Children sitting and listening to teacher reading a bookTo more effectively address the needs children older that five years of age the Map Team has focused attention on identifying resources to support youth and young adults in their school, after school programs and community activities.

Ability Tools

Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, is California’s Assistive Technology Act Program. We provide a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages. Ability Tools is made possible through funding from the Department of Rehabilitation, financed by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration with funds allocated by the Assistive Technology Act of 2004.

Assistive Technology in Action. Meet Mason (Video)

Length: 4:15 minutes

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. In this third video, you’ll meet Mason, a young boy with vision loss who, with the help of AT, is able to learn reading and writing in the same classroom as his sighted peers. We invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

Bully Free World

Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit for parents, teachers and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs. This toolkit is a set of resources for people to confront bullying of children with special needs from all angles – from talking to your children to knowing your rights to teaching tolerance in schools. Start by reading the Top Ten Facts to know about bullying and children with special needs, and then learn about the unique challenges children with special needs face when encountering bullying.

Now you have the facts, but want to DO something to help create a bully free world? Getting started is as easy as writing a letter to your child’s teacher, or asking your Principal to post your school’s anti-bullying policy in public places around the school building. It could mean talking to your child about how he or she has experienced bullying, or reading about the roles of bullying and identifying your personal place in the cycle of bullying.

Bullying Prevention Project – Sacramento County

The goal of the Bullying Prevention Project is to support Sacramento County districts and their demonstration school sites as they implement bullying prevention programs and strategies. This initial project of the countywide Student Mental Health and Wellness Plan will allow each district to focus on a school-based bullying prevention program, provide staff training, promote student mental health and provide early interventions for students and families who need them. Resources housed on this site include national research, professional development resources and evidence-based strategies to address bullying.

California After School Resource Center (CASRC)

The California After School Resource Center (CASRC, “cas-rac”), administered by the California Department of Education, provides access to a comprehensive set of reviewed materials, resources, trainings, tools, and supportive services for after school programs. Browse through the resources and register online to borrow materials from the library, with free delivery in California. Here are links to downloadable materials and resources for inclusion.

California AfterSchool Network

The California AfterSchool Network provides leadership and links to state policy makers to support high-quality programs. It offers a collective voice to support policies, research, public awareness campaigns and innovative strategies. Networking partnerships are built to support opportunities for mutual learning so that California’s after-school programs can keep children safe, inspire learning, and help working families. Search on “disabilities” for resources.

CAST Universal Design for Learning

A nonprofit leader in education, CAST works to improve learning opportunities and outcomes for all individuals thorough Universal Design for Learning. Explore this website to find out more about our research and development, innovative learning tools, and professional services.

Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE)

The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation’s capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. CADRE is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education to serve as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

Center on Response to Intervention (RTI)

The Center on Response to Intervention at the American Institutes of Research (AIR) continues the work of the National Center on Response to Intervention (NCRTI), which AIR ran from 2007-2012 with a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs. When the Center’s federal funding ended in 2012, AIR took over upkeep and maintenance of the Center’s website and products and continues to provide support for states, districts, and schools implementing RTI. A graphic is used to help navigate through and learn about the Essential Components of RTI including screening, progress monitoring, multi-level prevention system and data-based decision-making.

  • RTI Implementer Series
    The RTI Implementer Series is intended to provide foundational knowledge about the essential components of RTI and to build an understanding about the importance of RTI implementation.

Center on Technology and Disability (CTD)

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services. Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; have increased access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards.

  • CTD Library
  • Isabel Needs Assistive Technology (Video)
    In this story, you’ll meet Marta, the mother of Isabel, a young girl with fine motor and learning disabilities. The video introduces viewers to assistive technology (AT) and takes them through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting during which AT is considered. This video is captioned in English and is “described” as well. FCTD and Dicapta invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve. This video was originally produced as a Spanish-language resource. Voice-over and captioning were added to provide access to larger audience.

