Categories of Disabilities Under IDEA  -  This website give a brief definition of the 13 categories of disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Act’s definition. It discusses who is eligible for services and more about those services.


Multi Tiered System of Support  -  This link will take you to the Utah States Schools definition of the MTSS.  “Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a framework for implementing systemic, evidence-based practices to maximize student achievement in academics and behavior in preparation for and leading to College and Career Readiness.”  This website discussed the 3 tiers and their implementation in detail.


Tiered Instruction/Intervention  -  You will find a understandable resource for tiered instruction and how response to intervention uses that tiered program from this website, along with additional links to more information.  Dr. Edward S. Shapira writes a great article defining these programs and how they work.


Disability Resource Book  -  The Disability Resource Book is a 29 page resource for all disabilities.  It includes, support groups, information sites, childcare, companion animals, schools, housing, and medical resources to name a small few.


Explicit Instruction - Explicit instruction is systematic, direct, engaging, and success oriented—and has been shown to promote achievement for all students. This highly practical and accessible resource gives special and general education teachers the tools to implement explicit instruction in any grade level or content area. - By Anita L. Archer and Charles A. Hughes


Frustration, Anxiety, and Tension (F.A.T. City Workshop) Video Notes - The F.A.T City workshop is an excellent video that displays what it might be like to be a child with a learning disability.  It shows us how they struggle and actually puts us in their shoes.   Your heart aches after feeling things that they have been feeling all their life.  "Fairness is every child getting what they need."


Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports - This website provides an innovative solution to discipline in the classroom.  It includes different strategies and levels of support for the student.  The website focuses on teaching a school wide program of teaching positive social behaviors.


Autism Council of Utah - This is a very informative website about Autism in Utah.  It includes informative information on Autism through adulthood.  It talks about the latest in research and treatments.  There is even a link to a blog to connect you with more information about autism.


Utah Center for Assistive Technology - UCAT is where you want to go for any adaptation or technology that would help you with any challenges your disability may bring.  They are constantly creating new technology and modifications, to serve people with both mental and physical disabilities. 


Assistive Technology Basics -  There are a several types of assistive technology for reading; Text to speech, audio and digital books, Optical character recognition, and graphic organizers to name a few. To assist with handwriting your can use; Handwriting tools, Keyboards and touchscreens, dictation, word prediction and many more.  Math tools include; Calculators, Graph paper, Math notation tools, Drawing tools, Equation solving tools and manipulative.


Special Education Resources for General Educators - As a general education teacher you will undoubtedly have students with special needs.  This website will answer questions that many of us have wondered.  This is such a great website for all of those "What if?" and "How do I....?" questions.  For collaboration in the classroom it suggests;

  • Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively through speaking and writing
  • Demonstrating ability to work effectively with diverse teams
  • Exercising flexibility and willingness to be helpful in making necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal
  • Assuming shared responsibility for collaborative work


Supplementary Aids and Services - The IEP must contain a statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the child, or on behalf of the child. This website has split up the discussion of each of these important elements, because there is so much to say about each. This article focuses on supplementary aids and services.


Support for Gifted Programs - Support for gifted programs vary greatly from state to state.  This website tells you what is available for you student in your state. In Utah the definition of "gifted and talented" is, "Gifted and talented students’ means children and youth whose superior performance or potential for accomplishment requires a differentiated and challenging education program to meet their needs in any one or more of the following areas:
(1) general intellectual: students who demonstrate a high aptitude for abstract reasoning and conceptualization, who master skills and concepts quickly, and who are exceptionally alert and observant;
(2) specific academic: students who evidence extraordinary learning ability in one or more specific disciplines;
(3) visual and performing arts: students who are consistently superior in the development of a product or performance in any of the visual and performing arts;
(4) leadership: students who emerge as leaders, and who demonstrate high ability to accomplish group goals by working with and through others;
(5) creative, critical or productive thinking; students who are highly insightful, imaginative, and innovative, and who consistently assimilate and synthesize seemingly unrelated information to create new and novel solutions for conventional tasks.”
(Utah Admin. Code § 277-771-1)


Teaching Strategies for Working with Gifted Students


Hierarchical Supports Flow Chart


Emily's Pinterest Page - Pinterest Board with ideas for special education boards.


Ecological Assessment by Shamby Polychronis - Step by step instructions for assessing and creating individual education plans.


RJ Cooper - Gadgets for Special Needs


Busy Bee Therapy - Busy Bee Therapy Services, PLLC, offers comprehensive occupational therapy services in the school-based setting. They service Salt Lake Valley and surrounding areas in private, public, and charter school setting. Information page attached here

Utah Parent Center - The mission of the Utah Parent Center (UPC or Center) is to help parents help their children, youth and young adults with all disabilities to live included, productive lives as members of the community. Information page attached here.

Work Force Service Rehabilitation - "Your Abilities Come First." Helping Utahns with disabilities obtain meaningful employment and increase independence. Information page here.