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Posted: 3/24/2015

Attend the free webinar, April 30, 1:30 — 3:30 EST, sponsored by The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD) which will include PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center presenting on the topic of “responding to bullying of students with disabilities.”

This webinar will address other emerging issues in the field with a panel of experts and advocates covering topics like:

  • Using trauma-informed care principles when working with victims with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD)
  • Assisting crime victims with complex communication needs
  • Supporting victims with specific types of disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)
  • Supporting people with disabilities in speaking out against violence

Webinar participants will be the first to obtain NCCJ’s white paper on the topic of violence, abuse, and bullying which delves even deeper into the issues addressed on the webinar. Join us for this thought-provoking and empowering webinar, and find out how you can reduce violence in the lives of people with disabilities. Learn more and register >>>

Posted: 2/27/2015

The U.S. Department of Education today released model terms of service guidance and a training video aimed at helping schools and districts protect student privacy while using online educational services and applications. Read More …

Posted: 1/26/2015

Are you a family member of a young adult with a disability who’s currently or recently enrolled in a postsecondary education program (e.g., certificate, apprenticeship, community college, college or university)? Participate in ePolicyWorks’ online dialogue, Connecting Families: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities. The dialogue is now open for participation and will continue through February 6, 2015. Register and join the discussion today!

Posted: 1/8/2015

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) today released joint guidance reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English learner students have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.

Posted: 12/18/2014

The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life.

For details, see the full press release from the National Disability Institute.

Posted: 10/21/2014

On October 21, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued new bullying guidance to schools. The Dear Colleague letter builds on previous guidance to further clarify schools’ responsibilities to respond to bullying of students with disabilities when it constitutes disability-based harassments or results in the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

Read more>>>

Posted: 9/24/2014

This new resource from the IRIS Center compares the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) definition of autism with the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 and DSM-IV-TR. Download the brief >>>

Posted: 9/12/2014

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published two new publications:

Both provide helpful information on current data and promising strategies to improve student outcomes.

Posted: 8/13/2014

Last month President Obama signed a law that seeks to maximize opportunities for all youth and adults to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage and high-demand jobs. It's called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  

You now have the opportunity to help the Department answer some questions on our minds as we work to implement this important law that holds great promise for Americans with and without disabilities.  

Please check out the joint BLOG here from OSERS and OCTAE inviting comments from you until Friday, August 29, 2014.

Posted: 7/23/2014

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on President Obama signing today at the White House the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

“The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 today creates a blueprint for job growth and makes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development system. For the unemployed, the new law offers hope; for the young, it offers encouragement; and for people with disabilities, it brings opportunity. This law helps workers attain the foundation skills necessary for 21st century jobs and fosters a modern workforce that can compete in a global economy. It emphasizes the creation of career pathway programs, improved training, and streamlined service delivery to individuals - especially for underserved youth and adults.”

view the press release

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4/7/2015

Anxiety from the Inside Out - workshop full (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
PACER Center

4/8/2015

New Technologies, New Opportunities: The Changing World of Assistive Technology
6:30pm-8:00pm
PACER Center

4/9/2015

Planning for Educational Inclusion (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Northfield

4/9/2015

Ready for Life After High School? Employment and Support Strategies for Youth with Disabilities (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
St. Paul

4/11/2015

PACER’s 11th Annual Housing Resource and Information Fair (see flyer pdf icon)
9:00am-12:00pm
PACER Center

4/11/2015

Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, at Home and in the Community: The Middle and High School Years (see flyer pdf icon)
12:30pm-2:30pm
Duluth

4/11/2015

Responding to Challenging Behaviors at School, at Home and in the Community: Early Childhood and the Elementary Years (see flyer pdf icon)
9:30am-11:30am
Duluth

4/11/2015

Youth with Challenging Behaviors and the IEP: How to Plan for Graduation and Beyond (see flyer pdf icon)
3:30pm-5:30pm
Duluth

4/13/2015

10 Topics to Help Your Child Succeed in Special Education (see flyer pdf icon)
6:30pm-8:30pm
Albert Lea

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