Special Needs


General Resources

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Disability History Museum
The Disability History Museum hosts a Library of virtual artifacts, Education curricula, and Museum exhibits. These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.
Special Education Guide
SpecialEducationGuide.com is the go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education.

General Disabilities

34 Great Jobs for People with Disabilities
Use this list as a starting point. And keep in mind that some of the ideas in each disability category may also work for people who fall under one or more of the other categories.
100+ Great Jobs for People with Disabilities to Get You Out and Earning
From an online career builder site. You can start with this page, and then go on to resume, cover letter, and other job-related information.
Adaptive Sports: Staying Active While Living With A Disability
Staying active while living with a disability can help you strengthen your heart, build strong muscles and bones, improve coordination, and make you feel better about yourself.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
Your central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.
Chrome Extensions for Struggling Students and Special Needs
Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level. (October 2016)
College Resources for Students with Disabilities
This guide explains your legal rights as a student with disabilities, both physical and learning disabilities, and the campus resources that can provide you with assistive services and tools. Additionally, we list a number of sites, apps, and software resources designed to aid students with specific types of disabilities, whether physical impairments or learning disabilities.
Complete Disability Resource Guide
Very nice subject-organized set of links about disabilities, disability rights, support groups, government agencies, and other resources.
Disabled Sports USA
Disabled Sports USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
Fitness Programmes for Persons with Disabilities
Discusses benefits of exercise and offers some practical suggestions.
Google Accessibility: Using Google products: How to use accessibility features
Describes accessibility features such as text-to-speech, speech to text, captions, and other options.
Internet Special Education Resources
ISER is a directory of special-education related professionals, organizations, and schools. We help parents find local special education professionals for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, critical teen issues, and other special needs.
Intervention Central
Tools and strategies for academic and behavioral intervention for children and youth.
Medline Plus: Child Behavior Disorders
Information and links about a wide range of behavioral disorders in children. From the National Library of Medicine.
New York State Education Department: Special Education
Information about Special Education in New York State, from regulations to links to resources.
Thought.co: Special Education
Use these special education resources to help you become a better teacher and advocate for students with special needs. Find information on special education careers, social skills, testing, and more. From ThoughtCo
Tips for Parents of Children With Disabilities Who Want Them To Succeed in School
While today on average only 1-in-3 working age adults with a disability have a job, studies show that 70% of young people with disabilities can get jobs and careers. But we have to do our part. Here are some tips I’ve used in the past that may be helpful to you…
Virtual Ability
This rather specialized organization is the leading provider of services, employment and accessibility information for people with disabilities in online virtual worlds.
Who Me? Self-Esteem for People with Disabilities
Discussses general principles of self-esteem with a focus on how they apply to persons with disabilities.

Blind and Visually Impaired

American Foundation for the Blind
The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.
Educational Vision Services
A New York City program for blind and visually impaired students. Includes a page with subject-organized links to other sites and organizations.
Family Connect
This site gives parents of visually impaired children a place to support each other, share stories and concerns, and link to local resources.
G Suite User Guide to Accessibility
This page lists resources to help you get started with G Suite using assistive technology. We’ve included information for diverse needs and interests, but many of the resources are primarily for blind or low-vision users.
National Federation of the Blind
Facts and support for the blind, including information on assistive technology.
New York State Commission for the Blind
The mission of the New York State Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind.
New York State Resource Center for the Visually Impaired
From the State Education Department, information describing services available for visually impaired students in New York State and offering links to further information and Other Organizations.

English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language
A starting point for ESL learners who want to learn English through the Web.
English at Home
Learn English grammar, vocabulary, verbs and speaking with games, an English newsletter and more.
ESL Basics
We … provide hundreds of ESL videos on our site. Plus, if you’re an ESL/EFL teacher, you can check out helpful videos and job postings in our ESL/EFL teachers section.
ESL Resource Center
Free lessons and practice with reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and other related topics.
Rewordify
Rewordify.com helps people read more, understand difficult English faster, and learn words in new ways. … Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more (or enter a web page URL) and click the button. You’ll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now.
UsingEnglish.com
UsingEnglish.com provides a large and growing collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics, covering the full spectrum of ESL, EFL, ESOL, and EAP subject areas.

