Since 2002, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program has developed the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offered host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce.
Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in summer internships with Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a living stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing.
Completed applications must be submitted to AAPD no later than 5pm ET on Monday, November 6, 2017. For more information and to apply, click here.
Teachers Welcomed Back to School with New Resource to Teach Money Management to Students with Disabilities
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) today released a new resource to assist teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond to better provide financial education for students with disabilities. The Cents and Sensibility Educator Companion Manual was developed by a team of educators to accompany PATF's award-winning Cents and Sensibility: a guide to money management with accommodations for classroom use.
"While we strongly believe all students should receive a high-quality financial education, we know students with disabilities have unique financial education needs," said Susan Tachau, PATF Chief Executive Officer. "We want to make sure that educators are prepared to meet the needs of their students and this educator manual helps do just that." The Cents and Sensibility Educator Companion Manual helps teachers develop relevant lessons and activities for their students on topics such as earning income, saving, and using financial services.
Pennsylvania is Awarded for Performance Under the National Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
HARRISBURG (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- Today, Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera announced that Pennsylvania has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) for its tenth consecutive year in compliance and performance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.
"It is an honor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be recognized for ten years of dedicated service to some of our most vulnerable populations. I am proud of the work we are collectively doing and I applaud our educators, administrators, and staff for their commitment to excellence in providing a high-quality education to our students," said Secretary Rivera.
As one of seven of the biggest states in the country, Pennsylvania alone has been the only participator in compliance with USDE's standards for IDEA, Part B. In addition, this federal distinction was given to the commonwealth for programs that serve both school-aged children from ages three to 21, and children under the age of two.
As on-going efforts continue to improve education standards for the nation's seven million children with disabilities, IDEA was amended in 2004 to expand state efforts and encourage accountability. IDEA now requires individual states to develop a performance plan and an annual performance report that evaluates the state's continuous efforts to implement IDEA.
Pennsylvania was evaluated by USDE from data collected and considered from the commonwealth's performance plan, annual performance report, student participation on statewide assessments, and participation data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The commonwealth has achieved satisfactory reports and is not required to be part of any federal assistance or improvement plan.
"I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve scholastic results and support systems for students with disabilities," said Secretary Rivera. "I am proud that the commonwealth is being recognized for its efforts to provide equal opportunities to all students."
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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CLARION (PRNewswire) -- In response to the growing opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and in the nation, Clarion University College of Health and Human Services announced today that it has developed an opioid treatment specialist certificate, which will be offered online, beginning this fall.
"The certificate was developed to educate treatment professionals in prevention and treatment of opioid abuse and addiction," said Dr. Ray Feroz, professor and chair of the department of human services, rehabilitation, health and sport sciences. "It is one way Clarion can aid in combating the statewide and nationwide opioid crisis."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania was fourth in the nation in drug overdose deaths in 2015 - an increase of 28 percent over 2014 statistics - and the epidemic continues to grow. Drug overdose has surpassed traffic accidents and gun deaths as the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdoses in 2015.
The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn.
The guidance released today includes a parent and educator resource guide; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and question and answer document on the use of restraint and seclusion in public schools; and a DCL and question and answer documents on the rights of students with disabilities in public charter schools.