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State To Boost Resources, Oversight In Effort To Bolster Special Ed

After a scathing review from the U.S. Department of Education, Texas will hire more special education staff and provide services to students who were illegally denied resources in the past.

January 19, 2018
Social Security office

Ideas Sought On Improving Transition Outcomes

Federal officials are looking for ideas to help improve outcomes for young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood.

January 16, 2018
School classroom

Feds: Students With Disabilities Illegally Denied Special Education

Federal education officials say that for more than a decade Texas delayed and ultimately denied special education services to thousands of students with disabilities.

January 11, 2018

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ABA therapy session

Why ABA Therapy Remains Elusive For Some Families

Despite a federal directive requiring Medicaid to cover treatments like applied behavior analysis, at least one state appears to be finding ways to deny the therapy.

January 10, 2018
Internal Revenue Service

Tax Law Brings ABLE Changes, Future Worries

A major tax overhaul taking effect this month is bringing changes to savings accounts for people with disabilities and sparking worries about funding for programs this population relies on.

January 9, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he's rescinding more than two dozen guidance documents including several clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

January 4, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Education

Trump Special Ed Pick Earns Senate Approval

The federal government is getting a new top special education official.

January 2, 2018
U.S. Department of Education

Ed Department Seeks Delay Of IDEA Rule

The Trump administration wants to delay implementation of an Obama-era regulation designed to ensure that kids from certain backgrounds aren't unnecessarily placed in special education.

December 15, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Trump Administration Weighs In On FAPE, IEPs

Nine months after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the right of students with disabilities to FAPE, the U.S. Department of Education is shedding light on the decision's implications.

December 11, 2017

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Better Oversight Sought For Representative Payees

Representative payees who are tasked with managing Social Security payments for many with disabilities would be subject to greater scrutiny under a proposal in Congress.

December 8, 2017
Josh Lewis with his service dog

Is That Service Dog A Fake? Under Federal Law, You Can’t Even Ask

Fake service dogs have become the bane of those with disabilities who rely on trained animals. Yet, advocates say there's no push to cinch up loopholes that leave imposters largely unchecked.

December 5, 2017

Autism And The Law: Boy’s Incarceration Reveals Failures Of The System

With escalating behavior issues, county caseworkers told the mother of a teen with autism to call police if her son acted out. Now he's facing felony charges that he doesn't comprehend.

December 4, 2017

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