U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases New Resources on Protecting Students with Disabilities in K12 and Higher Education

Today, June 20, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released three new resources with information for students, parents and families, and schools addressing the civil rights of students with sickle cell disease, epilepsy, and cancer. OCR issued these resources during a month that marks…

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DOJ Final Rule Aims to Ensure Disabled People have Accessibility to Website and Mobile Apps

On April 8, 2024, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a federal rule to ensure web content and mobile apps are accessible for people with disabilities. The update to regulations for Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were subsequently published on April 24th by the U.S. Department…

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House Hearing Shows Congress Divided Over Charters, Concerns Raised for Special Needs Population

At a March 6th House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, hearing legislators debated the effectiveness and direction of the charter school movement. Points debated included the oversight of charter schools and their effectiveness as well as the importance of supporting traditional (brick-and-mortar) public schools. Also discussed was…

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U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Releases New Resources on Students with Disabilities

On February 20, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released four new resources today with information for students, parents and families, and schools addressing civil rights of students with disabilities, as well as a data snapshot about education access for students with disabilities drawn from…

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USDE Provides Valuable Resources to Help Schools Ensure Disabled Students Receive AT

Schools are responsible for ensuring students, families, and educators know how assistive technology (AT) works. In fact, students’ IEP teams must consider how it will be integrated with other therapies and interventions. If teams determine that a student needs assistive technology services, those supports must be stated in their IEP…

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