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Closed Schools Have To Serve Some Special Ed Students In Person, Experts Say

A recent special education ruling suggests that schools, in certain cases, have an obligation to serve students with disabilities in person — even if the schools are barred from reopening.

September 22, 2020
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For Kids With Special Needs, Online Schooling Divides Haves And Have-Nots

Virtual classes are aggravating disparities, with widening divides in access to supplies, workspace and parental guidance. The problem is especially acute for children with disabilities.

September 16, 2020

How To Adapt Special Education To The Remote-Learning Reality

As another period of distance learning dawns for many students across the nation, parents, educators and service providers are offering recommendations and advice for special education.

September 8, 2020

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Ed Department Says Transition Services Must Continue During Pandemic

Federal officials are reminding schools and vocational rehabilitation agencies of their responsibility to work together to help students with disabilities transition to adulthood.

September 1, 2020
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For Kids Who Are Medically Fragile, Return To School May Be A Long Way Off

Many families are bracing for months if not years of educating their medically fragile kids at home, unable to risk exposure until there's a widely available vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.

September 1, 2020

Struggling Without Special Ed Services, Some Opt To Sue

Hundreds of families across the country have signed onto lawsuits alleging that schools not operating in person or offering compensatory services are illegally denying special education.

August 28, 2020

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Justice Department Settles Dispute With School District Over Service Animals

A school district is agreeing to pay up and change its ways after federal officials say a student with disabilities was denied access to her trained service dog in violation of the ADA.

August 26, 2020
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Kids With Disabilities Are Regressing. How Much Is Distance Learning To Blame?

Parents' worries are intensifying as they see their children's hard-fought advances diminishing — and fear that losses will be compounded with more distance learning ahead.

August 25, 2020

School During Coronavirus Poses Unique Issues For Students In Special Ed

Deciding whether to send kids to school in person or stick with virtual learning is proving especially fraught for parents of students in special education.

August 21, 2020

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What The Coronavirus Means For IEPs This Year

As a school year like no other gets underway, the laws surrounding individualized education programs remain unchanged and experts say parents should fight for the services their kids need.

August 17, 2020

Ed Department Accused Of Diverting Funds From Students With Disabilities

A lawsuit filed this week accuses the U.S. Department of Education of jeopardizing students with disabilities by misdirecting funds meant to help schools deal with fallout from the pandemic.

August 13, 2020
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Amid Pandemic, Young Kids With Special Needs Missing Out On Services

As COVID-19 disrupts the transition from early intervention to school, children are going without occupational, physical and speech therapies and other services they're entitled to.

August 12, 2020

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