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Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

(Elementary Family Tip Sheet: Back to School for Students with Disabilities after COVID-19 Closure) (Download the Spanish Version)

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder: COVID-19 In response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Tennessee Disability Pathfinder will connect individuals to information and resources available to meet their needs.

Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD): COVID 19 Resources TRIAD is making hundreds of online modules, archived webinars, and online toolkits available to families through a free learning management system. We will be ensuring all students who were receiving services a school are provided the opportunity through their schools to connect directly with our experts to support their needs at home – including academics, communication, and behavior.

Tennessee Behavior Supports Project: COVID-19 TBSP is creating short videos and tip sheets that families can utilize to learn how to adapt school strategies to implement positive behavior supports at home. These will be shared on a newly created website where resources (e.g., videos, tips, schedules, home matrix) to support families will be housed. Our goal is to align resources for families with what districts and schools are doing to support appropriate behaviors in school settings so families can implement similar supports at home, during this time.

Tennessee Talks: Coronavirus Pandemic AAC Resources TN-Talks has bolstered the content available on our website by adding demonstration videos and printable communication resources for families to assist them in supporting the communication needs of their children in the home-school setting. In addition, we are creating a calendar of online instructional modules for learning more about AAC and following these with moderated group calls to provide guidance. The four regional coordinators are available to remotely collaborate with families and the school-based speech therapist to address their child’s communication needs in the home.

How to Use Visual Schedules and Supports at Home

Schedules and Visual Supports: Examples of how to use visuals to support learning at home.

Video Examples of using Schedules at home:

Examples of Life Skills for the home: Skills to practice at home, such as how to count money, answer the phone and more.

Parent Information

The Arc Rutherford County–  The Arc Rutherford County is a grassroots non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by increasing public awareness, promoting inclusion, providing advocacy services and information and referral to families seeking support and developing programs to fulfill unmet needs in our community. Click this link to download a brochure for more information about The Arc Rutherford County.  (posted 11/12/14)

Procedural Safeguards –  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Federal law concerning the education of students with disabilities, requires schools to provide parents of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under the IDEA, U.S. Department of Education regulations and Tennessee law and regulations. You can find that information by following the link above. (posted 10/7/13)

Procedural Safeguards in Spanish –   (posted 10/7/13) Tennessee’s one stop shop for families to raise healthy and happy kids of all ages. Departments in state government offer a wealth of important information and resources for Tennessee families. (posted 12/17/13)

Autism Tennessee, formerly known as Autism Society of Middle Tennessee (ASMT) Autism Tennessee offers bi-monthly autism orientation classes, monthly autism education classes, community lending library (resources available in Spanish), SibSaturday (social support group for siblings), and information about local support groups & community workshops. Workshops are free to Autism Tennessee members; please contact for information about membership. Several support groups are listed on Autism Tennessee’s website, including county groups and others related to autism such as Celiac Support Group. (posted 3/26/14)

Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee (DSAMT) is a community of individuals with Down syndrome, self-advocates and their families, educators and disability professionals. DSAMT strives to be the first and primary resource in Middle Tennessee for accurate and up-to-date information on Down syndrome, connecting hundreds of families to support, programs, education, advocacy and other families. (posted 3/26/14)