BUZZ from the
Parent Center HUB

February 2019, Issue 2
New to Children with Disability?
Greetings to All!
This issue of the Buzz spotlights three resources you may find appropriate for sharing with parents, family members, and professionals who are new to the disability journey that begins when a child is born with special needs or diagnosed at some point as having a disability. What to do? Who to call or turn to for guidance?

The issue also shares information fresh from the U.S. Department of Education. Finally, in recognition of Black History Month, we end with an article that takes a fascinating look at African Americans with disabilities who've marked our history in significant ways.

Our best to you,
Debra Jennings and the CPIR Team
New to Disability?
The subtitle of this January 2019 article in Exceptional Parent is "finding more joy on the journey." The article focuses on helping parents get organized, build their support team, make time for self-care, and seek professional therapy when necessary.

Just updated by CPIR, this page is written to give parents a quick roadmap to the disability world of help that’s available in the United States and point them to disability resources on the CPIR website and beyond that may come in handy, now and as time goes by.
What about the professionals who work with this newly diagnosed baby, toddler, preschooler, or school-aged student? Perhaps they, too, are new to disability. Also just updated, this CPIR resource page is easy for parents and Parent Centers to share with child care providers, early childhood educators, afterschool programs, and teachers.
Guidance from the Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education released four letters responding to requests for guidance on January 29.The letters address:

  • students with disabilities in correctional facilities;
  • discipline procedures;
  • children with disabilities placed in private school by their parents; and
  • response to intervention.
In Honor of Black History Month
This article from Respect Ability is a fascinating combination of information about African Americans with disabilities in today’s world and those from our past who have marked history in significant ways.
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Publication of this newsletter is made possible through Cooperative Agreement H328R180005 between OSEP and the  SPAN Parent Advocacy Network . The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government or by the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR).