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Are you ready to leap into summer?

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources—the CPIR. This month’s issue spotlights resources to get us ready and carry us through the coming summer!

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New Resources in the Hub

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

Final rule: States must maintain their expenditures on special education.
On April 28, 2015, regulations for Part B of IDEA were amended—specifically, the requirements governing MOE (maintenance of effort). The new rule requires LEAs to spend at least as much on special education as they did the prior year, details what happens if an LEA fails to do so, spells out what the MOE will be for the year following a failure, and provides 4 clear exceptions to the requirement that LEAs maintain their fiscal support for special education. This info is important for Parent Centers to know!

AccessCollege: The Student Lounge.
Transitioning from high school to college includes two phases: (a) preparing for college, including testing, securing financial aid, and choosing your postsecondary school; and (b) succeeding in college, which requires numerous self-management skills. This new item in the hub lists many resources for students with disabilities to prepare for and to succeed in college.

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Spotlight on…Summer!

Soon it will be summer, and new adventures and opportunities await. How to enrich our children’s lives, prevent summer “slide,” squeeze in a vacation, and ensure safety are of great interest now. So…here are a few resources for you and the families you serve.

10 ways to prevent summer slide.
Children can lose up to 3 months of academic progress over the summer, and nobody wants that! Here are 10 things families can do to help their child avoid the summer slide.

What’s the National Summer Learning Association have to say?
Explore the NSLA’s website for great ideas and connections about camps, community initiatives, what the research has to say about summer learning, best practices in summer programs, funding, and much more.

Top 10 summer activities for kids with special needs.
Summer can be a challenging time for children with special needs and their parents. Many families face a decrease in school and therapeutic hours. This may leave parents with extra time to fill during the day. created this list of summer activities that don’t require weeks of planning, a small loan, or traveling further than the backyard.

A special needs pre-flight checklist: 16 things parents need to do before heading to the airport.
The title says it all. If you have families who are going by plane with a child who has special needs, share this checklist with them.

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What Do You Think of the Buzz?

CPIR would very much like to hear what you think of the monthly Buzz. Is it on target for your Parent Center? What types of resources would you like to see included? How can we craft this newsletter so that it’s useful and relevant and timely for your work with families? Please let us know via our less-than-5-minute survey.

Thank you! We’ll include this feedback in our continuation report and use it when creating future Buzzes.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

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

When (and how) to tell kids they have Asperger’s.
This resource gives parents tips on ways to talk about the diagnosis to help their child process this important information in the most empowering way.

Managing problem behavior at home.
Child Mind offers this parent guide to more confident, consistent and effective parenting when behavior is an issue.

Thinking about “doing” college online?
There are over 1,000 colleges that offer at least a Bachelor’s degree online. People can study any one of 100 different subjects without ever setting foot on campus. Some programs focus on rural students; other programs focus on commuter students. Some deliver live video feeds of an on-campus class. Others have an online environment that encourages chatting and forum interactions. This website,, explores the world of online colleges and offers great tools for students and families, especially:

Financial Aid Guide for Online Students

How to Make Sense of Online College Rankings

Online College Costs: A Breakdown of Tuition and Fees

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Resources Just for Parent Centers: It’s Your Summer, Too!

Is summer a time of year when Parent Center work slows down? Of course not! There’s always so much to do, learn, and know, so you can assist the families who come to you for information and training.

Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to put aside the crush of day-to-day duties and indulge in your own learning. If so, you may find these resources make for good reading and sharing.

The top 10 special education blog posts of all time!
Blogs are strange animals, aren’t they? It’s nice to have someone point to the BEST of the posts dealing with disabilities and special education. And here they are, courtesy of the Friendship Circle.

Special needs apps are great, but…which one suits this child?!
With over 1,000 apps now available to help individuals with special needs, it has become increasingly difficult to find and choose the right special needs app. The Friendship Circle App Review gives parents, educators, and others the ability to find the perfect special needs app for a given child.

For special needs advocates: A guide on reaching out to politicians.
Parent Centers are the ultimate special needs advocates. Surely this guide is for you!

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Missed the Webinar on Creating Infographics?

No problem! It’s archived!
If you missed our webinar on how to create infographics and it’s a topic that interests you, visit the CPIR’s Webinar Archives, where you can:

  • listen to the live demonstration,
  • download the guidebook we shared, and
  • connect with the base template we created to showcase the 2014 activities of your Parent Center.

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Alerts and Announcements

Sad news to share | The passing of Pat Haberbosch.
We are very sorry to share this news: On May 11th, Pat Haberbosch passed away. Pat has been the executive director of WVPTI Inc. (West Virginia Parent Training and Information) and Family to Family Health Center where she spent 25 years devoting her life to helping families of children with disabilities. You will be sorely missed, Pat.

June 2nd deadline | Submit a proposal to present at TASH’s 2015 conference.
The theme of TASH’s 2015 Annual Conference (scheduled for December 2-4 in Portland, Oregon) is “Celebrating 40 Years of Progressive Leadership.” Interested in submitting a proposal to TASH for making a presentation at the conference? Deadline’s coming up, June 2nd! Find out more at:

CPIR’s New Webinar Schedule.
It’s become obvious that CPIR’s schedule for the webinar series (the first Thursday of every other month) isn’t going to work out well in the coming months (e.g., July 2nd, September 3rd). So we’ve decided to change the schedule to the SECOND Thursday of every other month.

We hope the new schedule works for you. (If not, please remember that the webinars are always archived, so you can catch them anytime.) The NEW webinar schedule to put on your calendar is:

July 9, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time
September 10, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time
November 12, 2015 | Thursday, 3 pm Eastern time

Topics are being determined as we speak, so stay tuned!

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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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