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Supreme Court Ruling Alters IEP Landscape

In light of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education, legal experts say parents should educate themselves and be prepared ahead of their child's next IEP meeting.

April 19, 2018

Unique Program Teaching Kids With Special Needs To Avoid Harmful Drugs

Though they're at greater risk for substance abuse, people with disabilities are often overlooked in prevention strategies. A first-of-its-kind program is looking to change that.

April 17, 2018
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Nation’s Report Card Shows Students With Disabilities Lagging

A routine look at how fourth and eighth graders across the country are performing in reading and math finds children with disabilities struggling to make progress.

April 13, 2018

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Coffee Shop Helping Kids With Special Needs Learn Life Skills

With a cart, a Keurig and some paper products, a group of middle school students with disabilities are becoming more independent and learning what it takes to run a business.

April 10, 2018
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Federal Watchdog: Students With Disabilities More Frequently Disciplined

A new government analysis finds that students with disabilities face a greater likelihood of suspension or arrest no matter what type of school they attend or how wealthy its student body is.

April 9, 2018

New Rules Let Ed Department Ignore Disability-Related Complaints

Under a new set of guidelines, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is dismissing numerous complaints and special education advocates say they have little recourse.

April 2, 2018

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Students With Special Needs Face Suspicion After School Shooting

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla. massacre, some students with disabilities are being taunted or callously pegged by others as being the next school shooter, parents and experts say.

March 30, 2018
U.S. Capitol

Federal Budget Boosts Special Ed Funding, Addresses Autism Wandering

A $1.3 trillion government spending package will aid those with disabilities who wander while increasing special ed funding and tackling restraint and seclusion in schools, among other issues.

March 28, 2018

Student With Special Needs Force-Fed Hot Sauce, Lawsuit Claims

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a student with special needs is alleging that a former instructor poured hot sauce into his mouth after he was seen blowing bubbles with his mouth in class.

March 27, 2018

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More Colleges Create Support, Opportunity For Students With Autism

Educating students with disabilities is complex and often underfunded, but colleges are beginning to invest in programs that go beyond the accommodations mandated by the ADA.

March 23, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

DeVos Defends Move To Delay Special Ed Rule

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is sticking by her agency's plan to pause an Obama-era rule designed to make sure kids from certain backgrounds aren't wrongly placed in special ed.

March 21, 2018
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How Medicaid Became A Go-To Funder For Schools

Begun as a health care safety net for children and low-income families, Medicaid increasingly underwrites a range of school services including many benefiting students with disabilities.

March 14, 2018

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