This Toolkit contains numerous websites and valuable information on assistive technology, education, IEPs, post-secondary education, gifted and talented opportunities, and checklists to review life learning skills. It also contains information on in-state colleges and universities offices which provide assistance to students with exceptionalities and many more resources from around the country.
Accessible Instructional Materials
- AIM Delaware – Program to ensure children with print disabilities have access to accessible instructional materials.
- National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials – Information on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) which are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video).
- Tarheel Reader – A growing library of free, online, accessible, beginning level readers for students of all ages.
Advocacy and Information
- CHOICES Delaware – Making Language Choices Available to Delaware Families of Children with Hearing Loss is a coalition of parents, educators, advocates, and health care providers.
- Center for Disabilities Studies – Based at the University of Delaware the Center helps individuals with disabilities and their families with education, advocacy, service and research.
- Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) – The Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) connects Delawareans who have disabilities with the tools they need in order to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently.
- Delaware Family Voices – Supporting families and children with special needs.
- Delaware Office of the Child Advocate – Delaware Court System resource for advocates.
- Delaware Parent Teacher Association (DPTA) – Every child. One voice.
- Delaware School Nurse Association (DSNA) – Mission is to promote the profession of school nursing and to advance the delivery of professional school health services to promote optimal learning in students.
- Delaware Speech-Language-Hearing Association (DSHA) – Empowers professionals and future professionals with resources, advocacy and networking.
- Delaware State Educator's Association (DSEA) – The Delaware State Education Association, a union of public school employees, advocates for the rights and interests of its members and outstanding public education for all students.
- Delaware Statewide Programs for the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and Deaf-Blind – Supports and enhances the communicative, cognitive and social-emotional skills of all students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing and deaf-blind in Delaware.
- Dover Air Force Base Family Advocacy Program –The FAP develops, implements, and evaluates programs and policies to prevent and treat family maltreatment. The FAP provides expert training and consultation services to its key customers, including Airmen and their families.
- Family SHADE – Delaware's Family SHADE is a collaborative alliance of family partners and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for children and youth with special health care needs, and their caregivers.
- Governor's Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens – The Council provides leadership to improve the lives of exceptional citizens of all ages.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – The U.S. Department of Education website for information and resources.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities – A clearing house for information about learning disabilities.
- National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTAC) – NTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to state education agencies, local education authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities.
- Office of Civil Rights – U.S. Dept. of Education website, protect students, file a complaint, and get civil rights data.
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) –Committed to the broad values of Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life.
- Parent Information Center of Delaware (PIC) – This organization gives parents and caregivers of children with disabilities or special needs easy access to quality, useful and relevant information along with training and resources to advance a child's developmental and educational outcome.
- University of Delaware, Center for Disability Studies: Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) – A comprehensive, inclusive and customized education program for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It serves those who desire more than a high school certificate or diploma who are not qualified for traditional postsecondary education because they require additional services and supports to succeed in furthering their education.
- U.S. Department of Education – Web page lists the Employment Specialists in all 50 states.
- Wright's Law – A website with education and special ed. legal information for parents and individuals with disabilities.
Education Options & Skilled Childcare
- First State School (Skilled Childcare) – First State School gives children and adolescents who would otherwise be homebound with serious illnesses the chance to attend school with their peers.
- Howard T. Ennis School – Providing services to all students preschool through age 21 with significant disabilities within the Indian Rivers School District and sending districts that demonstrate a need for highly specialized educational support.
- John G. Leach – Leach School serves pupils residing in New Castle County, ages 3-21 that have physical disabilities, moderate to severe cognitive disabilities, or serious health impairments.
- John S. Charlton Program – Provides a cohesive, positive, rigorous, and safe learning environment in which students are challenged with standards based, individualized, learning focused activities, and daily living skills training in order for them to become successful, valued, and meaningful participants in our community.
- Sussex Consortium of Cape Henlopen School District – A public school program serving special needs students from Sussex County, Delaware. The school serves over 140 students through its Intensive Learning Center (ILC) classrooms, its program for the Hard of Hearing and Profoundly Deaf, and the Sussex County chapter of the Delaware Autism Program.
- The Brennan School – Strives to provide the best educational services in the nation for students with autism and their families.
- The College School – The College School serves students in first through eighth grade who demonstrate learning, attention, mild social/emotional, and/or mild behavioral issues that may impact school success.
Individualized Education Program
Rights and Regulations