Child Health Resources



 In recognition of the value and importance of providing access to information related to disabilities, the Department of Education has over the past several years produced a variety of free publications in the area of students with disabilities, employment and civil rights, which we hope will be of interest to you. These publications are currently available to order from the ED Pubs website at or by calling toll free,  1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (ET)


·        ED005200B         USDE: The IDEA: Provisions Related to Children w/Disabilities Enrolled by their Parents in Private Schools: March 2011

·        ED005196P          Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators: March 2011

·        ED002493H          Disability Employment 101 For Your Business

·        ED005114P         How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights [September 2010]

·        ED005121B          Student Placement in Elem & Second Schools & Section 504 of the Rehab Act & Title II of the ADA



Safe Harbor for Child Victims

Human trafficking is a serious crime, and those who engage in human trafficking--especially those who exploit children--should be punished to the fullest extent. A new law took effect this month designed to protect children who face victimization at the hands of adults engaging in human trafficking.

The new law creates the presumption that a 16 or 17 year old charged with prostitution was coerced into committing the crime by another person in violation of laws against trafficking in persons, and it frees younger children from prosecution in all cases. It also increases the penalty for promoting the prostitution of a person under 18 years old by making it a class B felony, which carries a prison sentence of one to 20 years and imposes a minimum jail term.

The bill passed unanimously in the state Senate and nearly unanimously in the House of Representatives during the regular legislative session and was signed into law by Governor M. Jodi Rell on June 7


 The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is searching for a select group of young people to serve on their Youth Advisory Board (for 2010-2011) and roll up their sleeves for a few hours a month of critical thinking, engaging conversations, good fun, new friendships, and high-profile leadership.  Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 17 years old when membership begins July 2010 and live in the United States.


The National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN) provides leaders in the childhood obesity prevention field with focused legal research, model policies, fact sheets, toolkits, training and technical assistance to explain legal issues related to public health.  I have been serving on behalf of PTA as a member of their Schools Learning Group over the last year and have been consistently impressed with their work.


  The USDA has created the first-ever Food Atlas, an interactive database that maps components of healthy food environments down to the local level across the country.