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…

(Video) Video explains Autism and welcomes members into the Autistic community

Tuesday, May 24, 2016Note: The policy of Rooted in Rights is to use person-first language; However, identity-first language will be used in this article, as a reflection of the wishes of ASAN. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network has created a video welcoming Autistic…

DOJ uncovers extensive IDEA violations in Mississippi youth detention facility

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Right to FAPE Continues while in Juvenile Detention
The Department of Justice, in a letter issued to state officials January 12, slammed the state of Mississippi for failing to remedy a variety of federal special education law violations at…

DOE to educators: Hold special education students to grade-level standards

Friday, November 20, 2015
Every child has an equal shot at the American Dream
As the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act nears, the U.S. Department of Education is taking new steps aimed at pushing educators to maintain high expectations for…

Report uncovers extensive abuse at Maryland elementary school

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Segregated Classroom Draws Criticism for Alleged Abuse of Students with Autism
A Maryland elementary school allegedly subjected 10 students with autism in a segregated classroom to “abusive and neglectful treatment,” according to a scathing new report from the Maryland Disability

Settlement reached in Mississippi special education case

Friday, October 31, 2014
Education for all
The Mississippi Department of Education reached an agreement last month to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging a range of systematic violations of federal special education law in the state’s second-largest school district. In September 2012, Disability Rights

DOE releases new disability bullying guidance

Monday, October 27, 2014
New Bullying Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, in a Dear Colleague letter sent to educators nationwide October 21, expanded on previously issued guidance on public schools’ obligations to prevent disability-based harassment. “If a school’s investigation…