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Department of Education Issues Guidance on Rights of Students With Disabilities When Educational Institutions Use Technology

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. This guidance is a critical step in the Department's ongoing efforts to ensure that students with disabilities receive equal access to the educational benefits and services provided by their schools, colleges and universities. All students, including those with disabilities, must have the tools needed to obtain a world-class education that prepares them for success in college and careers.

Irene Forsman, Diane Sabo, and Katy Beggs at Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) Conference in Cernobbio, Italy


MCHB, AUCD, and LENDs Represented at International Newborn Hearing Screening Conference

Cernobbio, Italy

The 10th Anniversary of the International Newborn Hearing Screening (NHS) Conference was held in June 2010 in Cernobbio, Italy. The theme of this year's conference was Beyond Newborn Hearing Screening: Infant and Childhood Hearing in Science and Clinical Practice.


Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Autism Center of Excellence Research Network (TACERN) Trains CALEND Fellows in Research, Clinical Skills, and Leadership

Submitted by: Marian E. Williams, PhD, California-USC UCEDD/LEND

The Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Autism Center of Excellence Research Network (TACERN) brings together a group of five children's hospitals located throughout the U.S., all affiliated with LEND interdisciplinary training programs, to conduct research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in young children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). The project is funded by NIH/NINDS to conduct a longitudinal study to identify early biomarkers of ASD in infants with TSC, and the Principal Investigators are Mustafa Sahin, MD, from Boston Children"s Hospital and Darcy Krieger, MD, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital. A unique aspect of the study is the collaboration with LEND training programs, and a major goal of the project is to work with the affiliated LENDs to improve ASD diagnosis and treatment in TSC and facilitate combined training in ASD and TSC so as to engage ASD researchers in educational and research activities in TSC and vice-versa.

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