U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

On December 28, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance on federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities.

The guidance documents include a Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and Q & A document on the Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools; and DCL and Q & A documents on the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools.

Data collected by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights indicates that schools restrain and seclude students with disabilities at higher rates than students without disabilities.  During the 2013-14 school year, students with disabilities served by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) represented 12% of students enrolled in public schools nationally, but 67% of the students who were subjected to restraint or seclusion in school.

These new guidance documents will help to clarify the rights of students with disabilities and outline the steps parents can take to ensure that their children secure all of the services they are entitled to receive.

 


“Healthier Me” App for Children with Autism by Children’s Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital has launched Healthier Me – the first and only mobile app which promotes health, nutrition, fitness, and safety for children and teens with autism. This free iOS app is available in the Apple store.


Parent Support Group

Parent Support Group

In addition to weekly Wednesday sessions Child & Family Connections has added weekly Saturday sessions to their Parent Support Group for parents with a mental illness. Please help them to spread the word about this Free Nationwide Parent Support Group.

No registration required. Call at start of group (toll free 1-888-601-3515) or participate online at https://www.uberconference.com/childandfamily

 

 

 


CDC Awards $3.4 Million to CHADD

CHADD’s National Resource Center on ADHD was recently awarded $3.4 million over the next four years by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as the nation’s clearinghouse for evidence-based information on ADHD. Read more at: http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD/Newsletter-Archive/Newsletter-Article.aspx?id=3

 

 


Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

Tipping-the-Scales-The-Resilience-Game

Check out the Center on the Developing Child’s multimedia game: Tipping the Scales: The Resilience Game

In this game, you learn how the choices we make can help children and the community as a whole become more resilient in the face of serious challenges. Negative events can occur at any time, and it’s your job to choose positive events to counteract these negatives.

The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University was established in 2006. Their mission is to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.


Kennedy Forum releases 2nd edition of “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”

Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and AdvocatesThe Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was passed in 2008. The final regulations were published in 2013 and are now in full effect. For those being denied the care they need and are guaranteed under this law, The Kennedy Forum has released the second edition of the, “Parity Resource Guide for Addiction & Mental Health Consumers, Providers and Advocates”.

This guide is intended to assist individuals and families who need help filing appeals when their access to behavioral health services has been denied or when their health plans refuse to pay after they have received treatment.


Free resource to support college students with visual impairments

A Guide to Visual Disabilities: How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed is a free resource available to show how today’s colleges and universities are improving their technology and resources in order to help students with visual disabilities earn degrees. It also provides a list of online technology and literary resources students with impairments can use on their own to get ahead.


ADHD and Executive Function Deficits

Often individuals with ADHD have problems with their executive function and self regulations skills. If you are just learning about this diagnosis here’s an article written for CHADD’s Attention magazine on the “sleepy secretary” of executive dysfunction and ADHD.  Parents, education advocates, and patients will found it helpful. You can read the article, “Executive Dysfunctions and the Sleepy Secretary of ADHD” on the CHADD website.


The Child Mind Institute releases a new Children’s Mental Health Report

According to the report an estimated 17.1 million US children and adolescents now have, or have had in the past, a diagnosable psychiatric disorder and two thirds of children with a mental illness do not get treatment. You can view additional statistics and the full report on the Child Mind Institute website.

You also might want to take a look at their additional resources including a “Parents Guide to Getting Good Care“.


New Mental Health Channel

Mental Health Channel

 

The Mental Health Channel (MHC) is a new online mental wellness channel. It will soon have 12 series of original documentaries, 120 episodes in all available to view. MHC was created to raise awareness by showing inspiring true stories and provide new perspectives on mental wellness. Currently 19 of the episodes are available to view. It’s a channel like any you’d see on cable but it’s free to view and commercial free. MHC is underwritten by the Mental Health Awareness Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit.