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Celebrating 35 Years of the IDEA - How has IDEA Made A Difference To You?

In 1975, the passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (Public Law 94-142) guaranteed access to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment to every child with a disability. Subsequent amendments, as reflected in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), have led to an increased emphasis on access to the gneral education curriculum, the provision of services for young children from birth to five, transition planning and accountability for the achievement of students with disabilities. 


During these 35 years, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) has supported efforts that are making a difference for millions of children with disabilities, as well as their non-disabled friends and classmates. Many of the educational practices employed by our nation's best teachers are the direct result of federal investments in rigorous educational research, training and technical assistance. Today, due largely to the provision of IDEA-supported programs and services, nearly 6.6 million infants, toddlers, children and youths with disabilities are achieving at levels unimaginable in previous decades. 


This November, in honor of the 35th anniversary of IDEA, the U.S. Department of Education and OSERS will host a celebration in Washington, D.C. If you have a personal experience with IDEA, or have witnessed its impact, they hope to hear from you. As part of the celebration, they are welcoming stories, poetry, photography, art work and video clips from individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, principals, researchers, parents, teacher trainers and others across the country for possible inclusion during the celebration. Submissions will be accepted through November 8, 2010 on OSERS' 35th anniversary of IDEA Website at 

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities is Currently Accepting Applications for Fellowships

The National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) is now accepting applications for the second and final cohort. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, and The Office of Special Education Programs, the consortium consists of 25 Universities with doctoral programs that have emphasis in one of three sensory impairment areas: deaf/hard of hearing, deaf/blind and blind/visually impaired. 


For more information visit the NLCSD website at 


Application deadline is December 31, 2010.

Clerc Center RFP: ASL Content Standards for Grades K-12

The Clerc Center is excited to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development of American Sign Language (ASL) content standards for grades K-12. 


Nationally, states have established standards and benchmarks for what students should know and be able to demonstrate in academic subject areas, including English and some foreign languages. However, formal standards and benchmarks have not yet been established for ASL learning for students in grades K-12. Given the importance of being able to assess students' ASL skills by comparing them against a set of standards and planning instruction accordingly, the development of such standards is a key component of helping deaf and hard of hearing students become fluent in both ASL and English. 


The Clerc Center is now initiating this essential process by soliciting proposals for a contract to develop ASL content standards for use in grades K-12. Individuals and groups with expertise in ASL acquisition and teaching are invited to submit a proposal outlining a process through which ASL content standards will be established. This process should inculde an analysis of the research that supports the structure and content of a proposed set of content standards and benchmarks. 


For more information contact Elizabeth Stone at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Leaping into Literacy - All About Frogs

Mark your calendars now for: 


Saturday, Septebmer 25, 2010 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 


The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Scranton School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Outreach Center is proud to sponsor: 


Leaping into Literacy - All About Frogs 


This is a Free Family Reading and American Sign Language Fun Day! 


Share a special day with your family and friends and receive free books! 


The event will be held at: 


3820 Hartzdale Drive 

Camp HIll, PA 17011 


For more information visit the school websites at: 


Advice for Parents of Deaf and Hard of Hearing College Bound Students

Parents of deaf and hard of hearing African-American, Latino American and Native American students who are entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade can get tips for preparing their students for college during live online parent workshops being held during RIT's Steps to Success Program on Saturday, August 7, 2010. 


Parents can learn about financial aid and admissions from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.. From 1 to 3 p.m. deaf professionals will share their experiences attending college, graduating and going out into their chosen fields. 


There is no charge or registration to watch the online live presentaations, at Visit the site in advance to be sure your computer can access the live video. 


Although the live, online parent workshops are focused for parents of African-American, Latin American and Native American students, the inforamtion presented would benefit any parent of a deaf or hard of hearing college bound child.

Social Security Administration Publishes Final Rules

The Social Security Administration has published final rules for hearing impairments in the Federal Register. These final rules will be used to evaluate hearing impairments in both adults and children who apply for, or receive, Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments based on disability. 


These rules become effective August 2, 2010 and will remain in effect for 5 years, unless they are revised or the effective date is extended. You can find these rules at: 

About American Society for Deaf Children

We believe deaf or hard-of-hearing children are entitled to full communication access in their home, school, and community. We also believe that language development, respect for the Deaf, and access to deaf and hard-of-hearing role models are important to assure optimal intellectual, social, and emotional development.  Read More

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