Instructional Supports for Students with Disabilities

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General Supports

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Instructional Continuity detailed Guidance for students with disabilities 

TEA Guidance and support Detailed guidance and information on supporting instruction for students with disabilities during COVID-19. 

ARD Committee Considerations During COVID-19

TEA Guidance

Guidance and considerations for ARD Committees during COVID-19.

Special Education Privacy and FERPA considerations for virtual instruction

TEA Guidance 

Guidance and information related to virtual instruction and FERPA.

Documenting Services

Documenting Temporary Special Education Services During COVID-19 FAQ 

TEA Guidance and forms

TEA Guidance and sample forms for the documentation of services during the COVID-19 response.

Regional ESC COVID-19 Special Education Resources

TEA Website

Regional ESC map with links to all regions COVID sites for special education.

Progress Monitoring

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes
Special Education Progress Monitoring During Remote Learning

Training Video - TEA

July 21, 2020

Includes guidance for progress monitoring during remote learning. 

TEA Progress Monitoring checklist 

Materials and checklist - TEA

April 14, 2020

Includes information about progress monitoring, considerations used in decision making and useful links.

Disability-Related Resources


Early Childhood

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning

Website - Resources - Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)

April 16, 2020

Includes information about tele-intervention and distance learning.

The Early Childhood Personnel Center

PDF - Resources - UCONN Health

Includes COVID-19 information for providing and coordinating ECI services.

Telepractice in ECI 

PDF information - PCG

Information on Telepractice and Early Childhood Services.

Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Supporting students with complex needs

TEA Guidance

TEA Guidance and information for consideration related to serving students with complex needs during COVID-19.

Facebook Page for Complex and Chronic Conditions

Facebook page - Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Includes an online teaching collective about how to provide distance learning to students with severe disabilities and other resources.

Remote learning for life skills

Website - Region 13

Supports for teacher and learner setups related to virtual learning.

Modified Lessons for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Website - with modified instructional lessons (the Inclusive Class)

Includes lessons and resources for all subject areas organized by skill rather than grade level. Materials include supports strategies and applications for modifying your instructional activities.

Providing transition focused activities and lessons at home

Webinar - National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Includes information on creating transition activities and lessons at home.


Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Supporting students with complex needs

TEA Guidance

TEA Guidance and information for consideration related to serving students with complex needs during COVID-19.

Online modules for educators and families

Website - Online Courses - Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT)

All courses are free, you can learn at your own pace, and you can earn CEUs and a certificate for each course you complete.

Tools for educators and families (Autism Circuit)

Website - Resources - Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT)

Visual and data collection tools.

Video library of strategies in action

Website - Video Library - Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism Training (TSLAT)

A collection of knowledge from experts, teachers, students and parents.

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

Website - Resources - Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules (AFIRM)

Strategies for supporting individuals with autism through uncertain times.

Supporting Students with ASD at Home During COVID-19

Website - Information - University of Louisville Kentucky Autism Training Center

Includes communication, social-emotional, and visual supports and academic resources.

Sensory Impairments

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Virtual Activities for Teachers and Families

Website- Texas Sensory Support Network

Includes a LiveBinder with information specific to teaching students who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired, and blind, including best practices for remote learning, live streams and field trips, and specific resources and remote instruction.

Division on Visual Impairments and Deaf blindness Facebook page

Facebook page - Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Includes information on infection control-proof tactile boards, high-quality virtual conferences, and preparing for virtual instruction.

Virtual expanded Core Education Learning (ExCEL) Academy for Students with Visual Impairments

Website - Lessons - Paths to Literacy

Free nationwide virtual web classes for students with visual impairments who have a variety of abilities.

Educational Resources in the Time of Corona Virus

Website - Resources - Crossroads

Includes online teaching resources, google education apps for teachers, online dictionaries, and virtual activities for teachers and families.

