Last week, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Michael Yudin to become the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), within the U.S. Department of Education. Yudin has been acting Assistant Secretary for OSERS since August 2012.
CEC applauds the President’s nomination of Yudin, who has been an active advocate for children and youth for disabilities throughout his career. Over the years, Yudin has worked on Capitol Hill, the Arc, and recently as the acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, within the U.S. Department of Education. His expertise, which spans both special and general education, is reflected in his passion for meaningful inclusion and access for children with disabilities.
In April, Yudin travelled to San Antonio, TX to address the CEC Annual Convention where he shared the Administration’s initiatives – including focusing on early learning, meaningful access to the general education curriculum, and transition to college and career. Notably, he expressed how much the rest of the education community can learn from special education – which uses a collaborative, family-oriented team approach to education.
CEC congratulates Yudin on his appointment and looks forward to continued collaboration to advance policies and practices that benefit children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf.