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New Ebola Q&A
As part of the Department of Education's guidance about Ebola, 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: OSERS Ebola Q&A (PDF, 278KB)

New 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.

Check Out the First Post on Results Driven Accountability

The NEW OSERS Blog is here! Check out our first Blog post and give your feedback on Results Driven Accountability: IDEA Part C Results Data in Determinations. Also, please also visit the RDA Home page for all the latest RDA information and resources.

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:" National Disability Employment Month
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. Every year, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This past October’s theme was, “Expect, Employ, Empower,” a reminder that every American has a right to dignity, respect and a shot at success in the workplace. A good example of this is Project SEARCH. In 2010, ED partnered with the District of Columbia Public Schools and the District’s Department on Disability Services to host a Project SEARCH class. Now in its fifth year at ED, almost 50 students have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to find competitive employment. These young adults are living examples of the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and, as a result, are able to lead independent lives. To learn more about Project SEARCH at the Department of Education, check out this month’s “Know It 2 Own It” video.

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.



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 three main components: NIDRR, OSEP, and RSA.


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Last Modified: 12/16/2014