Students with Disabilities Compendium of Resources

Students with Disabilities Compendium of Resources

This page is intended to provide links to online resources related to the education of children with disabilities. The Office for Exceptional Children understands Ohio’s educators are challenged to explore new ways of providing individualized educational options for students with disabilities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The resources listed below include information from national and state organizations, associations and state departments of education that can be used when preparing for the restart of school.  

This list is not comprehensive, and the Ohio Department of Education does not endorse these products. The list is made available to support engaging students in learning during the new school year. Please be aware that sources on this list that are in jurisdictions outside of Ohio may have laws and rules that differ from Ohio laws and rules.


Educating all Learners: Represents a dynamic alliance of non-partisan groups deeply committed to the success of students with disabilities.

Individualized Education Program (IEP): U.S. Department of Education Guide to Individualized Education Program.

Least Restrictive Environment: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) Issue Brief #2: Least Restrictive Environment in the Wake of COVID-19.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL): National Center for UDL YouTube channel.



Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) - CADRE provides educators and parents a variety of resources and tips related to the educational experiences for students with disabilities.
Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities – The Center on Online Learning is working on strategies and tips to supports parents and districts while students are learning remotely or virtually.
Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS):  Supports Students with Disabilities at School and Home: A Guide for Teachers to Support Families and Students – The center on PBIS has provided a guide for educators that focuses on five practices that have a big impact on learning and social-emotional behavioral growth that will help support students with disabilities while at school and home.
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – The council provides several resources, publications and guidance on topics related to COVID-19 and subsequent needs to support students with disabilities.

Educational Service Center of Central Ohio: Considerations for Reopening School – This document provides schools with a list of questions to consider with planning to reopen for the new school year.

EdResearch for Recovery: Academic Supports for Students with Disabilities – Brief #1; How can schools intervene to reduce learning gaps between students with disabilities and their peers, which have likely widened during school closures? 

NASDSE Resources – The NASDSE provides special education leaders with a variety of resources and guidance related to online learning and information for teachers to further help students with disabilities.

Additional NASDSE Resources – Brief #1: A Successful Launch of the 2020-2021 School Year for Students with Disabilities

National Association of School Psychologists: COVID-19: Special Education and Service Delivery – These resources and guidance may be useful for school psychologists in determining how to continue to offer services to students with disabilities during this unprecedented time.

National Center on Educational Outcomes: Five Formative Assessment Strategies to Improve Distance Learning Outcomes for Students with Disabilities – This document provides districts and parents with formative assessment strategies for students with disabilities to improve their distance learning experiences and outcomes. 

Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen – The Council for Exceptional Children has provided additional safety recommendations and key considerations for special educators as they plan to reopen schools.
Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) – The center website has a variety of resources and guidance for districts, parents and children with disabilities to stay informed, connected and supported during the pandemic.  
U.S. Department of Education: COVID-10 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel – The U.S. Department of Education has developed guidance and policies related to special education for schools and school personnel to allow students to continue to pursue their education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Modified: 12/22/2020 7:58:22 AM