The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education has developed this fact sheet to explain the Act, which took effect in January 2013. Among its goals is the smoother sharing of educational records and other pertinent information between child welfare agencies like departments of social services and schools.
The move in many school divisions to “response to intervention” approaches has had significant impact on the way in which schools intervene early with students who are struggling academically. The process for determining if a child is eligible for special education and related services, particularly eligibility as a child with a specific learning disability (SLD),… Continue Reading Response to Intervention: What it means for eligibility
The American Psychiatric Association released its long-awaited revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 5th edition. The Manual, commonly referred to as the DSM-5, is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States and contains a listing of diagnostic criteria for every psychiatric disorder recognized by the U.S. healthcare… Continue Reading DSM-5 published; implications for identification of many disabilities and conditions
FACES of Virginia Families is offering northern Virginia families a great summer camp weekend in Middleburg, July 26-28. Formed Families Forward is pleased to be part of the camps; we will offer an educational advocacy workshop focused on post-secondary transition for youth and parents/caregivers at each of the camps. Here are the specifics about the… Continue Reading Camp FACES Summer Family Camp- northern Virginia July 26-28
Formed families raising children and youth with disabilities will be impacted by new Virginia Department of Education “credit accommodations” that may be used by students obtaining a Standard Diploma. Ninth graders in 2013-14 and those younger do not have the option of a Modified Standard diploma. NEW* October 8 Webcast from VDOE on Standard Diploma… Continue Reading Credit Accommodations for Virginia Standard Diploma
A recent federal research report confirms what many foster, adoptive and kinship families already know: directly teaching preschool children age-appropriate social skills results in positive social-emotional development and behavior. Social skills training often includes instruction in communication, problem solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations. Instruction can be done in special education or general education… Continue Reading Social Skills Training Works
The Virginia Department of Social Services and the Virginia Department of Education issued joint revised guidance on implementing the education stability provisions of the Fostering Connections Act. Among the topics covered are the school placement process for children in foster care and factors to consider to determine the best school placement. The full guidance and… Continue Reading Revised Foster Care Guidance from Virginia
Calling all families of children and youth with disabilities- The Virginia Department of Education is asking families raising children receiving special education to provide feedback on how local schools and school divisions are facilitating parent involvement. The information collected will help guide Virginia in its federal reporting requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.… Continue Reading Virginia Parent Survey
The Institute for Community Integration is offering a webinar series about college options for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Help your children take control of their lives and educational planning. Great tools for student participation in IEPs and other goal setting activities are at “I’m Determined“, Virginia Department of Education Self-Determination Project.