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Learning Supports & Special Needs Learning Resources

Including Resources for ELL/ESL, Special Education, and Reading & Speech Supports

Professional Development Opportunities to Support Accessibility

The National Center on Accessible Education Materials has a series of webinars to help caregivers, parents, and teachers with accessibility for special needs and distance learning. You can return to older webinars and watch the videos.

Special Education Resources

TASH Distance Learning has a great YouTube video and Padlet of resources on "Educators Share Distance Learning Strategies for Students with Significant Support Needs".

Edutopia has a great article on student engagement with remote learning, "Keeping Students with Learning Disabilities Motivated at Home".

Think Inclusive has a blog post Co-teaching In an Age of Remote Learning with a focus on special education and general education tips.

Think Inclusive has a list (make sure you refresh the page periodically as they are regularly updating it with new resources) of COVID19 Special Education Resources. They include news, Remote Learning for Special Education & Support Needs, Webinars & Videos to help teachers and parents alike, Explainers for COVID-19 information (by & for people with disabilities). They even have a list of online resoures offering free trials or access, like the popular BrainPOP app a lot of schools use for special needs students.

Think Inclusive also has a good list of links to the better inclusion-related articles, videos, and media on the web to help parents, caregivers, and educators.

IncludeNYC has some great Tips for Supporting Remote Learning for Elementary Students. And Distance Learning for College Students. And while focused on NYC, they do have Facebook Live and Instagram Live opportunities about remote learning.

Parent Network of Western NY has a number of resources and webinars for caregivers and parents with youth who have special needs. Their website can be translated into 10 languages.

Spanish/English Resources

PBS Learning Media resources in Spanish.

Colorin Colorado is a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners.

Sesame Street in Communities has a Spanish Resources site.

Designing for Accessibility

Smashing Magazine has a great article about "Designing for Accessibility and Inclusion" as we create more resources for educators and students, even the general public to engage with online.

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