OSEP Releases Fast Facts on Children With Disabilities Aged 3 through 5

By the Office of Special Education Program OSEP is pleased to introduce our newly released Fast Fact focusing children with disabilities aged 3 through 5 served under Part B, section 619 of the IDEA. For the OSEP Fast Facts: Children 3 through 5 Served Under IDEA Part B Section 619 we present data from the

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Oregon Commission for the Blind Client Retires After 43-Year Career

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month After 43 years, Carl Belnap retired in August 2020, from his position at A-dec (Austin Dental Equipment Company), a Newberg, Oregon, manufacturer of dental office equipment. Carl began his job at A-dec in May 1977. Blind since birth, Carl began as a client of Oregon Commission for the

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Barbara Cooper

Alabama’s Support for Dual Language Learners Dr. Barbara Cooper is Secretary of Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education ED: How did you begin your career in early childhood? I was called to serve as an educator over 30 years ago and have worked across the entire birth to workforce continuum. On July 1, 2020 I

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Sharing My Story to Inspire Advocacy in Others

NOTE: October is Learning Disabilities (LD)/Dyslexia/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness (ADHD) Month. By Michaela Hearst, an advocate, writer, and a social worker. I was diagnosed with nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) and learning disability not otherwise specified (LD-NOS) when I was 14 years old. I share my personal story with the hope it will inspire or help

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Learning to Earn

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month From Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation Kevin Urban has strong math and foreign language skills, earned several college credits while still in high school, and loves creating visual art. Through his participation in Nebraska VR Pre-Employment Transition Services he also learned a lot more about himself. He learned how to

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Laying Educational Foundations

NOTE: October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month By Chris and Rebecca Newlon When Rebecca, my daughter who has Down syndrome, began kindergarten, I never dreamed that the day-to-day hammering out of details with her general education teacher would lay the foundation we would continue to utilize to this day now that Rebecca is a

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The Unexpected Lesson COVID-19 Taught Me About LD & ADHD

NOTE: October is Learning Disabilities (LD)/Dyslexia/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Awareness (ADHD) Month. by Susan Reynolds, National Center for Learning Disabilities field organizer Like many parents, I woke up on March 13 with a notification from my son’s school district: school was canceled for the day. As I read through the news that morning, I had a

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We Can Do Virtually Anything

A guest blog by Courtney Hansen, Special Education Advocate Courtney is a non-attorney special education advocate. She advocates at the local, state, and national level for disability rights, and blogs about it at www.inclusionevolution.com I first shared our family’s story on this blog two years ago. A lot has changed since then, although many things

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California Career Innovations Success Story

NOTE: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month The California Department of Rehabilitation partnered with San Diego State University Interwork Institute for a work-based learning initiative, the California Career Innovations (CCi). The CCi initiative evaluates the effects and benefits of work-based learning experiences to prepare students with disabilities to enter post-secondary education and obtain competitive

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