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July 24, 2020

Many of America's Schools Aren't Fully Accessible for Students With Disabilities

In a new Government Accountability Office report, districts cite funding constraints as the main reason for not making their buildings accessible, a longstanding problem.

July 13, 2020

A Few Parents Have Sued Over Special Education During COVID-19. Will More Follow?

Districts could face a rising tide of special education-related lawsuits and complaints when schools resume, experts say, if they still cannot offer the services that students with disabilities missed out on for months.

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.

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