[Kids Together email newsletter] April 2006

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                    "promoting inclusive communities where all people belong"
                    APRIL 2006 Newsletter
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                    All children with disabilities are to be educated to the 
"maximum extent" 
                    with children who do not have disabilities.  
                    -Federal Law I.D.E.A. Sec. 612.5 (A)-
                    A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
                    U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Disability 
Rights Section

                    This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights 
laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out 
more about how these laws may apply to you, contact the agencies and 
organizations listed in it. Includes contact information and resources for: 
Americans with Disabilities Act; Telecommunications Act; Fair Housing Act; Air 
Carrier Access Act; Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act; 
National Voter Registration Act; Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act; 
Rehabilitation Act; Architectural Barriers Act; General Sources of Disability 
Rights Information; and Stature Citations. (html page)


                    In Pennsylvania
                    Share your stories!!!
                    The state of PA is lacking feedback on issues regarding 
implementing inclusive education. 
                    With the recent Gaskin settlement, now is the time to share 
your stories and be heard!

                    Your story needs to be heard if you experienced or were 
                    a.. general education (home school) was not discussed as 
the first placement option for your child. 
                    a.. forced to look at alternative placements, without 
problem solving for general education class. 
                    a.. child's needs could only be met in a special class, 
could not bring services to general class. 
                    a.. denied information and opportunities for exploring 
supports and services to create inclusion. 
                    a.. asked to explain how your child could be included.
                    a.. Not enough funds or resources? Lack of know how? Child 
not on grade level? Behavior? 
                    a.. placement in the regular class was considered "not" 
possible based on your child's label.
                    a.. child was placed in the regular class without 
appropriate supports and services. (set up to fail) 
                    a.. filed a complaint and compliance issues were ignored 
                    a.. won due process and IEP still not being implemented.
                      a.. Post your stories at 
http://journals.aol.com/lstengle/GaskinClassMember  - a public forum created by 
Linda Stengle, member of the Gaskin panel, as an independent means for 
gathering feedback. (post are limited size) 
                      b.. Send it anonymously  If you feel intimidated, email 
your story staff@kidstogether,org and we will strip off identifying information 
and forward it to members of Gaskin advisory panel. 
                      c.. File a complaint with Pa Depart.of Ed. Special 
Education ConsultLine 1-800-879-2301 
                    If the state is not informed of negligence in implementing 
the Gaskin settlement and LRE, it can not take corrective actions. It's up to 
you to make a difference! By not speaking out it perpetuates the problem's for 
your child, other children and future children. Let's get it all out there and 
start the process of how to improve the system for all children!


                    The Public School's 
                    Special Education System as an Assistive Technology
                    Funding Source: The Cutting Edge
                    National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project Neighborhood 
Legal Services, Inc. - Buffalo, N.Y.
                    National Association of Protection & Advocacy Systems - 
Washington, D.C.
                    http://www.nls.org/pdf/special-ed-booklet-03.pdf  (Adobe 
.pdf file 82 pages)
                    http://www.nls.org/specedat.htm (html)

                    The focus of this booklet is on the IDEA and section 504 as 
funding sources or enforcement tools to ensure that children with disabilities 
get needed AT. The intent is to provide the reader with a working knowledge of 
the relevant laws, regulations and interpretations of them as they relate to a 
school's obligation. Armed with this knowledge, attorneys and advocates who 
specialize in special education law should be well - prepared to advocate for 
AT. (2003)


                    FACT SHEET
                    Assistive Technology and Special Education
                    (5 pages Microsoft Word .doc)

                    What is Assistive Technology? What does the law require? 
Places that AT can appear in the IEP. 
                    What if parents disagree? Can the student bring the device 
home?  (This fact sheet is prepared by the South Caroline Protection and 
Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.) 


                    In Pennsylvania
                    Creating Schools for All Children
                    Free team training May 13th Kick-off Event
                    Sponsored by Temple University's Institute on Disabilities

                    There is no cost to attend the conference and it will 
provide teachers and families with good solid information on promising 
practices in teaching all  children together in the classroom. This one day 
session will also be the kickoff event to an exciting new Competence and 
Confidence: Partners in Policymaking for Inclusive Education training session 
that will begin in the Fall of 2006.


                    The Effect of Assistive Technology on Educational Costs:
                    Two Case Studies
                    Amy Gips, Philip A. DiMattia, James Gips
(Adobe 9 pages)

                    Abstract. Until recently children with very profound 
disabilities-children who cannot speak and can move only their eyes or 
head-could be made comfortable, but by and large could not be educated. 
Assistive technologies now enable them to communicate and to be educated 
alongside their peer without disabilities. This is a wonderful development. But 
what is the financial cost? This paper we looks in detail at the costs 
associated with the education of two children who have used assistive 
technologies developed at the university and compare them with the educational 
costs had they not started using the assistive technologies. For these two 
children the costs of the technologies and special teachers hired are offset by 
savings from the tuition and transportation of sending them to special schools.

                    IEP Training 
                    Learning Abled Kids

                    A free on-line course designed to familiarize parents and 
teachers with Individual Education Plans (IEP). What information is supposed to 
be included in an IEP? What requirements exist for each section? How do you 
write each section properly? IEP sections covered in this course are Present 
Levels of Performance, Goals & Objectives, Supports & Services, Accommodations 
& Modifications, Measures of Progress, and Placement. Each of these sections is 
required and aims to provide specific information which will help teachers 
provide the individual child with an appropriate education.


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3/30/06 - 4/13/06


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all children, 
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