Special Education/Arts Resources



Volume 3 of Intersections: Exemplary Programs and Approaches Professional Papers Series is now available on the Kennedy Center website at

Please see the related organizations list on our home page for a list of websites

Arts In Special Education Consortium,

Incredible Art,

Art and Assitive Technology Blog, 

Upstream Arts, 

Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (lessons grouped by age and theme), 

Moore College  Special Populations Class, 

Resource Guide for Parents 

 The Utimate List of Grants and Resources for Families with Special Needs

-grants for medical equipment

-help with medical bills

-free places to visit

free summer camps

-wish organizations

-free room makeovers

-gifts to brighten their day


Publications in Print or Online 

Adamek, M. S., & Darrow, A. A. (2010). Music in special education. Silver Spring, MD: The American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

CAST.  UDL at a glance.  Accessed November 28, 2015.  Retrieved from 

Gerber, B. L., & Guay, D. M. (Eds.). (2006). Reaching and teaching students with special needs through art. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Gerber, B. L., & Kellman, J. (Eds.). (2010). Understanding students with autism throughart. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Glass, D., Meyer, A., & Rose, D.  (2013). Universal design for learning and the arts.  Harvard Educational Review.  April 2013, 83 (1), 98-119.

Gronneberg, J., & Johnston, S. (2015). 7 things you should know about universal design for learning         [Brief]. Educause Learning Intitiative.

Hammel, A., & Hourigan, R. (2011). Teaching music to students with special needs: A label-free approach. New York, NY: Oxford Press.

Hillier, A., Greher, G., Poto, N., & Dougherty, M. (2011). Positive outcomes followingparticipation in a music intervention for adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum. Psychology of Music, 40, 201-215.

Kern, P., & Humpal, M. (Eds.). (2012). Early childhood music therapy and autismspectrum disorders: Developing potential in young children and their families. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Kraft, M., & Keifer-Boyd, K. (2013). Including difference: A communitarian approach to art education in the least restrictive environment. Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.

Malley, S. M. (2014). Students with disabilities and the Core Arts Standards: Guiding principles for teachers. Washington, DC: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Malley, S. M. (Ed.). (2014). 2013 VSA intersections: Arts and special education exemplary programs and approaches. Washington, DC: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Malley, S. M. (Ed.). (2012). The intersection of arts education and special education: Exemplary programs and approaches. Washington, DC: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Malley, S. M., & Silverstein, L. B. (2014). Examining the intersection of arts education and special education. Arts Education Policy Review, 115, 39-43.

Mason, C. Y., & Steedly, K. M., & Thormann, M. S. (2008). Impact of arts integration on voice, choice, and access. Teacher Education and Special Education, 31, 36-46.

Seidel, S.  Foreword:  exploding parameters and an expanded embrace.  A proposal for the arts in the twenty-first century.  Harvard Educational Review.  83 (1). 

Whittin, P. & Moench, C.  (2015). Preparing elementary teachers for arts integration.   Art Education. 68 (2), 36-41.