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.
Did you know that three major federal laws help guide access to specialized education services for children and youth with disabilities? In addition to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply.