The Advocacy Institute The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Projects include the IDEA Money Watch and the IDEA State Complaint Resource Center.
The Century Foundation Expands Disability Economic Justice Work, Adds Two Nationally Renowned Experts to Growing Team (Washington, D.C.) — The Century Foundation (TCF), a leading progressive think tank, announced today the addition of two nationally renowned disability
Meet the new director of the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Dept. of Education, Valerie Williams effective today, Dec. 13, 2021. Congrats to Valerie!
Biography of Valerie C. Williams, Director, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Biography of Valerie C. Williams, who serves as the director in the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, at the U.S. Department of Education
New report from the National Council on Disability: "The Impact of COVID-19 on People with Disabilities" recommends:
-Congress should enact measures that include funds dedicated to compensatory education for students with disabilities who could not receive necessary services and supports during the pandemic and who have experienced disruption and regression in their behavioral and educational goals.
-The U.S. Department of Education (ED) should direct school districts to provide compensatory education to students with disabilities to allow them to recover and regain skills. The right to and need for compensatory education should be presumed for children with disabilities who did not receive necessary instruction and supports during the COVID-19 pandemic.
-ED and DOJ should issue a joint guidance document outlining the elements of accessible remote education for students with disabilities.
Get the report:https://ncd.gov/sites/default/files/NCD_COVID-19_Progress_Report_508.pdf
Webinar: Introduction to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program - Monday, Jan. 24, 2022 at 2pm ET.
This session will provide a basic overview of the services available from the vocational rehabilitation system for people with disabilities. It will cover eligibility, developing the Individualized Plan for Employment, available services, and financial factors to consider.
Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KzrWObNHTu-jjLiHYeTzDA
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Introduction to the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. This session will provide a basic overview of the services available from the vocational rehabilitation system for people with disabilities. It will cover eligibility, developing the Individualized Plan for Employment, available services, and financial factors to consider. Presenter: Ron Hager, Mana...
ICYMI: Why Voting Rights Matter for People with Disabilities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoaoSrQYo8M&t=73s
Why Voting Rights Matter for People with Disabilities One in four people in the United States have a disability, making the disabled community one of the largest voting blocs in our country. Yet, they face enorm...
New report, Seven Impacts of the Pandemic on Young Children and their Parents: Initial Findings from NIEER’s December 2020 Preschool Learning Activities Survey, finds that support for young children with disabilities appears to have suffered from lower rates of identification as well as difficulties providing children with all the services they should be receiving. https://nieer.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/NIEER_Seven_Impacts_of_the_Pandemic_on_Young_Children_and_their_Parents.pdf
U.S. Department of Education Releases COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 2: Roadmap to Reopening Safely and Meeting All Students' Needs
New! Our analysis of the 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for students with disabilities in 2018-2019 by state. https://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=1010
A special education teacher explains why virtual learning is so hard on her students https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/5/15/21241795/online-learning-special-education-teacher-classroom-students
vox.com Six million American children need special education. Are they falling through the cracks during the pandemic?
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) National Summit on Improving Effective Personnel for Children with Disabilities has been postponed. Stay tuned for new date.
Not every impediment needs to be labeled a disability. Labeling kids with mild disabilities can backfire, study finds. https://hechingerreport.org/study-questions-educational-benefits-of-labeling-kids-with-mild-forms-of-adhd/?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&utm_campaign=dd07146983-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_weekly_2020_03_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-dd07146983-322608165
hechingerreport.org A new study found that children who have mild ADHD often end up worse off in school if diagnosed with the condition than undiagnosed children.
The Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) has launched "Fast Facts" which summarize key facts related to specific aspects of the data collection authorized by Section 618 of the IDEA. The first one looks at children identified w/ Autism in each state. https://sites.ed.gov/idea/osep-fast-facts/
sites.ed.gov The Office of Special Education Program’s Fast Facts summarizes key facts related to specific aspects of the data collection authorized by Section 618 of the IDEA. Data presented includes that collected through child count, educational environments, discipline and exiting data collections.
