While Congress continues to "debate" budget issues - we will try to keep up to date on other aspects of our work:
IDEA National Survey
I received the following notice from Jessica Butler, Congressional Affairs Coordinator for the Autism National Committee, who is also serving as Coordinator for the IDEA National Survey Project.
As you will read, there are several large national advocacy organizations sponsoring the survey and the distribution of it will probably be extensive. Your participation and distribution is strictly voluntary. As you can imagine, the results will represent many voices and you may want to be part of that response.
Please take part in the IDEA National Survey, a survey of whether the rights of students with disabilities and their parents are protected. The IDEA National Survey Project is sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), Autism Society of America (ASA), Autism National Committee (AutCom), and The Advocacy Institute (AI). The survey is at http://www.ideasurvey.org
The survey looks at whether parents are treated as equal partners in their children’s education. Topics include whether the rights of students with disabilities and their parents protected throughout the special education process, including IEP meetings and IEP issues, eligibility (Child Find), Due Process hearings (impartial hearings), and other education issues. All members of the community are welcome: parents; attorneys, advocates, other professionals; and self-advocates (people with disabilities). We also welcome all disabilities, not just those our organizations focus on. You can take the survey and read more about it at http://www.ideasurvey.org
The survey will run March-May 2011. The results will be compiled into a report about experiences under the IDEA that will be published this summer.
For more information, contact Jessica Butler, Coordinator, IDEA National Survey Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The NCPC will be working on a survey that we can use to state positions for our specific constituencies as the reauthorization moves forward. If you have areas of concern or burning issues that you feel must be addressed in this reauthorization - please send them to me at email@example.com so we can incorporate them into our survey.
New IES Grant Competitions
The March 30 CEC Policy Insider provides a comprehensive list of the 2012 grant competitions from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). Some of these may be of interest to you:
The U.S. Department of Education's research arm, the Institute for Education Sciences, has released its fiscal year 2012 funding announcements for grant competitions in Research and Development Centers. The Special Education Research and Development Center Program (84.324C) includes the following competitions:
(1) Special Education Research and Development Center on School-Based Interventions for Secondary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,
(2) Special Education Research and Development Center on Reading Instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students,
(3) Special Education Research and Development Center on Interventions for Families of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and
(4) Special Education Research and Development Center on Interventions for Families of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
Additionally, the Education Research and Development Center Program (84.305C) includes the following competitions: (1) National Research and Development Center on Cognition and Adult Literacy and (2) National Research and Development Center on State and Local Policy.
The Request for Applications for each competition is available at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call me or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks as always for all you do!
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