their pursuit of a rewarding and successful college experience, we at BestColleges.com have compiled a collection of resources for students with disabilities. The collection includes information for:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Students With Visual Impairments

Students with Physical Disabilities

Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Each guide includes an outline of student rights, strategies for success, a listing of assistive technologies, and a curated list of scholarships.

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/#disability


Career Guide for College Students With Disabilities

Finding a career after graduating college can be a daunting prospect for many students, but it can be especially challenging for students with disabilities. These students face challenges associated with a lack of career counseling, discriminatory hiring practices, a fear of disclosing disabilities during the application or interviewing process for a job, and inadequate education regarding disability rights. As a result, recent graduates are approximately 40 percent less likely to find employment after graduation than those without disabilities, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

However, there are a variety of resources available to students with disabilities, and with guidance, finding the route to a successful career can become much more attainable. Career counselors, work-based learning opportunities, internships, job search workshops, and resources for understanding their individual rights can empower students with disabilities to set off on a start to fulfilling, successful careers. Let’s take a look at each of these resources, explore how they can benefit your journey, and discuss how you can make full use of them:  Click here to read more.

https://online.maryville.edu/blog/career-guide-for-college-students-with-disabilities/


Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities

This Guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), an organization charged with assisting education and workforce development organizations to improve the successful transition of youth with disabilities into the workplace.

This Guide includes numerous quick-reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth.  Quick reference tools are of limited use without an understanding of learning disabilities, so in-depth information is provided on a variety of topics including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions.

This Guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the workforce development system serves many youths who have learning disabilities that may never have been identified and many others who may know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose.  Although focusing primarily on youth with learning disabilities, many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this Guide, which are premised on universal design, may be of practical use for other youth.

https://ldaamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/career-devel-youth-disabilities-2010.pdf


ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment

The ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment is a curriculum-referenced tool that measures students’ self-determination skills and progress in the ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Curriculum. Educators use the ChoiceMaker Self-Determination Assessment to assess middle and high school students’ with mild to moderate disabilities self-determination skills and opportunities at school to exercise these skills across three areas: (a) choosing educational, vocational, and personal goals, (b) students’ involvement in their IEP meetings, and (c) students’ attainment of IEP goals, including developing a plan, implementing the plan, self-evaluation of plan progress, and adjusting any of the plan parts.
http://www.ou.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/self-determination-assessment-tools/choicemaker-self-determination-assessment


Choosing Employment Goals

Choosing Employment Goals teaches students to set employment goals by considering their interests, skills, and limits. It is particularly useful for students who are trying to determine their career interests. This curriculum contains a video, an instructional guide with lesson plans, replicable worksheets, and student assessments. Teachers and/or paraprofessionals can use the worksheets and assessments as a means of situational assessment for students who are engaged in non-paid community-based vocational training.

Selected Career Assessments for Youth with Significant Disabilities.

http://www.ou.edu/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/choicemaker-curriculum/choosing-employment-goals


College Affordability: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

Affordable Colleges Online, an organization dedicated to providing FREE higher education tools and information for current and future college students and their families, has recently published a new resource for students with disabilities, titled “Making College Affordable: A Guide for Students with Disabilities.”  Multiple experts in the field with experience in academia, financial aid, and law contributed to the content in this resource guide, including:

  • Advice and resources for loans and scholarships available specifically for students with disabilities
  • A comprehensive list of the best schools for disabled students, evaluated by each institution’s disability services
  • Distance learning tips for students with disabilities
  • Job resources for students with disabilities
  • Additional helpful resources

http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/spotlight/affordable-colleges-for-students-with-disabilities/


College: So Now You’re a Freshman: Self Advocacy on a College Campus

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – College: So Now You’re a Freshman: Self Advocacy on a College Campus
http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Further-Ed-College.pdf


Community: Everybody Knows My Name in My Community

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – Community: Everybody Knows My Name in My Community
http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Community.pdf


Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities

This document is a supplement to The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities which helps youth learn about disability disclosure and what it means for them. Since the toolkit was written in 2005, there have been many advances in technology that have changed what youth need to know about disability disclosure.

