2023 Early Childhood Transition Questions and Answers
OSERS' Office of Special Education Programs released an updated Early Childhood Transition Q&A document, which incorporates longstanding policy and provides further clarification on early childhood transition from IDEA Part C early intervention services to IDEA Part B preschool services.
Commemorating the 48th Anniversary of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
48 years ago, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA), which later became known as the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. Learn about work done this past year to improve outcomes for millions of children with disabilities receiving special education and related services under the IDEA.
Joint Policy Statement on the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
This policy statement, released jointly by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, states that all young children with disabilities should have access to high-quality inclusive early childhood programs that provide individualized and appropriate support so they can fully participate alongside their peers without disabilities, meet high expectations, and achieve their full potential.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act: Through Our History, Successes, and Vision for the Future
The U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation presents a special feature video, “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act: Through our History, Successes, and Vision for the Future.” In the video, former Senator Tom Harkin recounts the history behind the Rehabilitation Act; guitarist George Dennehy performs his song, "Work Makes the World Go Round," featuring individuals with disabilities at work; and OSERS Assistant Secretary Glenna Wright-Gallo discusses the impact of the Rehabilitation Act. Read more about the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act.
U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $199 Million to Improve Career Opportunities for Students With Disabilities Through Partnerships
OSERS Rehabilitation Services Administration announced it will fund 20 model Pathways to Partnerships innovative model demonstration projects focused on improving economic self-sufficiency for children and youth with disabilities by creating systemic approaches to enhance post-school outcomes.
Final Blog in Discipline Discussion Series, 200+ Resources
OSEP Director Valerie C. Williams provided five actions people can take to reduce exclusionary discipline in her final Discipline Discussions blog released July 31.
OSERS Staff Honor Judy Huemann’s Legacy
OSERS staff reflect on Judy's legacy in a video tribute.
Guidance on State General Supervision Responsibilities under Parts B and C of the IDEA.
The Office of Special Education Programs released on July 24, 2023, an updated policy guidance, which takes immediate effect, to ensure and strengthen the rights and protections guaranteed to children with disabilities and their families under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Improving Access to Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities
OSERS Deputy Assistant Secretary Katy Neas, OMB Associate Director for Education, Income Maintenance and Labor Sherry Lachman, and OMB Education Program Examiner Bert Wyman released a joint message on the Biden-Harris administration’s stance at promoting early intervention services, or EIS, for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation.
In implementing this mission, OSERS supports programs that help educate children and youth with disabilities and provides for the rehabilitation of youth and adults with disabilities. OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in two main areas—special education and vocational rehabilitation—through its two main components: OSEP and RSA.