It’s tough trying to keep your feet on the ground, your head above the clouds, your nose to the grindstone, your shoulder to the wheel, your finger on the pulse, your eye on the ball and your ear to the ground.” 


A worker digs a tunnel to get precious stones underground

As part of moving forward in a new year and a new project cycle, CPIR has been devoting time to updating the many resources housed in the Hub library. Amid the tedium of checking links and resource descriptions for accuracy and removing resources that are out of date or no longer available, we’ve discovered unexpected rewards: New resources! Ones we hadn’t heard about or realized were available.

So for this Buzz from the Hub, we’d like to share several of the discoveries we made. We’ll be posting more in the Hub, too, so keep an eye on the Recent Items box on our home page.

Our best to you all,

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


Paving the Way: Parent Tips for Supporting Success in High School and Beyond
The road to adulthood for youth with disabilities is filled with opportunity, and parents play a key role. This web page has multiple branches where parents can explore topics such as: communication and teamwork, study habits and course selection, celebration and support, and preparing for the future.

Youth in Action! – Serving on Decision-Making Boards
This 2018 tip sheet from NCWD/Youth speaks directly to youth with disabilities. It describes what decision-making boards are and gives examples, discusses why youth should serve on such boards, and offers suggestions for how to get started.

Cover photo of Youth in Action, 7 teens sitting togetherYES! Youth Employment Solutions Center
Check out the list of resources at the link above, all intended to support competitive, integrated employment outcomes for transition-aged youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Benefits for Children with Disabilities
The Social Security Administration has a 2019 version of its pamphlet explaining the benefits availability to eligible children with disabilities (under the age of 18): SSI, SSDI, health insurance, Medicaid and Medicare, employment support programs, and more, including how to apply. There’s also a 2018 version of the pamphlet in Spanish.

How Data Empowers Parents
When parents have the right information to make decisions, students excel. But often the only information parents receive about their child’s education is through report cards and the occasional parent teacher conference. Better information empowers parents to provide better support, make better decisions, and be better advocates.


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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 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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