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7/12/2018

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • Note from Executive Director Wanda Willis
  • New Council Member Alicia Hall
  • New Commission on Aging and Disability representative to the Council
  • Council Co-Hosts 2nd Youth Leadership Academy with Empower Tennessee
  • NPR features Council-led 'Partners in Policymaking' program; New TN 'Partners' Video
  • Council Trains Vocational Rehabilitation Staff, Families
  • Transition TN: Archived Webinar on Supported Decision Making
  • News from Our Partners
  • July 17 - Amerigroup Project SEARCH Information Night
  • July 18 - Inaugural Middle TN Assistive Technology Reutilization Open House
  • July 19 - Youth Advisory Council Open House
  • July 19 - STEP-TN Webinar on Alternate Academic Diploma
  • August Enabling Technology Forums in Crossville, Franklin
  • Upcoming Events Other recent news from the Council
  • Other recent news from the Council

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7/12/2018

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • Reminder About Significant Disproportionality
  • Speech-Language Resources: Assessments to Inform Eligibility and Present Levels
  • RTI2 Listening Tour Takeaways and Next Steps 
  • Resource: Warning Signs of Child Abuse
  • Summer Professional Development on Writing Effective Present Levels of Educational Performance
  • Summer Implementing the Alternate Academic Diploma Training
  • TRIAD Professional Development and Training Opportunities
  • Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Populations Professional Development Request

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7/2/2018

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • Council Presents to The Arc of the Great Smokies Parent Support Group,Teens
  • Council Exhibits & Presents to Young Adult Deaf-Blind Transition Institute
  • Long Term Council Impact: Chattanooga’s Inclusive Sports Group Prepares for Triathlon
  • 2nd Annual Southeast Adult Autism Symposium - Early Bird Registration ends 6/30
  • News from Our Partners
  • STEP-TN Trainings, Webinar on Alternate Academic Diploma
  • TennesseeWorks Blog: TN Council on Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Enabling Technology Forums, Summit
  • TN Statewide Plan for Independent Living Survey - Deadline 7/30
  • Upcoming Events
  • Other recent news from the Council

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7/2/2018

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • Southwest Special Education Consultant
  • Provisional Endorsements for Special Education
  • High-Cost Reimbursement Requests
  • Summer Professional Development on Writing Effective Present Levels of Educational Performance
  • Summer Implementing the Alternate Academic Diploma Training
  • TRIAD Professional Development and Training Opportunities
  • Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Populations Professional Development Request Special Populations Professional Development Request

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6/28/2018

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • 6/25 Transition TN Supported Decision Making Webcast
  • Tennesseans Attend National Self Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the Council
  • Youth Leadership Forum Graduate earns Master's degree
  • Partners Graduate selected for 'Leadership Brentwood'
  • Archived STEP-TN Webinar about the Council
  • News from Our Partners
  • DIDD Family Support Program Accepting Applications for FY2019
  • TN's TBI program selected for a Mentor State Grant
  • Final Employment and Community First CHOICES Listening Sessions
  • Enabling Technology Forums, Summit
  • Giles County/South Central Disability Resource Fair - Sept. 8
  • Volunteer Advocacy Project Expansion
  • TN Statewide Plan for Independent Living Survey - Deadline 7/30
  • Upcoming Events
  • Other recent news from the Council

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6/23/2018

Boletín Informativo de STEP

Primavera 2018

Desde el escritorio de la Directora Ejecutiva

¡Finalmente la primavera llegó! Hay tantas decisiones que tomar ahora que el clima está caliente. Usted puede estar pensando en qué flores plantar, a dónde ir de vacaciones, o un nuevo libro que desee leer mientras se relaja en la terraza bajo el sol de la tarde. Yo mismo, estoy tomando decisiones sobre mi primer viaje a Europa e ir de aventura por Roma en la parte trasera de una motoneta Vespa. Los mantendré informados sobre cómo resulta esto.

