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April 7, 2014

In Support of Alternate Assessments

Educators are responsible for the high quality education of all students in public schools: this is the mandate that congress established when it reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2002 (NCLB). For the first time schools were held accountable for the progress of all students, including students in subgroups historically vulnerable to poor educational outcomes, such […]

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TASH Conducts Briefings with Congress as Part of SWIFT Center

Over the past few weeks Jenny Stonemeier, TASH’s Education Policy Director, has been conducting informational meetings with members of Congress who represent the SWIFT schools, districts, and states.  These meetings are part of the SWIFT Policy team’s annual plan to engage a broad range of stakeholders in the work of the SWIFT Center.  Congress is […]

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March 25, 2014

TASH responds to New York State Education Department’s ESEA flexibility waiver request

Last week TASH submitted comments to the US Department of Education expressing deep concerns over several items included in NYSED’s Waiver request. New York’s request included provisions that, if allowed, will have significant impact on the inclusion of students with disabilities in state accountability measures. Click here (attached document) to read TASH’s statement. View the […]

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March 24, 2014

New Training Looks at Building Conversational Skills Among High School Youth with Autism

Conversational skills can be difficult for any high school student, but they can pose a particular challenge to students with autism spectrum disorders. New approaches have shown promise in developing conversational skills among high school students with autism. Peer-mediated intervention can support students who are either passive conversationalists, or reluctant or withdrawn in social interactions. […]

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March 13, 2014

One Step Forward

On February 12th, it became easier for some individuals with disabilities to build financial assets. On this day, President Obama made good on his promise to raise the minimum wage for Federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. In an Executive Order, the President outlined the details, which are included in a Fact Sheet (view […]

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National Children’s Center in search for Chief Executive Officer

The National Children’s Center ( is seeking a strategic, entrepreneurial leader who can partner with the board, build internal and external relationships, and lead staff to achieve the Center’s vision. Founded in 1958, the mission of the National Children’s Center, Inc. (NCC) is to provide a lifetime of opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental […]

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Rockland BOCES seeks Assistant Director of Special Education

Assistant Director for Special Education Rockland BOCES is seeking an Assistant Director of Special Education to support the Special Education Division and the Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. Responsibilities: • Assist in program development, implementation and evaluation for students with disabilities K-12 • Problem solve with school wide teams, building administrators, component districts, and other community providers to ensure […]

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Rockland BOCES seeks Principal for Student Services Division

Principal, Special Education Rockland BOCES is seeking a Principal for the Student Services Division. Responsibilities: • Experience working with students who have autism and developmental disabilities • Expertise in working with multiple disciplines to support student achievement • Skilled in implementing NYS Standards and alternative assessment • Experience supervising teachers, professionals, and service providers preferred • Ability to […]

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March 11, 2014

Judge Overturns Guilt Verdict in Rape of Woman with Down Syndrome

A Georgia Court of Appeals judge recently ordered a new trial for a man convicted of repeatedly raping a 24-year-old woman with Down syndrome. Judge Christopher McFadden overturned the jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas, who was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison. McFadden, who oversaw both cases, said he would not comment […]

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March 10, 2014

Submit Your Proposal for the 2014 TASH Conference

Call for Proposals for the 2014 TASH Conference opens March 10 and closes on May 10, 2014 TASH is seeking proposal submissions for the 2014 Annual Conference,“Be the Future,” in Washington, DC, December 3-5, 2014. This year’s theme is inspired by the culture TASH has established in its aim to achieve equity, opportunity and inclusion […]

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