By Neva Fenno, M.S.Ed., MLIS
This time, I thought I’d put my Library Media Specialist hat on and provide you with an annotated list of the best sites on the web for you to read and trust for information that is up to date and accurate. There is so much on the Internet these days, it’s easy to get distracted by sites that are glitzy and fun but may not be assembled by professionals in the field. I’ll try to organize them by issues of interest to teachers and students in the Special Education field, and I’ll try to cut through the detritus. We’ll call it “Neva’s List,” lovingly prepared but by no means complete.
The ARC – For People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Head office in Washington D.C., there are 700 local chapters providing advocacy and public policy activism to support the needs of this community. Formerly known as The Association for Retarded Citizens, its name has evolved to suit the times, but its resources and authoritative information on issues of interest to us as teachers and the community at large is unparalleled.
ACLD – Association for Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities—another veteran in the field to provide information and guides to services for students, parents and professionals in the field. They seek to provide citizens with “an enviable life,” a goal shared by all of us who have trained and worked in special education throughout our careers. They provide excellent referral services to Health Care providers who are experts in providing quality care to learning disabled children and adults. A complete Services Directory helps us to find quality services and information.
Easter Seals expands its services to include and specialize in assisting citizens with physical disabilities and autism. Their website includes directories of services for employment and training, medical rehabilitation, and advice and resources for making life accessible.
Disability.gov, a huge site with information for persons of all disabilities and abilities. This site adds to our existing resources information on civil rights, independent living, education and employment. A go-to for accurate and vetted information for all.
Wrightslaw – the king of authoritative information on special education law. I refer to it often when writing this blog and when seeking information for teachers who are working on IEP’s. The Every Child Succeeds Act and IDEA are analyzed and translated for the layman. There is a Fetaweb (advocacy) section and a Yellow Pages for Kids site that I like very much.
ParentCenterHub.com is a site that might be better listed under general interest, but I especially like its section on describing IDEA for parents. IDEA 2004 was designed to provide all inclusive protections for persons with disabilities, but it is huge and sometimes difficult to understand. This site is IDEA in plain English.
IDEA.gov – a subsite of the Department of Education website, it also provides resources and simple descriptions of the protections the law provides.
Great Site for Teaching Ideas
Pinterest – well designed and easy to navigate, Pinterest gives teachers a chance to post their ideas so other teachers will benefit. I especially like the Resource Room pins. You can click on the images of classroom ideas to learn more about the teachers who are so creative and effective in their respective classrooms.
Supplies – and of course, you can’t get along without the newest and best school supplies for your classroom with great prices and customer support. Looking for funding money? Tune in to our MySchoolGrantfree grants database.
Let me know how you’re doing, post a comment below.