Children with special needs include children of all abilities, cultures, races, and backgrounds. Like all children, they have individual interests, likes, and dislikes. Some children with special needs have physical disabilities, speech or other developmental delays, or difficulty interacting with other children or adults. Special needs may be mild to moderate to severe in range. Whatever the range of need, children with disabilities are more like other children than they are different--as they play, make friends, feel pleasure or sadness, and nurturing.
Special Education Links:
Early Start Home Page
Families whose infants or toddlers have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability can receive an "Early Start" in the State of California. This website provides links to resources and references for these families.
Supporting Early Education Delivery Systems (SEEDS) website
The SEEDS project offers training and technical assistance to administrators, staff, and families involved in early childhood special education programs serving children ages birth to five in LEAs throughout California
Special Education Early Childhood Administrators Project (SEECAP) website
SEECAP professional development opportunities address the unique issues of providing leadership to early childhood and early childhood special education programs from general education, special education, state and private preschool, Head Start, Early Head Start and early care and education.
California Services for Technical Assistance and Training (Cal STAT)
Cal STAT supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Resources Project
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Resources Project develops resources for use by districts and sites to improve services for all students.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
The Division for Early Childhood is a division of the Council for Exceptional Children which promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities.
IDEA 2004 & 2006 Regulations Webcast
A clear understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, and the implementing regulations are the foundation of providing services to students with disabilities. This training should assist local education agencies in delivering quality services, improving academic results, and increasing economic self-sufficiency for students with disabilities.
Response To Intervention (RTI) Training Webcast
Learn how to match high quality instruction to studentsí needs and use rate of learning to make important educational decisions.
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Inclusion Works! Creating Child Care Programs that Promote Belonging for Children with Special Needs