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The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education has extensive resources dedicated to supporting educators working with students with disabilities and their families.

Resources include reports, websites, guidance, and programs on such topics as special education law, employment, assistive technology, transitions, parent and family engagement, and many more.

Assistive Technology

The U.S. Department of Education funds and supports a number of centers and programs that support children and youth with assistive technology and strategies using universal design for learning.  Such centers as CAST (the Center for Applied Special Technology) or projects like ACCESS provide information to support young people with disabilities to be successful in their school and career efforts.

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Disabilities often have signature behaviors and characteristics but, even more often there will be great variation.  These resources will help identify some of the common characteristics of specific disabilities and help you learn from individuals who have those disabilities what their lives are like and what supports work best for them.

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As students with disabilities progress through school, planning for their life after school becomes more and more important.  These resources, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, often in collaboration with other federal agencies, will help you know when to start planning for employment and what supports and resources will be help youth with disabilities make the transition to work.

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Family Engagement

No child becomes a success on their own. Their parents, guardians, family members and community around them help them succeed.  These resources will help guide you how to work with families, listen to their priorities, and help them set and meet those goals.

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More than any other law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides the basis for the supports and services students with disabilities need to be successful in their academic efforts.  This section will help you find information about IDEA as well as services related to both academic and transition activities for youth with disabilities.  

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Section 504 Plans

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is not the only law that provides support for students with disabilities.  The Vocational Rehabilitation Act also is the basis for providing services and accommodations for students with disabilities, particularly those with health related disabilities such as diabetes and asthma. 

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Supporting youth with disabilities as they transition from K-12 school to post-secondary education opportunities and career can require many strategies and resources.  The U.S. Department of Education has invested in a number of valuable projects and centers to help.  This section highlights projects to support transition efforts.

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Look here for other topics related to students with disabilities and their families.

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