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Although employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities still lag behind those compared to individuals without disabilities, it is clear that enormous barriers to employment are being overcome. It is far more common now to see students and young adults with disabilities in a wide range of jobs throughout the community...

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"States and local school districts are required by federal law to educate preschool age children with disabilities in typical early childhood programs alongside children who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. This policy brief provides an overview of the law and sets forth a list of policy...

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As parents of children with special needs, it may be known that special education services are available as their children enter presechool and elementary school. This document helps to inform parents of exactly how to obtain and navigate through these services during these formative years, how to make it a...

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Sometimes the environment can become overwhelming for a child, especially one who may have sensory processing disorder. This article gives ideas on self-regulation techniques and low-tech tools to help with calming down. They can be used in the home, classroom, or clinic/school-based practice. It's a great way to encourage independence...

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As high school graduation draws near, students with disabilities encounter a spectrum of options for their transition into the working world. Some students find vocational programs to be a viable post-secondary option as they lead to meaningful, independent work in a skilled trade. The following guide highlights the benefits of...

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This informational video from the Down Syndrome Research Foundation outlines specific strategies that are useful for language development in young children with down syndrome. Some topics of discussion include language profiles and strengths of children with down syndrome, visual learning, and other teaching techniques that may include low to mid-tech...

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A child with Down syndrome has unique educational needs to be addressed. Increasingly, school systems are adopting the processes and teaching resources that children with Down syndrome need to succeed alongside of their classmates. This page from the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) includes some of these resources on topics...

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In most families, the first day of school triggers excitement and anxiety. In families who choose an inclusive setting for their child with disabilities, there is concern about their child being accepted, the program seeing their child’s strengths as well as challenges, and the program’s readiness to welcome a child...

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When you have a child with a disability, it's important for their living environment to be safe and accessible, so as to promote healthy development as they grow. Home modifications can help you make your home into a place where your child is safe, comfortable, and thriving. These modifications and...

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The purpose of this toolkit is to present ways for early childcare providers to better manage challenging behaviors in a childcare setting. It describes intervention strategies, technological tools, accommodations, and positive behavioral supports to help class time go more smoothly. This toolkit also briefly describes Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), basic...

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