“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” 

– Phil Jackson.

Greetings to All!

Considering how many hot issues are coming to a boil these days, it’s a challenge not to overwhelm you with a fire hose of new resources. Instead, this issue of the Buzz only bulges a bit more than normal. It’s organized into 3’s: 3 new resources relevant to each of CPIR’s 3 most important audiences: Parent Centers, children and youth with disabilities, and their families and educators.

It’ll be our secret that a scad of new resources have been added to our COVID-19 suite. They’re tagged with a”new” ribbon so you can spot them easily.

Please take good care of yourselves,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Sitara, and Myriam


A box decorated with the US flag and a ballot being dropped into its slotThree for Parent Centers

Voter Resource Center
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)’s REV UP Campaign is designed to increase the voting power of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. The resource center connects voters with disabilities and others with an amazing array of info and guides to support their participation in voting.

OSEP Policy Letter to Anonymous
Can a parent be required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to participate in Mediation under Part B of the IDEA?

OSEP Fast Facts | Race and Ethnicity
Two new Fast Facts from OSEP take a closer look at IDEA’s 618 data for American Indian or Alaska Native children with disabilities and for Black or African American students with disabilities. The fast facts reported include data on child count, educational environments, discipline, and exiting.

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Three for Our Children and Youth

Fighting the Big Virus Children’s Book
(Also available in Spanish, simplified Chinese, Finnish, Portuguese, and Mandarin)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network developed this children’s book, to help young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings about COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place.

10 Kids’ Books That Star Protagonists with Special Needs
These 10 books are just some of the many options that feature kids with special needs (and their siblings) fighting crime, solving mysteries, navigating school, loving each other, making friends, and just being awesome.

Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
This OSERS transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how state education agencies, local education agencies, and vocational rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

Three for Families/Educators

100 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know
Because variety is the spice of life!

6 Tips for Keeping Kids Motivated for Online Learning
This 2-minute video (also available in Spanish) gives helpful tips and techniques to encourage and motivate your kids during virtual lessons in what promises to be a very unusual school year.

Types of Strengths in Kids
Children have many different kinds of strengths. Recognizing and talking about these strengths can help your child thrive. This is especially true for kids who are struggling in school. Use this list to help identify your child’s strengths.


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