New at NICHCY: Information & Resources to Support the Education and Care of Children with Disabilities

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Presented at the 2010 Region 4 PTAC Regional Conference | Des Moines, IA
June 17, 2010

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  • A Network of Technical Assistance and Dissemination Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
  • We are all indebted to the years and years of service, leadership, and passion NICHCY’s long-time director Suzanne Ripley has contributed to this work.. Thank you Suzanne! Suzanne now directs a new project, Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network (call them KIN for short!) which offers a centralized resource on the full range of options available to individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • 2B. Conceptualize, design, and produce an electronic newsletterWe will invite NDC’s customers and networks to sign up for the e-newsletter and distribute it monthly to those who do; will increase its visibility and conduct targeted outreach by sending occasional editions (especially “Special Topics”) to specific audiences; will post the current edition on the Web site and maintain an online archive of past editions; will include easy-to-use feedback mechanisms by which users can share their reactions; and will utilize the Web site’s analytic tools (discussed above) to investigate use (and sharing) of this information.
  • maintains a fan page on Facebook and it has served us well in a number of important ways:By establishing a presence on the world’s largest social network, we increase our exposure to people who may not have known about our website and services – we’ve gone to where the users and potential users are already living and communicating with their networks of friends and colleagues.People can choose to become a “fan,” which allows them to show their appreciation and allegiance your work.When someone becomes a fan others in their network will be alerted to our work. In fact when we ask how people found our site in Facebook, a growing percentage mention that they had noticed a friend had first become a fan.While we’ve been able to track the volume of users to our website over the years, we never really have had the chance to interact with them or even see their faces!When we post content to our Facebook page, it automatically shows up on each of our fan’s page which means our information automatically goes to them, they don’t have to come to our page to see if there have been any updates. One Web 2.0 mantra to note: “Live where your users live.” True people are still visiting websites, and using Google to find information of interest, but considering the staggering popularity of these social networking sites, it may makes sense to establish a presence on each. The details of how to do so and engage users are beyond the scope of this presentation, but our center will be providing some of the how-to’s in the near future.In this slide we see the National Dissemination Center’s Facebook page. According to Google Analytics, can receive upwards of 14,000 pageviews/day. So we know there are many, many people benefitting from the long hours we put in…but it’s something else altogether to see the smiling faces of those who have, of their own volition, chosen to become fans of our page on Facebook.
  • After you begin to “follow” more and more users on Twitter you might find that it’s more difficult to keep up with all the “Tweets” streaming through...
  • If you try to read every tweet in your stream as if it were an email in your inbox you’ll soon look like this.
  • Twitter is probably better viewed as a fountain, dipped into at single points of time.
  • The Matrix is an extensive database of activities under taken by OSEP’s TA&D projects and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (OESE) Comprehensive Centers. Information is entered about activities of the projects and centers in the Matrix, and this database of activities allows states, stakeholders, projects, centers, and others to view the work happening in states and jurisdictions across the U.S. This database provides one location for OSEP, OESE, states, projects, centers, and others to get the latest information on services available and delivered to states, locals and other recipients.
  • OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21. To this end, OSEP provides leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts, including funding approximately 1,000 grants and contracts. If you'd like to know what grants and contracts OSEP has funded as part of its initiatives to improve results for children with disabilities, search the discretionary database. This database offers complete listings of OSEP's grants and contracts through the SEARCH feature and in print (as PDF files).
  • - a new social networking site designed to support and strengthen communication and information exchange across the TA&D network and beyond.  In this community space individuals from across the TA&D Network can easily connect with others, participate in discussions, and create or join targeted special interests groups. In our efforts to provide increased flexibility in creating group work space this is one option for centers to use. This new space leverages the Ning social networking platform. What is Ning? Ning is the second fastest-growing social networking platform (right behind Twitter) and now hosts more than 1,000,000 customized social networks.  How might you use this space?  Feel free to go in, look around, and get familiar with the site - it is yours to use to exchange information with other centers, your clients, plus you can establish groups or share resources - there are many possibilities. 
  • was created to provide a "one-stop shop" for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a "living" website changing and growing as resources and information become available. The site provides searchable versions of IDEA and the regulations, access to cross-referenced content from other laws (e.g., the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), etc.), video clips on selected topics, topic briefs on selected regulations, links to OSEP's TA&D Network and a Q&A Corner where you can submit questions, and a variety of other information sources.
  • Fully featured available to OSEP TA&D courtesy of TACC:


