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April 2010 - NICHCY NEWS YOU CAN USE
How's the spring fever in your area these days? We know it's raging
But we've stayed inside so that we might bring you another issue of
News You Can Use. There are lots of new resources to
report coming from OSEP's TA&D Network
marked with the TA&D logo you see above) and from organizations beyond
the network. We're pleased to tell you about them below.
month's Special Focus is Classroom Accommodations for Students with
, offered as a direct response to the many questions we
get from users about effective instructional strategies and
modifications that support student learning. The list isn't exhaustive,
but it will certainly get you started.
We welcome your feedback. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
best to you!
Your friends at the National Dissemination Center for Children
THIS MONTH FROM THE NATIONAL DISSEMINATION
We are extremely pleased and excited to launch NICHCY
--our Spanish website on disabilities in
children, early intervention, and the special education process. We've
also updated all of our disability factsheets in Spanish. So do please
drop in for a lengthy visit and bring all your Spanish-speaking
friends, beginning at the Spanish homepage: http://www.nichcy.org/spanish/Pages/default.aspx
The site is quite gigantic, so let us give you a quick tour. The
Spanish site is divided into eight basic sections:
This section is expressly written for Spanish-speaking families and
others who've recently learned that their child has a disability. Here,
they're introduced to the disability network of help that's available
and can read FAQs of parents and the article "You Are Not Alone" in
Sobre Discapacidades About
This section is very similar to what's on
our website in English under "Disabilities" (first choice on our left
nav). Just like the English, it features 3 threads you can follow:
developmental milestones, categories of disability under IDEA, and fact
sheets on 13 specific disabilities.
Encontrar Servicios para
Niños con Discapacidades Find Services for Children with Disabilities
Spanish speakers can read about early intervention services for
children up to their 3rd birthday and special education services for
children with disabilities from 3-21. They can also connect with our
state resource sheets and the guide in Spanish to the resources listed
Sobre la Ley IDEA About IDEA
section is loaded with info in Spanish about IDEA, including where to
get a copy, key terms and definitions in IDEA, rights that parents have
under IDEA, and how to resolve disputes under IDEA.
This section connects families with information in Spanish on 6
disability topics: Behavior, Other Important Laws, Health, Related
Services, Assistive Technology, and Transition to Adult Life.
All about us, of course.
Nuestras Publicaciones en Español NICHCY Publications in
Find NICHCY materials in Spanish through an alphabetical list of
publications by title, a topic list A-Z, and a list of NICHCY en
español for English speakers.
We know that many of you do not speak Spanish but still have a
great need to connect Spanish-speaking families with reliable disability
info. So we've tried make it easy for you to locate that material. Here
are three primary ways:
- NICHCY en español for English speakers.
ENGLISH alphabetical order--all the major topics addressed in our
Spanish language pages, what it's called in Spanish, and where to find
- Spanish language resources.
Here's a list of
disability-related topics--again in ENGLISH alpha order--with
connections to info in Spanish about that topic, AD/HD to TBI. Not just
NICHCY materials now, this list takes you and yours into the world of
resources outside our doors.
- Links to the Spanish from within the English pages.
also notice that many of the English pages now sport a new link at the
top: in Spanish en español. If you're reading a page with that link at
the top, just click it and off you'll go to the Spanish page where the
same or similar information is offered.
We very much hope that you will find NICHCY en español a
valuable resource to use and share with others. For those of us at
NICHCY, creating it has been a true labor of love. Enjoy!
IT ALL STARTS IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES
Are you underinsured or know someone who is?
The National Underinsured Resource Guide, developed by the
Patient Advocate Foundation, is intended to help those who are
underinsured locate resources and alternative options for coverage. You
can search the resource guide in two ways: by using keywords or by
completing the online interactive tool to help you find the missing
pieces surrounding your particular situation.
