Inclusive school communities are educational settings in which students with disabilities have opportunities to participate and receive support in all aspects of school life alongside peers who do not have disabilities. In an inclusive system, special educators, specialized instructional support personnel, general educators, and other education personnel work together to address the needs of students with disabilities. By collaborating, these educators better support the learning and participation of all students. Furthermore, research demonstrates that a learning community is better, richer, and more effective when students with disabilities are full participants.
A set of 10 research-based tips for special education teachers, general education teachers, and other members of IEP teams to consider when planning literacy instruction for students with ID in order to maximize student outcomes.
A back-to-school tip sheet to help parents and students off to a great start to the new school year. Includes helpful tips for 1-2 weeks before the school year starts through the first 9 weeks.
The mission of Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) is to promote early childhood literacy in Tennessee's birth to age five population. In partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, GBBF gives all preschoolers in Tennessee the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. Our vision is a Tennessee where all preschool children have books in their homes, develop a love of reading and learning, and begin school prepared to succeed, from kindergarten throughout their educational journeys.
In the state of Tennessee, there are four different options for diplomas when you graduate from high school for students receiving special education services. These options are the regular diploma, the Alternate Academic Diploma (AAD), the Occupational Diploma, and the Special Education Diploma. If your child has an Individual Education Program (IEP), it is important to know the differences between these diplomas and what each may mean for your child's future. You'll also need to consider early on how taking alternate assessments in place of TCAP state testing will affect your child's diploma options when they get to high school.
Down Syndrome Education Online offers comprehensive information about Down syndrome, including articles, books, research and training.
National PLACE Webinar will focus on the impact of Endrew F. on the families of children with disabilities at the IEP decision-making table!
DSAMT hosted self-advocate Rachael Mast and her mom, Jawanda Mast, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy at the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) for a workshop at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center in 2016.
This report is part of a five-report series on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that describes the legal and scientific basis for an inclusive versus segregated education, summarizes national patterns for educating students with disabilities in general education classes, examines federal and state guidance, and state compliance with federal mandates, describes effective educational practices for reducing segregation, and provides findings and recommendations for improvement.
Two-year, non-residential certificate program that is designed to encourage and support students with ID/DD to experience college as their peers do. Students between the ages of 18-26 who have completed high school and have a documented intellectual or developmental disability (ID/DD) are encouraged to apply.