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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for special education services. (Senate Democrats/Flickr)

Senator Calls For Full Funding Of IDEA

An influential U.S. senator is urging his colleagues to work toward plugging a special education funding shortfall of more than $17 billion.

May 23, 2016

Feds Allocate Millions For Special Ed Training

With an eye toward increasing the number of school professionals prepared to serve kids with disabilities, federal officials are doling out millions of dollars to enhance training programs.

May 20, 2016
Holt Priest enjoys a laugh and a lunchtime ritual with a table of girls at Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, Mo. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Once Isolated, Graduate With Autism Finishes On Top

He started high school isolated in special education classrooms and struggling, but with a little help, Holt Priest managed to graduate as one of his school's most popular and beloved.

May 17, 2016

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IDEA Applies No Matter Where Kids Call Home, Feds Say

Federal officials are reminding states and schools that they have an obligation to provide special education services to kids with disabilities even if they live in institutional settings.

May 12, 2016

Born Without Hands, Girl Wins National Handwriting Contest

Anaya Ellick's penmanship is so good, she recently won a national handwriting contest. Never mind that the 7-year-old has no hands and doesn't use prosthetics for help.

May 10, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights received more than 4,800 complaints of disability discrimination during fiscal year 2015 touching on everything from accessibility to harassment and testing issues. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Complaints To Education Department Largely Disability-Related

As the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints last year, the agency said nearly half alleged some form of disability discrimination.

May 5, 2016

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Bryce Johnson, a fourth-grade student, left, listens to his mentor Xander Van Horn, a seventh grader, talk about inappropriate behavior and reactions in certain social occasions. (Tim Vizer/Belleville News-Democrat/TNS)

Peer Mentors Help Kids With Autism Learn Social Graces

With an increasing number of students on the spectrum, some schools are turning to typically-developing kids to help model appropriate interactions and step in during rough moments.

May 4, 2016

Special Education Enrollment Rises

An increasing number of American students are reportedly utilizing special education services in the nation's public schools.

April 26, 2016
Conrad Grant, 7, dribbles a foam basketball while playing with his father, John, at their home in River Forest, Ill. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Parents Find Ways To Mitigate Bullying, Teasing

Families of kids with disabilities are taking a variety of approaches – ranging from letters to presentations and cards to distribute – to proactively educate others about their child's needs.

April 11, 2016

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Low Special Ed Graduation Rates Haunt Educators

In a state with persistently low graduation rates for students with disabilities, there are no easy answers.

April 8, 2016

Federal Judge: Religious Schools Exempt From ADA

A federal judge has ruled that a Quaker school is not required to provide services to students with disabilities despite arguments that the school is not overtly religious.

April 5, 2016

Autism Study Participants May Be Too Homogeneous

Amid a growing body of research on autism interventions, new questions are being raised about a striking lack of diversity among study participants.

April 4, 2016

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