For more information and tips during the COVID-19 crisis, visit nationaldeafcenter.org/covid19
Did you know that CEC has a Legislative Action Center (LAC) Website?
On CEC’s Legislative Action Center, you can:
- “Take Action” on a number of legislative issues critical to the advancement of policies and opportunities for children and youth with exceptionalities and the professionals who work on their behalf by filling out your information and sending a letter to your Members of Congress
- Find information about your elected officials with ease by simply typing in your zip code
- Explore the Issue Pages to learn more in depth information on specific topics featured on the Legislative Action Center
CEC has posted a response to the new U.S. Department of Education guidance affirming student’s rights under federal special education law.
“CEC is pleased to see that the U.S. Department of Education continues to be responsive to the needs of educators, students, and families,” says Chad Rummel, CEC Executive Director. “Together, we are committed to continue working with the Department of Education and all of our members to succeed in these uncharted times and provide support to the students who rely on us each and every day.”
This morning OSEP and OCR posted some additional guidance. “Supplemental Fact Sheet” Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities.” This is an important document, and please take the time to read it thoroughly and discuss it with your educational team.
A few quotes that should be considered when discussing services for our students:
U.S. Department of Education (Department) does not want to stand in the way of good faith efforts to educate students on-line.
To be clear: ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), † Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act should not prevent any school from offering educational programs through distance instruction.
In this unique and ever-changing environment, OCR and OSERS recognize that these exceptional circumstances may affect how all educational and related services and supports are provided, and the Department will offer flexibility where possible.
It is important to emphasize that federal disability law allows for flexibility in determining how to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. The determination of how FAPE is to be provided may need to be different in this time of unprecedented national emergency.
The Department encourages parents, educators, and administrators to collaborate creatively to continue to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
CEC is opening its doors to the special education community in need of resources. Nonmembers of CEC can receive a free basic membership from now through May 31 by using the promotional code “CECED60”. This will give you access to all of our journal articles, member discounts on publications and events, and our online membership community where you can ask questions and receive support from special educators, administrators and support personnel. Join Now!
We’ve added a new page to the DCD website to share additional news and resources for you to reference.
The last several days have been a whirlwind of gathering and sharing resources! We have been sharing them on our Facebook page: @dcdcec.org and will add them to the website as well.
We’ve created a document with a few tips on working remotely with students who are deaf or hard of hearing. More resources are available in the Virtual Activities livebinder.