States are requiring new types of training for educators working with children who have autism, providing fresh sources of funding for private school vouchers for these students, and undertaking new studies to try to address the needs of children with autism as well as requiring insurance companies to provide coverage of one widely used autism treatment.
A state representative wants big changes to the state's program, which does not require accreditation for private schools that are eligible for the vouchers. Without curriculum regulations, the state's department of education can't get a refund, even if schools exploit the scholarships.
The federal Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has proposed changes to rules about Medicaid paperwork to make things easier on schools.
Disability advocates are upset that some Wisconsin school districts want to be able to cut special education spending, without being punished the way federal law requires.
The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up an appeal from a school district ordered to provide compensatory tutoring because it failed to identify a student's disability.
A federal judge has ruled that District of Columbia public schools must make sweeping changes to how young children with disabilities are located and served.
New data from the U.S. Census shows where students with disabilities live and that the majority of schoolchildren who have disabilities have trouble concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting as required by federal law.
Although Congress cut special education spending the last time it passed a short-term spending bill, the money could be restored, the Department of Educations says.
Nationally, about 3 percent of children younger than three get services to address their disability or potential to have a disability, but data shows that as many as 13 percent of all children in that age group should be served.