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Posted: 5/19/2015

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a draft policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. The policy seeks to define inclusion and make recommendations for expanding inclusive early learning opportunities for children. Comments can be submitted online through May 22, 2015.

Presentation: Accountability and Outcomes for Children with Speech, Language and Hearing Challenges

Friday, May, 22nd 10am – 12pm

the presentation is available at

Posted: 4/28/2015

A recent Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education warns school districts against filing due process complaints concerning issues that are part of state complaints filed by parents. The letter emphasizes the importance of following Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) dispute resolution procedures and avoiding adversarial processes when possible. Read more

Posted: 4/28/2015

On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations that clarify a school district’s responsibility to maintain a constant level of financial support for the education of children with disabilities.

Posted: 4/28/2015

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new guidance package on Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-funded education programs. The guidance emphasizes the importance of designating a Title IX coordinator.

Posted: 4/17/2015

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.

Posted: 4/17/2015

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,
5025 Knox Ave. S, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Register online or contact Andrea Brown (e-mail or call 612-767-2209) for more information.

Posted: 4/6/2015

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.

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!

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