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There is still time to be part of the conversation
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Facebook The CASE Winter Hybrid Conference is designed to get information on cutting edge policy issues from experts in the field and get feedback from our members and others on what the implications of this information on the field. The feedback part is what makes this professional development opportunity so different. As the CASE leadership looked at the need for the feedback as well as the need to get the information out to the field, we knew we had to provide more opportunities than just the travel to a lovely hotel option. Though no doubt as the temperatures have plummeted, Orlando, Fla., is looking like a great venue. The Virtual conferencing is a great inexpensive way to provide both the information to the field and the opportunity for feedback and input. Think about being a part of the solution — maybe even before there is a problem. We know online learning is here to stay ... but how do we define it for students with disability??? What are the next steps in RTI/MTSS ... how does SPED fit in the model? And speaking of SPED ... what will it look like in 5 years, 10 years and beyond? Don't you want to be a part of these conversations? Don't you want some of the young, new aspiring leaders to be a part of the conversation? Shouldn't parents, general education and business people be a part of the conversation? Have you thought about coming to Orlando? What about being a virtual site? We have all the support and help you will need to have a successful event (Click here for Agenda, Flyer, Hints). It isn't too late. Go to and register now! And if you can get to Orlando — the rooms at the Rosen Plaza are still $117 and Sunny. CASE needs to hear your voice ... be a part of the conversation either on site or virtually.


Special Education Law Symposium
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Designed for a national audience, this intensive one-week, well-balanced program is available on both a noncredit and graduate-credit basis and provides a thorough analysis of the leading issues under the IDEA and Section 504. Among the 19 symposium sessions are the following "hot topics": RTI; discipline, including a mock manifestation determination hearing;child find; transitional services; tuition reimbursement and other remedies; disability-­related bullying; and autism. More

Have you registered for the CASE Winter Hybrid Conference yet?
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The theme is Evolution, Re-invention or Revolution: The Future of Special Education, Feb. 13-15 in Orlando, Fla. With some of the great minds in education this interactive professional development will be a wonderful opportunity for team building and truly being a part of defining the field for years to come. The Rosen Plaza is a wonderful location — just minutes from so much of the best of Orlando — and the price of $117 is phenomenal. We will have 3 days with a different emphasis each day: Virtual Education and implications for Special Education, The Re-invention of Special Education and The Evolution of Special Education. Click here for a copy of the agenda.

But, wait ... If you can't travel, why not have your own mini conference. You pay one registration fee and then have as many people as you wish to participate with you — what a really great way to build teams. We have even made up a set of HINTS for you to use to get you started. We will even provide a flyer for you to customize to publicize your event. As part of the CASE strategic plan, our goal is to get the best information out to the most people. Go to the CASE website for more information, or contact Gary Myrah, CASE professional development chair at

Daily Themes:
  • Applying Virtual Education
  • Integrated Education for ALL
  • Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED
  • Virtual Education: Jeff Jacobson, Matt Wicks, Bennett Rodick and Andy Morrison
  • MTSS: Drs. George Batsche, Judy Elliott and Neil Guthrie
  • SPED Evolved: Drs. Steve Kukic, Melody Musgrove and Alexa Posny

Center on Online Learning
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Online learning programs for K-12 students are enjoying rapid growth nationwide, but there is little understanding of the effectiveness of these programs for students with disabilities. Recognizing the need for research in this area, the Office of Special Education Programs within the U.S. Department of Education created the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities one year ago. The Center aims to improve the accessibility and engagement of K-12 online learning for students with disabilities through a focus on learner variability.

To this end, the center has identified several sites for case studies in online learning. In the last couple of months, the center put into place timelines for a case study with Lawrence Virtual School in Lawrence, Kan., as well as a case study in Washington State, both of which will examine students and parents in actual online learning programs. These studies are scheduled to begin in early 2013.

Representatives from the Center also gathered at several major conferences, including the Council of Administrators of Special Education Conference in November and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education annual business meeting in October, where the center engaged in dialogue with participants on topics including accessibility and accountability of programs and received feedback from state directors regarding state initiatives in online learning. Insight gained from these events guides the center in its research and suggests new avenues of study.

