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U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter

The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance (not a mandate) on August 1, 2016, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports.

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Starting a New IEP Advocacy Year: Back to School Tips

It’s that time again! For parents of children with special needs, “back to school” means the start of a new IEP advocacy year. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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Ensure a Smooth New School Year for Your Child with Special Needs

Lucie P. Lawrence, PhD
Family Communication and Disability Specialist

The beginning of a new school year is a time of great enthusiasm and anticipation. But for some, it also means stress, anxiety, and trepidation. Families raising kids with special needs face numerous challenges throughout the school year.

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Download: Back-to-School Introduction Letters

By Amanda Morin

Writing a back-to-school introduction letter to your child’s teacher can help get the school year off to a good start. It’s also a great way to start building a positive relationship.


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Autism and Salsa: How One Mom is Teaching Her Son Life Skills

Tue, Mar 10, 2015 11:10:18 AM
A mother in Windham, Maine, has started a salsa cooking business that she's used to help teach and calm her son with autism, according to WCSH. March 10, 2015 [...]
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Watch: Girl With Autism Performs With Weird Al on Comedy Central

Mon, Mar 09, 2015 11:37:10 AM
Jodi DiPiazza, a 13-year-old pianist and singer with autism who brought down the house at 2012's Night of Too Many Stars, made another appearance at this year's event — this time performing alongside Weird Al Yankovic. March 09, 2015 [...]
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Adult with Autism Reenacts Scene From 'Aladdin' with Gilbert Gottfried

Mon, Mar 09, 2015 10:20:54 AM
Owen Suskind, who has autism got to reenact a scene from Aladdin with Gilbert Gottfried who voiced the character of Iago at a Night of Too Many Stars. March 09, 2015 [...]
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TDF's Autism Theatre Initiative Hosts Disney's Aladdin

Sun, Mar 08, 2015 4:54:17 PM
First ever autism-friendly performance of Disney's Tony Award-Winning Musical, Aladdin, completes fourth season of TDF's Autism Theatre Initiative's autism-friendly performances March 08, 2015 The [...]
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