We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business;
we are each other’s magnitude and bond.

~Gwendolyn Brooks

We have another information deluge for you–this time featuring resources about specific disabilities: autism, deafness, and speech and hearing. You’ll also find a mini-section of disability resources for everyone, including a powerful video.

One last reminder: Public comments on the implementation dates for IDEA’s disproportionality regulations are due by May 14th! Should they be delayed or not? Public comment can be submitted here.

Our best to you all,

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


Disability-Specific Resources

The Hub, the Hub!
The Hub is full of disability-specific resources–in English and Spanish, no less. There are many ways to identify what’s there: (a) Visit the disability fact sheets page and see if the disability of your interest is listed. (b) Enter the name of the disability in the SEARCH box at the top right of every page. (c) See anything we’ve tagged as “disabilities” at this link.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month | Coffee Break Webinars
At the link above, find communication awareness materials you can adapt by filling in key blanks with your own local information and then send out to families and others. Also drop in on ASHA’s series of 15-minute webinars (no registration necessary):

May 7 @ 2 pm EDT | Quality Hearing Screening for Children Birth to Five
May 10 @ 2 pm EDT | Family Engagement: Living It Out in the Real World
May 14 @ 2 pm EDT | Creating Language-Rich Everyday Routines at Home
May 17 @ 2 pm EDT | Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Strategies to Promote Children’s Language Development

Evidence-based Practice and Autism
Blog post at OSERS, with many related resources.

Interpreting for Deaf Students: Facts and Fantasies
Good to know and share.

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Resources to Share with Families and Professionals

How to Talk to Teens About Dealing with Online Creeps
Parents can use this script to kick off a conversation with their children.

Latest Disciplinary Data: Restraint and Seclusion
New data on nearly every public school in the nation shows that students with disabilities continue to be disciplined and experience restraint and seclusion at far higher rates than others.

Mom’s Emotional Video About IEP Frustration
This powerful video gave voice to the frustrations and hopes of so many others in similar situations. Also check out the additional resources available (posted below the video link).

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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


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