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ADA celebrates 25 years

On July 26th we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.  It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Celebrate and share the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in your workplaces, schools, communities, and online in social media and websites. Become a part of the nationwide celebration, sign the PLEDGE ON! to ADA25, explore the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit, and show your commitment to the ADA on July 26 and throughout the year. To stay in touch with others during the celebration, join the convversations on Twitter at #ada25. For more information about anniversary events, visit 



Learning continues in the summer
Ahh, summer!  The time of lost "skills."  How do we prevent preschool children from losing skills and concepts they have learned in early education programs?  
The answer...share with families in your program what you (the teacher) do each day to help children to learn and develop.  For example, the value of reading to children each day is stressed during the school year, but this activity is especially important in the summer. Children can talk with their families about what day it is and their plans for the day. Suggest fun and easy ways for families to include games and learning into every day life - from setting the table for dinner (and counting), naming the alphabet letters on their favorite box of cereal, matching socks in the laundry, and playing with balls outside.  And, don't forget to share the importance of taking time to listen and have good conversations with children - away from a television or technology device.  Good learning can take place during the just needs a little nudge!
Free summer curriculum for ESY students

Looking for ways to help prevent the summer slide?  Unique Learning System, an online standards based curriculum for students with special needs, is once again offering a FREE summer curriculum for students participating in extended school year (ESY).  The activities are banded by levels for Preschool, Elementary, Intermediate, Middle School, High School and Transition. This fantastic resource provides lesson plans and hands on differentiated activities related to a summer camp theme.  The lessons are based on three levels to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities.


Visit to find how you can transform your ESY program by incorporating:

  • Team-building field day activities
  • Fun fine motor skills activities
  • Arts and crafts
  • Campfire songs
  • Campfire story time
  • Campfire treats
Visit our library this summer
This summer would be a great time to visit our library.  Since this time last year, we have added many resources to support teaching math, utilizing formative assessment, and creating interactive notebooks.


Stop by this summer and visit our library.  Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.  If you want to meet with one of our Program Specialists please call and make an appointment so someone will be available to spend time with you. Remember we will pay for parking in the deck connected to our office. Call us for more information.


 Visit our on-line library catalog


VDOE's Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU
700 E Franklin Street, Suite 140
P.O. Box 843081
Richmond, VA 23284-3081