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OSU Nisonger Center to Do Study on Youth Age 14-21 with Intellectual Disabilities
Ohio State University Nisonger Center, with Dr. Betsey Benson, Dr. Jill Hollway and Dr. Gene Arnold, are currently recruiting participants for a study. This study is a multisite, NIMH-funded project focusing on the development and validation of an interview to assess psychopathology in youths aged 14-21 with Intellectual Disabilities. Participant and receive a $25 Gift Card! 
Saavsus Provides Training and Supplemental Materials for Adolescents Coping with Depression
Saavsus provides training and supplemental materials for the Adolescent Coping with Depression (CWD-A) course, which is available at no cost on our website. Produced under an NIH SBIR grant, Mastering the Coping Course is a cost-effective, interactive DVD-ROM that is suitable for training therapists and other providers working with adolescents who struggle with depression. We are currently offering a $50 discount for this training program if purchased prior to December 31, 2017. Use the promo code 84EJ4HU at time of purchase.  View information on all of our adolescent behavioral health programs here.  Paul Berger, Saavsus, Inc.,       541-283-6283  
U.S. Department of Education Rescinds Outdated Guidance Documents
October 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education announced they were rescinding 72 guidance documents from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). In a call and further information released this week, the Department further explained the action, including the fact that many documents were no longer relevant as they were outdated or had been replaced by subsequent guidance. It is important to remember that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) statute cannot be changed without Congressional action and regulations cannot be changed without public comment. We are continuing to monitor the Department’s efforts as they continue their regulatory reform work.   Following is a link to the chart that provides the rationale for withdrawing each document. 
Disability Rights of Ohio - Overview of the Doe v. State of Ohio Case
Disability Rights Ohio is engaged in a class action lawsuit to improve Ohio’s special education system for students with disabilities.    The lawsuit alleges that Ohio is violating the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by failing to provide the necessary oversight and support to ensure that students with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  
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