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19 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

In 2021, Juneteenth will be observed and celebrated on June 19th, Saturday. Truth be told, it’s likely to be celebrated for the entire weekend! Do join in!

If you wonder how you might, have a look at 19 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth, which is full of suggestions and thought-provoking ways to commemorate the joy of African Americans to be free. The resource also shares the many ways we all can involve ourselves in taking positive action now to achieving a stable and just equity for all. Connect with the “19 ways to celebrate” and watch a joy-filled video on Juneteenth.

Disability Information and Access Line

(2021, June) | Useful to Parent Centers and individuals and families with disabilities seeking information about vaccination for COVID-19, including where to get vaccinated. Have a disability and looking for where to get a COVID-19 vaccination? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched what it’s calling a first-of-its-kind national hotline offering information […]

Supporting Students with the Most Intensive Needs | Videos

These three videos highlight key resources available to support families of students with the most intensive needs at home and as they transition to and from in-school services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos speak directly to parents and recommend that parents share the videos (and the highlighted resources) with the team of educators and other professionals working with their child.

Multiple TA&D Centers worked collaboratively to identify these resources and to create the videos that focus on addressing the academic needs, communication needs, and the behavior, transition, and mental health needs of students with significant disabilities. Watch the videos, and find out who the collaborating TA&D Centers were, what resources they have available, and strategies that both educators and parents can use to improve the learning of their children with disabilities.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens

(2021, May) | Useful for Parent Centers and others to share with families whose children (with or without disabilities) are 12 and older and considering vaccinating their children again COVID-19 Para la misma información en español (Vacunas contra el COVID-19 para niños y adolescentes): https://espanol.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/adolescents.html According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the […]

Key Points to Share about ED’s Reopening Schools

In April 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published 2 handbooks to help schools reopen safely. To give Parent Centers, families, and others quick access to the valuable information in these volumes, CPIR is pleased to develop and share with you an infographic summary of each volume. While there is no substitute from reading the actual volumes in their entirety, these infographics will give you a taste of the kind of detailed guidance you’ll find in the full publications. Access the infographics as well as ED’s handbooks here.

Roadmaps to Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools

The U.S. Department of Education has released two handbooks to assist states, schools, and communities in safely reopening America’s schools for in-person learning of students, including those with disabilities. Volume 1, Strategies for Safely Reopening Elementary and Secondary Schools, focuses on health and safety measures that schools can use to successfully implement the CDC’s K-12 Operational Strategy guidelines. Volume 2, Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students’ Needs, spotlights research-based strategies for addressing the social, emotional, mental-health, and academic impacts of the pandemic on students, educators, and staff.

To learn more about each volume, see the Table of Contents for both, and access the handbooks, come here.

Glossary | Racial Equity Tools

This glossary comes from Racial Equity Tools, a website designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. Within the glossary you’ll find the meaning of a wide array of oft-used terms such as: ally, anti-racist ideas, collusion, critical race theory, privilege, and racist policies. The glossary is easy to use with its list of terms, each of which can be selected and expanded to show its meaning and the references on the subject. While the definitions are written at an academic level of readability, this glossary is still very useful for gaining insight into the very important issue of racial equity. Learn more here, including where to find the glossary and a PDF of the glossary online.

Considering LRE in Placement Decisions

Least restrictive environment, or LRE as it is more commonly called, is one of several vital components in the development of a child’s IEP and plays a critical role, influencing where a child spends his or her time at school, how services are provided, and the relationships the child develops within the school and community. Indeed, LRE is a foundational element in building an appropriate IEP that can improve outcomes for a child—in school and in life.

Webinar | Act Early Ambassadors 2021

In this 37-minute webinar, you’ll learn about the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” initiative, the work of the Act Early Ambassadors, and strategies and ideas for how Parent Centers can collaborate with the Ambassadors in their states.

CDC Guidelines for When You’re Fully Vaccinated

The CDC has just issued guidelines (March 9th) for individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These guidelines bring exciting and hopeful news, and are available in English, Spanish, and multiple other languages such as Vietnamese, simplified Chinese, and Korean.

Based on what CDC knows about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. There are also precautions and behaviors they should maintain regardless of their vaccination. Read all about and access the guidelines here!

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