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.
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?
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.
Friends of SKI is a new program of Special Kids, Inc designed to fortify the support base of SKI. Your membership will guarantee your “In the Know” place on our mailing list, e-blasts, and special engagements list. We will keep you updated on how SKI is doing in the community, financially, and with services we provide. You will be privileged to volunteer/community service opportunities, updates, and buzzes of information from other parent centers around the country. You will also receive VIP invitations to all SKI events. Friends of SKI are valuable supporters of Special Kids, Inc.
Your membership confirms that you believe in our mission to empower parents/families of all children with disabilities. Additionally, your membership with Friends of SKI gives us the support we need to to provide our services free of charge to parents and caregiver.
We promise, we will not flood your mail or email with junk mail, sell, or give your information to anyone as your membership status will be kept private. With your permission, we will only list your first name and your city and state as a Friends of SKI member on our website and in newsletters.
Become a Friends of SKI Member. Do it today, send us a letter stating your belief and support of our mission. Please include your mailing address, email address, and a donation of just $25 for the year. Mail membership information to P.O. Box 2175, Pearland, TX 77588.
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Helen Davis, Executive Director
Do you have a child with disability? Then you have a story and only you can tell it. Want to help us empower other parents and caregivers of children with a disabilities. SKI wants to read your story. Send an email to Helen Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a guideline for your story. Write your story and send it along with a picture of your child. You can also call us at (713) 783-5437. If you allow us, we will post it to the sight. Your story is important and you should tell it. We are here for you.