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How Biden’s Families Plan Impacts People With Disabilities

President Joe Biden's $1.8 trillion American Families Plan would establish a federal paid leave program and boost child care and special education, but the proposal falls short on modernizing SSI.

April 30, 2021
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Parents Want Schools To Face Burden Of Proof In IEP Disputes

Since the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the burden of proof in IEP disputes falls on parents, some states have pinned the responsibility to defend their points of view on schools instead.

April 27, 2021

Teacher Creates Social Justice Curriculum For Students With Special Needs

After George Floyd died last summer, one teacher couldn't find a curriculum that dealt with social justice issues that was written for students with disabilities, so she created her own.

April 23, 2021

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Sent Home Early: Lost Learning In Special Education

Some students with disabilities have had their school days shortened for months or years, often with devastating consequences.

April 21, 2021
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Ed Department Says More Students With Disabilities Graduating

An increasing number of students with disabilities across the nation are graduating high school, according to new federal figures, but the odds of receiving a diploma vary considerably by state.

April 19, 2021
President Joe Biden at podium

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

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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

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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
Worker with autism

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

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