U.S. Dept. of Education Seeks Public Comment on Challenges of Serving Those with Disabilities Ages 14-24

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Public Comment on Challenges of Serving Those with Disabilities Ages 14 to 24

According to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), “the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos believes in the innate potential of every student and knows that access to high-quality services are an essential part of local, state, and federal efforts to improve outcomes for all students and youth with disabilities.” In order to determine the best use of technical assistance to guide states in improving transition planning and services for students and youth with disabilities (ages 14 to 24) from high school to postsecondary education, OSERS is seeking public comment from parents, school districts, vocational rehabilitation providers, and other stakeholders nationwide.

OSERS is also seeking input on how best to strengthen and expand coordination and collaboration with OSERS Parent Training and Information Centers and other relevant technical assistance centers established in 2014 by the Office of Special Education Programs and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The grant, which ends on December 31, 2019, was awarded to provide technical assistance to various stakeholders to implement evidence-based practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities exit high school ready for postsecondary success.

Those interested in submitting public comments should include what has worked well, what could be improved, and what changes should be considered, by specifically addressing seven questions on OSERS’s blog that are in support of five primary goals to improve transition and postsecondary education and employment for students with disabilities.

All public comments will be accepted through October 2, 2019. On OSERS’s blog public comments can be submitted as well as more can be information found. Public comments should not include personally identifiable information, such as the name of a child or school personnel, a social security number, an address, a phone number, or an email address in the body of the comment.