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Specific Disabilities, Interest and/or Advocacy Groups

A Partial Glossary of Important Terms

Additional Information, Advocacy Groups and General Resources

General Classroom Resources

Art, Art-Specific Resources

Notable Pedagogies

Resources for Families

Specific Disabilities, Interest and/or Advocacy Groups

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is ADD, ADHD?

What is Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder?

Advocacy Groups

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)

CHADD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Learning Disabilities of Association of America

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What is Autism?

FAQ’s re Autism

Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet

Best Practices Rubric re Autism

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

The Greenspan Floortime Approach



Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, 2ndEd, by Stephen Shore, foreword by Temple Grandin. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Drawing Autism, by Jill Mullin.Akashic Books.

Ido in Autismland: Climbing Out of Autism’s Silent Prison, by Ido Kedar.Sharon Kedar.

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism, by Ron Suskind.Kingswell.

Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney
By Ron Suskind. New York Times Magazine March 7, 2014

Talking With Readers About Owen, Disney and Autism
By Ron Suskind. NY Times Magazine March 11, 2014, 6:25 PM.The New York Times, The 6th Floor Blog.

Making Visual Supports Work in the Home and Community: Strategies for Individuals with Autism, by Jennifer L. Savner & Brenda Smith Myles. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, by Ellen Notbohm.Future Horizons.2012.
Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, by Ellen Notbohm from the book Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, 2nd edition (2012, Future Horizons, Inc.)

The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism, by Kristine Barnet.Random House. 2013.

Understanding Autism for Dummies, by Stephen Shore and Linda Rastelli; foreword by Temple Grandin.For Dummies.

Understanding Students with Autism through Art, Editors: Beverly Levett Gerber and Julia Kellman. NAEA.

Books by Temple Grandin

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The Way I See It, Revised and Expanded 2nd Edition: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. Future Horizons.

Different . . . Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s, and ADHD, by Temple Grandin and Tony Attwood. Future Horizons.

Thinking in Pictures, My Life with Autism. Vintage.

Books for Children

A Is for Autism, F is for Friend: A kid’s Book on Making Friends with a Child who has Autism, by Joanna Keating-Velasco.Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Everybody is Different: A book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism, by Fiona Bleach.Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

How to Talk to an Autistic Kid, by Daniel Stefanski (an autistic kid).Free Spirit.

Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overload, by Jennifer Veenendall. Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Advocacy Groups

ASAN (Autism Self Advocacy Network)

Autism Speaks

Center for Autism and Related Disorders

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Blind and Partially Sighted

Types of Visual Impairment

About Low Vision and Blindness

Education Vision Services (NYC DOE)

Living with Vision Loss

Tips for Teachers

Understanding How Children with Visual Impairment Learn

Publications, Webcasts

Essential Elements in Early Intervention: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities, by Deborah Chen.AFB press.

The Mind’s Eye, by Oliver Sacks. Vintage.

For additional publications see
The American Foundation for the Blind –
The National Federation of the Blind –

Perkins School for the Blind Webcasts Directory

Accessible Materials

Bookshare. For those with print disabilities, including visual impairments or blindness. Free membership to qualified U.S. students and schools.More than 169,000 titles available digitally.

Learning Ally. For those who cannot read standard print. Offers more than 75,000 digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles for download.

LOUIS.Database of info on more than 386,000 titles in accessible formats, including braille, large print, sound recording, and electronic files.

Additional Resources

Resources for Living

Education for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairment

Advocacy Groups

American Council of the Blind

American Foundation for the Blind

Lighthouse International (English) (Spanish)

National Braille Association

National Federation for the Blind

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Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral Palsy Information Page

Cerebral Palsy Fact Sheet

Learn More About Cerebral Palsy, CDC Podcast

Advocacy Groups

United Cerebral Palsy

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Cystic Fibrosis

About Cystic Fibrosis

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deafness and Hearing Loss

Hearing Education Services (NYC DOE)

Hearing Related Services (NYC DOE)


Deaf Education in the 21st Century: Topics and Trends, by Nancy Scheetz. Pearson.

Deaf in America: Voices from a Culture, by Carol A. Padden and Tom L. Humphries. Harvard University Press.

Seeing Voices A Journey into the World of the Deaf, by Oliver Sacks.Vintage.

Advocacy Groups

American Society for Deaf Children

National Association of the Deaf

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

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About Deaf-Blindness

A-Z to Deafblindness

Advocacy Groups

American Association of the Deaf-Blind

National Center on Deaf-Blindness

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Developmental Disabilities

What is a Developmental Disability?

