The Obama administration has released proposed rules for the federal job training law, which includes programs for youth and adults with disabilities. The public is invited to comment on these rules. Submissions must be received by June 15, 2015.
Members of Pacer’s Mental Health Youth Advisory Board Will Share Their Stories in May
PACER’s Youth Advisory Board is helping to reduce the stigma associated with mental health diagnoses, educating the public on the issues youth face, influencing children’s mental health policy changes, advocating for better services, and providing peer support. The students will present a panel discussion and share their personal stories at the “Moving from Anxiety to Optimal Wellness” event on Saturday, May 9.
From: 9 a.m. to noon
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church,
The 2015 edition of “How Safe is the Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies” is now available. Written by Jessica Butler and published by the Autism National Committee, the report summarizes progress made in states’ efforts to eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint and challenges that remain.
Registration Now Open for “Violence in the Lives of People with Disabilities: Emerging Issues and Solutions for 2015 and Beyond”
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:
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 >>>
Guidance Issued on Protecting Student Privacy While Using Online Educational Services
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 …
Participate in the National Online Dialogue on Families, Disability and Postsecondary Success
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!
U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to High-Quality Education
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.
Congress Passes ABLE Act: Major Victory for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families
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.
New Federal Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities
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).
Autism Diagnostic Information Brief
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 >>>