Breaking: Feds Issue Guidance on Positive Behavior Supports for Students With Disabilities #Positive BehaviorSupports

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) today issued guidance in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) that emphasizes the requirement that schools provide positive behavioral supports to students with disabilities who need them. It also clarifies that the repeated use of disciplinary actions may suggest that children with disabilities may not be receiving appropriate behavioral interventions and supports. When schools fail to consider and provide for needed behavioral supports through the Individualized Education Program (IEP), it is likely to result in children not receiving the free appropriate public educa (Read more...)
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What questions about special education should we ask the major party candidates for President? #Education Politics
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Breaking: Feds Issue Guidance on Students with ADHD and §504 #ADHD #§504

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Tuesday issued guidance clarifying the obligation of schools to provide students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with equal educational opportunity under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

guidance provides a broad overview of Section 504 and school districts’ obligations to provide educational services to students with disabilities, including students with ADHD. The guidance:
  • Explains that schools must evaluate a student when a student needs or is believed to need special education or related services.
  • Discusses the obligation to provide services based on students’ spec (Read more...)
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Breaking: Feds Issue Guidance on Homeless Children #HomelessChildren

The U.S. Department of Education yesterday released guidance to states and school districts on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for supporting homeless youth. The new provisions address the needs of homeless individuals, and ensure educational rights and protections for homeless children and youth. The guidance released today will assist state and local partners in understanding and implementing the new law in order to better protect and serve homeless students and help schools in providing these students with much needed stability, safety, and support. The guidance was informed by the input of a diverse group of stakeholders to best address the needs of homeless y (Read more...)
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ADA Turns 26 Years Old #ADA

The Americans With Disability Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Happy Birthday ADA! This important law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services.

To celebrate, here are some interesting facts and numbers from our friends at the Census Bureau:

Population Distribution
56.7 million
The number of people in the United States in 2010 with a disability, according to the Survey of Income and Program Participation
People with disabilities represented 19 percent of the civilian noninstitutionalized population. People with a disability hav (Read more...)
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Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool – Part II #Where is JG?



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Sometimes My Job Is Pretty Cool – Part I #WhereIsJG


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Mr. Kinsey was not the target: Better or worse?

According to John Rivera, the head of Police Benevolent Association of Dade County (FL, US), the bullet that struck Mr. Charles Kinsey on Monday 18 July 2016 (while Mr. Kinsey was working to return a young man with Autism to the young man’s nearby group living facility) was not aimed at Mr. Kinsey. The officer […]
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Police encounters with Individuals with Autism of the bad kind

In South Florida (US) on 18 July 2016 a caregiver for a young man with Autism was shot by police while he was working to protect the young man from harm. Parts of the scene were recorded on bystander video. As faithful readers will recall, on EBD Blog, I have repeatedly expressed concern about what […]
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