For those of you with children online.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan introduced a new guide to help
parents educate children on Internet safety. Net Cetera: Chatting
with Kids About Being Online addresses safe use of social
networking Web sites, cyberbullying, and the importance of protecting
computers from viruses and other harmful software.
Social Security benefits for children with disabilities.
What social security benefits are available for qualifying children
with disabilities? How do they qualify? This booklet will tell
you---and it's also available in Spanish.
And speaking of Social Security...
In support of President Obama's Transparency and Open Government
initiative, Social Security has launched a new, Open Government webpage
that will serve as a portal for public engagement and will be a key tool
for SSA to more dynamically collaborate with the American public. Have
something to say to SSA?
Hot off the press--the updated
TA&D network placement.
The TA&D network is a great source of info and technical
assistance for all of us with disability-related questions and concerns.
The "placemat" (so called cos that's what it looks like, only bigger)
lists the 40+ projects in the network, the Comprehensive Centers, and
the Equity Assistance Centers. Produced by the TACC (Technical
Assistance Coordination Center), it's your network of disability
expertise, right at your fingertips.
Rural FAQs and people with disabilities.
The Rural Assistance Center offers People with Disabilities
Frequently Asked Questions, such as What support is available for
families that have children with disabilities? and Are rural child care
providers required to provide access to child care for children with
New booklet from CADRE for
families and advocates!
CADRE focuses on dispute resolution in special education. Its new
booklet, Preparing for Special Education Mediation and Resolution
Sessions: A Guide for Families and Advocates,
is aimed at helping
families and advocates take advantage of the dispute resolution options
Family guide to assistive technology & transition
Coming soon from the Family Center on
Technology and Disability (FCTD). This 50-page guide is aimed at
providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare
for and participate in periods of transition in their children's lives.
Individuals may order one free copy of the guide. Additional print
copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders.
To request one or more print copies, send an e-mail to email@example.com
At Work Internet Talk Radio debutes April 14th.
DAW Radio will be spotlighting businesses that go 'beyond
compliance' in finding and hiring qualified people with disabilities, or
who support people with disabilities through philanthropy or in other
ways. Tune in and hear corporate VIPs, successful service providers,
educators, people with disabilities who have interesting stories,
authors, researchers, government officials, elected representatives, and
celebrities who have reasons to be involved. The show will make its
debute on April 14, 2010, on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel and will
air every Wednesday at Noon EST.
On the same page--Families and schools as partners.
That's the title of a video produced by EPIC (Every Person
Influences Children), the New York State PTA, and the New York State
Parental Information & Resource Centers (PIRC). On The Same Page is
also the name of the summit that was held to support change in family
engagement in education as a strategy for closing the achievement gap
for children in Title I schools.
THE LITTLE ONES: EARLY INTERVENTION/EARLY CHILDHOOD
Weigh in on newborn screening.
The Genetic Alliance wants to know your perspective on a number of
important issues in newborn screening. They've crafted a survey on a
range of topics, including number of conditions and what conditions are
screened for at birth to key policy and system challenges. The survey
takes less than 15 minutes to complete, and your participation helps
inform the development of models to educate parents and create systems
for informed decision-making in newborn screening. The survey closes
on April 14th
, so now's the time to share your insights and
Keys to high-quality child care for infants and toddlers.
Early care and education professionals need to understand the rapid
physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development that
infants and toddlers experience. This resource from the National Infant
and Toddler Child Care Initiative will help them do just that.
Including children with disabilities in
state pre-K programs.
This policy brief of the Education Law
Center will give you an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act and policies that help ensure preschool-aged children with
disabilities receive an appropriate public education in the least
for the 2010 Training Institutes is now open!
