Deafness to Extended School Year Services

Deafness/Hearing Loss

Developing Your Child's IEP

  • A good article to give to parents to alleviate their concerns about IEPs.: This guide explains the basics of the special education process and gives you information on how to be an effective partner with your child's school.  

Developmental Disabilities 

Developmental Milestones 

  • Birth to 12 months-milestone chart
  • Birth to 12 months-numerous articles on all aspects of this age level
  • Toddler ages 13 months to 18 months-milestone chart
  • Toddlers ages 19 months-24 months-milestone chart
  • Toddlers 25 months to 30 months-milestone chart
  • Toddlers 31months-36 months-milestone chart
  • Toddlers 35 months to 36 months-numerous articles on all aspects of this age level
  • Preschoolers ages 2yrs-4yrs-Numerous articles on all apsects of this age level 

Dictionary: For Parents of Children with Disabilities

  • This is one of the most extensive dictionaries on special education terminology around. Great for teachers, parents and students: a Pdf file 

Directory of Summer Camps

  • Summer camps for children with disabilities: This is a guide to some of the directories and listings of summer camps. Half of these resources identify camps specifically intended for children who have disabilities. The other half are simply directories listing camp opportunities available to all children. 

Disability Awareness

  • Materials on disability awareness: This listing of Resources You Can Use provides just a sample of selected materials available from different organizations. The material is arranged in the following five categories curriculum, books, children's books, videos; and posters and other merchandise. 
  • Dealing with reading disabilities in children while teaching: Here's a 4-page, easy-to-ready synopsis and suggestions for teachers.
  •  Disability Etiquette: Here's a 56-page, easy-to-read, text-light resource from the United Spinal Association. It discusses many different disabilities and offers very good suggestions on disability etiquette.
  • Disability benefits for those with mental impairment? Speak up now! The Social Security Administration (SSA) has proposed changes to the way decisions are made for awarding disability benefits based on a mental impairment. These changes would drastically reduce the number of children and adults with serious mental disorders who qualify for disability benefits. If this concerns you, submit your comments to SSA by November 17th. Read all about it, and find out where and how to submit input at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Down Syndrome

DSM-IVTR-Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Information

  • Want to know more about the DSM-VI-TR, and how it was compiled?

Due Process in Special Education

  • Brief overview of due process with example articles: A due process hearing is usually a formal, contested, adversarial trial. Special education cases are similar to medical malpractice cases, with battles of expert witnesses, and the emotions of bitterly contested divorce cases with child custody and equitable distribution issues.
  • Excellent overview of all the factors involved in the due process hearing: The list below is a basic overview of the special education process. It is not designed to show all the steps or the specific details. It shows what happens from the time a child is referred for evaluation and is identified as having a disability, through the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP).  


Educational Assessments-Who Administers the Tests?

Educational Report Writing and Examples

Educational Research Information Center Digests (ERIC)

  • What are ERIC Digests?: The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The ERIC online system provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, are now available for free.
  • Search the ERIC databases here
  • Good list of ERIC digest in special education: The following digests are from the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC), one of 16 federally funded ERIC Clearinghouses.  

Educational Terminology Associated with Special Education

Eligibility Committee (IEP Committee, CSE etc.) Presentation  

Emotional Disturbance


Extended School Year Services

  • Excellent overview: an example of the standards used in New Jersey.
  • Good historical perspective as well as explanation-PDF file: In general, extended school year (ESY) refers to special education and/or related services provided beyond the normal school year of a public agency for the purpose of providing FAPE to a student with a disability. These services are distinct from enrichment programs, summer school programs, and compensatory services and are not simply an extension of time.