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.

Listed individual resources are suitable for teacher use with all education levels unless specifically indicated otherwise.

We have tried to ensure resources are free to use wherever possible.

Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .

Australian Sites

Associations, Support Bodies, …

  • ACDInformation and Resources
    ‘You can find all our resources under these headings - NDIS, School, Early years, Teenage years and Help for you and your family. You can also read some family stories and watch our videos’.
    ‘Online resources for students and families’. Useful PDFs free to download; Compilations of Useful Websites [Microsoft Education, Online Switch games, etc.,Online Storytime, Other Links, Children with Low Vision or who are Blind and Wildlife Live Cam Fees].
  • 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’. Assistive Technology, Product Search, Training, Publications and more.
    ‘Represents all state and territory SPELD Associations. These organisations, in turn, represent and support the many thousands of children and adults struggling with both learning difficulties and Specific learning disorders [SLDs] throughout Australia’. Links to all state bodies and has sections on Resources, Articles and Useful Links. Fee-based.
  • Autism Association of Western Australia - For Teachers and Educators
    ‘The following resources have been created to support teachers and educators working with students with Autism in the classroom’.
  • Autism Spectrum Australia [Aspect]
    Check the ‘How can we Help’ listing of services available. They range across all ages while also including Aspect @nywhere and Going to School.
  • Better Health Channel - School support for children with special needs
    ‘On this page : Developing a positive partnership with your child’s school; Choosing a school; Preparing for secondary school; Disability supports at school; Supporting your child’s learning at home; Raising concerns with your child’s school; and Where to get help’. There is also a listing of Related Pages.
  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance - Resources
    Use the menu on the right to access resources for specific groups, e.g. Teens, Adults, people speaking Other languages.
  • Communication Rights Australia - 12 Amazing Resources For Teachers Of Students With Disabilities
    ‘12 online teaching resources for teachers of students with disabilities, all working towards one common goal : inclusive classrooms’. A strong emphasis on children with autism.
  • Deaf Children Australia - Resources
    ‘Our goal is to provide quality resources to children, young people and their families. We have a range of videos, downloadable material, and stories to share’.
  • Deafness Foundation
    Click on the Home link in the top menu to access pages covering Resources, Teaching Resources and Useful Links.
  • DeafNav - Resources
    ‘Gain access to the support services you need. We will keep adding to this list of resources as we discover more’. 11 sections ranging from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to Technology.
  • Down Syndrome Australia - Education
    ‘Our education resources provide up-to-date advice about how to support people with Down syndrome in schools and education’.
  • Educational Resources - Autism Awareness Australia
    ‘Find information about teaching children with autism, running a successful autism classroom, setting up spaces in the home and community for a child with autism, locate books and apps helpful in educating children with autism’.
  • Inclusion Resources – KU Children’s Services
    ‘Peak Body Inclusion Resources, Resources for Educators, Accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Early Intervention Services and Supporting Social and Emotional Development’.
  • Positive Partnerships - Resources
    ‘Positive Partnerships is a national project funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment through the Helping Children with Autism program. We’re delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia [Aspect]. We provide practical tools and resources across a range of autism-related topics to help you better understand and support those with autism’.
  • Raising Children Network - Child and parent disability services
    ‘This page provides links to a range of child and parent disability services, resources and support organisations’. You might also check the various age groups for material on other learning aspects.
  • Resources - ADCET
    Geared to the tertiary education sector. It has sections covering Resources and Inclusive Education.
  • Resources - ADHD Australia
    ‘ADHD Australia has collated a number of helpful resources which may be of interest to those people affected by ADHD. Below are links to some contacts for supporter groups and online information resources’.
  • 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.
  • VDEN – Victorian Deaf Education Network
    ‘Explore the range of deaf facilities within Victoria. Browse facilities from early intervention through to secondary schools. The Victorian Deaf Education Network is made up of educational professionals who specialise in teaching children who are hard of hearing’.

