"Light It Up Blue." April is Autism Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to spread autism awareness/acceptance in schools and communities. Resources can be found at the following websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Autism Spectrum Disorder
The NYS Education Department (NYSED) released two documents for parents and educators. The first reiterates the policy on the appropriate implementation of testing accommodations for students with disabilities, specifically for the upcoming Spring 2016 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics State Assessments. The second seeks public comment regarding one-to-one aides for preschool and school age students with disabilities, and preschool special education programs and services.
At the March Board of Regents meeting, the Board approved a new graduation pathway for all students.
Beginning in June 2016, a student may graduate with a regular high school diploma if they complete various credit requirements. In addition, the regulations were revised to expand the opportunity to earn the CDOS Commencement Credential to all students, not just students with disabilities. The document can be found here.
The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities will host a webinar/conference call on May 2, 2016 from 3-4:30 p.m. The webinar will focus on topics including encouraging family engagement, ending segregation of students with disabilities, promoting self-determination and moving from school-to-work. Additional information can be found here.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is one of the National Institutes of Health. On their website, they provide many publications on a variety of topics that are FREE. These resources can be ordered here.