“Just as the bird needs wings to fly, a leader needs useful information to flow. Leaders learn.”

— Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders’ Ladder

Greetings to You!

There’s quite a mix of news to share in this issue of the Buzz: news and resources from the Feds; resources focused on supporting the physical and behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives; and articles on helping children with disabilities coping with change. They are all yours for the coming, reading, and sharing.

Happy May to you and yours,
The CPIR Team


From the Feds

Public Input Sought on Amending Section 504 Regulations
As part of developing proposed amendments to the Section 504 regulations, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is soliciting public input. Interested parties may go to the link above to submit comments. The Department will also hold listening sessions in the coming months. Read the Department’s press release here.

May 5th OSEP Webinar Call to Parent Centers (It’s the first webinar listed)
If you missed the webinar, you’ll want to check out the recording and the downloadable extras. Lots of hot-off-the-press data were shared from this year’s Parent Center data collection, including comparisons between what you reported in 2018-2019 and this year’s 2019-2020. So abundantly clear was the incredible job that Parent Centers did in informing and training families, youth with disabilities, and professionals!

Native American Families and Communities

Physical and Behavioral Health
The Comprehensive Center Network’s National Center assembled a panel of experts in the field of American Indian and Alaska Native education to help determine current needs and interests in the field. As a result, 6 primary categories were identified, and a brief for each category was developed to positively affect the learning lives of Native children and youth. One of these briefs is Physical and Behavior Health, linked above. It’s 13 pages long and a good resource for state education agencies and organizations working with Native American communities.

Working with Native American Youth?
Learn more about UNITY, which has 320+ affiliated youth councils operating in 36 states. These are sponsored by tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, urban centers, and others. Youth Councils engage in annual projects in four areas: cultural preservation, environmental awareness, healthy lifestyles, and community service.

Coping with Change

Tips for Helping Special Needs Kids Change Schools
(Available in Spanish: Consejos para ayudar a los niños con necesidades especiales a cambiar de escuela) This article answers the questions: Why is it hard for children with disabilities to change schools? What can parents do to support their kids when changing schools? What tools can parents use to help kids prepare for a new school?

Getting Kids Ready for a Deployment
(Available in Spanish: Preparar a los niños para el despliegue militar de un padre) When should parents tell children about an upcoming deployment? What should parents say about the deployment? What are things parents can do ahead of time to help kids feel prepared?


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