Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

OSERS Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett has released a framework that highlights the way OSERS will focus its work to advance the Secretary of Education’s priorities and continue to make progress toward achieving its mission to improve early childhood, educational, and employment outcomes and raise expectations for all people with disabilities, their families, their communities, and the nation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/framework/osers-framework-9-20-2018.pdf As an example of OSERS’ commitment to rethink anything and everything to ensure that it is in […]

Ability Beyond Receives $50,000 To Break Employment Barriers

The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. Grant will Bridge the Gap Between Corporations and Jobseekers with Disabilities- (Bethel, CT) – September 17, 2018 – For more than three decades, Ability Beyond has forged new roads of opportunities for people with disabilities. Now, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the PwC Foundation, the nonprofit organization is striving to bridge the gap between jobseekers with disabilities and companies that are looking to hire. “In this era of record-low unemployment, nearly […]

Arc Tank 2.0 Applications Due Sept. 18 – Competition to award up to $200,000 for creative proposals that improve the lives of persons with disabilities

Arc Tank 2.0 Applications Due Sept. 18  Competition to award up to $200,000 for creative proposals that improve the lives of persons with disabilities Boston, Mass. (September 5, 2018) – Northeast Arc announced today that applications are due on September 18, 2018 for The Arc Tank 2.0,  the second year of the a competition that seeks to fund innovative and positively disruptive ideas that enhance the lives of persons with disabilities. Ark Tank 2.0 is […]

Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome Funded by the American Brain Foundation and the Tourette Association of America

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018 The Tourette Association of America is committed to making a difference in the lives of patients by supporting cutting edge clinical research and encouraging the next generation of Tourette researchers which is why we’ve partnered with the American Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation to support a 2019 Clinical Research Training Scholarship in Tourette Syndrome. Each award will consist of a commitment of $65,000 per year for two years, plus a […]

Family caregivers can get support and information tailored for their situation—free, secure, and accessible 24/7

Approximately a year ago—Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) announced the launch of FCA CareJourney™, a dynamic online service, mobile-ready that delivers specialized information directly to family caregivers. Based on FCA’s 40 years of service and research experience and insights from families, CareJourney™ responds to the complicated needs of caregiving. Forty-four million people in the U.S. care for ill, frail, or elderly adults—usually without compensation—and frequently juggle the demands of work and parenting. CareJourney™ helps caregivers manage […]

The Law of the Land in the 6th Circuit Makes Education Better for All

On August 20, 2018, parents, who are COPAA members, received an overwhelming victory in a swiftly delivered opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in L.H. v. Hamilton Cty. Dept. of Educ., regarding their child’s right to be educated in his least restrictive environment (LRE), a decision which the school district’s counsel referred to at oral argument as “arguably the most important special education case heard by the Sixth Circuit in the past […]

Webinar: Human Trafficking and Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET Register for the event This webinar will highlight emerging trends, case studies, and best practices for providing supportive and comprehensive services for individuals with disabilities who are at risk or currently experiencing human trafficking. Discussion Topics Bias, stigmas, and risk factors that may lead to victimization Perspectives from researchers, service providers, and leaders to understand contributing factors to susceptibility to trafficking and discuss prevention Promising practices and service […]

Smithsonian Highlights Special Olympics History and Athletes

“Special Olympics at 50” Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in Sports The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will open “Special Olympics at 50” July 10, a new display showcasing 50 years of Special Olympics. Founded at a time when people with intellectual disabilities (ID) were often institutionalized or hidden away, Special Olympics changes attitudes about the abilities and talents of children and adults with ID—giving them the chance to train their bodies, build confidence, meet […]

66 Autistic Children Treated to Back-to-School Shoes by Grant from the Thomas Davis Foundation

Children at Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health receive free shoes for Back to School Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation provides $4,300 Back-to-School shopping spree for children in residential autism treatment program. GREENVILLE, S.C – More than 60 children in Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health’s residential treatment program were treated to a shopping spree to pick out shoes for back to school, thanks to a $4,300 donation from the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. “We were so touched […]

Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research Webinar – July 31 – NTG notice

In our webinar series this year, participants have heard from researchers and me about the exciting research that is getting closer to clinical trials and the potential outcomes these promising interventions could have on individuals with Down syndrome. Today, I invite you to register for our July 31st webinar to hear about the priorities, expectations and concerns for Down syndrome research that families have. Parental Perspectives on Down Syndrome Research and 5 ways to families can […]