Education and Employment Updates
Public Comment - Proposed Amendment to Sections 200.4 and 200.16
The NYS Education Department (NYSED) has proposed to amend sections 200.4 and 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to preschool and school-age individual evaluations. Written comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 45 days after its January 4, 2012 publication in the New York State Register.
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Mandate Relief Relating to Special Education Requirements
A policy memorandum is available from the Office of P-12 Education providing clarification regarding actions taken related to mandate relief and special education.
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ODEP’s Integrated Employment Toolkit
The Office of Disability Employment Policy has now made available an “Integrated Employment Toolkit” which offers a collection of resources, reports, papers, policies, fact sheets, case studies, and discussion guides. Coming from a variety of sources, this toolkit accommodates a full range of users and increases capacity and understanding about the value and potential of integrated employment.
To view this toolkit visit: http://www.dol.gov/odep/ietoolkit/
OSEP Releases Spanish Glossary of IDEA- Related Terms
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a Spanish Glossary with over 200 IDEA-related terms translated from English to Spanish. This glossary was developed collaboratively and includes the perspectives of Parent Centers and families of children and youth with disabilities representing various Spanish speaking backgrounds and home countries.
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Autism Internet Modules
The Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (in partnership with others) has developed “Autism Internet Modules.” These modules are a variety of topics that provide information on the assessment and identification of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), recognizing and understanding behaviors and characteristics, transition to adulthood, employment and numerous evidence-based practices and interventions.
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The Nature & Use of Individualized Learning Plans as a Career Intervention Strategy
The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Y) is conducting a research and demonstration project on how Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) guide high school students toward college and careers.
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New Internship Guide for Youth with Disabilities
The National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Y) has published a guide for youth with disabilities interested in pursuing an internship, “On-Ramp to Employment, A Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship.” It leads young people through the step-by-step process of finding, applying for, and participating in an internship. It includes information focused on career exploration, interview and resume building, goal setting, and networking, as well as tips on finding accessible housing, navigating the transportation system, disclosing a disability, and employing a personal care attendant.
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Report Offers Ways to Increase Athletic Opportunities for Students
The U.S. Department of Education has created a new report that focuses on equal opportunities in physical education participation and athletics in schools.
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Updated Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder Available
The National Institute of Mental Health has developed a “Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder,” which helps parents understand what autism spectrum disorder is, recognize common signs and symptoms, and find the resources they need.
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Family Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition Planning Available in Spanish
The Family Center on Technology and Disability has released a Spanish version of its new publication, “Family Information Guide to Assistive Technology and Transition.” This guide includes an illustrated glossary of assistive technology (AT) and transition terms and also helps families and teachers understand the importance of AT in their child’s special education and transition plans.
To view this guide visit: http://www.fctd.info/show/fig_summary