Postsecondary Outcomes

Website - Guidance - National Deaf Center (NDC)

Includes tips and resources to ensure students who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to the same course content as their peers.

COVID-19 Information Updates

Website - Resources - National Deaf Center (NDC)

The NDC is providing regular updates that include tips for disability service providers to provide accessibility in online classes, remote interpreting services, remotes speech-to-text services.

ASL Videos

Website - Resources - Rocky Mountain Deaf Schools (Jefferson County Public Schools, CO)

Includes videos in ASL of books for toddlers and young children.

Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Tips for Managing Behaviors for at Home Learning

Spanish Version

PDF - Information - TEA

April 14, 2020

Information for managing behaviors during at-home learning. 

Managing Problem Behavior at Home

Article - Child Mind Institute

Managing Problem Behavior at Home - A guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting.

Behavior Support Resources

Website - Information - Fort Bend ISD

List of resources for managing behaviors at home.

15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Article - International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES)

In this article you will find 15 supportive behavior strategies for children on the autism spectrum (some strategies can be used with adults as well). Many of the strategies can also be used to help children without autism who have challenging behaviors.

Responding to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak through PBIS

Website - Resources - Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports


Recommendations educators can embed across a continuum of supports.

Getting Back to School after Disruptions

Website-Resources - Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

March 13, 2020

Strategies for school teams to ensure a safe, predictable and positive school year. The strategies are beneficial for all students if the school has been closed, as well as for individual students returning from extended time away from school.

Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Literacy How's Resources for Teaching and Learning Remotely

Website - Resources - International Dyslexia Association

Online resources to structure time and keep learning happening remotely.

COVID-19 Dyslexia Support

Website - Resources - Region 10

Includes resources from various Texas education service centers, information on accommodating virtual platforms for students with disabilities, assistive technology, and additional resources.

Learn at Home

Website - Resources - Scholastic

Includes daily projects for grades prekindergarten to 9th grade to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

Fun & Games for Students with Dyslexia

Website - Resources - University of Michigan-Dyslexia Help

List of applications and online games for education and enjoyment.

Apps for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

Website - Resources - University of Michigan-Dyslexia Help

Apps for Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities.

COVID-19 Resources for Special Educators

Website - Resources - TeachingLD

List of resources for teachers and teacher educators that will help answer some questions as well as provide access to materials for online learning. 

YouTube Channel YouTube videos - Neuhaus  Education Center Includes videos that can be used for virtual tutoring ideas.
YouTube Channel YouTube videos - Institute for Multi-Sensory Education Includes virtual tutoring ideas for students participating in Orton-Gillingham activities.

Post-Secondary Transition 

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Strategies and Resources for students 

Webinar - Transition Coalition

Strategies and resources for distance learning environments

TWC VR Resources

Website - Guidance and information Texas Workforce Commission 

Includes support for VR planning and remote/virtual delivery 

Providing Transition-Focused Activities Online and at Home

Website - Webinar - National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT)

Scroll to the March 24, 2020 webinar for remote instructional resources, at-a-week glance, and choice boards.

Transition Assessment Considerations

PDF - SHSU Garrett Center and ESC Regions 4, 10, 13, and 20

March 24, 2020

Includes transition assessment considerations, tips for completing transition assessments while e-learning, and online transition assessment tools.

Postsecondary Outcomes

Website - Resources - National Deaf Center (NDC)

March 12, 2020

Includes tips and resources to make sure students who are deaf or hard of hearing have access to the same course content as their peers.

Continuity of Learning for Secondary Transition During COVID-19

TEA Guidance

June 4 2020

TEA Guidance and information for consideration related to transition services for students with disabilities during COVID-19

Transition Activities for At-Home Learning 

Also in Spanish

PDF – Information – TEA

June 4 2020

Information for activities support transition during at-home learning. 



Service-Specific Resources


Orientation and Mobility

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Virtual Instruction: O&M

Website - information - Perkins School for the Blind

How O&Ms can handle virtual instruction.

