Education

Disability Advocates Sharply Critical Of Plan To Ease Testing

As Congress looks to reauthorize the nation’s primary education law, advocates are blasting proposed changes they say would lead to lower expectations for students with disabilities.

Service Dog Dispute Prompts Civil Rights Complaint

A family is fighting back with a federal civil rights complaint after being told they would need to provide a handler in order for their son’s service dog to be allowed at school.

Study Finds Postsecondary Programs Boost Outcomes

Individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend postsecondary programs are finding greater success in the job market than those who do not pursue further education, a new study suggests.

In Practice, IDEA Remedies May Not Be Available To All

Family income appears to be a major factor influencing whether parents will seek mediation or due process in special education disputes with their child’s school district, a new study finds.

Athletes With Disabilities Eye College Competition

For the first time, a sport designed specifically to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities is being played competitively at the collegiate level.

Students Design Calming Chairs For Those On The Spectrum

Inspired by Temple Grandin’s “squeeze machine,” a group of high school students have created lower-cost chairs that apply soothing pressure while also being aesthetically pleasing.

Down Syndrome No Barrier To College Degree

Stereotypes and academic hurdles haven’t stopped one man with Down syndrome from receiving his bachelor’s degree, graduating magna cum laude.

Feds: IDEA Still Applies When Students Incarcerated

Kids with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education complete with academics, therapies and other supports even if they’re locked up, federal officials say.

Sensory Rooms Gaining In Popularity

A growing number of sensory rooms are cropping up nationwide designed to help those with disabilities find calm and learn to control their behavior.

Minorities Often Skipped In Autism Identification

The number of schoolchildren with autism has increased nationwide in recent years, but a new study suggests that some kids are still being overlooked.

Schools Must Offer Communication Supports, Feds Say

The Obama administration is reminding schools of their wide-ranging responsibilities to students with disabilities who struggle with speech and other communication difficulties.

Claim: Special Education Student ‘Caged’ In Class

A 7-year-old with intellectual disability was allegedly locked in a makeshift cage at school by her first-grade teacher.

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