February 14, 2005

In this Issue:

  1. Notices of Proposed Information Collection Requests - Annual State Applications Under Parts B and C of the IDEA as Amended in 2004
      Source: Federal Register: February 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 28)
  2. NBC Autism Series
      Source: The Autism Coalition - February 14, 2005
  3. Effects of Electronic Media on Children Ages Zero to Six: A History of Research
      Source: Kaiser Family Foundation - Retrieved February 14, 2005
  4. New GAO Report - Special Education: Children with Autism
      Source: Today's GAO Reports - February 14, 2005
  5. New Video - Preschool: America's Best Investment
      Source: NIEER - Retrieved February 14, 2005

1. Notices of Proposed Information Collection Requests - Annual State Applications Under Parts B and C of the IDEA as Amended in 2004

Source: Federal Register: February 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 28)

The following two notices of proposed information collection requests were recently published in the Federal Register:

2. NBC Autism Series

Source: The Autism Coalition - February 14, 2005

NBC's Today show is preparing a 10-part series that will run the week of February 21 airing at 8:10 AM and 9:10 AM. The series will look at autism from a variety of angles, with segments exploring topics such as etiology, diagnosis, treatment, educational programs, affect on siblings, and how to be an advocate for your autistic child. Be sure to tune in for the "How to be the Best Advocate For Your Child" segment airing on February 24 featuring Autism Coalition board member, Gary Mayerson. He will be interviewed on his new book, "How To Compromise With Your School District Without Compromising Your Child."

In conjunction with the Today show series, CNBC is airing a four-part series from Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 22-25. Segments will air at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM during CNBC's Power Lunch program. Titled "Autism: Paying the Price," the CNBC series will focus on the financial implications of the disorder, with segments on the financial impact on families, the roles of government and private funding for research, the opportunities in healthcare and pharmaceuticals and autism in the workplace. Both the NBC and CNBC series will feature interviews with leading members of the autism community, from researchers and physicians to activists, educators and parents. Information is available at http://www.autismcoalition.org/index.asp [Note: Link checked on 11/26/2007 - this document is no longer available online].

3. Effects of Electronic Media on Children Ages Zero to Six: A History of Research

Source: Kaiser Family Foundation - Retrieved February 14, 2005

This new issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation explores the history of research about the effects of electronic media on children zero to six years old (including the funding sources), summarizes the findings of the seminal studies in this area, and notes gaps in the research base.

Recent studies indicate that even the youngest children in the United States are using a wide variety of screen media. Some children's organizations have expressed concerns about the impact of media on young children; others have touted the educational benefits of certain media products. This issue brief provides a comprehensive overview of the major research that has been conducted over the decades on various aspects of young children's media use, and also highlights the issues that have not been researched to date. Availabe at http://www.kff.org/entmedia/7239.cfm.

4. New GAO Report - Special Education: Children with Autism

Source: Today's GAO Reports - February 14, 2005

The following new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is now available online: Special Education: Children with Autism. Go to http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05220.pdf.

5. New Video - Preschool: America's Best Investment

Source: NIEER - Retrieved February 14, 2005

Can investing in high-quality early education reduce the demand for high-cost special education, social welfare and criminal justice systems? NIEER Director Steve Barnett makes this point in this new video, which features children in preschool and parents who weigh in on the issue. The 7-minute video, Preschool: America's Best Investment, is available in both vhs and dvd formats. To request a copy, please e-mail info@nieer.org. For more information go to http://nieer.org/resources/video/.