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School District’s Special Ed Services During COVID-19 Under Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating concerns that students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren't allowed to provide it.

January 15, 2021

Virtual Learning Comes With Added Curve For Special Ed Students

The pandemic school year that has frustrated so many is proving almost impossible for special education students, but even still, there are success stories.

January 12, 2021

Thousands Of Families In Special Education Limbo

When the pandemic hit, some school districts paused special education evaluations. Now thousands of students may be going without critical services.

January 5, 2021

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Teacher Dumped Student With Autism In Trash Can, Lawsuit Says

One special education teacher had a favorite technique for disciplining her students: She would drop the first- and second-graders into a trash can, then forcibly keep them there.

January 4, 2021

Navy Hires Special Education Attorneys As Part Of Pilot Program For Families

Frequent moves mean military families are often at a disadvantage for special education because they are regularly entering new school districts. A new program aims to level the playing field.

December 18, 2020
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School Bus Becomes Mobile Classroom For Special Ed Students

Each week a "Magic Bus" heads to the homes of special education students in one school district to provide kids struggling with virtual classes some one-on-one time with a teacher.

December 15, 2020

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This Company Reinvented The Computer Mouse For Kids With Special Needs

The multi-sensory fidget mouse is specially designed with elements from a fidget toy to increase focus for those with developmental disabilities.

December 2, 2020
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Schools Have Struggled To Fulfill IEPs Amid Pandemic, Government Report Finds

Government investigators are offering up some of the first details about how schools fared in addressing the needs of students with disabilities when they shuttered at the start of the pandemic.

November 30, 2020

Couple Start Outdoor Classroom For Kids With Special Needs

With their daughter falling behind amid ongoing remote learning, one family bought a tent and set up a pop-up classroom for her and other students with disabilities in their backyard.

November 19, 2020

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Families Say Mask Policy Discriminates Against Students In Special Ed

Students in one school district are not allowed on campus without a mask to prevent COVID-19 transmission, even if they have a disability or medical condition that prevents mask wearing.

November 17, 2020
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As Pandemic Persists, Parents Of Students In Special Ed Face ‘No-Win Situation’

While online instruction poses a serious challenge for some with disabilities, these same students often have underlying health conditions making in-person learning risky.

November 4, 2020
U.S. Department of Education

Education Department Addresses Special Ed Concerns Related To COVID-19

With two new guidance documents, federal education officials are clarifying issues facing both young children with disabilities and those transitioning to adulthood amid the pandemic.

November 2, 2020

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