This is a new clip from the Department of Education
“At the White House Summit on Early Education, Secretaries Burwell and Duncan announced the release of a policy statement on expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings. Exclusionary discipline practices occur at high rates in early learning settings, and at even higher rates for young boys of color. The effort, part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, encourages states, early childhood programs, and families to partner in preventing, reducing, and eventually eliminating the expulsion and suspension of young children from early learning programs. As part of this commitment, Secretary Burwell announced that HHS will dedicate $4 million toward early childhood mental health consultation services to prevent this troubling practice and to help all children thrive in early learning settings.”
View the entire clip at this link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/school-discipline/index.html
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“President Obama signs bill allowing tax-free savings for disability expenses.” “THE ABLE ACT IS LAW!”
Sen. Bob Casey: “Now that this bill has 60 cosponsors, I’m urging the Senate to take action on it in the new year”
December 19, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 19, 2014) – Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), bringing the total number of co-sponsors in the Senate to 60 members. Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, this bill would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts.
2015 is here!!! Happy New Years from the Executive Board and Staff of Special Kids, Incorporated.
Special Kids, Incorporated (SKI) envisions a community that provides full service support to families of all children with disabilities from birth to age 26 that share the similar challenges of meeting the basic needs of the family; health care, educational resources, vocational training, social and economic development.
Special Kids, Incorporated is extremely thankful to our donors and volunteers. Your gift of time and monetary donations to SKI is a generous blessing. Because of you, our Toy Giveaway event on Saturday, December 20, 2014 was a huge success. Christmas 2014, SKI, with your help, reach our goal of helping 50 families with gifts for their children with disabilities. Because of you, SKI provided Christmas gifts for 132 children in our community.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Your commitment to helping families of children with disabilities in our community is genuinely appreciated. Please continue your support of Special Kids, Incorporated with a donation of any amount. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 2175 Pearland, TX 77588 or you can give securely at the PayPal donation link below.
May you and your family enjoy a joyous, prosperous, and healthy New Year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from the Executive Board and Staff of Special Kids, Incorporated.
May the joy of the holiday season full your hearts throughout the upcoming year as we remember the reason for this season.
He reigns now and forever.
This is an exciting time for most everyone and SKI wants to share in the joy with many families across the City of Houston.
Please view the invitation link below for details about this year’s Winter Forum/Toy Giveaway.
Christmas Party Flyer 2014
Your child has a behavior problem, IDEA requires your child’s IEP team to consider “Special Factors” that affect his ability to learn.
Question: Help! The school had my child with autism arrested. The charges were dismissed but I am afraid this will happen again. What can I do?
My son is in 6th grade and has ADHD (combined type). He was assigned 1 hour after school detention for not getting his agenda (homework assignment booklet) signed. One of the short term objective/benchmarks in his IEP is to have his agenda signed by all of the teachers and a parent daily. When this goal was added to his IEP, I had no clue that it would be used in this way.
Federal law requires that the IEP have a statement describing how the child’s progress will be measured.
An important reason for making sure your child’s IEP goals and objectives are measurable is to hold the school accountable for how they are working with your child. It is very difficult to establish that the child has not made progress with vague wording. When the goals are specific, observable and measurable, the parents have a system of keeping up with their child’s progress. The IEP must also list how the child’s parents will be informed of their child’s progress toward the annual goals. Use this checklist to build a good IEP for your child.