Inclusive Early Care & Education Resources
National Center for Educational Outcomes
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established in 1990 to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs).
Inclusive Large Scale Standards and Assessments
ILSSA is part of the University of Kentucky featuring experienced educators and industry-leading professionals who are dedicated to improving educational opportunities for all students, especially those with significant cognitive disabilities, in the U.S. and around the world.
National Alternate Assessment Center
NAAC is a five-year project funded under the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). NAAC has four primary objectives: to bring together and build on high quality, technically sound alternate assessments; to demonstrate high quality design through our selected partner states; to administer all types of alternate assessments; and finally, to provide technical assistances through high quality dissemination practices.
Center for Assessment
The Center for Assessment, short for the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc. (NCIEA), was founded to address the changes currently underway in assessment and accountability in the United States.
Measured Progress - NH Alternate Assessment
Measured Progress is an industry leader in the development of customized, K–12 student assessments for schools, districts, and states. Measured Progress has been working with New Hampshire on their alternate assessment since 1998. Currently, more than 1,300 students from grades 2 through 8, 10 and 11 participate in the alternate assessment and are tested in reading, writing, mathematics and science.
NH Bureau of Instructional Support and Student Assessment
The mission of this Bureau is to improve the achievement of students by providing educational leadership though accountability.
NH Alternate Assessment
Provides information about New Hampshire's Alternate Assessment programs.
College & Career Readiness & Success Center
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) is dedicated to ensuring all students graduate high school ready for college and career success. The mission of the CCRS Center is to serve Regional Comprehensive Centers in building the capacity of states to effectively implement initiatives for college and career readiness and success. Through technical assistance delivery and supporting resources, the CCRS Center provides customized support that facilitates the continuous design, implementation, and improvement of college and career readiness priorities.
National Dropout Prevention Center
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) was begun in 1986 to serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America's schools.
National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) was established in 2004 by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) as part of OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, which supports the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). NDPC-SD was specifically established to assist in building states’ capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work. NDPC-SD is located at the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) at Clemson University.
National Center on Response to Intervention
The American Institutes for Research and researchers from Vanderbilt University and the University of Kansas -- through funding from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) -- have established the National Center on response to intervention. The Center’s mission is to provide technical assistance to states and districts and building the capacity of states to assist districts in implementing proven models for RTI/EIS.
- Foundations of Inclusion Birth to Five
A 12-minute video on inclusion by the Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge.
- National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
NECTAC is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education to strengthen service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through 5 years) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally appropriate and family-centered supports and services.
- Circle of Inclusion
This web site is for early childhood service providers and families of young children. It offers demonstrations of and information about the effective practices of inclusive educational programs for children from birth through age eight.
- CEC-Division for Early Childhood
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families.
- Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
- Head Start Center for Inclusion
The goal of the federally funded Center is to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities.
- Inclusion Daily Express
- Provides disability advocates with news, information and commentary about community inclusion, self-determination and social justice.
- Inclusion Press
Inclusion Press creates person-centered resource materials for training events, public schools, community colleges, universities, human service agencies, health organizations, government agencies, families, First Nations organizations nationally and internationally.
- Inclusive Education in Action
On this web site you will find examples of policies, accounts of practice, stories, videos and more. All of these materials exemplify the suggested actions in the UNESCO Policy Guidelines on Inclusion in Education and show how people all over the world are working to strengthen the focus on inclusion in education which is recognized as a basic human right and the foundation for a more just and equal society. The Policy Guidelines stress that everyone can play a part: ‘Every initiative and action that stimulates more inclusive education systems is valuable and may play an important turning point in support of its further development.’
- Inclusive Schools Network
The Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) is a web-based resource for families, schools and communities that promotes inclusive educational practices. This resource has grown out of Inclusive Schools Week™, an internationally recognized annual event sponsored by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC).
Sally Romansky’s middle grade novel, Invincible, offers an opportunity to explore inclusion through popular fiction. The fantasy/adventure set in the middle ages centers around identical twin princesses, one of whom is unable to walk but is determined to discover life’s possibilities.
