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Erasing lifetime limits on coverage and prohibiting companies from denying coverage for a preexisting condition are especially important for children and adults with disabilities.


A new Mississippi law gives children with dyslexia the option of using vouchers to attend private schools, or another public school, if the schools have dyslexia-specific instruction. The law, which takes effect next week, was championed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he struggled with dyslexia as a child. The legislation would apply to students in 1st through 6th grades. Eligible schools would have to employ dyslexia therapists. A related law also passed this year creates scholarships for college students planning to work as dyslexia therapists. Beyond giving students with dyslexia choices about which school to attend, the ...


They found that children with autism had consistent patterns showing altered connectivity between different parts of the brain.


Daily report cards are lists of target behaviors and behavior goals aligned with a student's education plan. Teachers in the study used them to provide students with constant feedback, and they were sent home to parents every day. Parents had to reward or punish students based on the results of the daily report card.


A nonprofit law firm argues that the state law creating the vouchers doesn't violate the Oklahoma constitution's prohibition on using taxpayer money to support religious efforts.


The state filed a motion for a stay in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to put off the penalty, in part to continue fighting the U.S. Department of Education over whether it should have been levied at all. South Carolina also worries about the financial repercussions


The next question, one advocate says, is once they get in, how are they doing?


Advocates want to ensure civil-rights protections for children whose parents choose medical treatments with serious consequences.


The Senate Appropriations Committee affirmed a federal edict that school districts maintain how much they spend on special education from year to year.


The National Center on Learning Disabilities, which is urging calls to senators to ensure a provision about an alternate path to being considered a highly qualified teachers is killed, notes that students with disabilities, English-language learners, poor students, and students of color are the ones most likely to be taught by uncertified teachers.


A U.S. Senate subcommittee voted to increase spending for young and school-age children with disabilities, but it remains to be seen whether the increases will stick in the long run.


Last year, Congress cut the budget for the National Center for Special Education Research by about 30 percent. Now advocates and researchers are fighting an uphill battle to get that funding restored and keep the progress made in educating students with disabilities moving forward.


Results of a new survey by the Council for Exceptional Children show that special education directors still dealing with the effects of the economic downturn are almost universally concerned about the 8 percent budget cut the federal action—or inaction depending on how you look at it—will trigger.


Yes, according to an attorney whose son with autism is in a private school, at New York City's expense.


The state's goal was to ultimately include all students in the online adaptive testing system. The complaint nudged the education department to get to that goal more quickly.


When words are written with extra spaces between letters, children who have dyslexia are able to read them more quickly and accurately, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States shows.


The Education Department gave South Carolina a year to find a way to come up with the $36 million it faces losing, permanently, by putting off a $36 million penalty until this October. Earlier this year, the state was denied another one-year delay of the loss in federal money. In a letter to state Superintendent Mick Zais late last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan denied the request for a hearing.


The new definition would rename mental retardation "intellectual developmental disorder," and change how it is diagnosed.


TASH, formerly The Association for the Severely Handicapped, recently issued a second edition of "The Cost of Waiting," which reinforces its criticism of Congress for not pushing harder for a legislative solution to reducing the use of restraints and seclusion.


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