Developmental Delay

Advocacy Groups

Developmental Disabilities Resource Center(DDRC)

My Child Without Limits

Cerebral Palsy
See above

Cognitive Disability

General Information

Defining Cognitive Disability

Down Syndrome
See below

Intellectual Disability (aka Mental Retardation)


What is Intellectual Disability?
(Text and video)

Fact Sheet

Advocacy Groups

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)

The Arc

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Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome?


Myths & Truths

Advocacy Groups

Down Syndrome International

National Down Syndrome Society

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Emotional Disturbance

Fact Sheet (PDF)

Anxiety Disorders

Emotional and Behavioral Disorders – Topic Categories

What are Emotional Disturbances in Special Education?

School-based Mental Health Centers/NYC DOE

NYC DOE Guidance Portal

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Advocacy Groups

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

National Institute of Mental Health

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Functional Disabilities

Functional Disability Categories

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Multiple Disabilities

Fact Sheet

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Learning Disabilities

What are Learning Disabilities?

Some Types of Learning Disabilities


See above


Eye To Eye (National LD/ADHD mentoring)


FAQ’s re Dyslexia


Executive Functioning Disorders

Struggling with Executive Function

Information Processing Disorders

Auditory Processing Disorder

Visual Processing Disorder

Books, Publications

The Dyslexic Advantage; The Mislabeled Child, by Fernette Eide, M.D. & Brock Eide, M.D., M.A. Hyperion Press, NY

Advocacy Groups

The International Dyslexia Association

National Center for Learning Disabilities

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Muscular Dystrophy

What is Muscular Dystrophy?

Muscular Dystrophy Information Page

Learn About Muscle Diseases, A-Z

Advocacy Groups

Muscular Dystrophy Association


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Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)

Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page

Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)

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Rett Syndrome

General Information re Rett Syndrome

Advocacy Groups

International Rett Syndrome Foundation

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Sensory Processing Disorder
(Aka Sensory Integration, SI)

Ten Fundamental Facts About SPD


Books, Publications, Video

Growing an In-Synch Child; Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn and Grow, by Carol Kranowitz.Perigree.

Sensational Kids: Hope and Help for Children With Sensory Processing Disorder, by Lucy Jane Miller and Doris A. Fuller.Perigree.

The Out of Sync Child, by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller. Perigree.

What is Sensory Processing Disorder? An animated description for kids.

Advocacy Groups

Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation

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Speech and Language Disorders

What is the difference between a speech disorder and a language disorder?

Receptive and Expressive Language


What is Aphasia

Aphasia Facts Menu

Advocacy Groups

National Aphasia Association

Apraxia of Speech

What is Apraxia of Speech? (aka Verbal Apraxia or Dyspraxia)

What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Advocacy Groups

Apraxia Kids

Specific Language Impairment (SLI)

Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Speech and Language Disorders

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A Partial Glossary of Important Terms

504 Plan

What is a 504 Plan?

How Does a 504 Plan Differ from an IEP?

Alternative Assessment

Alternate Assessments for Students with Disabilities

Alternate Assessments for English Language Learners with Disabilities

Alternative Assessment District 75, NYC DOE

Assistive Technology (AT), Assistive Technology Devices

What is Assistive Technology (video)

Assistive Technology NYC DOE

Assistive Technology Department NYC DOE

Assistive Devices for Students with Disabilities

AT Devices

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Articles, Media

Assistive Technology for Kids with LD: An Overview, By Marshall Raskind, Ph.D. , Kristin Stanberry

Assistive Technology for Young Children in Special Education: It Makes a Difference, by Michael Behrmann

How Tech Enables Non-Verbal Learners to Become Singers, by Adam Goldberg

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band, by Eric Westervelt

A High School Band Where Everyone’s Voice Can Be Heard, by Eric Westervelt

Advocacy Groups

Related Resources/Center for Improving Technology in Education

Behavior Modification

Definition, Purpose, Description

Tip Sheet


Behavior Modification in the Classroom, by N. Mather and Sam Goldstein

Brain Plasticity, aka Neuroplasticity

Brain Plasticity: What is It?Learning and Memory

What is Brain Plasticity?

Books, Publications

Teaching with the Brain in Mind, by Eric Jensen.ASCD Books.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Common Core State Standards Initiative

What are Common Core State Standards?

