April has arrived, and with it what we like to call “IEP season.”In this month’s News You Can Use, we’ll be featuring resources for families, educators, and technical assistance providers that can support IEP teams in planning for student success through the end of the school year, across the summer, and into the next school year.
This month, we’re going to try something a little different with our format.Instead of having a dedicated section for our Special Focus topic, we’ll add the special topic items throughout the newsletter.As always, you’ll find the latest information from around our network in the areas of Families & Communities, Early Intervention/Early Childhood, K-12 Schools, and State & System Tools, and you’ll also see resources around our Special Focus topic, Winding Down the School Year, in each section.
If you generally tend to focus on one particular section (e.g., Schools, K-12) for resources, this month you might want to take a look at the other sections as well.You might find something useful in State and Systems Tools to help with transition planning, or a good resource in Families & Communities to share with a parent.
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Your friends at the
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for Children with Disabilities
THIS MONTH FROM THE NATIONAL DISSEMINATION CENTER
Doesn’t our website look fabulous?If you haven’t visited us lately, you don’t know that we’ve redesigned. We invite you to come take a look. We think that our new design is easier to navigate, provides more relevant information for our users, and makes it easier to download, print, and share our resources.We have multiple ways to find the pages, national and state organizations, as well as valuable content from other websites. As always, you can easily access our Spanish resources and downloadable Publications, as well as find information that’s designed ‘Especially for . . . ‘ your role in supporting students (e.g., Families and Communities, Early Intervention Providers, Schools and Administrators).Please take a few moments to explore our new design, and feel free to send feedback or suggestions to email@example.com.We’re always looking for ways to improve the ways we provide information to educators, families, and communities.
The Dissemination Initiative page includes great information for Technical Assistance projects on effective dissemination practices. http://nichcy.org/dissemination
Our redesigned Organization Gateway offers two ways to search for national organizations — by disability or by topic. http://nichcy.org/org-gateway
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE IDEA PARTNERSHIP
April is Autism Awareness Month! The IDEA Partnership is pleased to announce the release of its updated Collection on Autism Spectrum Disorder. Working together, national organizations, state ASD leaders, federal TA centers, local practitioners, families and individuals on the spectrum developed these resources. They are specifically designed to help people come together around ASD, build some common understanding and hold the conversations that will improve practice. Click here to open the ASD Collection.
IT ALL STARTS IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
And since it’s Autism Awareness Month… Here are several resources on the autism spectrum you may find helpful or worth sharing with others.
Asperger syndrome is on the spectrum. Heard of GRASP, the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership? Lots of info about Asperger syndrome here—-and a toll-free number! 1.888.47GRASP (888.474.7277). http://www.grasp.org
And in YOUR state… Easter Seals offers State Autism Profiles, which highlight the number of children with autism who have received the state’s special education services, state insurance coverage for autism if available, Medicaid services specific for individuals with autism, educational programs provided to students with autism or training that focused on autism, special education criteria, other state-led resources, and sponsors of autism legislation. http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntlc8_autism_state_profiles&autologin=true
The Disability Law Handbook is written in a “Frequently Asked Questions” format and answers questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments. It’s now available in Spanish, too, courtesy of the Southwest ADA Center.
Parents of youth or adults with intellectual disabilities |You’re invited to participate!
Kent State University is conducting a survey called ““Parent Perspectives on Planning Future Residential Options for Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities.” If you’re the parent of a youth or adult with intellectual disabilities, perhaps you’d like to contribute your perspectives to this research The questionnaire takes about 15 minutes to complete, and it’s anonymous. Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/residentialoptions
THE LITTLE ONES: EARLY INTERVENTION/EARLY CHILDHOOD
Webcast |Social and Emotional Development in Children with ASD.
April 12, 2011 | 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Hosted by VCU’s Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE), ”Supporting Social Emotional Development in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder ” will provide an overview of social competence, including what it is and how it affects individuals with ASD, as well as how to assess and teach social competence. Sign up at: http://www.vcuautismcenter.org/training/webcasts/details.cfm/175
On the special theme
Making children’s transition out of early intervention smooth.
Your state’s policies that promote the well-being of young children.
Find out in Early Childhood Profiles, from the National Center for Children in Poverty. These profiles highlight states’ policy choices that promote health, education, and strong families alongside other contextual data related to the well-being of young children. http://nccp.org/profiles/early_childhood.html
New CELLcasts on early literacy learning.
Hot off the press from the Center for Early Literacy Learning: Three new CELLcasts for parents.These are audio/video versions of CELL practice guides. You can either view them online or download them to an iPod/Mp3 player. New this month are: (1) Baby’s First Picture Books (look at picture books with your infant); (2) My Turn, Your Turn (help your toddler develop turn-taking skills); and (3) Wacky Word Games (have language fun with your preschooler). http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cellcasts1.php
And mini-posters, too!
Also new from CELL are CELLpops, which are interactive web versions of CELL mini-posters that parents can use in their homes. Two are now available: Meals and Snacks and Bath Time Fun give parents fun ways to incorporate opportunities for early literacy learning into routine meal times and bath time. http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/ta_cell_pop1.php
Interested in NIMAS and the drive to provide students with disabilities with accessible instructional materials (AIM)? Copies of this new DVD have been distributed to the NIMAS/AIM Coordinator in every state! The DVD contains over three hours of useful information and helpful vignettes that can be used for training, professional development, and self-paced learning. Get in touch with your state’s coordinator to check on availability. Who’s your state’s coordinator? Find out at:http://aim.cast.org/learn/policy/state
Reasons why English language learners are misidentified as having special needs.
Find out why English language learners are both over- and under-identified for special education services and why it’s important to avoid these types of errors.http://www.ldonline.org/article/40715
Wrightslaw discusses the question of Extended School Year (ESY) for children with disabilities. Visit the link abelow to learn about legal standards for ESY, advocacy strategies that will help you negotiate for ESY services, and decisions about ESY from federal courts. http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/10/nl.0518.htm
A handbook for counselors and mentors on federal student aid.
This handbook from the U.S. Department of Education is for those advising students on financial aid for postsecondary education. It includes information about federal student aid programs, the application process, how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and how financial need is determined for students who may have expenses related to their disability.
NCES releases Projections of Education Statistics to the Year 2019. This edition of Projections of Education Statistics provides projections for enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures in elementary and secondary public and private schools, as well as postsecondary institutions.The projections run to the year 2019. http://nces.ed.gov/programs/projections/projections2019/
Call for proposals for the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders’ National Autism Summit at Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence conference November 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio: http://conference.ocali.org/view.php?nav_id=94
On the special theme Strengthen supports for student transitions and other needs.
With the end of the school year in sight, we can anticipate the transitions students will be making into new classrooms and new schools. Supporting success in these transitions is often limited to a brief orientation (generally with an overemphasis on rules and regs). Needed is a well-designed approach to welcoming and providing ongoing social and academic supports to facilitate successful adjustment and performance in the new situation. This works best where schools have developed a comprehensive system of student and learning supports and connected them across the family of schools. http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/qf/p2101_01.htm
What are states’ strategies for recruiting and retaining special educators and related services personnel? The Personnel Improvement Center and Project Forum presented a free webinar on the subject in February. The webinar presented information from a survey sent to all 50 states and indepth interviews of the eight states that presented on the webinar. They discussed 10 strategies they have found to be effective in recruiting and retaining personnel.View the webinar’s PowerPoint presention and find tools and resources from featured states at: http://www.personnelcenter.org/staterecruit.cfm
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