October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a national campaign that raises awareness about the employment of individuals with disabilities and celebrates their many and varied contributions to America's workplace. The theme for 2014 is Expect. Employ. Empower.
A notice from Disability Rights New York:
One of the serious issues facing students with disabilities in New York schools is the use of restraints and seclusion. While the use of such measures is permitted in emergency situations, state regulations prohibit restraints and seclusion as ongoing or standard interventions to address behavior. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to determine the actual frequency and scope of the use of restraints and “time out” rooms due to unclear definitions and reporting requirements. We suspect that there is substantial under-reporting and overuse of restraints and seclusion in schools. As the Protection and Advocacy system for New York State, Disability Rights New York is committed to assessing and addressing these issues.
To that end, we need information. Below is a link to a short survey for parents, students, advocates and professionals who work with students with disabilities. The survey should take no more than 2 to 4 minutes. If you have previously taken an earlier version of this survey in recent months, please consider re-taking the survey as additional questions have been added.
If you are aware of anyone who would like to complete this survey but does not have computer access or requires accommodations, please contact DRNY directly at (518) 432-7861 for direct assistance.
A notice from the Statewide Coalition of Developmental Disabilities Family Advocacy Organizations:
Families and self-advocates can help set the advocacy agenda for the coming year by completing this brief Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Survey! Results of the survey will be used to identify the top advocacy priorities across New York State. Families’ and self-advocates’ top priorities will be shared with providers and provider associations and will be front and center of our statewide advocacy campaign to OPWDD and our elected officials to fight for what is needed!
Learning Basic Rights about Special Education: A National Webinar for Spanish Speaking Parents / Conociendo los derechos básicos de Educación Especial: Webinar Nacional para Familias de Habla Hispana
Co-Sponsored by / Patrocinado por: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB), New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), & California Deaf-Blind Services (CDBS)
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 3pm ET / Sábado, 8 de Noviembre de 2014 3pm ET