Florida's Personnel Development Supporting Exceptional Student Education

 

State Resources Related to ESE

 
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) provides a wide variety of information and resources related to the education of students with disabilities. Select a topic below for immediate access to relevant FDOE resources.

Multi-tiered System of Supports/Response to Intervention (MTSS/RtI)

Florida Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project
This discretionary project focuses on building Florida’s school district capacity to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

MTSS Implementation Components: Ensuring Common Language and Understanding
This document defines MTSS, describes the components of the problem-solving process, and defines the tiers.

What is Special About Special Education?
This document clarifies the relationship between specially designed instruction, core instruction and interventions within a multi-tiered system of support.

Technical Assistance Paper: What’s Special about Special Education? Specially Designed Instruction for Students with Disabilities within a Multi-tiered System of Supports
This technical assistance paper clarifies specially designed instruction, core instruction and interventions within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintaining systems of support for all students. The reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 2004 made it clear that students with disabilities are to be considered first and foremost as general education students. This distinction, along with the implementation of an MTSS and the Florida State Standards, has prompted educators to consider the characteristics that uniquely define special education.

Problem Solving/Response to Intervention: Evaluation Tool Technical Assistance Manual
This manual provides information about tools the Florida Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project has made available to educational stakeholders interested in using the instruments to inform PS/RtI implementation. Each chapter of the manual highlights a specific tool created to provide data on consensus development, infrastructure building, and/or implementation.

Implementing the Florida Standards within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
This video outlines the importance of team-based planning for student variance using a multi-tiered approach to ensure student engagement and mastery of rigourous standards.

Effective Tiered Instruction for Math
This case study focuses on a fifth-grade student who is proficient in math through the third-grade Florida Standards. The School-Based Leadership Team (SBLT), in combination with the general and special education teachers, developed a multi-tiered plan to provide additional supports for the student.

Effective Tiered Instruction for Literacy
This case study focuses on a student who is struggling with the Florida Standards in a fifth-grade classroom. The School-Based Leadership Team (SBLT), in combination with the general and special education teachers, developed a multi-tiered plan to provide additional supports for the student.

Early Childhood Education

Birth Through Two Years
This website provides the definition of developmentally delayed and established conditions for children age’s birth through two. Links to legislation and resources are also provided.

Transition: A Booklet to Help Children and Families From Early Steps at Age Three to Other Community Programs
This publication is available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Technical Assistance Paper: Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants, Toddlers and Prekindergarten Children
This technical assistance paper conveys information about three revised rules. These rules are 6A-6.03026, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), Eligibility Criteria for Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities; 6A-6.03030, F.A.C., Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants and Toddlers Birth Through Two Years Old who have Established Conditions; and 6A-6.03031, F.A.C., Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Infants and Toddlers Birth Through Two Years Old who are Developmentally Delayed.

Technical Assistance Paper: School District or Charter School Provision of Early Intervention Services to Children with Disabilities, Birth through Age Two, and Their Families
This technical assistance paper, written in collaboration with the Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services, Early Steps State Office staff, is to clarify and provide guidance in response to questions and issues school district personnel and local Early Steps staff identified about providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families by the school district or in a charter school.

Technical Assistance Paper: Transition from Early Steps to the School District Prekindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities or Other Programs
This technical assistance paper provides guidance regarding the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) related to transition from Early Steps to the school district prekindergarten program for children with disabilities or to other programs at age three.

Ages Three Through Five
This website provides the definition of developmentally delayed: Ages Three through Five Years and links to legislation and other resources. The three TAPS mentioned above also apply to this age group.

Prekindergarten Children with Disabilities
This publication assists school districts in making decisions about inclusive early childhood placements for prekindergarten children with disabilities. This guide addresses system and program decisions that need to be made and is intended for use by district-level administrators and Individual Educational Plan (IEP) teams, including families. It outlines the critical steps to be considered when determining the most appropriate service provision for preschool children with disabilities.

Technical Assistance and training System for Programs serving Kindergarten Children with Disabilities, (TATS)
This discretionary project works to build capacity and empower districts and their early childhood partners to plan, implement, and evaluate evidence- based programs and practices that improve outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.

Evaluations and Eligibility for Exceptional Student Education

Florida Diagnostic and Learning resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)
This discretionary project assists in the location, identification, evaluation and initiation of appropriate education or other needed services for children and youth, birth through 21 years of age who have, or who are at risk of developing, special or unique needs and are not enrolled in public school.

Evaluation, Determination of Eligibility, Reevaluation and the Provision of Exceptional Student Education
This technical assistance paper describes processes related to evaluation, determination of eligibility, reevaluation and provision of exceptional education services to eligible students.

Understanding Results of Psychological Testing
This presentation describes the process and purpose of psychological testing and provides information to help viewers understand test results.