CCSS and Special Education

Standards in Your State

Students with Disabilities and the Common Core Standards Resources


Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards, Guiding Principals for Teachers. VSA/The Kennedy Center

IDEA, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act



IEP (Individualized Education Program)

What is an IEP?


A Guide to the IEP

How to Have a Successful IEP Meeting, a three-part video
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3


Definition, Publications, Videos


Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

About LRE

IDEA 2004,root,statute,I,B,612,a,5,

Paraprofessional (Aka, teacher’s aide or assistant, para, para pro, paraeducator)

What is a paraprofessional?

Paraprofessional Database


Books, Publications

How To Be A Para Pro : A Comprehensive Training Manual For Paraprofessionals, by Diane Twachtman-Cullen and David DeLorenzo.Starfish Specialty Press.

Person First Language


Examples of First Person Language

Preferred Language Guide/Down Syndrome

Related Services and Related Service Providers
(Occupational Therapists, [OT’s], Physical Therapists [PT’s], Speech Therapists, Counselors, etc)

Related Services

Related Services, NYC DOE

Counseling, NYC DOE

Occupational Therapy, NYC DOE

Physical Therapy, NYC DOE

Speech/Language Therapy, NYC DOE

Self-Contained versus Inclusion Classrooms

Understanding Self-Contained Classrooms in Public Schools

Self-Contained Classrooms

Inclusion – What is Inclusion?

Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT)


U.S. Department of Education

STEM Education Resource Center

STEM and Special Ed Techniques


The Case for Adding Arts to STEM

Supports, Adaptations, Modifications

Supports, Modifications and Adaptations for Students

Accommodations vs Modifications accommodations-vs-modifications-whats-difference

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Accommodations for English Language Learners with Disabilities

Adaptive Equipment, NYC DOE adaptiveequipment.htm

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Additional Information, Advocacy Groups and General Resources

ADA Network (Americans with Disabilities Act)

Arise Coalition

Art Beyond Sight

Art Therapy

American Art Therapy Association

International Arts Therapy Organization

Art Therapy Links and Resources

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Sign Language (ASL)

Council for Exceptional Children

Categories of Disabilities under IDEA

Disability & Special Education Acronyms

Disability Definitions

Disability is Natural

Disability Scoop (Developmental Disability news)

Disability-Specific Resources

Disabled World

Fact Sheet on Specific Disabilities

Global Special Education And Disabilities Sites

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

National Association of Special Education Teachers

National Center on Educational Outcomes

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

NYC District 75 on Vimeo

Oliver Sacks, M.D.

Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins School for the Blind Resources

Resources for Children with Special Needs

Understanding Special Education Terms and Definitions

Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

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General Classroom Resources

An Educator’s Guide to the Acquisition of Alternate Format Core Learning Materials for Pre-K-12 Students with Print Disabilities


AMDI (Advanced Multimedia Devices)

Boardmaker Software

Do2Learn: Educational Resources for Special Needs


Mayer Johnson

Multiple Disabilities in Your Classroom

National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System)

Special Education Resources for Kids

Special Needs App Review

Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Visual Presentation Considerations

Color Contrast of Presentation – optimal hue, lightness and saturation

Text on Slides Considerations

Website Accessibility

Wikki Stix


An Intellectual Disabilities Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, by Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch

Classroom Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Classroom_Design_for_Students_with_Autism_Spectrum_Disorders

Inclusion Strategies For Teaching the Hearing Impaired, by Sharilyn Rose hearing-impairment-teaching-strategies

Learning Ways to Teach Children With Autism, by Jack O. Rella teaching-children-with-autism/

Suggestions for Teachers of Children With Speech Impediments, by Jack O. Rella classroom-tips

Teaching the Child With Autism: Tips & Techniques, by Dr. Anne Zachry homeschooling-tips-techniques

Teaching Tips for Including Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities, by Anne Vize students-with-severe-or-multiple-disabilities/

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Art, Art-Specific Resources

Arts in Special Education Consortium

Museum Access Consortium

Movement and Learning

National Theater of the Deaf

LEAD (Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability)

TDF (Theatre Development Fund) Accessibility Programs

Teaching With Cameras

The Importance of the Arts in Special Education

Special Needs Arts Education Issues Group (National Arts Education Association)

Special Needs in Art Education (SNAE) Issues Group

Wikki Stix


Publications, Media

An Extraordinary School: Re-modelling Special Education, by Sara James.ACER Press.

Acting for Kids on the Autistic Spectrum, by Alisa Wolf.iUniverse.

