January 19, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act’s impact on public elementary and secondary education programs. The Dear Colleague Letter and Questions and Answers document discuss how Section 504 and the ADAAA define disability and the obligation of school districts to evaluate students for disability, provide a free appropriate public education to students with disabilities, and provide procedural safeguards for identification, evaluation, and educational placement. See links below for further information and resources.January 19th, 2012,
Idaho's Regional Early Childhood Committees seek parent participation: 20% of total membership will be parents of children with disabilities. Child with disabilities must be under age 13. RECC's advise and assist the implementation of the Infant Toddler Program (ITP) in the region. Infant Toddler Program operations are under the guidance and direction of the Regional Program Manager and Early Intervention Specialist. The RECC will facilitate the discussion of transition issues, eligibility issues and inter-agency issues in regard to early intervention services. A formal process exists for dispute resolution. REEC's disseminate public awareness materials for typical and atypical child development, infant toddler program information and education and evidenced-based practices for early childhood programs will take place annually.
The Early Childhood Coordinating Council also seeks parent participation. The EC3 is responsible for developing a sustainable and coordinated statewide-plan to achieve mutually defined goals for early care and learning with evidence-based outcomes and approval and support from stakeholders, as well as the Governor and will facilitate the activities of the Early Childhood Coordinating Council which will establish an ongoing communication network between state agencies, policymakers, families, stakeholders and communities for the purpose of planning and implementation of a coordinated system of early care and learning in Idaho. 20% of Council membership will be parents of young children with developmental delays or disabilities.
The goal of the Children's System Redesign is to implement a system of care that has an improved array of Medicaid benefits for children with developmental disabilities. Beginning July 1, 2011, children will be phased into the new system according to their birth dates. Be sure to visit the updated website for new information. www.redesignforchildren.medicaid.idaho.gov.
Sibshops is a program designed for brothers and sisters of kids with special needs. The Federation of Families will be hosting two separate dates on October 20th and November 19th. To register call 208.433.8845.