Como padres y cuidadores de niños y jóvenes con discapacidades, parece que el número de decisiones que se tomarán es interminable. En esta edición del boletín de STEP, vamos a enfocar nuestra información en tres áreas:

  • Planificación del Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP, por sus siglas en inglés) para lograr que las metas y los objetivos tengan buenos resultados;
  • Opciones de graduación y decisiones sobre la universidad, la carrera profesional y la vida independiente después de la escuela secundaria; y
  • Como tomar decisiones más informadas

En realidad, estas áreas no están separadas sino totalmente vinculadas. Cada decisión tomada en una reunión del IEP impacta los resultados de la vida del estudiante con una discapacidad. A su vez, los resultados de la vida de cada niño y joven con discapacidad dependen de las elecciones y decisiones que se toman. Exploraremos la información actual y los recientes eventos relacionados con:

  • Cómo la decisión de la Corte Suprema del 2017 afecta el IEP
  • Una nueva opción de diploma en TN: Diploma Académico Alternativo
  • Legislación reciente en Tennessee con respecto a la Toma de Decisiones

Después de leer esta información, es posible que tenga que tomar algunas decisiones. ¿Cómo usarla? ¿Cómo podemos ayudarlo?

El equipo de STEP está disponible para proporcionar capacitación, información y asistencia para educación especial!

¡Feliz primavera!

Karen Harrison

Haga clic aquí para continuar leyendo en Español

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6/21/2018

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this issue:

  • Council presents at Camp Empower, MePower
  • New 'Partners in Policymaking' Video -- Jen Vogus, 2007 Grad
  • Council Policy Director on 6/25 Transition TN Webcast on Supported Decision Making
  • News from Our Partners
  • 6/18 Public Comment Deadline on Changes to DIDD Waivers
  • Employment and Community First CHOICES Listening Sessions
  • Weigh in on TN Disability Pathfinder website
  • Upcoming Enabling Technology Forums, Summit
  • Volunteer Advocacy Project Expansion
  • TN Statewide Plan for Independent Living Survey - Deadline 7/30
  • Upcoming Events
  • Other recent news from the Council

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6/14/2018

TN Special Education Directors Update

The latest Special Education Directors Update is out from the Tennessee Department of Education.

In this issue:

  • East Tennessee Special Education Consultant
  • Did you know? Timelines for Children Transitioning from Part C to Part B
  • Tennessee Mental Health Collaborative
  • 2018-19 IEA Program Applications Update
  • Special Education Preschool Classrooms: VPK Instructional Materials Alignment
  • High-Cost Reimbursement Requests
  • Summer Professional Development on Writing Effective Present Levels of Educational Performance
  • Summer Implementing the Alternate Academic Diploma Training
  • TRIAD Professional Development and Training Opportunities
  • Advisory Council for Children with Disabilities
  • Special Populations Professional Development Request

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6/7/2018

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

The latest update is out from the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this isue:

  • 55 Years of the Developmental Disabilities Act
  • Career Connections - A Partnership between Breakthrough
  • Corporation and Knoxville's American Job Center
  • Camp EmPower, MePower: An adult learning experience - a camp for adults with disabilities coordinated by the Down Sydrome Association of West TN in Jackson
  • Enabling Technology: Modernizing supports for people with disabilities
  • Enabling Technology: A parent’s perspective
  • Partners 2017-18 Class Graduates
  • What Independent Living Is (and is not) - by Empower Tennessee Program Director Paul Choquette
  • Partners 2018 Annual Reunion Conference
  • Martin McGrath: An independent living story
  • Remembering Council Member and Partners Graduate Douglass Hall
  • New Council Member Craig W. Lemak

Anyone can sign up to receive a print copy by mail or a PDF version by email by sending their home or email address to mildred.sparkman@tn.gov or by calling the Council offices at 615-532-6615.

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6/6/2018

TEIS (TN Early Intervention System) Update

The latest TEIS (TN Early Intervention System) Update is out from the Tennessee Education Association.

In this issue:

  • Early Intervention Resource Agency Spotlight; Grundy County
  • Welcome Aboard
  • Building Strong Brains video Series, Episode 3
  • "Wondering" with Parents from the Early Intervention strategies for Success
  • 2018 Building Best Practice Conference
  • New Reports Available on TEIS Website
  • Early childhood Outcomes Data Walkthrough
  • Fiscal Services Highlights

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