Education

Supreme Court to hear Endrew special education case

Wednesday, October 5, 2016The Supreme Court announced September 29 that it will review a case that could redefine the level of education that schools must legally provide to comply with federal special education law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, passed in 1975,…

Higher education still presents barriers to students with invisible disabilities

Friday, September 30, 2016Finding the perfect college that matches your individual needs is a struggle – and one that can be especially difficult for students with invisible disabilities such as dyslexia or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD. If a university does not provide…

The Invisible Disability Project is making it easier to call out ableism

Wednesday, September 28, 2016Do you ever find yourself explaining ‘ableism’ to a friend or colleague for what feels like the hundredth time? Every individual should be familiar with the term, yet unfortunately people with disabilities are often tasked with the burden of repeatedly…

UN releases new guidance on inclusive education

Tuesday, September 13, 2016The United Nations committee tasked with enforcing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is calling on countries to meet their educational obligations to students with disabilities.
“Enabling inclusive education requires an in-depth transformation of education systems in …

DOE, South Carolina settle special education funding dispute

Monday, September 12, 2016The U.S. Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education announced an agreement August 25, resolving a five-year-long dispute concerning the state’s special education funding compliance. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states may not reduce their…

“Sex is a Funny Word” offers inclusive view of sexuality for children

Saturday, September 10, 2016The struggle to find the ‘right’ approach to talk to children about sex and bodies is nothing new, and neither are books that offer to guide those conversations. Despite this, Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings,…

DOJ sues Georgia school system over segregation of students with disabilities

Friday, September 9, 2016The Department of Justice sued the state of Georgia on August 23, accusing it of systematically violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by segregating thousands of students with disabilities in a separate, inferior educational system. “This complaint alleges that many…

San Bernardino County reaches agreement to improve youth disability services

Friday, August 26, 2016The Department of Education announced a resolution agreement [PDF] August 5 with the nation’s largest county to overhaul its services for students with disabilities in its county’s juvenile jails and alternative schools. “We found in the investigation that in fact…

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and…

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