KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Here are our favorite resources related to inclusion, disability, and special needs.
your path to government benefits
Official benefits website of the U.S. government dedicated to helping reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing access to benefit information.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The IDEA website includes all the details and resources families need to understand and exercise their right to free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities
Americans with Disabilities Act
The government’s official website provides information, guidance and training regarding all aspects of the ADA.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy developed a list of resources to help people with disabilities live a thriving, inclusive lifestyle.
Advocacy groups & non-profits
American Association of People with Disabilities
Disability Rights Advocates
Disability Rights Legal Center
Federation for Children with Special Needs
National Disabilities Rights Network
National Organization on Disability
Special Needs Alliance
websites, articles, & books
ABA Programs Online
ABA has a list of important resources for special education students, ranging from online assistive technology, to learning software, to legal resources, and associations you can get information from or join.
Community for Accredited Online Schools
In this guide from the CAOS, readers will find information about the rights of students who have disabilities and what schools are required to provide so they have equal opportunity for academic success.
Published by Baylor University's online EdD program, this resource includes information on teaching youth to share and accept each other's differences and build an inclusive culture within the classroom. The importance of disability education and its positive effects on helping children become more accepting and promoting inclusivity within the student body is also discussed at length along with several age-appropriate tips. Note: No course degree programs have been endorsed by NIP.
Council for Exceptional Children
Navigating the Internet for the Visually Impaired
Our Friend Mikayla
Our Friend Mikayla is a story of blossoming friendship, acceptance, understanding, and the realization that no matter our differences we’re all the same. It was made possible by a grant from National Inclusion Project. Proceeds from Our Friend Mikayla help fund programs for children with disabilities in our schools and communities. For information on how to purchase a copy, click here.
Parents Helping Parents
PHP is a community-based and parent-directed Family Resource Center, Parent Training and Information Center and Family Empowerment Center offering extensive resources and support for families with children with disabilities.
Parent to Parent USA
Programs for parents
Parent to Parent programs offers parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health concern. Through a one-to-one “match,” experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources.
PlayCore helps build stronger communities around the world by dedicating their independent studies and research to developing tools that optimize play and recreation and promote inclusion for children of all abilities.
Playgrounds for All Children: A Guide to Lighting and Designing Play Areas for Kids With Special Needs
Lamps Plus has compiled some tips and info to assist with some common questions and issues associated with creating a safe play area. It covers what makes an inclusive play area, accessibility and safety concerns, visual aides and signs, things to avoid, as well as some additional resources.
Possibilities is an in-depth financial and planning resource for parents of children with disabilities, produced as a collaborative effort between the Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®).
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