Children’s Registry and Information System
This discretionary project is responsible for the development and maintenance of the official State of Florida database for tracking preschool children with disabilities served under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

The CHRIS database program is utilized statewide at the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) centers. The data provided by the CHRIS database meet the needs of a wide range of users and organizations.

Evaluations for Special Education Services: Information for Parents
This document answers questions a parent may have about the evaluation and RtI processes.

Individual Educational Plans (IEP)

Developing Quality Individual Educational Plans
This publication provides information that will support the development of quality individual educational plans (IEPs) for students with disabilities. A quality IEP is in compliance with all requirements of state and federal laws and regulations and reflects decisions based on the active and meaningful involvement of all members of the IEP team. The IEP provides a clear statement of expected outcomes and the special education services and supports to be provided to the student.

Selecting Accommodations: Guidance for IEP Teams
This document provides a brief explanation of the process the IEP team should follow to answer each of the following guiding questions.
1. What instructional and assessment tasks are difficult for the student to do independently? Are these difficulties documented in the present level statement?
2. Why are these tasks difficult for the student?
3. What accommodations will allow the student to access the information and demonstrate performance of the tasks?
4. How will the IEP team know if the accommodation is effective?

Behavior

Florida’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support: Multi-Tiered System of Support
This discretionary project works to increase the capacity of Florida's school districts to address problem behaviors using Positive Behavior Support, which provides a positive and effective alternative to traditional methods of discipline.

Florida School Climate Transformation (Florida SCT)
This discretionary project will expand Florida’s state-wide system of behavioral support by providing training and technical assistance to Local Education Agencies in implementing an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavior framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.

Classroom PBS Materials
These materials are related to classroom PBS and are available to download. It is suggested that these items be used to assist in building capacity across district, schools, and classrooms to support positive student behavior.

Materials are is folders labeled Introduction, Overview, Instruction, Curriculum, Environment, Tools and Case Studies.

Tier 1 New Team Member Training
This 1-hour online module was created for individuals who have joined their Tier 1 school-based team but did not have the opportunity to participate in the original intensive 3-day Tier 1 Training with their complete team. This module can also serve as a brief overview of the 3-day Tier 1 Team Training.

Tier 2 Trainings
The seven Tier 2 online modules are intended for schools who are implementing Tier 1 with fidelity.

Classroom Level PBS (Tier 1)
This online training is intended for anyone who is interested in establishing a Tier 1 PBS system in their classroom, but will be of most benefit to individuals in schools that are already implementing Tier 1 PBS (universal/school-wide level). Information, resources and tools are provided to assist in the design of classroom expectations, rules, routines, lesson plans for expected behaviors, strategies for encouraging appropriate behavior, and guidelines for responding to problem behavior.

Administrator PBS Overview Training
This 53-minute online module was created for administrators that: (a) did not have the opportunity to participate in the original intensive 3-day Tier 1 Training with their current school team; (b) attended the original training with their school team but need a refresher of administrator expectations to support their PBS team; or (c) are interested in getting PBS in their school but want to know more what is required of them as administrator of a PBS school.

Coaching Modules on Evaluation
These modules will teach you how to complete the different evaluation tools for your school.

School-wide Tier 1: Universal PBS
These materials are related to school-wide PBS and may be used to assist in building awareness across district, school, individual PBS teams, etc.

School-wide Tier 2: Supplemental PBS
These materials are related to Targeted Groups and may be used to assist in building awareness across your district, school, individual team, etc.

School-wide Tier 3: Intensive PBS
These materials are related to PBS for individual students and may be used to assist in building awareness across your district, school, individual team, etc.

PBS Research Resources
These resources are grouped under the topics, FLBPS Annual Reports, General Information, and Articles Supporting PBS.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Individuals with ASD.
This online presentation provides an overview of CBT.

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
This discretionary project focuses on SEDNET currently focuses on the following five initiatives:

  • Capacity building to support implementation of effective system of care practices
  • Technical assistance and training
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Systems of care and educational legislation and policy
  • Parent and youth development and involvement

PBS: Understanding Student Behavior
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills in assessing and designing behavioral supports and identifying the legal and ethical issues pertaining to behavioral strategies. Activities focus on identifying data collection strategies as well as on identifying and interpreting elements of a functional behavior assessment and functional behavioral plan. Information is included on how to recognize and use various models of positive behavior management.

Restraint and Seclusion

Technical Assistance Paper: Guidelines for the Use, Documentation, Reporting, and Monitoring of Restraint and Seclusion with Students with Disabilities
This Technical Assistance Paper provides guidance regarding the use, documenting, reporting, and monitoring of restraint and seclusion with students with disabilities in school districts, including (a) when restraint and/or seclusion might be used, (b) considerations when selecting a training program for restraint, (c) what should be documented, (d) parent notification and reporting, and (e) monitoring use. It also contains information about the recently amended statute, section 1003.573, Florida Statutes, Use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities.

