On June 12, 2003, Senator Judd Gregg and Senator Edward Kennedy introduced bipartisan legislation reauthorizing the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). To access the bill, go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN01248:. The Senate HELP committee will be conducting bipartisan feedback meetings to give groups and individuals the opportunity to comment on the bill. Meetings will be scheduled in 20-minute intervals, from 10:00 am - noon, and 1 pm - 6 pm in the HELP Committee Conference room, 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building on the following days:
Please contact Aaron Bishop at: email@example.com, or 202-224-6770 to schedule a meeting. Please request a specific date and time, and provide the number of people attending, group/organization name, and contact information (email address and phone number) for the person scheduling the meeting (in the subject line of the email, type: "Aaron - IDEA Feedback Meeting." He will confirm the meeting via email/phone or to re-schedule. Groups with similar interests are encouraged to schedule meetings together, if possible. Meeting times will be scheduled on a first-come/first-serve basis, and the 20-minute time limit will be strictly enforced.
The Senate HELP committee will also receive responses to the bill via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax at: 202-228-0929. Emailed and faxed responses should be sent to the attention of and titled "Annie and Connie -"IDEA Reauthorization Feedback." *Please note that the email address and fax number will only be available from Thursday, June 12, 2003 through Friday, June 20, 2003. The Senate HELP committee will mark up this bill on June 25, 2003.
A critical step in providing early intervention, is finding and referring infants and toddlers who might benefit from services. Through support from the U. S. Department of Education, the Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service at the Universities of Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, and Vermont have developed a collaborative website to disseminate information about the collective experiences of six directed demonstration projects concerning the early identification of infants and toddlers who may be eligible for Infant and Toddler Program services, Part C of the IDEA. These directed demonstration projects were designed to evaluate strategies that promote the early identification and referral to Part C programs of infants and toddlers. In addition, the U. S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provided further support to disseminate each project's products, findings and resources through the joint website, http://www.childfindidea.org/ .
Each project has developed materials and resources that are designed to help Part C state and local programs enhance their child find activities. While Part C Child Find is the key focus of the joint web site, many of the projects included collaborative child find efforts with other programs charged with finding and serving young children, including Early Head Start and Head Start programs, Preschool Special Education, and the many other important health, human service and education programs for young children.
Each project has a unique focus concerning child find. One project focused on identifying and referring children who were in their state's child welfare program to Part C services. Two projects centered on working closely with physicians to identify eligible children as soon as possible. One project promoted the connection between Part C services and the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program in their state. Another two projects developed strategies to encourage community and across agencies efforts for early identification and referral of young children in rural states. In addition to information about each project, the website also includes links to other programs and resources concerning child find.
A new report on Head Start entitled Strengthening Head Start: What the Evidence Shows was released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To read the full report go to: http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/StrengthenHeadStart03/index.htm
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