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ADHD Packet

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ) is characterized by inattention, in some cases hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The most commonly diagnosed behavior disorder in young persons, ADHD affects an estimated three percent to five percent of school-age children. ADHD affects an estimated two million American children, an average of at least one child in every U.S. classroom. In this STEP ADHD packet you will learn the symptoms, types, causes, and resources that can help children reach their full potential.

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Assistive Technology Packet

The term 'assistive technology device' means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. Download this packet if you want to learn more about the definition, services, terms, evaluations, guidelines and resources to improve a student’s ability to learn, work, and interact with others.

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Autism Packet

Autism is a neurological disorder that typically appears during the first three years. Autism means a developmental disability, which significantly affects verbal and nonverbal communication and social reaction, generally evident before age three (3) that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. This packet contains resources such as conducting evaluations for children who may be eligible for special education, the referral process, and suggested strategies for classrooms. Information to assist with understanding your child’s disability, effective educational methods, and additional resources are included.

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Conservatorship, Special Needs Trusts, and Wills Packet

Conservatorship in Tennessee is used to provide decision-making support for an adult individual who is unable to make decisions for their self. Rights pass to a person at the “Age of Majority”; in Tennessee that is age 18. Parents and caregivers who have children with disabilities who are nearing the age of majority, 18, often need to know the conservatorship process and receive answers to questions such as: How can I continue to be involved in the decision making process once my child turns eighteen?; Who determines if a person with a disability is able to make educational, medical, and legal decisions for themselves?; What levels of conservatorship are there?; Is conservatorship granted by the court?. To receive answers to these questions and learn more please download this packet.

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The Bureau of TennCare contracts with the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) to operate three Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs for persons with intellectual disabilities. Waiver programs allow individuals to receive long-term care in their homes and the community. Download this packet to learn about the different types of programs for persons with intellectual disabilities.

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Literacy Packet

This Literacy information packet for families and care-givers can help you understand the process your child is likely to go through in learning how to read. It gives tips on what you can do to make a positive difference in how your child feels about books and reading. We know that the time that families spend reading with their child and working on other literacy activities at home not only helps increase reading progress, but also helps their child see that reading can be fun. By working together, teachers and families can help students develop the reading skills necessary for success in school and in life.

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Modifications and Accommodations Packet

Some Students with disabilities need accommodations or modifications in their educational program in order to be successful in school. Accommodations and modifications are types of adaptations that are made to the environment, curriculum, instruction, or assessment practices in order for students with disabilities to be successful learners and to participate actively with other students in the general education classroom. Accommodations or modifications should be written into a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). This packet will provide examples of accommodations and modifications along with resourceful checklists.

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Vocational Rehabilitation Packet

The state vocational rehabilitation services program ( VR ) is designed to assess, plan, develop and provide services to eligible individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interest and informed choice. By providing services in this way, the VR program enables individuals with disabilities to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Please download this packet to see who is eligible, how to apply, and services that are provide.

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