- Kids Included Together
The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development, and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT’s goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life.
- Maryland Coalition for Inclusive Education
Is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their neighborhood schools. Founded in 1988, MCIE provides a variety of services to families and schools. Our mission is to be the catalyst for meaningful and successful participation of all students in their neighborhood schools, through partnerships, advocacy, professional development, and public education.
- Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
Promising Practices in Inclusion Series. A free, concise download of best practices, lessons learned and case studies developed from the experiences of inclusion initiative grantees over the past eight years. The series expands on the Path to Inclusion guidebook, which was recently developed and disseminated to mainstream youth-serving programs such as scout troops and after-school programs as an introduction to inclusive practices.
- Paula Kluth
Paula Kluth, Ph.D., is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher, consulting teacher, and inclusion facilitator. The website promotes inclusive schooling and explores ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities.
- Problem Solving and Response to Intervention
The Florida Department of Education partnered with the University of South Florida in 2006 to create the Florida Problem Solving and Response to Intervention (PS/RtI) Project to help facilitate and inform implementation of a PS/RtI model in the state. Over time, the mission of the Project has evolved, through a partnership with the Florida Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and the PS/RtI Technology Learning Connections (PS/RtI-TLC) projects into a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) initiative.
- Purdue University
Their online Masters in Special Education offers a wonderful resources center.
- Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health
The RTC for Pathways to Positive Futures aims to improve the lives of youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions through rigorous research and effective training and dissemination. Our work is guided by the perspectives of young people and their families, and based in a positive development framework.
- RTI Action Network
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered approach to help struggling learners. Students' progress is closely monitored at each stage of intervention to determine the need for further research-based instruction and/or intervention in general education, in special education, or both.
- St. Mary's University of Minnesota Online
St. Mary has a Special Education Resource Center offering articles and ideas that help teachers make sure that all students thrive in the classroom.
- U.S. Department of Education, Special Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) supports projects that provide information and technical assistance to families of children with disabilities.
- Youth Empowerment Services website
YES believes in investing in the full potential of New Brunswick children and their families by providing educational, health, and social services. YES provides children curricular support and a safe, fun, productive, social and educational community that coalesce to build children’s total well-being and enable them to understand that their potential is unlimited.
- Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE)
The Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE) is an independent centre, set up in 1982, actively supporting inclusive education as a human right of every child. CSIE is being sustained by small grants and donations, as well as additional income from the sale of publications and services. Our work is driven by a commitment to overcome barriers to learning and participation for all children and young people. Our activities include lobbying and campaigning, research, training, consultancy and dissemination of information.
- Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.
- Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc.
An international professional educational organization promoting professional leadership, providing an opportunity for study of problems common to its members, and communicating, through discussion and publications, information that will develop improved services for exceptional children.
- Early Childhood Development and Disability: A discussion paper
The World Health Organization and UNICEF have joined together in writing “Early Childhood Development and Disability: A discussion paper” that highlights issues regarding young children who live with, or are at risk of developing, disability. It is related to the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning (ICF).
- International Association of Positive Behavioral Support
The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The Association is made up of professionals, family members, trainers, consumers, researchers, and administrators who are involved and interested in positive behavior support.
- Ragged Edge
An international magazine focusing on disability from a civil-rights perspective.
TASH is an international membership association advocating inclusive communities with a focus on research, education and advocacy. TASH members are people with disabilities, family members, fellow citizens, advocates, educators and other professionals.
- Valuing People, UK
Person-centered planning in the UK.
- VSA Arts
VSA arts is an international, nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith to create a society where all people with disabilities learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts.
- Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee, Syracuse University
The BCCC is an organization of Syracuse University students who are working to create and support a positive climate toward disability that values individual difference in all University settings.
- Broadreach Training & Resources
Norman Kunc (featured in Including Samuel) & Emma Van der Klift: Helping individuals with disabilities and their families live rich and meaningful lives in their communities through online resources and speaking engagements.
- Brookes Publishing Co.
