Second Quarter 2003 OSEP Policy Documents on the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children, and Youth with Disabilities Now Available Online
Correspondence from the Department of Education received by individuals during the Second Quarter of CY 2003 that describes the interpretations of IDEA or the regulations that implement IDEA. Some documents have been redacted.
(December 19, 2003)
New No Child Left Behind Provision Gives Schools Increased Flexibility While Ensuring All Children Count, Including Those With Disabilities
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige today announced a new provision of the No Child Left Behind education reform law that will give local school districts greater flexibility in meeting the act's requirements for students with disabilities.
(December 9, 2003)
Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 Parts B and C Grant Award Applications Now Online
On December 2, 2003, OSEP issued OSEP Memorandum 04-02 to Lead Agency Directors and Part C Coordinators: Procedures for Receiving a Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2004 Grant Award Under Part C of IDEA and Memorandum 04-03 to Chief State School Officers: Procedures for States to Follow in Order to Receive a Grant Award Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for Federal Fiscal Year 2004. Copies of all the FFY 2004 grant award application materials for both Part C and Part B are now available online.
(December 3, 2003)
Webcast of Autism Summit Conference
In response to growing public health concerns regarding rising rates of autism, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Education have organized the 2003 "Autism Summit." This conference is designed to engage in a public dialogue concerning issues such as implementation of optimal services, early screening and diagnosis, and biomedical research. Although attendance for this Washington, D.C. event is now at capacity, the conference will be webcast live on November 19-21, 2003 and archived for later online viewing.
(November 17, 2003)
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Publishes Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resource for School and Home
OSEP has published Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School And Home. This resource guide for families and educators provides information on how ADHD is identified and treated and includes sections on legal requirements, treatment options and helpful hints on how to improve the quality of life at home and at school, for a child identified with ADHD.
(September 26, 2003)
Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities Works, Report Finds
Children with disabilities who receive early intervention services show significant developmental progress a year later, and families report increased confidence in their ability to deal with their child, according to OSEP's 24th annual report to Congress on the condition of special education.
(September 10, 2003)
$2.4 Million Grant Competition Announced for Expanded Special Education Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers
The U.S. Department of Education announced plans to expand from four to six the number of special education regional parent technical assistance centers to enhance the information flow to parents of students with disabilities and forge stronger relationships between parents and professionals. A seventh national center will coordinate the work of the regional centers.
(July 9, 2003)
SPeNSE Paperwork Substudy Final Report Now Available
This Final Report from OSEP's Study of Personnel Needs In Special Education (SPeNSE) examines concerns about the paperwork and administrative duties assigned to special education teachers. It provides information on the types of paperwork special education teachers complete, how long it takes, and ways to reduce paperwork burden.
(April 4, 2003)
OSEP FY 2003 Grant Performance Report for Continuation Funding
(January 14, 2003)
Archived News from OSEP