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7/26/2019

TN Special Education Directors Update

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

In this issue:

  • Supplemental IDEA Funds Available
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Assessment Documentation Update
  • RTI2 Framework Manual Release and Training Cancellation
  • Speech-Language Communities of Practice

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7/26/2019

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

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

In this issue:

  • Youth Leadership Academy was a Success!
  • Moving on up! Five graduate from Blue Cross Blue Shield Project SEARCH in Chattanooga
  • Telecommunications Devices Access Program
  • Art Exhibit: Breaking Ground III
  • On-the-job training: Project SEARCH at Amerigroup recruiting in Nashville
  • Recruiting Volunteer Advocates
  • Listen Up! Free Teleaudiology Services
  • Disability Health Professional Study
  • Save the Date: TN Siblings Conference, Nov. 9, Nashville
  • Paid Opportunity to Test Assistive Technology for People with Motor Speech Disorders
  • Share Your Input
  • By 8/15 - Weigh in on Disability Rights TN Areas of Work

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7/22/2019

Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities Update

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

In this issue:

  • A Note from the Policy Director
  • Tenne
  • Bill Signing Ceremony for "Take Me Home" 
  • Rural Health Policy Updates
  • Opportunities for You
  • Managing Your Money
  • Survey: Fair Housing in Tennessee
  • Webinar: Healthcare Decisions
  • Parent to Parent USA Surveying Families about Supported Decision-Making
  • Family Voices Wants Your Healthcare Story
  • Federal Policy Update
  • House of Representatives Votes to End Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities
  • Bills in the 116th Congress
  • Other Recent News from the Council

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7/12/2019

TN Special Education Directors Update

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

In this issue:

  • Did you Know: RTI2 Pitfalls
  • Speech-Language Communities of Practice
  • IDEA IEP Self-Monitoring for School Year 2019-20

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7/9/2019

Prime Day is July 15 & 16 - Shop and Support STEP

You can make a difference while you shop Amazon Prime Day deals on July 15 & 16.  Simply shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593 and AmazonSmile donates to Support and Training for Exceptional Parents Inc. 

It's Super Easy to shop on-line with AmazonSmile and it works exactly like its sister site, Amazon.com.

  1. Simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.
  2. Select Support And Training For Exceptional Parents Inc. from the list of charitable organizations before you start to shop or use this direct link smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593
  3. Make your purchases and feel great knowing you just helped STEP earn cash!
  4. Bookmark smile.amazon.com/ch/62-1739593 to support STEP each time you shop anytime during the year.
  5. Attention iPhone or iPad Users - You cannot use AmazonSmile with the Amazon App on the iPhone or iPad. However, you can set up a shortcut that will work like the app.
    • Open Safari and type smile.amazon.com in the web address field at the top. AmazonSmile will open.
    • Touch the share button (looks like a box with an arrow) to the left of the website address.
    • Touch Add to Home Screen
    • Touch Add
    • You're ready to shop!
  6. Attention Android Users - As of July 5, 2019 AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping App to all AmazonSmile customers using supported Android devices. Click here for instructions to turn on AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping App for your Android device.

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7/3/2019

Math Is Everywhere! Supporting Math Skills in Infants and Toddlers

Early math skills are essential to children’s school readiness and later learning. The National Center on Early ChildhoodDevelopment, Teaching, and Learning, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is hosting “Math is Everywhere: SupportingMath Skills in Infants and Toddlers” on July 11 from 3–4 p.m. EDT. The webinar will explore research on infants and toddlers’ early understanding of math concepts and discuss ways to support children's early math skills during the activities they do every day. Sign up for the webinar here.







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7/1/2019

10 Tips For Planning a Magical Disney Vacation With a Special Needs Child



If you're a family with special needs children, planning a trip to Disney can be a little scary. While there are parks, transportation, and long lines to consider, the most magical place on earth is actually extremely accommodating when it comes to making your trip as seamless as possible.  Click here to read more.

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7/1/2019

Travel Tips for Children With Autism



Kids with autism thrive on set schedules, and vacations in new places far from home can cause discomfort and disrupt routines. With proper planning and organizing, you can help your child adjust so everyone in the family can travel together. Click here to read more.

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7/1/2019

How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities



Children of all abilities and needs should have room to play and explore their world. In fact, play is so important for a child’s development that the United Nations declared play is a human right for children. Making your home a place where a child with special needs can be active takes more than a look around. You’ll want to brainstorm ways the outside can be an inclusive sanctuary for children of all abilities, too. Click here to read more.

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7/1/2019

Making the Move from Elementary to Middle or Junior High School: Transition Tips for Parents of Students with Disabilities

While attending elementary school, your son or daughter may have learned many of the skills he or she will need in middle school. For example, your child may already know how to make new friends, change classrooms multiple times a day, navigate crowded hallways, and work with different teachers for different subjects. You may be concerned about your child's move from elementary to middle school, but you can help to lay the groundwork for your child's success by following these tips from the Pacer's National Parent Center on Transition and Employment.   

Read it here:  https://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-53.pdf

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