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FLDOE Professional Development Portal 

BEESS The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities and for gifted students. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.

Bookshare™is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities. Student memberships are currently funded by an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 

The Center for Literacy and Disability Studies
The Center’s mission is to promote literacy and communication for individuals of all ages with disabilities. It is the belief of the CLDS that disabilities are only one of many factors that influence an individual's ability to learn to read and write and to use print throughout their life and across their living environments. 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
International organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and the gifted. Provides comprehensive information for students, parents, and educators. Includes access to the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. Links to specialized divisions of the CEC targeting specific exceptionalities and interest areas in special education.

Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) website with materials that are useful in implementing independent student center activities.

FDLRS - Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resource Center
Resource for families and teachers of ESE students-407-317-3669

Florida Inclusion Network

Florida's Personnel Development
Personnel development information for teachers and related service personnel who work with students with disabilities in Florida.

National Alternate Assessment Center

The National Alternate Assessment Center (NAAC) is a five year project funded under the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

National Center on Education Outcomes (NCEO)
NCEO is focused on assessment systems that measure education outcomes of all students including those with disabilities. Provides information on accommodations, accountability, alternate assessments, graduation requirements, Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, and other assessment issues. Sections link to frequently asked questions and online resources.

OCPS Transition Services
Here you will find Transition Support contact numbers, services in OCPS, links for parents and students, list of agencies, information on CBI and CBVE and much more.

Parent Resources
Links to ESE-Cognitive Disabilities parent websites

TASH is an international membership association leading the way to inclusive communities through research, education, and advocacy. TASH members are people with disabilities, family members, fellow citizens, advocates, and professionals working together to create change and build capacity so that all people, no matter their perceived level of disability, are included in all aspects of society.


Helpful Resources 

Curriculum Planning and Learning Management System

Least Dangerous Assumption
Article by Cheryl Jorgenson, Ph.D., "The Least Dangerous Assumption-A Challenge to Create a New Paradigm."

National Center on Educational Outcomes
Expectations for Students with Cognitive Disabilities: Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full? Can the Cup Flow Over?"

OCPS Autism Website

OCPS ESE Intranet
Must be signed in to view, this site is for OCPS employees only.

OCPS Transition Services

Parent Resources
Links to parent websites

Think College
College options for people with intellectual disabilities.

Curriculum Resources

The following companies have linked their materials to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards Access Points: