Professional Links

Look below for information concerning professional and paraprofessional websites of interest.
Virginia Department of Education
Virginia's DOE website provides useful information for all people associated with education.


The Council for Exceptional Children
Very useful website; loaded with information on exceptional children including those with exceptionalities, disabilities, or the gifted.

Bedford County's Special Education Process Manual
The manual is divided into several sections with each section opening in Adobe Acrobat Reader. You will need to download
Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view these files.

VCU Autism Center
The VCU Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) is a university-based technical assistance, professional development, and educational research center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCU-ACE is dedicated to improving services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and to the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and the community.

 BCPS Autism One-Pager

This document was generated as a result of Bedford County Public School's Autism Services Improvement Team through the VCU-ACE Grant.

Bedford One-Pager

LD Online
A plethora of information concerning learning disabilities


NICHCY - The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals.


National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals in Education and Related Services
Provides information of interest to school administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals.


CEC Knowledge and Skills for Beginning Special Education Paraeducators
This website details the knowledge and skills necessary for beginning special education paraprofessionals.


 I'm Determined

The I’m Determined project, a state directed project funded by the Virginia Department of Education, focuses on providing direct instruction, models, and opportunities to practice skills associated with self-determined behavior. This project facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger.

I'm Determined

 VCU Center on Transition

It is the vision of the Virginia Department of Education to create a centralized statewide portal for information, resources, demonstration, and research for educators and other stakeholders in the transition of youth with disabilities. The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) at Virginia Commonwealth University provides evidence-based resources and information along with emerging practices in the field. The results of research studies and demonstration projects conducted here in Virginia help us shape the ongoing work of CTI. The mission of CTI is to provide information, resources, demonstration and research on pathways to employment that support youth with disabilities to gain access to integrated competitive employment to the fullest extent possible. Through participation in evidence-based employment and work experience models, higher education or postsecondary education training, youth can become integral members of their communities.

Training and Technical Assistance Centers - TTAC

VDOE's state-wide projects with TTACs provide professional development and support designed to assist schools in addressing accountability and improvement goals for students with disabilities. A community linking people and resources to help children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). It is available 24/7 to teachers, other professionals, and family members. a resource for professionals and family members of children and youth with disabilities (birth to 22). The website offers a wide range of Resources, Events (trainings, conferences, and webinars/webcasts) and Online Training opportunities in the form of Webshops and www.Workshops.


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