Children & Youth

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…

Mother convicted of killing daughter released on bond after 72 days

Monday, September 19, 2016An Illinois appeals court, in an unusual move, allowed a mother recently convicted of killing her adopted daughter with cerebral palsy to leave jail on bond after 72 days, while it reviews her four-year sentence. On May 27, 2015, Bonnie…

Employer to pay $165,000 to settle associational disability bias claim

Wednesday, September 14, 2016New Mexico Orthopaedics Associates, P.C. will pay $165,0000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it discriminated against an employee on the basis that she is the mother of  a now three-year-old child with disabilities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced…

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…

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…

Feds issue guidance on schools’ obligations to students with ADHD

Thursday, August 18, 2016The Department of Education released new guidance [PDF] to educators nationwide July 26, reminding them of their obligations under federal law to accommodate students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, regardless of their level of academic functioning. “On this 26th anniversary of the…

Class action status sought in school abuse complaint

Tuesday, August 9, 2016The Disability Rights Legal Center filed a motion July 11 to expand a lawsuit in federal court, first filed in October, accusing a California school district of systematically excluding students with intellectual disabilities from its services by failing to…

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