Education Departments and related Bodies, Curriculum, …

  • ACT
  • Students with Disability
    Education ACT. ‘The Directorate provides a range of programs and supports for students from preschool to year 12 who meet the ACT Student Disability Criteria’. Linked with this is information relating to Students with Learning Difficulties. . Check menus on the left for additional details.
  • Disability, learning and support
    Dept. of Education, NSW. ‘In this section : Personalised support for student learning, Early childhood, Primary, Secondary, Leaving School, Programs and Services, Resources, Disability Strategy’ and more. The Resources section includes information about Assistive Technology for those who need this. There is also Support for Students with Disability in the areas of English and Mathematics.
  • Students with Diverse Needs
    ‘The Student Services team works in collaboration with AISNSW member schools to assist in addressing the needs of students who may require additional planning, support and adjustments arising from’ the factors indicated. Several sections for teaching staff, particularly Planning Tools and Resources and the contents of the AISNSW Resource Centre.
  • Special Education and Disability
    ‘This page has information about special education and disability in the Northern Territory, support services and specialist schools and centres’.
  • Disability Support at School
    ‘On this page : Schools with special needs programs; Special Education Resource Unit; Support for children with autism; Support for children with a hearing impairment; Support with education and to explore future opportunities’.
  • SERU – Special Education Resource Unit
    In addition to Specialised Services and Professional learning, the unit ‘provides specialised Teaching and Learning materials to parents/carers and Department educators who support students with disability and learning difficulty’. Further details from the site.
  • Students with Disability
    The Department of Education, Tasmania. ‘We work collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for learners with disability’. Sections include : Resourcing to Schools; Specialist Services; National Disability Insurance Scheme; Educational Adjustments Disability Funding; and more.
  • Children with Special Educational Needs
    Department of Education, WA. ‘If you think your child has special educational needs, you should consult your family doctor, paediatrician or other professional with expertise in this area. If your child is already enrolled in school you should speak with their teacher, the school psychologist and principal. Sections include : Support for my child at school; Which school is right for my child ?; Discussing my child’s needs; Support services for schools; and Sharing information about my child’.
  • Curriculum
  • Meeting the needs of students with a disability [The Australian Curriculum]
    ‘The Australian Curriculum provides opportunities for teachers to develop inclusive teaching and learning programs that build on students’ interests, strengths, goals and learning needs to support all students to achieve their potential. Sections include : Definition of students with disability; Planning for students with disability; Disability legislation, policies and principles; Links to state and territory resources; and links to View further resources’.

Government Bodies

Several bodies listed in the first section above are funded, though not necessarily run, by different Australian governments. This may not be obvious in their title. Examples include the Better Health Channel and the Raising Children Network.

  • For People with Disability
    Department of Social Services, Australian Government. While the annotated links cover all age groups there are several relevant to students of all ages.
  • MyTime
    ‘MyTime is for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. It’s a place for you to unwind and talk about your experiences. It’s a world away from appointments and therapy - Free support for parents of children with disabilities’.
  • Student Wellbeing Hub
    ‘Resources to build safe, inclusive and connected school communities’.

