Special Education Resources

Nearly 15% of the population 5 years and over (i.e., 40 million people) have one or more disabilities

  • Special education resources on the Web SERI (seriweb.com)

  • Internet resources for special children IRSC(www.irsc.org)

  • LdOnline (www.ldonline.org) and its in-depth resources on assistive technology for students with learning disabilities and/or at-risk (particularly in the area of classroom literacy activities)

  • Assistive Technology Resource Centers (www.ed.sc.edu/caw/toolboxatrc.html)

  • Tutorials for assistive technology products ATTO atto.buffalo.edu/

  • Modules and Training materials on Assistive Technology TTAN (www.texasat.net/)

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 6 percent of children age 5 to 15 have disabilities, 12 percent of people 16 to 64 have disabilities, and 41 percent of adults 65 and older have disabilities.

In addition:

  • 1.8 million people 15 and older report being unable to see.

  • 1 million people 15 and older report being unable to hear.

  • 2.6 million people 15 and older report some difficulty having their speech understood by others. This includes 610,000 people unable to have their speech understood at all.

  • 14.3 million people report limitations in cognitive functioning, or who have a mental or emotional illness that interferes with daily activities, including those with Alzheimer's disease and mental retardation. This group of individuals comprises 6 percent of the population 15 and older.