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AAC Community is a website that provides guidelines for teaching literacy skills to learners with special needs, especially learners with complex communication needs, in an effort to unite all individuals concerned with communication rights those with intellectual disability, autism, movement difficulties and other disabilities that create complex communication needs. Parents,...

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More than 20,000 of these CTD AT key rings with colorful examples of assistive technology were distributed for training, peer support, parent workshops, personnel prep classes and other activities Examples range from low- to high-tech and span ages and types of support. We have provided print copies of the pages...

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This blogger from Autism Classroom News & Resources delves into the pros and cons of using a smartboard in a special education classroom, and proper techniques to accompany the use of a smartboard as assistive technology.

Link: https://www.autismclassroomresources.com/how-to-use-interactive-whiteboards-the-right-way-in-special-ed-classrooms/

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This flowchart provides a visual depiction of the steps of the IEP process, in simplified form. Whether you're a parent getting started with the process, or an educator beginning special education, this chart is helpful for understanding the basic steps of an IEP.

Link: https://www.tnstep.org/uploads/files/HO3%20Sp%20Ed%

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IEP and 504 Plan team members, including parents, must engage in a thoughtful process that determines the necessary accommodations to facilitate the student's access to grade-level instruction and full participation in state and district assessments. The purpose of this document is to guide team members in selecting appropriate accommodations, from...

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Independent assessments can provide a more detailed, objective and comprehensive evaluation of a child with autism. Many parents can gain a better understanding of their child’s needs through independent assessments rather than solely relying on evaluations by a state/early intervention agency and/or school district. Parents can obtain independent assessments from...

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"Learning to effectively communicate via an augmentative communication display or device can be challenging for any student who is nonverbal, minimally verbal, or a struggling but emerging verbal communicator. It can be an especially difficult task if the student has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). These students usually lack role...

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Speech development is affected in children diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, which includes autism and Asperger's syndrome. Augmentative and alternative communication is the use of visual language systems to assist children with communication skills, and can help a child to learn the basics of communication before speaking. Assistive...

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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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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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