October 25, 2002

In this Issue:

  1. New Guide to Federal Education Funding
      Source: Dept. of Education News Release - October 24, 2002
  2. M.I.N.D. Institute Study Confirms Autism Increase
      Source: DDS Press Release - October 17, 2002
  3. Workshop on Children Exposed to Violence: Current Status, Gaps, and Research Priorities
      Source: What's New in OSEP - October 2002
  4. New Web site Provides E-Government Resource for People with Disabilities
      Source: www.dol.gov - October 21, 2002
  5. Child Care: States Exercise Flexibility in Setting Reimbursement Rates and Providing Access for Low-Income
      Source: Today's GAO Reports - October 18, 2002

1. New Guide to Federal Education Funding

Source: Dept. of Education News Release - October 24, 2002

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Bill Hansen today released a new guide to education funding, Resources + Reforms = Results: President Bush's Commitment to Our Nation's School Children, to help better explain the Bush administration's financial commitment to the nation's schools and students...  The 14-page document highlights the major overall increase in Education Department funding, as well as historic investments in key programs, such as Title I, special education, teachers and teacher quality, reading, English language acquisition and higher education.

To read the press release and a link to the full report in both Word go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/10/10242002.html

To access the full report in pdf format go to: http://www2.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2002/10/102402BudgetResourcesandReforms.pdf

2. M.I.N.D. Institute Study Confirms Autism Increase

Source: DDS Press Release - October 17, 2002

The unprecedented increase in autism in California is real and cannot be explained away by artificial factors, such as misclassification and criteria changes, according to the results of a large statewide epidemiological study.  "Speculation about the increase in autism in California has led some to try to explain it away as a statistical issue or with other factors that artificially inflated the numbers," said UC Davis pediatric epidemiologist Robert S. Byrd, who is the principal investigator on the study. "Instead, we found that autism is on the rise in the state and we still do not know why. Key findings of the study are summarized in the press release at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/MINDEPIDEMIOLOGYSTUDY.htm
The full report of principal findings is available online at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/mindreport.cfm

3. Workshop on Children Exposed to Violence: Current Status, Gaps, and Research Priorities

Source: What's New in OSEP - October 2002

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the U.S. Department of Education, along with the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services, sponsored a Workshop, July 24 - 26, 2002, on Children Exposed to Violence. A summary of the Conference is now available in Word format at http://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/cev-final-report.doc

4. New Web site Provides E-Government Resource for People with Disabilities

Source: www.dol.gov - October 21, 2002

On October 21, 2002, Dept. of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao unveiled DisabilityInfo.gov, a new web site for people with disabilities. DisabilityInfo.gov is the result of a collaborative effort across multiple federal agencies. Containing information on civil rights, education, employment, housing, health care, technology and transportation, among other subjects, the site is designed to be a one-stop source of government information relevant to people with disabilities, their families, employers, and service providers. The site was developed in response to an Executive Memorandum issued by President George W. Bush on August 28, 2002, directing federal agencies to develop a web site for people with disabilities within 60 days.
Go to: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=500

5. Child Care: States Exercise Flexibility in Setting Reimbursement Rates and Providing Access for Low-Income

Source: Today's GAO Reports - October 18, 2002

The following new report from the Government Accounting Office is now available online: Child Care: States Exercise Flexibility in Setting Reimbursement Rates and Providing Access for Low-Income Children.
Go to: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02894.pdf