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Modifying an IEP or 504 for Distance or Hybrid Learning

(2020) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families and schools Also available in Spanish. As the year begins with distance or hybrid learning at most schools, many parents are worried that pre-pandemic IEP plans may leave students with disabilities without vital services. Luckily, IEP or 504 plans aren’t set in stone. If a […]

How Right Now Partner Toolkit

How Right Now is an initiative to address people’s feelings of grief, loss, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It aims to increase people’s ability to adapt and be resilient during this time.

The initiative’s Partner Toolkit provides materials tailored for use with specific audiences and communities (people ages 65 and over; caregivers; people with pre-existing mental health or physical conditions; those experiencing violence; and those experiencing economic distress). Among the materials you’ll find in the toolkit are sharable graphics to promote the How Right Now initiative and website; graphics that illustrate simple ways to support emotional well-being; and a launch video featuring how people are coping during the pandemic. A Spanish version of the toolkit is available, too! Find out more here.

Planning for When Workplaces and Schools Reopen

  New resources added during the week of October 12, 2020. Note: A date in parentheses means the publication date of that resource, not the date we posted it here. This is to let you see at a glance how current the information is.     Updated as of October 13, 2020 This short page […]

A Guide to Equity in Remote Learning

(2020) | Useful to educators, Parent Centers, and families of children with disabilities concerned with equity in education, especially in African American communities   This guide to equity in remote learning emerges from the ongoing webinar series Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis, a collaborative effort of several professional organizations in California (e.g., California […]

Building Post-COVID Early Care and Education Systems that Serve Children with Disabilities

Of the 24 million children under age 6 in the United States, about 5% (1.2 million) have a diagnosed disability that makes them eligible for services under IDEA. Yet the proportion of children participating in early intervention and early childhood special education varies, with children in certain racial and ethnic groups having differential access to IDEA services. The article examines the impact that COVID-19 has had on families with young children with disabilities, including loss of in-person therapy and gaps in health insurance for children with unemployed parents. The article concludes with 7 examples of action steps that ECE decision makers can take to support a strong return to services and ensure that young children with disabilities receive support for their development and learning.

Telecommuting Technology and Tips

  New resources added during the week of September 28, 2020. Note: A date in parentheses means the publication date of that resource, not the date we posted it here. This is to let you see at a glance how current the information is.   Updated as of September 30, 2020 This page of resources […]

COVID-19 Info in Other Languages

  New resources added during the week of August 24-31, 2020. Note: A date in parentheses means the publication date of that resource, not the date we posted it here. This is to let you see at a glance how current the information is.   Updated as of August 31, 2020 This page of resources […]

Buzz | Flip Flops and School Buses

This Buzz mixes pleasure and planning. It’s summertime, after all, and we’re snapping around on flip flops, eating corn on the cob, and firing up our BBQ grills. Fall seems a long way off. It’s hard to summon energy or interest enough to plan ahead. But who says we can’t play now, enjoy summer’s treats, and also plan ahead to the reopening of schools?

Q&A on Dispute Resolution in Part B and Part C During COVID-19

(2020, June 22) | Useful to Parent Centers, state education agencies, state lead agencies, and Part B and Part C programs regarding dispute resolution   On June 22, 2020, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education issued two question-and-answer guidances on dispute resolution in Parts B and C during […]

Q&A on Use of Part B and Part C Funds During COVID-19

(2020, June 25) | Useful to Parent Centers, school districts, state lead agencies and education agencies about use of IDEA funds   On June 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued several Q&A guidances on the use of IDEA funds in a COVID-19 environment. These are: IDEA Part B Use of Funds in COVID-19 […]

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