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Exceptional Children & Disability Information

 

Exceptional Children & Disability Information:

 

Membership in NAPCSE provides you with access to one of the country's most comprehensive and conveniently organized databases on Exceptional Students and Disability Information. This site is updated daily by NAPCSE, and contains thousands of resources and materials for parents of children in special education covering all disabilities defined under the Individual's with Disabilities Education Act.

 

The various disabilities defined under the Individual's with Disabilities Education Act can be seen on the left hand menu.  Click on any of the disabilities listed and it will take you directly to its respective page

 

For many of the disabilities, NAPCSE gives you multiple links that cover numerous areas, including, but not limited to:

 

 Accommodations/Modifications

 Adults

 Advocacy Information

 Assessment

 Assistive Technology

 Audio/Video tapes

 Books and Publications

 Causes

 Characteristics

 Classifications (or Types of)

 Classroom Management

 Definition

 Diagnosis

 Frequently Asked Questions

 History of the Field

 Medical Issues/Medications

 Organizations

 Overview and General Information

 Parent Information

 Prevalence

 

 

 

Special education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities. This is done at no cost to the parents. Special education can include special instruction in the classroom, at home, in hospitals or institutions, or in other settings.  All children in special education are considered "exceptional children."

 

Over 5 million children ages 6 through 21 receive special education and related services each year in the United States. Each of these children receives instruction that is specially designed:

 

to meet the child's unique needs (that result from having a disability); and

to help the child learn the information and skills that other children are learning.

 

This definition of special education comes from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

 

Certain children with disabilities are eligible for special education and related services. The IDEA provides a definition of a "child with a disability." This law lists 13 different disability categories under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services.

 

According to the IDEA, the disability must affect the child's educational performance. The question of eligibility, then, comes down to a question of whether the child has a disability that fits in one of IDEA's 13 categories and whether that disability affects how the child does in school. That is, the disability must cause the child to need special education and related services.

 

This section on Exceptional Children and Disability Information contains information as well as links to other information sources for the categories listed in the table below. The same choices are available throughout this section and are available for you to select on the menu selections on the left side of all internal pages of this section. 

As a Member of NAPCSE you have access to one of the country's most comprehensive and conveniently organized databases on Exceptional Students and Disability Information. This site is updated daily by NAPCSE, and contains thousands of resources and materials for special education teachers covering all disabilities defined under the Individual's with Disabilities Education Act.

For each of the disabilities, hundreds of links are provided covering numerous areas, including, but not limited to:

 

Accommodations/Modifications, Adults, Advocacy Information, Assessment, Assistive Technology, Audio/Video tapes, Books and Publications, Causes, Characteristics, Classifications (or Types of), Classroom Management, Definition, Diagnosis, Frequently Asked Questions, History of the Field, Medical Issues/Medications, Organizations, Overview and General Information, Parent Information, Prevalence, and Transition services.