Category Archives: News

Disability Rights History

Ed Roberts was a disability rights pioneer and advocated for education access, independent living, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Learn more by watching this Disability Awareness Month video from the U.S. Department of Education and reading more at … Continue reading

Posted in News

Racial Disparities in School Discipline

On March 21, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released  data about the racial disparities in school discipline policies beginning as early as preschool. The public can also search the online database to access state, local, … Continue reading

Posted in Featured, News

New Guidance on Protecting Student Privacy

On February 25, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released new guidance to school districts and teachers on protecting students’ privacy and confidential data when using online educational services, including compliance with the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and … Continue reading

Posted in News

Summary of State Seclusion & Restraint Laws and Policies

A new report summarizes each state’s laws  related to seclusion and restraint and provides summaries of trends in these policies across the nation. The report was written by Jessica Butler and published by the Autism National Committee. Read the report>>>

Posted in Featured, News

New Proposed Regulations – Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. Department of Justice has released proposed regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These updates were drafted to make the regulations consistent with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 that broadened the … Continue reading

Posted in News

Evidence-Based Practices for Children and Youth with Autism

The National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders has released its much-anticipated update on evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism. Scientists at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute spearheaded the project, screening 29,000 articles about autism … Continue reading

Posted in News

New Federal Discipline Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those … Continue reading

Posted in News

Department of Education Proposes to Eliminate “2 Percent Rule” in Assessing Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education has proposed new regulations that would end states’ ability to use alternate assessments based on modified academic standards (AA-MAAS) for students with disabilities as part of Elementary and Secondary Education Act accountability requirements. Currently states … Continue reading

Posted in News

New Bullying Prevention Guidance from the U.S. Department of Education

On August 20, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released a new Dear Colleague letter outlining school districts’ responsibilities to address bullying of students with disabilities. The new guidance states that bullying of students with disabilities that prevents them from … Continue reading

Posted in Bullying, IDEA, News

New Training Module on Data-Based Individualization

The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) just released the first in a series of training modules, Introduction to Data-Based Individualization (DBI): Considerations for Implementation in Academics and Behavior, which provides a rationale for intensive intervention and an overview of … Continue reading

Posted in News