The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs helps allocate congressionally-authorized grant money to state and local governments for the purpose of improving learning outcomes among persons with disabilities. This year the 2014 OSEP Project Directors’ Conference takes place at the Marriot Wardman Park from July 21–23. Children and adults with disabilities cannot be viewed as beyond instruction, or deemed better suited for secluded lives of dependency. To the contrary, research shows that even people with moderate mental disabilities – such as downs syndrome – are responsive to education, are adaptive to new environments, and can become functioning members of the workforce.
Of course the goals of OSEP require constantly disseminating new information about advances in research and teaching techniques in order to improve learning outcomes. Sessions will include discussions on speech-language pathology, implementing college and career-ready standards, and anticipating policy changes that might occur. Equally essential will be facilitating positive interactions between faculty members at universities and those in government. The conference will feature a keynote speech from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. We hope this year’s attendees join us at our D.C. Inn!
Marcos, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington, DC Bed and Breakfast.