A young African-American boy plays in a dirt pile with his dump truck.All writers are magpies, right? We’re always stealing bits from different places and then weaving them into our little nest.  

~Stacey D’Erasmo


Parent Centers are always looking for tools and information that will help them create trainings, conduct workshops, understand current trends and the people they serve, and share valuable disability information with families. So this Buzz is dedicated to sharing resources that will hopefully support the Parent Center network in the great work they do to educate and connect others.

Our best to you all,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Jessica, and Myriam


Video | One Family’s Story
In this nearly 4-minute video, a mother tells her compelling story about a family living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

You Are Not Alone: Toolkit for Parents of Teens with Epilepsy
This toolkit includes an easy-to-read introduction (with a link to a PDF of a 2-page brochure you can download and share with families), a Parent’s Guide, a Facilitator’s Guide, and a Resource Guide.

The Public Health Image Library | Photos, Illustrations, and Videos
Much of the information critical to the communication of public health messages is pictorial rather than text-based. Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized electronic gateway to CDC’s pictures that others may use in their health messaging. The collections most likely to be useful to Parent Centers as conveyors of health-related information are: everyday activities, health behaviors, natural disasters, and developmental milestones.

Young immigrant girl, wrapped in a US flagWho’s New in Your Community? Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the U.S.
How often does your Parent Center or community agency work with newly arrived families to the US? This Spotlight offers data available about the nearly 44 million immigrants living in the United States in 2016. Use the menu partway down the page to find about more about: current and historical numbers of immigrants; demographic, educational, and linguistic characteristics of recent immigrants; newcomers from Mexico; health insurance coverage; workforce characteristics; children with immigrant parents; refugees and asylum seekers; and more.

Also explore the Migration Information Source pages (under Recent Articles, click on “U.S. Spotlight”) to drill down to specific populations of immigrants, including those from the Caribbean Islands, South America, Central America, Vietnam, India, China, and Bangladesh.

The OSEP English to Spanish Translation Glossary is Back!
This great resource went missing for a while, but we found it! It provides Parent Centers and others with the Spanish translations of  over 200 terms used in Part B of IDEA (special education), as well as over 200 terms used in Part C (early intervention).

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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, Debi, Myriam, Jessica, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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