RSA Releases Evaluation of the Projects With Industry Program
In October 2000, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) initiated an evaluation of the Projects With Industry (PWI) program under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education. The broad purpose of the evaluation was to examine the role and performance of the PWI program as one component of the broader set of employment-related services available to individuals with disabilities.
(December 22, 2003)
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)
RSA Releases Evaluation of the Centers for Independent Living Program
This study conducted by CESSI with assistance from WESTAT reports on a national evaluation of federally funded Centers for Independent Living–consumer-directed non-profit agencies providing services and advocacy to individuals with significant disabilities, conducted during the years 2000-2002.
(December 2, 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)
U.S. Education Department, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Release Guidebook for Business on Employment of People with Disabilities
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2003, the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has released a guidebook to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring people with disabilities.
(October 31, 2003)
Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige on October Being Recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The U.S. Department of Education is committed to increasing job opportunities for America's individuals with disabilities throughout the year, especially, during October—a month designated by President Bush as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."
(October 14, 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)
RSA is a Partner in Upcoming Workforce Innovations Conference
OSERS' Rehabilitation Services Administration continues to assist the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) and other Federal Workforce Investment Act partners in promoting the Workforce Innovations Conference (WIC). This year, the conference will be held in Washington, D.C., from July 8-10, and will address the following themes:
- Aligning Economic Development with Workforce Investment;
- Integrating the Education System with Workforce Investment Services; and
- Facilitating Employment through Effective One-Stop Services and Partnerships
The WIC is the nation's premier conference for America's workforce investment leaders, decision-makers and change agents. This is a unique opportunity to explore the links between workforce investment and economic development. For registration and hotel information, visit the WIC Web site or call (877) 883-1786.
(June 1, 2003)
RSA Vocational Rehabilitation Financial Management Conference
The Rehabilitation Services Administration is pleased to announce that the 2003 National Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Financial Management Conference will be held August 4-6, 2003 (optional pre-conference session on August 3) at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, Virginia. This conference will cover a broad range of fiscal management issues related to the administration of the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Programs. The theme of this year's conference is "Managing Your Vocational Rehabilitation Program's Fiscal Challenges."
For registration information, contact:
The George Washington University
Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education Program
2011 Eye Street N.W., Suite 300
Washington, DC 20052
Web site: www.gwu.edu/~rrcep
Brochure: Word | PDF
(May 8, 2003)
Paige Releases Principles for Reauthorizing Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige unveiled a set of principles to guide the Education Department in its work toward seeking reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the landmark statute that provides for the education of America's 6.5 million students with disabilities.
(February 28, 2003)
New Web Site to Gather Comments about Disability Research Needs
A new Web site has been developed by the government's Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), chaired by Steven James Tingus, director of the Education Department's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), to gather comments and recommendations on research needs for Americans with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education recently announced. The site can be found at www.icdr.us (non-working link to external Web site).
(February 28, 2003)