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blue flag bullet Knudsen to Serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
William W. Knudsen will now serve as the permanent deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services after serving as acting deputy assistant secretary. Prior to his current position, Knudsen was a special assistant to the assistant secretary of education in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs (OLCA). In that capacity, he worked with Congress on the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and on the development of the IDEA regulations. His portfolio also included covering all aspects of disability policy under the Department’s jurisdiction. Prior to working on IDEA, Knudsen worked on various policy issues, including the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and served as the Department’s Western Regional Liaison. Knudsen also served as the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and as the chief of staff for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the United States Department of Education.
(October 18, 2007)

blue flag bullet The ICDR Seeks Comments at Public Meeting
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR), authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, is holding a meeting to seek comments from the public with respect to the federal disability and rehabilitation research agenda. This dialogue with the public is of critical importance, and we are encouraging individuals with disabilities, persons who represent service providers, service provider organizations, disability and rehabilitation research and policy groups, and representatives of advocacy organizations with specialized knowledge and experience to suggest specific ways to improve future research for individuals with disabilities. The ICDR is also interested in hearing from individuals concerning how well the existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of individuals with disabilities. Within the context of this approach, the ICDR is also asking for input on the continuum of care for wounded, injured or ill military service members.

The meeting will take place Aug. 14, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on The Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001. The telephone number for the hotel is 202-638-1616.

For more details, click here.
(July 25, 2007)

blue flag bullet OSERS Releases New Publication, Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments.
OSERS Assistant Secretary John H. Hager is pleased to share with you the newly released publication, Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments. The purpose of this booklet is to introduce parents to the "big ideas" contained in school improvement efforts under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and to provide them with the information they need to help ensure their children can benefit from these efforts. HTML, PDF and Word versions of Learning Opportunities for Your Child Through Alternate Assessments can be found on the Department's Web site at www.ed.gov/parents/needs/speced/learning.
(May 30, 2007)

blue flag bullet OSERS Releases Updated Publication, Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss, and New Spanish Version, Que se abran las puertas: Opciones de tecnología y comunicación para los niños con pérdida auditiva.
OSERS Assistant Secretary John H. Hager is pleased to announce the release of the updated publication Opening Doors: Technology and Communication Options for Children With Hearing Loss and the Spanish version, Que se abran las puertas: Opciones de tecnología y comunicación para los niños con pérdida auditiva. These publications provide background on early intervention, the use of technology and other support available to children with hearing loss and their families. HTML, PDF and MS Word versions of both publications are on the Department’s Web site at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/products/opening_doors.
(May 30, 2007)

blue flag bullet Proposed Regulations Would Ease Burdens, Assure State Accountability to Help Infants, Toddlers with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education today proposed regulations to ease bureaucratic burdens, increase flexibility and assure accountability by states in helping prepare America's infants and toddlers with disabilities for success in school. In proposed rules for Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to be published in the May 9 Federal Register, the department sought to ensure that states provide early intervention services to children birth through age 2 in a timely and effective manner.
[IDEA 2004 Part C NPRM Web page]
(May 4, 2007)

blue flag bullet Secretary Spellings Announces New Regulations to More Accurately Assess Students With Disabilities
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced new regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with students' needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents. The new regulations provide states and schools with greater flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate these students' academic progress and tailor instruction based on individual needs.
(April 4, 2007)

blue flag bullet NIDRR Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-09: Executive Summary
The NIDRR Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-09: Executive Summary is a concise synopsis of the full NIDRR Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-09. The full plan guides the work of NIDRR, the federal government's key agency for disability and rehabilitation research. It includes highlights of past NIDRR research, assesses emerging needs and sets new directions for the future. The Executive Summary includes the NIDRR Logic Model and future research priorities in the domains of employment, participation and community living, health and function, technology for access and function, and disability demographics.
(May 3, 2007)

blue flag bullet Secretary Spellings Announces New Regulations to More Accurately Assess Students With Disabilities
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced new regulations under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) allowing states to test certain students with disabilities using an alternate assessment that more appropriately aligns with students' needs and yields more meaningful results for schools and parents. The new regulations provide states and schools with greater flexibility by allowing them to more accurately evaluate these students' academic progress and tailor instruction based on individual needs.
(April 4, 2007)


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