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Info on Positive Behavioral Supports in School

The U.S. Department of Education’s  Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)   issued guidance in the form of a  Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)  that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. When schools fail to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is likely to result in children not receiving the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under federal law. “All students, including those with disabilities, should have the supports and equitable educational opportunities they need to be successful in school,” said U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. “It’s our duty as parents and educators to ensure that children

Share Your Voice!

from Indiana Association of United Ways : Connect with your Member of Congress during the August recess Members of Congress began their summer recess on July 18 and they won't be returning to Washington until  September 6 .  This is a great time to engage your Members through invitations for site visits, meetings with district staff, participation in town halls or community conversations and other public events.   Check out this  video  from United Way Worldwide for tips on how to connect with Members of Congress during the August recess. Weigh in on issues important to you! Submitting comments during rulemaking periods is an important way to shape policy. State and federal agencies appreciate specific comments about possible impacts and ways to improve proposed rules. Below are a few open comment periods in Indiana. Department of Education , will hold  listening sessions  to gather input for Every Student Succeeds Act state implementation.   FSSA Division of

CSHCS updated ABA Policy effective 9.1.16

Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) has updated its coverage of ABA therapy effective 9.1.16. See the embedded policy for more information. You can also contact your CSHCS care coordinator for additional information. CSHCS Updated ABA Policy_(Effective 9-1-16)