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NEW! Teacher Tips Bookmark!

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Making friends is important to everyone

Learn some key things to make sure people with autism spectrum disorder are included in these important relationships that sustain us all throughout life.

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Parents' Guide to Preparing for an IEP

This is a helpful guide when getting organized for an IEP meeting for your child.

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Positive Educational Planning

This tool is a simple planning portfolio that guides family members to reflect and share what they know of their child as a learner and a family member. The portfolio is sequenced in a way that presents the child as a complete and unique individual first. It then addresses broad aspects of their learning characteristics and concludes with consideration of learning priorities for the future.

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Questions to Consider When Selecting a New School

This one page document offers helpful questions and things to consider when you are planning to look for a new school for your child.

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Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities: A Guide for Families

This guide assists families and students to understand the process of preparing for transition in schools starting at age 14. Updated information on the rules applying to the 2014 revision on diploma options and graduation should be referred to:

Useful Links

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Step Up for Students

The Gardiner Scholarship helps families customize education plans for their children with special needs. The Gardiner Scholarship is available for qualified Florida students beginning at age 3 through 22 or high school graduate, whichever comes first. To qualify students must be diagnosed with one of the following: autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, Phalen McDermid syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Spina bifida, Williams syndrome or an intellectual disability (severe cognitive impairment). Also, students who are deemed "high risk" due to developmental delays and who are not older than 5 on Sept. 1 may be eligible for the year they are applying. The Gardiner Scholarship allows parents to direct their scholarship funds toward a combination of approved programs and providers they think will best meet their children's unique needs. These include approved private schools, therapists, specialists, curriculum, technology' even a college savings account.


This website, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, offers free resources, materials, and information to help educators ensure that their students, especially those with disabilities, meet the Common Core State Standards. PowerUp combines evidence-based practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and technology to help teachers improve English and Math education for all students.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

A professional membership organization that sets professional standards, advocates for appropriate governmental policies, and provides professional development, as well as many other services.

eClassroom News - Six Tips for Guiding the Learning of Students with Autism

Quick tips to give teachers an overview of some helpful classroom strategies.

Florida Department of Education resources on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Definition, contacts, state laws and regulations, information about publications, projects, and state and local resources.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Autism-specific resources from NICHCY.

National Standards Project

The National Autism Center launched the National Standards Project in 2005, and published a series of reports outlining evidence-based interventions for autism spectrum disorders, beginning in 2009. The reports are geared to educators, families, and policymakers. All reports can be downloaded for free after filling out a brief registration form  online, or can be purchased in hard copy if needed.

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)

Produces publications and products for the U.S. Department of Education. Publications and products include Annual Reports, and OSEP Memos guiding policy at the federal level.

Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities

The Tool Kit brings together current and accurate information, including research briefs and resources designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities in a format that is easy to access and to understand. The Tool Kit will assist state personnel, schools, and families in their efforts to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a quality education.