May 26, 2004

In this Issue:

1. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; List of Correspondence from January 2, 2004, through March 31, 2004

Source: Federal Register: May 24, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 100)

Under section 607(d) of the IDEA, the Secretary is required, on a quarterly basis, to publish in the Federal Register a list of correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the previous quarter that describes the interpretations of the Department of Education (Department) of the IDEA or the regulations that implement the IDEA...

This list identifies correspondence from the Department issued from January 2, 2004, through March 31, 2004. Included on the list are those letters that contain interpretations of the requirements of the IDEA and its implementing regulations, as well as letters and other documents that the Department believes will assist the public in understanding the requirements of the law and its regulations... For the complete list go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2004-2/052404d.html.

2. House Committee on the Education and the Workforce Passes Legislation to Reauthorize the Assistive Technology Act

Source: thomas.loc.gov - May 19, 2004

On May 19th, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce unanimously approved H.R. 4278, legislation to reauthorize the Assistive Technology Act. The bill, the Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004, was a bi-partisan effort led by Subcommittee Chairman McKeon (R-CA), Committee Chairman Boehner (R-OH), Ranking Member Kildee (D-MI), and Ranking Member Miller (D-CA).

To learn more about the bill go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:h.r.04278:

3. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council - Notice of a Public Meeting on June 9, 2004

Source: Federal Register: May 19, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 97)

This notice describes the schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). Notice of this meeting is intended to inform members of the general public of their opportunity to attend the meeting. The FICC will engage in policy discussions related to educational services for young children with autism and their families. The meeting will be open and accessible to the general public.

Date and Time: FICC Meeting: Wednesday, June 9, 2004 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW., Conference Rooms B & C, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20007.
For further information go to http://www2.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/other/2004-2/051904b.html.

4. Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism

Source: National Academies Press - May 24, 2004

The following new title from the National Academies Press is now available for free online reading: Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Go to http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=030909237X.