Education

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.

Autism Surge Creating Special Education Teacher Shortages

Schools have long had trouble finding special education teachers, but administrators say the task is becoming increasingly difficult as more children are diagnosed with autism.

Report: Changes Fail To Curb Restraint, Seclusion

Despite many states making policy updates in recent years, a new analysis suggests that students with disabilities continue to experience high rates of restraint and seclusion at school.

For Many With Disabilities, Special Education Leads To Jail

Far too often, students with disabilities end up on a path to prison when their behavioral and emotional issues are not well addressed at school, experts say.

Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities

In response to an increasing number of complaints, federal officials are reminding schools of their responsibilities to ensure that students with disabilities are not subjected to bullying.

Supreme Court Seeks Input On IDEA Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh in on a case involving who should pay for private school tuition while special education disputes are litigated.

Families Turn To Social Media With Special Ed Complaints

Social media shaming increasingly is a tactic parents employ when calling, emailing or sitting through IEP meetings does not get the results they seek.

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