Brookes produces research-based books on inclusive education, autism, Down syndrome, positive behavior supports and child development. Publications offer practical strategies, intervention methods and stories of real-life success.
- Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
The Center’s mission is to promote literacy and communication for individuals of all ages with disabilities. It is the belief of the CLDS that disabilities are only one of many factors that influence an individuals ability to learn to read and write and to use print throughout their life and across their living environments. All individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have the right to an opportunity to learn to read and write in order to increase and enhance their educational opportunities, vocational success, communicative competence, self-empowerment capabilities, and independence.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
Provides links to explore several of the most influential laws. These form the core of current protection against discrimination and current guarantees of equal educational opportunity that individuals with disabilities have in our nation.
- Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies at Syracuse University
The center is a network of academic programs, centers, student organizations and affiliated faculty promoting the rights of people with disabilities locally, nationally and globally.
- Disability is Natural
The Disability is Natural website, by BraveHeart Press owner Kathie Snow, presents essays and resources that encourage new ways of thinking about disability.
- Equity Alliance at Arizona State University
Equity Alliance at ASU represents a set of funded programs that promote equity, access, participation and outcomes for all students. Building on educational theory, cutting-edge research, and the momentum of the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), the National Center for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI), and NIUSI-LeadScape, the ambition of the Equity Alliance at ASU is to promote equity, access, and participation in education.
- Faces of Learning
A website at the heart of a national campaign intended to elevate a conversation about learning -- from how people learn to how we create better learning environments.
- Family Diversity Projects
A website dedicated to diversity exhibits that travel to communities. Their newest photography exhibit The Road to Freedom focuses on children, teens, and adults with the full spectrum of physical, sensory, learning, and mental disabilities.
- Idea Partnerships
The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Partner Organizations form a community with the potential to transform the way we work and improve outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.
- Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, Maryland
Working to advance the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental and learning disorders.
- Mouth Magazine
A bi-monthly disability rights magazine.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
- National Down Syndrome Coalition
The organization focuses on the positive impact that people with Down syndrome can make on society.
- National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities
NJCLD is a national committee of representatives of organizations dedicated to the education and welfare of individuals with learning disabilities.
The PEAK Parent Information Center provides training, information and technical assistance, including best practices, to families and professionals working with children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Their annual inclusive education conference features presentations and workshops by noted individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals.
- Program Development Associates
A distributor of curriculum and multimedia resources on a wide variety of disability-related topics, including disability awareness, advocacy, assistive technology and learning disabilities.
- SoulTouchin’ Experiences
Keith Jones (featured in Including Samuel) runs SoulTouchin’ Experiences, a progressive corporation with the goal of providing unique products and services for people across age disability culture geography and socio-economic status.
- The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
This national professional association representing the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.
- The Arc of the United States
The world’s largest grassroots organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, with more than 140,000 members affiliated through more than 850 state and local chapters across the nation.
- The National Association of School Psychologists
NASP represents school psychology and supports school psychologists to enhance the learning and mental health of all children and youth. Partnering with all who share our commitment to children and youth is critical to our mission.
- Together We Rock
Self-advocate John Draper is the founder of Together We Rock! which offers presentations, a School Leadership Program, and resources towards building inclusive and accessible communities.
- US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing
- WE CONNECT NOW
The We Connect Now website was created with a grant from YP4 and is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.
- Breakthrough Parenting for Children with Special Needs
This book by Judy Winter provides detailed information on how to let go of the “perfect-baby” dream, face and resolve grief, access early intervention services, and avoid the use of limiting and outdated labels.
- Exceptional Parent Magazine
A magazine and online resource for parents of children or young adults with disabilities. Includes reports, forum, products links and books. EP addresses issues such as choosing a primary care physician, financial planning, inclusion, transitioning and more.
- Family Resource Connection
The New Hampshire Family Resource Connection was launched as a collaborative effort of New Hampshire Departments of Health & Human Services, Education, and the NH State Library—as a statewide library and clearinghouse, whose primary mission was to serve the needs of NH’s children by means of providing information, resources, and support for NH families, caregivers, educators, and other professionals concerning aspects of caring for, educating and raising children—with an emphasis on children with special needs.
