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Inclusion in Early Childhood Programs—A Webinar Series Kickoff

Thursday, February 11th, 3:00 pm, EST.

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services invite you to view them a Google Hangout discussion about inclusion in early childhood programs and why it matters to states, early childhood programs, families, and young children with and without disabilities. The discussion kicks off a series of webinars on the research, practice, and public awareness of inclusion in early childhood programs, to be held over the next several months.

Click here to view the event.
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If you have questions for our speakers prior to the event, please post them on Twitter at #inclusiongov, or email at ECinclusion@ed.gov.

ESSA: A New Education Law

"With this bill, we reaffirm that fundamentally American ideal—that every child, regardless of race, income, background, the zip code where they live, deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will."
— President Barack Obama

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation's schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students, including students with disabilities.

IDEA 40th Anniversary

40 years ago, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) became law.
Secretary Arne Duncan speaks on why that's worth celebrating! #IDEA40

Posted by U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In November, 2015, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the passage of Public Law 94-142, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read about the history of this landmark legislation, exciting events surrounding its anniversary celebration, and new resources to help and support students with disabilities.

Twitter logo #IDEA40

Dear Colleague Letter on Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
The cornerstone of IDEA is the entitlement of each eligible child with a disability to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet the child's unique needs. The primary vehicle for providing FAPE is through an appropriately developed individualized education program (IEP) that is based on the individual needs of the child.This policy letter clarifies that IEPs for children with disabilities must be aligned with state academic content standards for the grade in which a child is enrolled.
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New Website: IDEAs that Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success
As part of its celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), OSERS launched a new Website entitled: IDEAs that Work: Preparing Children and Youth with Disabilities for Success [http://ccrs.osepideasthatwork.org]. As school systems work to implement rigorous academic standards and prepare diverse learners for success beyond graduation, we are proud to announce this additional support for teachers and families of students with disabilities and struggling learners. The IDEAs that Work Web site is designed to connect teachers and families with resources to assist them in supporting the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of students as they become college and career ready.

OSERS Blog: Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)
Do you have a child in your classroom or at home who has difficulty understanding educational media because he or she is visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, deaf, or deaf-blind? A solution is the free-loan collection of described and captioned educational media provided by the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) through Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

New Early Learning Site
The goal for ED's new Early Learning Web site is to help improve the health, social-emotional and cognitive outcomes for all children from birth through 3rd grade, so that all children, particularly those with high needs, are on track for graduating from high school college- and career-ready.

Earlier Spotlight Items

 Comment on the ED-HHS Draft Policy Statement on Family Engagement
 LD/ADHD Proud to Be: Eye to Eye's Different Thinkers
 Raising Awareness on Specific Learning Disabilities
 #RethinkDiscipline in Early Childhood Settings
 OSERS Blog: Parent Engagement: We're Two Moms Working Together to Make Positive Change for Students with Learning Disabilities
 OSERS Blog: Parent Engagement: We're Two Moms Working Together to Make Positive Change for Students with Learning Disabilities
  Duncan Issues Statement on Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia and ADHD Awareness Month
  OSERS Blog: Beyond the Dys in Dyslexia
  Letter to SEAs Regarding Oversight of Federal Funds to Charter Schools
  College Programs for Students with Disabilities Are "Changing Culture"
  Including Students with Disabilities in High-Quality Preschool
  WIOA One-year Anniversary
  #RethinkDisciplineED Launches #RethinkDiscipline Campaign!
 Yudin Confirmed as OSERS Assistant Secretary
 NIDRR Has Now Moved to HHS
 Early Childhood Movie Screening and Panel Discussion: THE RAISING OF AMERICA
 WIOA Vision Blog
 OSERS Blog: Including Young Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Early Childhood Programs
 Local Educational Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Final Regulations
 Know It 2 Own It: Advocating for Your Rights on Campus
 The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy
 Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA Dispute Resolution Procedures
  Advancing Inclusive Education and Equal Opportunity with Accessible eBooks
 Early Literacy Tools and Resources
 IDEA Section 618 Data Has a New Home
 Ebola Q&A
 Correctional Education Guidance Package, Including an OSERS Dear Colleague Letter on IDEA for Students with Disabilities in Correctional Facilities.
 Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments
 New Accountability Framework
 Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Promotes Early Developmental and Behavioral Screening for Kids



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 two main components: OSEP and RSA.


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