States’ Efforts to Integrate Data Collection Systems under WIOA: GAO Releases New Study

WIOAThe Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed in July 2014, mandates cross collaboration among and within various state and federal agencies to gather data on employment expansion for all, including those individuals with disabilities. 

This cross collaboration, which must be reported in a state’s Unified Plan, overall is expected to provide increased job readiness tools to job seekers, reduce duplication of efforts, and more efficiently use public dollars resulting in positive employment outcomes; evidence of significant cross-measurement is the successful .integration of employment-related state agency databases.  This integration is intended to provide a more ac (Read more...)

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Increasing Employment among Individuals with Disabilities: New EEOC Proposals

IncreaseOn February 24, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Notice of Purposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would strengthen opportunities for individuals with disabilities to attain employment in jobs directly provided by the federal government. Specifically, the EEOC’s goal is to increase employment of individuals with disabilities in federal jobs through amendments to the current rules and regulations that assist in the implementation of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act’s Section 501, which require agencies to outline how they will increase employment, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities.

The EEOC’s NPRM would advance the requirements that agencies nee (Read more...)

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Proposed Amendments to ABLE Act

PropsoedOn March 17, 2016, a bipartisan group of members of Congress, including Senators Burr (R-NC) and Casey (D-PA) and Representatives Crenshaw (R-FL), Rodgers (R-WA), Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sessions (R-TX), introduced a package of bills aimed at enhancing the benefits provided through the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. This package of bills consists of the following three pieces of proposed legislation:

The ABLE to Work Act expands the goals of the ABLE Act by encouraging work and self-sufficiency. The legislation would allow individuals and their families to save more money in an ABLE account if the beneficiary works and earns an income, as well as allow A (Read more...)

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Free Tools to Support Enhanced Learning Environments for all Students

ToolspicOn March 31st, the U.S. Department of Education released new school climate surveys and a quick guide on making school climate improvements to sustain safe, supportive, and learning-conducive for all students as path to improved school attendance and high achievement. 

The ED School Climate Surveys and the Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements will enable states, districts, and schools to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time.

“All students deserve schools that work to ensure safe and supportive school climates in which they can reach their full potential,” said James Cole Jr., General Counsel, Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secr (Read more...)

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Breaking: CDC Releases New Package For Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect #ChildAbuse

The Centers for Disease Control yesterday released a new document in its series of technical packages on violence prevention. The package is called "Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm and Programmatic Activities." 

The report notes, among many other things, that children with special needs, especially those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, have risk factors associated with victimization. If you work with such children, you should check out this resource. The package is a useful tool for combating child abuse and neglect.

You can view the CDC's violence prevention page here. You can read the 52 page policy package on child abuse a (Read more...)
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Can a child be too bad for FAPE? See our ongoing series of posts on this blog. #IncarceratedStudents
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Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool #WhereIsJG?



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Incarcerated Students and Special Ed Law- Part III #IncarceratedStudents

Incarcerated students is one of the hottest issues in special education law. There has been a lot of recent activity concerning the special education rights of students who have had a brush with the criminal law- being arrested or accused of a crime; spending time in juvenile hall or even being incarcerated.

One question involves whether the school district has any duty to evaluate a student who returns from juvenile hall. Does that trigger a child find duty? If the student is already on an IEP, does the team need to meet and discuss the student's needs?

In Meridian Joint Sch Dist No. 2 v. DA ex rel MA 792 F.3d 1054, 65 IDELR 253 (Ninth Cir. 7/6/15), the Ninth Circuit affirmed  hearing of (Read more...)
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Breaking: New GAO Report Finds Most States Don’t Require Disability Needs in Emergency Plans #emergency

The Government Accountability Office issued a report on Monday concerning the plans that schools prepare in the event of an emergency situation, such as a weather disaster or a school shooting. In 2013, the federal departments of Education, Homeland Security, Justice, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Health and Human Services prepared a Guide For Developing High Quality Emergency Operations. You can review the Guide here. The GAO study found that better inter-agency cooperation is needed in implementing the Guide.

One finding by the GAO was that only twenty-one states require districts to account for the needs of students and staff with disabilities in developing these emergency pl (Read more...)
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