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Plain Language Writing—An Essential Part Of Accessibility

(2020, October) | Useful to Parent Centers and other dissemination and technical assistance centers when writing for individuals with disabilities. How do you make writing accessible? We know how to replace steps with ramps. We know how to widen doorways and make restrooms larger for wheelchair users. We can accommodate Deaf people with Sign Language […]

Renegotiating School-Police Partnerships

(2020, June) | Useful to Parent Centers in working with schools using School Resource Officers (SROs) National conversations about police brutality have spurred school districts nationwide to reconsider their relationships with local law enforcement agencies. In the 2017–2018 school year, 45% of all public schools reported having one or more full- or part-time school resource […]

Racial Equity Resource Guide

In 2010, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched America Healing, an effort to put racial and structural inequalities behind us, by first putting it squarely in front of us. America Healing is designed to raise awareness of unconscious biases and inequities to help communities heal. In support of America Healing, the Kellogg Foundation created this comprehensive and interactive racial equity resource guide that includes practical resources aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial healing and equity in their communities. There’s a video to introduce you to the search functionality that allows you to build your own resource guide suited to your needs or those of your organization or community.

For more info about the guide, its search functionalities, and the “how-to” video that will get you started, come here.

Supporting Service Provision during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Children, youth, and families living in under-resourced communities nationwide are especially vulnerable to the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and may need different and/or more robust provision of services. At the same time, community-based direct service providers may struggle to know how best to support families while adhering to social distancing mandates.

This tip sheet from Child Trends offers strategies to help administrators and supervisors support front-line staff who work with clients remotely, specifically regarding three key areas where administrators are likely to experience the greatest challenges: logistics, policies and procedures, and communication. Read more about, and access, the tip sheet here.

Child Care Crisis Disproportionately Affects Children With Disabilities

Most parents in the United States depend on child care to maintain an often-fragile balance between work and family life. Although a shortage of affordable, high-quality care is an issue for all families, it disproportionately affects families of children with disabilities. This 26-page report from the Center for American Progress examines families’ child care experiences when they have children ages 0 to 5 with disabilities.

The study identified many significant obstacles that parents of young children with disabilities face when trying to find child care. Key findings are reported, including how parents managed their individual challenges, patching together help as well as making significant changes to their jobs to provide care. Following these analyses, the report discusses three specific policy solutions. Read more about the contents of the report and access it here.

Nine Competencies Today’s Nonprofit Leaders Need for Success

This free training video from Grantspace.org provides an extensive overview of the 9 competencies that today’s nonprofit leaders need to have to be successful. The presenter, Dennis Miller, shares a new perspective on the role individual leaders play within their organizations. Viewers can do a self-assessment for both themselves and their colleagues. They will also be able to create an improvement plan to focus their own growth and successfully mentor emerging leaders. Find out more about the video and intended outcomes of the training here.

Identification, Evaluation, and Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder

For the first time in 12 years, the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report that includes updated clinical recommendations on autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The 71-page report provides updates on the increasing number of children with ASD, as well as expanded knowledge on risk factors, co-occurring medical and behavioral conditions, genetic contributions, and the body of research on evidence-based interventions.

This updated document aims to provide primary care providers with a summary of current information in a single report that will help guide them in providing a medical home for the patient with ASD. The document is searchable by topic and includes a glossary and a section on working with families. Read more about and access the report here.

Eligibility for Special Education under a Specific Learning Disability Classification

Identifying students who have specific learning disabilities (SLD) and are eligible for special education can be a complicated process under IDEA. To improve policy and practice, 11 national organizations, working together, developed this 2-page resource, Eligibility for Special Education Under a Specific Learning Disability Classification. The resource succinctly lays out 8 critical elements of a quality evaluation process when SLD is suspected. Using these 8 principles, schools and evaluation teams can examine their current practices and determine areas that need improvement. Access the principles and a list of additional resources here.

Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities

(2019) | Useful for Parent Center capacity building and for sharing with state and local education leaders and advocates The primary mechanism for ensuring that students with disabilities receive the right educational content and rigor at the right moment in their education is the individualized education program (IEP). This resource from the Council of Chief […]

5 Steps to Working with Your School Board

(2019, April) | Useful to Parent Centers and others for sharing with families with school-aged children, with or without disabilities. According to this article from Great Schools, it may be time to go to a school board meeting. The article discusses how to work with your local school board — the people who can make […]

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