Word cloud of motivational words such as innovation, evolve, set in motion

“We will open the book.
Its pages are blank.
We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” 

~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

This Buzz kicks off 2023 by bringing you a good handful of IEP resources to add to your collection, as well as two policy-related items.

We hope the new year’s treating you right so far, and we look forward to providing you with more Buzzes and news throughout the year ahead!

Be well, here we go anew!
The CPIR Team


IEP Resources for You

Title of CADRE's seriesYour Journey to Self-determination Series
The Your Journey to Self-determination Series from CADRE includes 6 interactive self-directed courses that provide relatively short introductions to key concepts and skills needed to support students in becoming self-determined and engaging in their educational planning. Facilitation materials are also available.


Engaging Parents as Partners in the IEP Process
It’s vitally important that IEP teams are truly a partnership that values all participants’ perspectives, where each team member has a role to play and expertise to contribute. This webinar, More Than an Invitation: Tips for Ensuring Parents are Partners in Developing and Implementing the IEP, shares resources and tips to help schools to effectively engage parents as partners in the IEP process.

A Guide to Adaptations
Adaptations are often a vital part of supporting the full engagement of children with disabilities in early childhood programs and schools. This guide from STEMIE provides definitions and examples of adaptations that adults can use to ensure young children with disabilities can participate fully in STEM learning.

Juvenile Justice

Unlocking Futures
Recent data clearly indicate that youth with disabilities, and learning disabilities, are disproportionately impacted by and involved in the juvenile legal system. Unlocking Futures is a comprehensive report from NCLD that discusses issues surrounding youth with learning disabilities and the juvenile justice system. The report also offers policy recommendations to improve these issues moving forward.

Spanish Transition Terms

Added to the OSEP English to Spanish Glossary of Terms: Appendix of Transition-Related Terms | Parent Centers have been using this glossary of English to Spanish terms for several years now. Newly added is this appendix of terms related to transition to adulthood.


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