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It isn't too late to join us in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Facebook You are not going to want to miss the 23rd Annual CASE Conference Nov. 1-3 at the FireSky Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. We have GREAT breakout sessions and Amazing Keynote sessions. We have SOLD OUT of our room block BUT the hotel that is just across the street, The Chaparral Suites, is a great property and the rooms are only $129. Just call in and reference "Case 23rd Annual Conference." The phone number for the hotel is 800-528-1456 or 480-949-1414.

Thank you to our Subdivisions for getting in the Annual Reports. We have all but six. Our State and Provincial Subdivisions are all doing some amazing things for their members. If you are in a state or province that does NOT have a Subdivision, you are missing out on some amazing professional networking. Contact CASE Membership Chair, Emilie Anderson and have a discussion with her on how to start a Subdivision in your state or province.

The plans for the 2nd Annual CASE Winter conference are moving along! To see the SAVE the Date Flyer, click here.

Let us hear from you on what you think CASE should be looking at on the IDEA Reauthorization. A great place to have that conversation is on the CASE Facebook page! Share with us anything you and your colleagues are doing about Sequestration, too.

Thank you for all you do for the students, your staff and community.


Steep cuts to special education, disability programs loom
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The White House is warning that special education will face more than $1 billion in cuts and millions more will be trimmed from other federal programs for people with disabilities next year unless lawmakers act. In a report sent to Congress, the Obama administration painted a stark picture of what's to come, detailing the impact of more than $100 billion in automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Jan. 2. More

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Register now for the 23rd Annual CASE Conference
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The 23rd Annual CASE Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Nov. 1-3. Click here to register.

Three days of GREAT presentations focusing on innovative ideas, programs, and practices for students with disabilities in the following topic areas and more:
• Common core standards
• Refined measures of teacher effectiveness
• Assistive Technology & Universal Design for Learning
• Standards-Based IEPs
• Improved statewide assessments
• Response to Intervention
• Effective Educator Positive Behavior Supports
• Scientifically - Evidence Based Curriculum Supports

Four great keynote speakers:
• Dr. Randy Sprick
• Dr. Francis Stetson
• Dr. Deb Zeigler
• Denise Lowell-Britt, Esq.

For hotel information or to reserve your hotel room, click here.
To access the Vendor Memo or the Vendor Registration Form, click here.

IDEA partnership announces free webinars on Common Core State Standards
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The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs, the Partner Organizations form a community with the potential to transform the way we work and improve outcomes for students and youth with disabilities. More

From CASE Legislative Consultant, Myrna Mandlawitz:
Congress Exits Washington
September 21, 2012

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In the early hours of Sept. 22, the Senate will pass a Continuing Resolution, a bill to keep the government operating until the final Fiscal Year 2013 appropriations bills are completed. The CR, which the House passed last week, will run through March 27. Congress will then exit Washington until after the election, when a 16-day lame duck session is scheduled. The main order of business in that post-election period will be an attempt to negotiate a solution to stave off sequestration. More

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Call for submissions — 2013 Yes I Can! Awards
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The Council for Exceptional Children's Yes I Can! Awards recognize the accomplishments of children and youth (ages 2-21) with exceptionalities. Founded in 1982, the Yes I Can! Awards program has recognized thousands of students in seven categories:
  • Academics
  • Arts
  • Athletics
  • School and Community Activities
  • Self-advocacy
  • Technology
  • Transition (including employment, vocational training and independent living skills)
Nominate someone you know today! Click here for more information

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CASE Winter Hybrid Conference
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The CASE Winter Hybrid Conference is a hybrid conference meaning you can attend in person or link up for a virtual conference from your office. The topics and presenters will be cutting edge, so don't waste any time signing up. Watch the CASE website for upcoming details.

Dates: Feb. 13-15
Location: The conference will be help at Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Fla.

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 CEC Policy Insider

Conference of States Parties to UN CRPD: CEC approved as accredited NGO
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CEC's Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy Deborah Ziegler attended the fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Sept. 12-14 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City. The conference focused on women and children with disabilities with representatives from various attending nations presenting on subjects such as children with disabilities, assistive technology, implementation of the CRPD and participation of persons with disabilities in the process of developing post-2015 humanitarian goals. More

The Society for Research in Child Development offers policy fellowships in congressional and executive branches
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The Society for Research in Child Development is now accepting applications for policy fellowships for 2013-2014. Fellows will have the chance to work in either the congressional or executive branches and have the opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. to use their research skills in child development to inform public policy. Each Fellow will work as a resident scholar within a federal agency or Congressional office placement. The fellowship will also include monthly seminars with topics in child development and public policy or career development. More

Happy Constitution Day!
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Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the day in 1787 when the Constitution was signed. In honor of this, Constitution Day is also known as Citizenship Day in recognition of all those who have become citizens of the United States since the Constitution was signed. With Election Day coming up quickly, this day serves not only as a celebration, but as an important reminder of the responsibilities of citizenship. More

