August 27th PTI Webinar

August 12, 2014

This is a free webinar through PTI Nebraska. Sign in and learn about a variety of topics through the year.

On August 27, 2014 the PTI Webinar is:

Individual Healthcare Plan

The Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP) is developed in collaboration with the school, medical personnel and family to address skilled medical needs while in the education setting. This presentation will include new information regarding Extended School Year planning for the child eligible.
Join Nina as she walks you through this process and helps you to understand the importance of the IHP.

Register for August 27 by clicking on this link and fill out the information requested. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTIWebinarRegistration

Connection links and other information will be provided after registrations are received. Reminders and information for the webinar are sent the day before the webinar.

You will need to connect by internet to the webinar (the link is provided via email) and dial into a toll free conference call to facilitate communication between you, the presenter and other participants. If your place of business has a firewall, you may have difficulty making a connection with the UNL webinar system. Check with your network admin to open: 80 and 1935 for UNLConnect server IP 129.93.225.7 Or you can always participate on the conference call using the documents sent via email before the webinar. Please let Nina Baker know if you will be using the conference call only option.

PTI Webinars will be presented two times.
Lunch and Learn at 12:30 – 1:30pm CT (11:30am to 12:30pm MT)
Late Night Learning at 8:30 – 9:30pm CT (7:30-8:30 MT)


2014 Notification of Rules 51 & the new 52 and their Effective Dates

July 23, 2014

The federal Office of Special Education Programs revised the federal regulations implementing
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In order to make the federal and state
regulations consistent it was necessary to revise portions of Rule 51 and to develop a new Rule
52 containing regulations related to the provision of early intervention services to infants and
toddlers (below age three) with disabilities. Public hearings were held on December 9 and 10,
2013. The State Board of Education approved the changes at the January 2014 meeting. The
rule was then forwarded to the Attorney General’s Office and the Governor for review and
approval. Both the Attorney General and the Governor have approved the rule and the
revisions became effective on July 15, 2014.

New Rule 52 was developed to include regulations regarding the provision of early intervention
services to infants and toddlers with disabilities. The language in Rule 52 contains those
requirements which are the responsibility of resident school districts. Language regarding the
responsibility of services coordinators remains in the Nebraska Department of Health and
Human Services regulations (DHHS Manual 480 NAC 3 currently in the final stages of the
revision process).

Rule 52


Simple and Fun Summer Activities

May 28, 2014

Simple and Fun Summer Activities

Check out these simple, fun activities for children this summer!!!


Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive

April 10, 2014

birth to 5
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (eagle) logo and Administration for Children and Families logo.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Promotes Early Developmental and Behavioral Screening for Kids

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) have launched Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! to encourage developmental and behavioral screening for children to support the families and providers who care for them.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families look for and celebrate milestones, promote universal screenings, identify delays as early as possible, and improve the support available to help children succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.

“With as many as one in four children at risk for a social delay or developmental disability, it’s critical to get screening resources in the hands of the adults who love, work, and care for young children,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “This screening initiative will help identify warning signs early so that more children get the support they need as soon as possible. Because the early years in a child’s life—when the human brain is forming—represent a critically important window of opportunity, this Administration is making significant investments in early childhood education, care, and development.”

“Every family looks forward to celebrating a child’s first steps or first words. Combining the love and knowledge families have of their children with tools, guidance, and tips recommended by experts can make the most of the developmental support children receive,” said Linda Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development for the Administration for Children and Families.

This initiative encourages early childhood experts—including practitioners in early care and education, primary health care, early intervention, child welfare, and mental health—to work together with children and their families. Early screenings check developmental progress and can uncover potential developmental delays. If a child’s screening result shows risk, families and providers will be in a better position to pursue more indepth evaluation, which is the first step toward getting help for a child who might need it.

For example, the March 28 autism data release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are diagnosed after age 4, even though ASD can be diagnosed as early as age 2. Early identification that leads to early access to services is the most powerful tool available right now to make a difference in the lives of children.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! resources include:

· A list of research-based developmental screening tools appropriate for use across a wide range of settings;

· Guides on how to use the screeners for a variety of audiences, from early learning teachers to doctors, social workers, and families;

· Toolkits with resources and tip sheets;

· Guidance on finding help at the local level; and

· A screening passport that allows families to track a child’s screening history and results.

