U.S. Department of Education Releases Guidance on Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education released three new sets of guidance today to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities. These guidance documents clarify the rights of students with disabilities and the responsibilities of educational institutions in ensuring that all students have the opportunity to learn. The guidance released today includes a parent and educator resource guide; a Dear Colleague letter (DCL) and Read More

U.S. Department of Education Takes Action to Deliver Equity for Students with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education took a critical step today toward addressing widespread disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities, proposing a new rule to improve equity in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The nation’s special education law, IDEA, aims to ensure fairness in the identification, placement, and discipline of students with disabilities. Yet disparities persist, and students of color remain more likely to be identified as having a disability and Read More

Education Department Announces New Guidance to Help Students with Disabilities as Part of 40th Anniversary of IDEA Law

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the U.S. Education Department is releasing guidance aimed at ensuring that America’s 6 million children and youth with disabilities have the same opportunity for a quality education as their nondisabled peers. “In the 40 years since this law was enacted, we have moved beyond simply providing children and youth with disabilities access to the school house,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Today, Read More

U.S. Department of Education Awards $20 Million to Increase Access to Information and Communication Technologies for Individuals with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced today a grant of $20 million to the University of Wisconsin for a pilot project through the Disability Innovation Fund— Automated Personalization Computing Project (APCP). The grant is designed to improve broadband infrastructure so that devices automatically adjust into a format based on the user’s preferences and abilities. The project will help individual users find and specify the formats and accommodations that work best for them. Individuals with disabilities often face barriers trying to access Read More

TeachME: New CEU courses for January

Recognizing Educational Success and Professional Excellence Course Desription This intermediate level continuing education course was developed using the U.S. Department of Education document, A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching. Students today are confronting unprec­edented challenges in their educations and heightened competition in an increasingly knowledge-based, global job market, and teachers have the opportunity to rethink the existing systems that have not been meeting our na­tion’s educational goal and to give Read More

Residential college places for young disabled at risk

Born with a rare neurological condition, 19-year-old Joe Rae has learning difficulties and problems with speech and motility. He is a student at National Star College in Cheltenham, a specialist residential college for young people with complex physical disabilities, where he has hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, lessons in music, dance and life skills and, in his mother’s words, has made "extraordinary" progress. "I got a phone call [from college staff] one night to say that he had Read More