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Autism Diagnoses Are Soaring. Here’s How Some Colleges Are Responding

Almost all campuses have an office that provides resources to students with documented disabilities, but comprehensive support programs for autism are rare. That's starting to change.

February 28, 2024
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States Skirt Testing Requirement For Students In Special Education

Very few students are supposed to take alternate assessments intended for those with the most significant disabilities, but states are routinely exceeding the limit despite major ramifications for kids.

February 26, 2024
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Faced With Special Ed Staff Vacancies, One Elementary Turned To Parents For Help

After years struggling to fill positions, one school has a full special education staff thanks to a half-dozen parents and caregivers who stepped into the open support staff roles.

February 23, 2024

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Ed Department Needs More Funding To Investigate Disability Complaints, Advocates Say

Federal education officials need twice as much money to keep up with a flood of complaints alleging discrimination against students with disabilities and others in the nation's schools.

February 20, 2024

Classroom Converted Into Simulated Apartment To Boost Life Skills

The simulated apartment is designed to provide a realistic and engaging environment where students with disabilities can learn daily living skills like food prep, personal hygiene, budgeting and more.

February 20, 2024

Retired Special Educator Stakes $125,000 To Open Coffee Shop That Gives Former Students Jobs

Kim Kaczmarek has long known her students had a hard time beating employment odds and after their plight got even more difficult, she knew she had to do something about it.

February 13, 2024

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Teacher Who Created Orchestra For Students With IDD Wins Grammy

Grammys aren't just for the likes of Taylor Swift and SZA. A high school music teacher who started an orchestra for students with severe intellectual and developmental disabilities took one home too.

February 9, 2024
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After Decline, Special Ed Disputes Rebound

The number of families involved in disputes with their school districts over special education services is back up after a lull.

January 31, 2024
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Schools Ignore Federal Rules On Restraint And Seclusion

Federal officials have long warned that restraint and seclusion in schools can be dangerous and traumatizing for children, but school districts often fail to report incidents as required by law.

January 30, 2024

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Ed Department Warns Schools Not To Overlook Assistive Technology In IEPs

With new guidance, the U.S. Department of Education is pushing schools to ensure that all students with disabilities have the assistive technology they need and the supports to use it effectively.

January 25, 2024

For Families With Limited English Proficiency, IEP Meetings Often Lost In Translation

Non-native English speakers have long struggled to access disability services for themselves and their children, say advocates who are urging state agencies to create language access plans.

December 8, 2023
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Many Special Ed Teachers Are Working In Regular Ed Classrooms

An analysis shows that one state could fill its vacancies three times over if it lured back special education teachers from less-grueling regular education classrooms.

December 5, 2023

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