Parent & Student Resources to Understand Differences in Learning
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The National Center for Learning Disabilities:
The National Center for Learning Disabilities
is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities
graduate from high school with a standard diploma prepared for college
and the workplace.
Developmental Learning Solutions
DLS has served Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties/Communities since 1993.
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am-5:30 pmAddress: 700 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Bright Solutions for Dyslexia
Provides research-based information on dyslexia, free quarterly newsletter, lists of upcoming seminars and conferences.
International Dyslexia Association
Northern California Branch
*Two excellent resources are Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and Basic Facts About Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems by Louisa Cook Moats and Karen E. Dakin.
Film: The recent documentary film, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, provides revealing and inspiring accounts of the lives of children and adults living with dyslexia (including several well-known figures). The film is educational.
Linda Mood Bell
Information and programs for learning difficulties associated with dyslexia, hyperlexia, and autism
All Kinds of Minds
Dr. Mel Levine’s site dedicated to understanding differences in learning.
LD Online- An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and students.
guide to helping children with learning differences and disabilities;
includes articles, message boards, event calendar, and free
A resource center for families of children with special needs.
National Coalition on Auditory Processing Disorders, Inc.
A website created for kids with learning difficulties.
Stories, information, and resources from the PBS special on learning differences.
What is the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan?
The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is a plan or program
developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under
the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational
institution receives specialized instruction and related services.
504 Plan Defined
The 504 Plan is a plan developed to ensure that a child who has a
disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or
secondary educational institution receives accommodations that will
ensure their academic success and access to the learning environment.
Subtle but Important Differences
Not all students who have disabilities require specialized
instruction. For students with disabilities who do require specialized
instruction, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) controls the procedural requirements, and an IEP is developed. The IDEA process is more involved than that of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
and requires documentation of measurable growth.
For students with
disabilities who do not require specialized instruction but need the
assurance that they will receive equal access to public education and
services, a document is created to outline their specific accessibility
Students with 504 Plans do not require specialized
instruction, but, like the IEP, a 504 Plan should be updated annually to
ensure that the student is receiving the most effective accommodations
for his/her specific circumstances.
504 & SST Resource Articles
Dyscalculia - Numberphile
TEDTALK: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
TEDTALK: Sir Ken Robinson: Educating the Heart and Mind
TEDTALK: Sir Ken Robinson on Passion
BBC Documentary: Horizon: The Creative Mind How Insight Works