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Enews from Parent Information Center of Delaware//November 13 Edition

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We celebrate Veterans and their families with Veterans Day on Nov. 11 and Military Family Month throughout November.  Don't hesitate to call PIC is you are in the military or a veteran for help with understanding your child's IEP.  Our Parent Consultants can help you navigate special education! 

School Discipline and Students with Disabilities Workshop Nov. 18
It is critical for parents of children with disabilities to understand the law related to their child and school discipline.  Join PIC Nov. 18, 6 p.m., at the Bear Library for this very important workshop that will provide guidance and tools to help parents stay on top of this issue. This workshop is being offered in both English and Spanish.  Learn more HERE.

Autism Education Task Force Meeting Nov. 18
The Autism Education Task Force will continue meeting on Nov 18, 10 a.m. to noon at Legislative Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, 411 Legislative Avenue, Dover.  The meeting is open to the public.

IEP Task Force Meeting Nov. 20
The IEP Task Force will continue meeting on Nov. 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Collette Center, 35 Commerce Way, Dover.  Videoconferencing available at the Carve State Building, 820 N. French St., Wilmington.  The meeting is open to the public.

Webinar on Self-Determination Dec. 2
The Youth Transitions Collaborative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), will host a free technical assistance webinar entitled, Determined to Succeed: Preparing for Postsecondary Education and Employment on Dec. 2, 2 - 4 p.m..  The agenda is HERE.  Register for this event  HERE.

Federal Guidance Issued on Communication Topic
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, together with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities to effective communication. Learn more HERE.

Boscov's Offers Special Shopping Time for Individuals with Disabilities on Dec. 2
Boscov's Department Store will be opening its doors early, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Dec. 2, for individuals with disabilities to shop, without all the crowds and with extra help available to assist them.  Call Sara at 610-565-6009 to register.

Before Next IEP, Know Your Child's Strengths
When your child has learning and attention issues, it can seem as though you spend a lot of time talking about areas of weakness. But building on your child’s strengths is just as important when it comes to helping him succeed. What are your child’s strengths? Here’s a CHECKLIST to help identify them from the website Understood.

Study Examines Depression in Adolescents with Autism
Depression is more common among teens with ASD than teens without ASD. Rates of major depressive disorder have been reported as high as 37% in adolescents with ASD compared to about 5% of adolescents in the general population, according to a study from  Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Learn more HERE.

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