Category Archives: News

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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New Reports on Dropout Prevention for Students with Disabilities

The National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities has published two new publications: Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds and A Literature Map of Dropout Prevention Interventions for Students with … Continue reading

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Student Privacy Guidance Released

The U.S. Department of Education recently released guidance on effective practices for keeping parents and students informed of what student data is collected and how it is used. A new website is also available to help schools, districts, and families … Continue reading

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President Obama Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The Act includes provisions to increase competitive employment for individuals with disabilities, including youth.

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New Special Education Accountability System Announced

The U.S. Department of Education announced a new Results-Driven Accountability plan that will be used to measure the effectiveness of state special education programs. States will be evaluated both on procedural compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education Seeks Input on Significant Disproportionality

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting input on action it should take to address significant disproportionality based on race or ethnicity in special education, specifically disproportionality in: identification of children with disabilities, placement in particular settings, and in type … Continue reading

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