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- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC has issued interim guidance to help administrators of public and private childcare programs and K–12 schools plan for and prevent the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff. See Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Programs and K–12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html.
This Questions and Answers document outlines states’ responsibilities to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families, and to the staff serving these children. During an outbreak of COVID-19, local educational agencies (LEAs) and early intervention service (EIS) programs will need to collaborate with their state educational agency (SEA), Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), or local public health department, as appropriate, to address questions about how, what, and when services should be provided to children with disabilities.1 It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person. This Q & A document does not impose any additional requirements beyond those included in applicable law and regulations. The responses presented in this document generally constitute informal guidance representing the interpretation of the Department of the applicable statutory or regulatory requirements in the context of the specific facts presented here and are not legally binding. The Q & As in this document are not intended to be a replacement for careful study of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), and their implementing regulations. The IDEA, its implementing regulations, and other important documents related to the IDEA can be found at http://sites.ed.gov/idea.
For more information on the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, and their implementing regulations, please consult https://www2.ed.gov/policy/rights/guid/ocr/disabilityoverview.html.
- Indiana Department of Education Directive - Meeting IDEA/Article 7 Timelines During School Closures & COVID-19 Concerns
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Office of Special Education has received several inquiries regarding how a school is to meet certain required Article 7 timelines if a school is closed, as a strategy to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities. Specific concerns center around conducting the evaluation and convening the case conference committee (CCC) within 20 or 50 instructional days of receipt of parental consent and convening the CCC for the annual case review (ACR) within one year of the previous ACR.
1. Evaluation Timelines
If a school makes a decision to close and does not utilize eLearning Days or expanded learning opportunities, the days of dismissal are not instructional days, so this type of closure will not impact timelines for conducting evaluations. If, however, school remains in session through the use of eLearning Days or expanded learning opportunities, then those days do count as instructional days and the 20 or 50 instructional day timeline to complete evaluations must be followed.
While utilizing eLearning Days or expanded learning opportunities, it may still be possible that the multidisciplinary team can complete its evaluation report within the required timelines depending on how much and what portions of the evaluation have been completed. Additionally, school personnel should work with their local health department and the parent to inquire about meeting with the student to conduct the educational evaluation.
2. CCC Meeting or Annual Case Review
Schools have the option to conduct CCC meetings teleconference, videoconference, or through a Webex if an in-person meeting is not possible.
Although there is no provision under the IDEA or Article 7 permitting a waiver of the timelines established in the federal regulations, a school should take appropriate actions to comply and document its efforts to comply with timelines. Communication with the parent is essential to meet the requirements.
- School Help for Homeless Children with Disabilities: Information for Parents
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program.
NCHE has published a parent brief on school help available for homeless children with disabilities. If you and your family are experiencing homelessness, you may be struggling to enroll and keep your children in school. If you have a child with special needs, you may have even more challenges to make sure your child receives the help he or she needs.
This brief provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how it can help homeless children with special needs. It is designed for parents, guardians, and other people taking care of children and youth.
- 2020 Indiana Summer Camps & Programs Directory Now Available
Marci Wheeler, MSW - Indiana Resource Center for Autism has released the 2020 listing of summer camps and programs in Indiana.
Please note that this directory has been compiled and posted as a service to the community. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) does not endorse any particular activity or organization on this list. Camps listed specifically serve persons with disabilities and/or include this population in their program. Some solely serve children and/or adults on the autism spectrum. Parents are advised to investigate the opportunities presented below to determine the appropriateness of each activity for their family member.
- About the INformation Network
Welcome to the Indiana Information Network (INnetwork), a collaborative and easy-to-navigate system of resources related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) across the lifespan with a specific focus on:
The INformation Network is the result of combined efforts by representatives and workgroups affiliated with the Indiana Interagency Autism Coordinating Council (IIACC), a statewide coalition of stakeholders across the ASD community aimed at addressing the gaps in services available for individuals, families, and other consumers.
- Indiana Has a New Tool to Give Parents Data About Their Schools
Indiana is launching a new online tool that aims to make it easier for parents to access and compare information about their schools, including, for the first time, how much each school spends per student.
INview, which is online now, allows parents to search for schools or districts by area and directly compare up to three — something Indiana Department of Education spokesman Adam Baker said is important for a state that values parent choice.
Once a school is selected, its A-F state grade and federal rating are displayed prominently. Program offerings and after-school activities are also listed, including whether or not before- and after-school care is provided.
- Empowering People with Disabilities to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions
People with disabilities sometimes need help understanding medical information. That does not mean they need a guardian to make decisions for them. People with disabilities can make their own decisions with support. They can ask for help from family members, friends, and other trusted persons (called “Supporters”).
The Arc’s new tool, A Letter for My Doctors, helps people with disabilities describe how and when they want help making health care decisions.
The letter can be used to explain:
· How the person acts when he/she is upset, worried, or confused
· What a health care provider can do if the person is upset, worried, or confused
· When the person wants help making health care decisions
· Who the person wants to help them make health care decisions
Can you or someone you know benefit from this new tool? Download the resource now!
- 2020-2021 College Survey Now Available
The 2020-2021 College and Post-Secondary Services for Persons with Disabilities in Indiana has just been released and is available online. Hard copies can be mailed to individuals interested in obtaining a copy; please contact the South Bend Central Office at 800-332-4433 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.