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Achievable Concepts.JPG Achievable Concepts: This exciting website has an amazing assortment of adapted recreation & sporting equipment for people with disabilities and the aged. You've got to see it to believe it
Active2010.JPG Active2010: In October 2004, the Ontario government launched the ACTIVE2010 Strategy, an action plan to strengthen Ontario's capacity to deliver quality sport and physical activity programs in communities up to 2010. The Strategy helped lay a foundation for future actions in Ontario. The Strategy was designed to strengthen Government leadership and also to provide focus to a complex and in some cases fragmented sector in order to achieve common goals.
APENS.JPG APENS was developed by members of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPERID.) Individuals who wish to become Nationally Certified Adapted Physical Educators (CAPE) will find our Web site to be a valuable resource in accomplishing your goal.
SEDL.JPG Afterschool Training Toolkit is designed to give afterschool program directors and instructors the resources they need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching activities that not only engage students, but also extend their knowledge in new ways and increase academic achievement.
*On-line resources
Altec.JPG ALTEC: Empower learners of all types and ages. Find instructional Web-based technology for students, professional development opportunities, program support, and online assessment for educators.  
*  Web-based 
AAHPERD.JPG AAHPERD's mission is to promote and support leadership, research, education, and best practices in the professions that support creative, healthy, and active lifestyles.
AAPAR.JPG American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation: We are glad you're here! This is the official Web site of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). We offer valuable resources for teaching physical education, physical activity, fitness, exercise, outdoor recreation and adventure, and more!
American School Health.JPG The mission of the American School Health Association is to build the capacity of its members to plan, develop, coordinate, implement, evaluate, and advocate for effective school health strategies that contribute to optimal health and academic outcomes for all children and youth.

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Birmingham Grid for Learning: Wide variety of interactive English activities.
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BrainPOP creates animated, curriculum-based content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and BrainPOP ESL. Features free lesson plans, video tutorials, professional development tools, graphic organizers, & best practices. 
* Web-based   * Requires subscription and membership
Camp Abilities.JPG Camp Abilities is a one week developmental sports camp for children who are visually impaired, blind, or deafblind. The camp is set up to provide a 1:1 instructional situation for each child. It is located in Brockport, NY at SUNY Brockport.
CDC.JPG The mission of the CDC is collaborating to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health - through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats.
Janus.JPG Since 2001, Janus Development has delivered innovative, quality solutions for those who stutter. Featured on a number of TV programs over the years, our premier SpeechEasy product garnered attention on an international level - showcasing the powerful effects that choral speech can have on fluency. Today SpeechEasy remains the smallest, most popular and most preferred fluency device available worldwide. And yet...we are much more than SpeechEasy. Janus Development provides fluency products to suit most every level, budget and lifestyle, and we are driven to continually create new products and technologies. We develop products with our clients in mind, we care for those who use them, and we strive to build lifelong relationships.


Dipity is a site that allows your students to create and share interactive timelines about any subject or topic. Dipity timelines implement the latest in Web 2.0, combining multimedia & social media content with timestamps, geolocation & real-time updates.
* Web-based  * Save on-line  * Customized by user 
* Cannot save to computer
Disabled Online.JPG Disabled Online: is your prime destination for topics and resources involving people with disabilities, their family and friends. Get started by joining our social network and meet other members at DO Community. Shop for great products that enhance the abilities of those with challenges at our Disabled Online Store. Research other sites that provide unique services and opportunities for people with disabilities, by browsing our Link Director.
Disabled Sport.JPG The mission of Disabled Sports USA is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.

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Discovery Education has so much to offer teachers it will never fit in this annotation. Lesson plans, videos, puzzlemakers, science fair ideas, contests, grants, science help and more. There are so many resources for educators, librarians, students, and schools to use. 
* Web-based  
Dwarf.JPG The Dwarf Athletic Association of America is a nonprofit organization created in 1985 to develop, promote, and provide quality amateur level athletic competition opportunities for dwarf athletes in the United States. DAAA athletes compete in track & field athletics, basketball, boccia, swimming, table tennis, badminton, volleyball and soccer.


