Special Needs


General

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.
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.
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.
Medicare Solutions: Complete Disability Resource Guide
Subject-organized set of links about disabilities, disability rights, support groups, government agencies, and other resources.
Medline Plus: Child Behavior Disorders
Information and links about a wide range of behavioral disorders in children. From the National Library of Medicine.
Wheelmap
Wheelmap is a map for finding wheelchair accessible places. The map works similar to Wikipedia: Anyone can contribute and mark public places around the world according to their wheelchair accessibility.
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.

Accessibility & Reading Tools

See also: Text to Speech, Speech to Text, etc. resources below
Check company websites for: AmdroidChromebooksiOSWindows

6 Google Chrome Extensions for Students with Special Needs
Google Chrome Extensions are programs that help extend the web browser’s functionality. Some of them are developed to help struggling students with homework in ways other than just “searching the web”. … Well, here are some good Google Chrome extensions that you can use for free (Dystech, March 2020)
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)
Google Accessibility: Products and Features
Describes accessibility features such as text-to-speech, speech to text, captions, and other options.
Google Workspace 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.
Guardian’s Guide to Tools for Children with Disabilities during Distance Learning
This guide from Google for parents and guardians of students with disabilities discusses various options which can be used with Chromebooks and Google Tools. It is organized by type of disability (vision issues, motor skills, executive function issues or difficulty focusing, hearing issues, dyslexia) and offers a list of add-ons which might be helpful as well. (updated Feb 2021)
How to Add Accessibility Features to Google Chrome
If you have trouble reading text on websites, seeing specific colors, or have dyslexia, Google Chrome has accessibility features that can help. Discusses both built-in features and extensions you can get from the Chrome Store. (May 2019)
Microsoft: Immersive Reader free
Immersive Reader is a set of free tools to improve the reading experience for users of OneNote, Word, Outlook, Edge, Office Lens, and Microsoft Teams software.
Microsoft: Special education
A run-down of Microsoft’s “Learning Tools”, which are a set of inclusive features available in a wide range of platforms that assist all learners in reading, writing, math, and communication.
Omoguru browser extension; mobile app; free/paid
Omoguru offers a mobile app and a browser extension to make text more readable for those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
Open Dyslexic Font free
A free font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia.
Reader Mode Chrome extension; free
Reader Mode … removes clutter, ads and distractions, while also includes dyslexia support, bookmarking, annotating, highlighting, text-to-speech and many other features all in one tool.
Rewordify online; free
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.
Tools to Improve the Accessibility of Documents, Slides, Videos, and Websites
We all have different needs and preferences when it comes to consuming the media in our lives. … Here are some tools that you and your students can use to improve the accessibility of media used in your classroom. (Dec. 2019)

Blind and Visually Impaired

5 Tech Resources for the Blind or Visually Impaired
Discusses apps with GPS, sighted volunteer apps, seeing assistive technology, alt text, and screen readers. (May 2019)
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.
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.
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.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

See also: Languages: ASL

DeafRead
Current trending articles from popular Deaf blogs and vlogs.
Gallaudet University
For more than 150 years, Gallaudet University has led advances in education of deaf and hard of hearing students and deaf rights worldwide.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center
Information, resources, and links to organizations from Gaullaudet University.
National Association of the Deaf
The NAD is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
National Theatre of the Deaf
Touring the nation and the world for over 45 years, the acting company is comprised of deaf and hearing actors. Each performance unfolds simultaneously in two languages; one for the eye, American Sign Language, and one for the ear, the Spoken Word.
VeryWell: An Introduction to American Deaf Culture
Deaf culture is used to describe the unique characteristics found among the population of deaf and hard of hearing people. It’s reflected in art, literature, social environments, and much more.

Education

College Resources for Students with Disabilities
With the advances of adaptive technologies and trend toward progressive legislation, prospective college students with disabilities now have countless resources available to make their transition to postsecondary education less stressful. More resources from this site can be found by scrolling down to the “Students with Disabilities” section on the College Resources Center page.
Higher Education for Students with Disabilities
We have put this guide together to help students with disabilities and their parents better understand their rights and responsibilities in regard to a postsecondary education. You will also find useful tips and information for locating the college or university program that best suits your needs.
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.
New York State Education Department: Special Education
Information about Special Education in New York State, from regulations to links to resources.
NSTA: Disabilities
This website provides strategies and resources for making science accessible for all students, including those with disabilities. By clicking on one of the links below, you can find general information, teaching strategies, and resources … Although focused on science education, many of these techniques would be useful in any classroom.
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.
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… (2017)

Gifted/Talented

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
Extensive resources for gifted kids, their parents, and their teachers.
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)
What Does It Mean to Be Gifted or Talented?
Defining GT, “high achieving,” and exploring whether you should tell your child they’re gifted

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.
LDA of NYS: 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.
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.
Resources & Support for College Students with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
While aimed at college students, many of these strategies and links would work for students at the secondary level as well.

Sports

International Paralympic Committee
Periodic games held in parallel to the Olympic Games but designed for athletes with a variety of disabilities.
Move United
Move United’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, competition, recreation, high performance sport and educational programs.
Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities….
Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York provides inclusive opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to compete in Olympic-style, coached sports.
Sports Programs for Your Child With Special Needs
Describes and links to organizations for inclusive and special needs focused sports.

Speech-to-Text

See also Audio – Voice Recording

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
Dictate Text on iPhone
How to Set up Speech to Text on Android
These articles explain how to use dictation to turn speech to text on your iPhone or Android device.
SpeechTexter Chrome; free
SpeechTexter is a free professional multilingual speech-to-text application aimed at assisting you with transcription of any type of documents, books, reports, blog posts, etc by using your voice.
Best speech-to-text software in 2021: Free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services
Short descriptions highlighting the pros and cons of each service, from TechRadar. (Dec. 2020)
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.

Text-to-Speech

See also Audio – Voice Recording

Built-in Text to Speech Apps
Most operating systems have built-in text-to-speech tools. Check out Google’s TalkBack for Android and ChromeVox for Chromebooks; Apple’s VoiceOver for iOS devices; and Window’s Narrator.
6 Free Online Tools to Download Text-to-Speech as MP3 Audio
If you need a service to convert text to speech and then download it as an MP3 file, we’ve rounded up the best free websites to do that. The emphasis here is on tools that give you a file at the end of it, rather than just playing the conversion. (July 2020)
The Best (Free) Speech-to-Text Software for Windows
Looking for the best free speech-to-text software on Windows? We compare speech recognition options from Dragon, Google, and Microsoft. (April 2020)
CaptiVoice online; free and pay versions
A text-to-speech program.
How to Enable Text To Speech on iOS Devices
How to Use Text to Speech on Android
These WikiHow articles desribe how to use the text to speech features on yoru iPhone or Android device.
iSpeech online; free and pay 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…
NaturalReader Mac, Win; free and $ versions
This company offers a free as well as pay versions of their text to speech software.
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader Chrome; free
Read Aloud is a Chrome and Firefox extension that uses text-to-speech technology to convert webpage text to audio. It works on a variety of websites, including news sites, blogs, fan fiction, publications, textbooks, school and class websites, online universities and course materials.
Some Helpful Screen Readers for Students with Low or No Vision
Discusses a few readers for online users on the web, Android devices, and iOS devices. (June 2020)
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. (Nov. 2018)
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.

Talking Books, Special Ebooks

See also eBooks and Audio Books

Bookshare online; free for students
Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities.
Learn Out Loud online; free
Browse the Net’s largest Catalog of educational free audio & video, podcasts, & audio book downloads.
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.
Copyright © Dandelion by Pexeto