Search sites like Google, social networking sites like Facebook, and micro-blogging sites like Twitter have added a new element to disclosure. Now it is possible to disclose your disability on the internet without even being aware of it. This can be as simple as a picture of you using a wheelchair, comment on your friend’s blog about disability, or your profile posted on a disability organization’s website. The goal of this document is to provide you with suggestions about how to make an informed decision about your own disability disclosure and to manage your disclosure online.

http://www.ncwd-youth.info/publications/cyber-disclosure-for-youth-with-disabilities/


Discover Business Degrees: In-depth Education Resource

The focus at Discover Business is on empowering people through information. We strive to help future business students make better, more informed education decisions. We do this through our in-depth resources, subject guides, and rankings.

The guides and resources cover the following subjects:

  • List of Best Value Business Degrees
  •  SAT Preparation Resource
  •  ACT Preparation Resource
  •  List of Business Degree Scholarships
  •  Best Value Accounting Degrees

http://www.discoverbusiness.us/


DO-IT: Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College and Careers

NCSET – Research to Practice Brief – Improving Secondary Education and Transition Services through Research
http://www.ncset.org/publications/viewdesc.asp?id=1168


DO-IT: Promoting inclusion and success for people with disabilities

Developed by the University of Washington (UW). The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center is dedicated to empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. It promotes awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace—to maximize the potential of individuals with disabilities and make our communities more vibrant, diverse, and inclusive. DO-IT is based at the University of Washington, Seattle, but efforts are global. Together, we can DO-IT!
https://www.washington.edu/doit/


Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?

What is “Transition?”  Transition means changing from one thing to another.

Transitions can be exciting because the next step you take will be a whole new adventure.  Transitions can also be a little scary because you might have to learn how to do things you haven’t done before.

What happens when the school bus stops coming?

This is an important question for a student or individual with disabilities and their family. Don’t wait until the bus stops coming to plan for how a student will spend their day and the rest of their life. In Tennessee, transition planning should start when a student is 14 years of age. The transition should continue until plans and outcomes result in the individual developing skills that will enable them to live, learn, play, and contribute in their community in a way that they are happy and supported or protected when needed.

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan? is a great resource for young adults to prepare for their transition into adulthood.

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/Dude%20Transition%20Book%20-%20Final.pdf


Employment: Take this Job & Keep It! making a Good First Impression in the Workplace

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – Employment: Take this Job & Keep It!  making a Good First Impression in the Workplace
http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Employment.pdf


Field and Hoffman Self-Determination Assessments ($3.25 each)

The Self-Determination Assessmentinternet (SDAi) includes three instruments that measure cognitive, behavioral and affective traits associated with self-determination. These characteristics are assessed from the perspectives of students, parents and advisors. The instruments can be administered together or individually. The self-determination assessment approach focuses on and delineates those variables related to self-determination that are within the individual’s control and are potential targets for instructional intervention.
http://www.ealyeducation.com/


FYI Transition – Self-Determination Resources

Developed by the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council and the University of South Florida.
http://www.fyitransition.org/Minicourses/selfdetermination/selfdetermination6.html


Getting a Head Start with Vocational Rehabilitation

Choosing a career is a big decision. Finding the right job can be challenging. Keeping a job and moving up is hard work for anyone. People with disabilities can face added challenges on their employment path.

The foundation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is that all people who want to work should have the opportunity, including people with disabilities.

In Tennessee, The Division of Rehabilitation Services, a part of the Department of Human Services, supports people with disabilities in getting jobs. Most people in the disability community refer to it as Vocational Rehabilitation or VR.

To help you prepare for meeting with VR, The Arc Tennessee, Disability Rights Tennessee, and Vocational Rehabilitation created this booklet.

http://www.thearctn.org/Assets/Docs/Getting-a-Head-Start-Voc-Rehab.pdf


Graduation Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Education has raised standards and aligned graduation requirements to best prepare students for college and the workforce.

Following the implementation of the Tennessee Diploma Project in 2009, high school students must complete 22 credits to graduate. They also will be tested in core subject areas with End of Course exams, part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. Their performance on these exams will factor into their semester grade for the course.

To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11th) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT. View the FAQ on the policy here.

https://www.tn.gov/education/instruction/graduation-requirements.html


Guide on How to Get Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

The financial burdens of medical care can make it difficult for many students with disabilities to pursue higher education – a harsh reality that can lead to lifelong disadvantages.

