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The links and information available on this section of our website are not exhaustive, and are intended to share broad information about special education law, inclusive education, disability specific information, evidence-based educational practices, and more!

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New Guidance Reaffirms Importance of Full Implementation of IDEA Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) sent a letter to its state and local partners reiterating its commitment to ensuring children with disabilities and their families have successful early intervention and educational experiences in the 2021–2022 school year.

This letter outlines a series of question and answers (Q&As) as children and students return to in-person learning. The Q&As focus on topics to help ensure that — regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic or the mode of instruction — children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and that infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families receive early intervention services.  

The Q&As document on Child Find Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is the first Q&A in the series and reaffirms the importance of appropriate implementation of IDEA’s child find obligations, which requires the identification, location and evaluation, of all children with disabilities in the states. An effective child find system is an ongoing part of each state’s responsibility to ensure that FAPE is made available to all eligible children with disabilities.

Read the Press Release 

Read the Letter to OSERS State and Local Partners

Read the Q&A on Child Find Under Part B of IDEA

  

National PLACE

Dear National PLACE members:

 

The US Department of Education OSEP has released a new OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B and new supplemental tool, Hand In Hand, which explore our IDEA, Section 618 data with the specific lens on race and ethnicity.   

Highlights from OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B

  •         Asian students with disabilities are more likely to be identified with autism or hearing impairment than all students with disabilities and less likely to drop out and more likely to graduate with a regular high school diploma than all students with disabilities. 
  •         Black or African American students with disabilities are more likely to be identified with intellectual disability or emotional disturbance than all students with disabilities and more likely to receive a disciplinary removal than all students with disabilities.  
  •         Hispanic students with disabilities are more likely to be identified with hearing impairment or specific learning disability than all students with disabilities.  
  •         American Indian or Alaska Native students with disabilities are more likely to drop out than all students with disabilities and less likely to be inside a regular class less than 40% of the day than all students with disabilities.  
  •         White students with disabilities are more likely to be served inside a regular class 80% or more of the day than all students with disabilities and less likely to be identified with specific learning disability or intellectual disability than all students with disabilities. 

For the Hand In Hand supplemental tool, each display in the  OSEP Fast Facts: Race and Ethnicity of Children with Disabilities Served under IDEA Part B is presented with critical questions to allow parents and other stakeholders to engage with the materials. Throughout the Hand In Hand resource, look for hands highlighting further reading on the topics.

OSEP Fast Facts is an ongoing effort to display data from the 12 data collections authorized under IDEA Section 618 into graphic, visual representations with the intent to present 618 data quickly and clearly.

Visit the OSEP Fast Facts page for existing and future Fast Facts.

This information can be very useful to you in your advocacy on behalf of children, youth and families!

  

Regarding Recent Violent Attacks

Our PEAK team is deeply saddened by the recent acts of violence in both our Colorado community and Atlanta, Georgia. These attacks threaten the well-being of our entire communities.

PEAK Parent Center stands in solidarity with our Asian American Community. The attacks against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities over the past year of the pandemic and beyond are abhorrent. At PEAK, we are so grateful for the contributions of those in the AAPI community who help make our state and our world a better place.

Our hearts are also with those who are mourning the loss of friends and loved ones in Boulder. Amid an already difficult year where isolation, grief, and loss have become the norm for many, these acts of terrorism have now compounded an already desperate situation.  We encourage you to check in on those in your families and circles and to make use of the resources listed below:

Colorado AAPI Anti-Hate Community Resources

Colorado Crisis Services:

            Call: 1-844-493-8255

            Text: ‘Talk’ to 38255

Coping with Current Events: How to Talk to Kids About Upsetting News

You can also reach out to one of our PEAK Parent Advisors for more resources and support:

            Call: 719-531-9400

            Email: parentadvisor@peakparent.org

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