Note: April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Carolyn Hayer with son Chris and their family
Carolyn Hayer is the Director of Parent and Professional Development at the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) in New Jersey, a federally funded Parent Training and Information Center.
There was a time when I couldn’t even say the word out loud. It was too painful, too devastating to utter. I wanted to believe that if I didn’t say the word, it didn’t exist. But it does exist; it’s real, and it’s beautiful, and it’s challenging all at the same time. And whether I say the word or not, my son Chris has autism.
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) strives to enhance its Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) website continually.
OSERS launched its IDEA website in June 2017 in order to provide updated department information regarding the IDEA to the public including students, parents/families, educators, service providers, grantees, researchers and advocates.
Prior to and after the launch of the site, OSERS gathered feedback from the public and has made updates to the site based on the feedback it received.
OSERS will continue to gather feedback about the website in order to enhance and add content to the IDEA website to ensure the site remains current.
Two video tutorials highlight features of the site:
Comment below if you have feedback regarding the IDEA website.