Resources to Share with Families

Upcoming Events 

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Parents, does your child have a low-incidence disability, e.g., hearing loss, blind or visual impairments, deaf-blindness, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, or complex communication needs? Qualified parents may apply for a scholarship to attend this event—in person or virtually. Click HERE for conference details, then click, “Information for Parents” to learn about scholarship opportunities. Parents who work in non-exempt educational positions are welcome to apply. Application deadline is 10/28/22.

 Conference Title Date Location Future Conference Dates
Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference March 2-4, 2022 Hybrid/Hershey Lodge March 1-3, 2023
AAC Talks Web Conference May 13, 2022 Virtual May 12, 2023
PaTTAN Literacy Symposium June 14-16, 2022 PaTTAN Harrisburg TBD
Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project's Family Learning Conference June 24-25, 2022 Hybrid/State College TBD
National Autism Conference August 1-4, 2022 Hybrid/State College TBD
PA Community on Transition Conference August 10-11, 2022 Virtual TBD
HELIX: High Expectations for Low Incidence Disabilities November 14-16, 2022 Hybrid/State College TBD
Equity is MTSS (MTSS Conference and PA PBS Implementers' Forum)     TBD
PDE Computer Science for ALL - PA Summit (#CSForALLPA)     TBD
Special Education Leadership Summit     TBD

Other Resources for Families


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Are you familiar with the members on an IEP team? Let’s introduce you! Each week, we will share short, informational videos highlighting the different roles on the IEP team.

Let's Introduce you to the IEP Team! Understanding the Role of the Behavior Specialist. Watch Now
 Behavior Specialist
 This first video helps students, families, and educators understand how a   Behavior Specialist can   contribute to an IEP   team. Watch now at

Let's Introduce you to the IEP Team! Understanding the Role of the Educational Audiologist. Watch Now

 Educational Audiologist
 This video can help students, families, and educators understand how an Educational Audiologist   can contribute to an IEP team and is part of the IEP Team Member Introduction Series. Watch now   at

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On July 19, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released new guidance on the discipline of students with disabilities. The main takeaway is that students with disabilities must follow school discipline policies, but discipline must be administered in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner.

See Guidance Documents:  Guide for StakeholdersFact SheetQ&A DocumentLetter from the U.S. D.O.E. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

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Image of ODR Understanding the Special Education Due Process Hearings A Guide for Parents and Families. Click on image to go to the page.                      Transition Tuesdays-Engaging Families in Transition Planning. Click on image for more details

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Your Voice, Your Story, Your Future. Family Engagement in your Transition Planning image. Click on image to go to you tube video.                                                            Opening Doors to College video. Click on link to go to page.  

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Family Guides for Learning at Home                                                                                                       Guías Familiares para aprendiendo en casa

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Resources for Secondary Transition:

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The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. ODP provides supports and services to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities (IDD) and/or Autism.  Supports may include waivers (benefits and services), such as Medical Assistance/Medicaid; Community Living; Infant Toddler, and Family, as well as other services. To determine if you or your child is eligible for ODP services, follow this guide:ODP Services guide. Click Here for eligibility and contact information                                                                               Does Your Child Have a Hearing and/or Vision Concern? Watch this brief video: Family Resource Group.

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PDE Guidance

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