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Disabilities and Special Education

This page contains links to lesson plans and resources for students with disabilities, particularly those receiving special education. It also contains lesson plans about individuals with disabilities. Resources for students who are gifted, talented, and/or creative have been moved to a separate page but can still be accessed from the site index. All lesson plans and resources on this page were checked and updated on March 30, 2014.







Site Index: lesson plans for special education, lesson plans about people with disabilities, resources and lesson plans for gifted and talented, resources and lesson plans for creativity, resources for inclusion, ADD/ADHD, blindness/visual impairments, chronic health impairments, deafness/hearing impairments, ASL resources, emotional/behavior disorders, learning disabilities, mental retardation/intellectual disabilities, disability history

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Special Education Lesson Plans
Special Education
Lesson plans from the Awesome Library. 

Teacher's Net
About 30 special education lesson plans.

Special Education Reading Comprehension
Weekly themes.  

Lesson Plans for Special Education
Many lesson plans in pdf format from Seattle and King County, Washington.       

Mark Sheehan's Lesson Plans Page
Site contains fourteen lesson plans for the elementary grades with "modifications for special needs."

Art for Children and Adults with Special Needs
More than 20 lesson ideas. See also Blick Lesson Plans for Special Education.

Kodak Special Education Lesson Plans
Lesson plans using photography. 

Teachnology Special Education Lesson Plans
Links to many special education lesson plans.

Mrs Donn's Special Needs    
Lesson plans and units from my friend Mrs. Donn.

Special Education Lesson Plans
Several short lesson plans and activities. You'll have to scroll down the page to find them all.

Practical Money Skills- Special Needs
Ten lesson plans designed to help students with learning disabilities "gain important personal finance skills."

Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) in Writing: Story and Opinion Writing for Students with Disabilities This site from the University of Maryland provides information about SRSD as well as lesson plans for implementing it.

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance center -  Lesson Plan Starters
Life-skill lessons for secondary students with disabilities. Lesson starters are available in student-focused planning, employment skills, life skills, and program structure.

Learning Abilities Books
Lesson plans, resources, and books for pre-k through grade 5 regular and special education.

Teaching English to Children with Specific Learning Difficulties
This "Bachelor Thesis" includes background information, teaching methods, and several lesson plans. It is a pdf document, and you'll have to scroll down to find the lessons.

Dragon Fun: Learning the Five Senses
Though this K-2 lesson is not necessarily designed for special education students, it could be easily adapted to meet their needs.

Centigrade and Fahrenheit: What's the Difference?
A multi-level, cooperative learning lesson plan for fifth-grade science/math. It is designed to accommodate the needs of learners with varying abilities.

Water, Weather, and the World
A unit developed for students with severe intellectual disabilities and limited language abilities.

Sample Lesson Plans for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
An elementary and a secondary lesson plan.


A Differentiated Art Lesson Plan for Valentines Day
An elementary-grade lesson plan for a variety of ability levels.

Bits of Braille
A Braille study lesson plan for fourth through sixth grades.

Finding Friends and Persuading People
This excellent site from LD Online provides information and a sample lesson plan for using children's literature to teach friendship skills to children with learning disabilities.

Using Collaborative Strategic Reading
A primer from LD Online on the use of this strategy for teaching reading to students with learning disabilities. See also Improving Comprehension for Students with LD and Phonological Awareness: Instructional and Assessment Guidelines.     

Sign the Alphabet
An on-line activity from Funbrain.com.  

Using Poetry in Teaching Reading to Special Education Students
A unit intended for middle school students with linited reading skills.

Kennedy Years Unit
An eighth-grade unit from Core Knowledge adapted for inclusion of special education students. For other units from this source, see
Core Connections: Connecting Core Knowledge Between Special Education and Regular Education (Grade 4), Geography in the Resource Classroom: Using Maps to Understand the Impact of the Meso-American Civilization and European Explorers (Grade 5), Don't Take It Literally (Grade 6), News to the Core (Grade 6), and The Amazing Journey of the Butterfly (Grade 2).

The Constitution, Juvenile Justice, and You
A lesson plan developed for Special Education Students in grades 9-12.


Lesson Plans about People with Disabilities

Speaking and Writing About People with Disabilities
Ideas and a worksheet I use for teaching about appropriate language (including people-first language) for speaking and writing about individuals with disabilities.

Teaching about Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation: Ideas for Classroom Activities
Two activities, complete with handouts, that I use in my Exceptional Learners class to teach college students (mostly first-year) about mental retardation. I believe the activities would also be appropriate for use at the high school level, perhaps in a psychology class.

Getting to Know Your Classmates with Special Needs
Though this lesson was developed in 1992 and does not use people-first language, it includes many good ideas for teaching elementary students about disabilities.