Documenting, Reporting, and Monitoring the Use of Seclusion and Restraint on Students with Disabilities: Information for Parents
This brochure discusses seclusion and restraint.

Inclusion

Technical Assistance Paper: Least Restrictive Environment Considerations Related to Individual Educational Plans
This technical assistance paper provides guidance to school districts regarding the provision of services for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Individual educational plan (IEP) teams must adhere to all legal requirements related to placement in the LRE. This TAP also discusses other considerations that must be addressed when determining the most appropriate placement for a student with a disability and issues related to service delivery and scheduling methods for students with disabilities.

Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
This discretionary project collaborates with all districts and schools to provide customized services and supports to ensure that students with disabilities have the same educational, social and future opportunities as their peers.

The Power of Peers: Program Implementation Guide and PowerPoint
This guide is for school and district teams interested in starting a formal peer support program in academic classrooms. Includes teacher team and student training materials, program information, forms and letters, and an implementation action plan.

Family Fact Folios
These fact folios, available in English and Spanish, cover a variety of inclusion topics.

Administrator Fact Folios
These fact folios cover the following topics:

  • What is an Inclusive School?
  • Inclusive Schools: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Collaboration
  • Leadership for Collaborative Teaching
  • Leadership for Differentiated Instruction

Accommodations

Accommodations for Florida’s Statewide Assessments
This manual assists school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities on selected statewide assessments.

Accommodations: Assisting Students with Disabilities
This document assists school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities in instructional situations.

Selecting Accommodations: Guidance for IEP Teams
This document provides a brief explanation of the process the IEP team should follow to answer each of the following guiding questions.

  1. What instructional and assessment tasks are difficult for the student to do independently? Are these difficulties documented in the present level statement?
  2. Why are these tasks difficult for the student?
  3. What accommodations will allow the student to access the information and demonstrate performance of the tasks?
  4. How will the IEP team know if the accommodation is effective?

Assistive Technology

Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology Website
This website FAAST is administered through the Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and is federally funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration. FAAST provides Floridians free access to information, referral services, educational programs, and publications in accessible format on extensive topics related to disability rights, laws/policies, and funding opportunities for assistive technology.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)
This discretionary project assists and supports school district professional staff and families of students with disabilities in the appropriate use of assistive and instructional technology, assistive technology related services, universal design principles, and technology that enhances learning and communication.

Technology for Student Success: An Introduction
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about instructional technology, assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning. Content and activities include how to determine appropriate tools to meet student needs and identify available resources to support district/school use of instructional technology, assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning.

Technology for Student Success: Assistive Technology
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about assistive technology devices and services and the process of helping students with disabilities select, obtain, and use assistive technology. Content includes information about the impact of identified areas of disability including: vision, auditory, physical, communication, intellectual, and cognitive processing and how assistive technology devices and services provide support.

Technology for Student Success: Tools for Reading Comprehension
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about variety of technology tools that can be used by students to scaffold, support, and augment some of the cognitive processing that leads to reading comprehension. This module is not designed to provide guidance in how to teach reading skills.

Student Progression

Counseling for Future Education Handbook
This publication is annually updated to provide school counselors and advisors with a comprehensive academic advising resource to guide students with planning for postsecondary education in Florida. This edition includes information and answers to questions about middle and high school reform measures, career planning, Florida’s college readiness initiatives, acceleration mechanisms, credit-by-exam, financial aid, and updated postsecondary programs, degrees, and requirements.

High School Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements for Florida’s Statewide Assessments
This document describes the assessment requirements for high school graduation.

Graduation Requirements
This website covers legislation, standard high school diploma definitions, state assessments for high school graduation, transfer students, and graduation program planning.

Technical Assistance Paper: High School Graduation Options for Students With Disabilities
This technical assistance paper describes the high school graduation options for students with disabilities.

Florida High School Graduation Requirements
This online course on Florida’s high school graduation requirements describes the various high school completion options available to public school students in Florida. Specific emphasis is placed on options for students with disabilities.

Assessments and Grading

Technical Assistance Paper Statewide Assessment for Students with Disabilities
The technical assistance paper provides guidance to school districts regarding.

Assessment and Evaluation
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills in identifying the purposes, legal and ethical principles, appropriate formal and informal instruments, and alternate strategies for the assessment and evaluation of students with disabilities. Course emphasis includes interpretation and application of assessment results.

Access Points/Courses

ACCESS Project
The ACCESS Project is a discretionary project funded by the FDOE. The Project's mission is to provide resources that facilitate the teaching and learning of Access Points.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL Toolkit
This document was developed by the FDOE CEEDAR State Leadership Team and contains national and local universal design for learning resources.

