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Below are links to resources that teachers, resource specialists, school district staff, and aids might find useful. Also, please refer parents to the Parent Resources page for information and resources that are helpful to families.

Note: inclusion of materials and products in the list below does not constitute an endorsement by DSIA.

Law and Policy

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program website dedicated to IDEA, Part B – the federal law that governs education and services for children ages 3-21.


A special education law website that covers federal and various state laws; you can even buy books, find case law, and get updates via their newsletter.

Educational Resources

Down Syndrome Education USA

Evidence-based information resources, books, teaching materials, and films specializing in inclusive education, reading, and mathematics. DownsEd also offers specialist advice, training, and consulting services.

The Learning Program

The Learning Program complements formal instruction in literacy and math. The program is based on the research from Down Syndrome Education and uses effective teaching strategies and customized materials to support parents, teachers, and children in the educational process. Best of all, the materials are available for FREE on their website!

Handwriting Without Tears

A handwriting program that can be implemented in the classroom or one-on-one. The curriculum uses hands-on, educationally sound instructional methods and the lessons require minimal preparation time. The Website offers workshops, materials, newsletters, and much more.

Ed Pubs

This is the U.S. Department of Education’s online catalog of FREE publications. They have everything from research briefs to toolkits to DVDs to bookmarks. Topics include literacy, mathematics, technology, academic achievement, assessment and behavior, bully prevention, to name just a few. The searchable database is easy to navigate, and everything is free. Delivered right to your door.

Local Resources

Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

In California, all school districts and county school offices were mandated to form consortiums in regions called Special Education Local Plan Area (or SELPA for short) to provide for all special education service needs of children in each region. This site provides background and contact information for the SELPAs across California.

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.


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