This is a
conference on children's mental health systems of care, where you can
choose from 30 institutes and 30 workshops on improving practice and
performance. Read all about it, and register if you like, at:
Serving children in Part C: What qualifications must
service providers have
Workforce Preparation to Serve
Children Who Receive Part C Services
is a new policy brief from
Project Forum. It summarizes the results of a survey sent to all states
looking at: the requirements states expect professionals to hold for
each of twelve different early intervention roles; the areas in which
states have shortages; and how states are ensuring that qualified
personnel fill positions. http://www.projectforum.org
How good does an early childhood program have to be in
order to achieve school readiness outcomes for children?
Learning How Much Quality is Necessary to Get to Good Results
for Children is a new 2-page brief from the National Center for
Research on Early Childhood Education, and is based on the findings that
emerged from a NCRECE study.
Why I Teach.
Teaching Tolerance's "Why I Teach"
column allows educators to explain why they work with students and what
it means to them.
Need to know about functional behavioral assessment?
This is an IRIS professional
development module called FBA: Identifying the Reasons for Problem
Behavior and Developing a Behavior Plan. The module explores the
basic principles of behavior and the importance of discovering the
reasons that students engage in problem behavior. The steps to
conducting an FBA and developing a behavior plan are described.
The Learning Carousel.
The Equity Alliance has created an
online, searchable library for improving school practices. You can
download research-based PDFs on topics such as RTI, culturally
responsive practice, early intervening services, school-family
partnerships, and coaching for inclusive practices.
Students with LD: Newest topic area at the What Works
One of the first releases in this new topic area is the WWC
Intervention Report on the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) program
that is designed to teach students to decode words and identify
individual sounds and blends in words. The Clearinghouse reviewed 31
studies that investigated the effects of LiPS on students with LD. Read
what WWC found, at:
Another from the WWC: Effectiveness of 10 reading and math
See the one-page WWC Quick Review of a study that looked at the
effects of ten reading and mathematics software products on student
achievement. Analyzing data on more than 11,000 students in 23 primarily
urban, low-income school districts, the study found that one of six
products reading products had positive effects on test scores; none of
the four math products did.
Instructional models and strategies for teaching English
This publication offers educators and
policy makers guidance on research-based strategies that have been
effective in instructing ELLs. 40 pages, from the Center on Instruction.
Webinar RTI for ELLs.
Wednesday, April 29, 2010, 2:00-3:00
The National Center on Response to Intervention invites you to
participate in the webinar, RTI for English Language Learners (ELLs):
Appropriate Screening, Progress Monitoring, and Instructional Planning.
This webinar is free and pre-registration is not required!
Disability-friendly colleges for students with physical
This online college guide for students with physical disabilities
contains interactive charts of the most disability-friendly colleges and
profiles of the colleges that provide services necessary for students
with physical disabilities to live on campus.
What works for older youth during the transition to
This new Child Tren
ds fact sheet looks at the role that
programs for older youth (ages 18 to 25) can play in promoting positive
development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood. It synthesizes
the findings from 31 rigorous evaluations of programs.
STATE & SYSTEM TOOLS
How to develop a logic model for districtwide family
This step-by-step guide is designed to help you
understand and develop a logic model for districtwide family engagement
efforts. It is designed to accompany Seeing is Believing: Promising
Practices for How School Districts Promote Family Engagement.
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and the National PTA have teamed
up to bring you the guide.
What a superlative student assessment system should look
This white paper from the Council of Chief State
School Officers considers
what a student assessment system would
entail if built from the best
practices in current educational
research and educational systems in the
U.S. and high-achieving
nations around the world. http://www.ccsso.org/publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=381
2009 Nation's Report Card in Reading just released.
The Nation's Report Card presents results from the National
Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 4th and 8th graders in all
50 states, DC, Department of Defense Schools, and the nation as a
Tools for digging into data from the NAEP.
NAEP webtools and applications make it quick and easy to find data
of interest and customize your findings. To help you use all the
features of these tools, there are quick reference guides, short
introductory videos, tutorials, and help systems. Learn about all the
10 tips for SEAs and LEAs to improve their mediation
This CADRE tip sheet provides
coordinators of mediation programs with ideas and strategies on how to
improve their mediation agreement rate.
