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Issue #26. January-February 2012

Dear Friends:

As you begin 2012, it’s a perfect time to consider updating and expanding your resources on inclusion and disability topics. The CICC website adds new tip sheets and learning modules each month so visit our site often to get new information for your own professional development or to share with the groups with whom you work. We will soon have two new e-booklets on our website covering inclusion FAQs and talking to families about developmental concerns. Please let us know if there are topics for which you need more information!

Thank you for your support of the CICC in 2011; we look forward to providing supports and technical assistance to you in 2012.


Cindy Croft
Executive Director

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CDC “Learn the Signs. Act Early” Autism Fact Sheet Available in Multiple Languages

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A one-page autism fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been translated into many languages, including Arabic, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Vietnamese. The University of Southern California, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities translated the fact sheet. For copies and a full list of languages, e-mail Cary Kreutzer

Resources for Supporting Military Families

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Military HOMEFRONT Parent Toolkit:

The DoD Special Needs Parent Tool Kit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with children with special needs navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements. The Toolkit is broken down into six colorful modules that can be easily downloaded and printed. They include important facts, records, tools and sample letters. To access the toolkit, click here.

Zero to Three: Coming Together Around Military Families:

Military parents with very young children are experiencing repeated deployments and extended deployments, and for some, the injury or death of their service member. This e-learning program introduces some of the unique challenges faced by military families with very young children and how early learning professionals can support them. To access the modules, click here.

The American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement on Media Use by Children Younger than Two Years

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In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement addressing media use in children. The purpose of that statement was to educate parents about the effects that media—both the amount and the content—may have on children. In one part of that statement, the AAP recommended that “pediatricians should urge parents to avoid television viewing for children under the age of two years.” The wording of the policy specifically discouraged media use in this age group, although it is frequently misquoted by media outlets as no media exposure in this age group. The AAP believed that there were significantly more potential negative effects of media than positive ones for this age group and, thus, advised families to thoughtfully consider media use for infants. This policy statement reaffirms the 1999 statement with respect to media use in infants and children younger than 2 years and provides updated research findings to support it. The full text article can be found for free by clicking here.

New Additions to the CICC Website

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A new Tip Sheet titled A Guide for Parents’ Questions When Seeking Child Care for Children with Special Needs has been added to the CICC website. Tip Sheets offer information on a variety of pertinent topics for early childhood and school age care. Use them for training and consultation or with parents and professionals. They are free and can be accessed at

The Center for Inclusive Child Care has updated the How Early Intervention Works in Minnesota Info Module. It now gives an up-to-date overview of Early Childhood Special Education in Minnesota, the federal and state laws that govern Special Education, and the services available to families. These free short Info Modules are designed to provide an overview on various topics around disabilities and inclusion and can be accessed at


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Funding for these grant activities is made possible with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education. The source of the funds are from federal award, Grants to States – Special Education, Preschool grants, CFDA 84.173A of P.L. 108-466 IDEA and amendment thereto.”