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Biden Budget Includes ‘First Step Toward Fully Funding IDEA’

President Joe Biden is calling for the federal government to make sizable investments in special ed and support other programs benefiting people with disabilities in his first budget proposal.

April 12, 2021

Family To Get $2 Million After Teen With Special Needs Choked To Death At School

His IEP required that he have a dedicated aide, but no one was watching when Kedar Williams choked on a chicken nugget. Now, his memory may help save the lives of others with disabilities.

March 29, 2021
U.S. Department of Education building

Ed Department Urged To Direct More COVID-19 Relief Funds To Students With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education is being asked to tell schools to direct funding toward students with disabilities who have missed out on services they were entitled to during the pandemic.

March 26, 2021

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Virtual Special Olympics Brings Smiles To Students’ Faces

While ensuring COVID-safe practices, a team of educators worked together to give special education students the opportunity to participate virtually.

March 24, 2021

A Video Game Makes Math And English Classes A Full-Body Experience

An online platform created to help kids in special ed combines physical activity with a virtual world featuring bright colors and animated characters to engage even the shyest students.

March 23, 2021

Special Education Advocates Press Biden Administration For Funding Boost

Some see the shift in control of the White House as an opportunity to boost support for kids with special needs and their families while easing pressure on state and local education budgets.

March 18, 2021

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Feds Propose Changes To Disability Employment Rules

The Biden administration is reconsidering what should qualify as competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

March 15, 2021
President Joe Biden signs bill

Biden Signs Stimulus Bill Sending Funds To Disability Community

President Joe Biden signed a massive pandemic relief package sending billions to special ed and home- and community-based services and providing stimulus payments for many with disabilities.

March 12, 2021

Lawsuit: Officers Handcuffed, Jailed 11-Year-Old With Autism For Scratching Classmate

School resource officers allegedly left a boy with autism in a patrol car for two hours and booked him in jail for scratching a classmate with a pencil. His parents had to post a $25,000 bond.

March 11, 2021

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School desks

Lawmakers Want Investigation Into Effects Of School Closures On Kids With Disabilities

Nearly a year after schools shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some members of Congress are calling for an investigation into the impact of the closures on students with disabilities.

March 9, 2021

Ed Department: Schools Serving More Students Under IDEA

An increasing number of American schoolchildren are receiving special education services and nearly all of them spend at least some of their day in class with their typically-developing peers.

February 23, 2021
Brailler

Braille Is Everywhere, But Most Kids Who Are Blind Can’t Read It

Decades ago more than half of students with blindness could read and write tactile script. Today, less than 10% of Americans with visual disabilities do, but a competition aims to change that.

February 19, 2021

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