And now....Tips for state dispute resolution system
Following an extensive review, CADRE
identified four States with exemplary dispute resolution systems. Here's
their list of "Top Tips" for other State dispute resolution system
data to inform a state infant/toddler care agenda.
Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently published A Tool Using
Data to Inform a State Infant/Toddler Care Agenda. It includes key
questions for state advocates and policymakers to better understand the
context and conditions of infants and toddlers in the state.
SPECIAL FOCUS: Classroom Accommodations
At the heart and soul of improved outcomes for children with
disabilities may very well be the types of accommodations they receive
in the classroom to help them access the general curriculum, learn new
info and skills, and demonstrate their learning. Certainly, we get a lot
of inquiries at NICHCY from both teachers and parents about how to
adapt curricula, support students in the classroom, and provide
instruction that meets their special needs. So we are focusing on this
as our special topic in April.
Visit NCEO's Accommodations pages--they're fantastic!
You'd better bring a big bag to haul
away the resources you find at NCEO (National Center on Educational
Outcomes). Enter through the link below and find sections answering
FAQs, publications, links to state websites posting their accommodations
policies and information, and more.
Accommodations for students with disabilities.
a short guide to explain accommodations.
Info from NICHCY.
Read Chapter 6 of the resource Collaborative Teaching: Special
Education in Inclusive Classrooms.
An IRIS online module: Instructional accommodations.
Making the Learning Environment
Accessible to Students With Visual Disabilities can be found at:
Accommodations and strategies for different disbilities.
Here, you'll find info on what types of accommodations are
appropriate for specific disabilities, namely: Autism Mental
Retardation Learning Disability Other Health Impaired Emotionally
Disturbed Visually Impaired Hearing Impaired Orthopedically Impaired.
What about accessible materials?
Bookshare provides an online
accessible library for individuals with print disabilities and offers
pre-recorded webinars for educators and parents. The link below will
take you to the K-12 Educators Bookshare Community.
Florida's guide for
Including students with disabilities in STEM courses and
More for those in college.
NICHCY hopes that the resources available through the organizations
and links above will come in very handy for teachers, parents, and the
Wed, 9 Apr 2008 12:16:17
Subject: LRE: What it means, how to
Here's the latest news. We've just
posted a new training module on IDEA. It's...
Module 15, LRE
module finishes out Building the Legacy, it's the last one! (Modules 3
and 4 have been postponed,
pending reauthorization of NCLB.) It also
rounds out the five-module series on the IEP. As usual, the
includes a detailed discussion and explanation (in this case, of IDEA's
least restrictive environment, or LRE), a
PowerPoint slideshow you can use to train others on this
and handouts for audience participants.
We hope you've found
Building the Legacy helpful in your work or personal life. Now that the
curriculum is completed, we'd like to ask you to take a moment and
give us your feedback on how
well it's served your needs and how
you've used it (or not!). Please share your impressions and
online at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=N1eWc0qWHY2aYul6drnQ3g_3d_3d
always, please feel free to call or email us with your
disability-related concerns, or visit our
Web site, at: www.nichcy.org.
We are pleased to share our latest Evidence for Education
brief, Assessment and Accommodations. If you are involved in teaching or
assessing students with disabilities, then this publication is for you!
Assessment and Accommodations examines what the research has to say
about providing students with disabilities with accommodations that
support learning as well as their ability to show what they know and can
do. We have included multiple examples of accommodations, guidelines to
help IEP teams decide what accommodations a student needs, connections
to Federal guidance and requirements on this important topic, and links
that will help you identify what accommodation policies your state has
adopted to guide participation of children with disabilities in
Assessment and Accommodations is available online at: http://research.nichcy.org/accommodations1.asp
NICHCY has just posted another training module online for
the Building the Legacy training curriculum on IDEA, our nation's
special education law. The module includes PowerPoint slide shows to use
in training sessions, a detailed discussion of IDEA for trainers, and
handouts for audience participants.
