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Welcome to the July 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR.

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 resources we’ve recently added.

2015 State Determination Letters.
OSEP has created State Profile pages that include the most recent State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) and OSEP’s response, including any required actions; a State data profile; a link to the current determination letter; the State’s Results Driven Accountability determination matrix; and other related documents.

State Profile Pages for Part C

State Profile Pages for Part B

Crash Course in Infographics.
Following up CPIR’s webinar on this subject, here’s a quick guide to infographics from It’s full of handy information, best practices, and tips and tools. You’ll find all the information you need to start making your infographics or to make your next infographic even better.

The Journey to Life After High School: A Road Map for Parents of Children with Special Needs.
This comprehensive guide examines the laws that impact a youth with special needs, the importance of the IEP, and the different paths that a youth can take after graduating from high school. The Journey to Life after High School not only provides the steps that need to be taken prior to graduation, but also the preparation required for the new adult’s legal and medical rights.

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Spotlight on…Parent Center Materials

Parent Centers have produced an amazing array of parent-friendly resources, such as the ones listed below. CPIR would love to add your Center’s best to the Hub, so please do submit materials that other centers might find helpful! Find the submission form online at:

Advocacy | Maine Parent Federation.
This 40+ information packet is written expressly for parents and includes sections such as: Advocating for Your Child – Getting Started; From Emotions to Advocacy; Learn to Ask Questions, Get Services; Assertiveness Skills; Advocacy Planning Guide; Managing Conflict Creatively; and 8 Steps to Better IEP Meetings.

Materials in several languages! | Missouri Parents Act (MPACT).
MPACT offers a wide variety of fact sheets, sample letters, and sample forms in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.

Video vignettes on educational rights | PEAL Center (PA).
Looking for short videos you can share with parents to explain in plain language each of parent’s educational rights under IDEA (e.g., the right to give or refuse consent, the right to participate). Check out PEAL’s vignettes!

Intro to person-centered planning in English & Spanish | FACT Oregon.
It Starts with a Dream! is an 18-page booklet from FACT Oregon that introduces parents to person-centered planning and guides them through identifying their child’s strengths and needs, what works and what doesn’t work, and dreams for the future. Lots of spacious and useful checklists—and the booklet comes in English and Spanish.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

10 things parents of children with developmental disabilities should know. has done it again—great June newsletter, packed with information and connections.

Is my child’s anger normal?
This guidance from the Child Mind Institute can help parents tell if their child’s outbursts or aggression are beyond typical behavior.

Autism Navigator.
Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and courses that integrate the most current research in autism with an interactive web platform and lots of video footage showing effective evidence-based practices. It’s intended for professionals as well as families. Families can start with the short video About Autism in Toddlers (you have to register first, but it’s free) to learn more about diagnostic features of autism, the importance of early detection and intervention, and current information on causes. Close-captioning is available in English and in Spanish.

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Just for Parent Centers: Nonprofit Management

One of the Parent Center network’s priorities is “Best Practices in Nonprofit Management.” Hope these resources help you!

Helping your board collaborate.
A nonprofit’s board of directors requires a lot of collaboration—with other board members, committee members, and organizational staff. Yet board members are often spread out geographically, which can make successful collaboration a real challenge. Even if board meetings are held face-to-face, much of the work between meetings is done virtually. This article explores board portals and other software that you can use to bridge the distance and unite dispersed collaborators by making it easy to present, review, and comment on information.

Tips and tools to activate nonprofit boards and committees.
Having an active board is vital to the life and effectiveness of a nonprofit organization. Learn how you can leverage technology to engage a board, committees, and stakeholder groups to get them actively involved with your work. This webinar was originally held in 2014, but it’s archived for your listening and learning pleasure.

Comparing options for collaboration software.
This online article explores the types of software that exist for informal conversations and presentations, for information sharing, and for longer-term structured collaborations. A meaty section on how to choose then follows and includes a handy chart of each software’s strengths and weaknesses to help you select the one that fits your Center.

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Miss the Webinar on Writing for the Web?

If you missed our webinar on how to write for the web and it’s a topic that interests you, visit the CPIR’s archived webinar page, where you can:

  • listen to the webinar,
  • download the slideshow, and
  • connect with the more detailed information in the Writing for the Web series.

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe 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’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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