Spotlight on Oregon Commission for the Blind’s Pre-ETS Program: Daniel Bair

Many people are familiar with the Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB)’s work helping seniors and adults, but helping youth successfully transition from school to the workforce though pre-employment activities, or “Pre-ETS”, is another significant part of what we do. Perhaps because we’ve held it for 45 years, one of our more well-known Pre-ETS programs

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OSEP Releases Two New OSEP Fast Facts

By the Office of Special Education Programs OSEP is excited to release two new OSEP Fast Facts that take a closer look at our IDEA 618 data on race and ethnicity. For the American Indian or Alaska Native Children with Disabilities and Black or African American Students with Disabilities Fast Facts we present data from

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Oregon Commission for the Blind Student Honored with Dean’s Award

AmyRose is finishing up community college and hopes to transfer to a 4-year college in the fall. In May, the dean of Clackamas Community College honored Oregon Commission for the Blind (OCB) student AmyRose Bonano with the Dean’s Award. Over 50 people — staff, family, and fellow students — gathered on May 29 for an

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West Valley College improves technology for students in Structured Negotiation

On August 26, 2020, the TRE Legal Practice announced a settlement with West Valley College that ensures blind students have access to critical educational technology, including immersive virtual language tools. Reached in Structured Negotiation without a lawsuit, among other things the agreement mandates that future procurement contracts must include provisions requiring technology vendors to deliver…

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Cindy Hillyer

Promoting Equity in Children’s Vision Health Cindy Hillyer is the director of the Office of Early Childhood Education at Minneapolis Public Schools. Throughout her career, Cindy has led public health and education initiatives focused on cross sector collaboration and advancing equity. She currently serves on the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration Advisory Board;

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Investing in America, for 100 Years

By Stephen A. Wooderson, CEO, CSAVR This summer marked 100 years since a major milestone in our nation’s history—the establishment of America’s public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program, which was created by Congress in 1920. As the collective voice for chief administrators of state VR agencies, the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) is pleased

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Job Work

by Lamisse Williams, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (IDVR) Counselor Meet Daniel Robertson, a management information systems student at the University of Idaho who recently obtained his second paid summer internship at HP. Daniel worked with counselors at the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho who informed him about how the university offers students on

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Voices From the Field: Interview with Mona Qafisheh

Power to the Early Childhood Education Profession Mona serves as the director of grants and contracts with the Association for Supportive Child Care which provides early childhood coaching, assessment, and professional development to early childhood professionals, and education for family, friends, and neighbor caregivers and families. Mona’s role includes supporting the organization through the granting

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