Webinar: "Strategies for Setting High-Quality Academic Individualized Education Program Goals" February 20, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET presented by staff from NCII and the new PROGRESS Center. Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6674818836973511171
A little talk at last night's debate re funding IDEA. Here's the gap
Disability Rights Texas responds to reports of continued lack of compliance by TEA regarding special education. https://www.disabilityrightstx.org/en/video/denied-again/
disabilityrightstx.org Our response to breaking news about TEA and special education. Make sure you know your child’s special education rights by checking out our resources. Read all the details of the investigative reports by Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media.... Continue reading Denied Again
We've joined with a coalition of advocacy and legal services organizations to file an amicus brief in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue asking the Supreme Court to uphold the decision made by the Montana Supreme Court invalidating Montana’s private school tax-credit scholarship program as it is harmful to students with disabilities. https://www.ndrn.org/resource/advocacy-groups-file-u-s-supreme-court-brief-warning-that-school-vouchers-harm-students-with-disabilities/
ndrn.org WASHINGTON, DC – An amicus brief in the case of Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue was filed asking the Court to uphold the decision made by the Montana Supreme Court invalidating Montana’s private school tax-credit scholarship program as it is harmful to students with disabilities.
Results of the 2019 NAEP Reading and Math assessments will be released Oct. 30th. We'll post the results for students w/ disabilities and hope for some improvements! See previous results at https://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=781
We've got a new podcast with Maria Blaeuer of Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), the Parent Training and Information Center for the District of Columbia, discussing AJE's successful IDEA state complaint against several DC public schools for violations of IDEA. Read the complaint and the state's investigation report and listen to the podcast at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/iscrc/index.shtml
advocacyinstitute.org The IDEA State Complaint Resource Center provides information and resources to assist parents, advocates and attorneys in using the IDEA Written State Complaint process for advocacy. Get comprehensive information on the IDEA State Complaint process along with podcasts, webinars, and video presentati...
Just released: At a Loss for Words: How a flawed idea is teaching millions of kids to be poor readers by Emily Hanford https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/08/22/whats-wrong-how-schools-teach-reading
apmreports.org For decades, schools have taught children the strategies of struggling readers, using a theory about reading that cognitive scientists have repeatedly debunked. And many teachers and parents don't know there's anything wrong with it.
Upcoming Webinar: Educating & empowering families to navigate the special ed & community support systems. Aug 21, 3 PM ET. Info and registration at https://nafsce.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1263018
nafsce.org This session presented by Collaborative Action for Family Engagement (CAFE) and NAFSCE will provide information for schools and community organizations seeking to assist families who have children with disabilities navigate the support systems that are available to them.
Very pleased to share this good news out of Virginia! The Virginia Board of Education has passed regulations governing the use of seclusion and restraint in Virginia’s public schools which include a prohibition on prone (face-down) restraint. This didn't happen without several years of hard work by passionate advocates. Big thanks to them all! https://www.justice4all.org/2019/07/26/coalition-secures-regulatory-ban-on-prone-restraints-in-va-schools/
justice4all.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachael Deane Legal Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center 804-873-0783 | [email protected] LAJC Applauds Virginia Board of Education Ban on Prone Restraints in Schools Richmond, Virginia (July...
OSEP announces new grant opportunity for states to identify local, state and Federal IDEA Part B requirements that result in administrative burden and identify Federal IDEA Part B requirements for which states could seek a waiver.http://links.govdelivery.com/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwNzEzLjgwMTA4NTEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwNzEzLjgwMTA4NTEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzEyMzE3OCZlbWFpbGlkPWNhbmRhY2VAYWR2b2NhY3lpbnN0aXR1dGUub3JnJnVzZXJpZD1jYW5kYWNlQGFkdm9jYWN5aW5zdGl0dXRlLm9yZyZ0YXJnZXRpZD0mZmw9JmV4dHJhPU11bHRpdmFyaWF0ZUlkPSYmJg==&&&138&&&https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-07-15/pdf/2019-14890.pdf
FL's proposed school safety database could be used to stigmatize children who have been victims of bullying or who have disabilities. Read our coalition letter to @RonDeSantisFL urging him to postpone its implementation: https://ferpasherpa.org/letterdesantis
ferpasherpa.org 33 Organizations Send Letter to Florida Governor DeSantis July 9, 2019 | Sara Collins and Amelia Vance Today, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and 32 other education, disability rights, privacy, and civil rights organizations sent this letter urging Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to halt the impleme...
