“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets
Golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!” 

–Rusty Fischer.

Greetings to All!

How impossible is this, that we’re already into October? How did we get here so fast? Life has gone super-sonic!

We hope you can squeeze in time to check out the many new resources and tools appearing on the scene, because they are timely and highly relevant to the work we do and the people we care about.

Savor every day, and keep well!
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Sitara, and Myriam


Disability-Specific Resources

Behavior Challenges: Conversation Starters to Use With Your Child’s Teacher
When your child has behavior challenges, it can be hard to talk about them with teachers. But having these conversations can help you and the teacher be partners. It also helps you get support for your child at school, even if learning is happening at home. (This resource comes with a worksheet for parents to use in preparing for talking with the teacher.)

The LD Checklist: Recognize and Respond
Most preschoolers and school-age children struggle with learning and behavior now and then. But what if the difficulty persists? Sometimes, that signals a learning disability (LD). Parents can use this interactive tool to detect potential signs of LDs or an attention issue in their child.

20 “Stay-Put” Play Spaces for Little Ones with Sensory Impairments and Other Special Needs
This booklet is about creating spaces and materials that encourage infants and toddlers with sensory impairments to explore. Also available in Spanish.

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Tools for Individual and Organizational Learning

Guides to Education Technologies
As schools re-open for the new school year, a group of 70 developers and researchers collaborated to produce this new series of guides providing info on government-supported education technology products that are ready for in-class and remote learning (either as no-cost or as fee-based). The guides include resources appropriate for young children through postsecondary students in education and special education, for English learners, and for teachers across a wide range of educational topics.

Module | Interagency Collaboration
Like all young adults, students with disabilities require support as they leave school and enter the adult world. For students with disabilities, there may be many agencies and organizations that provide supports and services. That’s why interagency collaboration is a must! This module includes information, videos, surveys, and interactive activities to help you build or strengthen your interagency team. Just create a (free) account at the Transition Coalition, and you’re in!

OSEP Updates: September 2020
The September 2020 issue of OSEP Updates is fantastic, packed to the brim with the resources and tools we all can use. (By the way, if you don’t already subscribe to OSEP Updates, signing up is a snap.)


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