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Longtime Special Education Resource to Be Reborn as Part of New Center

By Christina Samuels on November 27, 2013 2:46 PM

Resources created by the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities—widely known by the acronym NICHCY, a holdover from the name it had over 30 years ago—will remain available online, though the center closed down after its last grant from the Department of Education's office of special education programs ended in September.

The center, once known as the National Information Center for Handicapped Children and Youth, had for decades provided direct resources to parents through mail and a telephone hotline. Though the center moved more and more of its information online, the stream of contacts from the public continued, at a rate of 90 to 300 calls a month, said Elaine Mulligan, who was NICHCY's director. Much of that was due to the center's long history, she said. While other federally-funded resources would change names or contact information, NICHCY remained. Read more


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