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
The National Center for Learning Disabilities recently reported some concerning data about how students with learning disabilities (LD) are leaving high school. An alarming proportion of students with LD drop out or leave school without a regular diploma. At the time of the report, Virginia offered a regular diploma in addition to four other certificate… Continue Reading New report- Graduation rates of students with LD
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
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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