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February 19, 2020

Autistic School Board Member Pushes for Inclusion, Understanding

Schools are "still dealing with the belief that children [with disabilities] can't be educated with their peers," says Nicki Vander Meulen, an autistic school board member in Madison, Wis.

May 24, 2019

Dealing With Dyslexia: 'It's Almost Like It's a Naughty Word' (Video)

When Scott Gann learned his son Dustin had dyslexia, he was shocked at the school's reaction. No one there wanted to use the word.

June 18, 2018

Hawaii Settles Lawsuit on Illegal Age Limit for Special Education

About $8 million will be eligible for compensatory education to students who were affected by an illegal state-imposed age cap on special education enrollment.

February 13, 2018

Boston Resolves Civil Rights Complaint Over Students With Sickle Cell Disease

The Boston school district agreed to take a number of steps to ensure that it is identifying children with the genetic disorder and offering the supports they're legally entitled to under federal law.

December 08, 2017

Civil Rights Commission Takes on Issue of Minorities in Special Education

The federal panel discussed the complex topic of minority students and whether they are placed in special education, disciplined more severely, or sent to restrictive settings more often than their peers.

July 17, 2017

DeVos To Special Educators: Families 'Shouldn't Have to Sue' For School Options

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos said a recent U.S. Supreme Court case offers an example of why parents of students with disabilities need school choice options.

January 27, 2017

Disability Advocates Keep Up Pressure on DeVos Nomination

Special education policy is in the spotlight as disability advocates band together to oppose President Donald Trump's nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary.

January 11, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Considers Level of Special Education Benefits

Many observers sensed the justices seemed willing to consider a higher standard for the benefit that must be conferred to a student under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

November 29, 2016

Trump's Attorney General Pick Draws Ire of Disability Advocates

Sen. Jeff Sessions, an Alabama Republican and president-elect Donald Trump's selection for attorney general, singled out the special education law as contributing to a decline in classroom discipline.

November 04, 2016

Yonkers, N.Y., District Commits to More Inclusion of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights said that some students were placed in self-contained special education settings without an individualized justification for doing so.

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