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Empowered Families: Educated, Engaged, Effective

   Vol. 6, Issue 1

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Traducelo Ahora!
Let's Move!
New NICHCY Publication
Scholarships for Foster & Adopted HS Seniors
New Literacy Website Available
TSA Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities
"All Babies Cry"
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Upcoming Events
High School Student Leadership Conference 

Dare to Dream in 2012

High School Student Leadership Conference


Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences promote student self-advocacy and leadership skills. NJ youth with disabilities aged 14-21, their families and school districts are encouraged to participate in this annual positive and empowering experience sponsored by the NJ Office of Special Education. Conference details and registration.

Information and Resources
Let's Move!
Let's Move! Join Us! 
Let's Move! is an initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.This is an ambitious goal. But with your help, we can do it.  Join Let's Move!
Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities


NICHCY has a new publication...  The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities, which answers the 10 commonly asked questions that families and educators of students with disabilities have about charter schools. Learn more.

Scholarshiops for Foster & Adopted High School Seniors 
High school seniors who are or have been under the care of DYFS may be eligible for scholarships for college for the 2012-2013 academic year. To be considered, applications must be submitted to Foster and Adoptive Family Services no later than March 16. Their website, has information on these scholarship opportunities.
Literacy Strategies for Children with Sensory Losses

Are you looking for literacy strategies for children with sensory losses? Children who do not use a formal language system? Children who have multiple disabilities and complex learning challenges?

If the answer is YES, visit a new literacy website developed by the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB 2.0).

You'll find strategies, examples and resources that build on communication as the foundation for early literacy.  The website also allows interaction between users and the ability to request technical assistance children or classrooms. To learn more attend an introductory webinar on Thursday, February 16th, 10 a.m. PST.   Webinar details will be available at National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness.

TSA Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities 
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Cares, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medicalconditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.
"All Babies Cry"
 "All Babies Cry"  is an evidence-based intervention to prevent child abuse in the first year of life that incorporates the Strengthening Families initiative and practical ways for infant soothing and managing normal stress in parenting.  The multiple-dose intervention is intended for distribution beginning at discharge from hospital maternity stays.  View a brief video introduction to "All Babies Cry" on YouTube.  

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