“Early screening can lead to better access to services and supports, which can enhance children’s learning and development, minimize developmental delays, and result in more positive outcomes in school and life,” said Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for ED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

The Federal partners contributing to this program include HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Health Resources and Services Administration, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as well as ED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Visit Watch Me Thrive to get more information and resources, including the screening passport.

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April 10, 2014

April 15, 2014 – Transition For Life – How To Get and Keep A Job

Many families may wonder if their son or daughter can or will be employed. The goal of this session is to help families, caregivers and professionals understand the realities of today’s work world so they can help youth with disabilities earn competitive employment. The message of the session is simple: families who understand the world of work and who maintain high expectations of their youth can play a pivotal role in the employment success of youth with disabilities.

Register for March 25, 2014 by clicking on this link and fill out the information requested. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTIWebinarRegistration

Connection links and other information will be provided after registrations are received. Reminders and information for the webinar are sent the day before the webinar.

You will need to connect by internet to the webinar (the link is provided via email) and dial into a toll free conference call to facilitate communication between you, the presenter and other participants. If your place of business has a firewall, you may have difficulty making a connection with the UNL webinar system. Check with your network admin to open: 80 and 1935 for UNLConnect server IP 129.93.225.7 – Or you can always participate on the conference call using the documents sent via email before the webinar. Please let Nina Baker know if you will be using the conference call only option.

PTI Webinars will be presented two times.
Lunch and Learn at 12:30 – 1:30pm CT (11:30am to 12:30pm MT)
Late Night Learning at 8:30 – 9:30pm CT (7:30-8:30 MT)


If you are going to be in Omaha on April 15th, this would be GREAT!

March 20, 2014

You will NOT want to miss this presentation! Nationally known speaker and Author Kathie Snow will be presenting via SKYPE.

As a parent, author, and trainer, Kathie challenges conventional wisdom and promotes new attitudes, new actions, and common sense in the disability arena. Since 1991, she’s presented hundreds of seminars at conferences and meetings across the United States and Canada. Her first book, Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities, was published in 2001, and is now in its second edition. It’s a ground-breaking manual for change that’s used by parents, professionals, teachers, and several universities.

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time: 6:30—8:00 pm

Location: Educational Service Unit #3, 6949 s 110th Street

Cass-Douglas Room

Please e-mail RSVP to: Denise Gehringer dgehringer@olliewebbinc.org

Space is limited. RSVP early to reserve your spot!

The presence of a condition we call a “disability” does not have to be a barrier to a successful life! Children and adults with disabilities can and should lead real lives—wonderful lives—participating, contributing, and being included in their homes, schools, jobs, and communities. Kathie is notorious for helping parents, people with disabilities, teachers, medical professionals, therapists, service providers, and others learn how to ensure children and adults with disabilities (and their families) can live the lives of their dreams.

It’s time for New Ways of Thinking! Doom and gloom, focusing on a person’s “problems” or diagnoses, and other negatives are out! What’s in? Questioning conventional wisdom and the status quo; focusing on a person’s strengths; inclusion in all areas of life; ensuring children and adults with disabilities have the tools they need to succeed; and more!

Kathie Snow


March PTI Webinar

March 20, 2014

The free PTI Webinar is:

March 25, 2014 – Answers4Families and the Nebraska Resource & Referral System

Jessie Cook from Answers4Families will talk about all the resources and information available on the Answers4Families website including the Nebraska Resource & Referral System (NRRS). NRRS is a searchable database for resources, programs and providers throughout the state. Learn how to use this valuable system to find what your child needs.

Register for March 25, 2014 by clicking on this link and fill out the information requested. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTIWebinarRegistration

Connection links and other information will be provided after registrations are received. Reminders and information for the webinar are sent the day before the webinar.

You will need to connect by internet to the webinar (the link is provided via email) and dial into a toll free conference call to facilitate communication between you, the presenter and other participants. If your place of business has a firewall, you may have difficulty making a connection with the UNL webinar system. Check with your network admin to open: 80 and 1935 for UNLConnect server IP 129.93.225.7 – Or you can always participate on the conference call using the documents sent via email before the webinar. Please let Nina Baker know if you will be using the conference call only option.

PTI Webinars will be presented two times.
Lunch and Learn at 12:30 – 1:30pm CT (11:30am to 12:30pm MT)
Late Night Learning at 8:30 – 9:30pm CT (7:30-8:30 MT)


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