Special Education Resources
With the diversity in Special Education, some listed sites are not disability specific but act as portals to resources, support groups, discussion forums, journals, … .
This page provides technology support, software/hardware, groups, individual support, resources for specific disabilities, more. Also check on Special Education pages, general and specific, for further information. Unless otherwise stated they are free.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance -
Use the menu on the right to access resources for specific groups.
- Assistive Technology Australia
‘Our purpose is to provide impartial advice, information and leadership that builds capacity and optimises the value of assistive technology in leading a life of choice’. Previously listed as ILCNSW.
- Technical Aid to the Disabled
TAD [Qld] provides design, engineering, rehabilitation, computer, therapy, other professional and technical skills. Another group, Solve Disability Solutions [Previously TADVIC] does the same in Victoria. Other State Groups are linked from this page.
Education Departments, Boards, Universities, …
- Disability Specific Resources
DETE, Queensland. Collection of annotated links relating to multiple conditions.
- Programs for Students with Disabilities
DET, Victoria. ‘Provides additional support within the Student Resource Package for eligible students with disabilities in regular and specialist schools’. A linked page for parents is found at Support for Children with Special Needs.
- Statewide Vision Resource Centre
DET, Victoria. Annotated links from peculiarly Victorian information, resources, Access Technology, more.
- eSafety Commissioner : Education Resources
‘Resources for schools and classrooms, Online safety programs, Resources for parents and families’. Previously covered by Cybersmart.
- Autism Resources
Quality resources, links, FAQs, information on Autism, samples, phone back service. Fee-based
- Ben and His Helmet Books
For Asperger’s Children. ‘The Ben and His Helmet series of books are written especially for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder’. Fee-based but a discount for buying all 5 books.
- Cap that !
‘We focused on the significance of using captions to benefit even more students, including students with English as an Additional Language, those who have reading difficulties, children on the autism spectrum, as well as students who are Deaf or hearing impaired’. Annotated links to Australian and international sources.
- Click ‘n’ Colour
‘A new colouring concept directed at older children and adults. These retro style designs challenge fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patterning, colour schemes, brain gym, imagination and colouring is a calming activity. They can be reused as they download as a file’. Fee-based but cheap.
- Jays’ Education
‘Programs are specially designed for children with learning difficulties. Over 40 workbooks covering key learning concepts including numeracy, reading & writing, drawing and self-checking activities’. Also check the LUK Self Checking Programs. Fee-based, but reasonable.
- Learning Together Resource [ACD]
‘Welcome to Learning Together, our guide to supporting your child’s education journey’.
- Low Vision Aids - HumanWare
‘HumanWare products are designed to last, to grow [and in many cases, to go] with the user. Giving them the independence to compete effectively with peers, to feel connected - to be a vital part of the global information age in which we live’. Fee-based, often expensive.
- Precision Academics©
‘the world’s largest independent collection of resources to support students who have special learning needs’. Fee-based, but costs are within the scope of schools and individual families. ‘Download some free samples to try with your students [or children]’.
- Resources At Hand
‘Providing Australia with a great range of books, games, DVDs, puppets and sensory toys in the Autism/Asperger field’.
- Sarah, Misty and Scribbles’ Journey to the House by
‘This book aims to raise awareness and a better understanding about vision impairment in younger children. This story has been written from a child’s perspective’.
- New !
Shapeeze : Fine Motor Skills Activities For Children
‘Shapeeze preschooler skill-building activity kits. Helping children build fine motor and foundation skills through play’. Some free examples but kits are fee-based
‘Silvereye is the best place in Australia to find resources to help those with learning difficulties, special needs or emotional and behavioural challenges’. Includes some “Freebies”.
- Special Education Needs Resources [TES
‘Free special needs teaching activities, including sign language worksheets, dyslexia tests, games, lesson plans for gifted children, ADHD resources, Asperger’s Syndrome activities and other ideas’.
