M-DCPS link
Office of ESE

Links for Families


Autism Internet Module (AIM) Project
This project, primarily through a grant from the Ohio Department of Education, is a collaborative effort to develop a series of 80 online modules including characteristics, diagnosis, interventions and supports, transition, and employment of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Module authors include experts from across the nation.



Bilingual site that helps children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and disabilities (or call 800-568-1108).



Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
This site promotes the adoption and sustained use of evidence-based early literacy learning practices. This site has video resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age, with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes.



Children's Advocacy Project of Miami
Is a user-friendly, comprehensive listing of many social service agencies that exist to improve the lives of families that need our help the most.



Devereux Early Childhood Initiative
Promotes young children's social and emotional development



Division of Early Chilhood (DEC)
Early Childhodd branch of the Council for Exceptional Children



Family Center on Technology and Disability
Supports organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities and offers information and services on the subject of assistive technology



Florida's Central Directory
Provides information and referral on services for disabilities and special health care needs or call (800-654-440).



A collection of free software for young children and those with learning difficulties to play online. You will get the most out of these activities if you play them together with your child. Use them as a focus for chatting. Speaking and listening is very important for young children's educational development, particularly reading and writing.



Miami-Dade Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
Their mission is to ensure that all children are intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially ready to enter school and ready to learn



National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)



Project Participate
Provides families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs



Raising Small Souls
Timeless Parenting Advice...for Tots through Teens



Read Conmigo
This website sends parents free award winning bilingual children's books to their home to promote bilingual literacy



Teach More Love More



A comprehensive outreach and support program serving people with autism and related disabilities, their families, and the professionals who work with them.



Resources for Visual Strategies



An image search service with more than 2,000,000,000 pictures



SET-BC (Special Education Technology British Columbia) pictureSET database
A collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community.



Use Visual Strategies
Pictures to print to help you to - organize the environment, teach skills and improve two-way communication, develop calendars and schedules, give students information, communicate what is happening, explain what is changing and establish rules and behavior guidelines.



Resources/Home Activities



Toys for children with special needs



DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters.



Dr. Becky Bailey's Loving Guidance
Renowned teacher, author, and nationally recognized expert in Early Childhood Education and Development



Let's Play! Projects
Information on selecting toys for play, toys for children with disabilities, adapting toys to make them easier to use, locating specially designed toys



On the Go
Materials include 14 free reproducible language and early literacy activities designed to be used outside the home:  in the car, while walking, during bus rides, etc.  The activities encourage early language and literacy development from birth through preschool.  They are appropriate for children with disabilities as well as children who are developing typically.



Toys for the Holidays for Children with Disabilities
Article from Assistive Technology News with information on buying appropriate toys for children with hearing impairments, physical impairments, developmental delays and vision impairments. Includes links to other sites as well.



Washington Learning Systems
Includes "Free Parent Education Handouts" - 46 home and community activities for adults and preschool children that encourage early language and literacy development



Has five great programs which offer free books for your school in English or Spanish