This web site is designed to be used as a quick reference guide. It is not to be viewed as a “one stop shop” for all things related to developmental disabilities. You will find links to organizations that will cover topics with greater depth and expertise.
You will also find examples of various documents for behavior intervention, educational achievement assessments, school and transition supports, assistive technology, and public relations. These documents are for educational purposes only and do not represent real schools, students or adults with developmental disabilities.
To begin, familiarize yourself with developmental disabilities. Brief overviews are given according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) by the American Psychological Association (APA). Links to read more about the disorders are also available.
Next, learn more about assistive technology (AT) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Learn some of the purposes for AT and devices and services that meet those needs. Learn the fundamentals of UDL and how it works with AT in and outside the classroom. As with every other section on the web site, you will find resource links and tools to help you as a parent, professional or student.
Finally, use the links and resources to suit your needs. You will find my personal philosophy and plans for the future. My hope is that you will leave the web site with philosophies and goals of your own, along with a tool kit to help you achieve your vision.