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Bullying and Discrimination

  • Bullying - A legacy resource from NICHCY

    Bullying is a serious problem with horrible consequences if left unchecked. The good news is that you can do lots to stop it. We hope that the resources listed in our website will be useful to you in that effort.
  • Bullying and Substance Abuse

    There’s a strong link between bullying and substance abuse. Bullied victims are much more likely to abuse different types of substances than those who haven’t been bullied. Bullying can take place anywhere. It can also happen to anyone.  This website provides information and resources available to families.
  • Bullying and Substance Abuse: Who It Affects and Why

    Bullying transcends childish acts such as teasing, rough housing or joking around. It can be a dangerous activity with devastating physical and psychological effects. It’s a prominent risk factor for substance abuse and addiction, but the person being bullied isn’t the only one at risk. This FREE online resource provides information about adolescent bullying, addiction, and mental health issues.
  • Bullying Awareness & Prevention: Understanding the Bullying Trend and Discovering New Ways to Combat It

    Bullying is not just a buzzword co-opted by the media to drive ratings from frightened school children and their worried parents. Bullying is a serious problem that has far-reaching implications for the person being bullied—and for the bully as well. In this guide, readers will find information on what bullying is, how it impacts people, and where victims can get help. In addition, there is information on the mental health industry’s response to bullying and why psychologists are uniquely equipped to handle this issue. 

    The team at Learn Psychology has created a new resource for Bullying Awareness & Prevention. 

    Highlights of this guide include:

    • Helpful strategies to help those dealing with a bully, as well as resources that school administrators can utilize
    • Expert advice from Dr. Marlene Seltzer, director No Bullying Live Empowered (NoBLE) Center
    • Spotlight on the growing problem of cyberbullying on social media

    We can't stop bullying from happening, but we can spread awareness and share resources for those dealing with a bully.
  • Bullying Awareness Guidebook: Students Staying Safe In School

    Cyber and physical bullying are growing and undeniable problems, and like so many misunderstood issues, education and awareness are the best prevention tools we have. This guidebook's purpose is to do just that: educate students of all ages and their families about what bullying is, why it happens, and what they can do to prevent it. Key elements of the guide include: 

    • An in-depth look at specific types of bullying, including cyberbullying, sexual bullying, physical bullying and more

    • An extensive Q&A with two leading experts in psychology and psychiatry

    • Bullying prevention techniques for students, parents, teachers and administrators 

    Two experts in the field were essential in our crafting of this guide. Dr. Ben Michaelis is a clinical psychologist and regular guest/contributor on Huffington Post, Fox News, and the Today Show. Dr. Steven C. Schlozman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and also serves as the Associate Director of the Clay Center for Young Health Minds. Their combined expertise was an invaluable asset, allowing us to get a uniquely in-depth look at the truth of bullying.
  • Cyber Bullying: The Complete Resource Guide

    Helping the Bullied, Stopping the Bullies.  A complete resource guide on Cyber Bullying.
  • What is Cyberbullying?

    Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.
  • What Is Cyberbullying? An Overview for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    The Internet is a defining factor of modern education. In fact, education has become more accessible and widespread than ever before because of the Internet. From using digital textbooks to getting a degree online, more classroom functions and student experiences are moving into cyberspace — including, unfortunately, bullying.

    Despite all the good that the Internet has brought to students, parents, and teachers alike, there are people who use it with malicious intent. And just as bullying has existed since the dawn of time, virtual bullying has existed since the beginning of the Internet. This guide on cyberbullying from Maryville University Online will help you learn everything you need to know about cyberbullying, from relevant facts and statistics to helpful resources, so you can keep your teen safe online.
  • Your Complete Guide To Understanding Bullying In The Modern Age

    Bullying can cause serious physical, emotional and mental negative effects for the short term, but these effects can also last a lifetime. Bullying can be experienced by children and adults alike.  This guide will help families understand the risks, effects, how to address bullying, prevention, plus much more.

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Disability Specific Information

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Early Childhood

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Educators & Professionals

  • Curriculum Materials and Programs for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

    Finding curricular materials for students on the spectrum can be a taxing chore. To facilitate this process, IRCA staff decided to identify materials that could be used to teach subjects ranging from math to living skills.  We are sure there are some topics and materials we have missed.  However, this initial list provides a first steps in identifying options. 

    Below is a listing of examples of curriculum and programs that can be used to teach individuals on the autism spectrum. In addition to these programs, please be aware that there are many other supplemental programs, books, strategies, and resources that are not included on this list,  but are available. Many of these resources can be accessed via the Library at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement of any one program.  It is important to use curriculum and programs that are successful and research-based whenever possible.  A special thank you to Cynthia Dewes, and staff from the Crown Point School Corporation in Indiana for prompting this idea and for their work. 

    Be sure to visit the website for Project SUCCESS at  Project SUCCESS provides current, research-based resources related to content standards, instructional design, and student outcomes and is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
  • What is Universal Design

    Universal design is the process of creating products that are accessible to people with a wide range of abilities, disabilities, and other characteristics. Universally designed products accommodate individual preferences and abilities; communicate necessary information effectively (regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities); and can be approached, reached, manipulated, and used regardless of the individual's body size, posture, or mobility. Application of universal design principles minimizes the need for assistive technology, results in products compatible with assistive technology, and makes products more usable by everyone, not just people with disabilities.

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Every Student Succeeds Act & Resources

  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (P.L. 114-95)

    On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), most recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Watch the signing ceremony. Get the Every Student Succeeds Act online or in PDF (392 pages).

