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DSAA has compiled this list of resources to assist our families in navigating the complex issues of Education, IEPs, and Inclusion.  If you have ideas for other things that should be included here please email us at [email protected].  



Wikipedia IDEA 2004

Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 Statute and Regulations

How IDEA Protects You and Your Child


2. Georgia DOE

Special Education Rules

Implementation Manual

Accommodations Manual

Parents’ Rights


3. LRE

Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): What You Need to Know



Checklist: What Is and Isn’t Covered Under FAPE


5. IEP

The Difference Between a School Identification and a Clinical Diagnosis

Do you have questions about IEPs?

IEP and Inclusion Tips for Parents and Teachers

The IEP Toolkit


6. ESY

Services Beyond the School Year for Students With IEPs


7. Books

This list is not intended to be comprehensive of all books available about Down syndrome. There may be many other worthy books available. Feel free to check with other parents, your library, bookstore, and the National Down Syndrome Organizations.

Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd Edition

Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

800+ Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives: For use in K - 12 and in Home School Settings

Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Down Syndrome

Woodbine House — Topics in Down Syndrome
(800) 843-7323

Teaching Math to People with Down syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners
Book I:  Basic Survival Skills, Author:  DeAnna Horstmeier, PhD

Teaching Reading to Children with Down Syndrome
A Guide for Parents and Teachers, Author:  Patricia Logan Oelwei

Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome
A Guide for Parents and Professionals, Author:  Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Classroom Language Skills for Children with Down Syndrome
A Guide for Parents and Teachers, Author:  Libby Kumin, PhD, CCC-SLP

Teaching by Design: Using Your Computer to Create Materials for Students with Learning Differences
Author:  Kimberly S. Voss

Teaching Teens with ADD and ADHD
A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents, Author:  Chris A. Zeigler Dendy, MS

Brookes Publishing

Inclusion Press


8. Research/Articles

A comparison of mainstream and special education for teenagers with Down syndrome: Implications for parents and teachers

Evidence that we can change the profile from a study of inclusive education

Inclusion or Segregation for Children with an Intellectual Impairment: What does the Research Say?

Inclusive Education Research & Practice

My Son Belongs in Your Child’s Class

5 Benefits of Inclusion Classrooms

Implementing Inclusion

Inclusive education for individuals with Down syndrome

 The social development of children in special schools

 Inclusive Educational Studies

The Educational Challenges Inclusion Study

The Indiana Inclusion Study

What Are the Outcomes for Nondisabled Students?¢.aspx

The Evaluation of Inclusive Education Programs

Use of instructional time in classrooms serving students with and without severe disabilities.

Synthesis of Research / The Effects of Inclusion on Learning

Honoring and Including Students with Communication Differences

Special Education is Not a Place

Inclusive education for individuals with Down syndrome

Children with Disabilities Benefit from Classroom Inclusion


9. TED Talks

The power of inclusive education

Reimagining Disability & Inclusive Education

Disabling segregation

Isn't it a pity? The real problem with special needs


10. Advocates/Search Services


11. Educational Resources

Adaptive Learning Center

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education

Down syndrome Education International

Down syndrome Education USA

Inclusion — University of Northern Iowa

The Inclusive Classroom Debate

The Georgia Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children

The Georgia Learning Resource Center