Getting to Know People with Physical Disabilities
A lesson plan for grades K-2.

Understanding Learning Differences
A lesson plan for grades 6-9. See other similar lesson plans on the right side of this page.

Understanding Kids Who Are Different
Activities for teaching about disabilities from Education World.

Understanding Disabilities
Lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from Teaching Tolerance.

Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination Against People with Learning Disabilities
More lesson plans from Teaching Tolerance.

Bullying of those with Disabilities
A brief lesson plan.


Disability Etiquette
A lesson plan for pre-K students designed to increase the sense of community by exposing children to the concept of disability.

Museum of Disability History
Lesson plans for grades K-3. See also their lesson plans for grades 4-8 and  9-12.

Disability-Rights Movement
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 exploring the disability-rights movement and its connection to the civil-rights movement.

Be Good to Eddie Lee
This lesson plan for 1st or 2nd grade titled "Dealing with Differences" uses Virginia Fleming's Be Good to Eddie Lee   to help teach tolerance of students with disabilities. It is part of a unit titled " Differences: Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature." Click here for reviews of this book as well as ordering information.

Helen Keller (Famous Person)
There are many lesson plans and units about Helen Keller available on the Internet, including this one for middle-grade students titled Famous Person: Helen Keller, which uses Keller's book, The Story of My Life . For other lessons, see Helen Keller (grades 2-4) and Helen Keller Lesson Plans (homeschool). For an interesting lesson plan on Braille meant to be used in a unit on Helen Keller, see Bits of Braille . For a secondary thematic unit using Gibson's The Miracle Worker and other plays, see Inspirational Voices Unit.   Click here  to find links to sites with information about Keller, blindness, and deafness.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
There are many lesson plans and units about FDR, including the secondary lesson linked above titled Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Disability: Was He Successful in Concealing It? However, only that lesson and one other titled Debating the FDR Memorial, a web-based high school lesson plan, examine the issue of Roosevelt's disability. Other units and lessons available online include The Foreign Policy of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U. S. Entry Into World War II, Documents Related to Churchill and FDR, FDR's Fireside Chat on the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program, A Date which Will Live in Infamy, and FDR's First Inaugural Address. There are also some excellent lessons that use the FDR cartoons, including the FDR Portfolio Project (11th-grade AP history). None of these, however, examine FDR's disability.

The Polio History Pages
No unit on the the history of disabilities or disease would be complete without some mention of polio, the near hysteria caused by the epidemics of the early 1950s, and the euphoria that greeted the development of the Salk vaccine. Drawing from my book, Polio's Legacy: An Oral History, this site provides excerpts from polio narratives, a polio timeline, and information about the disease, its history, and late effects.

A Polio History Quest
A set of 25 questions, complete with a printable worksheet, coinciding with the information provided within the Polio History Pages. It should be appropriate for use with grades 5 and up. See also Understanding Viruses (grades 9-12).

Resources for Inclusion:
Lesson Plan Samples for Inclusive Classrooms
A lesson template and a few sample lessons. See also
Sample Lesson Plans for Inclusion Class Activities.

Keys to Successful Inclusion
From Teacher Vision.

SERI Inclusion Resources
An annotated list of links.

Special Education Inclusion
An article from the Wisconsin Education Association.Council.  

Inclusion.com
The index page for Inclusion Press, Inclusion Network, and Marsha Forest Centre (Canada).

Inclusion
Several articles and resources from Education World.

ADD/ADHD
ADD/ADHD Tests and Diagnosis
Diagnosing ADD/ADHD in children and adults.

Helping Children with ADD Focus in the Classroom
An article from Lesson Tutor.  

Identifying ADHD in the Classroom and Strategies for Helping Students Learn
A Power Point presentation.

ADHD in School : Classroom Interventions for Junior High School and High School Teenagers.

ADHD: Teaching Strategies

From Bright Hub. See also Five Ideas for Teaching Social Studies to Students with ADHD.

ADHD: What Does It Really Mean
A "Teacher Workshop Curriculum" complete with the above-titled lesson plan.   

one ADD Place
Many resources relating to ADD/ADHD and SLDs.

The ADHD Owner's Manual

Blind/Visually Impaired
Bits of Braille
A Braille study lesson plan for fourth through sixth grades.

Seeing the World through the Hands of People with Visual Disability
A lesson plan for grades 4-6.

Braille on the Internet
Links to information about braille, its history, and its inventor, Louis Braille, from the Blindness Resourrce Center.

American Foundation for the Blind

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Chronic Health Impairments
Band Aides & Blackboards
A site designed to help people understand what it's like to go to grow up with chronic medical problems, from the perspective of the children and teens who are doing just that.