An Attitude and Approach for Teaching Music to Special Learners, by Elise Sobol.R&L Education.

Barrier-Free Theatre: Including Everyone in Theatre Arts – in Schools, Recreation, and Arts Programs — Regardless of (Dis)Ability, by Sally Bailey.Idyll Arbor.

Dance Education for Diverse Learners, Grades PreK-12, NYC Department of Education.

Finding Their Voice, a video about students with a range of disabilities putting on a musical and led by a team including Speech Pathologists, an Occupational Therapist an Art teacher and Teaching Artists.

Including Difference: A Communitarian Approach to Art Education in the Least Restrictive Environment, by Michelle Kraft and Karen Keifer-Boyd.NAEA.

Making Art Special: A Curriculum for Special Education Art, by Helen Goren Shafton. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Making Sense of Art: Sensory-Based Art Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, by Sandra R. Davalos.Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Music, Band, Tech and Special Learners – a 3 Part Series

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band, by Eric Westervelt

A High School Band Where Everyone’s Voice Can Be Heard, by Eric Westervelt

Transcending Music in a Special High School Band, by Eric Westervelt

Reaching and Teaching Students With Special Needs Through Art, by Beverly Levett Gerber.NAEA.

Story Drama in the Special Needs Classroom: Step-by-Step Lesson Plans for Teaching Through Dramatic Play, by Jessica Perich Carleton.

Special Talents, Special Needs: Drama for People with Learning Disabilities, by Ian McCurrach and Barbara Darnley.Jessica Kingsley.

Students with Disabilities and the Core Arts Standards, Guiding Principals for Teachers. VSA/The Kennedy Center

Wings to Fly: Bringing Theatre Arts to Students With Special Needs, by Sally Bailey. Woodbine House.

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Notable Pedagogies

Understanding By Design (UbD)

Understanding by Design Framework

Overview of UbB –

UbD in a Nutshell


Understanding by Design, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. Pearson.

Understanding by Design: Professional Development Workbook, by Jay McTighe.ASCD.

The Understanding by Design Guide to Creating High-Quality Units, by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.ASCD.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

About UDL

UDL at a Glance

UDL Guidelines

UDL Guidelines Examples & Resources

UDL Toolkit

UDL Curriculum Self-Check

UDL Lesson Builder

UDL Bookbuilder

Arts and UDL Group, an online community of practitioners and interested parties focused on applying UDL in and through the arts

Web Module

UDL District 75 (NYC DOE)

UDL and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


A Practical Reader in Universal Design for Learning, edited by David H. Rose and Anne Meyer.Harvard Education Press.

Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation, by Tracey Hall, Nicole Strangman and Anne Meyer.National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum, The Access Center, CAST, U.S. Office of Special Education Programs.

Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids, by Ann Tomlinson and Jay McTighe, J. ASCD.

Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning, by David H. Rose and Anne Meyer.ASCD.
Available online or for purchase from the publisher

Universal Design for Learning, Theory and Practice, by Anne Meyer.CAST.

Universal Design for Learning in the Classroom: Practical Applications. What Works for Special-Needs Learners Series, edited by Tracey Hall, Anne Meyer, and David Rose. Guilford Publications.

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Resources for Families

Advocating for your Child with Learning Disabilities

American Society for Deaf Children

Are You the Parent of a Blind Child?

Autism Family Support Series

Autism Friendly Spaces

Center for Parent Information and Resources

Common Core Standards for Families

Emma’s Hope Book – Autism, Parenting and Being

Help Your Child Recognize Emotions

My Child Without Limits

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind

Parent and Family Resources, Engage NY

Raising Special Kids


Resources for Children with Special Needs

Special Needs App Review

Support Groups for Parents of Special Needs Children (Manhattan, NY)

TDF (Theatre Development Fund) Accessibility Programs

Understanding Special Education: A Parent Guide

United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center

United We Stand of New York

YAI Network


50 Questions About LD, an E-Book for Parents of Children With Learning Disabilities.

Ability Magazine

An Intellectual Disabilities Resource Guide for Teachers and Parents, by Elizabeth Stannard Gromisch

Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, by Henderson, Mapp, Johnson and Davies.New Press.

ep Magazine or Exceptional Parent

Parenting a Special Education Student

The Late Talker – What to Do If Your Child Isn’t Talking Yet, by Marilyn Agin, Lisa F. Geng and Malcolm Nicholl.St. Martins Griffin.

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