New Yudin Confirmed as OSERS Assistant Secretary
On June 2, 2015, the Senate confirmed Michael Yudin to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. He has dedicated his career to advocating for all students to have access to and receive a quality education. His wealth of personal experience and passion for equity have made him a major asset to the Department since he joined ED in 2010. As Assistant Secretary, Yudin will continue his commitment to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages.
Early Childhood Movie Screening and Panel Discussion:
THE RAISING OF AMERICA
This documentary film explores how a strong start for all kids can lead to a healthier and more equitable America. After the viewing, a panel of senior leaders in the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services conducted a discussion on the film. Feel free to view the screening and panel dicussion on EDSTREAM.
OSERS Blog: Including Young Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs
The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs.
Local Educational Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Final Regulations
On April 28, 2015, the final LEA MOE regulations were published in the Federal Register and become effective on July 1, 2015. LEA MOE requirements ensures that LEAs provide the financial support necessary to make a free appropriate public education (FAPE) available to eligible children with disabilities. The Department identified a need for revisions to the LEA MOE requirements based upon fiscal monitoring, audits and questions from states. Most of the changes clarify the way in which the Department has previously interpreted LEA MOE regulations and consolidate requirements from General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and appropriations language. The final LEA MOE regulations are available on Regulations.gov.
Know It 2 Own It: Advocating for Your Rights on Campus
The transition from high school to college can be tough, especially for students with disabilities; however, when students know their rights and where to get help, the transition can be made a little easier. Some students, such as Elijah a high school senior from Jacksonville, Florida, learn the importance of advocating for themselves and their needs for accommodations while still in high school. Here is his story and his wish for all students with disabilities.
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.
Additional Spotlight Items
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.
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.