Education – General

These sites focus on primary and secondary education for children with disabilities. Included are some of the best sites we’ve found for parents, teachers, administrators and policy makers. For more web sites relating to specific educational topics, check our Education Index.
British Columbia Ministry of Education – Special Programs Online Documents
This series of publications includes some excellent resource guides for teachers of students with different disabilities.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
CEC is a professional organization dedicated to “improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.” Its web site contains training opportunities, professionals standards, job links, and the like.
Do2Learn [added 6/2/01]
Unlike most of the sites listed on this page, Do2Learn focuses on practical rather than theoretical solutions. We could easily have listed it under autism, learning disabilities, brain injuries, communication disorders, or a variety of other disabilities. This unique site is geared towards people “with a need to learn or relearn basic language and daily living skills – from young children to adults.” In addition to general information for parents and teachers, the site provides free resources such as printable picture cards, coloring pages, art projects, a game to practice recognizing facial expressions, and learning helpers such as math grids, writing paper, and number-and letter-tracing images. The project is federally funded and is based on virtual reality research.
Since we first reviewed this site several years ago, it has become increasingly commercial and decreasingly helpful. However, its section now titled SpecialLaw continues to offer the full texts of special education statutes, regulations, and administrative interpretations; a list of lawyers who have requested to be included; and lists of links and listservs; and more.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)
This federally funded information clearinghouse focuses on the professional literature, information, and resources relating to the education and development of individuals who have disabilities and/or who are gifted. Its extensive web site includes the ERIC Database; Ask ERIC (a personal response service); digests, fact sheets and “minibibs”; Frequently Asked Questions; links to the laws, and more.
Federal Resource Center for Special Education (FRC)
The FRC supports a federally-funded nationwide special education technical assistance network. Its web site, of primary interest to those involved in the network, includes information about the center and the network, conferences, and special education links. Special Education and Gifted Guide
Produced by Ameri-Corp Speech and Hearing, this is a nicely organized site that is filled with useful information and tidbits. Click on a specific disability in the “Special Education” section for definitions, tips, and resources. There are also online teaching games, tips of the week, and much more. While we often hesitate to recommend commercially sponsored web sites (there are fee-based continuing education courses from the sponsor, product ads, and professional listings), this one is nicely done.
Peterson’s Special Needs Secondary Schools
A list of schools, with background information on many of them.
Special Education Advocate
See Wrightslaw
Special Education Resources from the Curry School of Education
One of the best organized and most comprehensive guides to special education resources on the Internet. [added 4/4/01]
This website includes an extensive list of links to special education schools (alphabetically and by population served), as well as some links to related resources.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) “supports programs that assist in educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities” through its three components: the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This web site provides information about the offices and their programs. The OSEP site provides information and documents relating to current issues in special education. (RSA and NIDRR are described elsewhere in The DRM WebWatcher.)
Developed by a special education attorney and a psychotherapist, this web site features a law library containing statutes, regulations and case law; an advocacy library consisting of articles, letters to the webmaster, and back issues of their free online newsletter; and the obligatory online bookstore. Formerly The Special Education Advocate.
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