Other Resources

  • Apps for Special Education : Spectronics
    Inclusive Learning Technologies. ‘General criteria for inclusion into this list is that the app was specifically designed for use in Special Education or it has been used by us or others effectively with students with diverse learning needs’. Check the Catalogue link at the top for further information and resources.
  • Autism Resources - The Therapy Store
    ‘The Therapy Store is committed to providing a wide range of appropriate skill building resources designed for students, teachers and parents. It stocks special needs resources, therapy toys, educational toys, autism resources and more’. Fee-based
  • 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.
  • Coding for Life
    ‘Free Course by Autism Spectrum Australia on iTunes U’. 30 sections make up the course. 22 are free at time of listing. Others vary but are quite reasonable.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum Resources [Cool Australia]
    ‘These resources have been developed to promote a better understanding of diversity and inclusive education and what adjustments can be made at school [and home] to support the participation of all. Resources for Teachers and Parents/Carers and Resources for Teachers’.
  • EISAU - School Special Needs Resources Australia
    ‘Connecting schools and quality providers with ease. Search for a Provider - Use one or more of the search fields to search for Providers who supply to your School’.
  • 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 Links • Useful Links
    ‘Some links that you may find of interest’ for resources in areas of special needs and disability support.
  • LifeTec® Resources
    ‘LifeTec offers a range of resources that are available for you to download. Please check regularly for updated and new information’. There is a separate Education section in addition to several others.
  • Low Vision Aids - HumanWare Australia
    ‘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’. They also have resources for Learning Disabilities. Fee-based, often expensive.
  • Modern Teaching Aids - Developmental & Inclusion
    ‘MTA has a great selection of products for developing children’s abilities to grow, learn and develop their fine motor, gross motor and cognitive skills. This range also includes inclusive educational resources featuring sensory, tactile and relaxation products, along with resources which cover areas in belonging and wellbeing, social and emotional development, and visual and language communications’.
  • My Diffability Australia - Resources for Different Abilities
    ‘Providing resources and special needs toys for children, adolescents and adults, including those with issues and differences in areas like speech, communication, sensory processing and social, gross and fine motor skills. Our products are carefully selected because they not only assist in the development of skills in a wide range of areas, but they are also engaging and lots of fun’.
  • Nelle Frances Asperger Child
    ‘Our shop is committed to providing the latest resources and programs designed to help children on the Autism spectrum in all facets of life’. Previously listed as “Ben and His Helmet Books” [which are still available]. The Resources section has a range of other resources.
  • 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]’.
  • Quantum RLV
    ‘For over 30 years, Quantum has been providing products and services to people with a print disability [low vision, blindness or a learning difficulty]’.
  • Silvereye Learning Resources
    ‘Silvereye is the best place to find resources to help those with learning difficulties, special needs or emotional and behavioural challenges’. Use the menu on the left to narrow your search.
  • 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 the Links and Resources sections in particular.
  • Special Educational Needs Teaching Resources, Worksheets & Activities [Teach Starter]
    ‘An extensive collection of educational resources relating to special educational needs. Classroom Printables, Activities and Worksheets’.
  • Special Education Needs - User Friendly Resources
    Use the Menu on the left to filter offerings to suit your needs. Fee-based.
  • Special Education Needs Resources [TES Australia]
    ‘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’.
  • Special Needs Resources Australia
    ‘We are dedicated to providing a range of high quality items designed to assist people of all ages to reach their potential. We aim to help improve quality of life for families of kids with special and additional needs by offering affordable resources to help with their development. Our range includes items which may be suitable for those with Physical, Sensory, Communication or Cognitive challenges’.
  • The Brainary
    ‘Has excellent specialist educational resources and often uploads interesting articles and news items about special education issues’. Fee-based.
  • The Spectrum - Resources
    ‘The following list includes links to support organisations, services and resources across Australia, for adults and children who have been diagnosed, or are in the process of being diagnosed, with Autism Spectrum Disorder. [Available in several languages]’.
  • 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. Fee-based.

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International Sites

  • AFB Product Database
    AFB. Links covering assistive technology for those who are blind or visually impaired. USA.
  • Closing The Gap
    Multiple sections include reports, training, a conference but most importantly it ‘helps you grow your assistive technology [AT] knowledge’. Perhaps the most valuable section will prove to be the Resource Directory that will help you ‘discover over 600 assistive technology [software] products that are on the market today’. Fee-based and membership may be required. USA.
  • Do2Learn
    ‘Provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioural regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material and transition guides for employment and life skills. In addition, we offer premier products including View2do, JobTIPS, and books’. USA.
  • Free Printable SEN Teaching Resources
    ‘All resources on this site are free to use and share but if you are putting them on a school website please link back to this page’. Multiple sections, even “Pingbacks” from people who have used them providing links to other quality resources. UK.
  • Ghotit
    ‘Ghotit helps people with Dyslexia and/or Dysgraphia become independent writers and readers’. Can also access an Australian English dictionary. Multiple options with this. Additional information sections. Fee-based. USA.
  • 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.
  • Inclusive Education - Guides
    ‘These guides have everything you need to recognise, plan for and meet the needs of the diverse learners in your community. They bring together strategies, suggestions and resources from Aotearoa and around the world. These have been curated by the Ministry of Education for the Aotearoa learning context’. Examples include Dyslexia and learning and ADHD and learning. Extensive number of Guides. New Zealand.
  • LD@school
    300+ at time of updating. Use the filter options on the left to narrow your search for specific aspects and ideas. Also check the Learn about LDs and Learning Modules sections of the site. Canada.
  • LD Online
    ‘Getting Started [Basics, Q&As, Glossary]; Learning Difficulty Topics; Multimedia; Teaching Kids with LD; For Families; Kids’ Voices; Finding Help’. Some sections will not be directly useful for the Australian setting. USA.
  • Learning - Special Education Products - Abilitations
    ‘Dedicated to providing educational products that aid disabled children with their daily lives’. Canada.
  • Perkins Scout
    ‘Scout will guide you through a range of topics, including general information on blindness, help for families with relatives who are visually impaired, and resources for educators and other professionals’. USA.
  • Professional Resources
    NASET. Multiple sections with annotated links. Not all will be relevant. USA.
  • SEN Teacher
    ‘Our learning materials are free to share and use in schools or at home. Has printables, specialist links, software downloads and search tools for all types and levels of special and remedial education’. Use the Web Links section to find Free Resources, Specialist Sites and Other Sites. Be sure to check the other menu sections as well. UK.
  • Special Educational Needs Resources [TESConnect]
    ‘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.
  • Teachers Pay Teachers - Special Education Worksheets
    A huge collection of resources for this area. Costs range from Freebies up. USA.
  • Special Needs
    Teaching Ideas. A short collection of ideas and activities for this area. UK.
  • Special Needs - Teacher Resources
    TeacherVision. ‘We have resources on everything you need to know about teaching special needs students effectively’. USA.
  • Switch Learning
    ‘An online store for parents, teachers, SENCo’s, resource teachers, private providers, speech therapists and occupational therapists’. Specials, All Products, Resource Advice. Fee-based. New Zealand