Instructional Strategies

Personnel Development Support Project, Florida Center for Interactive Media
This discretionary project provides personnel development information for teachers and related service personnel who work with students with disabilities in Florida.

Personnel Development Portal (PD Portal)
This portal provides access to online courses on a variety of disability related topics.

Teaching Students with Disabilities in the Fine Arts
This online course provides educators of music, visual arts, dance and theatre information about the foundations of exceptional student education; the provision of services for students with disabilities; and instructional practices that can be used not only for students with disabilities, but with all students.

Professional Development Alternatives
Offers facilitated and independent study modules.

Teaching Students with Disabilities
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills for providing effective instruction for students with disabilities. Content and activities focus on federal and state requirements for identification and provision of services to students with disabilities and comparison of the development and characteristics of children with disabilities to children without disabilities. Emphasis is on how to develop a universally designed and differentiated environment by identifying models of support for assisting students with disabilities in accessing the general education curricula and by implementing effective instructional methods (e.g. explicit and systematic instruction, scaffolding, modeling, visual supports, and manipulatives) in order to meet individual student needs.

Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: Focusing on the Content Areas
The focus of the Effective Teaching Practices for Students with Disabilities: Focusing on the Content Areas module is to provide educators with information about appropriate and effective instructional practices for students with disabilities, especially in the core content areas. This module is not intended to be a course of study to obtain teacher certification in Exceptional Student Education. This online, independent study PDA professional development module was written to meet the recertification requirement for teaching students with disabilities credit (Renewal Credit in Teaching Students with Disabilities DPS 2014-12); however, each school district or private school agency determines if the module satisfies the requirement for their employees.

Introduction to Differentiating Instruction
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about proactively providing a universally designed and differentiated environment in order to maximize student achievement for all students. Emphasis is on the importance of having clarity about the learning targets and proactively adjusting instruction utilizing a data-based decision making process that considers students' readiness for the content, interests, and learning preferences. Content and activities emphasize how to proactively provide important, engaging, and appropriately challenging work via flexible grouping methods and utilizing a variety of instructional strategies and supports.

Differentiating Reading Instruction
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about using the guidelines for differentiation and strategies that support differentiation to improve instruction for all students, especially students with persistent or significant reading difficulties. Emphasis is on the instructional design principles and teacher delivery methods that can be applied at appropriate levels of intensity and duration to increase the explicitness and intensity of language arts instruction in order to achieve optimal results for students who are challenged by learning to read or reading to learn. This course aligns with current Florida reading initiatives and awards credit for competency four of the Florida Reading Endorsement.

Differentiating Math Instruction
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about how to apply the guidelines of differentiating instruction to mathematics instruction. Emphasis is on evidence-based practices structured by a responsive decision-making framework in order for all students to achieve at the highest possible level. Content includes how to use pre-assessment, continuous assessment, and summative assessments to design and deliver effective lessons for initial instruction in mathematics and how to effectively use flexible small group instruction to respond to individual learner needs.

Differentiating Science Instruction
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about applying the guidelines of differentiation to science instruction for the purposes of increasing student achievement for all learners. Content and activities emphasize how to use pre-assessment, continuous assessment, and summative assessments to design and deliver effective science lessons for whole group initial instruction and how to effectively use flexible small group instruction and individualized instruction, when needed, to respond to each student's needs.

Instructional Practices
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge about how to select instructional practices which incorporate specific learning strategies and specialized materials to meet individual learner needs. Participants will also learn about analyzing educational activities to assist in the development and implementation of accommodations and modifications that allow students with disabilities to participate in the general curriculum in a meaningful way. Course content includes effective methods of communication, consultation, and collaboration with other educators, related services professionals and with families.

Foundations of Exceptional Education
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills about students with disabilities as related to state and federal legislation and case law. The course provides information about appropriate legal and ethical practices and different disability categories. The course content includes information on how to create a successful learning environment, the components and team members of the individualized education process and using models of support for students with disabilities to ensure success with the general education curriculum.

Language Development and Communication Skills
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the sequence of receptive and expressive language development/communication and appropriate interventions. Information is provided on the sequence of typical reading development and strategies to address reading difficulties. Content includes ways to integrate communication instruction into educational settings, and how to select of appropriate assistive technology and alternative communication systems.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning resources System Associate Centers (FDLRS)
This discretionary project plans collaboratively with school districts, exceptional student education departments, staff development offices, and other professional development entities to provide information, professional development, and technical assistance and follow-up related to effective instructional strategies and service delivery models for the education of children and youth who are exceptional or have unique needs.

Communities of Practice: A Study Group Guide for Differentiating Instruction
Seven-session study group guide for teacher teams of 4-7 people. Teachers read, apply, and reflect upon information and strategies from Carol Ann Tomlinson’s book “Differentiated Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms”.