Setting expectations and sharing resources for virtual O&M  

Website - Resources - Perkins School for the Blind

Remote O&M Instruction Ideas, tools, strategies, and resources

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Evaluation Considerations During COVID-19

TEA Resource

Guidance and consideration for evaluations during COVID-19.

Resources for COVID-19

Website - Resources - National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Information, guidelines and resources to help support the learning and well-being of students, their families and others in the school community during the COVID-19 crisis.

Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology

Website - Article - American Psychological Association (APA)

December - 2013

Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Speech Language Therapy Services Guidance 

Guidance and information - TEA

TEA Guidance and information for consideration related to speech services during COVID-19.

Webinar recording  SLP Teletherapy provided 

Webinar and information -TEA

Webinar on Amplio Speech Services.

Resources for SLP Telepractice

Website - The Whimsical Word

Includes  information on how to start telepractice, considerations, resources and supports.

Telepractice resource during COVID-19

Website - Resources - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Resources will be updates as new information becomes available during the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

Speech Therapy Supports

Website - Resources - New York City Department of Education

Ideas, Activities, and Tips for Success.

Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT)

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) Guidance

Guidance and information - TEA

TEA Guidance and information for consideration related to OT and PT services during COVID-19.

Telehealth Resources for OT

Website - Guidance - American Occupational Therapy Association

To help all OT practitioners, educators, and students navigate through this uncertain time they have lifted member-only access.

Providing Physical Therapy via Telehealth During COVID-19

Website - Resources - Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy

Includes a statement about legality of providing services and additional resources.

Telehealth Resources for PT 

Website - Resources - American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Includes information on telehealth and implementing telehealth.

Occupational & Physical Therapy Resources from Handwriting Without Tears

PDF - Resources

Contains links to various resources.

Physical Therapy Supports

Website - Activities - New York City Department of Education

Lists of activities and games for students receiving PT.

Assistive Technology 

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Quick Starts

Website - Resources - National Center on Accessible Educational Material (AEM)

Includes information specific to parents and families as well as educators.


AT Tips: Assistive Technology for Inclusive Practices

Website - Inclusion in Texas - Special Education Technical Assistance Network. 

Website Explore the resources you need (e.g., PD, AT Integration, AT resources, ESC Contacts) to successfully include technology devices and services to support your students in your schools.

AT Resources for families and Professionals Website - Center of Technology and Disability Explore popular topics and relevant resources specific to state and local leaders, teachers, families, and service providers. 

Accessible Materials for All Students

Website - Resources - The State Educational Technology Directors Association (STEDA)

Includes information specific to administrators, special education teachers, general education teachers, and tech directors and coaches. This site also includes instructions for making documents, presentations, social media, and videos accessible.

Accessibility tools for Microsoft

Website - Resources - Microsoft 

Various resources about accessibility for different abilities.

Assistive Technology Supports

Website - Resources - New York City Department of Education

List of commonly used technology devices and software with links for information on how to use the device.

Accessible Web Conferences and Webinar Best Practices

Website - Guidance - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Includes best practices and work-around tips if you are unable to make online learning accessible.

Video Accessibility Checklist

Website - Guidance - 3PlayMedia:
February 12, 2018 - Updated June 2, 2019

Describes the elements and benefits of accessible videos.

Low Tech Assistive Technology Checklist

PDF Checklist – SPED Task Force

Planning checklist for low-tech AT tools to support learning during COVID-19

Social Skills Support

Resource Type/Source/Date Notes

Social Skills Supports

Website - Resources - Fort Bend ISD

Social Narratives, Social Skills Lessons, Library of resources, Activities, Supports and Strategies and YouTube videos.

The documents and links included on this webpage are provided as a resource only. This information is intended to assist in the delivery of educational resources in this time of public crisis.


Resources and Information for Students with Disabilities