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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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