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Education Department Sees Rise In Disability Complaints

In a year when the U.S. Department of Education fielded a record number of civil rights complaints, new data indicates that allegations of disability discrimination are up dramatically.

December 8, 2016
Students compete with their robots

Inclusion Gains Traction Outside The Classroom

Schools are offering a growing number of activities pairing students with and without disabilities and the trend is moving beyond sports to include offerings like robotics and drama.

December 7, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court

FAPE Case Draws Flurry Of Attention

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider how much educational benefit schools must provide students with disabilities, everyone from lawmakers to states and advocates are weighing in.

December 6, 2016

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Schools Won’t Face Penalty For Serving Too Many In Special Ed

Amid allegations that thousands were kept out of special education, officials in one state are telling schools that they must provide services to all eligible students with disabilities.

November 30, 2016

Rhodes Scholar Thrives With Service Dog’s Help

Each year, 95 winners from around the world are chosen for their academic records, leadership skills and public service efforts to become Rhodes Scholars. This time, one has autism.

November 29, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

Education Secretary Calls For End To Corporal Punishment

Citing disproportionate use among students with disabilities, the U.S. secretary of education is calling for schools to stop relying on physical punishment to address behavior issues.

November 28, 2016

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Family Fights For Down Syndrome Inclusion

The lives of Americans with Down syndrome are very different from a generation ago. Despite the progress, schools and families often differ on how such students should be educated.

November 15, 2016

College-Bound Students With Autism Learn To Navigate Campus Life

Teenagers on the spectrum are getting a dry run at college with the help of a new boarding program that aims to prepare them for the social side of higher education.

November 11, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump and his running mate Mike Pence

Trump Win Brings Uncertainty On Disability Policy

Advocates are keeping tight-lipped in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise victory with little known about how the president-elect may shape policies vital to people with disabilities.

November 10, 2016

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Kids Weren’t Kept Out Of Special Ed To Save Money, State Claims

Texas has never set a cap or policy to limit the number of students in special education and reports that the state did so to save money are "false," officials told federal authorities.

November 4, 2016

Supreme Court Hears Service Dog Case

The case of a girl with cerebral palsy whose family sued after school officials tried to bar her service dog from coming to class could have big implications for special education disputes.

November 1, 2016

State: Preschool Unlawfully Expelled Girl With Down Syndrome

A state is suing after a preschool allegedly expelled a 3-year-old with Down syndrome because she wasn't potty-trained despite retaining typically-developing students lacking the same skill.

October 27, 2016

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