Circle of Friends (CoF)

Circle of Friends (CoF) provides the opportunity for students with disabilities to build genuine friendships with non-disabled peers. Nationwide, CoF establishes a social inclusion program on school campuses that increases the understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of differences while decreasing bullying, creating a safer school environment in which all students can learn. Students with disabilities are integrated into mainstream campus life and helped to expand the new relationships they have formed into the community at large. Offices are located at 11965 Venice Blvd. Suite 301 Los Angeles, CA 90066. Phone is 310-312-6600.

College Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • College Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
    Even if a student with intellectual disabilities isn’t yet prepared for the rigors of a full degree program, that doesn’t mean there aren’t countless other paths offered at college campuses to help them transition into independent adulthood. This website features an interactive map of the US where students throughout the country can find a range of supportive and innovative degrees and program resources to help them succeed at the postsecondary level. Learners can use the tool below to find tailored programs in their state.
  • Helping Students with Visual Impairments
    Addressing each need of students with visual impairments and improving overall accessibility are vital to their academic success. This guide explains how colleges are creating more welcoming and inclusive learning environments, with a sharp focus on assistive technology, campus resources that provide assistive services and tools, information about scholarships for students with visual impairments, and online resources they can access to facilitate academic and career success.
  • Resource from
    Prospective college students with disabilities will find that many campuses are equipped with offices and services that address accessibility, accommodation, and assistive technology for a diverse range of needs. Student services offices and disability coordinators at many colleges work to make campuses inclusive environments through specialized advocacy, support, and academic services.
  • Resource from
    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. Below, find specific information and resources on a variety of different disabilities, learn how to make the transition into the workforce easier, and find out what your legal rights on campus are.
  • Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
    This guide outlines some of the civil rights and liberties that students with disabilities are entitled to, and describes how universities approach students with disabilities. On top of that, we outline a few strategies for finding a school that is a good fit.

Community Education Conference: Co-Occurring Disabilities and Mental Health Issues in Transition Aged Youth

Session Recordings and Slide Handouts of the 2016 Community Education Conference

  • Dan Siegel’s Keynote Address Recording (Video)
    How our Relationships Shape a Healthy Brain and Resilient Mind: The Power of Connection, Inside and Out by Dan Siegel, MD, UCLA School of Medicine, Mindful Awareness Research Center, Mindsight Institute. In Dr. Dan Siegel’s keynote address for this USC UCEDD conference, he specifically addresses the damaging effects of exclusion and the need for empathy when a child has differences in speech and learning or any kind of difference. At about 16:40 he talks about research that shows that the experience of exclusion shows up in the brain the same as being hit with a red hot poker… physical pain! He also talks about how important it is to be able to articulate your differences and to be understood and acknowledged for who you are. The damaging effects of invisibility are also described. Although it’s focused on transition aged youth with developmental disabilities, it’s applicable to the broader population.


Edutopia is dedicated to transforming kindergarten through 12th-grade (K-12) education so all students can thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. We are focused on practices and programs that help students acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, skills and beliefs to achieve their full potential.

Expect More Arizona

Expect More Arizona is a public-private partnership dedicated to making education the top priority in the state of Arizona. Expect more Arizona unites individuals and organizations that believe expectations must be much higher and sharing our commitment in making Arizona’s commitment, birth through career, the best in the nation. The path to higher expectations and educational excellence requires great teachers, motivated students, engaged parents, committed leaders and supportive communities – all working together to increase student academic achievement and ultimately their readiness to succeed in college and career.

For many people, owning and maintaining a home is one of the most significant investments they ever make. But for individuals and veterans living with disabilities, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. It’s vital they and their loved ones have access to the best resources about how to make their homes livable and enjoyable.

Unfortunately, without access to the right resources, creating a comfortable home can be an expensive task. This guide will identify legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offer tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggest modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible.

