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New WIOA NPRMs Available for Public Comment
The departments of Education and Labor today announced that they are seeking public comment on five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs)—proposing rules that would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)—through June 15, 2015.

New Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA Dispute Resolution Procedures
This "Dear Colleague" letter provides guidance that states, hearing officers, school districts, school staff, parents and other stakeholders may find helpful in determining how to follow the IDEA dispute resolution procedures.

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New  Advancing Inclusive Education and Equal Opportunity with Accessible eBooks
"The digital revolution and ongoing advances in technology have made it possible to get more content, in more ways, to more people. This could truly be a golden age of access to books and information for all."

Read more of this blog, by guest blogger Betsy Beaumon, as shared on Disability.Gov's Disability Blog.

Helping People with Disabilities Access Middle Class Careers
Robert Williams understands exactly what it takes to pursue and advance in one’s career as an individual with a significant disability. He’s currently Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the Social Security Administration. He’s been working for over 20 years to raise awareness about the significantly disabled community in the workplace. He also worked tirelessly to ensure the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more about his incredible journey by clicking here on the blog and watching the video!

The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy
The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT), a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, developed an interagency strategy to support students and youth with disabilities in reaching their goals of economic empowerment and independence. As a result of this collaborative effort, The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy (2020 Plan, PDF, 315KB) was approved by Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Social Security Administration to improve transition outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

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OSERS is committed to the broad values of inclusion, equity and opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.



To provide leadership to achieve full integration and participation in society of people with disabilities by ensuring equal opportunity and access to, and excellence in, education, employment and community living.

In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities, provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities and supports research to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas—Special Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Research—through its three main components: NIDRR, OSEP, and RSA.


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Last Modified: 04/20/2015