Edsitement! Check out this site for great educational material -suggested Websites and lesson plans - in literature/language arts, art/culture, social studies/history and foreign language.
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Educatus: An intriguing collection of educational lessons, currently consisting of 12,000+ images represented in over 1,000 lessons.
* Web-based  


Eduweb: Students may think they are just playing games, but learning is really what is going on. Grounded in the idea of game-based learning, students work through creative learning games and activities, all the while learning in a fun and engaging environment. 
* Web-based
Fitness Partner.JPG Since 1994, Fitness Partner has been a non-commercial labor of love created to help you learn how to live a more fit and healthy lifestyle.  It's Fitness Partner's mission to assist you in designing, achieving and maintaining your own personal health and fitness goals. Here you will find information to help you create a lifestyle change by building your knowledge-base so you can understand and apply the basic elements of fitness and weight management to your own life.
Go Ask Alice.JPG Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University's renowned health question and answer Internet resource has proudly been bringing you quality content since 1993.  We've answered thousands of questions on everything from antidepressants to eating right to yawning over the years.  Many readers have inquired about our history, and we're pleased to provide some highlights.
Health Teacher.JPG HealthTeacher enables you to Access: easily search for lesson plans and related content; Learn: review comprehensive health curriculum and activities; Engage: share your ideas and content; Teach: increase the health literacy of all students. Once you purchase online access you will be instantly met by your own personalized homepage.  This homepage will serve as a digital dashboard reminding you of health news, popular lesson plans, and even pages you've visited recently.  From your homepage you can easily navigate to lesson plans, background information, related content, and even purchase supplemental materials for your classroom.
IDEA.JPG The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.  Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
iSkip.JPG is a website created by Kim "Skipper" Corbin in May 1999. It is the home of the worldwide skipping movement.


Khanacademy: Over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history. It includes complete custom self-paced learning tools; a dynamic system for getting help; and a custom profile, points, and badges to measure progress.
* Web-based
KidsHealth.JPG KidsHealth: If you're looking for information you can trust about kids and teens that's free of "doctor speak," you've come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
MCH Library.JPG Knowledge Path: This knowledge path about physical activity and children and adolescents has been compiled by the MCH Library at Georgetown University. It offers a selection of current, high-quality resources that analyze data, describe public health campaigns and other promotion programs, and report on research aimed at identifying promising strategies for improving physical activity levels within families, schools and after-school programs, child care and early childhood education settings, and communities. The knowledge path also provides resources about physical activity for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The knowledge path is aimed at health professionals, policymakers, child care providers, and community advocates. Separate briefs present resources for schools and families. The knowledge path will be updated periodically.
LD Online.JPG LD OnLine: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD.

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Lee's Summit: Templates for teacher or student generated review games such as Hangman, Jeopardy, Millionaire, among others. Lesson Plans, activities and more!
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Library of Congress website has over 13 million digitized primary source items. Teachers, students, parents, and the community can all find something here. Tip: Visit the American Memory section of the site to browse 100 separate collections arranged by topic.
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London Play.JPG London Play aims for every child in London to have quality, accessible and inclusive play opportunities. We campaign for more and improved play spaces and services, and support playwork in the capital. We do this by: working with 'play providers' in the voluntary and statutory sectors to support their efforts to increase play opportunities for children in London's 33 boroughs; directly providing more play opportunities through funded projects.
Longevity Game.JPG The Longevity Game: How long can you expect to live? We developed the Longevity Game to give you a peek into your future by identifying the factors that can lead to a healthier, more productive life. At Northwestern Mutual, we know a thing or two about longevity because we've been tracking statistics that impact life since 1857. And that wealth of knowledge helped us shape the Longevity Game. Through the game, we hope to give you insight into your daily lifestyle-plus tips on how you can make some positive changes.


Merlot stands for Multimedia Educational Research for Learning and Online Teaching. This site offers classroom activities, lessons from peers in the field of education, and much more.
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MOVE International.JPG MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education/Experience) helps children and adults with severe disabilities acquire more abilities (and independence) to sit, stand, walk and transition. This is achieved through instruction and adaptive equipment. With these increased abilities, there is: 1) better health, 2) less burden for care providers to move or lift people, 3) more dignity, and 4) new opportunities for fuller participation and inclusion in family life, school and community. Life is no longer relegated to a bean bag, floor mat, wheelchair or bed.
Health and Fitness.JPG National Association for Health and Fitness: Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States. NAHF does this through its members by promoting physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles; fostering new State Councils and Coalitions in every state and US territory; networking and support among existing Governors' Councils on Physical Fitness and Sports and local community coalitions; championing environmental and policy support for active living; encouraging and sharing innovation in the States.
NCPAD.JPG NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Being physically active is good for every body. That's a message you will find many times on this site. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy. One 'must read' item on this website is our monograph on Can Disability, Chronic Conditions, Health and Wellness Coexist? in which author June Kailles discusses the common confusion people have about the relationship between having a disability and being healthy. Once you realize that EVERY BODY needs some activity to get and remain healthy, you will find we have a great many resources to help you find how YOU can participate. We have information and resources for EVERYONE, from guidelines to consider before starting any kind of exercise program to factsheets on many popular activities, games, recreational pursuits, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, become as active as they wish.
NCPERID.JPG The Mission of the National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities is to promote research, professional preparation, service delivery, and advocacy of Physical Education and Recreation for individuals with disabilities.