    Under ESSA, waivers granted to states through ESEA flexibility became null and void on August 1, 2016.
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Tennessee

    Impact of the ESSA on Tennessee

    In Tennessee, we have laid a firm foundation for our students’ future by raising standards to a more rigorous level that will prepare them for college and careers; establishing fully aligned assessments to ensure all of our students are developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills; and by using evaluation and accountability systems based on multiple factors.

    ESSA builds on this work by reaffirming the importance of standards, assessment, and accountability and through empowering states to make decisions for our kids. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and will go into effect in August 2016. Tennessee will remain on its previously approved waiver until then, and all states are required to fully transition to ESSA by the 2017-18 school year.

    Much of the work we have outlined in our recent waiver – which was developed with extensive stakeholder engagement – and in our strategic plan is in sync with the new law and will allow for a seamless transition. The department gathered feedback from Tennessee’s educators, key advocates, parents, students, and the public on specific policies. The feedback will inform a Tennessee-specific ESSA plan that will guide the department’s work over the coming years and help the department capitalize on the new law’s empowerment of local leadership.
  • Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education

    This Quick Guide to Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education is an overview of some of the provisions of special education. It is designed to assist families in understanding their rights and responsibilities in the special education process. Parents of children who receive or may be eligible for special education services have rights under both the TN Rule 0520-01-09 and The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2014). An important part of these laws provides parents with the right to participate in their children’s education. 

    A collaborative project of the TN Department of Education and STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents).
  • Section 504 Guide & Model Policies and Procedures

    A comprehensive guide and model policies and procedures for Tennessee’s Local Education Agencies on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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IEP Helps

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Informacion En Español

  • 2nd Edition of the Office of Special Education (OSEP) English-to-Spanish Translation Glossary!

    The Glossary of Spanish Translations of Common IDEA Terms.

    Hot off the press, the 2nd edition of the OSEP Glossary includes over 400 terms related to IDEA Parts B and C. These terms were selected by experienced translators from Parent Centers who work with families with children with disabilities representing the majority of Spanish-speaking cultures in Latin America and Spain. Courtesy of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and Region 1 PTAC, download your copy today!
  • All Children Have the Right to Attend School

    Protections for Undocumented Children Fact Sheet.  All children have the right to attend school.  Document in English and Spanish.
  • Ayuda para Niños con Discapacidades (3-21)

    Si Ud. tiene o conoce un niño entre las edades de 3 a 21, y tiene preocupaciones acerca de su desarrollo, bienestar emocional, conducta, aprendizaje o discapacidad, esta página le ayudará a familiarizarse con los sistemas de apoyo para niños con discapacidades en los Estados Unidos.
  • Camino Seguro

    Camino Seguro es una base de datos que abarca temas como discapacidades, salud mental, y servicios sociales. Camino Seguro is a statewide online database which covers disability issues, mental health, and social services in TN.
  • Exchange Club Family Center - Nuestros Servicios

    El Exchange Club Family Center es una agencia sin fines de lucro que proporciona una variedad de programas y servicios en español. Estos programas y servicios están ajustados a la cultura latina y se enfocan en ayudar a sanar a las familias por medio de terapia individual y en grupo, educación, y consciencia. La mayoría de los clientes adultos crecieron en hogares violentos. Muchos de ellos fueron abusados, y sin saberlo pasaron estos comportamientos abusivos a sus niños. Nuestra meta es el ayudar a estos adultos a darse cuenta de esto y redefinir sus comportamientos con el propósito de que las familias puedan sanar y disfrutar un futuro más prometedor.

    El Exchange Club Family Center también funciona como una institución de entrenamiento para los terapeutas aprendices de las universidades locales. Estos estudiantes ayudan al personal con la educación a nuestra comunidad acerca de la gravedad y frecuencia de abuso y violencia. Además, AmeriCorps National Community Service Program es un socio del Center, y el Center los entrenan para servir como voluntarios que trabajan para terminar el abuso infantil en el Condado de Shelby.

    Programa Familiar de Control del Enojo

    Familias en Tennessee ya tenemos el taller de Derechos Básicos en Español disponible en DVD, si no puede asistir a un taller, contáctenos al 1-800-975-2919 y se lo enviaremos por correo!
  • Tools to Support Preschool Learning

    New resources focus on technology integration, emergent bilingual learners.  

    Early childhood educators looking for ways to develop a supportive learning environment for children who are emergent bilingual (or dual language) learners, while also seeking to meaningfully integrate technology tools into their programs, now have two new EDC resources. Both resources were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  

    Supporting Emergent Bilingual Children in Early Learning and Integrating Technology into Early Learning draw on current research into how children learn, giving educators promising practices for supporting the diverse needs of young learners. These resources also provide easy-to-use classroom checklists to aid educators in effectively implementing these practices. The resources, available in Spanish, Chinese, and English, are applicable to all early childhood professionals, working in all types of learning environments, with young children from all backgrounds.

    Want to know more? Click here or Follow the hashtag #EarlyEdTools on Twitter for ideas and to connect with other early childhood educators or contact Heather Sherwood.
  • Transición a la vida adulta

    This resource page connects Spanish-speaking youth (and their families and service providers) with information in Spanish about the transition process, their rights under federal law, the systems of help that are available, post-secondary education, and the world of work.

    La vida está llena de transiciones, y una de las más notables ocurre cuando los estudiantes se preparan para salir de la escuela secundaria y entrar al mundo como adultos jóvenes. Cuando el estudiante tiene una discapacidad, la planificación para el futuro es especialmente importante. De hecho, la ley IDEA lo requiere.

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Learning Disabilities

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National Resources and Technical Assistance

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Section 504 Resources

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Support Groups

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Tennessee Resources

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TN Disability Organizations

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