Teaching to Diversity: ESL, Learning Assistance, and Special Education (A joint project of BCTF Research, Special Education Association, Learning Assistance Teachers' Association, and English as a Second Language Provincial Specialist Association)

Teaching to Diversity is a subsite of the BCTF website. It is designed to support educators of school-aged students of all abilities with information, strategies, and resources related to special education, learning assistance, and ESL.


115 Leading Sources for Teaching and Learning ESL (from Masters in ESL)

A list of ESL resources right at your fingertips!


EducatorLabs Resource Page 

A resource bank of materials, including Life Skills and Special Education.



An online library of educational hip-hop songs and videos for grades K-12 in Literacy, Math, and many other topics.


External Resource Links


The home page for Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. A mega-site with links and resources.

Assistive Technology

Alliance for Technology Access
The alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is a network of community-based resource renters, developers, and vendors dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and to increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.

Closing the Gap
Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual internal national conference, and extensive website. Search the annual source directory online.

SET-BC develops and provides assistive technology solutions to BC school districts to assist students with disabilities.


Autism Society of America

Serving the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy, education, public awareness, and research.

Autism Canada

Autism Canada Foundation is a registered Canadian Charitable organization that is committed to improving the lives of Canadians affected by Autism. Having firsthand experience with Autism, their board of directors are more than aware of the lack of representation in Canada for all effective treatments and therapies.


The Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT)

Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) are approaches to treating a wide range of health and mental health issues. CBT is based in the science of thought, behaviour, emotion, and physiology.

Perfect Day Store

Special Needs store where parents/guardians and teachers of special needs children can purchase toys, games, and tools that will amuse, assist, and aid their children on their life's journey. Based in Victoria, BC.

Brain injury

Brian Injury Association of Canada

Improving the quality of life for all Canadians affected by acquired brain injury and promoting its prevention.

Brain Injury Association USA

National organization concerned with brain injury.

Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities

J. P. Das Developmental Disabilities Centre

The Centre was established in the fall of 1967 with a grant given to the University of Alberta by The Canadian Association for Mental Retardation. Current activities include: research, student training, publication, and selected clinical services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and other disorders that affect learning and originate in childhood.

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society

The Canadian Down Syndrome Society is a national non-profit organization providing information, advocacy, and education about Down Syndrome.  The CDSS supports self-advocates, parents, and families through all stages of life.

The National Down Syndrome Society

Information, resources, publications, and links can be found at the home page of this national organization.

Creating Instructional Material

ePALS Classroom Exchange
Use this site to locate other teachers and classrooms for planning projects involving key pals (electronic pen pals exchanging information via email). Connect with 12,901 classrooms representing more than 900,000 students from 100 countries.

Intellitools Activity Exchange
Search for ready to use teacher-made materials for use with Intellitools products. Download the files and you are ready to go. Materials are also modifiable to meet individual student needs.


The Deaf Children's Society of BC (DCS)
The Deaf Children's Society of BC (DCS) is a not-for-profit agency that provides resources, programs, support and information to families with deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age five. A centralized source of accurate, up- to-date, objective information on topics dealing with deafness and hearing loss.

Disability Information

BC Epilepsy Society
The BC Epilepsy Society is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the well-being of people with epilepsy. They empower, educate, and support British Columbians living with epilepsy and their families, and fund research to find a cure. They offer a program called Partners in Teaching for teachers and school support staff, the goal of which is to support schools in meeting the needs of students with seizures.

Computer and Software Accessibility for the Disabled

A list of accessible resources for people with disabilities.

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 focusing on children and youth. Birth to age 22.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
NORD is a clearinghouse of information and resources on rare disorders.

Especially For Children

Ask for Kids
A specially designed search engine that enables users to enter their search in the form of a question.

Plato Learning
Leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for Kindergarten through adult learners.

Yahoo! Kids
A site designed especially for children.

Especially For Parents

iVillage - Pregnancy & Parenting
A mega-resource center for parents covering from pregnancy and new baby to parenting parents.

