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March 17, 2020
On March 13th, President Trump addressed the nation and officially declared a federal emergency in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. This declaration will trigger the availability of a variety of resources to assist states in their efforts to contain and address the spread of COVID-19.
March 9, 2020
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) recently submitted a notice of interpretation (NOI) in the Federal Register seeking comments on their interpretation of a provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) that requires States to reserve at least 15 percent of their VR program allotments to provide, or arrange for the provision of, pre-employment transition services to all students with disabilities in need of such services who are eligible or potentially eligible for the VR program.
March 9, 2020
Bipartisan bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to revise the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system to establish a separate code for direct support professionals (DSPs).
March 4, 2020
NASDDDS is pleased to announce that after much advocacy, the FDA has finalized a ban on electrical stimulation devices intended to dissuade self-injurious or aggressive behaviors. We owe a debt of gratitude to the work of the NASDDDS membership who was clear in its opposition to this practice. In addition, numerous NASDDDS staff played a key role in the evolution of the regulation, as did many of our partners, disability advocates, and professionals who have paved the way.
February 25, 2020
State Health and Value Strategies (SHVS), a program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released an issue brief developed by Manatt Health examining the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) guidance, reviewing the key features, and highlighting considerations for states.