Voices From the Field: Interview with Linda Gilkerson and Pamela Epley

Promoting Children’s Mental Health Awareness Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D., LSW, is a professor at Erikson Institute where she directs the graduate training programs in infancy and infant mental health. Pamela Epley, Ph.D., is an associate clinical professor and director of special education at Erikson Institute. ED: We are celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in May.

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New Innovative Early Language and Literacy Program in South Carolina

NOTE: May is Better Hearing and Speech Month By Amy Holbert, chief executive officer of Family Connection of South Carolina Family Connection of South Carolina is pleased to join the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the American Speech Language and Hearing Association in celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month. Family Connection of South

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Accessibility is Delicious: Food analogies for digital inclusion

I’m always looking for ways to talk about digital inclusion without reference to legal hammers. This post gathers some yummy analogies for accessibility that can be used to raise awareness and help develop skills. Think blueberry muffins, curry and peanut butter.

Education Department-funded Center Helps Families Adjust to Schooling’s “New Normal”

Kristen Kushiyama, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Most schools in the United States shut their doors almost two months ago and switched from traditional classrooms to distance learning environments. Families moved to adapt to at-home school settings while also having to shift their own work schedules and environments. Teachers, many of whom also

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OSEP Releases Fast Facts: Children Identified With Emotional Disturbance

By Office of Special Education Programs We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we got on our first release, OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified With Autism, and are excited to present OSEP Fast Facts: Children Identified With Emotional Disturbance. For this Fast Fact, we present data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 on

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Alicia Brewer Curran

Alicia Brewer Curran works at the University of Missouri, where she is the director of operations for the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) Autism Program, and serves as a parent panelist on three expert hub teams. Additionally, she is the family faculty member for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program,

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Ensuring an Inclusive Rapid Response to COVID-19

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By the Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) As the nation continues to adapt to the “new normal” brought on by COVID-19, so too do state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. While the circumstances are unprecedented, VR’s nimbleness is not. Adapting

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Adapting to Evolving Employment Needs in Ohio During the COVID-19 Pandemic

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) Throughout its 100-year existence, the nation’s vocational rehabilitation (VR) program has continually adapted and evolved to meet changing public needs. This spirit is certainly evident today, as state VR agencies respond to the rapidly shifting employment landscape triggered by

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OSEP Launches IDEA Data Collection Infographics Initiative

By the Office of Special Education Programs The Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) is pleased to announce the OSEP Fast Facts infographic initiative. OSEP Fast Facts enable us to share and promote Section 618 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data in a new and interactive way.  Section 618 of the IDEA requires each

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A Picture of Success

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By Nevada Vocational Rehabilitation If a picture is worth a thousand words, Dillon Maestrejuan is a prolific storyteller, and he is turning a passion for photography into a promising career path with assistance from Nevada Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Dillon, who has cerebral palsy that affects his mobility,

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I’m not going to CSUN in 2020 – I Wish I were

After days of agonizing, I have decided not to attend and present at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim next week. It would have been my 20th time attending and my 17th (more or less) time presenting. (The picture illustrating this post shows me with a Bank of America spokesperson in the CSUN exhibit…

The First U.S. Web Accessibility Agreement was Signed Twenty Years Ago this Week

Twenty years ago this week (on March 14, 2000) Bank of America became the first company in the United States to sign an agreement to make its website accessible to people with disabilities. The agreement referenced the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 1.0 at a time when the standard was less than one year old.…

Voices From the Field: Interview with Diana Capobianco

Diana Capobianco is a private practice pediatric dentist, Executive Board Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Maryland Chapter of AAP. Her career as a pediatric dentist includes working with infants, children, teens and individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism. Diana holds several positions in local county

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Gaining Independence While Losing Your Eyesight as a Teen

NOTE: 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. By: Minnesota State Services for the Blind (SSB) “It isn’t too scary,” Levi Welsch said, when asked how he felt about the possibility of his vision loss deteriorating in the future. “I am learning skills,” he said, “and I know that Minnesota State Services

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