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2016 Matthew C. Graziadei Award Applications now available!

The Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Award is presented annually by ECAC, The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center, to a North Carolina high school senior with a disability who best exemplifies the characteristics of Matthew Graziadei. The award includes a $1,000 scholarship to be used for any post high school learning experience/training or for equipment/technology needed for employment.
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New Guidance Letter for children with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia

The purpose of this letter is to clarify that there is nothing in the IDEA that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphiain IDEA evaluation, eligibility determinations,orIEP documents.
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‘Sesame Street’ Unveils Character With Autism

The makers of “Sesame Street” say Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Grover are getting a new friend with autism as part of an effort to reduce stigma and help those on the spectrum learn life skills.
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US Department of Education issus Dear Colleague letter regarding Dispute Resolution

Improving results and achieving better outcomes for children with disabilities is an important goal for all of us. However, even where informal attempts to resolve differences are made, parents and public agencies may be unable to reach agreement on important matters.
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