Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies

Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies (2011) reviews states’ bullying laws and model bullying policies and school districts’ bullying policies. The report uses the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance document, “Anti-Bullying Policies: Examples of Provisions in State Laws,” as an organizing framework for the review.

Key findings include: As of April 2011, 46 states had bullying laws, 45 of which directed school districts to adopt bullying policies. Forty-one states had model bullying policies. Thirty-six states included provisions in their education codes prohibiting cyberbullying or bullying using electronic media. Thirteen states specified that schools have jurisdiction over off-campus behavior if it creates a hostile school environment.

http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/opepd/ppss/reports.html#safe

Website: Transition-to-Work Inventory (TWI)

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Transition-to-Work Inventory (TWI)

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In our lives and careers we experience many types of transitions. A transition is a period of change or the passage from one situation to another, such as from unemployment to employment. The Transition-to-Work Inventory (TWI) can help you make your career transition more effective and more rewarding. Regardless of your past work experience, the TWI can help you make more informed decisions by identifying careers that are related to your interests. The TWI will help you successfully navigate your transition and find work that you will enjoy.

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Submitted by John J. Liptak, Ed.D.

Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain

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Still in the Shadows with the Future Uncertain

A report on family and individual needs for disability supports (FINDS)
Summary of Key Findings and A Call To Action
June 2011

The Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) survey was conducted online from July 22, 2010 to October 31, 2010. The survey was widely disseminated through a variety of groups, including: the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the American Network of Community Options and Resources, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered, the National Council on Independent Living, Best Buddies, Easter Seals, the Autism Society of America and state and local chapters of The Arc.

Families from all 50 states and DC completed surveys. People with disabilities responded from 38 states and DC. Nearly 5000 caregivers responded (4,962) as did 558 people with disabilities. The vast majority of caregiver respondents were family members (95%) who are living with their family member with disabilities (75%). Additional detail regarding respondents is available in the FINDS Technical Report.

The results are representative of the people who heard about the survey and responded and may not be representative of all people with disabilities and their families. Data analysis was performed by Lynda Anderson, Sheryl A. Larson, Allise Wuorio and K. Charlie Lakin of the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.