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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

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

University Program Aims To Mint More Adaptive PE Teachers

Public schools are federally mandated to offer developmental physical education to students with disabilities, but teachers aren't required to be licensed in that area in order to teach it.

February 16, 2021

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CDC, Ed Department Issue Guidance On Reopening Schools To Students With Disabilities

Federal officials are laying out a roadmap for safely reopening schools to in-person learning complete with details on how to serve students with disabilities.

February 15, 2021

COVID-19 Year Is Especially Hard On Students With Special Needs

With school districts eliminating some special education services or offering them virtually, families say the pandemic is setting their children back.

February 11, 2021

Lawmakers Make Push To Fully Fund IDEA

Citing a "huge amount of momentum," lawmakers are introducing legislation calling for the federal government to significantly increase its spending on students with disabilities.

February 5, 2021

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Is The Pandemic A Chance To Reimagine Special Education?

Special education was imperfect before the coronavirus crisis. As districts contend with the fallout from slapdash online classes for kids with disabilities, will the pandemic prompt a reckoning?

February 4, 2021
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New Standards In The Works For Postsecondary Programs

Work is underway to establish first-ever accreditation standards for the hundreds of postsecondary programs across the nation serving students with intellectual disabilities.

February 1, 2021
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Ed Department Investigating Special Ed Failures During COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating multiple school districts over concerns that they have failed to provide appropriate services to students with disabilities amid the pandemic.

January 29, 2021

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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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