It usually takes me two or three days
to prepare an impromptu speech.

~Mark Twain

This issue of the Buzz is about looking forward, planning ahead, and being as ready as possible for life’s roller coaster ride of slow climbs, sudden plunges, and wild turns. Fasten your seat belt for another school year, for helping thousands of families and professionals, for whatever the weather may bring, for that calendar of happenings you’ve already crammed too full. Perhaps the resources below can help!

Our best to you all,

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


Resources for Parent Centers and Families

SAMHSA’s Disaster App | Access critical, disaster-related behavioral health resources right from your phone
The SAMHSA Disaster App makes it easier to provide quality support to survivors. Users can navigate pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, post-deployment resources, and more-at the touch of a button from the home screen. Users also can share resources, like tips for helping survivors cope, and find local behavioral health services. Self-care support for responders is also available.

Preventing Parent Burnout
Nobody wants to burn out from work, and parenting is hard work, especially parenting a child with mental health issues. Avoiding parent burnout is also hard work and means consistent self-care, establishing a strong support network for yourself, and having a trustworthy therapeutic team for your child. Another piece of the puzzle is learning to tap into one of the most powerful motivators on earth: your love for your child. Here are 12 ideas for how to do that.

Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
Although the prospect of financial planning for the rest of a child’s life can seem difficult in the midst of all the everyday challenges, having a plan can provide a greater sense of security. Financial planning for special needs families involves making plans for medical expenses, care-taking, and preserving the child’s government benefits. This checklist provides a guide for navigating the legal and financial needs that families need to address.

Integrating Assistive Technology into Adapted Physical Education | Webinar
This archived webinar can help families and schools be more informed about and prepared for adapting physical education programs to address the needs of students with disabilities. The webinar discusses what adapted physical education (APE) is, and why it is important for students with disabilities to receive APE services. It provides information about apps specially designed to help students with disabilities be active, the use of communication devices to communicate effectively in a physical education setting, and the use of specially designed equipment for specific sports. From the Center on Technology and Disability.

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Save the Date!

Monday, October 15, 2018 | Effective Strategies to Enhance High-Quality Implementation of IEPs
OSEP Symposium | 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Daylight Time
This will be OSEP’s third symposium of its 2018 series. Save the date!
Register here.

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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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