Special Education


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.
Resume and Employment Guide for People With Disabilities
According to the Social Security Administration, there are over 8 million disabled workers in the United States. … Below, we’ll go over best practices for resume writing, laws that protect you from discrimination, and several other topics that you should know about as a disabled worker.
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 Tools - Google

Amdroid Accessibility Overview
You can customize your Android device with accessibility settings and apps.
Chromebook Accessibiility
You can make your Chromebook easier to use by turning on accessibility features that work best for your needs.
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)
8 Great Chrome Accessibility Extensions for Students
As for Chrome web browser, to empower it with assistive technology to help students with learning disabilities, we need to install third party extensions which you can find in Chrome Web Store. We have spent hours checking the options it has there and came up with the collection below. (Oct. 2021)
This articles explains how to use ChromeVox, the screen reader built into all Chromebooks.
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.
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)
How to Get Live Captions For Any Video or Audio in Chrome
Many people rely on captions for audio or video content, but not every media website provides them. The “Live Caption” feature is built into the Google Chrome browser and works everywhere. We’ll show you how to use this handy feature.
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.

Accessibility Tools - Other Products

Apple Accessibility
Built-in features designed for you to make something wonderful. There is also a set of short YouTube videos on these features.
The Best Assistive Technology for Dyslexics
Whether you’re grappling with homework or just trying to get things done, these tools will help your tech adapt to you—instead of the other way around. (Wired Magazine, Oct. 2021)
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)
Microsoft: Accessibility features in Microsoft Edge
Describes the various accessiblity features in Edge and how to set them up.
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: Use live captions to better understand audio
Live captions helps everyone, including people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, better understand audio by providing automatic transcription. (Windows 11, version 22H2 and later.)
Microsoft: Windows Accessibility
Microsoft’s page about its accessibility features for various issues and products.
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.
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

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.
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 Deaf Education Center
Information, resources, and links to organizations from Gaullaudet University.
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.

EBooks, Talking Books

See also eBooks and Audio Books

Bookshare online; free for qualifying students
With over a million titles, Bookshare offers free access to individuals who have a qualifying reading or perceptual disability, a visual impairment, or a physical disability that affects their ability to read printed works.
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.
NY State Library: Talking Book and Braille Library online and offline; free for qualified individuals
The New York State Talking Book and Braille Library (TBBL) is a free library service for eligible residents of upstate New York who are unable to use standard print materials due to a visual, physical or reading disability. Physical materials are sent free by mail; ebooks may also be downloaded.


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)

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.
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.


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.
Google Tools for Speech to Text
Overviews of a built-in tool for Google Docs and Slides, a Chrome extension, and a built-in Chromebook too. (Jan. 2022)
MacWhisper Mac; iOS; free
Quickly and easily transcribe audio files into text with OpenAI’s state-of-the-art transcription technology Whisper. Available for Macs and iOS devices.
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 apps of 2023
Short descriptions highlighting the pros and cons of free, paid and online voice recognition apps and services
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.
Writeout.AI online; free
Fast and accurate transcription of audio files within seconds.


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.


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 Narrator for Windows.
5 Best Free Realistic Text-to-Speech Tools
Following is a list of some of the best free text-to-speech tools with a brief description and their respective pros and cons. (March 2023)
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)
9 Free Screen Reader Apps for Android & iOS
A screen reader is an important piece of software for visually impaired or blind people, the screen reader converts text from your phone into audio form, thus allowing people with disabilities to fully use their smartphone.
Best free text-to-speech software
Find the best free text-to-speech software for free and easy text to audio conversion. (March 2023)
CaptiVoice online; free and pay versions
A text-to-speech program.
How to Get Siri to Read Text on iOS and macOS
How to Use Google’s Text-to-Speech Feature on Android
These articles describe how to use the text to speech features on your 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.
Speechify Mac, online, mobiles; free and $ versions
Power through docs, articles, PDFs, email — anything you read — by listening with our leading text-to-speech reader.
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 forward.
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