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Dear Friends and Colleagues;


July 26th of this year will mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In this issue of our newsletter, we take a look at the impact of ADA in our society with a focus on inclusion. 


The first article in this issue is a basic overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the historic legislation that was passed into law in 1990. The second article highlights the ADA Legacy Project which is a year long project featuring a national bus tour, sponsored by the ADA National Network and partners. The project's purpose is to preserve, celebrate, and educate the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


The third article explores the concept of social capital for all individuals and focuses on how building social capital can be particularly beneficial to individuals with disabilities. The fourth article discusses how Universal Design for Learning which initially targeted the needs of students receiving special education services is now being used as a tactic for all students to achieve success with the Common Core. The final article block features  some links that the LIPC staff have found to be useful resources.


Each quarter our newsletter will provide you with current events in education, updates from NYS Education Department, the US Department of Education, and regional resources. Our staff enjoys sharing the most interesting articles and information we find as we navigate through our daily work schedules. What we do know is that there never seems to be enough time to read every article, every e-mail, and every memo that is distributed throughout the field. Our goal is to conveniently share with you the most important and interesting information that we find in a timely manner. We encourage you to join our list serve  click here so in addition to this newsletter you will receive periodic publications and notices that might be of interest to you.

Helene Fallon

Project Coordinator

Acronyms & Key Terms:


ADA The Americans with Disabilities Act -  became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

CCLS - Common Core Learning Standards  The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based standards. These standards serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that we can ensure that every student across New York State is on track for college and career readiness. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will continue to develop educator resources to support the successful implementation of the CCLS in classrooms across New York State over the next several years.  For a more specific breakdown of NYS standards by grade level and subject area  click here.

CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  -
The CDC is the leading national public health institute of the United States.  The CDC works to  identify and fight disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

DD Act - Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act  The purpose of the  Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000  as described in the current law, is to "assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life ..."

FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

An Overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.


The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.



The ADA Legacy Project 


The ADA Legacy Bus recently completed the first portion of our cross-country tour commemorating the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Overseen by The ADA Legacy Project, the bus has partnered with many sponsors and organizations around the country to accomplish this extraordinary effort, which covered more than 11,000 miles with stops at city halls, disability organizations, public schools, universities, disability conferences and Abilities Expos, while driving through 18 states.

What is Social Capital?


Social capital refers to the network of social connections that exist between people, and their shared values and norms of behavior, which enable and encourage mutually advantageous social cooperation.

To read more about social capital  click here.

For tips on building social capital click here.

For a community planning engagement tool click here.

Special Education Tactics Aide Common Core Success


A curriculum framework initially developed for special education students is gaining traction in general ed classrooms nationwide during Common Core implementation.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach created by a nonprofit that addresses students' individual learning needs to reach standards. Teachers allow students multiple ways of accessing information and demonstrating understanding for each lesson or assignment in order to differentiate learning. The 

Common Core expects students to demonstrate mastery in multiple ways.



In the course of day to day business and in process of writing newsletters, LIPC often comes across resources that may be useful to parents and/or professionals. In this resources section, we share with you the websites that we've found useful this quarter. If you have a resource you have found particularly helpful, we encourage you to share it with us here and we will consider it for the next newsletter.

The Inclusive Class, resources for parents and teachers about inclusive classrooms.
New York State Common Core resources for students with disabilities

A model for inclusive classrooms funded by the Department of Education
We look forward to working with you.  Please check out the LIPC Website for updates on future trainings and workshops and be sure to look for our next newsletter in the spring!