Disability Articles

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Ability Path Articles “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” and “The Signs: What every Parent Should Know about Bullying”
Click on their link as it appears across top or search for ‘bullying’ in their search box.  Read report about bullying and special needs children, as well as learn the signs of a child who is being bullied and what parents can do to help.

ADA-AA and 504
Read this article about the new rights of some students previously denied 504 protections and accommodations and about this expanded definition of disabilities and eligibility for students.

Article Library from PHP on Challenging Behavior, written by Nathan Ory, M.A.
In thirteen articles, find answers to tough behavioral questions for parents of children with behavioral challenges.

“Bill of Rights for Behaviorally Challenged Kids” by Lives in the Balance

The Blame Game – Wrightslaw article by Pamela Darr Wright, M.A. M.S.W.
Describes a school culture where most educators consistently report the source of a child’s learning problems are the child’s or the parent’s fault, but rarely claim their problems are the result of inappropriate teaching practices, faulty administrative practices, or curriculum provided.

Break Kids free from Limiting Labels by Marilyn Settle

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia – ‘What is Dyslexia?’
Explains causes of dyslexia and the importance of teaching phonemic awareness.

Bringing your Special Needs Child Home (Article for Homeschool Association of California)
By Lenore Colacíon Hayes

Charter Schools – by Primers Special Reports on Students in Charter Schools with Disabilities

Children with Attention Disorders – DRC Advocacy information
Read the DRC publication outlining the rights of children with attention disorders and the special education laws pertaining to these children under ‘Other Health Impaired.”

Choices for Learning Challenges

Disability Rights Center (DRC) Article  “State and Federal Laws Prohibit Schools from Retaliating
Against Parents and Against Individuals Assisting Parents”


National Association for the Education of the Young Child – Inclusion Issues
Including Children with Special Needs: Are You and Your Early Childhood Program Ready?
By Amy Watson and Rebecca McCathren
Offers manual with best practices for preschool education of special needs students and checklists for administrators and/or parents to use to evaluate preschool programs for children with special needs.

Dysgraphia Accommodations

Fact sheet on dyslexia:

Fact sheet on Dysgraphia:

Factors Contributing to Parent School Conflict in Special Education

FAPE (Wrightslaw Website)
Information and articles about FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) for students with disabilities of any type.

FAPE – Loving Parents Want What’s “Best” for Child: School Only Needs to Provide an “Appropriate Program”

FAPE - Who is Responsible for Providing FAPE? - How to Document Your Concerns on IEPs, Tape Recordings and Letters?

“Functional Behavioral Assessments – What, Why, When, Where, and Who?”
Article on IDEA 2004 requirements involving functional assessments to determine the source of  behaviors and how to create an appropriate intervention for them.

IDEA – Wrightslaw Articles

IEP’s – LD Online Articles

IEP’S – Wrightslaw Articles

How Can I Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program?

LD Online:
Behavior Management: Getting to the Bottom of Social Skills Deficits

Article explaining social skill deficits and tips for teaching these skills, including motivational and social skill discrimination strategies.

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems to Manage Physical Impulsiveness
By Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel

Helping Children with Executive Functioning Problems Turn In Their Homework

Lazy Kid or Executive Dysfunction?

What is Executive Functioning?

Learning Abled Kids – “Multisensory Instruction and Learning Styles Self-Paced Tutorial”

National Center for Learning Disabilities – A Parent’s Guide to Universal Design
Read about the Universal Design concept for students and adults with disabilities, which explains that (UDL) is a “research-based framework for designing curricula—that is, educational goals, methods, materials, and assessments—that enable all individuals to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. This is accomplished by simultaneously providing rich supports for learning and reducing barriers to the curriculum, while maintaining high achievement standards for all students.”

“Promoting Oral Language Development in a in a High-Quality, Inclusive Preschool Learning Environment”

‘Smart’ IEP’s Article by Wrightslaw

Special Ed.us
Section: Behavior and Discipline in Special Education in Plain Language

Teaching Visual Learners to Read – by Child 1st

Tiny Eye – Strategies to Encourage Communication
Using a year-by-year chart, describes methods for promoting language learning for young children.

Tourette Syndrome Association – Important Changes Regarding Eligibility for 504 Plans
Article on how specific changes affect students with TS

Wrightslaw: Discipline under IDEA 2004

What are Schools Obligations for Children with Severe Emotional and Behavior Problems?

Behavior Management and Appropriate School Response: FBA’s, BIP’s, and IEE’s

How Can I Get the School to Provide an Appropriate Program?
Evaluations, Programs, Clinics, and Therapy

What you Need to Know about IDEA 2004: IEP’s for Children with Behavior Problems

Wrightslaw – Reading tests: What they measure and Don’t measure by Dr. Melissa Farall”
PDF Brochure with techniques, activities, and resources to promote language learning for preschool special needs children

Wrightslaw Article: Response to Intervention (RTI) New Ways to Identify Specific Learning Disabilities
Examines the issues around the change in how LD is identified which is no longer based on whether a child has a severe discrepancy between intelligence and performance but rather on the interventions used.  Offers many links to further resources on the topic.

Other Media on Disability

We are More Alike Than Different – You Tube Video
Short You Tube video about young adults with Down Syndrome and their message that they are more alike than different from other young adults.