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Volume 1, Issue 1

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Inside This Issue:

  • House Bill 3681 – Interdistrict Transfers
  • Oregon r.i.s.e. Center Conference
  • National Indian Parent Information Center
  • Oregon Opportunities: College Scholarships

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This tool, from the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a snapshot of your chances of finding a job in a particular field based on your education and experience, desired income level and preferred employment location. Use this tool to select an occupation and industry, a state and locality, an education level and a wage level. This information will be used to create your “employability profile” to help you make good career choices. After completing your profile you will be led to a list of job banks and job training resources in your state.

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The Tucson division of the Casey Family Programs created Ready, Set, Fly! for several reasons. First, staff needed a resource that would help them work more easily with families and youth to teach life skills. While parents had resources that described what skills youth should be building, they lacked concrete activities which would help them teach these skills in their own homes. Second, the Tucson staff also wanted a guide to help parents become aware of the “teachable moments” in everyday life that provide opportunities for teaching skills. To meet these needs, a fun, user-friendly instruction book containing developmentally arranged activities was created.

This book addresses Daily Living Skills; Housing, Transportation & Community Resources; Money Management; Self-Care; Social Development; and Work & Study Skills.  You can download this free book at: http://www.caseylifeskills.org/pages/res/rsf%5CRSF.pdf

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The U.S. Department of Education is seeking comments for proposed changes to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations by May 23, 2011.Student privacy is an important issue, and we hope the following information is helpful to you.

In the April 8th Federal Register, there was a notice from the Department of Education with proposed changes to the regulations for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (see: http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/04/08/2011-8205/family-educational-rights-and-privacy#p-31 ).The changes would allow increased access to student-level data for research and evaluation purposes without informing parents or having parents give their consent.

Some of the specific proposed provisions include:

1.       State and local education officials (without written parent consent) would be authorized to disclose identifiable student data to any designated entity or person for the purpose of evaluation, auditing, or enforcing federal compliance with state- or federal-supported education programs.

2.       Postsecondary institutions or data systems can disclose student data back to K-12 data systems of school districts for the purpose of evaluation how well the district had prepared students for college.

3.       States will be able to disclose student-level data for research studies.  This is the first time that the research provision in FERPA is applicable to student-level data from states.

How to Make Comments:

The U.S. Department of Education is requesting comments on these proposed changes which must be submitted through the eRulemaking portal by May 23, 2011. ( http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2011-OM-0002-0001 ).

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Young people with disabilities have been under represented, and sometimes left out, in developing policies and programs for sexual and reproductive  health.  In Oregon, a small work group, with support from the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs, is developing some program and policy recommendations to support young people with disabilities. The link below is a survey targeting young people with disabilities to assess their opinions about these recommendations.

The survey is about 15 questions and should take 15 minutes to complete. The creators of the survey are specifically interested in the opinions of young people in the U.S. who have a disability.

Please feel free to forward this email and/or link to young people you may know who have a disability and encourage them to take the survey.  Their opinions do matter!
To take the survey, go to:

This is a joint project between Gimpgirl.com, National Youth Leadership Network, Oregon Health Sciences University, Oregon Public Health Division, and Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition.

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Due to the change in the year of accountability, all students must now take their high school statewide assessment by 11th grade or their 3rd year in High School.
Students who took and met or exceeded the alternate achievement standard on the statewide Extended Assessment in 10th grade (last year) will not need to retake the Extended Assessment this year. However, any students who did not meet the alternate achievement assessment standard in 10th grade will need to take the assessment again this year in their 11th grade year in order to be counted as participants for accountability purposes. For students with IEPs, any decision to retest (or to consider retesting) will require revisiting the student’s IEP to ensure the IEP team’s decision has been adequately recorded.

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This fashion show event will be a fun time, raise funds and highlight a topic we all hear too often within the disability community. “Socially Awkward” What does that mean?

Save the Date!
January 29, 2011
Doors open at 6:15 PM
Show begins at 7:00 PM
Venue Pearl
325 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214

More information to come!

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