Collaboration Unity Equity (CUE) Card for Differentiating Instruction
This poster highlights general principles to respond to student needs.

Lauren’s Kids
This discretionary project develops resource kits and curriculum modules for work with grades 1 through 3. Each curriculum module resource kit is made up of materials focusing on the topics of the original Safer Smarter Kids curriculum, as well as components addressing internet safety and bullying. Each resource kit features materials that support micro-lessons per grade including videos, classroom exercises, and take-home materials.

Disability Specific Resources

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This website provides the state’s definition of ASD, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)
This discretionary project is a statewide resource with expertise in autism spectrum disorders, providing support to teachers and administrators through consultation, technical assistance and training.

Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA)
This discretionary project is an initiative to support educators and schools' professional development and training and was designed to enhance the educational program for students with ASD. Educators or schools are matched to a CARD professional who provides support, resources, technical assistance, and training that is specific to the needs identified by the educator or school.

Administrator’s Guide to Educational Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This guide provides materials and two tutorials that will assist you in addressing the educational needs of students on the autism spectrum who attend your school in both general education and special education classrooms.

Understanding Early Signs of Autism and Early Interventions
This online tutorial presents a review of milestones of early development, identifies potential 'red-flag' behaviors, describes assessment tools, and describes an assessment process.

Defining Asperger’s Disorder
This online tutorial describes characteristics of individuals with Asperger's Disorder.

ASD and the Reading Comprehension Challenge: What Can You DO?
This online presentation describes why students with ASD may demonstrate difficulties in the area of reading comprehension. Strategies to address these challenges are shared.

Getting Started
This online presentation provides ten tips for teachers starting their year in teaching students with ASDs.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Individuals with ASD
This online presentation provides an overview of CBT.

Behavior Basics: An Introduction to Understanding Why Problem Behaviors Occur
This online presentation provides basic information on why problem behaviors occur in children with ASDs.

Supporting Literacy for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
This online presentation provides research and reasoning related to literacy skills in students with ASDs and discusses how to increase and encourage literacy in these students.

Developmental “Red Flags” for Identifying ASD
This online presentation defines ASD, explains and defines the term “red flags” and discusses current trends in diagnosis.

Autism Navigator
This discretionary project is a collection of web-based courses and tools to bridge the gap between science and community practice. Each component is designed to increase the capacity of healthcare providers, early intervention providers, educators, and families to improve outcomes of young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using extensive video footage to illustrate effective evidence-based practice. The primary short-term aim is to improve early detection of autism and communication disorders and increase access to early intervention. The long-term aim is to increase the number of students with autism, communication disorders, and language-learning problems who are ready to learn and can succeed in mastering the State Standards in General Education Kindergarten.

About Autism in Toddlers
This course provides information about the core diagnostic features and early signs of autism in toddlers.

Autism Navigator for Early Intervention Providers
This course is designed to increase the capacity of early intervention providers to better serve infants and toddlers with or at risk for ASD and their families.

Social Communication Development in Infants and toddlers
This course has an explore function to illustrate 80 social communication milestones that develop from 9-24 months of age.

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (DHH)
This website provides the state’s definition of deaf or hard-of-hearing, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Resource Materials and Technology Center for the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (RMTC-D/HH)
This discretionary project is a statewide project providing support for the education of students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired.

Florida's Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments
This guide provides materials to assist educators in addressing the educational needs of students that are deaf or hard-of-hearing in both general education and special education classrooms.

Deaf Ed Express Deaf Ed Express
This online module was designed to increase the best practices of educators working with students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in Florida’s public schools. An auditory-oral education teaches students with hearing loss to use their residual hearing in combination with speech to develop spoken language for communication and learning.

Florida’s Educational Interpreter’s Project
This discretionary project works to improve the skills of K-12 interpreters and transliterators working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. The project provides statewide professional development activities without charge to school districts or their employees. The project also offers stipends to assist with the cost of achieving higher education credentials and online skill development modules.

Florida's Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments
This guide provides materials to assist educators in addressing the educational needs of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing in both general education and special education classrooms.

EIPA Written Test Preparation
This online module assists interpreters preparing to take the EIPA Written Test. Participants will learn and have practice tests on the 14 Knowledge Standards and the Code of Professional Conduct. In addition, the module will provide suggested activities to improve English vocabulary and grammar skills. There are no CEUs offered for this module.

Sign Language Videos
These online DVD videos show sign language vocabulary for IEP Vocabulary, Language Arts, Math, Science, Sports and Teen Talk.

Screening Guide for Usher Syndrome
This publication helps school personnel in conducting screenings for Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that involves hearing loss, which may range in severity from mild to profound. It also includes a type of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which is a progressive loss of vision.

