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Presentation: Accountability and Outcomes for Children with Speech, Language and Hearing Challenges

Friday, May, 22nd 10am – 12pm The presentation can be viewed online at

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Proposed Policy Statement on Inclusive Early Childhood Programs

The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have released a draft policy statement on including young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. The policy seeks to define inclusion and make recommendations … Continue reading

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Federal Guidance on Special Education Dispute Resolution Options

A recent Dear Colleague letter from the U.S. Department of Education warns school districts against filing due process complaints concerning issues that are part of state complaints filed by parents. The letter emphasizes the importance of following Individuals with Disabilities … Continue reading

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Department of Education Releases Final Maintenance of Effort Rule

On April 28, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations that clarify a school district’s responsibility to maintain a constant level of financial support for the education of children with disabilities.

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Title IX Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new guidance package on Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all federally-funded education programs. The guidance emphasizes the importance of designating a Title IX coordinator.

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Evidence-Based Practices and Programs Training Modules

The IRIS Center has released three new training modules on selecting, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practices and programs. The series helps professionals identify appropriate programs and implement them with fidelity. Evidence-Based Practices (Part 1):Identifying and Selecting a Practice or Program … Continue reading

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Congress Passes ABLE Act: Major Victory for Persons with Disabilities and Their Families

The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. First introduced in 2006, and subsequent sessions of Congress, the ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities … Continue reading

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New Federal Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities

On October 21, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights issued new bullying guidance to schools. The Dear Colleague letter builds on previous guidance to further clarify schools’ responsibilities to respond to bullying of students with disabilities when it … Continue reading

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Autism Diagnostic Information Brief

This new resource from the IRIS Center compares the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) definition of autism with the diagnostic criteria from the DSM-5 and DSM-IV-TR. Download the brief>>>

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New IRIS Center Resource

The IRIS Center has posted a new resource designed to help faculty members embed IRIS materials into teacher licensure programs. “Curriculum Matrices” are charts that include components of undergraduate and graduate special education and blended programs and corresponding evidence-based resources … Continue reading

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