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New New FY14 OSERS Grants
OSERS has announced more than $121 million in grants to help improve the outcomes of children and adults with disabilities—from cradle through career. The investments are aimed at promoting inclusion, equity and opportunity for all children and adults with disabilities to help ensure their economic self-sufficiency, independent living and full community participation.

"These investments are significant in assisting individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "We want all individuals with disabilities to succeed and these investments symbolize our values and commitment as a nation toward achieving excellence for all."

"Know It 2 Own It:" Teaching and Learning About Disability Rights.
Know It 2 Own It” is a campaign to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and history that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990. This month, as students across the country settle into their daily academic routines, now is the perfect time to think about teaching and learning about disability rights.

This month’s guest video blogger, Rebecca Cokley, Executive Director for the National Council on Disability (NCD), describes how she got involved in the disability rights movement as a child, what she thinks are the most important messages for young people with disabilities, and why she is committed to mentoring others.

President Obama Signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
The signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) creates a blueprint for job growth and makes key improvements to the nation’s workforce development system.

To find out more about OSERS and WIOA:

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:
    download file Word (203KB) | PDF (216KB)  
  • Q&A:
    download file Word (250KB) | PDF (94KB)

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.

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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