May 14, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Senate Votes 95-3 to Reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Source: senate.gov - May 13, 2004

On May 13, 2004, the U.S. Senate approved S. 1248, its bill to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), by a vote of 95 to 3. Technically, the Senate incorporated the language of S. 1248 into the House's IDEA bill, H.R. 1350, and passed H.R. 1350 in lieu of S. 1248. Now that both the full House and Senate have passed their respective bills, a Conference Committee will be appointed to work out the differences, after which a final version of the legislation will be sent back to both the House and Senate for a final vote. Once passed, this version will go to the President for his signature. For more information go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN01248:.

2. New Tool (Autism A.L.A.R.M. ) Helps Primary Care Physicians Diagnose Autism Early

Source: AAP News - Retrieved May 12, 2004

The following guidelines adapted from key policy statements of the AAP and American Academy of Neurology, were developed in order to establish standard practices among physicians, to simplify the screening process, and to ensure that all children receive routine and appropriate screenings and timely interventions. These recommended guidelines are critical for ensuring that children stay on a healthy developmental path.

To download the guidelines go to http://www.medicalhomeinfo.org/health/Autism%20downloads/AutismAlarm.pdf. To read a related article from the American Academy of Pediatrics go to http://aapnews.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/24/2/74.

3. New Community Of Practice Focused On Interveners And Paraprofessionals Working With Children And Youth Who Are Deaf-Blind

Source: John Killoran, NTAC - May 6, 2004

The SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University and the National Technical Assistance Consortium for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind (NTAC) invite you to join a new Community of Practice focused on interveners and paraprofessionals working with children and youth who are deaf-blind. This Community of Practice will enable members to communicate and network with each other and is meant to be a vehicle for information sharing, problem solving, and discussion.
The attached flyer provides information on how to get involved.