Welcome to the April newsletter from the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. We are proud to serve as the central source of information and connection for the Parent Center network! Here’s the latest Buzz.
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CPIR’s Been Busy!

Let us update you on CPIR’s latest.

A guide to results-driven accountability for Parent Centers.
CPIR’s first publication gives Parent Centers an overview look at OSEP’s refocused accountability system. Find out what results-driven accountability means for states, for children with disabilities and their families, and for Parent Centers. You have a place at this table.

Parent Center needs assessment survey is knocking!
Did your center receive an early paper copy of the 2014 needs assessment of Parent Centers? We hope you’ve had time to sit down as a team and discuss how to respond to the survey questions. You’ve also been sent a link to the online survey, where you can easily work from your paper copy to enter your team’s answers about your needs and strengths. A thousand thank you’s to all who answer! Questions? Problems? Contact debra.jennings@spannj.org

PTAC pages are up, and they’re beautiful.
See the presence your Center’s PTAC has created at the Hub. Here’s the place to come for updates, events, and information for your region.

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Spotlight on Materials in Spanish and Other Languages

Parent Centers are always on the hunt for disability and education-related materials in other languages to share with the families they serve. CPIR hopes the several resources listed below are helpful to you and yours.

Radio novela.
The Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin in collaboration with WIFACETS developed a radio novela in Spanish about raising a child with special needs. A New Beginning for Ana and Her Family has 12 brief episodes, each lasting about 6 minutes. Altogether, the radio novela episodes cover from early intervention to the transition to adult life.

Pick your language pleasure.
Disability Rights California offers quite a few disability-related publications in other languages: Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

Autism spectrum disorder: From numbers to know-how.
CDC Live Webcast | Tuesday, April 22, at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Join the CDC for this live webcast focused on the challenges of understanding and diagnosing ASD , the opportunities for early identification and screening, and evidence-based interventions that can help individuals with autism make gains in their development.

Financial and medication assistance.
Health care costs, doesn’t it? Sometimes staggering amounts. If you’re struggling with how to pay medical bills, afford medications, or find patient assistance programs, visit this resource page of NORD, the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! is a coordinated federal effort to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. Connect with help near you, learn the developmental milestones, find a list of research-based developmental screening tools appropriate for use across a wide range of settings.

New framework for parent and community engagement.
The Department of Education has just released a “dual capacity” framework that will help school and district staff to effectively engage parents, and that helps parents to work successfully with schools.

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Resources Just for Parent Centers

This section of the CPIR’s newsletter focuses on the many priority areas that Parent Centers have, with a special emphasis on the 14 topics that OSEP has identified as important for Parent Centers and the CPIR to address.

Priority | College and Career Readiness.
PARCC assessments and students with disabilities | The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states that have developed student assessments aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. This guide for parents discusses and describes the accessibility features that have been included in PARCC assessments to ensure that students with disabilities and English language learners receive the accommodations they need.

Priority | Improving Early Childhood Outcomes.
Infants, toddlers, preschoolers: Have fun with language
 |  Visit CELL, the Center for Early Literacy Learning, to find incredible materials on how to promote the language skills of our little ones in everyday activities and routines. Share these materials with the families you serve, especially those who are concerned about their child’s language development. Many practice guides for parents are also available in Spanish.

Priority  | Improving Postsecondary Outcomes.
10 ways to make a smooth transition to adulthood | Did you see disability.gov’s March newsletter? It’s a tour de force that will help youth with disabilities, their families, and service providers explore the full range of postsecondary possibilities and necessities, from college to internships to taking charge of your health care.

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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 lkupper@fhi360.org 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, Elaine, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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