Emotional and Behavioral (E/BD)

Emotional/Behavioral Disability (EB/D)
This website provides the state’s definition of emotional/behavioral disability, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Technical Assistance Paper: Guidelines for Implementation of the Revised Rule for Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
This technical assistance paper provides information on the implementation of Rule 6A-6.03016, Florida Administrative Code (FAC.), Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, including information on the general intervention requirements, evaluation, eligibility, and the Bureau’s monitoring of implementation.

Technical Assistance Paper: The Response to Intervention Model
This technical assistance paper provides an introduction and clarity on the nature of the RtI model for both general and exceptional student education personnel as it applies to students with and without disabilities of all categorical types who are not progressing adequately in the core curriculum academically and/or behaviorally.

Technical Assistance Paper: Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans
This technical assistance paper answers recurring questions posed by school district staff since the implementation of the IDEA Amendments of 1997, to help school personnel understand the process of conducting a functional behavioral assessment, and to assist district staff in planning and implementing behavioral interventions.

Florida’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support: Multi-Tiered System of Support
This discretionary project works to increase the capacity of Florida's school districts to address problem behaviors using Positive Behavior Support, which provides a positive and effective alternative to traditional methods of discipline.

Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
This discretionary project focuses on SEDNET currently focuses on the following five initiatives:

  • Capacity building to support implementation of effective system of care practices
  • Technical assistance and training
  • Interagency collaboration
  • Systems of care and educational legislation and policy
  • Parent and youth development and involvement

A Blueprint for Tier 3 Implementation: A results-Driven System for Supporting Students with Serious Behavior Problems
This publication provides a foundation for district implementation of an effective, results-oriented Tier 3 process.

Homebound or Hospitalized (HH)

Homebound or Hospitalized (HH)
This website provides the state’s definition of hospital/homebound, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Hospital/Homebound Policy and Procedures Manual
This manual is designed to provide the school districts in Florida with recommendations and suggestions for the development, management, and evaluation of programs for homebound/hospitalized (H/H) students. It is intended to help bring clarity and direction to educational planning or exceptional students in Florida while being broad enough in scope to meet the varying needs of the students and H/H staff in each district.

Intellectual Disability (IND)

Intellectual Disabilities (IND)
This website provides the state’s definition of intellectual disabilities,, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Access Project
This discretionary project focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and supports that align with the Florida Standards Access Points. It supports statewide professional development for teachers to ensure a greater understanding of Florida Standards Access Points, resources and supports as they apply to more effective instructional planning, the teaching and learning of academic content and providing appropriate supports and strategies for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The project also supports training for communicative competence and alternate assessment activities that align instruction with assessment.

Math Resources
These resources are for the teaching and learning of Math access points.

English Language Arts Resources
These resources are for the teaching and learning of ELA access points.

Social Studies Resources
These resources are for the teaching and learning of Social Studies access points.

Science Resources
These resources are for the teaching and learning of Science access points.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test® (FCAT)
This guide provides materials that will assist you in addressing the educational needs of students who are intellectually disabled and need accommodations for Florida’s statewide student assessments.

Florida Standards Access Points: What School and District Administrators Need to Know
This webinar provides information for administrators on the teaching and learning of access points for students with a significant cognitive disability.

Florida Standards Access Points: What Teachers Need to Know
This webinar provides information for teachers on the teaching and learning of access points for students with a significant cognitive disability.

Environmental Inventory
This 2 part webinar provides information on supporting student engagement using the Design to Learn Environmental Inventory.

Learner Characteristics Inventory
This webinar provides an overview of the National Center and State Collaborative’s study of the learner characteristics of Florida students with a significant cognitive disability.

Formative Assessment Webinars
This 3 part webinar provides information on formative assessment. Part 1:Determining Targets and Measures, Part 2: Monitoring Progress, Part 3: Data Analysis and Instructional Decisions.

Language Impairment (LI)

Language Impairment (LI)
This website provides the state’s definition of language impairment, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Speech/Language as Related Service
This technical assistance paper identifies several questions and issues regarding speech/language as a related service. The purpose of this question and answer document is to offer additional guidance with procedure for determining the need for and providing speech/language as a related service.

ESE Tuition Support Project
This discretionary project provides financial support to paraprofessionals earning a bachelor’s degree in special education, educators earning a master’s degree in speech/language pathology, and ESE teachers earning an endorsement in autism, severe/profound, or prekindergarten disabilities. Upon completion of the program, recipients must fulfill the service obligation.

Language Development and Communication Skills
This online course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills in the sequence of receptive and expressive language development/communication and appropriate interventions. Information is provided on the sequence of typical reading development and strategies to address reading difficulties. Content includes ways to integrate communication instruction into educational settings, and how to select of appropriate assistive technology and alternative communication systems.

