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CDC’s Report to Congress on the Management of TBI in Children

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) disrupts the normal function of the brain, and can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a related injury. It affects children differently from adults–and children have the highest rate of emergency department visits for traumatic brain (TBI) injury of all age groups. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) have just released a Report to Congress on the Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, which details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. Accompanying the report are 4 fact sheets for different audiences as well as graphics and digital ads that can be used on the web, Facebook, and Twitter to “get the message out.”

Access the CDC’s report to Congress, the fact sheets, and other materials, beginning at:
https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/pubs/congress-childrentbi.html

72 Guidance Documents Rescinded by OSERS

(2017, October) | Useful to Parent Centers and special education administrators in keeping up to date with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. As of October 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education has withdrawn 72 guidance documents as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to do away with “unnecessary regulatory burdens.” The rescinding […]

Helping Children with Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

When a baby is born with cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, it is called congenital CMV infection. About 1 out of every 200 babies are born with congenital CMV infection. Women can pass CMV to their baby during pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only about 1 in 5 babies with congenital CMV infection will be sick from the virus or will have long-term health problems, but those problems can include hearing loss, vision loss, intellectual disability, muscular weakness, and even seizures.

Find out more about the two-article CDC resource (available in English and Spanish) and connect with its website devoted to CMV.

Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights: State Statutes

(2017) | Useful to Parent Centers and other family service organizations in understanding what’s involved legally in the involuntary termination of parental rights. This updated publication from the Child Welfare Information Gateway reviews state laws that provide the legal reasons for terminating parental rights when the parent is found unfit to care and protect his […]

Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and SAMHSA just released a publication entitled Roadmap to Behavioral Health: A Guide to Using Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services. The Roadmap is designed to serve as a behavioral health resource for consumers and offers important information about mental health and substance use disorder services. It includes definitions of behavioral health terms and guidance on how to find a behavioral health services provider, receive treatment, and obtain follow-up care.

There’s also a companion guide, Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You, which explains what health coverage is and how to use it to get primary care and preventive services. The companion roadmap is available in English, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Haitian-Creole, Vietnamese, and Korean. There is also a Tribal version.

Connect with all of these resources here.

The Condition of Education 2017

(2017, May) | Useful to: Parent Centers, policy makers, and the public seeking to monitor educational effectiveness and progress, especially with respect to early childhood education.   By mandate of the U.S. Congress, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) publishes and annual report intended to detail and inform policy makers and the public about the […]

School Discipline Data Indicators: A Guide for Districts and Schools

(2017, April) | Useful to educators, schools, and districts in identifying and addressing racial/ethnic disproportionality in discipline practices. Also useful to Parent Centers involved in their state’s ESSA planning with respect to disproportionality. This guide from the Institute of Education Sciences is designed to supply educators with a means to identify whether racial/ethnic disproportionality in […]

Intervention IDEAs for Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth Impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

(2017, January) Useful to Parent Centers, early intervention providers, educators and schools, and families in understanding more about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and how to address behavioral and academic issues of those impacted by FASDs. | This topical issue brief on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders from the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education outlines the different FASDs, discusses prevention, and describes behavioral and academic interventions for families, infants, preschool-aged children, and school-aged children, including youth. Additional resources are also provided. 10 pages, PDF format (261 kb).
Access the Topic Brief.

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

(2017, May) | Useful to: Parent Centers and families involved in transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education and employment.

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Public Law No. 115-13, rescinding the Department of Education’s regulations relating to accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). OSERS has removed references to the now rescinded ESSA regulations and reissued “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities.”
Access the revised Transition Guide

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