“November comes, and November goes.
With the last red berries and the first white snows.
With night coming early and dawn coming late,
and ice in the bucket and frost by the gate.
The fires burn, and the kettles sing,
and earth sinks to rest until next spring.”
This Buzz brings you a diversity of resources to use in your work with families. Topics include culturally competent transition planning, the Dear Colleague letter on addressing the impacts on children and youth that losing a parent or caregiver has, and information for parents that will help them work with their child’s school.
Our best to you, as always,
The CPIR Team
Culturally Competent Transition Planning
RAISE the Standard
Culturally competent transition practices can play a significant role in improving post-school outcomes for youth with disabilities. The November issue of RAISE The Standard explores what it means to bring a culturally competent approach to transition planning and why it is vital to do so. Be sure to check out the great list of resources in the newsletter, such as the one listed below.
Life after High School: A Guide for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families of Youth with Disabilities
This guide is offered in nine languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Wow, eh? From Open Doors for Multicultural Families.
In Celebration and Awareness
November is Native American Heritage Month
Let us “rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations.” That’s how President Biden’s proclamation begins, marking the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. The proclamation designates that one day in particular to be recognized as Native American Heritage Day: November 25. Read the proclamation at the link above.
Also check out what activities and celebrations the government has planned, and First Nations’ How to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
Addressing the Impacts of Parent and Caregiver Loss on Children
(Also available in Spanish: Cómo afrontar el impacto de la pérdida de padres y cuidadores en los niños)
This Dear Colleague Letter from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) discusses the urgent need to support children and youth who’ve experienced the traumatic loss of a parent or caregiver. It also includes an astoundingly thorough list of programs and resources available to address the spectrum of needs a child or family might have, from economic supports to behavioral health, to kinship and family supports, and more.
How to Work With Your Child’s School
Children with emotional or learning challenges are entitled to support from their schools. Who should parents talk to? This suite of articles from the Child Mind Institute can sure help! It includes 6 separate briefs, with titles such as Building Your Education Team, Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Kids at School, How to Get Assistive Technology for Your Child in School, How to Make the Most of Your IEP Meeting, and About Section 504 Plans. All are also available in Spanish.
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