Many schools and organizations offer assistance to help students with disabilities reach their goals. From tutoring to financial aid and tax breaks, students with disabilities, and their parents, can access a wide range of resources. But finding these resources and applying for them can be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find a wide range of scholarships, grants, and tips on how to apply for them.

http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/scholarship-guide-for-students-with-disabilities/


Guidepost for Success

The transition from youth to adulthood is challenging for almost every young person. This is particularly true for young people with disabilities. Yet, it is in those crucial transition-age years that a young person’s future can be determined. The Guideposts can help steer families, institutions, and youth themselves through the transition processes.
http://www.ncwd-youth.info/publications/guideposts/


Healthy Bodies for Boys – A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities

Puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your son with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD). In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age. Some boys with I/DD, including those with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, may start puberty early (called precocious puberty). This toolkit gives you resources and tips on how to talk to your son about these sensitive topics.

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/HealthyBodies-Boys-web.pdf


Healthy Bodies for Girls – A Parent’s Guide on Puberty for Girls with Disabilities

Puberty can be a stressful and confusing time, especially for you and your daughter with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability (I/DD).   In spite of delays in other areas, children with I/DD usually enter puberty around the same time as other children their age.   Some children with I/DD, including children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, may start puberty early (called precocious puberty).   This toolkit gives you resources and tips on how to talk to your daughter about these sensitive topics.

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/HealthyBodies-Girls-web.pdf


Higher Education for Students with Disabilities – Rights, Resources and Accredited Online Schools

The transition from high school to college is a big one no matter who you are. If you’re a student with a disability, however, the additional stresses can be overwhelming. One of the largest changes that you will have to deal with is the substantial difference in scope between the special education services provided on the high school level and those at college.


Job Seeking: All Eyes on Me: How to Build a Great Resume and Have an Awesome Interview

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – Job Seeking: All Eyes on Me: How to Build a Great Resume and Have an Awesome Interview
http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Job-Seeking.pdf


Job Themed Illustration to Download

Welcome, readers of Self-Directed Employment! Here you can download pictures of jobs, tasks, activities, objects, people, places, and other items to use with the blank forms that appear in the book, Self-Directed Employment: A Handbook for Transition Teachers and Employment Specialists.
http://archive.brookespublishing.com/picturebank/


Job Video Collection

Browse CareerOneStop’s video collection to learn about careers, industries, skills, and abilities, or work options and education levels.
http://www.careeronestop.org/videos/default.aspx


Making the Transition from High School to College

Developed for NCLD by Colleen Lewis, Director Office of Disability Services, Columbia University.  KNOW THE DIFFERENCES.
https://www.vmi.edu/media/content-assets/documents/disabilities-services/Assisting-Students-Making-the-Transition-to-College.pdf


MoneyGeek.com

MoneyGeek.com offers comprehensive financial planning resources for people with disabilities for all stages of life. Our guides are helpful for families and students with disabilities searching for financial aid and scholarship options, parents and persons with disabilities planning financially for home modifications, and more.
www.moneygeek.com


Occupational Outlook Handbook – Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm


Occupational Outlook Handbook – Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm


Online Transition Scale Report Generator

Online Report Generation allows you to quickly enter the ESTR scale information, add a paragraph containing your personal comments, and generate a finished report you can download in Adobe PDF format. This could take hours out of writing a report and turn it into minutes!

When you purchase online assessment, you will have access to the online assessment function in My ESTR. The ESTR-J, ESTR-III and ESTR-S are currently available for online report generation.
http://www.estr.net/publications.cfm


Parent’s Role: How Parents Can Support Their Young Adult During Transition

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – Parent’s Role: How Parents Can Support Their Young Adult During Transition
http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Parents-Role.pdf


Personal Preference Indicators

The Center for Learning and Leadership, Oklahoma’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), developed the Personal Preference Indicators (PPI) tool. The Personal Preference Indicators tool enables the planning team to identify and focus on interests and preferences connected to choice-making activities, person-centered planning, and self-determination instructional efforts.
http://www.ou.edu/content/dam/Education/documents/personal-preference-indicator.pdf


Refinance & Mortgage Guide for People with Disabilities

Many people with disabilities agree that one way of taking charge and exercising some degree of control in their lives is by becoming a home owner. If you are currently a home owner who has recently been disabled, you may have new physical, mental and financial restrictions and needs which affect or even threaten your ongoing ability to maintain your home.
http://www.refinancemortgagerates.org/mortgage-guide-for-people-with-disabilities/


Secondary Transition

The TN Department of Education encourages districts to prepare all students for Career and College Readiness. The programs, resources, and services included in these guidelines demonstrate best practices in serving Students with Disabilities as they transition from secondary to post-secondary activities such as postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment); continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education/special-education-secondary-transition.html


Self Advocacy: Empowering Students to Request Assistance & Support

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with this new Transition Guide – What is Self-Advocacy?

http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Self-Advocacy.pdf


Self Directed IEPs: Take a Leadership Role and Guide Your Own Future

Ever wondered what will happen when your child graduates from high school?  Don’t wonder.  Be part of the planning and preparation process with these new Transition Guide – Self Directed IEPs: Take a Leadership Role and Guide Your Own Future

http://lifelinefamilies.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Transition-Guide-Final-Self-Directed-IEPs.pdf


Should My Child Have Both an ABLE Account And a Special Needs Trust?