PACER Center
A nonprofit coalition of 20 disability organizations serving as the parent training and information center in Minnesota. The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER) Center strives to improve and expand opportunities that enhance the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities and their families.

Parents Helping Parents
Meeting children's special needs through parents helping parents.

Leading to Learning

Information and advice for parents of children who are underachieving in school, including Pathfinder Diagnostic Learning Assessments.

Especially For Teachers

Busy Teacher's Cafe
Busy Teacher's Cafe is a K-6 resource site for busy teachers and educators of all kinds! Here you will find resources, ideas, lessons, free printables, and more!

Inspiring Teachers
A teacher created organization dedicated to empowering and inspiring teachers, creating quality learner-centered classrooms and improving student success!

The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
A wealth of information on student achievement, standards, and assessment prepared by a federal funded center (CRESST).

This Day in History
This site provides extensive information about events happening on this day throughout history.

What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching
A helpful collection of suggestions and resources for first year teachers.

Works4Me Classroom Tips Library
Archive of the popular "Works4Me" weekly email exchange sponsored by the National Education Association. Search through over 400 classroom tips from other educators.

Yahoo/ Special Education
A directory of special education-related web sites.

Gifted and Talented

KidSource Online

These articles and digests provide ideas, guidance and activities for both parents and educators of gifted students.

Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia Victoria Online

Dyslexia awareness, teaching solutions, and accommodations, based in Victoria, BC.

Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver

A registered charity and non-profit that offers affordable and accessible remedial teaching for children and youth with Learning Disabilities.

LD Online
An award winning site concerning learning disabilities for children, parents, and teachers.

LD Resources
A well-organized collection of resources about learning disabilities. Maintained by Richard Wanderman.

Legal Issues

CADRE, the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education

The web site of a federally funded project whose mission is to provide technical assistance and information dissemination concerning techniques for preventing and resolving disagreements related to the individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

This site is maintained by EdLaw Inc. and contains links and briefing papers on many timely legal issues in special education.

Know Your Rights
The purpose of this website and the booklets are to provide parents of children with Learning Disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD), with information that will help them to be effective advocates for their child.

Mental Health

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation
The Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation improves the lives of families raising children and teens living with bipolar disorder and related conditions.

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

BC Information source for children, youth, and families. 


Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web
A resource for teaching and learning English. Features homework help, links, discussion forums, and more.

The National Association for Bilingual Education
Extensive resources on mother tongue instruction and English as a second language.

Professional Development

Education World: Where Teachers Go to Learn
Search a database of over 100,000 web sites to locate information most relevant for your work and interests.

The Online Books Page
Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web.

Speech and Language

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 96,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

British Columbia Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists
The British Columbia Association of Speech/Language Pathologists and Audiologists is to represent the interest of the professions of Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology and to promote the highest quality of service for the communicative impaired in British Columbia.


Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network is not a job placement service, but an international toll-free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations and the employ-ability of people with disabilities.

School to Work Transition Partnership
Resources for consumers, parents & families concerning school to work transition.


American Foundation for the Blind
A national information clearing- house serving the needs of individuals who are blind. Offers access to an extensive publication network.

American Printing House for the Blind
Provides materials, alternative media, tools, and resources for individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

CNIB is the primary source of support, information and most importantly, hope, for all Canadians affected by vision loss.

National Federation of the Blind
A national organization offering links, resources, and tools for individuals who are blind.

Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired
The primary function of the PRCVI is to provide British Columbia school districts and Group 1 & 2 Independent schools with alternate formats of provincially recommended learning resources and with specialized equipment to support the educational needs of students with visual impairments. A second responsibility is to support school districts by providing training and inservice opportunities for teachers of students with visual impairments. Thirdly, PRCVI provides to schools, on a cost recovery basis, access to its audiotape and E-text collection for use by students with a print disability.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
Books on tape national library.