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Civic Engagement Toolbox for Self-Advocates

(2017, February) | Useful to Parent Centers and other groups that work with advocates and self-advocates to become involved in political advocacy. From the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAH), this series of plain language toolkits focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. The entire toolkit series is available at: […]

Teen Mental Health

This resource-rich page at MedlinePlus pulls together a spectrum of topics related to mental health and includes numerous resources in Spanish. It’s written so as to speak directly to teens, describing in bullet form some of the things they might feel or experience that may indicate the need to seek the help and support of parents, a school counselor, or a healthcare professional. Sections include: where to start; the latest news pertinent to teens (e.g., bullying, smartphone addiction, self-harm); danger signs to look for and comprehensive psychiatric evaluation; treatments and therapies; and related issues (e.g., cliques, dealing with a health condition, coping with trauma, dealing with anger, helping friends who self-harm, peer pressure, and the teenage brain).

Read more about this excellent resource for teenagers and their families here.

Endrew F. Question and Answer Document

In March of this year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1. In this decision, the court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a school must offer [a child] an IEP [individualized education program] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

What impact will this Supreme Court decision have on the implementation of IDEA? The U.S. Department of Education seeks to answer this question (and many others) in the Q&A document just released (December 7, 2017). It reviews the facts and findings of Endrew F., discusses how the Supreme Court decision clarifies the standard for determining FAPE and educational benefit to children with disabilities, and explores considerations for implementation.

Read more about ED’s Question and Answer document here.

Charting the LifeCourse Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help caregivers understand the value of respite, learn from real life examples, and create a respite plan that enhances the lives of all family members. It’s meant for family caregivers of a child or adult with a disability, chronic condition, or functional limitation (or professionals who work with family caregivers). The toolkit, which is available in English and Spanish, is built upon the Charting the LifeCourse Framework, which was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages: (a) develop a vision for a good life, (b) think about what they need to know and do, (c) identify how to find or develop supports, and (d) discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

A Resource Collection on Positive Behavior Supports, Functional Behavioral Assessment, and School Discipline

A resource collection compiled by and for Parent Centers.Coordinated by the NE Parent Center Assistance & Collaboration Team/Region 1 Parent Technical Assistance Center @ SPANin collaboration with NH Parent Information CenterMany, many thanks go out to the Development and Review Team! November 2017   Welcome to this collection of resources on positive behavior supports and discipline […]

Module 19: Key Issues in Discipline

by Renee Bradley Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education October 2007 (see Editor’s note, below) English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Editor’s note | January 2018 | While the date of publication for this training module was October 2007, the information provided about IDEA’s discipline rules is […]

Module 1: Top 10 Basics of Special Education

by Lisa Küpper July 2007 (see Editor’s note, below)   ** Este módulo está disponible en español: Los 10 Datos Principales Acerca de la Educación Especial Editor’s note | January 2018 | This module was first produced by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) in 2007. NICHCY no longer exists, and most […]

Module 17: Introduction to Procedural Safeguards

by Theresa Rebhorn and Lisa Küpper NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities August 2007 Editor’s note | January 2018 | NICHCY no longer exists, and most of its materials have moved here, to the Center for Parent Information and Resources. While the date of publication for this training module was August 2007, […]

Module 15: LRE Decision Making

April 2008 (see Editor’s note, January 2018) English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Authors: Theresa Rebhorn NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities and Anne Smith Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education Editor’s note | January 2018 | NICHCY no longer exists, and most of […]

Module 10: Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation

by Lisa Küpper and Theresa Rebhorn NICHCY | National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities March 2007 (see Editor’s Note, below) **Este módulo está disponible en español: Evaluación Inicial y la Reevaluación _____________________ Editor’s note | January 2018 | NICHCY no longer exists, and most of its materials have moved here, to the Center for […]

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