The subject this time?
Module 17, Introduction to Procedural Safeguards http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp#ThemeE
Procedural safeguards are designed to protect the rights of parents
and their child with a disability, as well as give families and schools a
mechanism for resolving disputes. This new module looks at parent
participation, written notices such as prior written notice and the
procedural safeguards notice, and other selected concepts and
definitions (e.g., independent educational evaluation, surrogate
parents, and transfer of parental rights at age of majority). The module
ends with a brief look at IDEA's dispute resolution options, an
important topic that will be examined in much more detail in the
soon-to-be-released Module 18.
We hope you'll find these training resources helpful in your work or
personal life. As always, please feel free to call or email us with your
disability-related concerns, or visit our Web site, at: www.nichcy.org.
Ring in summer with the June issue of NICHCY's News You Can
Use at http://www.nichcy.org/newsuse.htm
Here's a sample of what you'll find:
- IDEA 2004 Part C Proposed Regulations issued.
- English and Spanish versions of: Opening Doors: Technology and
Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss, from the Office of
Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.
- New RtI Article on Early Intervening Services, from Project
- Additional reports on Beginning Reading and English Language
Learners, from The What Works Clearinghouse, and...
- Conferences galore, too many to choose from! Check out what's
happening this summer and make your plan.
Read all about it and more, at: http://www.nichcy.org/newsuse.htm
Oh, and don't forget about NICHCY's training modules on IDEA 2004.
More are comin' all the time, all through the summer. See what's
available for download, at: http://www.nichcy.org/training/contents.asp
We send you our best wishes for a great summer!
NICHCY has just posted another training module online
for the Building the Legacy training curriculum on IDEA 2004:
-- Module 14, Meetings of the IEP
This module will tell you all about what's new, the same, or
different in IDEA 2004 with respect to those all-important meetings of
that all-important group, the IEP Team. And that's a lot to know! The
module includes a PowerPoint slide show to use in training sessions, a
detailed discussion of Team meetings for trainers, handouts for audience
participants, and extensive additional resources for trainers.
"Meetings of the IEP Team" is available for download, use, and sharing
In all, 19 modules on critical IDEA topics will be available by
Summer 2007. With this newest posting, 7 are already available. We're
working as fast as we can and will be sure to write you the moment that
more modules are posted on our site.
We hope you'll find these training resources helpful in your
work or personal life. As always, please feel free to call or email us
with your disability-related concerns, or visit our Web site, at: www.nichcy.org.
We're writing to make sure you know about NICHCY's newly
launched publication series, Evidence for Education. The series will be
exploring a range of relevant evidence-based educational practices. The
first in the series is attached to this email and is called The Power of
Strategy Instruction. Strategy instruction is a powerful
student-centered approach to teaching that is backed by years of quality
research. Inside the issue, you'll find a brief overview of the
foundations of strategy instruction, followed by a number of
well-researched examples of strategy instruction in practice.
The Power of Strategy Instruction is also available on NICHCY's Web
site in PDF and online formats. Tell your friends and colleagues to come
and help themselves to a copy!
Text-only version: http://research.nichcy.org/Evidence_TOC.asp
PDF version: http://research.nichcy.org/NICHCY_EE_Strategy.pdf
Each new edition of Evidence for Education will be available as an
online, accessible document and as a downloadable PDF document. Next up
in the series are these three:
-- Accommodations for Testing
-- Interventions for Math Instruction
-- Social Skill Development
Look for them in Spring/Summer 2007. Or come to NICHCY's site and
sign up for the Research Newsletters, and we'll let you know when each
new issue is available. Sign up at:
We hope you'll find this resource helpful to your interests or can
pass along the information to someone who will. Please feel free to call
or email us with your disability-related concerns, or visit our Web
site, at: www.nichcy.org.
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