Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-1

DSM-5 Changes and the Impact on Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:July 30, 2013 I write this advisory in response to some significant changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is a key […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-2

Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special EducationJohn Bynoe, Associate Commissioner for Student Support Services Date:March 10, 2014 We write this advisory to remind you of the enhanced array of home-based mental health and behavioral services available through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-3 (revised)

Identifying the Need for Paraprofessional Support To:Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:February 26, 2015 The purposes of this advisory are to: Advise school districts and parents about concerns regarding inappropriate utilization of paraprofessionals. Clarify when it may be appropriate to use a paraprofessional, as […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-4

Transition Assessment in the Secondary Transition Planning Process To:Middle and High School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, General and Special Educators, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director of Special Education Date:April 9, 2014 The purpose of this advisory is to: Clarify the purpose of transition assessment in the secondary transition planning process. Provide […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2014-5

Charter School Responsibilities for Students with Disabilities Who May Need an Out-of-District Program — 603 CMR 28.10(6) To:Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Administrators of Special Education, Parents, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education Cliff Chuang, Associate Commissioner Date:August 22, 2014 Purpose of Advisory This advisory is designed to provide guidance to […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2016-1

Time-out and Seclusion To:Superintendents, Principals, Charter School Leaders, Private School Directors, Administrators of Special Education, and Other Interested Parties From:Marcia Mittnacht, State Director for Special Education Date:July 31, 2015 This advisory provides guidance concerning the difference between the prohibited practice of seclusion and the approved use of time-out as a behavioral support strategy as set […]Look at this result

Administrative Advisory SPED 2018-1

Guidance and Workbook for Calculating and Providing Proportionate Share Services for Students with Disabilities Enrolled by Their Parents in Private Schools To:Superintendents, Special Education Administrators, Business and Other Education Personnel From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner and State Director of Special Education Date:July 27, 2017 — Revised July 2018 to include reference to Grant Fund Code […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2018-3

Addressing the Communication Needs of Students with Disabilities through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) To:Administrators of Special Education and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, PhD, Senior Associate Commissioner and State Director of Special Education Date:April 2, 2018 I appreciate the opportunity to visit schools on a regular basis. In fact, as I write this to […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2018-4

Guidance on Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Pre-Employment Transitions Services Joint Advisory from Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) MCB/DESE Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Technical Assistance Advisory To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Principals, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Transition Coordinators, Families of Students with Visual Impairments […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2019-1

Transition from Early Intervention Programs to Early Childhood Special Education To:Early Intervention Directors and Staff, Elementary School Principals, Administrators of Special Education, Early Childhood Coordinators, Preschool Personnel, and Other Interested Parties From:Craig Andrade: LATC, RN, DrPH, Director, Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition, Department of Public HealthRussell D. Johnston, Ph.D., Senior Associate Commissioner, State Director […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-1

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Other Education Personnel, Students, Families, and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Toni Wolf, Commissioner, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Date:January 2, 2020 Purpose The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts […]Look at this result

COVID Special Education Technical Assistance Advisory 2020-2

Implementation of Special Education Timelines During the COVID-19 State of Emergency To:Superintendents, Administrators of Special Education, Other Education Personnel, Students, Families, and Other Interested Parties From:Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Date:May 21, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 15, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring […]Look at this result

Technical Assistance Advisory SPED 2020-3

Recommended Advance Planning for a Student with an IEP Accepted for Enrollment in a METCO District To: Administrators of Special Education, Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, Vocational School Leaders, Parents, Guardians, and Other Interested Parties From: Russell Johnston, Senior Associate Commissioner Cliff Chuang, Senior Associate Commissioner Date: June 11, 2020 A. Purpose In this advisory, the […]Look at this result