Educational Development

Education - Organizations
The British Columbia Ministry of Education has produced a series of guidelines and policy decisions regarding special education in the province of British Columbia. The guidelines cover a full range of subjects, from accessibility to visual problems. A complete listing of topics can be found on the Special Education page of the BC Ministry of website. Some titles in the series include:

The Canadian Association for Research and Education in Intellectual Disabilities (CARE-ID) is being established. This national association will serve researchers, educators, clinicians, and students who have an interest in intellectual disability, as well as organizations whose missions are related to persons with intellectual disabilities (ID).

Down's Syndrome Association in the UK has produced materials on a variety of topics in education. These are but two of the many titles available on the Education Publications page of the DSA web site.

Down Syndrome Education International, based in the United Kingdom, works to advance the development and education of individuals with Down syndrome. Their name reflects the wide reach of their work and emphasizes their commitment to deliver improvements in the quality of life for young people with Down syndrome everywhere.

Special Education Technology - BC (SET-BC) is a British Columbia Ministry of Education provincial resource program established to assist school districts in educating students whose access to the curriculum is restricted primarily due to the following disabilities: physical disability; visual impairment; autism. In addition to the ongoing technology and implementation support provided to students through their service delivery activities, SET-BC implements a number of initiatives each year that extend or enhance their services to special student populations. Click HERE to be taken to the list of current projects and programs of SET-BC.

Education - Online Blogs, Listservs
Council for Exceptional Children - CEC SmartBrief : provides special education news that CEC editors select from hundreds of publications, write a brief summary of each and provide links back to the original sources.

Education - Academic Attainment
Academic attainments of children with Down's syndrome: a longitudinal study / S. Turner, A. Alborz. British Journal of Educational Psychology 2003 Dec;73(Pt 4):563-583.

Educational Materials - Adapted/Modified
Davies and Johnson
Specializing in adapted/modified materials for students having difficulty with written output. Their booklets are used successfully in many settings including Classroom Integration, E.S.L., Learning Assistance, A.D.H.D. and Alternate Education. The booklets are written from primary level to high school level. Please note, these workbooks are for written response activities; they are not simplified versions of texts.

Precision Academics
Precision Academics offers a collection of hundreds of Adapted Education Workbooks suitable for students of all ages. These Workbooks contain over 6,000 pages of stimulating activities for students with a wide range of special education needs, such as mild/moderate intellectual disability, Asperger's Syndrome, AD/HD, ESL, dyslexia. Principal author, Educational Psychologist and Special Education Adviser, Val Gray, brings her extensive experience and training in the field of special education to this unique product, which has been in development and use in Australia since 1997.

Educational Materials - Inclusion
Elementary & Secondary Education - What is Inclusion? / National Down Syndrome Society. New York: NDSS.

Everyone belongs in our schools : a parent's handbook on inclusive education / British Columbia Association for Community Living. 3rd ed. Vancouver, BC : BCACL, 2006.

Including pupils with Down's syndrome : information for teachers and learning support assistants - primary / written by Sandy Alton. -- London, UK: Down's Syndrome Association, 2008.

Including pupils with Down's syndrome : information for teachers and learning support assistants - secondary / written by Sandy Alton. -- London, UK: Down's Syndrome Association, 2000.

Introduction to inclusive education / by Anne Jordan. Toronto, ON : John Wiley & Sons, 2007.

The paraprofessional's guide to the inclusive classroom : working as a team / Mary Beth Doyle. 3rd ed. Baltimore, MD : Paul H. Brookes, 2008.

Quick-guides to inclusion : ideas for educating students with disabilities / edited by Michael F. Giangreco & Mary Beth Doyle ; with contributions by Alfredo J. Artiles ... [et al.]. -- Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes, 2007.

Successful daily practices of inclusion teachers of children with Down syndrome / Gloria Wolpert -- New York, NY: Manhattan College. School of Education, 2001.

Teaching to Diversity : BCTF web project. Teaching to Diversity: ESL, Learning Assistance, Special Education is a subsite of the BCTF web site. It is designed to support educators of school aged students of all abilities with information, strategies and resources related to special education, learning assistance and ESL.

Win-win advice for the inclusive classroom : practical guidance to inspire parents and educators to live, learn and love the journey of inclusion / authored by Barbara Tien, Claire Clelland -- Calgary, AB: PREP, 2006.

Educational Materials - Inclusion - British Columbia
Beyond the Box Basics. Beyond the Box Basics is based in Vancouver and it delivers professional developement workshops for educators and parents supporting students with diverse needs.

Steps Forward : Inclusive Post Secondary Education Society. Steps Forward is a British Columbia non-profit Society incorporated in 2001 under the Society Act. The mandate of Steps Forward is to set up and facilitate inclusive post-secondary education in British Columbia. Inclusive post-secondary education means persons with intellectual disabilities attend regular classes at colleges or university and participate in the usual activities of campus life.

Educational Materials - Literacy
Literacy activities handbook : supporting literacy for people with intellectual/developmental challenges / prepared by: Richard Lockert, developer Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres -- Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation Centres, 2001.

Literacy skill development for students with special needs : a strength-based approach / by Leslie Todd Brown & Patricia Oelwein. Port Chester, NY : National Professional Resources, 2007.

Teaching reading to children with Down syndrome : a guide for parents and teachers / Patricia Logan Oelwein -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 1995.

Educational Materials - Math
Numeracy and mathematics - information sheet / Cecilie Mackinnon, DSA Education Consortium. Down's Syndrome Association Journal 2005 Winter;#110:13-15.

Teaching math to people with Down syndrome and other hands-on learners, book I : basic survival skills / DeAnna Horstmeier. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2004.

Teaching math to people with Down syndrome and other hands-on learners, book 2 : advanced survival skills / DeAnna Horstmeier -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2008.

Educational Materials - Speech Language
Classroom language skills for children with Down syndrome : a guide for parents and teachers / Libby Kumin. -- 1st ed. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2001.

Discovery : pathways to better speech for children with Down syndrome [dvd] / written, produced and directed by Will Schermerhorn -- Vienna, VA: Blueberry Shoes Productions, 2005.

Early communication skills for children with Down syndrome : a guide for parents and professionals / Libby Kumin. -- 2nd ed. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2003.

eReadingPro - A Reading Program for Individuals Who Learn Differently
Denise MacDonald,(co-founder of the former Out of the Box Reading) has moved forward with a new business called 'eReadingPro'. eReadingPro provides all of the benefits from the Out of the Box Reading products and more with their downloadable eBooks! This proven hands-on system helps children of all ages who are struggling with reading and improves vocabulary, fluency AND reading comprehension!

Hanen Centre
Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization with an international outreach, is committed to helping young children with - or at risk of developing - language delay, learn to communicate and interact effectively.

Helping children with Down syndrome communicate better : speech and language skills for ages 6 - 14 / Libby Kumin. Bethesda, MD : Woodbine House, 2008.

Love and Learning : Reading and Language Development
Love and Learning was developed by Joe and Susan Kotlinski after the birth of their daughter. They developed their own learning materials to help their daughter with language and reading development.

The new language of toys : teaching communication skills to children with special needs : a guide for parents and teacher / by Sue Schwartz. -- 3rd ed. -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2004.

What did you say? : a guide to speech intelligibility in people with Down syndrome [dvd] / written and produced by Libby Kumin -- Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2006.

Educational Researach - Databases
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) - The ERIC mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.


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