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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).


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

Posted: 7/9/2014

Music is a powerful force, and this summer teens and young adults across the country have a unique opportunity to turn their personal experience into a musical rallying cry against bullying. PACER is partnering with Galderma Laboratories, L.P., the makers of Epiduo® Gel, for the “Band Together to Banish Bullying” campaign, which encourages individuals who have been affected by bullying, or who want to speak out against it, to share artwork, photos, videos, or brief stories about their bullying experiences. This inspirational content will be used for an original song that will serve as the bullying prevention anthem, to be written, produced and performed by renowned producer Clinton Sparks and hit recording artists The Mowgli’s and Kylie Morgan. Learn more about how to participate.

Posted: 6/25/2014

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new Results-Driven Accountability plan that will be used to measure the effectiveness of state special education programs. States will be evaluated both on procedural compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and also educational results and outcomes for students with disabilities. Read more>>>

Posted: 6/20/2014

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting input on action it should take to address significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity in special education, specifically disproportionality in: identification of children with disabilities, placement in particular settings, and in type of disciplinary action. Comments are due July 21. Read more>>>

Posted: 6/9/2014

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) is an online teaching and learning resource from federal agencies. Each month high-quality educational materials, items like the ones below, in FREE and other free websites will be shared. Parents and teachers, use this site to supplement your child’s and students' learning.

  • Civic Hacking

    Show kids how they can help their community by using computer technology with resources from the White House and more.

  • Flag Week

    Help kids learn more about our nation’s history, government, and related topics with resources from the U.S. Senate, Smithsonian, National Park Service, and more.

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