April 13, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Technology Supports for Young Children: TAM Technology Fan

Source: Council for Exceptional Children - April 12, 2006

The appropriate use of technology supports can help infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities participate more independently in the full array of natural learning opportunities and settings that are available to all young children. The TAM Fan is a practical new tool for families, teachers, service providers, and others to use when considering technology items for young children birth to 5. It was developed by national experts at the Let's Play! Project Sue Mistrett, Amy Ruffino, Shelly Lane, Linda Robinson, Penny Reed,and Suzanne Milbourne. For ordering information go to http://www.tamcec.org/publications/fans.htm

2. New Transition Alert from the National Early Childhood Transition Center

Source: NECTC - April 10, 2006

The National Early Childhood Transition Center's most recent Transition Alert provides a list of Web site links to promising programs, transition, and school readiness information. It is available online at http://www.ihdi.uky.edu/NECTC/DOCUMENTS/TRANSITIONALERTS/LinksToOrgsSchReadinessTransitionMarch2006.pdf.

3. Announcing a MCHCOM.COM Web Cast - Improving the Investigation of Sudden and Unexplained Infant Deaths

Source: Maternal and Child Health Bureau - April 12, 2006

Announcing a MCHCOM.COM web cast - Improving the Investigation of Sudden and Unexplained Infant Deaths.

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Reproductive Health, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

May 16, 2006 - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Register for the event at http://www.mchcom.com/liveWebcastDetail.asp?leid=247

Background: Recently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new version of the National Sudden and Unexplained Infant Death Investigation (SUIDI) Reporting Form. This investigation form is now available for use in states and communities. This tool can guide and standardize the work and practices of EMS professionals, law enforcement, death scene investigators, medical examiners and coroners, death certifiers and child death review (CDR) team members. Information obtained by using the tool in infant death investigations can also be used to guide the development of strategies for the prevention of infant deaths.

The goals of the Web Cast are:

  • To explain the importance of infant death scene investigations in both the determining the manner and cause of sudden unexplained infant deaths.
  • To outline the components of a comprehensive, high quality infant death scene investigation.
  • To demonstrate why investigators can use the SUIDI tool to improve their investigations of infant deaths.
  • To demonstrate how state and local professionals can utilize the tool to meet their local reporting policies and practices.
  • To provide examples of how local and state child death review teams can advocate for improvements in infant death investigations.
  • To explain the new SUIDI reporting system and its relationship to other death reporting systems.
  • To encourage widespread dissemination of the form through the training resources available through the CDC.

For questions on this web cast's content, please contact the National Center for Child Death Review, info@childdeathreview.org, 1-800-656-2434

4. Grant notice - Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities: Access to Emerging Technologies

Source: Federal Register: April 13, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 71)

The Dept. of Education has published the following notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2006:

Title: Technology and Media Services for Individuals With Disabilities--Access to Emerging Technologies

Dates: Applications Available: April 13, 2006.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 30, 2006.
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: July 27, 2006.

Summary: The purpose of the program is to: (1) Improve results for children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology, (2) support educational media services activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom setting to children with disabilities, and (3) provide support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom setting.

For complete information to to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2006-2/041306a.html.