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National Geographic Kids: Encourage your kids to do some writing!
* Web-based  

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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives: A must with the SMART Board! Interactive, virtual manipulatives from preK-12.
* Web-based    
NPPS.JPG Since 1995, NPPS has been the leader in research, training, and development of S.A.F.E. play areas in the nation! NPPS' mission is to help the public create safe and developmentally appropriate play environments for children. As the premier non-profit organization in the United States delivering training and services about outdoor play and safety, NPPS believes every child has the right to play; all children need to learn to play and play to learn; every child is entitled to a safe, positive, nurturing, and fun play experience in the play environment.  Putting these beliefs into practice: NPPS serves as child-advocates on issues pertaining to playground safety before government and regulatory agencies; NPPS helps the public create, renovate, and maintain safe and developmentally appropriate play environments for children by providing professional, well-researched, highly informative, practical and user-friendly services, and programs to fulfill this mission; NPPS has developed the largest and most comprehensive clearinghouse of outdoor play areas safety information and resources in the United States.
PATH.JPG Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs. With over 3,500 certified instructors and 800 member centers around the globe, more than 6,500 PATH Intl. members help more than 42,000 children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges find strength and independence through the power of the horse each year. In addition to therapeutic riding, our centers offer a number of therapeutic equine-related activities, including hippotherapy, equine-facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work and stable management. More recently, programs offer services in human growth and development to serve wide-ranging audiences for such educational purposes as leadership training, team building and other human capacity enhancement skills for the workplace and for daily use.
Palestra.JPG PALAESTRA's mission is threefold: first, to enlighten parents in all aspects of physical activity, thus making them the best possible advocates for their children during IEP (Individual Education Plan) discussions with the school or community recreation staff; second, to increase the knowledge base of those professionals working with children or adults with disabilities, making them aware of the can do possibilities of their clients; third, we would like our adult readers to learn the value physical activity holds for their increased wellness. PALAESTRA, a quarterly publication, is designed to be a single responsible source of valuable information targeting all individuals interested in sport, physical education and recreation involving individuals with disabilities. Thus, PALAESTRA presents sport, physical education, and recreation features for those individuals with amputations, blindness or visual impairments, cerebral palsy, deafness or auditory impairments, small stature (dwarfism), mental retardation, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities (les Autres).
pe central.JPG Welcome to the site for health & physical education teachers, parents and students. Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children. To motivate children, we offer fun kids fitness programs such as Log It and the PEC Challenge. We reach about 150,000 unique visitors per month and we have over 2000 published lesson ideas, best practices and assessment ideas. Our site is guided by 150 Managing Editors and Advisory Board Members who have over 2300 years K-12 physical education teaching experience. We invite you to share your ideas with us!
pelinks.JPG pelinks4u is a non-profit program of Central Washington University dedicated to promoting active and healthy lifestyles.
Bonnies Fitware.JPG You can try out our software and learn more about our curriculum at


PowerPoint Collection: Download a premade PowerPoint ready for classroom use - math, science, social studies, art, language arts.
* Web-based   *  Download to computer
Presidents Challenge.JPG The President's Challenge is the premier program of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition administered through a co-sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Athletic Union.  The President's Challenge helps people of all ages and abilities increase their physical activity and improve their fitness through research-based information, easy-to-use tools, and friendly motivation.
Project Fit.JPG Project Fit America: We are a national agency that works at the grassroots level with schools and front line educators to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy. We believe in fit kids, one school at a time.   We work with communities to bring in funding, equipment, teacher training, curriculum and the resources schools need to actually get kids fit and foster a love of movement.   When Project Fit America comes to a school, kids never want to miss PE and teachers report they see fantastic changes not just in their students' health, but in their attitude toward fitness and healthy life styles.
Project Inspire.JPG The Project INSPIRE website provides an enormous amount of information related to individuals with disabilities. Some of the information include: instructional techniques, inclusion strategies, sport organizations, health and safety issues, and even a parent page to assist with activities in the home and community.


