Postcard pin-up of a beautiful summer day on the green hillsSpotlight on: Summertime’s Ahead

The tans will fade, but
the memories will last forever.

This issue of the Buzz from the Hub emphasizes resources that you and your families can use to make the most out of the summer days ahead, from reading to summer travel to physical activities adapted for those with various health or physical disabilities. We are also pleased to pass along the latest releases from the Office of Special Education Programs.

All our best to you, as always,

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Myriam


Summertime’s Coming

From Bookshare: Summer Reading Your Child Will Love
Bookshare offers an accessible online library for people with print disabilities. Check out these great titles handpicked by Bookshare for young readers, middle school students, teens, and adults.

Don’t Stress the Summer: Managing Behavior at Home
This article is written by a mother of three children under 7, the oldest having ADHD and a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) diagnosis. She shares 7 strategies she uses in her own home to manage behavioral difficulties, promote cooperative interactions, and reduce the overall level of stress.

Exercise and Fitness for Those with Disabilities
Connect the families you serve with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), especially this page of fact sheets describing various exercise and fitness techniques, adaptations, programming, and related exercise equipment that can be used by, for, and in working with individuals with a variety of disabilities and health conditions.

Prepare for Success When Traveling with Your Child with Special Needs
Traveling with any child is a game of chance as to how they will react, but parents of children with disabilities will need to do a little more preparing to get from point A to point B.

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Two from the Feds

A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
In March, President Trump rescinded the Department’s regulations relating to accountability and state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To reflect these changes, OSERS has revised and reissued this transition guide to remove references to the now rescinded ESSA regulations.

Eligibility Determinations for Children Suspected of Having a Visual Impairment Including Blindness
OSEP’s May memo reinforces key points made in its Letter to Kotler (November 2014) as to whether an SEA or LEA could further define the disability category “visual impairment including blindness” under IDEA. In the new May memo, OSEP shares information about outside resources related to the identification and evaluation of children suspected of having a visual impairment including blindness.


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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, Myriam, Jessica, Ana-Maria, and Lisa
The CPIR Team


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