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Showing posts from August 10, 2008

C.I.S.S. Survey-- opportunity for input!

FV Indiana urges our members to take a few minutes to complete the following survey. It is a great opportunity to share your input! The Indiana State Department of Health needs your feedback to help improve access to quality, comprehensive, coordinated, community-based systems of services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and their families. The goal is for these systems to also be family-centered, community-based and culturally competent. Please take 10 minutes to complete the Survey; your feedback is extremely valuable to us. Thank You. You can click this link and access the survey. There will be paper copies of the Survey available for families at ASK (1-800-964-4746) and the Children’s Special Health Care Services Office at Riley Hospital (317-274-3755).

Article 7 powerpoint available

The new Article 7 (Indiana's Special Education Law) goes into effect Wednesday, August 13, 2008. A full text version of the code is available online at . Family Voices urges its members to be aware that the implementation of this code will bring some significant changes to how issues including but not limited to discipline, written notice, consent, preschool class size and time, and post secondary transition are addressed. While the DOE has not offered training to families, it has trained school personnel and the state agencies that support families of children with disabilities. You can view that DOE powerpoint here . You may note references to ISTART7. ISTART7 stands for Indiana Standards Tool for Article 7 Compliance. It is the electronic IEP that has been developed by the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Learners in collaboration with the ICAN Project and ICAN partnerships across the state.