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Office Hours:

Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301.

Testing your system:

Participants are encouraged to test your computers/devices prior to the date of the web conference using, and to seek local assistance if you encounter difficulty.

Date/Time:  Wednesday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please email Lynda Lupp at to schedule a meeting time.

Pre-Recorded Trainings:

*Be sure to visit the portion of this resource for Students with Cognitive Impairments and Alternate Eligible Content called “Vetted Resources” for additional supports beyond PaTTAN.

PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Reading Using AEC
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PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Math Using AEC
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PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Science Using AEC  
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PaTTAN Webinars on Teaching Writing Using AEC
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PaTTAN Webinars on Essentialization, AEC, Data and IEPs
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View this page containing PaTTAN webinars providing professional development on accessing content (essentialization), planning instruction, setting goals/targets, collecting data on student performance, and IEP planning.
PaTTAN Webinars on Accessing Alternate Eligible Content
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HELIX Conference Presentation - Exploring the Forest and Not Just the Trees: Making Math Connections
Experience modeled lessons of three mathematical concepts associated with alternate eligible content (AEC). Learn about the skills needed by students with significant cognitive disabilities and see practical ways to teach math.
Identifying and Working with Children with CVI: What Need to Know
The following webinar series is provided for an audience that is supporting students with cortical visual impairment - CVI Webinar.  This two-part training provides foundational information about children who have CVI, including those with deaf-blindness, looking at its causes, manifestations, and the issues that affect identification of children who have this condition. CVI affects children in different ways depending on the age of onset of the condition, the parts of the brain compromised, and the extent of the damage. In this session the unique ways that CVI manifests in children will be examined and clarified. We’ll discuss what is CVI; who are children who have CVI; how are these children identified in the schools; and reasons underlying misidentification.
PaTTAN Pod Dr. Mims and Courtade - Access to Grade Level Content
A PaTTAN Pod with national leaders Dr. Pamela Mims and Dr. Ginevra Courtade discussing the how and why of teaching Reading, Math, Science, and Writing to students with significant cognitive disabilities.
A PaTTAN Pod with two statewide networks that support families of students with disabilities discussing their work and how they can assist families. 
PaTTAN Pod - Communication All Day Long:  AAC in the Classroom with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite


National Center on Intensive Intervention - A Guide for Teachers to Support Students and Families 
Find resources such as guides, videos, tips, etc. to support the instruction and learning of students requiring intensive interventions. 

NEW - PaTTAN Family Resources Website for Complex Learners​ 
PaTTAN announces a new resource for families and general educators supporting complex learners at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This user-friendly website was created in collaboration with consultants supporting the educational initiatives of family engagement, intellectual and/or significant cognitive disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory impairments and assistive technology and communication. 

PaTTAN recognizes that everyone is doing their best to manage work, self-care, children’s online education, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Families and professionals supporting children with disabilities face additional challenges. You are not in this alone.  The website will be updated periodically, so families and general educators are encouraged to check back routinely to access additional resources.

Essentialized Examples for Reading and Math
These examples show how a piece of Reading or Math subject matter (AEC) may be presented to a student.  Examples show three levels of difficulty depending on a student’s strengths and needs.
Educating All Learners CEC Library of Resources
Distance Learning Resources Kansas University
English and Math Curriculum Guides and Lessons with Scripts
Find free curriculum guides and instructional lessons with scripts in English Language Arts and Math for teachers, families, etc. developed by leaders of students with significant cognitive disabilities and state partners. These resources are made available by the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC)
DLM Professional Development
Find free recorded professional development modules on communication, math and writing (alternate pencils) developed by leaders of students with significant cognitive disabilities and state partners.   
PD for Special Education and Teacher Education
Find a variety of professional development modules at Modules Addressing Special Education and Teacher Education (MAST) including but not limited to English and Language Arts, English Language Learners with Disabilities, Individuals with Cochlear Implants, Learning Progressions, Mathematics, New Teachers and Paraeducators, Person Centered Plans for Education, Science, Social Studies, Standards-Based IEPs, Students with DeafblindnessStudents with Significant Intellectual Disabilities.  These were created to focus on important topics in special education courses and professional development for teachers. Concepts have broad application for all special education teachers have been formatted in brief modules which may be viewed in about one hour. There are links to resources which may also be accessed for additional information on the topic. This group of OSEP-funded modules is designed for use in courses to prepare special education teachers or for professional development activities with teachers. A nautical theme is the framework. 
Adapted Reading Books
More Adapted Reading Books
Tar Heel Reader Adapted Books
A Parent Guide to the PASA
PASA Eligibility Criteria:  Decision Making Companion Tool