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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.

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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 Connect to OSERS
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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.

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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!

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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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Early Literacy Tools and Resources
The end of third grade is the point at which children transition from learning to read to utilizing reading skills to understand the content of all subject areas. To strengthen third-grade reading proficiency for all students, including students of color and students with disabilities, the My Brother’s Keeper Taskforce has established a dedicated early literacy Web site to provide educators with tools, resources, and a learning community to help them improve reading instruction in their K-3 classrooms.

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IDEA Section 618 Data Has a New Home
OSEP has launched a new Web site to publicly report the IDEA Section 618 data as well as provide documentation associated with the data. See how each state is doing for infants, toddlers and children who receive services under IDEA.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Updates

In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA, which was signed into law July 22, 2014. Download the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updates (PDF, 34KB)

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Ebola Q&A
OSERS is issuing a Question and Answer (Q&A) document to respond questions concerning extended absence of a child, school dismissal, or early intervention service (EIS) provider closure, due to public health actions related to Ebola virus exposure. Download the OSERS Ebola Q&A (PDF, 278KB)

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Correctional Education Guidance Package, Including an OSERS Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder announced the release of a Correctional Education Guidance Package to help states and local agencies aimed at helping states and local agencies strengthen the quality of education services provided to America’s estimated 60,000 young people in confinement every day.

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Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments
This guidance document is on the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with disabilities in English language proficiency (ELP) assessments under Titles I and III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).

  • Cover Letter:
     Word (203KB) | PDF (216KB)  
  • Q&A:
     Word (250KB) | PDF (94KB)

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New Accountability Framework

To improve the educational outcomes of America’s 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs.

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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Promotes Early Developmental and Behavioral Screening for Kids

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! logoThe U.S. Departments of Education and of Health and Human Services have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones; promote universal screenings; identify delays as early as possible; and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.

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Inclusion|Equity|Opportunity

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.

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Mission

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: 04/17/2015