special needs


This web-based tool lets educators create fun, interactive, visually-supported lesson plans for children with autism and other learning challenges. VizZle provides templates and thousands of images, videos, and audio clips. Teachers also can choose from thousands of pre-made lessons.


With TIENET’s case management system, administrators can manage all aspects of special education and stay in compliance with state and federal regulations. The program can monitor student pre-referral and eligibility, and also send reports to parents, manage 504 plans, and support Medicaid billing.

Kurzweil 3000

As an Universal Design for Learning assistive technology, Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech program with a suite of reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that makes curricula accessible to all students. It’s appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and also for English-language learners.


The eStar Response to Intervention (RTI) application helps educators organize the information they need to evaluate and support students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. Districts can document strategies set to prevent students from being referred to special education, and share information with all staff members involved in the process. eStar RTI meets No Child Left Behind and Civil Rights Act requirements.

SEAS Education

The web-based SEAS Education system allows district administrators to manage their special-needs programs while cutting down on paperwork. Administrators can digitally demonstrate accountability with timeline compliance, Medicaid billing, IEP forms, and assessment report management.

CWU’s Special Education Technology Center awarded $360K

Central Washington University’s Special Education Technology Center has received a $360,000 grant for the 2013-2014 academic year to support assistive technology in K12 public schools.

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DOE awards $1.4M grant to establish tech center for children with disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.4 million grant to Family Health International in Washington, D.C., to establish the Center on Technology and Disability. The center is a collaborative effort among FHI, American Institutes for Research, and PACER Center, designed to help children with disabilities who need assistive and instructional technology to improve their learning.

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State delays vote on capping special ed student class limit

Facing an “unprecedented” public reaction, the Illinois State Board of Education put off a vote Thursday repealing state rules that limit the number of special education students in classrooms.

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Baltimore school for autism seen as new era of learning, cooperation

West of Baltimore, in Ellicott City, a new school for autistic children has opened its doors. The $7 million facility expands the capabilities of what the center can offer special-needs children.

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Mensa kids can face difficulty finding right school

Victoria, Elizabeth, and Kate Wilson share more than just their DNA. The 9-year-old triplets have also all qualified to join Mensa, the exclusive high IQ society, after scoring within the top 2 percent on a designated IQ test. As they approach their next birthday, their parents are considering how to get them into the right education program.

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