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Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundations Announces Public Policy Fellowship
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:26:30 -0400 The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation is seeking exemplary professionals, and/or persons experiencing disability and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and more seasoned leaders to assume leadership in the public policy arena in their home state and/or nationally. During this one year Fellowship, the successful applicant will learn how federal legislation is initiated, developed,...
Guidance/Information: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:16:12 -0400 Two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began offering the opportunity for young people to request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and obtain temporary relief from removal from the United States. Over 580,800 young people from all over the world have received DACA since 2012. Today, current and former students who requested DACA beginning in 2012 are now becoming able to request consideration for renewal of DACA. Understanding the role educators play in guiding and supporting undocumented students, the Secretary has written a letter to educators that provides information and resources to help them understand...
Institute of Education Sciences Calls for Feedback on Two Research Centers
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:59:51 -0400 The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the research arm of the US Department of Education, has issued a request to the field for feedback (http://ies.ed.gov/pdf/2014-NCERfeedback.pdf) on the work of its two research centers: the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). IES intends to use the input it receives to help plan the future work of these research centers. The deadline for submitting comments to IES is October 31, 2014. This is an important opportunity for researchers to help shape the future direction of federal education research programs and priorities. IES is...
Tell Your Senators to Advance International Disability Treaty; Your Advocacy Needed TODAY!
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:59:53 -0400 Here's how to advocate for individuals with disabilities across the globe in only 2 minutes: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an international treaty that protects the human rights of individuals with disabilities on July 22, 2014. The next step is for the Senate to vote on the treaty. We need your voice today! Opponents continue to use inaccurate scare tactics to diminish support in the Senate. Join CEC in correcting the record - email your Senators today! The CRPD is voted on only by the full Senate...
The White House is Asking YOU to Nominate a Champion of Change for Disability Employment
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:28:51 -0400 Persons with disabilities have and continue to show skills and talent to make meaningful contributions within America’s workforce. Advancing employment opportunities and prospects for people with disabilities strengthens and benefits not only our economy, but also our society as a whole. It creates a more inclusive America where people with disabilities have a role in the growth and success of our Nation. Although the fight continues to increase the employment rates of people with disabilities, we know efforts to encourage hiring at the state and local levels have a strong overall impact. Every day, there are individuals who step up...
The 35th Annual Report to Congress on IDEA
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:08:11 -0400 Section 664(d) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that the U.S. Department of Education report annually on the progress made toward the provision of a free appropriate public education to all children with disabilities and the provision of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The 35th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2013 describes our nation’s progress in: Providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all children with disabilities, Ensuring that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected, Assisting states and...
CEEDAR Center Released Three Innovation Configurations
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:25:05 -0400 The CEEDAR Center professionals, along with their partner Great Teachers and Leaders, released three innovation configurations (ICs) to promote the implementation of evidence-based instructional practices in teacher preparation activities. ICs are designed to evaluate current teacher preparation and professional development (PD) by determining the extent to which EBPs are taught, observed, and applied within teacher preparation and PD programs. The three innovative configurations are: Transition Services for Students with Disabilities: This paper features an innovation configuration (IC) matrix that can guide teacher preparation professionals in the development of appropriate transition planning and services content. Culturally Responsive Teaching: This paper features...
The U.S. Department of Education wants YOUR comments on WIOA!
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:39:34 -0400 Starting today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) have invited the public to share their comments and recommendations on their blog to help implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was recently signed by President Obama on July 22, 2014. Input is helpful in identifying issues and concerns that should be addressed in order to fulfill the expectations of WIOA. It will also help as the Department begins to process of the implementation of the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973...
It’s August….Do You Know Where Your Members of Congress Are?!
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 16:45:46 -0400 They’re at home, having recently returned for a five week recess from Washington, DC! And for CEC advocates, it’s time to go to work! Your mission is simple: schedule meetings with your elected officials at their district office anytime from now until Congress reconvenes September 8th. With Congress expected to take action on education funding, now is the time to meet with your Congressional delegation! To assist you, CEC has put together a Congressional Recess Packet containing all the information you need to help in setting and holding your meetings (see attached): CEC’s Public Policy Agenda to highlight the other...
CRPD Passes through Foreign Relations Committee and Moves to Senate Floor
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:26 -0400 On Tuesday, July 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed on a 12-6 vote, The Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Two years ago the treaty passed in a similar voting style 13-6. Along with the full support of the Democrats, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), and John Barrasso (R-WY), joined in voting, sending the treaty to the Senate floor. The treaty has continuously been opposed by conservatives who continue to argue on a range of topics they believe deem the treaty unethical including: expansion of abortion rights, threats to certain parental rights, and a shift of power...