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FAQs about Postsecondary Education for Individuals with Disabilities

Find answers to questions about education and training opportunities after high school for students with disabilities.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center

Federation for Children with Special Needs: FAQs about Postsecondary Options- (PDF)

Learn about the eligibility and/or availability of services and supports in college for students with intellectual disabilities.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Hearing Loss in Children: Treatment and Intervention Services

There are many different options for children with hearing loss and their families. This document describes special education programs, cochlear implants, medical and surgical interventions, assistive devices, and more.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

10 Tips for Choosing Toys for Children with Special Needs

Here are the questions to ask when selecting a toy for a child with disabilities. Search a database of independently evaluated toys for children with special needs.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Lekotek Center

Deafness and Hearing Loss

This fact sheet defines hearing loss and deafness and discusses its incidence, characteristics and educational implications. Children with these disabilities may be eligible for special education and related services.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Evaluation: What Does It Mean for Your Child?- (PDF)

Evaluation is a process that helps parents and schools determine whether a child has a disability. Under IDEA a “child with a disability” is one who qualifies for special education and related services. Read more about the evaluation process and what it measures.

Review Date: November 01, 2011

Alliance National Parent Technical Assistance Center

Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC)

Learn how the Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2F HIC) can help families of children with special health care needs (CSHCN).

Review Date: February 01, 2013

Health Resources and Services Administration - HRSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Getting into College: What Students with Disabilities Want to Know

This module assists students with disabilities to understand the college admissions process.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

HEATH Resource Center at the National Youth Transitions Center

Learning Disabilities

This overview describes specific kinds of learning problems that typically cause children to have trouble using certain academic skills. Tips for parents and teachers are provided.

Review Date: June 25, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Lekotek Toy Resource Helpline

To find answers to your questions on toys and play for children with disabilities and special needs, contact a Lekotek specialist at 1- 800-366-PLAY.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Lekotek Center

Overview of Early Intervention

Learn the basic steps involved in early intervention services designed to meet the needs of infants and toddlers, from birth through age two, who have a developmental delay or disability.

Review Date: November 16, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Resources Especially for Military Families

Part of military life involves frequent geographic moves. Moving is more challenging when there’s a child in the family who has a disability. Find organizations and resources listed here to help you make easier transitions from one location to another.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Special Education Services for Preschoolers with Disabilities

What services are available for preschoolers who are experiencing developmental delays? Learn where families, childcare providers, and educators can find help and support.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Spina Bifida

This fact sheet defines spina bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal column. Three types of spina bifida, symptoms, characteristics, and successful integration of a child with spina bifida into school is discussed.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

State Organization: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Locate organizations and agencies within your state that address disability-related issues, including agencies serving children and youth with disabilities, parent groups, and more. .

Review Date: March 12, 2013

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

U.S. Department of Education

The Short -and- Sweet IEP Overview

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. Here’s a crash course on the IEP.

Review Date: November 10, 2011

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Transition to Adulthood

Transition services are intended to prepare students to move from the world of school to the world of adulthood. When the student has a disability, it's especially helpful to plan ahead for that transition.

Review Date: December 12, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

What Is Lekotek?

Lekotek makes the world of play accessible to disabled children through special play and learning centers where they can have fun with traditional and adapted toys, books and computers.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Lekotek Center