- Speech Language Therapy
Caroline Bowen PhD. ‘The intended audience is families and others close to children with communication difficulties, and people working in the field of communication sciences and disorders’. Check “Links” section in particular.
- Quantum RLV
‘Products and services that assist people with vision loss or learning difficulties to live life to the fullest’.
- Software for People With Disabilities
‘Links compiled as an information resource’.
- The Brainary
‘Has excellent specialist educational resources and often upload interesting articles and news items about special education issues’. Fee-based.
- The Learning App Guide
‘Over 700+ quality app reviews constantly expanding and updated. Targeted for students with autism and language disorders. Apps are evaluated based on their support for Evidenced Based Practices’. Subscription required to access all these.
- Tremendaspie - The Book
‘A refreshing and insightful tale told through the eyes of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome’. As well as the book, you can buy a guide and bookmark or all as one package.
- Visual Aids for Learning
‘The resources have been developed in consultation with teachers trained in early childhood, primary school, high school and speech therapy. Each is also the parent of a child with developmental delays’. Free and fee-based.
- About Solutions
‘Closing The Gap Solutions answers the most common questions in special education and rehabilitation : What products are available ?, What do they cost, and where can I get them ? How do I use them ?’ Fee-based. USA.
Accessibility Help [Technology]
Assistance from some major players in IT, beneficial in schools & tertiary settings.
- Access Firefox
‘The Internet is for everyone’.
- Adobe Accessibility
- Android Accessibility
- Apple - Special Needs
- Apple - Special Needs - Resources
- Google Accessible Web Search
‘Designed to identify and prioritise search results that are more easily usable by blind and visually impaired users. Accessible Search goes one step further by helping you find the most accessible pages in that result set’.
- Microsoft Accessibility
- AFB Product Database
AFB. Links searchable by various methods, covering assistive technology for those who are blind or visually impaired. USA.
- Coding for Life
‘Free Course by Autism Spectrum Australia on iTunes U’. 30 setions make up the course. 22 are free at time of listing. Others vary but are quite reasonable.
- Disability Resource Directory
‘Collects informative links from around the world providing a current and comprehensive directory of resources for the Disabled community’. USA.
‘Educational Resources for Special Needs. Within each topic, we provide the hands-on resources needed to implement our suggestions’. USA.
‘Ghotit Real Writer & Reader software includes advanced writing and reading assistive technologies tailor-made for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia’. Fee-based.
- Hands-On Tasks®
‘Designed for children and adults with special needs who are in need of basic skills training or vocational skills training. They are designed to promote independent work habits and encourage success’. Fee-based. USA.
- LD Online
ABCs of LD/ADD, LD in Depth, For Teachers, Audio Clips, news, other sections not directly applicable in Australia. USA.
- Learning - Special Education Products
‘Dedicated to providing educational products that aid disabled children with their daily lives.
- Marc’s Special Education/Exceptionality
While there is a really lengthy listing, the major difficulty is the fact there are only titles and no annotation. They certainly cover many sources. USA.
- Perkins Scout
‘An information clearinghouse with online resources on all aspects of visual impairments and blindness ’. USA.
- Professional Resources
NASET. Multiple sections with annotated links. Not all will be relevant. USA.
- SEN Teacher
‘Has printables, specialist links, software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education’. Use the “Links” section to find specific resources. UK.
- Special Educational Needs
‘Free learning resources for special educational needs [SEN] teachers including lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas, classroom resources and worksheets’. Links to further resources. UK.
- Special Ed Resource Room
TeachHUB. A number of annotated links to articles on specific topics to help teachers. USA.
Special Education Software [and Hardware]
A range of programs. USA.
- Don Johnston Products
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Inclusive Technology
Freeware and Fee-based software. Software for able-bodied/minded students. UK.
- Innovation Management Group, Inc.
Software & hardware. USA.
- JAWS® for
Screen reader. USA.
- Talking Dictionary
‘Speech enabled 250 000 word English dictionary, thesaurus’. UK.