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Rare Disorders

Disability Fact Sheet Resources updated, March 2021 “Alone we are rare. Together we are strong.” Slogan of Rare Disease Day —February 29, 2012. Roughly 7,000 rare diseases/disorders have been identified as affecting the human race. Because they are rare, it can be a real challenge for a person to be accurately diagnosed. Finding effective treatments, especially […]

Accelerating Learning for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 and Beyond

COVID-19 shuttered school buildings and the impact on students will potentially be significant for years to come. While instructional loss will affect most students, it could have a disproportionate impact on students with disabilities and other historically marginalized populations, including students of color, students impacted by poverty, and English language learners. It’s critical that schools take immediate steps to address the issue of instructional loss and prevent students from falling further behind. This 26-page report from NCLD discusses promising practices for doing just that. It explores in some detail research-based approaches to accelerate learning; how to implement those approaches with success; and policy recommendations and actions at the state and federal levels. Read more about the report and download it here.

Building Responsive Relationships Remotely

In the Spring and Fall of 2020, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University hosted a series of conversations with members of its Frontiers of Innovation community. Through these conversations, members shared their stories of innovation and resilience as they sought to maintain services for families during the pandemic.

Building Responsive Relationships Remotely is a compilation of the ideas and wisdom that experts from the field shared during those conversations to help others navigate remote interactions. Read more about (and access) the resource here.

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 […]

Disability & Special Education Acronyms

Updated June 2020   Welcome to the alphabet soup of special education! The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. The CPIR is pleased to provide this list […]

Virtual IEP Meeting Tip Sheets

Meetings to write, review, or revise a child’s IEP typically bring together a team of people who meet in person at least once a year. Now, because of coronavirus, school closures, and social distancing, IEP teams are meeting virtually, either in conference calls or via the Internet. This collection of tip sheets on planning for and participating in virtual meetings was developed collaboratively by six OSEP-funded technical assistance centers, and includes an infographic about virtual IEP meetings (available in English and Spanish); a sample agenda (also available in English and Spanish); technology tips for all participants; suggestions for hosting a virtual meeting; and tips for those participating in a virtual meeting. Read more about (and download) the tip sheets here.

Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days

Digital learning environments can present physical, sensory, and learning barriers for students with disabilities. As learners and teachers move to fully online environments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, what are the considerations for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and the accessibility of the materials and technologies selected? What are best practices for supporting students with disabilities remotely?

This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. Held on March 23, 2020, its archive is online and available for listening and viewing. SETDA (the State Educational Technology Directors Association) compiled resources on eLearning for state education agencies and school districts at no cost, with a special section on accessibility. When you visit SETDA’s website to view the webinar, be sure to have a look at its Parent Resources page, too. Find out more here.

Supporting the Whole Child through Trauma-Informed Practice

(2020, January) | Useful to Parent Centers and others working with children who’ve experienced trauma. Equipped with rapidly growing knowledge about how trauma can undermine young people’s healthy development and ability to learn, many youth-serving professionals, community leaders, and policymakers are infusing principles of trauma-informed practice into program design, implementation, and policy proposals. Creating Cultures of […]

Parents Guide to Problem Behavior

Useful to: Parent Centers for sharing with families whose child or children exhibit challenging behavior. When children struggle with their behavior, it can have a negative impact on everyone in the family. Parents know they need to respond, but they often aren’t sure what’s the best strategy, especially if a child is frequently acting out […]

Module 14: Meetings of the IEP Team

by Lisa Küpper Center for Parent Information and Resources July 2016 Editor’s Note: Module 14 was originally written in 2007. In 2016, its contents were updated and “toured” as part of a CPIR webinar for Parent Centers. Should you wish to listen to that webinar (where other updated IEP modules were toured as well), the […]

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