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Problems Plague Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational rehabilitation is supposed to help people with disabilities become independent, but federal data indicates over 800,000 deemed eligible for such services received no assistance.

September 21, 2016
The U.S. Department of Education is settling a dispute with South Carolina over the state's "maintenance of effort" obligations for funding special education. (Shutterstock)

Feds, State Make Nice Over Special Ed Dispute

A long-running disagreement over special education funding is coming to a close.

September 15, 2016

Investigation: Thousands Of Kids Kept Out Of Special Education

Over a decade ago, one state arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education — 8.5 percent — and since then strict audits have forced districts to comply.

September 13, 2016

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Ben Liske, 16, right, of Nashville, Tenn., and his mother, Juli Liske, put the finishing touches on his dorm room at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Liske, who has autism, is starting his freshman year and will likely major in computer engineering. (Cloe Poisson/Hartford Courant/TNS)

Autism Not A Barrier For 16-Year-Old College Freshman

Oftentimes, colleges shy away from accommodating the unique needs of students on the spectrum, but that is starting to change.

September 13, 2016

Complaint: Early Dismissal Shortchanging Students In Special Ed

Bit by bit students in special education are missing out on valuable learning time because they're regularly loaded onto buses before school ends, a federal civil rights complaint alleges.

September 9, 2016
New guidelines from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities indicate that countries have a responsibility to ensure that their educational systems are fully-inclusive. (Shutterstock)

UN Panel Calls For Inclusive Education

Being educated in an inclusive environment is a basic right for students with disabilities, according to a new set of guidelines from the United Nations.

September 7, 2016

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A new law that's believed to be a first-of-its-kind is requiring Texas schools to install cameras upon request in special education classrooms starting this school year. (Thinkstock)

With New Mandate, Special Ed Classrooms Get Cameras

Ten years after she first asked her son's school district and state lawmakers to install cameras in classes for students with special needs, a mom is finally seeing her request fulfilled.

September 6, 2016
In a first, the Justice Department is suing a state-run school system for segregating thousands of students with disabilities, arguing that the situation violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Shutterstock)

Feds Make Good On Vow To Sue Over Segregated Schools

In a first, the Justice Department is suing a state-run school system for segregating thousands of students with disabilities, arguing that the situation violates the ADA.

August 24, 2016

Feds Move To End Segregated Schools For Kids With Disabilities

More than a year after the Justice Department found a statewide network of schools illegally segregating students with disabilities, the agency said it will pursue the matter in court.

August 22, 2016

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Millions Headed To States For Special Ed Training

The U.S. Department of Education is shelling out millions in funding to help recruit and train teachers and administrators serving children with disabilities.

August 19, 2016

Suit: Boy With Disabilities Forced To Sign Terrorist Confession

The family of a 12-year-old with special needs is suing, claiming their son's rights were violated when school officials forced him to sign a false confession saying he was a terrorist.

August 19, 2016

IDEA Applies To Online Schools Too

Students with disabilities are entitled to special education services and supports even if they attend school online, the U.S. Department of Education says.

August 12, 2016

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