“In summer, the song sings itself.”

— William Carlos Williams

Schools are out for the summer, so reading for fun and learning is always an option for parents, children, and Parent Centers themselves. We’re pleased to connect you with more on that subject.

This Buzz also shares resources on genetic conditions, testing, and rare disorders that families and professionals alike may find helpful.

Keep up the great work! Hope you find time for fun, too!
The CPIR Team


First, Summer Reading Fun

Fun Books for Summer
(Also available in Spanish | Libros divertidos para el verano)
Another great resource from the Child Mind Institute! There’s a series of articles, starting with 75 Children’s and Youth Books on Mental Health. (Most of the books are available only in English, but there are a few in Spanish.) The remaining articles are available in English and Spanish and include such titles as Why is it important to read to your child? and How to get kids to read over the summer.


For Adult Summer Learning

Looking to refresh your knowledge of disability laws, especially IDEA? Consider these from the Progress Center:

Intro to Special Education Law: Understanding the Sources of the Law
60 minutes | Covers the legal foundations of laws supporting students with disabilities

Intro to Federal and State Laws Impacting Students With Disabilities
30 minutes | Covers the ADA, Section 504, IDEA, and state laws and guidance

The IEP Team: Who’s Who and Other Considerations
60 minutes, with activities | Review the team members responsible for collaboratively developing the student’s IEP and explains their roles on the IEP team


Accessing the Network on Genetic Conditions

The mission of the National Coordinating Center for the Regional Genetics Network is to improve access to genetic services for underserved populations. For families and children where there’s a genetic issue suspected or at hand, this network of regional centers can help through such resources as:

Find your regional center

Glossaries developed to help providers translate genetic terms into the language spoken by the patient (available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)

Find a genetic clinic

Many genetic conditions are at the base of specific rare disorders. Visit the National Organization for Rare Disorders to explore its information and connections.


Access the Family Voices Network

Family Voices En Español
Family Voices is a national family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities. It connects with a network of family organizations across the United States that provide support to families of CYSHCN.

Well, Family Voices has launched the first issue of Family Voices En Español! The online magazine is available in both English and Spanish and was developed in collaboration with family leaders from its network.


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