Main page of Brandywine School District. This is worth checking out from time to time even if you have no particular need to look up something on the site because the home page changes regularly featuring different articles highlighting some of the various programs in the district. In addition, there is a regularly publishedSuperintendent’s Message. From this site you can read a copy of the district’s Strategic Plan and see the agendas for upcoming School Board meetings or read the minutes of past ones. Fall of 2005, the district added a Special Education page to the district site. As trivial as it sounds, we like to check out the breakfast/lunch menuon-line when we can’t find the copy on the fridge.
Main page of the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
Main page of Christina School District.
Main page of Colonial School District.
Special Ed page of the Del DOE site. Surf around this page for resources and information about Special Ed in Delaware. For the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) home page, see www.doe.k12.de.us. There are lots of useful links off this page including the State DOE staff directory.
Parent Information Center (PIC) of Delaware. A Delaware based state wide non-profit with lots of information on disabilities, rights of parents and kids. If you have an organization looking for presentations, check out the list of PIC’s offerings. They also offer one-on-one consultations and informative “Learning Opportunities”. PIC is dedicated to providing information and support to families who have children with disabilities or special needs. In addition to helping kids and their families, their goal is to promote partnerships between families, educators, policy makers and the community.
Delaware’s State Improvement Grant (SIG) is a 5 year program where the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has focused on Delaware’s literacy and reading skills with the additional goal to increase Inclusion. This page of the State DOE web site has a copy of the grant and what is supposed to be accomplished as well as a yearly written evaluation that is sort of a report card on what progress is or is not being made with the millions of dollars the Federal government has given Delaware for Special Ed as part of this grant.
Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council. The Council is authorized by Public Law 106-402 to address the unmet needs of people with developmental disabilities through system-wide advocacy, planning and demonstration projects. The Council advocates to other state agencies and communities to help make sure issues from insurance to disaster planning consider the perspective of citizens with disabilities.
Special Education Partnership for the Amicable Resolution of Conflict (SPARC). This is a mediation facility through the University of Delaware that helps resolve conflicts between parents and schools related to IEPs prior to a formal Due Process hearing. See our FAQ page for more on SPARC. Always remember, the better prepared you are with the facts and your documentation trail, the stronger you position in any negotiation – including mediation.
Delaware Health and Social Services. This State agency is a kind of umbrella which offers services that may be helpful for some special needs kids. Some examples are Child Development Watch, an intervention program for children 1-3 years old with disabilities or developmental delays, the Children’s Community Alternative Disability Program which provides Medicaid under some circumstances and the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services which provides services for specifics disorders for individuals and families who meet certain criteria. The site, www.delawarehelpline.org, offers additional information along similar lines to some of the DHSS agency pages.
The mission of the State Council for Persons with Disabilities is to unite, in one Council, disability advocates and State agency policy makers to ensure that individuals with disabilities are empowered to become fully integrated within the community. The “Information” section on the left side of the page provides access to a set of letters to the legislative and executive branch commenting on proposed legislation and regulations and is a good place find the consolidated list of pending changes that might affect people with disabilities along with an the good and bad points of the suggested change as they relate to people with disabilities.
This allows you to see a list of state agencies for Delaware maintained by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY). It has several dozen listings and is supposed to be kept up to date.
This site allows you to get instant email notification of Delaware school closings, delayed openings, etc. It works for many private schools as well as public ones. Getting an email pushed to you is easier than having to listen to the radio or check other web sites. If you have a cell phone that accepts text messages, you can have the notifications sent to your phone. Getting the information delivered to your cell phone or work email comes in very handy when a decision is made at noon because of heavy snowfall or broken pipes. Visit this site schoolclosings.delaware.gov to see what schools are closed at any given time.
Delaware Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped has information on obtaining books in braille or on tape. In addition, the U.S. Library of Congress supports the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped that will send book through the U.S. Mail for free.
This is the online copy the Delaware Code. It includes the laws on Education in Title 14. There is separate web page regarding Delaware’s Regulations, which can be as important as the law itself.
US Department of Education (DOE) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This is the wing of the US DOE responsible for Special Ed, IDEA, etc. There are lots of Federal docs off the OSEP page. For example, here is an index of mandated annual reports to Congress on implementation of IDEA that includes state-by-state comparison: www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/index.html. For a broader view of the US DOE, you can check out the main page at www.ed.gov. If you need the details of any education regs since 1995, check out the US DOE Federal Register www.ed.gov/news/fedregister. While it is not strictly page off the DOE site, www.ideadata.org contains some of the data from the annual reports to Congress without the report itself. OSEP’s IDEA page is idea.ed.gov. The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR) conducts research and related activities to maximize the full inclusion, social integration, employment and independent living of individuals with disabilities.
Us Department of Justice American with Disabilities Act (ADA) home page.
Federal No Child Left behind information page from the Federal DOE.
The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) is the federal dept that enforces the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Federal IDEA information page from the Federal DOE. There many sources on the web with the text of the law.
The New Freedom Initiative page directed federal agencies to create this interagency web site to link the many Federal sites and programs for people with disabilities.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy and practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
Ideas that Work from the Office of Special Education Programs created this What Works page to provide easy access to projects they’ve funded on behalf of IDEA and NCLB.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Check out the Publications page.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Information on hearing, speech, voice, balance and more.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There is a comprehensive, although not extremely detailed, page of Neurological Disorders that is a great place to get some basic information and follow-up links.
Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities page of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. There are some good papers on the publications page of the site.
The Federal Resource Center is the umbrella organization for a number of federally sponsored efforts – many of which have their own links somewhere on this site.
The Regional Resource and Federal Centers (RRFC) Network is made up of the six Regional Resource Centers for Special Education (RRC) and the Federal Resource Center (FRC). This ties together lots of Federal initiatives – check out their Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network page for links to some of those initiatives.
Comprehensive catalog of US Government publications. This lists on-line docs, including congressional testimony as well as documents in libraries. For library docs, it helps find the closest copy.
This page from the Library of Congress is names after Thomas Jefferson and allows you to search pending legislation as well as Congressional Committee reports, resolutions and a host of other information.
US House of Representatives site that publishes the US Code – the laws passed by Congress. The statues related to educating children with disabilities is Title 20, Chapter 33. The text of the statues can also be found on a Cornell Law School site. Another index of Federal statues and regulations can be found on the Fedlawsection of the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness website. The US DOE website, has a link to proposed and final regulations.
This site is supposed to contain all the regulations for all the departments of the Federal govenrment, inlcude the Dept of Ed. While that may be true, finding things is not easy.
The Government Printing Office site is the on-line arm of the Federal government’s information center. The Federal Register page can be found on this site.