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Dear Friends and Colleagues;

With the 2016 school year well under way, this quarter's newsletter focuses on a couple of back to school tips along with some NYSED updates and topics you should find helpful. We encourage all families to try their best to be active and meaningfully involved in their child's education.  Your role is more important than baking for the bake sale (although any funds raised always benefit our children's programs)   The Long Island Parent Center continues to provide technical assistance to families of children with disabilities and the professionals that work with them.  One of our strengths is helping schools and families to build and maintain strong collaborative relationships. Many years of research show that when parents are meaningfully involved in their child's education the outcomes are far more positive. We ask you to consider visiting our website and signing up for our list serve, check for upcoming events and feel free to request the latest resources on IDEA and NYSED regulations, strategies on becoming more involved in your child's education or maybe some information on your son/daughter/sister/brothers diagnosis.

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:

The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) -
OPWDD supports individuals with developmental disabilities to fully participate in their communities through employment. OPWDD offers a variety of supports and resources which assist individuals to achieve their employment goals.
Accessible educational materials  (AEM)  Print and technology based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphic, audio, video). IDEA (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) - It is a technical standard used by publishers to produce electronic source files that can be used to develop specialized formats (braille, large print, audio or digital text) for students with print disabilities.

Assistive Technology (AT) - Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability. Assistive technology devices can range from "low technology" items like pencil grips, markers or paper stabilizers to "high technology" items such as voice synthesizers, Braille readers or voice activated computers.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - was signed into law by President Obama. This bipartisan measure reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation's national education law. The New York State Education Department has established an ESSA Think Tank that will assist the New York State Education Department (NYSED or "the Department") with development of New York's ESSA state plan, which we anticipate that the Department will be required to submit to the United States Department of Education (USDE) in early 2017.

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

A new school year means a new grade, new teachers, new goals, and maybe even a new school! In order to help you and your child with special needs be as successful as you can be, we've put together a list of eight helpful back-to-school tips that we hope will make the transition into a new school year a little easier for you and your child.

Every Student Succeeds Act: Update

As you are most likely aware, o n December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act. The ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In general, the ESSA retains many of the core provisions of No Child Left Behind, the previous reauthorization of ESEA, while providing greater flexibility to states to implement the provisions. Within the draft regulations, USDE has indicated that states will have two opportunities to submit the required state plans: March 6, 2017 or July 5, 2017. The draft regulations stipulate that extensive consultation with stakeholders occur in the development of the state plan. The Department has begun the required consultation on the development of the state's ESSA plan with the Committee of Practitioners and the newly formed ESSA Think Tank.  Helene Fallon, LIPC Project Director is an active member of this think tank. "It is very encouraging to see the NYS Education Department engage multiple stakeholders in meaningful conversation to develop the NY State Plan for ESSA".  Please review the attached update on ESSA submitted to the NYS Board of Regents this past July. It is quite interesting to look at the process of development and the stakeholder involvement in this process. Our staff at LIPC are following the process closely and will continue to comment and reach out to families of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them to make sure their voices are represented.  

10 Tips for a Successful School Year

Wright'slaw has created a list of 10 useful tips for having a successful school year.

AEM Basics

Accessible educational materials, or AEM, are print- and technology-based educational materials, including printed and electronic textbooks and related core materials that are designed or converted in a way that makes them usable across the widest range of student variability regardless of format (print, digital, graphical, audio, video). IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) specifically focuses on accessible formats of print instructional materials.

"Being You": Explore Your Child's Future as a Young Adult

Have you thought about what your child will be doing five, 10 or 15 years from now as a young adult?

Imagining your child's future can create feelings of uncertainty. But it can also raise some amazing possibilities!

We've seen so many people with learning and attention issues make their mark on the world. Some famous examples come to mind, like entrepreneur Richard Branson and director Steven Spielberg. And there are many more great career and life paths that aren't as known.

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

Typically going back to school means seeing old friends and making new connections, and while most kids are nervous about going back to school, some kids are actually terrified.

Research suggests that between 150,000-200,000 students are bullied in our schools every day. Many school systems have even added hotlines and "Student Resource Officers" (SRO's) who can help identify and prevent bullying. Still bullying happens, and statistics show that students with disabilities are more at risk. In fact, anyone who looks different, acts different, or believes something different from whatever is the local cultural norm is a target.

Save the Date:
Upcoming Events

Inclusive Schools:
Growing, Playing,
and Learning Together
October 17
9:00am - 3:00pm 
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookeville NY 11548

AHA's Fall Conference
October 15th
Ruth Harley University Center
(large, star-shaped, red brick building)
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
DSAF's Annual Best Practices Conference on the Education of Children with Down Syndrome
November 18
9:00am - 3:00pm
LIU Post - The Tilles Center Atrium
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, New York 11548

In the course of day to day business and in the 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.
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!