Talk with ADE and SEAA Meetings Friday, August 21


August 21, 2015

SEAA Meeting, 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Talk with ADE Meeting, 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM 

There are two ways to attend the Talk with ADE (agenda attached) and SEAA meetings (information attached). You can attend the meetings in person or join the meetings via webinar.

If you are attending the meetings in person


If you are joining the meetings via webinar

The meetings also will be available by webinar, which allows for remote participation using your computer and telephone (or only the telephone). Read the instructions below to register and participate remotely. Note that advance registration is required.

Webinar registration for Talk with ADE and SEAA meetings on Friday, August 21, 2015, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM MST at:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional information and directions on how to join the meetings. Space is limited.


ADE/ESS July 2015 Special Edition

The Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services team is honored to present the third issue of the Special Edition . The Special Edition is our quarterly newsletter to share information on relevant topics and communicate upcoming events.


State Board Rules Review Committee SLD Survey

Survey on the Procedures in Use for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

The State Board Rules Review Committee is currently examining all of the current special education rules. One of the areas under consideration is the model for the identification of specific learning disabilities.

 A committee was formed to study the various models of identification of specific learning disabilities and to make recommendations to the Rules Committee. The SLD committee and the Rules Committee are asking for your input on this very important decision.

Please review the information referred to in the introduction and complete the following survey regarding your current practices in SLD identification. We are also asking for your opinions regarding several options that the committees are considering. This survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

 Thank you very much for helping the Rules Committee and the SLD committee by sharing your thoughts on this topic.

To complete the SLD Survey, please click on the following link:

Summer School for Parents – July 18

Raising Special Kids is sponsoring three classes filled with special needs resources and information on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Disability Empowerment Center, Phoenix, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. See the flyer for more information.

The U.S. Department of Education Issues Three Informative Reports

The U.S. Department of Education has recently prepared and posted three new documents. The first is an English language learner toolkit helpful for identifying students, assuring access, and evaluating programs. It is helpful to use this letter in conjunction with the “Dear Colleague” letter issued in January 2015. The toolkit is available at this address:

 The second is an Office for Civil Rights (OCR) report on its yearly activities for the president and the secretary of education. The report, “Protecting Civil Rights: Advancing Equity,” discusses how OCR has evolved to meet changing needs and addresses Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Discrimination Based on Disability. This report is available at: Another package of information from OCR is available in regard to implementation of Title IX. The material for this third collection is available at

Migration to BREAZ Accounting System

The State of Arizona is migrating to a new accounting system at the end of the fiscal year.  In order to transition to the new system, all payments must be processed in the legacy accounting system by the end of June. To facilitate this transition, please submit all reimbursement requests by June 15th.  Approval of reimbursement requests submitted after June 15th will be delayed until the new accounting system goes live on July 7th.  We will keep you informed of any changes in these dates. 

If you should have any questions, please contact the Grants Management hotline at 602-542-3901 or

USDOE Requests Comments On Proposed Policy Statement On Inclusion of Young Children with Disabilities in High-Quality Inclusive EC Programs

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are proposing to release a policy statement on inclusion of young children with disabilities in high-quality inclusive early childhood programs. It is the purpose of this blog (blog link below) to request comments on the proposed statement. Within the blog, please review the attached draft policy statement and provide comments no later than 6:00pm EDT, Friday, May 22, 2015. Click the link below to read the entire blog with the Draft Policy Statement and Executive Summary.


Dear Colleague Letter related to IDEA Dispute Resolution.

Some public agencies may be filing due process complaints concerning the same issue that is the subject of an ongoing State complaint resolution, ostensibly to delay the State complaint process and force parents to participate in, or ignore at considerable risk, due process complaints and hearings. As noted in the Dear Colleague Letter, this moves parents into a more adversarial and costly dispute resolution process and is not in the best interest of children. Note that this letter clarifies existing requirements relative to the IDEA provisions for State complaints and due process, and does not change the requirements or add additional burden.

Spanish Conference – Empowering Families

Empowering Families A Spanish Conference for Families Offering Special Needs Resources and Information. Raising Special Kids is sponsoring a Spanish conference, Empowering Families, on June 6, 2015. All presentations and materials will be exclusively in Spanish. Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Location: Disability Empowerment Center 5025 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 Registration is required. Space is limited, so please register today.

Special Education Rule Committee 4/10/15 and 4/24/15 Communiques

The Special Education Rule Committee’s purpose is to examine Arizona Special Education State Board 401 rules, to propose rules that are clear, instructive, and aligned to the IDEA, and to provide guidance for implementation. Please read the April 10, 2015, and April 24, 2015, Rule Making Communiques for more information about the Committee, the Core Team membership, and the April 10 and 24 meeting.