From: DOE – Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 1:20 PM Cc: Haymes, Patricia (DOE) Subject: Advocates at Special Education Meetings TO: Special Education Directors FROM: John Eisenberg, Assistant Superintendent SUBJECT: Advocates at Special Education Meetings It has come to our attention that a substantial number of local… Continue Reading Memo from VDOE re Advocates and Special Education Meetings
Formed Families Forward and the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) are pleased to present “Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?” booklet. The guide is youth-friendly and covers many of the basics of transition preparation and planning, including: Transition planning as part of the IEP Transition services Self-determination Goal setting Employment Post-secondary education Health care Independent… Continue Reading “Dude” Transition Guide for youth and young adults
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act regulations §300.30 Parent. (a) Parent means— (1) A biological or adoptive parent of a child; (2) A foster parent, unless State law, regulations, or contractual obligations with a State or local entity prohibit a foster parent from acting as a parent; (3) A guardian generally authorized to act as the… Continue Reading Definition of “Parent” from IDEA regulations
Peer Support Groups for… Youth and young adults ages 14-22! Parents and caregivers! Formed Families Forward hosts Stronger Together peer-to-peer support groups. We believe that youth and young adults really are stronger when they share their experiences and work together to improve their own lives and the systems that are supposed to help youth and… Continue Reading Stronger Together peer groups
From the Virginia Department of Education, Licensed Private Schools for Students with Disabilities. This great resource features information about every state-licensed school for students with disabilities.
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act was signed into law on October 7, 2008, as Public Law 110-351. It’s many provisions includes requirements to increase Educational Stability. These requirements add travel to and from school in the foster care maintenance payment definition, adds a case plan requirement to ensure educational stability for children in foster care, and… Continue Reading Fostering Connections Act resources
Resources for Kinship Care Families Formed Families Forward Fact Sheets on Kinship: Kinship Families: Did You Know? Kinship Care: Rights and Responsibilities Organizations focused on kinship care: Grandfamilies.org, a collaboration of Generations United, the American Bar Association Center for Children and the Law, and Casey Family Programs Generations Together National Kinship Alliance for Children… Continue Reading Kinship Resources
Parent/caregiver support in fall 2014 … and new Peer-to-Peer groups… Formed Families Forward is pleased to offer support groups for parents and caregivers of children and youth with disabilities and other special needs. In partnership with Crossroads Counseling Center, FFF is supporting the participation of eight parents and caregivers in each of two eight-week groups… Continue Reading Support groups for foster, adoptive and kinship caregivers
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The US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has clarified several important issues impacting ‘highly mobile’ children who have disabilities. In a July 19, 2013 policy letter to all State Directors of Special Education, several issues are addressed: All children suspected of having a disability and who are in need of… Continue Reading US Department of Education reinforces rights of ‘highly mobile’ children