The Child with a Long-Term Illness
Information for families and teachers.

Teaching Children With Cystic Fibrosis
From Bright Hub Education.

Yahoo Directory: Diseases and Conditions

The Center for Research on Chronic Illness and Disability

Deaf/Hearing Impaired
National Association of the Deaf
Excellent source of information.

The Deaf Resource Library
An online collection of reference materials and links intended to educate and inform people about Deaf cultures in Japan and the United States as well as deaf and hard of hearing related topics.

Sound and Fury
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 designed to teach about
deaf culture and the role that American Sign Language plays in forging a sense of community. See also 8 Days on Deafness and American Sign Language for an elementary unit.

Experiencing Hearing Disability through Music
A lesson plan for grades 2-4.


Resources for Learning and Teaching American Sign Language
A Basic Dictionary of ASL Terms
A dictionary with both animated and text definitions.

Sign Language Dictionaries Online
Links to manu online dictionaries.

American Sign Language Links
Many links.

ASL Lesson Plans
From ASL University.

Sign the Alphabet
An on-line activity from Funbrain.com.  

American Sign Language Teachers Association

American Sign Language Fonts
Download sign language fonts.

Emotional/Behavior Disorders
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A very good source for information on mental illness/ebd. Click here for information on disorders affecting children and adolescents.

The Science of Mental Illness
Six lesson plans from the National Institute of Mental health.

Making Sense of Mental health: Past and Present
A three-day lesson plan designed to "
increase the awareness of several mental health disorders."

Break with Reality: Schizophrenia
A lesson plan from the DNA Learning Center. See also their lesson on Autism.

The Schizophrenia Home Page
Information and resources regarding schizophrenia.

ADAA Homepage
Excellent site for information on anxiety disorders.   

ConductDisorders.com
A site for parents who are raising challenging children.

American Psychiatric Association

Council for Children with Behavior Disorders

Specific Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities Association

LD Online
A terrific resource packed with information.

A Guide to Learning Disabilities for the ESL Classroom Practitioner

Language Education and Learning Disabilities
Information and links.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Differentiating Instruction for Children With Learning Disabilities
An article from Education.com.

Understanding Learning Differences
A lesson plan for grades 6-9.

Sample Lesson Plans for Struggling Students
Several lesson plans from the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities.

Fighting Prejudice Against People with Learning Disabilities
Lesson plans for intermediate, middle school, and high school students.

Intellectual Disabilities (formerly Mental Retardation)
Teaching about Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation: Ideas for Classroom Activities
Two activities, complete with handouts, that I use in my Exceptional Learners class to teach college students (mostly first-year) about mental retardation. I believe the activities would also be appropriate for use at the high school level, perhaps in a psychology class.

Water, Weather, and the World
A unit developed for students with severe intellectual disabilities and limited language abilities.

Mental Retardation: A Symptom and a Syndrome
An informative book chapter.

Resources on the History of Idiocy
Online articles and links.

Genetic Causes of Mental Retardation
A concise and highly-readable article.

Down Syndrome: Health Issues
An excellent resource. If you are doing a report on DS, be sure to see Doing a High School or College Report on Down Syndrome? See also UPSIDE!

Teaching Children with Down Syndrome
Information from Time 4 Learning.

Sample Lesson Plans for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
An elementary and a secondary lesson plan.

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR)

ARC.org

Disability History
Disability Social History Project
An excellent page with many resources for those wishing to learn about disability history. See also A Chronology of the Disability Rights Movement.    


Museum of Disability History
Lesson plans for grades K-3. See also their lesson plans for grades 4-8 and  9-12.

Disability-Rights Movement
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 exploring the disability-rights movement and its connection to the civil-rights movement.

The Polio History Pages
No unit on the the history of disabilities or disease would be complete without some mention of polio, the near hysteria caused by the epidemics of the early 1950s, and the euphoria that greeted the development of the Salk vaccine. Drawing from my book, Polio's Legacy: An Oral History, this site provides excerpts from polio narratives, a polio timeline, and information about the disease, its history, and late effects.

A Polio History Quest
A set of 25 questions, complete with a printable worksheet, coinciding with the information provided within the Polio History Pages. It should be appropriate for use with grades 5 and up. See also Understanding Viruses (grades 9-12).

Resources on the History of Idiocy
Online articles and links.

Definitions of Intellectual Disability/Mental Retardation
A chronological list with dates and references.

 

E-mail me if you would like help in locating the resources you need. Also, please
let me know if you find a link on this site that no longer functions. My name is
Edmund J. Sass, Ed.D.
You can reach me at
esass@csbsju.edu

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