November 11, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 Part B Final Regulations Webcast
      Source: OSERS - November 8, 2006
  2. National Professional Development Center on Inclusion Launches Website
      Source: FPG Child Development Institute - November 8, 2006
  3. OSEP Director's Presentation at Community-Based Public Meetings
      Source: idea.ed.gov - Retrieved November 8, 2006
  4. Comment Request - Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA as Amended in 2004 [OSERS]
      Source: Federal Register - November 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 214)]
  5. New from TRACE - Sources of Information about Partnership and Collaborative Projects
      Source: TRACE - Retrieved November 8, 2006

1. Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 Part B Final Regulations Webcast

Source: OSERS - November 8, 2006

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) invites you to view a video to learn firsthand from leading U.S. Department of Education officials about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B Final Regulations. The video will be aired on the Web on Nov. 16, 2006, at 4:00 p.m. EST and again at 7:00 p.m. EST. It will be archived for future reference at http://idea.ed.gov.

To register for this free webcast go to http://www.meetingslive.net/idea2004/register.htm

2. National Professional Development Center on Inclusion Launches Website

Source: FPG Child Development Institute - November 8, 2006

Although many preschool classrooms have at least one child with a disability or special need, early childhood teachers often have little or no training in educating and caring for these children. The recently funded National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI) will work with states to create a system of high quality, cross-agency professional development for early childhood personnel to support inclusion. NPDCI has recently launched a new Web site that provides an overview of the project and information about the state selection process. It is available at http://community.fpg.unc.edu/npdci.

3. OSEP Director's Presentation at Community-Based Public Meetings

Source: idea.ed.gov - Retrieved November 8, 2006

To provide the public with an overview of the Part B Final Regulations implementing the 2004 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has been hosting a series of community-based public meetings. A presentation presented by Alexa Posny, OSEP Director, at these meetings is now available online at http://idea.ed.gov/object/fileDownload/model/Presentation/field/PresentationFile/primary_key/13.
For more information go to http://idea.ed.gov/explore/home.

4. Comment Request - Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA as Amended in 2004 [OSERS]

Source: Federal Register - November 6, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 214)]

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is requesting comments on revisions to Annual State Application Under Part C of the IDEA as Amended in 2004. Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before December 6, 2006.

Abstract: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, signed on December 3, 2004, became Public Law 108-446. In order to be eligible for a grant under 20 U.S.C. 1433, a State shall provide assurance to the Secretary that the State has adopted a policy that appropriate early intervention services are available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities in the State and their families, including Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families residing on a reservation geographically located in the State, infants and toddlers with disabilities who are homeless children and their families, and has in effect a statewide system that meets the requirements of 20 U.S.C. 1435. Information Collection 1820-0550 is being revised so that a State can provide assurances that it either has or does not have in effect policies, procedures, methods, descriptions, and assurances that meet the application requirements of part C of the Act as found in Public Law 108-446.

For complete information see the Federal Register Notice at http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-4/110606a.html

5. New from TRACE - Sources of Information about Partnership and Collaborative Projects

Source: TRACE - Retrieved November 8, 2006

The Tracking, Referral and Assessment Center for Excellence (TRACE) has recently published a bibliography that includes selected references to sources of information about partnership and collaborative projects that are the basis of locating children who may be eligible for early intervention or preschool special education. Sources of information about partnerships and collaborative arrangements in physician office-based programs, hospital-based programs, and partnerships with other programs and agencies, are included. It is intended for practitioners who plan to develop partnerships and collaborative projects with primary referral sources for increasing referrals to early intervention or preschool special education. Go to http://www.tracecenter.info/milemarkers/milemarkers_vol1_no11.pdf