Gifted/Talented

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
Extensive resources for gifted kids and their parents.
National Association for Gifted Children
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
New York Times – Gifted Students
News about Gifted Students, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
VeryWell Family: Gifted Kids
Highly intelligent and unique children may require more attention to help foster their gifts. Learn how to promote and nurture them with these tips and strategies.
Who Are The ‘Gifted And Talented’ And What Do They Need?
An article from NPR looking at gifted students. (Sept. 2015)

Learning Disabilities

All Kinds of Minds
The All Kinds of Minds’ mission is to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific and clinical expertise.
Great Schools – Learning Disabilities
GreatSchools is committed to helping you understand your child’s learning difficulties, including those that can be diagnosed – learning disabilities, AD/HD, autism and Asperger’s syndrome – and other difficulties without a diagnosis.
LDA: Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. The website has information about this subject for parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
LDANYS: Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
LDANYS is the nation’s oldest learning disability advocacy organization. We are the only voice of advocacy specifically for persons with learning disabilities and related neurological impairments with all levels of NYS government.
LDOnline.org
Information and resources about learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and kids.
Misunderstood Minds
Companion website to the PBS Special about students with learning disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Provides information, resources, and referral services for children and adults with learning disabilities.
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilties
News, resources, and links for New Yorkers with disabilities.
Open Dyslexic Font
A free font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. Check the FAQ for installation instructions.

Text-To-Speech, Speech-To-Text, Audio Books

See also eBooks for general-audience electronic texts and audio books

Audiobookmaker Win; free
Audiobookmaker – is a freeware text-to-speech software which read texts by human voice (text-to-speech player). It uses text-to-speech engines installed on your computer.
Balabolka Win; free
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. All computer voices installed on your system are available to Balabolka. Also offers a portable (usb) version.
Bookshare online; free for students
Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities.
CaptiVoice online; $$$
A text-to-speech program. While normally this carries a pretty hefty pricetag, Capti Loves NY offers special free services for New York State teachers.
Dictanote Chrome; free
Dictanote is a note-taking app that lets you efficiently categorize your ideas, thoughts, research and todos into notes and notebooks. Dictanote has built in MS Word like editor with which you can format your notes and download them as PDF / .docx files
iSpeech online; free and $ versions
Simply cut and paste the text you wish to convert to speech into our text box and click convert text. Or, upload any supported document, website, blog, etc. and click convert file or the listen button.
Kurzweil Windows; $$
Award-winning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools…
Learn Out Loud online; free
A directory to free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources on the internet.
Learning Ally – Support for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities online; $$
Available in every grade level and most subjects, RFB&D textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, RFB&D’s digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates. Requires proof of disability; fees may be waived with proof of hardship or paid by schools or services for the blind.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physcially Handicapped online / free
A free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.
Three Important Tips on How to Use Google Classroom with Students with Visual Impairment
Short description screen readers which can be used with Google Classroom on the web, on Android devices, and on iOS (iPhone, iPad) devices.
NaturalReader Mac, Win; free and $ versions
This company offers a free as well as pay versions of their text to speech software.
Voice Dictation: Online Speech Recognition Chrome; free
With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard….The app internally uses the built-in speech recognition engine of Google Chrome to transform your voice into digital text.
vozMe online / free
Free basic online service – paste text into a box and click a button to hear it read out loud. Site also offers a browser bookmarket with a text-to-speech function.
Word Talk Win; free
A free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. It will act as a ‘text reader’ and create a spoken sound version of the text in the document and read it back to you as it highlights the words. Works with Word 2007-2016.
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