Valley Forge Educational Services:
Free Internet Safety Workshop for Parents: join a cyber-security, cyber-bullying, social media expert to learn about the real hazards that exist beyond the streets. Workshop will be held at VFES Activity Center 1777 North Valley Rd., Malvern, PA 19355 on Thursday, March 9 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Register here. Questions: email or call: 610-296-6725 ext. 116.
A Step Up Academy:
Surviving & Thriving Group: we help you rediscover your strengths, put a priority on self-care and parent from your best self. Group will be held at A Step Up 520 Meetinghouse Rd., Jenkintown, PA 19046 on Saturday, March 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. For more information and registration click here or contact BethAnn.
Ruttenberg Autism Center (RAC):
free open forum for families of Individuals on the autism spectrum. Forum will be held at RAC 1740 Walton Rd., 1st Floor, Blue Bell, PA 19422 on Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m. To learn more and to RSVP, click here or contact Mary.
Foundations Community Partnership presents Educational Workshops for Professionals: Co-Occurring Conditions in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Workshop offers Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and are held at the Doylestown Health and Wellness Auditorium, 847 Easton Rd./Rt 611, Warrington, PA 18976 on Wednesday, March 1, 8:30 a. m. - 12:00 p.m. For more information and to register call 267-247-5584 or visit www.fcpartnership.org.
Bucks Life Office presents: Crisis Planning: a free parent and professional workshop. The presenter Mark Boorse, Director of Program Development with Access Services, will lead this interactive discussion regarding crisis planning at the Ivyland Office, 882 Jacksonville Rd., Ste 203, Ivyland, PA 18974 on Tuesday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Register here.
Special-Ed Services to get a Bump: Settlement to provide ESY for Philadelphia Students
From: www.philly.com by Kristen Graham
The Philadelphia School District has agreed to provide enhanced special education services over school breaks to students who qualify for them.
With Talk of Waiver Changes, Medicare Services May Be At Risk
From: www.disabilityscoop.com by Michelle Diament
The Trump administration is planning to fundamentally alter Medicaid, a move that could mean big changes to everything from health care to home and community-based services waivers for people with developmental disabilities.
Was Dr. Asperger a Nazi? The Question Still Haunts Autism
From: http://www.npr.org by Steve Silberman
The publication of a new history of autism called In a Different Key, by John Donovan and Caren Zucker, has reopened an unsettling question about the pioneering Viennese pediatrician Hans Asperger: was he a Nazi sympathizer, or a man who paid lip-service to his bosses' murderous ideology in order to save the lives of as many of his young patients as possible?
The Special-Education Charade: Individual Education Programs, or IEPs are one of the greatest pitfalls of our country's school system.
From: http://theatlantic.com by Tracy Thomson
I am in hell or its equivalent. Specifically, I am in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting for my 14-year- old daughter, a special education student at Prince George's County, MD.
Is the Bar Too Low for Special Education?
From: http://theatlantic.com by Laura McKenna
The Supreme Court is poised to decide the quality of instruction public schools must provide students with disabilities- a question that could get even thornier under the Trump administration.
Local, regional and national education information
NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION & SCHOOL SITES
EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR LINKS
RIGHT TO EDUCATION TASK FORCES
State and Local Task Forces include parents and professionals who can offer assistance to families with questions about services for students with special needs. The Task Forces exist to help families and school districts work together to ensure the integrity and delivery of special education services to eligible students.
Connect Information Service: 1-800-692-7288
A statewide, telephone helpline provides parents, educators and professionals with information on early intervention, special education, child development and family/social concerns.
Special Education Consult Line: 1-800-879-2301
A service of the PDE; help for families and advocates of children with special needs about school-related concerns, special education regulations, and the complaint system.
OAR’s Kit for Kids Peer Education Resource
The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) recently made two additions to its popular autism resources. The Kit for Kids set of student activity workbooks and an animated web video is designed to teach elementary and middle school students about their peers with autism. It is centered around an illustrated, booklet called, “What’s up with Nick?” and a three-minute web video that uses cartoon animation, sound, and color to capture children’s attention, yet still offers accurate autism information using language they can understand. It’s a great way to start a classroom dialogue about autism and accepting differences.
ASCEND member develops an app that turns an IEP into a 1-page profileThe 5 Min of Fun iProfile™ app is an easy to use, menu-driven app developed by a mom to turn an IEP into a 1-page profile to share with teachers, therapists and community supports; motivate kids to participate in their IEP meetings and to advocate for themselves; and coach parents/caregivers, both experienced and new, to the IEP process