December 1, 2006

In this Issue:

  1. Recent Grant Notices from the U.S. Department of Education
      Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 28, 2006
  2. Request for Comments on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan for IDEA Part D National Activities
      Source: Federal Register - November 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 227)
  3. Assessing Progress in the Home Visitation Field
      Source: Chapin Hall - Retrieved November 30, 2006
  4. Initiative to Give Pre-K Teachers Tools for High-Quality Inclusive Classrooms
      Source: NIEER - November 30, 2006
  5. Assistive Technology Program Self-Assessment For Infants and Toddlers
      Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - November 30, 2006
  6. Toys for Children with Special Needs
      Source: FCTD - November 28, 2006

1. Recent Grant Notices from the U.S. Department of Education

Source: U.S. Department of Education - November 28, 2006

A number of new grant opportunities from the U.S. Department of Education have recently been announced in the Federal Register, including the following:

2. Request for Comments on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan for IDEA Part D National Activities

Source: Federal Register - November 27, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 227)

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services invites comments and recommendations from the public prior to finalizing the comprehensive plan for national activities authorized under subparts 2 and 3, part D of IDEA (Comprehensive Plan or Plan).
DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 11, 2007.
For complete information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2006-4/112706d.html

3. Assessing Progress in the Home Visitation Field

Source: Chapin Hall - Retrieved November 30, 2006

Chapin Hall and the Ounce of Prevention Fund recently published a report that reviews the evolution of home visitation programs and examines research that has been done to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs in improving the lives of young children. It also discusses improvements that have been made to home visitation programs and expectations for such programs in the future. To access the complete report go to http://www.chapinhall.org/sites/default/files/old_reports/323.pdf

4. Initiative to Give Pre-K Teachers Tools for High-Quality Inclusive Classrooms

Source: NIEER - November 30, 2006

The October/November issue of Preschool Matters, a publication of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), includes an article about the National Center on High Quality Personnel in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings, a new initiative recently launched at the Frank Porter Graham Institute. Go to http://nieer.org/resources/printnewsletter/OctNov2006.pdf and see page 3.

5. Assistive Technology Program Self-Assessment For Infants and Toddlers

Source: Tots 'n Tech Research Institute - November 30, 2006

The Tots 'n Tech Research Institute (TnT) is conducting a self-assessment for professionals to identify activities occurring in their programs that can support assessment, implementation, evaluation, and system processes with Assistive Technology (AT) with infants and toddlers. For more information and to participate in the assessment go to http://www.asu.edu/clas/tnt/

6. Toys for Children with Special Needs

Source: FCTD - November 28, 2006

The Family Center on Technology and Disability's November newsletter features an interview with Sue Mistrett, director emeritus of the Let's Play! project. It includes a discussion about the impact of play on children with disabilities and resources to assist parents and others in finding the right toys for their children. To read the full article go to http://www.fctd.info/resources/newsletters/displayNewsletter.php?newsletterID=10041