4 teenagers in school hallwayBuzz from the Hub, April 2017, Issue 1

Spotlight on: Working with Youth with Disabilities

Keep your best wishes close to your heart
and watch what happens.

~Tony DeLiso.

April greetings to all! This issue of the Buzz brings you news of several disability-specific fact sheets and articles you can share with the families you serve, and spotlights resources for informing and continuing your Parent Center work with youth with disabilities.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Updated Fact Sheets on AD/HD in English and Spanish

CPIR has updated its fact sheet on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). Share with the families you serve (and with educators!). Also newly updated in Spanish.

Back to top

On Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sharing an Autism Diagnosis With Family and Friends
This article offers suggestions to help parents when explaining their child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to grandparents and other relatives and close friends, to help significant others become effective allies. From the Child Mind Institute.

Modules | Evidence-based Practices to Support Children and Youth with ASD
AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an evidence-based practice with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age. There are quite a few online modules of interest to Parent Centers, educators, and families, including functional behavior assessment, prompting, reinforcement, social skills training, and self-management. From the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Back to top

On Working with Youth

Video | The Power of the Adolescent Brain
This new video features the most recent research on adolescent brain development, functioning, and capacity. It’s accompanied by resources for practitioners working with families and youth.

Are High School Students with Disabilities Prepared for Life After School?
A new, two-volume report (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) explores the transition experiences of students with disabilities. Volume 1 of the report compares students with disabilities to their typically developing peers. Volume 2 compares students across disability categories.

Module | Youth with Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections (Part 2): Transition and Reentry to School and Community
Hot off the press from the IRIS Center, this training module addresses considerations and recommendations for transitioning youth from juvenile corrections facilities back to community, school, and workplace settings.

Back to top


Latest from the Department of Education:

Significant Disproportionality: Essential Questions and Answers

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has released Significant Disproportionality: Essential Questions and Answers (March 2017), which provides guidance on the Equity in IDEA Final Regulation released in December 2016. OSERS has also released a Model State Timeline outlining different streams of work and the timelines that states should consider as they implement the new rule.


Back to top
Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and Resources

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, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


This eNewsletter from the CPIR is copyright-free.
We encourage you to share it with others.

Center for Parent Information and Resources
c/o SPAN, Inc.
35 Halsey St., Fourth Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Subscribe to the Buzz from the Hub.
See past issues of the Buzz.

Publication of this eNewsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R130014 between OSEP and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources.