Top 50 Special Education Blogs

Published by Jennifer on Tue Apr 20, 2010

If you are interested in special education, or if you are a parent who has a special-needs child, then you know that Internet resources for this topic have increased in number over the past few years. From blindness to ADHD to Asberger’s Syndrome and the entire autism spectrum and from classroom techniques and technology to parent support groups, you can find many resources on the Web. This list of the top 50 special education blogs includes all those topics and more.

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  1. ADDitude Magazine: More than a blog, this site offers resources, tips, educational advice and more for families living with ADHD and learning disabilities.
  2. Ann’s Learning Disabilities Blog: Ann Logsdon is helps parents and teachers support students with a range of educational and developmental disabilities.
  3. Bilingual Special Ed: Dr. Claudia Rinaldi is an assistant professor in special education at Boston College.
  4. I Speak of Dreams: This blogger focuses on effective parenting and education and learning disabilities, among other topics.
  5. Jan Palmer — Special Ed Teacher, BCBA: Jan Palmer works with children and adolescents with developmental disabilities in regular classrooms, specialized settings or one to one situations.
  6. Jerry’s Special Education Blog: Jerry is currently teaching in a “most restrictive setting” as an autistic support teacher for high school aged children in a residential facility.
  7. Making Special Education Actually Work: This blog’s purpose is to enlighten and empower all responsible adults to ensure that all children, regardless of disability, receive a free and appropriate public education.
  8. Special 2 me: An enthusiastic special education teacher chronicles her journey in a low-income, high crime, Title I school in Los Angeles.
  9. Special Education and Learning Differences: PCI Education offers a real-life approach to teaching basic academic skills and life skills for struggling students.
  10. Special Education MangoMon Blog: Learning Today’s Smart Tutor & MangoMon reading and math programs are research-based.
  11. Special Education Strategies And More…: This blog is for teachers and parents of children with special needs to find positive strategies promoting academic, social and emotional growth.
  12. Teach Effectively! TeachEffectively emphasizes evidence-based instruction and educational practice for students who are at risk for school failure or who have disabilities.
  13. Teacher Sol: This blog belongs to a special education teacher in Washington, DC.
  14. Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Resources and ideas for teachers of learners with severe, profound, intensive, significant, complex or multiple special needs.
  15. Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties: This blog is for teachers, lecturers and support staff working with students with learning difficulties over age 16.
  16. The Life That Chose Me: A blog by a high school special education teacher, a parent with two boys with ASD, who serves students with severe and profound disabilities.
  17. Your Mama’s Mad Tedious: Diary of a Special Ed Teacher: This special ed teacher and U.C. Berkeley journalism grad provides an interesting look at her roll in special education.

Wikipedia AccessibilityAssistive Technology

  1. Access Ability: Ron was blinded in an auto accident at age 31, and his focus at this blog is serving a broad population with disability support services.
  2. Assistive Technology: Learn more about assistive technology, eLearning, mind mapping, project management, visual learning, collaborative tools and educational technology.
  3. AT Cubed: Follow this blog for assistive technology tools, tricks and tips.
  4. ATMac: This blog’s focus is on Apple and Mac users with disabilities.
  5. Disability411: A self-professed technology geek, Beth loves exploring ways that technology can increase accessibility for people with disabilities. She also writes a blog.
  6. Free Technology for Teachers: Richard Byrne digs deep to find tech resources for parents and teachers in this long-running blog.
  7. Learning is Messy: Brian Crosby has infused technology into his award-winning elementary school programs since the 1980′s.
  8. Moving at the Speed of Creativity: This blog focuses on issues related to engaged learning through every form of educational technology.
  9. No Limits 2 Learning: Lon Thornburg is an educator and an assistive technology specialist and trainer who shares his knowledge on this blog.
  10. Teachers Love SMART Boards: James Hollis helps teachers use technology to help students increase their ability to learn.
  11. Teachers Teaching Teachers: Two teachers bring their EdTech knowledge to other teachers (and parents) who want to learn.
  12. TechSoup: This blog offers a variety of information and services for the benefit of the nonprofit sector.
  13. The Assistive Technology Blog: This blog is maintained by The Virginia Department of Education’s Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC).

Learning Disabilities Association of AmericaLaw and Policy

  1. Autism Policy and Politics: This blogger is writing a book on autism policy and politics in the U.S., and his blog contains relevant information to the project.
  2. Day in Washington: This nationally syndicated disability policy blog is updated weekly.
  3. Developments in Special Education Law: H. Jeffrey Marcus, P.C., presents current developments in special education law in federal and New York State cases.
  4. Patricia E Bauer News & Commentary on Disability Issues: This blog attempts to aggregate news and commentary about disability, and to document the efforts of people who are seeking new ways to address familiar challenges.
  5. Special Education Law Blog: A special education legal resource discussing case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal laws.
  6. Special Education Law Blog: Jim Gerl is a consultant for a number of state education agencies, and he is a frequent speaker on special ed law topics.
  7. The Wrightslaw Way: Wrightslaw provides information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities for parents, educators, advocates and attorneys.

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  1. ABC Therapeutics: This blog about occupational therapy also leans heavily on how children react to various therapies as remedy to injury, illness or disability.
  2. ADHD & LD Resource Blog: A resource for those who want to learn about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD) and related topics.
  3. Dyslexia My Life: Mr Sagmiller speaks on dyslexia candidly and how it has affected his now successful life.
  4. Empowering People and Changing Lives…One Note at a Time: Erin is a college student who suffers with congenital hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy.
  5. Engel’s Ensights: Blinded at age 18 by a drunk driver, Marcus went on to complete college and to become a public speaker and advocate.
  6. Journeys with Autism: A woman, diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at age 50, talks about her journey of learning about the autism spectrum.
  7. On Special Education: Education Week reporter Christina A. Samuels tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community.
  8. Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: This new blog is part of a non-profit organization that approaches learning disabilities and attention-deficit disorders as differences, rather than as roadblocks.
  9. Special Education Parents Advisory Council: SEPAC was formed in May 2005 with a focus on special education in Scottsdale, Arizona.
  10. Special Needs Children: Terri Mauro has two teenagers with special needs: a 19-year-old with language-based learning disabilities and a 16-year-old with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, both adopted from Russia in 1994.
  11. Thrive On the Autism Spectrum: This is a positive blog about autism spectrum disorders, autism, Asperger’s and ADHD. Patricia also maintains Coach for Asperger’s and Social Skills for Kids.
  12. SpedPro: SpedPro provides a source for current professional information about special education.
  13. SpeEdChange: Ira Socol presents a blog that speaks to the fundamentals of future education for different students in democratic societies.

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