“Be nice to the school bus driver, It’s a long walk from  home to school!” 


It’s hard to believe that we’re now well into August! Yet here we are, many of us bracing for back-to-school issues and adventures, while for many others, that bus had already arrived.

So this issue of the Buzz brings resources Parent Centers can share with families to help them get a new school year off to a good start. We also share tools for Parent Centers, to support the amazing, tranformative work you do every day.

May the wind be at your back,
The CPIR Team


Save the Date!

Webinar | Creating Content: How to Engage Youth and Families
Date: September 19, 2022 at 2 pm ET
Host | RAISE Center
Also presented in Spanish and in ASL
Want to learn more about the best practices of social media engagement and how to create social media content that will captivate and activate state youth and families? Sure you do! Register at the link above.

In Case You Missed It…

Providing Required Compensatory Services That Help Students with Disabilities in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This July 27th webinar, hosted by Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and OSERS, is a great way to learn when a school district must provide compensatory services under Section 504 and the IDEA to students with disabilities who did not receive the services to which they were entitled due to the pandemic. How to do so is also discussed.

Back-in-School Resources for Families

Many schools are already back in session. Many aren’t, but that reality is just around the corner. Strap in, and good luck to all.

Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs
LDOnline offers 8 back-to-school tips for parents that emphasize communication, organization, and staying up-to-date on special education news.

The Promise and the Potential of the IEP
The Spring-Summer issue of The Special EDge Newsletter is full of articles on the IEP, such as:

Strength-based and Student-focused IEPs;
Improving the IEP: The Parent and Family Perspective;
Collaboration and the IEP; and
What I Learned That Can Help Others, written by a youth speaking for those who cannot.

Prepararse para una reunión de IEP
This 7-minute video in Spanish describes how parents can prepare for an upcoming IEP meeting.

Tools for Tough Times
Much has been said and written about the importance of supporting the mental health of students returning to school in such turbulent times. Now youth speak for themselves in 30 two-minute teen-led videos. They show us all what steps they’re taking to cope with the isolation, anxiety, and uncertainty they’re feeling. You don’t need to be a teen to benefit from the tools they describe.

Adapted PE for Your Child? Dear Parents
Adaptability.com has some information to offer parents on Adapted Physical Education and the rights they have, given that adapted PE is a federally mandated special education service.


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