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Youth Leadership Forum 2015 Application

The application for the 17th annual Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities is now available on the Youth Leadership Project website. The Youth Leadership Forum will take place July 27th through July 30th at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus and is sponsored in full. Learn more>>

Guidance from the State Department of Education

In September 2014, the Connecticut Department of Education issued guidance on the topic of Technical Edits that can be made to a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) document. Additionally the state has provided a highlighted version of the IEP to further clarify where these technical edits are allowed. Learn more>>

Study on Transitional Services for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Legislative Program Review and Investigators Committee (PRI) is conducting a survey on Transitional Services for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The purpose of the study is to find out the needs of individuals with ASD, and what services are available to help them. Learn more about the survey>>

Parent Perception Survey

The UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEED) is conducting a survey regarding parent's experiences at their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting. If you child has an IEP, in a Connecticut Public School and was in grade 3rd, 4th or 5th this past year, you are encouraged to fill out this survey Learn more about the survey>>

School Discipline Survey

In April 2014, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) partnered to survey 500 school superintendents to determine the state of district-wide school discipline policies and practices. It examined how and why districts use out-of-school suspension (OSS), the revision and parameters of districts’ discipline policies, the outside partners districts seek in improving school discipline, and the efforts being made to create more positive school climates to reduce discipline disparities. Learn more about the survey>>

New Resource: Family Policy Compliance Office Website

The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) administers two federal laws that provide parents and students with certain privacy rights: the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). The new FPCO website provides resources and information regarding FERPA and PPRA including links to the regulations, guidance documents, policy letters, topic briefs, webinars, videos and a robust list of frequently asked questions. Visit the FPCO website at familypolicy.ed.gov.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation's workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities. Learn more>>

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Featured Lending Library Resource

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Dads of Disability: Stories For, By and About Fathers of Children who Experience Disability (and the Women who Love Them!) by Gary Dietz is a collection of 41 essays and poems that illustrate a father's perception of, and reaction to, being a father of a child who experiences disability. From before through birth, to diagnosis, to the workplace, to serious medical or behavioral issues, to fathers' support circles, and much more—including aging and death—many inflection points are explored by the fathers themselves as well as the mothers and children in their lives. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at cpac@cpacinc.org or 1-800-445-2722.

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