Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
This site is nicely designed, provides specific information on AD/HD and resources for other learning disabilities. Spotting the Signs helps teachers to recognize symptom changes as a child ages, plus there is a comprehensive section on assistive devices, helpful books and links to related web sites.
Special Needs Opportunity Windows (SNOW)
A partnership between the provincial schools branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the University of Toronto's Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, SNOW provides online workshops (most are free), discussion forums and curriculum materials - plus links to adaptive technologies, web tutorials and Ontario-specific information.
The Discovery Channel has compiled a beautifully designed, comprehensive resource. Schrock's Guide for Educators includes links to American Sign Language online training videos, the Gifted Education Resource Guide and Intervention Central as well as many other sites.
Crayola lesson plans
You must sign up to access the lesson plans but it's worth it because there are hundreds of free ones to choose from. I did a search for special needs and received a list of 392 different lessons. Instructions are well organized and easy to follow with lovely images of the finished project, plus they provide safety guidelines for each one. An easy-to-understand chart indicates the appropriate grade level.
The US Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center database (ERIC) covers all aspects of education-related issues through journal articles, conference proceedings, papers, speeches, research reports, teaching guides, books and curriculum. Type learning disabilities, gifted or any other Special Education search parameter in the search field and you'll receive hundreds of sources of information.
A smiley face with arms raised high provides a positive first image on this site, leading to a wide range of information on learning disabilities. The Forums section lets you talk to other teachers under a variety of categories. You'll also find links to Canadian web sites.
ENO Curriculinks: Special Education Resources
Gifted Education and Special Education Lesson Plans and Resources
ProTeacher Special Needs Discussion Groups
School Psychology Resources Online
American Teachers Special Education Resources
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
About.com - Behavior and Emotional Disabilities
The Behavour Page
Teacher Resource Center
Internet Resource for Special Children
Autism Society Ontario
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