Other Health Impairment (OHI)

Other Health Impairment (OHI)
This website provides the state’s definition of other health impairment, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Orthopedic Impairment (OI)

Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
This website provides the state’s definition of other health impairment, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Updated Guidelines and Template for School District Policy, Practice and Procedures for the Use of Service Animals by Students with Disabilities
These guidelines provide information on the legal standards as set forth in Title II of the ADA and its regulations. The ADA is a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Thus, the primary legal references herein will be the ADA and its Title II regulations, as well as a Guidance and Analysis document issued by the DOJ on September 15, 2010.2 Also relied upon will be current court, OCR and DOJ interpretations of the ADA’s requirements as they relate to the use of service animals by students with disabilities.

Technical Assistant Paper: Transportation and Students with Disabilities
This technical assistance paper provides information on students with disabilities who require specialized transportation, as documented on the students’ individual educational plans (IEPs), and are eligible for weighted transportation funding.

Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
This website provides the state’s definition of specific learning disabilities, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

What’s Special about Special Education? Specially Designed Instruction for Students with Disabilities within a Multi-tiered System of Supports
This technical assistance paper helps clarify specially designed instruction, core instruction and interventions within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) for educators developing, improving and maintains systems of support for all students.

General Education Intervention Procedures
This technical assistance paper describes the problem-solving and response to intervention within a multi-tiered system of supports framework to address the carrying academic and behavioral needs of students.

Grading Policies for Students with Disabilities
This technical assistance paper is to provide Florida administrations and teacher with information about identifying and implementing valid and meaning full grading strategies for students with disabilities, primarily those working on Sunshine State Standards.

Florida’s Response to Instruction/Intervention State Web site
This website provides a central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote system-wide practices to ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits.

Speech Impairment (SI)

Speech Impairment (SI)
This website provides the state’s definition of speech impairment, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Exceptional Student Eligibility for Students with Speech Impairments
This technical assistance paper is to provide technical assistance regarding the recent approval of State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03012, Florida Administrative Code, Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students with Speech Impairments and Qualifications and Responsibility for Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Speech Services, effective July 1, 2010.

Questions and Answers Regarding Speech/Language as a Related Service
This technical assistance paper is a question and answer document that offers additional guidance with procedures for determining the need for and providing speech/language as a related service.

Working with the Experts for Speech-Language Pathologists
This discretionary project provides high quality professional development for speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists, who provide services to students with disabilities in Florida’s public schools.

Professional Development Alternatives
This online module is designed to assist educators in becoming more proficient in responding to the various instructional and behavioral needs of each individual learner in order to maximize achievement of all students. All modules are: free to Florida educators, available online throughout the state, and updated on a regular basis. All modules provide a variety of learning activities, and classroom-related assessment tasks.

Florida’s Response to Instruction/Intervention State Web site
This website provides a central, comprehensive location for Florida-specific information and resources that promote system-wide practices to ensure highest possible student achievement in both academic and behavioral pursuits.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
This website provides the state’s definition of traumatic brain injury, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Disability Often in Disguise – Self Study Course for Educators
This is a self-study course for educators to raise awareness of the incidence and effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in school, and to provide information and strategies to help teachers who are facing the unique challenges of educating students with TBI.

Florida Department of Health: Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program
This website provides all eligible residents who sustain a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury the opportunity to obtain the necessary services that will enable them to return to an appropriate level of functioning in their community.

Visual Impairment (VI): Blind and Partially Sighted

Visual Impairment (VI): Blind and Partially Sighted
This website provides the state’s definition of visual impairment, contact information for state and district contacts, links to related state laws and regulations and Florida Department of Education resources, including the publications and projects described here, and general state and national resources.

Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI)
This website is designed to assist schools in obtaining specialized materials for students with visual impairments.

Outreach Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
This discretionary project is a statewide project with the mission to support the education of students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Blind/Visually Impaired in the State of Florida. Services are available to support: Educational Policy, Procedures, and Initiatives Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Screenings, Evaluations and Assessments Assistive Technology and other Accommodations Family Involvement.

Learning Through Listening Project
This discretionary project facilitates support services and training to administrators, teachers, parents, and students on the use of digital audio books provided by Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). Learning Ally is an accessible media producer (AMP) and is registered with the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). The project will coordinate with Florida's appointed National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards (NIMAS) Authorized User to provide digital audio textbooks and equipment to eligible students with print disabilities. Equipment and software is provided at no cost to the students or school districts.

Florida’s Educational Opportunities for Students with Sensory Impairments
This guide provides materials that will assist you in addressing the educational needs of students that are deaf or hard-of-hearing who attend your school in both general education and special education classrooms.

Accommodations: Assisting Students with Disabilities
This guide is made to assist school district personnel and parents when making decisions about the use of accommodations by students with disabilities in instructional situations.