White House report: Children with disabilities will suffer under automatic spending cuts
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Sequestration — the 8.2 percent automatic, across-the-board-cut to most federally funded programs — is the newest buzz word in policy circles. The White House budget office released a report detailing the impact sequestration would have on federal programs. To cut to the chase, education programs would be cut by $4.1 Billion. Estimates have stated that nearly $1 Billion would be cut from special education programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school aged students, in addition to special education research and IDEA's support programs (i.e. parent training and information centers, grants to support preparation and professional development). More


Lawmakers debate using restraint on special needs students
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Indiana lawmakers are investigating the seclusion and restraint of children in schools who who have special needs as they look for ways to greater control the practice. The medical community and special needs advocacy groups largely agree that special needs children in school environments sometimes require seclusion or restraint when they become out of control. But Indiana is one of 19 states that does not govern the practice in any way. More

GAO: Special-needs screening needs improvement
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The military services must shore up their screening of family members to determine if overseas installations can meet special education needs before sending families with such needs to those installations, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office found that some military families are being sent to overseas assignments that lack the educational resources for their children with special needs. More

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 Hot Topics

Where are students with disabilities going to school?
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Nationwide, as school choice options have opened up, students without special needs have tended to leave traditional public schools for charter schools or private schools, using vouchers. As the Associated Press reported recently, for example, the Cleveland school district in Ohio has lost 41 percent of its students since 1996. That's led the proportion of students with disabilities in the district to shoot up from about 13 percent to 23 percent of overall enrollment. More

Teaching social and emotional skills in schools
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More schools are working to change school culture through programs aimed at improving the social and emotional skills of students. The lessons directly teach young people how to interact with one another in positive ways, deal with anger and solve problems, and new studies show they improve academic performance, too. As more schools try this approach, researchers have begun paying closer attention to the effects of social and emotional learning on behavior and academic achievement. More

Bullying — When should schools intervene?
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Although American adults frequently rate bullying as a serious health concern, a recent poll showed that they have different ideas about which bullying behaviors should make school officials get involved. The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health recently asked questions about bullying to a sample of adults from the U.S. The topics included which behaviors they considered bullying and which ones should make school officials take action. More

 In the News

Resistance to high stakes testing spreads
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A rising tide of protest is sweeping across the nation as growing numbers of parents, teachers, administrators and academics take action against high-stakes testing. Instead of test-and-punish policies, which have failed to improve academic performance or equity, the movement is pressing for broader forms of assessment. From Texas to New York and Florida to Washington, reform activists are pressing to reduce the number of standardized exams. They also seek to scale back the consequences attached to test scores and use multiple measures to evaluate students, educators, schools and districts. More

Test to identify children's dyslexia risk    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers at Canterbury University in New Zealand have developed a test that can accurately predict how well a child will be reading by the end of their first year at school. Pro vice-chancellor Gail Gillon said researchers had devised a simple computer test which could "predict a child's end of first year reading success with 92 percent accuracy." The test could be used to identify pupils at risk of developing the language disorder dyslexia. More

Best Buddies 'can change your life': Program pairs students and peers with intellectual disabilities
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Lindsay Suline loves dancing and her favorite food is Mexican. But, growing up with a developmental disorder has made it difficult for her to make friends she could share her interests with, and she has often felt left out and bored. Not any more, she said. Suline joined a Best Buddies chapter in her high school after a friend of hers raved about the experience, and three years later, her family has noticed that she is happier and more outgoing, the 21-year-old said. She is one of 250 youth who were at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Etobicoke to participant in the 18th Annual Best Buddies Leadership and Training Conference. The two-day meeting was for volunteer leaders who help run student-led Best Buddies chapters in their schools. More

Education department expands IDEA help centers
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The number of training centers across the country designed to assist families in accessing services for students with disabilities is on the rise. Federal education officials said that they are awarding more than $9.8 million to expand the number of centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education to 101, an increase of one center from this time last year. There is at least one training center in each state tasked with helping parents of kids with disabilities navigate the special education system, officials said. More

Study finds achievement differences tied to curricular choices
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At a time when states and districts are on the lookout for textbooks and related instructional materials to guide the teaching of the Common Core, a recent study offers a cautionary tale about the selection of publishers' wares. First, don't underestimate the importance to student learning of the particular curricular program chosen. Using different curricula, even if they share the same general pedagogical approach, can produce significant differences in learning gains, the study finds. More

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Fall Board of Directors Meeting       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Oct. 31-Nov. 1 View the calendar. For more information please contact Luann Purcell.

23rd Annual CASE Conference       Scottsdale, Ariz.     Nov. 1-3 Hotel information
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