Buzz from the Hub | May 2015

Boy leaping for joy in the hot summer sun

Are you ready to leap into summer?

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. This month’s issue spotlights resources to get us ready and carry us through the coming summer!

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 resources we’ve recently added.

Final rule: States must maintain their expenditures on special education.
On April 28, 2015, regulations for Part B of IDEA were amended—specifically, the requirements governing MOE (maintenance of effort). The new rule requires LEAs to spend at least as much on special education as they did the prior year, details what happens if an LEA fails to do so, spells out what the MOE will be for the year following a failure, and provides 4 clear exceptions to the requirement that LEAs maintain their fiscal support for special education. This info is important for Parent Centers to know!

AccessCollege: The Student Lounge.
Transitioning from high school to college includes two phases: (a) preparing for college, including testing, securing financial aid, and choosing your postsecondary school; and (b) succeeding in college, which requires numerous self-management skills. This new item in the hub lists many resources for students with disabilities to prepare for and to succeed in college.

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Spotlight on…Summer!

Soon it will be summer, and new adventures and opportunities await. How to enrich our children’s lives, prevent summer “slide,” squeeze in a vacation, and ensure safety are of great interest now. So…here are a few resources for you and the families you serve.

10 ways to prevent summer slide.
Children can lose up to 3 months of academic progress over the summer, and nobody wants that! Here are 10 things families can do to help their child avoid the summer slide.

What’s the National Summer Learning Association have to say?
Explore the NSLA’s website for great ideas and connections about camps, community initiatives, what the research has to say about summer learning, best practices in summer programs, funding, and much more.

Top 10 summer activities for kids with special needs.
Summer can be a challenging time for children with special needs and their parents. Many families face a decrease in school and therapeutic hours. This may leave parents with extra time to fill during the day. created this list of summer activities that don’t require weeks of planning, a small loan, or traveling further than the backyard.

A special needs pre-flight checklist: 16 things parents need to do before heading to the airport.
The title says it all. If you have families who are going by plane with a child who has special needs, share this checklist with them.

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What Do You Think of the Buzz?

CPIR would very much like to hear what you think of the monthly Buzz. Is it on target for your Parent Center? What types of resources would you like to see included? How can we craft this newsletter so that it’s useful and relevant and timely for your work with families? Please let us know via our less-than-5-minute survey.

Thank you! We’ll include this feedback in our continuation report and use it when creating future Buzzes.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the newsletter identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

When (and how) to tell kids they have Asperger’s.
This resource gives parents tips on ways to talk about the diagnosis to help their child process this important information in the most empowering way.

Managing problem behavior at home.
Child Mind offers this parent guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting when behavior is an issue.

Thinking about “doing” college online?
There are over 1,000 colleges that offer at least a Bachelor’s degree online. People can study any one of 100 different subjects without ever setting foot on campus. Some programs focus on rural students; other programs focus on commuter students. Some deliver live video feeds of an on-campus class. Others have an online environment that encourages chatting and forum interactions. This website,, explores the world of online colleges and offers great tools for students and families, especially:

Financial Aid Guide for Online Students

How to Make Sense of Online College Rankings

Online College Costs: A Breakdown of Tuition and Fees

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Resources Just for Parent Centers: It’s Your Summer, Too!

Is summer a time of year when Parent Center work slows down? Of course not! There’s always so much to do, learn, and know, so you can assist the families who come to you for information and training.

Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to put aside the crush of day-to-day duties and indulge in your own learning. If so, you may find these resources make for good reading and sharing.

The top 10 special education blog posts of all time!
Blogs are strange animals, aren’t they? It’s nice to have someone point to the BEST of the posts dealing with disabilities and special education. And here they are, courtesy of the Friendship Circle.

Special needs apps are great, but…which one suits this child?!
With over 1,000 apps now available to help individuals with special needs, it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives parents, educators, and others the ability to find the perfect special needs app for a given child.

For special needs advocates: A guide on reaching out to politicians.
Parent Centers are the ultimate special needs advocates. Surely this guide is for you!

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Missed the Webinar on Creating Infographics?

No problem! It’s archived!
If you missed our webinar on how to create infographics and it’s a topic that interests you, visit the CPIR’s Webinar Archives, where you can:

  • listen to the live demonstration,
  • download the guidebook we shared, and
  • connect with the base template we created to showcase the 2014 activities of your Parent Center.

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Alerts and Announcements

Sad news to share | The passing of Pat Haberbosch.
We are very sorry to share this news: On May 11th, Pat Haberbosch passed away. Pat has been the executive director of WVPTI Inc. (West Virginia Parent Training and Information) and Family to Family Health Center where she spent 25 years devoting her life to helping families of children with disabilities. You will be sorely missed, Pat.