Screening Guide for Usher Syndrome
This publication helps school personnel in conducting screenings for Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that involves hearing loss, which may range in severity from mild to profound. It also includes a type of retinitis pigmentosa (RP), which is a progressive loss of vision.

Secondary Transition and Postsecondary

Project 10: Transition Education Network
This discretionary project assists Florida school districts in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes, addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.

School-Based Enterprise Development: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating
This publication provides a practical application for developing (planning, implementing, and evaluating) a school-based enterprise (SBE). May also be used to draft literature-supported introductions for grants, provide rationales for starting or supporting a SBE, discuss or research best or promising practices related to transition-aged youth and young adults, and create classroom exercises for real-world scenarios.

Self-Determination for Students with Disabilities
This online training introduces exceptional student education teachers and transition staff to the basics of evidence-based strategies for developing self-determination skills for students with disabilities. It includes a review of federal and state legislation related to self-determination, defines key terms and concepts related to the self-determination skills for students with disabilities, outlines the steps of effective self-determination instruction, and identifies additional resources. It takes about two hours to complete.

Summary of Performance
This online training covers the legal basis and benefits of completing a Summary of Performance, including directions, case studies, and samples using the Florida SOP template. It takes about two hours to complete.

Transition Assessment
This online training covers legal context, terminology, and frameworks for transition assessment as well as integrating age-appropriate transition assessment into Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). It takes about two hours to complete.

Job Development
This online course introduces transition staff and exceptional student education teachers to the basics of evidence-based strategies for job development for students with disabilities. The course includes background information on job development, discusses work incentives and covers national, state, and local movements that support interagency collaboration and employment efforts for individuals with disabilities.

Transition
This course enables educators to develop, increase and demonstrate knowledge and skills in identifying the stages of career development and in identifying the essential domains of transition planning for students with disabilities. Content and activities emphasize how to identify resources to assist students with functioning effectively in environments to which they are transitioning. Emphasis is on transition planning that incorporates student and family preferences to develop desired post school outcomes.

Dare to Dream for Adults
This publication is a strengths-based book designed to encourage adults with disabilities to make choices and find options that are aligned with their preferences, abilities, and needs.

Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities
This consortium is committed to expanding postsecondary opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities to study alongside same-aged peers on a college campus. Students may take courses, practice social strategies, and learn employability skills while engaging with others in a college environment.

Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA)
This center, at the University of Central Florida launched July 1, 2016.

Financial Resources for Teachers

ESE Endorsements Tuition Support Program
This program provides financial assistance to exceptional student education teachers who are teaching children with PreK disabilities, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), or severe/profound disabilities in a Florida public school. Program recipients must agree to teach children with the identified disabilities in a Florida public school for a minimum of one year for every six hours of tuition support received and add the appropriate endorsement to their professional certificate.

Educational Interpreter’s Project
This discretionary project works to improve the skills of K-12 interpreters and transliterators working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. The project provides statewide professional development activities without charge to school districts or their employees. The project also offers stipends to assist with the cost of achieving higher education credentials and online skill development modules.

Parental Involvement

Parent Information
This website provides information regarding parental involvement, including the yearly parent survey.

A Parent’s Introduction to Exceptional Student Education in Florida
This publication provides basic information for parents regarding the ESE process, including evaluation, eligibility, and the IEP.

Parental Involvement- Exceptional Education in Florida
This website provides information for parents of students with disabilities in three sections: Prekindergarten, Kindergarten- 12th grade and After High School.

Family Network on Disabilities
This organization operates the following programs in Florida: Parent Education Network (PEN), Parents of the Panhandle Information Network (POPIN), and Parents Educating Parents in the Community (PEP) are all programs designed to ensure that parents of children with the full range of disabilities have the training and information they need to prepare their children for not only school, but to be able to lead productive, independent lives to the fullest extent possible. These programs offer free help and information to families of students with disabilities and the professionals that serve them. POPIN provides these services to families living in the Panhandle of Florida from Escambia to Alachua County. PEN provides these services to the nine most southern counties in the state (Collier, Hendry, Glades, Martin, Broward, Miami-Dade, Lee, Palm Beach, and Monroe), and PEP provides these services to families in isolated, rural areas of Florida.

Parent to Parent of Miami
This Community Parent Resource Center serves parents of children with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to help them become better prepared to meet the needs of their children.

Family Cafe
This discretionary project provides individuals with disabilities and their families with an opportunity for collaboration, advocacy, friendship and empowerment by serving as a facilitator of communication, a space for dialogue and a source of information via a large conference held each June in Orlando.

Getting Ready for Your Student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Meeting
This brochure discusses the IEP meeting process. It is available in Spanish and Haitian Creole as well as English.

Documenting, Reporting, and Monitoring the Use of Seclusion and Restraint on Students with Disabilities: Information for Parents
This brochure discusses seclusion and restraint.