- Parent Information Center
Providing information, training and support to families of children with disabilities in New Hampshire.
- Schuyler’s Monster
Robert Rummel-Hudson, whose daughter was diagnosed at age 3 with polymicrogyria, a rare disorder that leaves her unable to speak, writes about his family in his memoir, Schuyler’s Monster: A Father’s Journey with His Wordless Daughter.
- The Families and Parents Partnership for Education Project
The FAPE Project aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities.
- OSEP National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework.
- Seeing the Charade
A book written by Carol Tashie, Susan Shapiro-Barnard, & Zach Rossetti. The world is starting to catch on to what so many of us have been saying for decades - friendship matters for everyone. This book offers both the barriers and strategies for friendship.
- Sexuality and Developmental Disabilities Workshop
This one of a kind curriculum is designed for teams of self advocates and staff to co-teach together. This 350-page cognitively accessible curriculum includes 20 lessons, scripts, handouts, and teaching tools. Plus it has a manual that provides tips on how to establish a sexuality education class and how to be an effective, engaging sexuality educator. It also outlines challenges when teaching this topic and offers tactics to overcome them. This curriculum has everything you will need to get started.
- Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
SIECUS affirms that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice and sexual rights.
- Affordable Colleges For Students With Disabilities
Use this website to discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.
- Cornell University
This site provides training and support to nine demonstration sites throughout New York State that are integrating person-centered planning for students with developmental disabilities so that they might become active participants in the shaping and realization of their future as adults.
- National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
NTACT is a partnership of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Oregon, Western Michigan University, the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas, and TransCen, Inc. NTACT’s purpose is to assist State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, State VR agencies, and VR service providers in implementing evidence-based and promising practices ensuring students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.
- NH Bureau of Adult Education
The New Hampshire Bureau of Adult Education supports educational services to adults who have not received a high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate or who do not read, write, or speak English. Grants to school districts and not-for-profit organizations make it possible for local adult education programs to serve adult learners whose skills range from very basic to high school level.
- PACER's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment
PACER’s Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act (TATRA) Project and other information focuses on helping families prepare youth with disabilities for employment and independent living.
- The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.
- THINK COLLEGE
Is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. ICI has been a leader in the area of postsecondary education for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over ten years. As interest in postsecondary education for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities has expanded, so has the need for research and training in this area.
- US Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy
Based on an extensive literature review of research, demonstration projects and effective practices covering a wide range of programs and services, including youth development, quality education, and workforce development programs—the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce Disability for Youth, has identified Guideposts for Success. The Guideposts reflect what research has identified as key educational and career development interventions that can make a positive difference in the lives of all youth, including youth with disabilities.
- US Dept. of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy – Youth Transition Information
ODEP works to influence national policy and promote effective workplace practices to ensure that today's — and tomorrow's — workforce engages all people, including people with disabilities. As a result, one important policy focus area is youth transitioning from school to adulthood and the world of work.
- Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities Initiative
The OSERS Transition Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from all three program offices of OSERS, including NIDRR, launched a new webpage for the Year of College and Career for Youth with Disabilities Initiative (YCC). This transition-oriented webpage features news and resources for youth with disabilities, their families, and the educators and employment professionals who support them. The page includes the latest resources, events, and news from NIDRR-funded projects, as well as other resources, and follows on last year's National Transition Conference.
- A Story of Autism and a Family's Determination
Short video from the News Hour with Jim Lehrer on inclusive education.
- Inclusive Education Webinar Series (previously recorded)
A webinar series designed to support parents and educators who want a road map to guide the membership, participation, and learning of students with more significant disabilities in general education classrooms and other inclusive settings. During each webinar, examples will be given for elementary, middle, and high school, with the last session focusing on supporting students to go on to post-secondary education. Although all the sessions in the series build on the ones before it, the information in each can “stand alone.”