I've been toying with this idea. I don't need much, but it seems unfair that gen ed teachers get to just ask the students to bring whatever they need and sped teachers are expected to just buy everything...if I want every kid to have a binder, I have to go buy 30 binders (or more, I suspect my caseload is going to be huge). On the other hand, I'm sure it doesn't seem fair to families that they have to buy more. If I could ask for whatever I wanted, this would be my list: 1 two inch binder 1 set of tab dividers 1 box of tissues 1 pack of pencils 1 pack of dry erase markers 1 pack of lined loose leaf paper I calculated that out to about $18 for the whole list (without special sales, so it would probably be cheaper). Assuming I could find stuff in bulk and/or on sale, I'm still looking at a cost of at the very least $300 if I buy all of this myself. I don't know if I have a budget yet, but I've never gotten more than $150. The only thing they could reasonably bring from gen ed to use is a pencil, and I decided my first year that I was just not going to fight the pencil battle. My CT did that and kids were constantly having to go back to their rooms to get a pencil they forgot. I figure in sped we've got bigger issues to deal with. I sharpened them in the morning and put them out in a cup, and then as each kid left I made sure they had put it back. My other (perhaps more reasonable) thought was to put a "wish list" at the bottom of my welcome letter telling parents that we would be using the following items and it would be great if they could send one or more of the items. Then I'd have to just see what I end up with- it might be better than nothing and would probably sit better with parents. I'd ask admin before doing either of those things, but what are your thoughts?