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Assistance from some major players in IT, beneficial in schools & other educational settings.

  • 25 Most Effective Apps to Manage ADD for Kids + Adults in 2021
    ‘While there’s no perfect app for ADHD, the 25 that made the list come pretty close’. The collection is broken into multiple sections. Each app is complete with findings about how it can be used and how it will help you.
  • 5 Great Apps for Special Education Teachers
    ‘Technological tools to assist educators in teaching, planning, and designing curriculum have become highly and inexpensively accessible – and as simple to download as a simple click or tap. Here are five must-have apps for special education teachers’. Also has links to other related resources. USA.
  • Apps for Kids with Special Needs and Learning Disabilities
    ‘No matter which hurdles your kid faces, the apps and other media included in this guide can give him or her an added boost. We don’ t expect an app to be a complete solution, of course. Our goal is to offer you a host of fun, well-designed apps that were recommended and tested by field experts’. USA.
  • Apps for Students With Special Needs [Edutopia]
    This ‘is just the tip of the iceberg of what is available. Remember, as with any tool, what may work wonders for some students will only frustrate others. Customisation is key with any app, so adults and educators should be prepared to put in some time learning the apps themselves or how to make modifications in the settings. Many apps come with great teacher-made materials; look for video tutorials, lesson plans and extension activities’. USA.
  • Best Free Special Education Apps in 2021 [iPhone, iPad, iPod]
    ‘We’ve gathered 70 educational apps and grouped them based on special education categories. This list contains not only special education apps but also tools that will be helpful in everyday life’. USA.
  • AbleNet
    A range of products and resources. USA.
  • Best Special Education Software 2021: [G2]
    G2. ‘Compare Reviews on 40+ items. G2 takes pride in showing unbiased reviews on user satisfaction in our ratings and reports. We do not allow paid placements in any of our ratings, rankings, or reports. Learn about our scoring methodologies’. USA.
  • Boardmaker Software Family
    There is also a Boardmaker Online version which you can access. Fee-based. Australia.
    You now need to be able to log in to access this last site.
  • Claro Software Assistive Technology
    ‘Claro Software develops Assistive Technology, software for people with disabilities such as print and reading difficulties like dyslexia, to help them achieve all they can’. Software and apps for all major platforms. UK.
  • Don Johnston Human Learning Tools
    ‘We merge the best parts of technology with our experience and human learning expertise to build tools that transform the lives of people across all learning styles and abilities’. Products listed on the left side of the page. USA.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Edition
    Nuance Australia. ‘Transform your ideas into text at the speed of thought. Simply speak and watch your words appear on the screen 3x faster than typing by hand, and with up to 99% recognition accuracy’. Fee-based.
  • Inclusive Technology
    ‘Inclusive have been producing switch accessible software for twenty years and have recently developed our online software offering, including HelpKidzLearn and ChooseIt! Maker 3, as well as creating over 50 Apps for iPad and Android devices’. Check the Software and Hardware menus on the left for more details. Fee-based. UK.
  • Innovation Management Group, Inc.
    Assistive Technology - Software & hardware. A Mix of free and fee-based resources. You might also check their Useful Links [see menu]. USA.
  • JAWS® for Windows®
    This screen reader is a major item from them. Check the Software and Products items in the top menu for further options. Fee-based. USA.
  • Talking Dictionary
    ‘Speech enabled 250 000 word English dictionary and thesaurus’. There is a Talking Calculator and several other items available. Fee-based. UK.

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