Raising an individual on the autism spectrum comes with its challenges and blessings. Parents have to process the diagnosis and determine what approach to take regarding their child’s health. Learn more about these government benefits that are essential for most individuals with autism, especially as they enter adulthood and leave the educational system.

STEP’s Dream Building Activity Cards

A fun way to approach transition planning.

  • An effective tool for students who have fine motor and communication needs.
  • It gives students a visual that represents a variety of post-school outcomes and allows them to express what is important to them.
  • Aids in the development of long term goals.

Invite STEP, Inc. to come to your school or facility for an on-site Dream Building session.  Email your request for an on-site session to [email protected].

STEP’s Dream Building Activity Cards are available for purchase.  $30 per set.  Email your purchase request to [email protected].

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/Dream%20Building%20Activity%20Cards%20Guide%20Sheet.pdf


STEP’s Transition to Adult Life Guides

Youth with disabilities and their families often have questions about life after high school. It’s never too early to think about transition.

For youth with disabilities, additional planning is needed as they prepare to leave high school, move into adulthood, and meet their employment, educational, and/or independent living goals. This process is referred to as “transition.”

Using these guides youth, family members, and teachers can work together to ensure students with disabilities have a smooth and effective “transition” after high school.

Click on each link below for additional information..

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http://www.tnstep.org/news/?id=494


Student-Directed Transition Planning

The eight Student-Directed Transition Planning (SDTP) lessons facilitate high school to adult life planning partnerships between students, their families, and educators. SDTP uses the Student-Directed Summary of Performance as a means for students to learn, organize and present transition information (Martin, VanDycke, D’Ottavio, and Nickerson, 2007). Educators use the eight SDTP lessons to teach their students the knowledge needed to actively participate in their transition-focused IEP meetings.
http://www.ou.edu/zarrow/pilot/home.htm


Students with Learning Disabilities Find Help in Community Colleges

Community colleges are an excellent stepping stone between high school and a four-year institution, especially for students with learning disabilities. Learn about the support programs available at community colleges that can help students thrive academically, regardless of their disabilities.
http://www.communitycollegereview.com/blog/students-with-learning-disabilities-find-help-in-community-colleges


Supporting Families of People with Disabilities: Community of Practice

The TN Council and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) were selected in 2013 to participate along with 6 other states in a national ‘Community of Practice’ to think, learn and strategize about the next generation of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The goal of this 5 year grant and initiative is to build capacity within states to create policies, practices and systems to better assist and support families that include a member with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan.

http://supportstofamilies.org/states/tennessee/


Tip Sheet: Telehealth for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults: Privacy, Emotional Safety and Welfare During Covid-19 and Beyond

Pathways RTC has released a new tip sheet that provides initial guidance for protecting the emotional safety, privacy, and welfare of transition-age youth and young adults while they are participating in virtual mental health care. This list, compiled via consultation with youth peer support specialists, clinicians, and supervisors who work with young people, is intended as a starting point as services evolve to meet the challenges of this new era.

https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/telehealth-tip-sheet.pdf


Tennessee Diploma & Post-Secondary Information Fact Sheet

This resource from STEP gives Tennessee families information on diploma options, requirements, and post-secondary options offered in the state.

A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).

http://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/STEP%20and%20TDOE%20Diploma%20and%20Postsecondary%20Options%20%20April%202018%20OS.pdf


TennesseeWorks

Transforming the employment landscape for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the state. Meaningful work. Real pay. Opportunities for every Tennessean with a disability. This new website is an online resource for those in our state committed to these goals. Select your role below to find comprehensive information, trainings, videos, success stories, and many other resources to equip, inform, and inspire your work. http://www.tennesseeworks.org/


Transition Bill of Rights

The Transition Bill of Rights was developed by Transition Tennessee and is intended to give parents information about basic rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Specifically, the information is focused on the rights of young people with disabilities after they turn 14 years old in the state of Tennessee. This document also shares different organizations that can be helpful during the transition process, along with their contact information. We encourage you to widely share this Bill of Rights with all parents of students with disabilities in your district. For more information, contact Transition Tennessee at [email protected].


