Content-Specific Resources

Below are links to resources that will help you make content accessible to students with disabilities. They are organized by content area.

Language Arts Resources

  • Adapted Grade-level Books – grade level books that have been adapted and are downloadable in Word—include MacbethBecause of Winn Dixie, poetry by Maya Angelou, etc.; you can also download using Writing With Symbols if you have that program
  • Amateur Books  – a small collection of amateur books (some in Quicktime) on a range of topics such as “My Great Grandfather’s  Journey” or texts about guessing a sound or taking a hike
  • Amateur Books for Beginner Readers – a collection of amateur books for beginner readers; sorted by levels and allows the reader to click on the word to have it read to him/her
  • Common Core State Standards – provides the K-12 standards for English Language Arts and includes resources
  • Free Online Books – free online books
  • Free Phonics Based Readers – free phonics-based online readers; includes some stand-alone activities
  • Grassroots Press– a great resource of published books for adolescent and adult readers to support a variety of reading levels, genres, and interests; they have choices available in both paper and e-book formats; many books include additional resources such as mp3 support or free workbooks *Added 8/2014*
  • International Reading Association – a terrific literacy resource from the International Reading Association that has both professional development and classroom resources
  • Online Library with Digital Books – a searchable online library that provides digital books to people with print disabilities; you must register each student individually, but it is free and texts include New York Times bestsellers, classics and other popular books; also includes newspapers
  • Oxford Bookworms-These adapted books were created specifically for adolescent and adult readers and are available across 7 reading levels in a variety of genres from classic texts like Pride and Prejudice to non-fiction. You can browse their collection at their website, and then head on over to purchase from Amazon or Grassroots Press. *Added 8/2014*
  • Picture Based Newsletter – includes a monthly pictures-based newspaper, information about using picture symbols to communicate and stories and film reviews; an excellent resource for informational texts that are written with picture symbols

Mathematics Resources

  • Algebra Concepts – good site for gaining basic understanding of algebra concepts; includes tutorials and worksheets
  • Algebra Tiles – using algebra tiles to solve equations
  • Algebra Tile Printouts – PDF of algebra tiles you can print and cut out
  • Common Core State Standards – provides the K-12 standards and includes resources
  • Currency and Money Guide for Kids – provides information about the history and printing of money as well as links to resources regarding counting, spending, earning, and saving money; also has a list of resources for teachers and students (shared by Barbara Kelley and her students at Colonial Academy)
  • Dyscalclia Information – specific information about dyscalclia and general guidance on providing support to people who have math learning differences
  • MathAssistance for Pre-Algebra and Beyond – offers math assistance for pre-algebra and beyond.
  • Mathematical Dictionary – a colorful dictionary that provides definitions and often examples for mathematical terms and concepts
  • Math and Science Resource – national science digital library- contains teacher information (literacy maps, Math CCSS resources) as well as teaching resources; most of the resources are grade level lessons and links to agencies specific to a scientific field (Earth science, biology, etc.)
  • Mortgage Calculator – includes an extensive list of links to sites that contain a variety of calculators (everything from calculating your age in dog years to Roman numeral conversions to graphing–and more)
  • NCTM site with Virtual Manipulatives – by the National Council for Teachers of Math, this site has virtual manipulatives (including algebra tiles and sample problems where you can check your answer), lessons, sample problems, and games
  • Virtual Geometry Figures – virtual geometric figures that you can manipulate on the computer
  • Virtual Manipulatives – virtual manipulatives for solving math problems; you can use virtual manipulatives for everything from one-to-one correspondence to solving linear equations

Science Resources

  • Dental Experiments for Kids – ideas for science experiments involving dentistry, from the Miami Center for Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry (thank you to student Casey for sending us this link!)
  • Hands-on Science Activities – hands-on science activities promoted by The Exploratorium (a science, art and human perception museum in San Francisco)
  • Help Writing a Science Lab Report – from, a free resource that helps students write a science lab report; it provides sentence starters and text-to-speech so students can hear their writing read aloud
  • K-12 Science Resources including Lesson Plans – provides free internet-based resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactive and reviewed internet resources
  • National Science Digital Library – national science digital library- contains teacher information (literacy maps, Math CCSS resources) as well as teaching resources; most of the resources are grade level lessons and link to agencies specific to a scientific field (Earth science, biology, etc.)
  • National Science Teachers Association – contains a variety of resources for teachers–all free!
  • Next Generation Science Standards – includes the standards and resources
  • Science Buddies – provides ideas for school and home science projects
  • Science Labs – science labs and associated short videos
  • Science Resource to Help Students with Severe Disabilities – offers resources for educators to help students with severe disabilities participate in general curriculum; includes science labs and associated texts written using picture symbols; an excellent Power Point (pdf) on how to adapt grade level lessons; while they have some reading and math lessons posted, they are more graphic organizers whereas science is more complete
  • Virtual Science Labs – virtual science labs in many subfields; includes virtual frog dissection and virtual microscopes