President Barack Obama has proclaimed October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme focuses on inclusion; specifically how inclusion can diversify the workplace and provide opportunities of growth and improvement for those individuals with disabilities. This proclamation serves to bring awareness to the disparities seen by Americans with disabilities. In the proclamation it is reported that the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for individuals with disabilities, compared to those without a disability. The proclamation goes on to recognize the advancements made with the American with Disabilities Act, while acknowledging that there is still room (Read more...)
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) of the University of Minnesota received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support children with disabilities and academic assessments. The grant aims to increase participation and improve results both in state and local school districts, specifically for children with disabilities. These funds will help states meet data collection and reporting requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The funding for this grant is available through the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
The U.S. Department of Education released a list of seven states selected to receive up to $7 million in grants from the State Personnel Development program (SPD). The program aims to improve the educational services offered to children with disabilities by providing support to state education agencies (SEAs) who spend at least 90 percent of their funds on professional development activities, including the recruitment and retention of qualified special education teachers.
The grant program stipulates that states must collaborate with at least one institution of higher learning, a local education agency, and a parenting resource center to implement a plan that focuses on the preparation and (Read more...)
T he U.S. Department of Education recently announced the award of $2.5 million in grants to operate 23 Community Parent Resource Centers in 17 states and a Parent Training and Information Center to serve American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Republic of Palau. The centers provide parents with the training and information necessary to work with professionals in meeting the early intervention and special needs of children with disabilities.
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What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has recently launched a new resigned website – ultimately helping both teachers and students discover new interventions for educational success! The highlighted new feature on the website is the Find What Works tool, which allows users to learn about new resources to increase positive student outcomes. These tools include: products, policies, programs and practices. Watch a video tour or read more about the new WWC website.
The annual Kids’ Share 2016: Federal Expenditures on Children through 2015 and Future Projections report shows the current and future projections of the limited amount of federal money existing for children. These projections include federal spending and tax investments for both children and families. The report states that funding specific to children will be cut in coming years, including education. Education is projected to suffer a 24% decrease in funding throughout the next ten years. Take a stand now and send a letter to your legislators through CEC’s Legislative Action Center to let them know education funding cannot be cut!