September 26, 2008

In this Issue:

  1. Invitation to Comment - IDEA 2004 National Assessment Implementation Study
      Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - September 22, 2008
  2. HRSA Awards $14 Million to Help Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
      Source: Health Resources and Services Administration - September 17, 2008
  3. Pre-K Now Report - Votes Count: Legislation Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2009
      Source: Pre-K Now - September 24, 2008
  4. Work-Family Issues for Employed Parents of Children with Disabilities
      Source: Sloan Work and Family Research Network - September 15, 2008
  5. Training Early Intervention Assistants in California's Community Colleges
      Source: Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd - September 22, 2008
  6. Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Korean
      Source: Washington Learning Systems - September 22, 2008
  7. Curriculum for Professionals Working with Native American Communities
      Source: California Social Work Education Center - Retrieved September 22, 2008

1. Invitation to Comment - IDEA 2004 National Assessment Implementation Study

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences - September 22, 2008

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has published the 30-day Federal Register Notice inviting comments on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 National Assessment Implementation Study (NAIS). The NAIS will provide a national picture of the implementation of early intervention and special education policies and practices at the state and district levels with a focus on new provisions included in IDEA 2004. Data collection will include surveys of: (1) all State Part B administrators; (2) all State 619 coordinators; and (3) all State IDEA Part C coordinators. A fourth survey will collect district level data from a nationally representative sample of local special education administrators.

Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before October 22, 2008. For more information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2008-3/092208a.html. To access the EDICS Collection Package go to http://edicsweb.ed.gov/browse/browsecoll.cfm?pkg_serial_num=3753

2. HRSA Awards $14 Million to Help Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration - September 17, 2008

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recently announced more than $14 million in grants to improve the health and well-being of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). To learn more and to view a list of recipients go to http://archive.hrsa.gov/newsroom/releases/2008/autismsept.htm

3. Pre-K Now Report - Votes Count: Legislation Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2009

Source: Pre-K Now - September 24, 2008

Pre-K Now's latest annual state-by-state analysis of pre-kindergarten funding, Votes Count: Legislation Action on Pre-K Fiscal Year 2009, shows that despite worsening economic conditions, there continues to be a strong trend toward pre-k expansion across the country. For more information and to read the report go to http://www.preknow.org/embargo/votescount/index.cfm

4. Work-Family Issues for Employed Parents of Children with Disabilities

Source: Sloan Work and Family Research Network - September 15, 2008

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network recently released an action plan generated from a panel meeting in May entitled Work-Family Issues for Employed Parents of Children with Disabilities. The plan recommends additional research to better understand the complex and often hidden hardships faced by working parents caring for children with disabilities and increasing the visibility of this issue to help inform employers, policy makers, and the public.

To read the full press release go to http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/press_release/091508_parents_children.pdf. The action plan is available at http://wfnetwork.bc.edu/pdfs/Disability_Panel_Summary_0908.pdf

5. Training Early Intervention Assistants in California's Community Colleges

Source: Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd - September 22, 2008

The Regional Educational Laboratory at WestEd (REL West) has published a new report entitled Training Early Intervention Assistants in California's Community Colleges. This report examines California's efforts to promote the pre-service preparation of early intervention assistants for infants and toddlers with special needs through a certificate program offered by participating community colleges. To access the report go to http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/projects/project.asp?projectID=165&productID=114

6. Early Literacy Materials Now Available in Korean

Source: Washington Learning Systems - September 22, 2008

Washington Learning Systems has just released its "Talking and Books" video in Korean. This video is part of the Washington Learning Systems' Language is the Key program and was developed to help teach adults how to use language facilitation strategies when looking at picture books with young children. Previews of the video can be viewed in a variety of languages at http://www.walearning.com/language/. To purchase a copy in Korean, go to the store at http://www.walearning.com/store/

7. Curriculum for Professionals Working with Native American Communities

Source: California Social Work Education Center - Retrieved September 22, 2008

The California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) has developed a curriculum entitled The Other Side of ICWA: A Cultural Journey to Fairness and Equity. Although it was developed to assist with the successful implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), it is appropriate for a variety of professionals working with Native American communities. The materials focus on trust and relationship-building, the effects of historic and collective trauma on the Native American experience, and culturally sensitive communication and needs assessment. It is available online at http://calswec.berkeley.edu/CalSwec/FE_Curriculum_Other_ICWA_v1.0.html