For access to the center's original research and updates on its progress, please visit our website at We encourage those interested in more frequent updates to follow us on Twitter at @onlinecenter1. Please contact Paula Burdette by email at or by phone at 703-519-1504.

The University of Arizona announces funding for doctoral students
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The University of Arizona is pleased to announce a new recruitment for Doctoral Students who wish to become Special Education Professors. This program has a registration deadline of Feb. 15 so with that date rapidly approaching, we would like for you to disseminate the attached material regarding this program. More

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
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The following Notice of Proposed Priorities and Definitions — NIDRR DRRP — Community Living and Participation, Health and Function, and Employment of Individuals with Disabilities was published in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 25. More


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 CEC Policy Insider

Tell your story using the new Budget Forum announced by the US Senate Budget Committee
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Sen. Patty Murray, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, announced the start of MyBudget, a new online platform to engage members of the public in the budget process. The website launched with a call for Americans to share their budget priorities, stories about how funded programs have affect their lives and their families and ideas with the budget committee. More

Comment today — NIDRR seeks comments on proposed research priorities for FY 2013
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The U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is seeking comments on a set of proposed research priorities from the National Institute of on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The priorities relate to Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects on Community Living and Participation, Health and Function, and Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, on Health and Function of Individuals with Disabilities, and on Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. The priorities will likely become part of a grant competition in FY 2013, and possibly later years. More

Speak out on behalf of special and gifted education — Share your story with CEC
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Every year, CEC publishes the Federal Outlook for Exceptional Children, providing an overview of federally-funded programs — IDEA and Javits grants — that impact the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The Outlook is distributed to members of Congress, federal agencies and other leaders in the education community with the hope that a better understanding of such programs will lead to increased federal funding for special/gifted education programs. More

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White House: Schools must open sports to disabled
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The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the U.S. that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making. In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate — for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear. More

After criticism, DSM Committee changes course
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Experts behind the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders didn't back down on major changes to the definition of autism, but appear to have made an about-face when it comes to intellectual disability. Initial plans to revise the diagnosis of "mental retardation" in the forthcoming fifth edition of the psychiatric manual called for the condition to be renamed "intellectual developmental disorder." Critics blasted the proposal because it was inconsistent with the more commonly accepted term "intellectual disability" which has already been adopted in many federal and state laws. More

Greek yogurt in school lunches introduced as meat alternative in USDA pilot program
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot program that could place Greek yogurt in school cafeterias across the country by April as a protein, or meat alternative, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. The commitment marks a victory for Schumer, who petitioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last June to add Greek yogurt to the list of proteins that meet the USDA's school lunch standards. The move would also provide a boost for dairy and Greek yogurt producers in New York like Chobani and Fage. Currently approved school meat substitutes include nuts, tofu, beans, cheese and eggs. More

New report released on children's health and the environment
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The EPA's latest report, "America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition," shows the latest trends for contaminants in air, water, food and soil that may affect children. The report also shows how concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women can be harmful to the individuals who have been exposed those contaminants, as well as childhood illnesses and health conditions. More

Advocates want school using shock therapy defunded
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A national coalition of disability advocacy groups is calling on the federal government to stop providing funds to a Massachusetts school that uses skin-shock therapy on students with disabilities. In a letter sent to health and education officials in the Obama administration, 20 groups including The Arc, the Autism Society, TASH and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law called for federal funds being sent to the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Mass., to be halted. More

Rubio calls for education reforms to focus on closing 'skills gap'
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said there must be increased focus from lawmakers on solving the growing "skills gap" between available jobs and qualified applicants in the country. "The fact of the matter is that millions of our people do not have the skills they need for the 21st century, and complicating that further is that the acquisition of these skills is different than it's ever been," he told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The potential 2016 presidential candidate acknowledged that education reform wasn't the sexiest issue — and he said that was part of the problem. More

 Hot Topics

Severe flu season prompts school closures
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A rough flu season is prompting schools around the country to shut down briefly because dozens of students, in some cases, have the illness or something like it. While no one tracks how many schools close because of the flu — or, in public-health parlance, "influenza-like illness" — stories of closures are cropping up nationwide. And flu season is only at about its midpoint. More

