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Buzz | Amazing Parent Centers!

This Buzz is a rare treat for Parent Centers nationwide. The results of the Parent Center data collection for 2020-2021 are in, and they reveal the true depth and volume of what you collectively accomplished and how many lives you touched in a year of nonstop action. CPIR is also pleased to highlight several resources that Parent Centers and other organizations will find useful when helping families and children, especially those with disabilities.

An Action-Packed Year for Parent Centers: 2020-2021

Oh, what Parent Centers can achieve in one year! This page tells the story of A Year in the Life 2019-20: Parent Centers in Action nationwide AND it connects Parent Centers with an adaptable infographic they can use to spotlight their individual achievements: who they served, how, in what language, and much more.

Buzz | Great Resources in CenterConnect

This Buzz is divided into 2 sections: (1) honoring the upcoming holiday of Juneteenth, a celebration of resilience and freedom since 1865; and (2) taking a whirlwind ride through CentersConnect, CPIR’s community square where Parent Centers gather with news, resources, questions, and content.

Adverse Childhood Experiences in Indian Country

Useful to: Alaska Native and American Indian communities, organizations working with and on behalf of Native communities, Native families and tribes themselves Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are common. Many Tribal individuals, families, and communities have been impacted by childhood experiences causing physical and mental health adversities throughout the lifespan. However, with understanding and effort, individuals […]

Your Child’s Brain | Podcast

(Monthly podcasts) | Useful to parents, Parent Centers, family members, educators, and medical practititioners working with children with different types of brain issues and challenges.   Your Child’s Brain is a monthly podcast of the Kennedy Krieger Institute with assistance from WYPR (National Public Radio, WYPR 88.1 FM). The podcast is released the first Monday […]

Korean-English Glossary of Common IDEA Terms

BEHOLD: The 2022 Korean-English Glossary of Common IDEA Terms is yours to consult! This A-Z resource is a valuable tool to Parent Centers, community-based and family-focused organizations and health centers, schools, and others who serve Korean-American families, especially those that have children with disabilities. Creating the Korean-English glossary has taken the intense commitment and labor of the Community Inclusion & Development Alliance (CIDA), in collaboration with the Open Doors for Multicultural Families, and with support from OSEP and the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). The glossary is intended to provide accurate and reliable Korean translations of commonly used terms in special education.

Connect with the Korean glossary of special education terms A-Z as well as learn more about how it was created (and by whom!).

Buzz | “Bread and Butter” Topics of Parent Centers (& Parents)

What concerns and questions do newcomer families often tend to have when they learn that their child has a disability? These, shall we say, are the bread-and-butter of topics that Parent Centers so often address. This Buzz connects you with easy-to-share introductions to and explanations of what many newcomer families need to know. New Parent Center staffers may also find these materials a useful crash course in basic topics related to children with disabilities.

Buzz | Potpourri of News and Resources

There’s quite a mix of news to share in this issue of the Buzz: news and resources from the Feds; resources focused on supporting the physical and behavioral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives; and articles on helping children with disabilities coping with change. They are all yours for the coming, reading, and sharing.

Basic Steps of the Early Intervention Process

This 5-page handout from CPIR shows the 8 basic steps of early intervention, with brief summaries of each step. You can use this handout when introducing families, professionals, and community members to the state’s early intervention system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or suspected disabilities. Steps 1 and 2, for example, are when the child is referred to the early intervention system, which then evaluates the child to see if he or she does have a delay or disability and is eligible for services. Moving through the steps thereafter, the process ends with Step 8, when the child exits early intervention upon reaching the 3rd birthday.

This handout was created as part of CPIR’s training curriculum on early intervention, Building the Legacy for Our Youngest Children with Disabilities. CPIR is pleased to update it to 2022 and provide it anew, as an accessible PDF and in Word. Read more about the handout and download it here.

Best Practices for Communicating Data to Parents and the Public

(2021, May) | Useful to Parent Centers and other organizations who work with families and support how school data are communicated to parents and the public Data on its own may not mean much to parents who don’t understand it. Narrative explanations, simple definitions, and high-quality translations go a long way toward ensuring that all […]

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