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At-home learning resources for children with disabilities

Looking for at-home learning resources for children with disabilities? Our list of free tools and resources includes everything you need.

Looking for at-home learning resources for your child with disabilities?

Whether your child needs reading support, adaptive fitness ideas, handwriting practice, or anything in between, we’ve got you covered. We’ve also included ideas for parents and caregivers to help you address your kids’ sensory needs at home, training tools to help you work with your child’s Assistive Devices, and tech tools to make your computer programs accessible. Use this list of free resources to get started.

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American Sign Language resources

Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Autism

Education and learning at home 

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy and fitness

Reading and literacy

Speech-language therapy

Technology Tools for Accessibility


American Sign Language Resources

180 signed stories (Elementary School)
Bar codes you scan for signed children’s stories (with instructions)

ASL storytelling from Mommy Gone Tropical (Elementary School)
Signed children’s stories on Facebook

Aunt Alice’s ASL TV (Preschool)
300+ signed stories on YouTube for preschoolers

Described and Captioned Media Program (Children and Adults)
Described and captioned educational videos for children who are visually impaired, Deaf, or hard of hearing (you have to sign up for a free membership)

Did You Know That? (Elementary School)
Signed YouTube videos that teach children about interesting facts

ECE’s ASL Corpus (Preschool, Elementary School)
ASL vocabulary videos on YouTube

Family Signs (Children and Adults)
Online sign language instruction program

Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC for Caregivers Manual (Elementary)
Resource guide for using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), including handouts

Parent Training/Resources (Elementary)
Training videos and handouts on strategies for using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Autism

10 Hobbies and Activities to Enjoy With Your Autistic Child (Elementary, Middle & High School)
Recreation activities you can do at home or outside

The Autism Page (Preschool, Elementary)
Activities for young autistic children 

How to Create a Sensory Room for Your Autistic Child (Children and Adults)
Instructions for making a sensory room in your home

Tools and Techniques for Students on the Autism Spectrum (Texas Autism Circuit) (Children and Adults)
Visual tools you can print out for autistic students

See more resources about autism

Education and learning at home

Deaf Education Library (all school ages)

Do2Learn: online songs and games (Preschool, Elementary)
Songs and games you can play on the computer 

Down Syndrome Resource Foundation: Learn at Home (All school ages)

E-Learning for Deaf Kids (All school ages)
Educational videos for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students

Brain Breaks: What You Need to Know (All school ages)
Ideas for how to give your kids a break from schoolwork

Eye to Eye Empower app (Middle, High School)
App that helps students make an education advocacy plan (for iPhones and iPads)

Skill Champ (Preschool, K-3)
Learning app for iPad and iPhone

All4mychild social learning apps (Elementary)
Apps for iPhone and iPad that work on social development skills

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Home Activities (Preschool, Elementary)
Occupational therapy activities to do at home

Occupational Therapy Supports (All ages)
Occupational therapy activities to do at home from the NYC Department of Education (includes an activity packet you can read on the computer or print)

School-based occupational therapy at home (NESCA) (Preschool, Elementary)
Occupational therapy activities to do at home

Tools to Grow (Preschool, Elementary)
Activities and resources you can print to work on motor, sensory, and handwriting skills (you have to sign up for a free membership)

See more resources about occupational therapy for children

Physical Therapy and Fitness

Physical Therapy Supports (All school ages)
Physical therapy activities to do at home from the NYC Department of Education

Special Olympics School of Strength (High School, Adults)
Fitness videos

Reading and Literacy

Alphabetic Principle & Phonics (Preschool, elementary)
Online tools for learning about phonics

BeeLine Reader (Grades 4-12)
App and browser extension that helps with reading

Bookshare (Middle, High School, Adults)
Online library of books for people with print disabilities, such as blindness or dyslexia (you need proof of disability to get a free membership)

Into the Book (Elementary)
Interactive reading activities and video programs

Make Beliefs Comix (Elementary, Middle School)
Website for making comic strips to work on reading, writing, and storytelling

NaturalReader (All school ages)
Online tool that reads text out loud

Room Recess (Elementary)
Online reading games

Starfall (Preschool, Elementary)
Online reading materials

Supporting Students with Reading Needs (Elementary)
Online tools for working on reading skills

See more resources about reading and literacy

Speech-Language Therapy

Activities and quizzes by Tracy Boyd, SLP (Preschool, Elementary)
Language and word games you can play online

Adapted story books (Speech Therapy of the Rocky Mountains) (Preschool, Elementary)
Story books with pictures you can cut out and make sentences with (includes a link to a webinar about how to use this kind of book)

Speech and Language Activities for Home (Preschool, Grades K-2)
Speech therapy activities to do at home (you have to sign up for a free account)

Speech and Language Kids (Preschool, Elementary)
Activities and guides for working on speech and language

Speech Buddies (Preschool, Elementary)
Activities and resources about speech therapy (not all resources on the page are free)

Speech therapy book list (Preschool, Elementary)
List of books for working on speech and language goals

Speech Therapy Supports (All school ages)
Speech therapy activities to do at home from the NYC Department of Education

Speech Time Fun (Elementary)
Speech therapy activities (you have to join an email mailing list)

Twenty 5-Minute Speech Therapy Activities You Can Do at Home (Children and Adults)
Speech therapy activities to do at home

See more resources about speech therapy

Technology Tools for Accessibility

Assistive Technology Supports (All school ages)
Links to instructions from the NYC Department of Ed for using various assistive technology devices

Chrome Extensions to support all learners (Children and Adults)
Links to assistive tools that you can put on your computer, such as tools that read a website’s text out loud

Google tools to make presentations accessible (All school ages)
Instructions for using tools like captioning and braille displays in Google Slides

Seeing AI (Children and Adults)
Free app that narrates text, pictures, and scenes on iPhones and iPads

Tap Tap See (Children and Adults)
App for people with visual impairments that lets you take a picture and then tells you what it is (for Android and iPhone)

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