News and Celebrations of Inclusion in NYS

The following is news from around New York that is of interest to the Task Force on Quality Inclusive Schools and our partners.

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FLAME releases their new album

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NY based band of mentally and physically challenged musicians releases their new album "All For Reason"

Hear and see why they are becoming such a rising star and shaking people's belief in what's possible.

Visit the Flame website and have a listen www.flametheband.com

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Peter Kozik earns Ph.D.

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Peter Kozik, Project Assistant for the NY Higher Education Support Center has been awarded a Ph.D. by Syracuse University for his dissertation on Appreciative Inquiry.

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Regents ammend Special Ed. teacher prep requirements for Autism

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The emergency adoption will become effective July 11, 2008.  If adopted in September, the effective date of the permanent rule will be October 9, 2008.

Here is what was amended and the applicable dates: Section 80-3.7 was amended and section 80-1.12 was added, to require that candidates for certificates in certain titles, who apply on or after September 2, 2009, complete at least three clock hours of course work or training in the needs of students with autism from an approved provider.

The applicable titles are:

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Gov Paterson signed bill to help children with Autism

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Governor David A. Paterson signed a bill this week that will require the Department of Health (DOH) to update the guidelines used by pediatricians to identify children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) and refer them for appropriate services.

Here is the link http://www.state.ny.us/governor/press/press_0723082.html

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Temple Grandin Portrayed in HBO Movie

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HBO will air "Temple Grandin", a biographical movie about the life of a person living and succeeding with Autism on Sat Feb 6th at 8PM.

VESID seeks proposals to establish 14 Early Childhood Direction Centers

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VESID is seeking proposals to establish fourteen (14) Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC) to act as Special Education Technical Assistance Centers (TAC). The purpose of the Centers is to assist families and professionals in securing services that meet the needs of children with disabilities, birth through age five, by providing information and training about available service options and service delivery systems. Applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2010. Please share as appropriate.

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VESID RFP to establish Regional SPecial Education Technical Assistance Support Centers

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The Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to establish Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) to act as Special Education Technical Assistance Centers (TAC). Each RSE-TASC includes contracts for a RSE-TASC Coordinator and regional technical assistance specialists (Part I) and additional contracts for special education school improvement specialists located throughout the RSE-TASC region (Part II).

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