Curious about where your state stands regarding the state-level cap on the percentage of students with disabilities who can be assessed via the state alternate assessments?
We've got a state-by-state chart with all the info at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/ESSA-OnePercentCapByState.shtml
The US Dept. of ED has posted letters sent to 14 States that exceeded the 1% threshold on alternate assessments in the 2017-18 school year without a waiver. The states are CA, CO, CT, FL, HI, IL, KS, MD, MN, NJ, NY, OR, PA, and VA. The letters are posted on the page at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/stateletters/index.html , under the heading “Alternate Assessments of Alternate Academic Achievement Standards Participation Rate Letters.” The letters spell out what each state must do going forward.
OSEP is out with the latest state determinations that rate how each state is implementing IDEA Part B. They prove, once again, that Results Driven Accountability isn't producing results. We've compiled the ratings and some key take-aways in our new blog at http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/blog/?p=847
advocacyinstitute.org The U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has released the state determination letters for FFY 2017. These annual determinations are required by IDEA as part of OSEP’s monitoring and enforcement responsibilities. The process for making the annual determinations ch...
Another ICYMI: Webinar presentation, "Making Special Education “Special:” Ensuring Maximal Instead of Minimal Benefits" by Dr. Mark Shinn. https://www.corelearn.com/special-ed-webinar-092717/
corelearn.com The 2017 Supreme Court Ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 re-affirmed that special education can, and should, deliver more to students with disabilities. The way to achieve improved outcomes is with fewer but better IEP goals and progress monitoring. Unfortunately, IEP goals....
ICYMI: Great webinar presentation "Ensuring Education Equity & Excellence for Students with Disabilities" https://www.corelearn.com/webinar-ensuring-education-equity-excellence-for-students-with-disabilities/
corelearn.com Since the 2017 Supreme Court ruling on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, many school districts have put a renewed focus on ensuring students with disabilities not only receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) but true educational equity.
Deliver this to your state superintendent of education: new from CCSSO "Ensuring an Equitable Opportunity: Providing a High-Quality Education for Students with Disabilities" available at https://ccsso.org/resource-library/ensuring-equitable-opportunity-providing-high-quality-education-students
ccsso.org The primary mechanism for ensuring students with disabilities receive the right educational content and rigor at the right moment in their education is the individualized education plan (IEP).
The 2019 Building a Grad Nation report is out!!! See Appendix F for gap in grad rates for SWDs and Non-SWDs by state. https://www.americaspromise.org/2019-building-grad-nation-report?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=report&utm_campaign=2017%20BGN%20Event%20Invite
americaspromise.org Authored by Civic and the Everyone Graduates Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and released annually in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and America’s Promise Alliance, the Building a Grad Nation report examines both progress and challenges toward rea...
Free webinars focus on struggling readers. Lower Student Stress, Higher Student Outcomes for Struggling Readers"
on Tuesday, May 28 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and "Why Readers Fail and How to Break the Cycle" on
Wednesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
Register at http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1102707682512&ca=0105c9c2-d286-467f-a486-69dec373000b
VPHA’s mission is to educate and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary historic landscape and culture of the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area for future generations.
Dedicated to promoting early detection and intervention for current rising cultural concerns, preventing family crisis that cause at-risk youth, and developing strong, empowered families within the community through advocacy, education, research & service
We are staffed by volunteers of all ages who come from all walks of life. Our department relies heavily on donations, grants, and fundraisers. Donations may be mailed to PO Box 225 Marshall VA 20116.
Psychological abuse is the grey area of child abuse and targeted parent abuse that results in the removal of children & erased parents.
Interior Design of Commercial and Residencial spaces since 1995.
The repository and research arm of The Fauquier Heritage and Preservation Foundation, located in Marshall, VA (formerly the Old Salem Meeting House).