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When assessing students with low-incidence disabilities, it is important to remember that the purpose of assessment is to gain an accurate understanding of their functioning across domains and settings. All measures used in assessment should be chosen specifically for the purpose of understanding student strengths and needs, rather than for...

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Although there are certain rights for students with disabilities in both secondary and postsecondary educational settings, there are subtle differences that can affect the planning and pursuing of education for these settings. The University of Washington made this article to compare the legal, social, and academic differences students will face...

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After high school, two laws continue to protect the rights of students with disabilities. These include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This article seeks to explain what these are and how they aid students in continuing their education in post-secondary settings....

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Reasonable accommodations are modifications or adjustments to the tasks, environment or to the way things are usually done that enable individuals with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to participate in an academic program or a job. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stipulates that postsecondary institutions are responsible for...

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VOCAs (Voice Output Communication Aids) come in many shapes and sizes, with different synthesised voices, and may have the ability to record speech. They are very useful for anyone with a speech impediment or disability, or those with Autism. This article describes some different types of VOCAs, and how to...

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The Kentucky Department of Education provides this all-inclusive document detailing the steps in the IEP development process for educators, administrators, and other educational leaders. From preparing for an IEP to progress monitoring, this document gives information on every step of the process.

Link: https://education.ky.gov/specialed/excep/forms/Documents/IEP_Guidance_Document.pdf

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Transitioning for students with multiple disabilities can be intimidating, and formal and informal evaluations are needed to identify a child's needs and strengths. This information is the base for future directions of the IEP goals and objectives. The following resources offer guidance and consideration in developing an IEP for a...

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This page from the University of Minnesota provides free access to articles and websites that give information on developing an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Link: https://ici.umn.edu/index.php?topics/view/97/publications/free#details

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There are many strategies that can be used to improve executive functions in the classroom. Some are more traditional strategies, like movement breaks, and some involve using technology to help improve these skills. Both types of strategies are listed here to help students improve executive functioning in the classroom....

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This article from the Virginia Commonwealth University's Training & Technical Assistance center offers examples of students with significant disabilites benefitting from the various uses of an iPad. It describes how its built-in accessibility software and other tools for communication, reading, and storytelling helps them to connect with their classmates and...

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