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Individuals With Disabilities Education Act

For Students With Disabilities, Supreme Court’s Decision Means We Can No Longer Be Ignored

Paras Shah | Posted 03.25.2017 | Education
Paras Shah

As a legally blind student, the first day of school holds special meaning for me. Along with excitement and nerves over new teachers and new classes, ...

Supreme Court Snubs Neil Gorsuch Right In The Middle Of His Confirmation Hearing

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Something unusual happened as Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. His...

And Gorsuch Makes Three: With Trump And DeVos, A Special Needs Nightmare

David Royko | Posted 03.21.2017 | Healthy Living
David Royko

First, I want to thank you, sincerely, for helping our son. Ben suffers from severe autism. His needs are immense, as are the bills, for him and the h...

Neil Gorsuch Relied On A Legal Standard That Weakens Promises To Kids With Disabilities

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― At the Supreme Court podium in January, lawyer Neal Katyal was hit with a series of questions about a curious phrase in the case law. T...

A Girl Named Ehlena And A Dog Named Wonder Win At U.S. Supreme Court

Reuters | Philip Lewis | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a disabled Michigan girl whose school refused to let her bring her service dog to class, making it easi...

Website On Disabilities Act That Tripped Up Betsy DeVos Disappears

The Huffington Post | Mary S Papenfuss | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics

A Department of Education website explaining the rights of students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has vanished. That...

LETTER: Betsy DeVos To Senator Isakson On IDEA Enforcement

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.31.2017 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On January 28, 2017, Valerie Strauss posted a piece about a letter that Michigan billionaire and US ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos wrote to Senate Health,...

Ignoring The Constituency: Alexander Plows Over Tennesseans In Continued DeVos Endorsement

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Sharon Kay Edwards

Calling all Offices“I’m sorry, but this mailbox is full. Please try your call again.” I think I’ve heard that message more this past week than...

Four Things Parents of Deaf Children Need to Know

Mark Drolsbaugh | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact
Mark Drolsbaugh

There are so many knowledgeable and talented deaf people out there who have flown under the radar for too long. We're going to have a lot of fun shining new light on them and the deaf perspective they have to offer.

The I.E.P. Adventure

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 05.20.2016 | Parents
Olivia Rosewood

Would you like to come to an I.E.P. meeting with me? I know, it sounds like fun. What is an I.E.P.? It is an Individualized Educational Plan, and it is every differently abled child's right in the United States of America.

Our Ordinary Lives Raising Children With Extraordinary Needs -- Two Mothers Reflect

Carrie Brennan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Parents
Carrie Brennan

People often view our lives as extraordinary, but perhaps they are more ordinary than others realize.

Building Disability Literacy, One Brick At a Time

Rachel Adams | Posted 02.10.2017 | Parents
Rachel Adams

Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.

The Impact of I.D.E.A. for Students With Disabilities and Education Equality: 40 Years Later

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

Since 1975, I.D.E.A. was created to provide individuals with any learning, mental and/or physical disabilities equal access to education, protection under the law from harassment and discrimination, and self-sufficiency skills for independence in their post-educational lives.

Joy Resmovits

These Students Were Falling Through The Cracks When It Came To Bullying

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics

When a 10-year-old student with ADHD and a speech disability talks in a high-pitched voice, gym class can become a nightmare. Other students call him ...

Abuse Against Disabled Children -- Courts Allow It

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 09.14.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

Some people support corporal punishment in schools. These people think physical discipline is the only discipline that works on some children. However, virtually everyone can agree physical discipline should not be used against disabled children.

Included, Everyone

Rachel Adams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Education
Rachel Adams

My son Henry, who has Down syndrome, goes to a school dedicated to inclusion, where students of many levels of ability learn together, and learning how to get along is considered an essential part of their education.

'School Choice' -- As Long as Your Child Doesn't Have a Disability

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

In a voucher system, disabled students are not always given true choice, as no choice exists if private schools refuse disabled students' needed services.

Joy Resmovits

3 Ways Districts Can Pay For Special Education Students: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

With the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act floating in legislative limbo, a conservative think tank is providing states and school districts...

Joy Resmovits

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Fight For Their Son's Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Greg Masucci just wants to hear his little boy say his own name. That's what he tells developmental specialists as he sits in an offi...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Budget Flatlines Education Funds For Poor Kids

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

While President Barack Obama's 2014 budget proposal asks for an overall spending increase to education, most of that will go to new programs and compe...

Walgreens Is Not Always the Answer

Barbara Otto | Posted 03.16.2013 | Impact
Barbara Otto

The Walgreens model is not the answer for everyone. Figuring out how to employ people with disabilities in middle- and high-skilled jobs would improve this group's economic outlook and give American competitiveness more bang for the buck.

Study: Reducing Special Education Staff Could Save Districts $10 Billion Collectively

Posted 09.05.2012 | Education

A study released Wednesday by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute has found that if high-spending public school districts reduced their special education ...

Education Department issues guidelines for restraining, isolating disruptive students

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.16.2012 | Education
The Center for Public Integrity

By Susan FerrissiWatch NewsIn response to simmering concerns over reported abuses, the U.S. Department of Education issued multiple guidelines Tuesday...

Detroit In Compliance With Special Education Mandates For The First Time In 4 Years

Posted 12.06.2011 | Education

Detroit Public Schools is in compliance with state and federal mandates for its Special Education evaluation system for the first time since 2007, DPS...

Cutting Special Education Spending Gets Easier For Districts

Education Week | Nirvi Shah | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education

School districts that want to reduce special education spending from one year to the next without restoring what was cut now have the blessing of the ...