Transition of Students With Disabilities To Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators

Do you know what is in store for students with disabilities who graduate from your school and head off to postsecondary education? Do you have the information you need to advise them on what to expect in postsecondary education?

For students with disabilities, a big factor in their successful transition from high school to postsecondary education is accurate knowledge about their civil rights. The purpose of this guide is to provide high school educators with answers to questions students with disabilities may have as they get ready to move to the postsecondary education environment.

This guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR has enforcement responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as amended, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, (Title II), which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Every school district and nearly every college and university in the United States is subject to one or both of these laws, which have similar requirements.1 Private postsecondary institutions that do not receive federal financial assistance are not subject to Section 504 or Title II. They are, however, subject to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice and which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities that are not private clubs or religious entities.  Read more…

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transitionguide.html


Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities

From the FDU Library in collaboration with the FDU Regional Center for College Students with Learning Disabilities.

http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=3650


Transition Toolkit: Enhancing Self Determination for Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind

The Transition Toolkit contains all of the resources needed for planning and hosting a Transition Institute that will create a memorable, high quality learning experience for deaf-blind teens.  The Toolkit is a repository of information, tools and resources that serve as a model for hosting a workshop for deaf-blind teens ages 14-22 and their families.

https://nationaldb.org/library/page/2297


Transition Tools

IDEA requires that appropriate measurable postsecondary goals be based upon age appropriate transition assessments. This Transition Assessment Toolkit contains over 30 tools to use to gather information to guide transition planning. Please download and use any that will be useful capturing a full range of information for use in transition planning.
http://edprodevelopment.com/resources/transitions-wbl/tools-5/


Transition2College

Read what we have to share about the transition to college for students with disabilities.
http://www.transition2college.com/resources/publications/index.html


Which Community College is Best for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

For students with an autism spectrum disorder, community colleges across the country can provide excellent higher education support. Learn about how to choose the right community college that specifically meets the needs of ASD students.
http://www.communitycollegereview.com/blog/which-community-college-is-best-for-students-with-autism-spectrum-disorder


Ayuda para Niños con Discapacidades (3-21)

Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
https://www.parentcenterhub.org/paraninos/


A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Education and Learning for Children Aged 0-8 Years  

This Australian review focuses on the impact of trauma and concepts from neurobiology. It is written for early childhood educators who encounter infants and children, from newborns to 8-year-olds, who have suffered the effects of significant trauma in their young lives. It aims to enhance existing knowledge of child development by focusing on attachment, neurobiology, and the impact of trauma on learning.


A Resource Collection on Trauma-Informed Care

The Center for Parent Information and Resources has compiled this collection of resources for caregivers to gain knowledge and effectively assist children impacted by trauma. The collections cover several areas, including basic information about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), caring for specific populations affected by trauma (e.g., children with disabilities), building trauma-informed schools, and responding to disasters. One section is devoted to materials in Spanish and other languages.


How to Implement Trauma-Informed Care to Build Resilience to Childhood Trauma

This research brief from Child Trends summarizes current practices for implementing trauma-informed care to support children who have been exposed to trauma. The authors outline the ways in which a broad range of programs (including afterschool programs, schools, early care, and education providers, medical providers, and social services) can incorporate trauma-informed care into their services and help children build resilience against past and future traumatic experiences.


A Model for Creating a Supportive Trauma-Informed Culture for Children in Preschool Settings

This paper describes Head Start Trauma Smart (HSTS), an early education/mental health cross-systems partner-ship designed to work within the child’s natural setting—in this case, Head Start classrooms. The goal of HSTS is to decrease the stress of chronic trauma, foster age-appropriate social and cognitive development, and to create an integrated, trauma-informed culture for young children, parents, and staff. The HSTS program emphasizes tools and skills that can be applied in everyday settings, thereby providing resources to address current and future trauma.


5 Ways Trauma-Informed Care Supports Children’s Development

This website highlights five ways in which trauma-informed care can support children’s healthy development.


Trauma-Informed Practice

To provide trauma-informed care to children, youth, and families involved with child welfare, professionals must understand the impact of trauma on child development and learn how to effectively minimize their effects without causing additional trauma. This website provides information on building trauma-informed systems, assessing and treating trauma, addressing secondary trauma in caseworkers, and trauma training. It also offers trauma resources for professionals, caregivers, and families.