  • 1. Stephen D. Luke, Ed.D.
    Director, National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
    2010 Region 4 PTAC Regional Conference | Des Moines, IA
  • 2. Overview of OSEP TA&D Network
  • 3. National Dissemination Center
    TA&D Network
  • 4. Overview of OSEP TA&D Network
    1. Introduction
  • 5. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: U.S. Department of Education
  • 6. Overview of OSEP TA&D Network
    ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE: U.S. Department of Education
  • 7. Overview of OSEP TA&D Network
  • 8. TA&D “PLACEMAT”:
  • 10. National Dissemination Center
    Big Thanks!
    Suzanne Ripley
  • 11. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Priority 1:
    Develop and disseminate information about children with disabilities and IDEA that will be readily accessible to a broad range of audiences.
  • 12. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Priority 2:
    Provide leadership in the design and implementation of integrated, responsive, and effective information dissemination strategies.
  • 13. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NDC/NICHCY Website – Old Site
  • 14. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NDC/NICHCY Website – New Site
  • 15. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    New & Updated Publications!
  • 16. Overview of NDC/NICHCY Document Sharing!
    Access & share all NICHCY documents:
  • 17. Overview of NDC/NICHCY Slideshow Sharing!
    Access & share all NICHCY presentations:
  • 18. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NDC/NICHCY Website – State Info
    Access State-specific info:
  • 19. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NDC/NICHCY Website – State of IA Info
  • 20. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    New Comprehensive Spanish Suite
  • 21. ‘member this?
  • 22. NDC/NICHCY Search
  • 23. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    A Search for “RTI…”
  • 24. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Filtered Results By Project
  • 25. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Filtered Results By Type
  • 26. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
  • 27. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
  • 28. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Newsletter Archives
  • 29. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NICHCY Facebook Page
  • 30. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Facebook for Dissemination: Slides
    Facebook Slideshow:
  • 31. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    Facebook for Dissemination: Guide
    NICHCY Facebook Guide:
  • 32.
  • 33. Overview of NDC/NICHCY
    NICHCY Twitter Page
  • 34. National Dissemination Center – VA PRC 2009
    Trouble Keeping
    Up with
    Your Tweets?
  • 35. National Dissemination Center – VA PRC 2009
    Don’t treat me like email…
  • 36. National Dissemination Center – VA PRC 2009
    Your Twitter Stream is Best
    Thought of as a Fountain.
  • 37. OVERVIEW OF The Technical Assistance Coordination Center
    TACC assists OSEP in supporting ongoing communication, collaboration, and coordination among the centers in the OSEP-funded TA&D Network, and between these centers and other relevant federally-funded TA&D centers, national professional organizations, and a broad spectrum of stakeholders.
    The “Placemat”
    The Matrix
    Discretionary Database
    OSEP Resources
    Communities of Practice
    Communities of Practice
    TA&D Ning Community
    Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
    Web Conferencing Tools
    iLinc Training & Support:
    • 49. Quick-start Guide
    • 50. Nolan Simon-, Office: (202) 884-8884
    • 51. Michele Rovins -, Office: (202) 884-8210
    • 52.
    • 53. 1-800-799-4510 8-8 EST
    • 54. email at
    TACC Contact Info
    Contact the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC)
    202-884-8215 or
  • 55. THANK YOU!
    Stephen D. Luke, Ed.D.