Buzz from the Hub, March 2017, Issue 1
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Theme: It’s That Time of Year Again!

What we can control is our readiness.
~Dan Quinn.

Every year spring rolls into town, bringing with it the need for IEP reviews and planning ahead for summer. This issue of the Buzz from the Hub connects you with resources that can help the families you serve plan ahead and be ready for all the action in the coming months.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam

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Requesting a Meeting to Review Your Child’s IEP
In many school systems, spring is the time of year to hold IEP meetings and develop student plans for the coming school year. Parents don’t have to wait for the school to call an IEP meeting. This short article from CPIR discusses the reasons why parents might request a meeting at any time to review and/or revise their child’s IEP. A sample letter or email that parents might write is included. Also available in Spanish.
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Services Beyond the School Year for Students with IEPs
Some students in special education are eligible for Extended School Year (ESY) services. Who’s eligible, and how is eligibility determined? Find out more in this article from Great Schools, which includes action tips for parents.

Need an explanation of ESY in other languages? Try these resources.

In Spanish | From understood.org

From Montgomery County Public Schools, MD | Explanations of ESY are available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, and Vietnamese. Scroll down the page to find links to each of these languages.

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Summer Fun Camp Directory
Visit the Federation for Children with Special Needs, where you’ll find links to over 200 camp websites serving children with disabilities, as well as a useful guide called Summer Planning for Children with Special Needs.

Parents might also appreciate the following materials on summer camps.

Checklist: Questions to Ask When Evaluating Summer Camps
(There’s a Spanish version, too: Lista de Verificación: Preguntas para Evaluar Campamentos de Verano)

Discover Camp: Considerations for Sending Your Child with a Disability to Camp for the First Time | From the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

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Survey Item Bank for Parent Centers Has Launched!
The Survey Item Bank is a collection of more than 150 ready-to-use questions that Parent Centers can use when evaluating their own activities. Includes pre/post questions, items you can use with focus groups or to conduct a needs assessment, and more. Easy search interface, too!
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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at lkupper@fhi360.org to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team

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