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Special Education Resources

With the diversity in Special Education, some listed sites are not disability specific but act as portals to resources, support groups, discussion forums, journals, … .

This page provides technology support, software/hardware, groups, individual support, resources for specific disabilities, more. Also check on Special Education pages, general and specific, for further information. Unless otherwise stated they are free.

Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.

Australian Sites

Associations, Curriculum

Education Departments, Boards, Universities, …

Government Bodies

  • New ! Cybersmart Access
    ‘A series of fun games designed to reinforce key cybersafety messages to children with special education needs ’.

Other Resources

  • Autism Resources
    Quality resources, links, FAQs, information on Autism, samples, phone back service. Fee-based
  • Updated ! Ben and His Helmet Books
    For Asperger’s Children. ‘The Ben and His Helmet series of books are written especially for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder’. Fee-based but a discount for buying all 5 books.
  • Click ‘n’ Colour
    ‘A new colouring concept directed at older children and adults. These retro style designs challenge fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patterning, colour schemes, brain gym, imagination and colouring is a calming activity. They can be reused as they download as a file’. Fee-based but cheap.
  • Inekards
    ‘The Inekards flashcards range will enable you to teach your child effectively with visuals and encourage language development. Primarily designed to help children with Autism but can also be used as a stimulus in many other educational and therapy settings’. Fee-based.
  • Jays’ Education
    ‘Programs are specially designed for children with learning difficulties. Over 40 workbooks covering key learning concepts including numeracy, reading & writing, drawing and self-checking activities’. Also check the LUK Self Checking Programs. Fee-based, but reasonable.
  • Low Vision Aids - HumanWare Australia
    ‘HumanWare products are designed to last, to grow [and in many cases, to go] with the user. Giving them the independence to compete effectively with peers, to feel connected - to be a vital part of the global information age in which we live’. Fee-based, often expensive.
  • Precision Academics©
    ‘the world’s largest independent collection of resources to support students who have special learning needs’. Fee-based, but costs are within the scope of schools and individual families. ‘Download some free samples to try with your students [or children]’.
  • Resources At Hand
    ‘Providing Australia with a great range of books, games, DVDs, puppets and sensory toys in the Autism/Asperger field’.
  • Silvereye
    ‘Silvereye is the best place in Australia to find resources to help those with learning difficulties, special needs or emotional and behavioural challenges’. Includes some “Freebies”.
  • New ! Special Education Needs Resources [TES Australia]
    ‘Free special needs teaching activities, including sign language worksheets, dyslexia tests, games, lesson plans for gifted children, ADHD resources, Asperger’s Syndrome activities and other ideas’.
  • Speech Language Therapy
    Caroline Bowen PhD. ‘The intended audience is families and others close to children with communication difficulties, and people working in the field of communication sciences and disorders’. Check “Links” section in particular.
  • Quantum RLV
  • Software for People With Disabilities
    ‘Links compiled as an information resource’.
  • The Brainary
    ‘Has excellent specialist educational resources and often upload interesting articles and news items about special education issues’. Fee-based.
  • The Learning App Guide
    ‘Over 700+ quality app reviews constantly expanding and updated. Targeted for students with autism and language disorders. Apps are evaluated based on their support for Evidenced Based Practices’. Subscription required to access all these.
  • Tremendaspie - The Book
    ‘A refreshing and insightful tale told through the eyes of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome’. As well as the book, you can buy a guide and bookmark or all as one package.
  • Visual Aids for Learning
    ‘The resources have been developed in consultation with teachers trained in early childhood, primary school, high school and speech therapy. Each is also the parent of a child with developmental delays’. Free and fee-based.
  • Wheelielike.com
    ‘A printed, hard cover, illustrated educational book, for primary age children, entitled, What we’re Wheelie like …, subtitled, We’re regular people and we use a wheelchair’. The book deals with disability, exclusion, inclusion, bullying and differences’. Fee-based, but reasonable. Parts can be purchased separately.

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International Sites

  • About Solutions
    ‘Closing The Gap Solutions answers the most common questions in special education and rehabilitation : What products are available ?, What do they cost, and where can I get them ? How do I use them ?’ Fee-based. USA.

Accessibility Help [Technology]

Assistance from some major players in IT, beneficial in schools & tertiary settings.

  • AFB Product Database
    AFB. Links searchable by various methods, covering assistive technology for those who are blind or visually impaired. USA.
  • Updated ! Disability Resource Directory
    ‘Collects informative links from around the world providing a current and comprehensive directory of resources for the Disabled community’. USA.
  • New ! Do2Learn
    ‘Educational Resources for Special Needs. Within each topic, we provide the hands-on resources needed to implement our suggestions’. USA.
  • Ghotit
    ‘Ghotit Real Writer & Reader software includes advanced writing and reading assistive technologies tailor-made for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia’. Fee-based.
  • Hands-On Tasks®
    ‘Designed for children and adults with special needs who are in need of basic skills training or vocational skills training. They are designed to promote independent work habits and encourage success’. Fee-based. USA.
  • LD Online
    ABCs of LD/ADD, LD in Depth, For Teachers, Audio Clips, news, other sections not directly applicable in Australia. USA.
  • Learning - Special Education Products
    ‘Dedicated to providing educational products that aid disabled children and adults with their daily lives. Our inventory of software, books, videos covers everything from basic reading and writing to life skills development’. Fee-based. USA.
  • New ! Marc’s Special Education/Exceptionality Page
    While there is a really lengthy listing, the major difficulty is the fact there are only titles and no annotation. They certainly cover many sources. USA.
  • New ! Perkins Scout
    ‘An information clearinghouse with online resources on all aspects of visual impairments and blindness ’. USA.

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  • New ! Professional Resources
    NASET. Multiple sections with annotated links. Not all will be relevant. USA.
  • SEN Teacher
    ‘Has printables, specialist links, software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education’. Use the “Links” section to find specific resources. UK.
  • New ! Special Educational Needs Resources[TESConnect]
    ‘Free learning resources for special educational needs (SEN) teachers including lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas, classroom resources and worksheets’. Links to further resources. UK.
  • New ! Special Ed Resource Room
    TeachHUB. A number of annotated links to articles on specific topics to help teachers. USA.

Special Education Software [and Hardware]

Commercial software. For Apps, check this Education Software page.

  • New ! Special Needs Ideas
    Teaching Ideas. A short collection of ideas and activities for this area. UK.
  • New ! Special Needs - Teacher Resources
    TeacherVision. ‘We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively’. USA.

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