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An Unprecedented Opportunity to Advance AT Integration in Classrooms

via EdTech Solutions - Teaching Every Student by Karen Janowski on 3/25/09 Did you know? Recently, the US Department of Education released information about additional funding sources to support students with special needs under IDEA B and C. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) appropriates significant new funding for programs under Parts B and C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Part B of the IDEA provides funds to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) to help them ensure that children with disabilities, including children aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child's unique needs and prepare him or her for further education, employment, and independent living. The IDEA recovery funds under ARRA will provide an unprecedented opportunity for states, LEAs, and early intervention service providers to implement innovative strategies to improve outcome

Update on OASIS suspension

from DDRS: On Friday, March 13, 2009 the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) of Indiana and the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS) suspended the rollout of the Objective Assessment System for Individual Supports (OASIS). This bulletin is intended to answer the most immediate operational questions, including: uniform rates, policies and definitions, and plans in transition. IMPLEMENTATION OF UNIFORM RATES Even though the use of the OASIS allocation is temporarily suspended, DDRS is continuing with the implementation of uniform rates. Throughout this process, we will remain focused on ensuring that allocations will support the health and welfare of every consumer. * Budgets: Consumers will continue to use the annual amount from their most current approved Plan of Care/Cost Comparison Budget (POC/CCB) to plan and purchase services using the uniform rates and services definitions in effect January 1, 2009. * Below is a list of how the s