ExtendED Notes

School-Age Notes is a publisher and retailer of books, videos, DVDs, music CDs and other resources for after-school professionals and after-school programs and summer programs geared to school-age children. Science and math enrichment, literacy, curriculum planning, staff training, discipline, summer programs, arts and crafts, fitness, games, cooking, drama, multicultural activities and many more topics are covered in resources available for order from School-Age Notes.

Foster Ed Connect is an online community connecting and supporting California’s foster youth liaisons, foster youth advocates, and all professionals working to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth.

Got Transition?

Got Transition/Center for Health Care Transition is a cooperative agreement between the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health. Our aim is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.Health care transition resources are listed and organized by topic.

Guide to Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

Many schools and organizations offer assistance to help students with disabilities reach their goals. From tutoring, to financial aid and tax breaks, students with disabilities, and their parents, can access a wide range of resources. But finding these resources and applying for them can be a bit overwhelming. This site lists a wide range of scholarships and grants available for specific categories of disability and provides tips on how to apply for them.

Harvard Family Research Project

The Harvard Family Research Project has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. They work primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of their work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability. Below are some useful publications and links to areas on the Harvard Family Research Project that are directly related to family engagement.

I’m Determined

A project of the VA Department of Education, the I’m Determined website offers resources for youth, families, and educators around self-determination. Self-determination is about youth with disabilities taking control of their lives. Resources include videos, modules, a transition guide, downloadable brochures, and more.

I’m Tyler (Video)

Published: Jul 2012 | 12:14 minutes
Tyler is a typical high school student who happens to have cerebral palsy and some other challenges. He has taken on a mission to educate the world about Ability Awareness. He believes that what a person, any person, CAN do is much more important than what he/she can’t. The people in Tyler’s life who have seen this and practiced Ability Awareness have made all the difference in the world to him. For more information, go to the I’m Tyler website.

IRIS Center for Training Enhancements

The IRIS Center is a national center that aims to provide high-quality resources for college and university faculty and professional development providers about students with disabilities. IRIS seeks to obtain this goal by providing free, online, interactive training enhancements that translate research about the education of students with disabilities into practice. It is made possible through a grant between Vanderbilt University and the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education.

Kids Included Together (KIT)

Telephone: 858-225-5680
Fax: 619-758-0949

KIT stands for Kids Included Together, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in San Diego, California in 1997. The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development, and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT’s goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life. We invite you to explore our site and learn more about our work in San Diego County and across the nation.

  • KIT National Training Center on Inclusion (NTCI)
    NTCI was established to support the overall mission of Kids Included Together through training, technical assistance and resources of the highest quality for staff in out of school time programs at all levels of experience and interest. KIT’s National Training Center on Inclusion utilizes a combination of the latest technology coupled with live presentations by dynamic and experienced trainers and practitioners to support providers like you in welcoming children with disabilities.
  • National Training Center on Inclusion Free Community Trainings

Museum of Disability History

Here you will find Disability History Lesson Plans for grades K-3. All documents are in PDF format and available for download.

My Own Book Shelf (Video)

Length: 8:36 minutes

This video was presented at the 2009 CEC Convention. My Own Bookshelf SoftTouch is a project designed to bring literacy into the lives of children with disabilities. The video shows volunteers scanning books, the children adding their voices to the stories, and the children with disabilities enjoying the stories by themselves and with other children using switches and sharing their books with others through the same access technology.This video illustrates the possibilities of using technology to integrate learning with all populations, and to create something entirely unique with relative ease.

National Afterschool Association

The National AfterSchool Association, formerly the National School-Age Care Alliance, was founded in 1987. They are a professional association with a membership component. The membership includes more than 7,000 practitioners, policy makers, and administrators representing all public, private, and community-based sectors of after-school and out-of-school time programs, as well as school-age and after-school programs on military bases, both domestic and international. As the leading voice of the after-school profession, they are dedicated to the development, education, and care of children and youth during their out-of-school hours.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

This website was developed by a cooperative agreement between CAST and the US Department of Education (IDEAs that Work). Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are materials and technologies usable for learning across the widest range of individual variability, regardless of format or features. Whether a material or technology is designed from the start to be accessible for all learners or is made accessible for learners with disabilities, it is considered AEM.

