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An upcoming report by the Council for Exceptional Children offers guidance for teaching students with disabilities how to avoid contracting aids.

Project officials said many disabled youths--particularly those with emotional disorders--engage in behaviors that are likely to put them at risk for contracting the disease. They often take part in these activities, the officials said, to gain acceptance from nondisabled peers.

The report, entitled "h.i.v./aids Prevention Education: Resources for Special Educators," stems from a joint project being undertaken by the cec and the Association for the Advancement of Health Education.

The first 1,000 copies of the booklet will be available this summer at no cost. Copies may be reserved by writing: Ginger Katz, Department of Professional Development, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, Va. 22091.

The U.S. Education Department has announced plans for a national center to improve services for "low-functioning" deaf youths.

Nationally, the department said in the March 23 Federal Register, about 2,000 deaf people a year leave school but do not go on to further education, training, or jobs. The center would address that problem by training students to work with deaf youths with few skills. It would also conduct and disseminate research on rehabilitation strategies.

Comments on the proposal are due by April 23. The address is: Betty Jo Berland, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Education Department, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Switzer Building, Room 3070, Washington, D.C. 20202-2601.

The complex procedures involved in identifying infants and toddlers with disabilities is the subject of a comprehensive new report by a national task force.

The document was written by Samuel J. Meisels, an education professor and researcher at the University of Michigan's Center for Human Development, and by Sally Provence, professor emerita of pediatrics at Yale University and a researcher at the Yale Child Study Center. It presents the conclusions of a special 16-member task force convened by the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System.

Copies of "Screening and Assessment: Guidelines for Identifying Young Disabled and Developmentally Vulnerable Children and Their Families," are available from the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 733 15th St., N.W., #912, Washington, D.C. 20005. Copies are $8 each and $6 each for orders of 10 or more.


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