June 2nd deadline | Submit a proposal to present at TASH’s 2015 conference.
The theme of TASH’s 2015 Annual Conference (scheduled for December 2-4 in Portland, Oregon) is “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership.” Interested in submitting a proposal to TASH for making a presentation at the conference? Deadline’s coming up, June 2nd! Find out more at:

CPIR’s New Webinar Schedule.
It’s become obvious that CPIR’s schedule for the webinar series (the first Thursday of every other month) isn’t going to work out well in the coming months (e.g., July 2nd, September 3rd). So we’ve decided to change the schedule to the SECOND Thursday of every other month.

We hope the new schedule works for you. (If not, please remember that the webinars are always archived, so you can catch them anytime.) The NEW webinar schedule to put on your calendar is:

July 9, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time
September 10, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time
November 12, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time

Topics are being determined as we speak, so stay tuned!

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe 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 to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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Nonprofit Auditor Selection Guide

This guide is a compilation of tools and templates designed to provide guidance throughout the process of selecting an auditor for your Parent Center’s nonprofit organization. These tools and templates should be used as guidelines and can be modified to meet your specific needs. Included in this guide are the following:

  • Planning and Internal Preparation
  • Auditor Request for Proposals (RFP) Template
  • Auditor Interview Guide
  • Applicant Assessment Guide

The guide can be found at:

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

Rising high school graduation rates are a hope spot in America and a critical first step out of poverty for millions of young people. For three decades since the 1970s, those rates flat-lined as millions of students left both high school and their dreams behind them.

This sixth annual report to the nation highlights the significant progress that has been made, but also the serious challenges that remain – closing gaping graduation gaps between various student populations; tackling the challenge in key states and school districts; and keeping the nation’s focus on ensuring that all students have an equal chance at the American Dream.

Read the report at

May 2015 | Better Hearing and Speech Month

Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) highlights Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) to raise awareness about communication disorders. The 2015 theme is “Early Intervention Counts.” Results of a recent survey of ASHA’s membership revealed that 45% of expert respondents reported lack of awareness as the #1 barrier to early detection of communication disorders. Research has shown that early detection is critical to addressing communication disorders. Delayed intervention can result in delayed development, poor academic or career performance.

The importance of human communication—talking, reading, listening and interacting—is essential to children’s overall development and academic and social success. The importance of human interaction is all the more true in this age of technology, in which “smart” devices occupy an ever-increasing amount of time, attention and prominence in the lives of infants to teens.

For information about early intervention services, visit the suite at the Hub, beginning at:

For more information about early detection of communication disorders, visit ASHA’s website at, as well as the following links:

Identify the Signs of Communication Disorders (Website)

Know the Signs of Speech and Language Disorders

2011 IDEA Part C Final Regulations: Analysis and  Issue Briefs

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs

This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a child with special needs, the importance of the individualized education plan, and the different paths a child with special needs can take after graduating from high school. “The Journey to Life after High School” not only provides the steps that need to be taken prior to graduation but also the preparation required for the new adult’s legal and medical rights.

Read the interactive guide at:

Parents’ Guide to Student Success: High School Math

This guide provides an overview of what your child will learn during high school in mathematics. It focuses on the key skills your child will learn in math, which will build a strong foundation for success in many of the other subjects he or she studies throughout high school. This guide is based on the new Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by more than 40 states. These K–12 standards are informed by the highest state standards from across the country. If your child is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well prepared for success after graduation.

Find the guide at

Special Education Guide is an online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education. The writers are special education experts who cover everything from early intervention to ISFPs; IEPs and RTI, inclusion, classroom and behavior management; disability profiles for each category under IDEA and a Special Education Dictionary to master “SPED” jargon.

Check out all the resources at

A Consumers Guide to Case Management Systems

Case management systems, sometimes called client management systems, cover a wide array of specialized needs and are often used by vastly different programs. While specific functionality may differ, all case management systems serve essentially the same role: to shepherd clients. Which is the right system for your organization’s needs and budget? This report is designed to help you decide.

Sign up to download for free at:

Webinar on Creating Infographics

Grahic that says "Why are infographics so popular?"A webinar for the Parent Center Network


Webinar Date:  
Thursday, May 7, 2015

Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Lisa Küpper
Product Development Coordinator, CPIR


This webinar focuses on creating and using infographics. Points of discussion include:

  • why infographics are all the rage,
  • different ways that Parent Centers can use infographics in their work, and
  • free online software to get you started.

The majority of the webinar is devoted to a live, online demonstration of how to modify infographics at the website to make your own infographics.

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There are 2 handouts for this webinar.

Handout | Quick Guide to Creating Infographics
A 4-page guide to using the software at to create your own infographics.

Example Infographic | Parent Centers in Action 2013-14
CPIR created this infographic to showcase the results of the 2013-14 Data Collection. The live demonstration shows Parent Centers how to modify this infographic to spotlight the work of their individual center.

Access the Infographic to adapt it for your own Center’s work
You can use the “example infographic” as a beginning template for highlighting your own Center’s activities in 2014.

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Go to the Webinar Archives, to listen to and view other webinars in the CPIR series.