January 9, 2004

In this Issue:

  1. Second Quarter 2003 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities
      Source: What's New in OSEP - December 19, 2003
  2. HHS, Education Launch Research To Promote School Readiness Effort
      Source: NICHD Press Office - December 8, 2003
  3. IDEA Partnership Announcement
      Source: Diane T. Oglesby of the IDEA Partnership @ NASDSE - December 15, 2003
  4. New Grant.Gov Web Site Offers One-Stop Shopping for Information on Applying for All Federal Grants
      Source: HHS News - December 9, 2003
  5. Early Treatment of Blinding Eye Disease in Infants Can Prevent Severe Vision Loss
      Source: NIH News - December 8, 2003

1. Second Quarter 2003 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities

Source: What's New in OSEP - December 19, 2003

Now available online: Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the Second Quarter of CY 2003 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA. Some documents have been redacted. Go to http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/letters/2003-2/index.html.

2. HHS, Education Launch Research To Promote School Readiness Effort

Source: NICHD Press Office - December 8, 2003

On December 8, 2003 HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced a new five-year research initiative with the Department of Education to find the best ways to prepare preschool children for later success in school. In the initiative's first year, eight institutions across the country will receive $7.4 million in research grants to test preschool curricula, Internet-based teacher training, and the importance of parental involvement for improving children's readiness to enter school...

To learn more about the eight research centers, the centers' lead investigators, and each center's primary research focus read the full press release at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20031208a.html.

3. IDEA Partnership Announcement

Source: Diane T. Oglesby of the IDEA Partnership @ NASDSE - December 15, 2003

The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) will form a partnership that will drive change to the state and local levels while working to make systems permanently more collaborative. Policy organizations, professional organizations, and family groups will form one educational community with the potential to transform the way we work. The community will:

  • Connect policy issues with the realities of implementation (both IDEA'97 and NCLB)
  • Translate policy and research into practice in sites at the state and local levels
  • Work together in state and local districts to address persistent problems in implementing IDEA
  • Connect with technical assistance partners including federally funded research and technical assistance centers to learn from partner work and provide information to inform partner planning

For more information go to http://ideainfo.org/. [Note: Link checked on 5/6/2009 - this document is no longer available online. For updated information go to http://www.ideapartnership.org/].

4. New Grant.Gov Web Site Offers One-Stop Shopping for Information on Applying for All Federal Grants

Source: HHS News - December 9, 2003

On December 9, 2003, HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson unveiled a single, comprehensive Web site that will contain information about finding and applying for all federal grant programs. The Web site, http://www.grants.gov/, makes it easier for organizations to learn about and apply for federal grants. Its launch marks an important milestone in President Bush's Electronic Government (E-Gov) Initiative. To read the full press release go to http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2003pres/20031209.html.

5. Early Treatment of Blinding Eye Disease in Infants Can Prevent Severe Vision Loss

Source: NIH News - December 8, 2003

An important clinical trial, sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has provided doctors with improved prognostic indicators and treatment options for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a blinding disease that affects premature, low birthweight infants ...

The Early Treatment for Retinopathy of Prematurity (ETROP) study results, published in the December issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology, demonstrated that premature infants, who are at the highest risk for developing vision loss from ROP, will retain better vision when therapy is administered in the early stage of the disease. This treatment approach was found to be better than waiting until ROP has reached the traditional treatment threshold. Just as importantly, the study also established the value of an improved risk assessment model to more accurately identify those infants who are at the highest risk for developing severe vision loss from ROP. To read the full press release go to http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/dec2003/nei-08.htm.