Resources for Families

 

Where do I start?

 

Planning for your Child’s Education

  • Deafblindness in IDEA

"Deaf-blindness means concomitant hearing and visual impairments, the combination of which causes such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely for children with deafness or children with blindness."   http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cregs%2C300%2CA%2C300%252E8%2Cc%2C2%2C

  • IEP planning

Indiana IEP Resource Center - http://www.indianaieprc.org/

IN*SOURCE - Special Education Parent Support - http://insource.org/

Wrights Law

Alexander Graham Bell

  • Interveners and Deafblindness

An Intervener has specialized skills and training in deafblindness. Interveners work consistently with individuals with deaflindness to provide access to information traditionally gained through hearing and seeing. The Individuals with Disabilities Educational Act (IDEA) requires that all children receive Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)(FAPE LINK: http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cstatute%2CI%2CB%2C612%2Ca%2C1%2C ) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) (LRE LINK: http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/%2Croot%2Cstatute%2CI%2CB%2C612%2Ca%2C5%2C ) which, for many deafblind children, may mean access to an intervener. Could your child benefit from an Intervener in the classroom? 

Intervener vs Aides

An Intervener is not a classroom aide! Here is why!

A Family’s Guide to IntervenersThis handbook is an excellent source to advocate for an educational intervener for your child throughout the IEP process. http://intervener.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/A-Familys-Guide-to-Interveners.pdf

 

Transition Planning

 

Disability Freebies!

  • Parking
  • Discounts at parks
  • Discounts at museums
  • ICanConnect - www.icanconnect.org/Indiana
  • Indiana School for the Deaf -  free sign language classes
  • Indiana School for the Deaf - deaf role model

 

Handicapped Accessible Parks in Indiana

 

State and National Projects and Clearinghouses

 

Parent and Family Focused Links


Deaf-Blind Information Links


Department of Education and Law Links