  • Quick Starts
    Organized by audience, each Quick Start offers brief answers to the most commonly asked questions about AEM along with links to additional resources for further information.
  • Early Learning Resources

National Center on Universal Design for Learning

From the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008….The term UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING means a scientifically valid framework for guiding educational practice that:

  1. provides flexibility in the ways information is presented, in the ways students respond or demonstrate knowledge and skills, and in the ways students are engaged; and
  2. reduces barriers in instruction, provides appropriate accommodations, supports, and challenges, and maintains high achievement expectations for all students, including students with disabilities and students who are limited English proficient.

National PTA

PTA’s mission is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Ouch Disability BBC News Blog

Brought to you by an award-winning team of disabled journalists – Emma Tracey and Damon Rose – with help from guest contributors who all have personal connections to disability. Ouch goes behind the headlines of disability news, and also lifts the lid on the little details about being disabled that are not widely talked about.

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The TA Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports has been established by the Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education to give schools capacity-building information and technical assistance for identifying, adapting, and sustaining effective school-wide disciplinary practices.

This TA Center provides guidance and tools in developing positive relationships with families of school age children. Below is the link to the area on the website that provides rationale for parent involvement, research, best practices and tips for teachers (School, Family and Community Partnerships) and a link to another area of the site that includes a list of parent training resources and specifically a “Family Engagement Checklist.”

Signed Stories

Signed Stories has lots of great books to see in sign language and subtitles. Hearing family and friends can listen to the stories too. You can all watch together! Signed Stories has a very simple goal – to help improve the literacy of deaf children nationwide by allowing them to share in the joy of storytelling. It’s also designed to provide useful advice and guidance for the parents, cargivers and teachers of deaf children; and for the deaf parents of hearing children. Everyone – deaf or hearing – can use Signed Stories. Please keep coming back to see new books as they arrive, and please tell your friends and work colleagues about this free website.


Families of children with disabilities and special needs very seldom travel. The unknown challenges and fears are just too overwhelming. Meghan Harris founder of Special and parent of a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder is trying to rectify that: It is our intent here at SpecialGlobe to gather any and all information about special needs travel under one roof where you can take your time to review and make decisions about what’s right for your family.

Story Line On Line

Stories read by members of the Screen Actors Guild

SWiFT Schools

SWIFT Center helps whole education systems build capacity to provide academic and behavioral instruction and support for all students, including those with the most extensive needs. SWIFT technical assistance uses six research-based practices to differentiate support as each community travels its unique path to being a highly effective education system in which all students achieve and fully participate in their school communities.

SWIFT Field Guide consists of five domains, each with two features. Explore the guide to learn more about SWIFT practices. If you are a new visitor, you may find the How to Use SWIFT Field Guide page helpful.

Videos (found on the home page):

  • All Means All (2:03 minutes)
  • Together: A SWiFT film on Integrated Education Framework (23:49 minutes)
  • Whatever It Takes: A SWiFT film on Inlusive Academic Instruction (21:53 minutes)

Youth on the Move: A Road Map for Transition

This website is designed to provide information, strategies, and resources to transition navigators—teachers, counselors, family members, and community providers—to guide youth on the move. (formerly was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 19 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. The IWGYP promotes the goal of positive, healthy outcomes for youth. This federal website provides interactive tools and other resources to help youth-serving organizations and community partnerships plan, implement, and participate in effective programs for youth.

Link to WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies website

Working Together for Inclusion & Belonging | 751 Rancheros Drive, Suite 2, San Marcos, CA 92069

Copyright © 2012 WestEd. All Rights Reserved.