HUD sues college for not letting student use therapy animal

Monday, October 24, 2011The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development filed a lawsuit against the University of Nebraska at Kearney on October 11 for refusing to allow a student to keep a dog in her university-owned apartment to support her with her…

College students with disabilities connect

Sunday, October 16, 2011We Connect Now is an organization and resource for college students with disabilities aiming for higher education and employment opportunities.
As their mission states “We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people…

“No Child Left Behind” revamp worries advocates

Sunday, October 16, 2011
No Child Left Behind Revamp: Progress?
Attempts by legislators to reduce the rigorous testing standards of the No Child Child Left Behind Act are raising concerns among disability advocacy groups, many whom feel the legislators could overcompensate and make schools…

Education Department announces millions in new grants

Sunday, October 9, 2011The U.S. Department of Education has announced a variety of new grants to support educators for students with disabilities.
Education Department announces grants
On September 29, the Education Department announced $11.5 million in grants to educators at colleges nationwide for…

Neuroscience and the law meet in new dual-degree program

Monday, September 26, 2011
Justice for Juveniles?
As scientists continue to rapidly expand our knowledge of brain activity, neuroscience is transforming the role of mental activity in the courtroom. In regard to juvenile defenders, for example, a consensus has formed among neuroscientists in recent…

Computer science program gears to people with disabilities

Monday, September 26, 2011The Sage Colleges and Excelsior College in Albany, New York are launching a first-of-its-kind online bachelor of arts program, with an emphasis in computer science, in January for people with autism spectrum disorders and people with similar disabilities.
Online Computer …

Education Department retreats from key change for student borrowers with disabilities

Tuesday, September 6, 2011The long-troubled U.S. Department of Education program for repaying student loans of former students who develop disabilities will not begin accepting disability determinations from other federal agencies, reversing a proposed change to the program that followed an extensive investigation into…

Special education funding change raises concerns

Tuesday, September 6, 2011A subtle change to special education funding rules could have big implications.
Special education funding change
Under federal law, school districts are not allowed to reduce special education funding from one year to the next unless they receive a waiver…

Education Department announces new special education centers grants

Monday, August 22, 2011
Training Centers Funded
More than $5 million will be disbursed to 19 centers to support and assist parents of students enrolled in special education services, the U.S. Department of Education announced August 12. With the announcement, the department now funds…

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