Archive for July, 2009

The U.S. Department of Labor announced “Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation” as the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It is intended to urge employers, as they seek to fill positions, to embrace the richness of America’s diversity by considering the talents of all workers, including workers with disabilities.

This year’s theme emphasizes the vision of the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP): a world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities. Early selection of an annual theme for upcoming National Disability Employment Awareness Month helps the private sector; federal, state and local governments; and advocacy organizations plan events and programs that showcase the abilities and skills of job seekers and working Americans who have disabilities.

ODEP is the nation’s first assistant secretary-led office that addresses policies that impact upon the employment of people with disabilities. The office provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on the employment of people with disabilities.

As background for National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Public Law 176, enacted by Congress in 1945, designated the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” President Harry S. Truman designated the (now former) President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities to carry out the law. Congress changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” in 1988. The responsibility for leading the nationwide recognition was transferred to the newly created ODEP in 2001.


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An Annual Overview of Selected Legal Issues Affecting Special Education Administration and Practices
October 5-7, 2009 (Monday–Wednesday)
Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport
Seattle, Washington


* Pre-Institute Mini-Courses
Nine pre-Institute mini-courses providing an in-depth view of special education law applicable in public schools
* For Attorneys
One pre-Institute seminar providing two CLE credit hours in ethics
* Workshops
Sixteen unique workshops discussing the pressing issues found in special education today
* General Sessions
Four general sessions featuring respected experts addressing timely issues


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The Education Department has released draft guidance offering more details on the waivers states and districts may seek from Title I requirements. $10 billion has been made available under the economic-stimulus law for that program.

Those wishing to submit comments to the department on the guidance have until Monday, July 13, to do so.

Here is a link to the draft for you to download in a word document: http://www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/title-i-waiver.doc

Read quickly, you only have a short time to get those comments in!

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Governor Kulongoski signed HB 2061 into law on April 1st. This law is a technical fix that waives the increased graduation credit requirements for some students. The increased graduation requirements were passed by the 2005 Legislature and set to go into effect July 1, 2009. These requirements are one additional English credit (for a total of 4) and one additional mathematics credit (for a total of 3). This waiver applies only to students who began ninth grade during the 2005-2006 school year, and were enrolled in school consecutively during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years and who will receive their diploma prior to July 1, 2010. This law is binding and has immediate effect. OAR 581-022-1130, which outlines the diploma implementation timeline, will be revised in June to reflect the change.

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