Scholastic: Three interactive games - rhyming words, beginning sounds, naming objects belonging in certain places (ex. Home)
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exploratorium.JPG The Exploratorium is a museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. We believe that following your curiosity and asking questions can lead to amazing moments of discovery, learning, and awareness, and can increase confidence in your ability to understand how the world works. We also believe that being playful and having fun is an important part of the process for people of all ages.
Sabah.JPG SABAH's mission is to challenge individuals with special needs and volunteer partners to experience the success, pride, freedom and joy of therapeutic ice-skating while achieving personal growth.


Smithsonian: The Smithsonian Education website offers sections for families, students and educators. The section for Educators includes a browsable lesson plan area (searchable by subject, keyword or grade level) and IdeaLabs, student interactive tutorials that enhance the use of the site.  
* Download to computer 


SOS for Information Literacy: Learn how to effectively incorporate information literacy into your lesson plans. S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic, collaborative web-based multimedia resource for educators, K to 16. This site links lesson plans and teaching ideas for information literacy through a comprehensive quality control system to ensure that lessons are high caliber. Create an account and build your own lessons or activities. 
* Web-based    
Special Olympics.JPG Special Olympics is a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability. We are helping to make the world a better, healthier and more joyful place -- one athlete, one volunteer, one family member at a time.
State Council of Adapted PE.JPG The State Council on Adapted Physical Education (SCAPE) is the working body of the Adapted Physical Education Section of the General Division of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD). It's purpose is to: Promote well developed and Accepted Practices in health, physical education, recreation, and dance for individuals with disabilities throughout the state of California; Encourage the promotion and development of quality physical education programs for individuals with disabilities in schools and colleges through the state of California with the Adapted Physical Education Guidelines in California Schools; Encourage the promotion and development of quality professional preparation programs of adapted physical education in higher education; Promote the National Adapted Physical Education Conference (NAPEC) (the Registration Form is available online now and the annual state CAHPERD conference.
Study Stack: Find flashcards to study or create your own flashcards! Study flashcards or use the other activities such as matching, crosswords, hangman, scrambled word, or bug chase. Study flashcards anytime and anywhere by printing your flashcards or by using them with applications on your cell phone, PDA, or iPod.
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The National Archives' Digital Classroom offers a multitude of resources for the use of primary sources in the classroom. With access to copies of primary documents from the holdings of the National Archives of the United States, teachers can develop their own activities and lesson plans that make historical periods come alive for their students or choose from dozens of resources that have already been developed and are featured here.
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TR Directory.JPG Therapeutic recreation is the provision of Treatment Services and the provision of Recreation Services to persons with illnesses or disabling conditions. The primary purposes of Treatment Services which are often referred to as Recreational Therapy, are to restore, remediate or rehabilitate in order to improve functioning and independence as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of illness or disability. The primary purposes of Recreational Services are to provide recreation resources and opportunities in order to improve health and well-being.


Thinkfinity is the place for you. This site offers thousands of lesson plans and interactives that align to both state and national standards. They have a consortium that includes partners National Geographic Xpeditions, Smithsonian's History Explorer, Arts Edge and other leaders in the education field.
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Topmarks: A variety of topics - all interactive
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Blind Atheletes.JPG USABA is a Colorado-based 501(c) (3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with a visual impairment.  A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in various sports including, but not limited to track and field, nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball (a team sport for the blind and visually impaired).
Wheelchair.JPG The mission of Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports, USA is to provide multi-sport and recreation opportunities for people with physical and visual disabilities by facilitating, advocating, and developing a national community-based outreach program, providing resources and education, conducting regional and national competitions, and providing access to international competitions.
Yoga for special.JPG Yoga for the Special Child®, LLC is a comprehensive program of Yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. Our style of Yoga is gentle and therapeutic - safe for babies and children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy,  Microcephaly,  Autism and other developmental disabilities. These methods also provide an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.



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