Special Needs

General Resources

Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Special Education Guide
SpecialEducationGuide.com is the go-to online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education.


About.com: Gifted Children
Articles and links to resources.
Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page
Extensive resources for gifted kids and their parents.
Kidsource: Education – Gifted and Talented Students
Annotated links to resources for the gifted/talented student, with rankings.
National Association for Gifted Children
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is an organization of parents, teachers, educators, other professionals, and community leaders who unite to address the unique needs of children and youth with demonstrated gifts and talents as well as those children who may be able to develop their talent potential with appropriate educational experiences.
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented
Research reports, resources, and links for parents and teachers of gifted students.


Ability Hub
Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
About: Special Education
From About.com, one of their well-organized lists of annotated subject-area links.
All Kinds of Minds
The All Kinds of Minds’ mission is to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific and clinical expertise.
Complete Disability Resource Guide
Very nice subject-organized set of links about disabilities, disability rights, support groups, government agencies, and other resources.
Google Accessibility: Using Google products: How to use accessibility features
Describes accessibility features such as text-to-speech, speech to text, captions, and other options.
Great Schools – Learning Disabilities
GreatSchools is committed to helping you understand your child’s learning difficulties, including those that can be diagnosed – learning disabilities, AD/HD, autism and Asperger’s syndrome – and other difficulties without a diagnosis.
Internet Special Education Resources
ISER is a directory of special-education related professionals, organizations, and schools. We help parents find local special education professionals for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, critical teen issues, and other special needs.
Intervention Central
Tools and strategies for academic and behavioral intervention for children and youth.
LD Resources
A blog highlighting articles and links for people with learning disabilities. Includes bulletin board (discussion) area and newsletter.
LDA: Learning Disabilities Association of America
LDA is the largest non-profit volunteer organization advocating for individuals with learning disabilities. The website has information about this subject for parents, teachers, professionals, and others.
LDANYS: Learning Disabilities Association of New York State
LDANYS is the nation’s oldest learning disability advocacy organization. We are the only voice of advocacy specifically for persons with learning disabilities and related neurological impairments with all levels of NYS government.
Information and resources about learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and kids.
Medline Plus: Child Behavior Disorders
Information and links about a wide range of behavioral disorders in children. From the National Library of Medicine.
Misunderstood Minds
Companion website to the PBS Special about students with learning disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Provides information, resources, and referral services for children and adults with learning disabilities.
National Federation for the Blind
Facts and support for the blind, including information on assistive technology.
New York State Education Department: Special Education
Information about Special Education in New York State, from regulations to links to resources.
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilties
News, resources, and links for New Yorkers with disabilities.
SERGE: Special Education Resources for General Educators
This website was designed to provide general classroom educators with quick access to information and professional development about addressing the needs of students who have disabilities and special education.

ESL, Reading, English Language Learning

English as a Second Language
A starting point for ESL learners who want to learn English through the Web.
English at Home
Learn English grammar, vocabulary, verbs and speaking with games, an English newsletter and more.
ESL Basics
We … provide hundreds of ESL videos on our site. Plus, if you’re an ESL/EFL teacher, you can check out helpful videos and job postings in our ESL/EFL teachers section.
Internet TESL Journal
For Teachers of English as a Second Language – Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links. The
Links include sites useful for students as well as teachers.
Repeat After Us
RepeatAfterUs is an award-winning online library with the best collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings. Our free audio clips provide an excellent resource for students and literature lovers of all ages.
Learn English with Audio and Transliterations
The site is a free, on-line, educational resource for ESL and EFL students to learn English words. The flash site incorporates 40 topics, along with over 1,500 English words and phrases. When you click on a word or phrase you can hear it spoken.
Rewordify.com helps people read more, understand difficult English faster, and learn words in new ways. … Just paste in a difficult English sentence, paragraph, or more (or enter a web page URL) and click the button. You’ll instantly see an easier version, for fast understanding now.
A large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools & resources for students, teachers, learners and academics. Browse our grammar glossary and references of irregular verbs, phrasal verbs and idioms, ESL forums, articles, teacher handouts and printables, and find useful links and information on English.

Text-To-Speech, Speech-To-Text, Audio Books

See also eBooks for general-audience electronic texts and audio books

Bookshare (online / free for students)
Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities.
Dictanote (Chrome / free)
Dictanote is a note-taking app that lets you efficiently categorize your ideas, thoughts, research and todos into notes and notebooks. Dictanote has built in MS Word like editor with which you can format your notes and download them as PDF / .docx files
Dictation.io (Chrome / free)
With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard….The app internally uses the built-in speech recognition engine of Google Chrome to transform your voice into digital text.
iSpeech (online / free and $ versions)
Simply cut and paste the text you wish to convert to speech into our text box and click convert text. Or, upload any supported document, website, blog, etc. and click convert file or the listen button.
Kurzweil (Windows / $$)
Award-winning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools…
Learn Out Loud (online / free)
A directory to free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other great free audio and video resources on the internet.
Learning Ally – Dyslexia Support (online / $$)
Available in every grade level and most subjects, RFB&D textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, RFB&D’s digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates. Requires proof of disability; fees may be waived with proof of hardship or paid by schools or services for the blind.
NaturalReader (Mac, Win) / free and $ versions)
This company offers a free as well as pay versions of their text to speech software.
ReadTheWords.com (online / free and $ versions)
A free, web based service that … can generate a clear sounding audio file from almost any written material. We generate a voice that reads the words out loud, that you request us to read.
vozMe (online / free)
Free basic online service – paste text into a box and click a button to hear it read out loud. Site also offers a browser bookmarket with a text-to-speech function.
Word Talk (Win / free)
WordTalk is a free text-to-speech plugin developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 up to Word 2010). It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate.
YAKiToMe (online / free)
YAKiToMe! stimulates learning comprehension and retention by providing simultaneous input to Auditory and Reading/writing learners. Advanced users read even faster with the help of our voices.
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