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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

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

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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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Test Maker To Pay $16 Million For Divulging Students’ Disabilities

A major standardized test maker has agreed to pay up and alter its practices to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of illegally disclosing information about students' disabilities.

October 30, 2020

Struggling To Connect Through A Screen, Special Ed Teachers Make House Calls

Frustrated by trying to connect with students who have multiple disabilities through screens, a group of teachers started meeting them in backyards, front porches, parks and courtyards.

October 30, 2020

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State Offers Money To Special Ed Students Affected By School Shutdowns

Students with severe cognitive disabilities in one state could receive up to $1,500 each for tutoring, therapy and other support services to address coronavirus-related learning disruptions.

October 27, 2020
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Schools Fail To Curtail Restraint, Seclusion Of Students With Disabilities

New federal data shows that educators are continuing to rely on restraint and seclusion to address behavior issues among students with disabilities in the nation's schools.

October 22, 2020

Video Shows Cop Handcuffing, Taunting 7-Year-Old With Autism After He Spat At School

The mother of a boy with autism is suing after police body camera video shows an officer handcuffing and pressing him to the floor for 38 minutes, all because he spit in a school "quiet room."

October 15, 2020

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Schools Get Creative In Serving Preschoolers With Special Needs

When schools closed, special education assessments couldn't stop, so educators at one school district moved the classroom — complete with desks, toys and materials — outside.

October 9, 2020

Plexiglass And Masks Greet Kids With Disabilities Attending Class In Person

Students with disabilities are adapting, teachers say, to the many ways that in-person learning is different this year.

October 6, 2020
U.S. Department of Education building

Ed Department Reminds Schools Of IDEA Obligations During Pandemic

With an unprecedented school year underway, federal officials are weighing in yet again on how educators ought to be serving students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 5, 2020

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