School shooting drills: How realistic should they be?
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"I want to see my kids! Bang! Bang!" the man shouted as he stormed into the front office of a South Carolina elementary school and pointed a handgun at a secretary and custodian. Both went limp at the verbal gunshots, and the "shooter," a police officer taking part in a school safety drill, continued his rampage. While an assistant principal dialed 911, the gunman took aim at two students and their principal. All fell to the floor with bloody, fake wounds. More

Mapping our online communications — From bullying to relationships
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When we typically think of kids who are the victims of school bullying, what comes to mind are isolated youth who do not fit in. A new study, however, shows that when that harassment occurs online, the victims tend to be in mainstream social groups at the school — and they are often friends or former friends, not strangers. The research is part of a burgeoning field of study into the effects of social media on everyday relationships and behavior. Personality and social psychologists are finding surprising ways in which people's online environments and relationships reflect and influence their real-world ones, as presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in New Orleans. More

 In the News

How iPads can support learning for students with autism
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Education-technology advocates are discovering the numerous benefits that mobile devices, including iPads, can have for students. But a growing number of special-education teachers are finding that iPads can have a positive effect on their students with autism in particular. Students with autism often have trouble communicating and might struggle with transitions, such as changing classes, getting on a school bus or taking a field trip. A report issued by the Centers for Disease Control indicated that one out of every 88 children is believed to have autism or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. More

Study: Close to half of kids late receiving vaccines
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More and more babies and toddlers aren't getting their recommended vaccines on time, a new study suggests. Of more than 300,000 U.S. kids born between 2004 and 2008, almost half were "undervaccinated" at some point before their second birthday — in some cases because parents chose to forgo shots recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

Yoga may have positive effects on ADHD
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Yoga has positive effects on mild depression and sleep complaints, even in the absence of drug treatments, and improves symptoms associated with schizophrenia and ADHD in patients on medication, according to a systematic review of the exercise on major clinical psychiatric disorders. Published in the open-access journal, Frontiers in Psychiatry, the review of more than one hundred studies focusing on 16 high-quality controlled studies looked at the effects of yoga on depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, sleep complaints, eating disorders and cognition problems. More

Overcoming impact of adversity on learning
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Poverty, neglect or family stress can make it especially difficult for young children to develop the self-discipline and habits of mind they will need to succeed in the classroom and beyond. Armed with research and a commitment to the whole child, Washington state has transformed the way its agencies work together and in partnership with researchers to address the effects of early adversity on learning and to help disadvantaged children build resiliency and other so-called executive-function skills they need to learn and grow. In the process, officials hope to create a national model for rapidly translating new research in fields like cognitive and neuroscience into usable practice. More

How technology can improve post-secondary outcomes for students with autism
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The challenges associated with autism are costly to the affected individuals, their families and society. Individuals with autism face difficulties in communication and socialization, as well as increased risk of behavior problems that can severely impact their ability to participate in everyday activities. Children with autism grow into adults with autism, and current statistics are showing that the majority of these adults do not keep up with their peers by attending college or getting competitive employment after high school. More

Moving education forward: It starts with school leaders
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In his second inaugural speech, President Barack Obama stated, "We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more and reach higher." As we step forward with Obama into his second term, it is now, more than ever, time to re-evaluate our education policy, starting with the voice, tools and support that we provide for our school leaders, the principals and administrators responsible for overseeing the scholastic performance and physical operations of our schools. More

Emergency room visits linked to ADHD medications up sharply
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U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report. In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. More


Event       Location     Dates Notes

CASE Winter Conference       Orlando, Fla.     Feb. 13-15 This is a hybrid conference. You can attend in person or via the Internet.
Daily Themes:
Applying Virtual Education
Integrated Education for ALL
Re-Inventing/Re-Booting SPED

CASE EC       San Antonio     April 2 More information to come.

CASE Member/BOD Meeting       San Antonio     April 3 More information to come.

CASE Night       San Antonio     April 4 More information to come.


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