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Celebrate! "Why I Teach!"

In celebration of Teachers Appreciation Week, OSERS is pleased to share stories from special education teachers as they tell us, "Why I Teach!" on OSERS Blog.

Teachers Change Lives at: #‎ThankATeacher | ‪#‎WhyITeach


Meet Eye to Eye Diplomats Want to Meet You!
Come meet and hear some Eye to Eye Diplomats. These Eye to Eye Diplomats are successful students making (and are still making!) a path for themselves to successfully negotiate the difficult yet distinguishing Learning Disability / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (LD/ADHD) terrain.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
11:00am to 12:00pm EDT

U.S. Department of Education
PCP Auditorium, 10th Floor, 550 12th St., SW
Washington, DC 20202


New May 2016 is Better Hearing and Speech Month
ED's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and HHS's Office of Head Start (OHS) are partnering to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebrating this year's theme: "Communication Takes Care."

Join us for the BHSM Coffee Break Webinar series, May 16-20, 2016, to learn more about the use of assistive technology to support young children with disabilities and their families.


Watch  #RethinkDiscipline: Youth, Parent and Educator Perspectives
Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin, U.S. Department of Education, conducted a live discussion focusing on the perspectives of youth, parent and educator advocates working to promote school discipline reform. The discussion covered recent successes in changing policy and practices, as well as current priorities for grassroots advocates. Michael Yudin was joined by:

Hashim Benford
Director, Power U Center for Social Change, Miami, FL

Jessica Black
Parent Organizer, Black Organizing Project, Oakland, CA

Carlil Pittman
Youth Advocate (Graduated), Voice of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), Chicago, IL

Sarah Johnson
Youth Advocate (Graduated), Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), Chicago, IL

Anna Bean
Campaign Coordinator, Teacher's Unite, New York City, NY

Event Details:

URL: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HizHTyC7UJM&feature=youtu.be


New Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) Fact Sheets
In 2015, the Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup published The 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy (Plan). To address priorities and goals of this Plan, two transition related fact sheets were published to improve education and outreach to the public about policies and practices governing transition services and transition programs. OSERS, along with FPT members, are pleased to share:


Equity in IDEA, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
The nation's special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) aims to ensure fairness in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities. Yet disparities persist. Students of color remain more likely to be identified as having a disability and face harsher discipline than their white classmates. The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step towards addressing these widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities by proposing a new Equity in IDEA Rule. This NPRM has a comment period that ends in 75 days (05/16/2016).

 Read and comment on the Equity in IDEA NPRM in the Federal Register

 Download the Equity in IDEA NPRM (PDF, 532KB)

 Read the NPRM Press Release

View a Presentation on How to Comment on the NPRM:


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.


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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 two main components: OSEP and RSA.


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Last Modified: 05/06/2016