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Welcome to the November 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). We’ve heard that Parent Centers are hungry for multimedia resources, so that’s the special focus of this month’s newsletter.


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Age of Majority Briefs—Hot Off the Press!

CPIR is very pleased to announce the 4 new briefs for parents just published on the Hub, a series that begins with Getting Ready for When Your Teen Reaches the Age of Majority: A Parent’s Guide.

The series also includes:

Key collaborations that bring you this fruit
Written in collaboration with the National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC) and the National Post-School Outcomes Center (NPSO), we hope you’ll find these tip sheets to be practical and parent-friendly—-they were extensively reviewed by folks within the Parent Center network. CPIR sends a huge thank you to the Parent Center staff who helped shape the tone and content of these briefs. Our hats also go off to NSTTAC and NPSO for involving Parent Centers in a year-long but critical review process.

Upcoming webinars!
Brace yourself for at least 2 webinars on this important subject…

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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 on our theme!

UDL at a glance | UDL de un vistazo.
Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. This 4-1/2 minute video from CAST explains how UDL guides the design of instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials that can be customized and adjusted to meet individual needs. It’s also available in Spanish.

Video | Needs of siblings with a brother or sister with disabilities.
What does it mean to have a brother or sister with a disability? How are siblings affected by this complex reality? This 8:44-minute video focuses candidly on the special concerns, needs, and issues that siblings often have when their brother or sister has a developmental disability.

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Spotlight on…Parent Center Multimedia Resources and Webinars

Parent Centers have produced an amazing array of parent-friendly resources, many of which are multimedia or webinars. We’ve listed two 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:

Section 504 services in public schools | Video series.
The Utah Parent Center offers a multi-part series on Section 504 in both English and Spanish. The series of videos answers the questions: (1) What is Section 504? (2) Who is eligible for Section 504? (3) How does Section 504 work? (4) What services are available? and also includes a video on problem solving and three separate stories from parents. Sweet!

RTI and multi-tiered systems of support | Webinar series in English and Spanish.
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities in Illinois makes its RTI/MTSS series of videos available in English and Spanish (you’ll have to register first, but it’s free and painless). Three separate webinar videos look in depth at what families should know about RTI data; how RTI and MTSS relate to school improvement efforts; and how these initiatives relate to special education.

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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. Multimedia, of course!

Person-centered planning.
This video is worth every one of its 9 minutes and 44 seconds. Ann Turnbull describes the action group planning process she and others used with her son Jay. It’s a joy to hear and provides much food for thought as to supporting those with significant disabilities.

Social Security benefits for children with disabilities | Audio and PDF.
From the Social Security Administration, this booklet gives an overview of the special benefits available for children with disabilities. Available in English and Spanish as an audio MP3 file (English audio | Spanish audio) and as a print PDF booklet (English booklet | Spanish booklet) . PDF versions only are available in these other languages, too: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Greek, Haitian-Creole, Hmong, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

See the power of assistive technology to change lives.
The Assistive Technology in Action video series interviews students and young adults who succeed every day with the help of assistive technology. You’ll also hear from their teachers and parents about the process of discovering and implementing assistive technology. From the Center on Technology and Disability.

Need to share information on TBI with families?
Introduce them to’s enormous collection of multimedia resources on traumatic brain injury, which includes short videos, audiocasts, webinars, and interactives and slideshows.

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Multimedia Resources for Your Work with Youth

A new priority of Parent Centers is working directly with youth who have disabilities, especially to build their capacity to advocate for themselves. In addition to CPIR’s priority page on self-advocacy and our webinar on the subject, here are several multimedia resources you can share with teens and families.

The 411 on disability disclosure.
Listen to youth with disabilities discuss how the decisions to disclose their disabilities have affected them at school, at work, and in social situations. You can share the full video (4:11), or select shorter clips about disclosure in any one of the mentioned settings. There’s also a companion publication, The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities and its MP3 audio version.

Succeeding in college and at work: Students with disabilities tell their stories | 4 videos.
Across 4 videos, students with disabilities share strategies to successfully stay in school, graduate, and get jobs. They discuss their struggles with self-reporting their disability and negotiating accommodations in school and at work. Hear their stories: Santara, who has spina bifida (7:30); Valeska, who has learning disabilities (9:30); Alexander, who is visually impaired (7:12); and Danielle, who is missing her right hand (9:42).

Higher education for students with disabilities?
(Available in English and Spanish) | The Next Step is a 19-minute motivational video designed to challenge students, families, and educators to consider higher education for individuals with disabilities. The video presents the personal stories of five Texans with disabilities who enrolled in a college, university, technical school, or trade school. There’s a companion discussion guide as well as a resource book for students (both available in English and Spanish).


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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