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Diana Diaz-Harrison, the founder of the Arizona Autism Charter School in Phoenix, talks with a young student at the school, while Sammy, her son, stands alongside her on the playground. The school is among about 100 charter schools across the country that specialize in serving students with special needs or disabilities.
—Patrick Breen for Education Week

Special Education Charters Renew Inclusion Debate

Dozens of charter schools are targeting students with disabilities whose parents feel their needs are not being served in regular public schools. (September 16, 2014)

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In this webinar, two experts in assistive technology discussed the platforms and programs used by educators to enhance literacy learning for students with disabilities.

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This special report examines the growing e-learning opportunities for students with disabilities, English-language learners, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of failing in school.

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Federal officials are looking more at how well students with disabilities are taught, and less on strict compliance with voluminous regulations.
July 8, 2014 - Education Week
Advocacy groups seek to publicize the problem of sexual abuse of students with disabilities, highlighting strategies to protect a population statistically more likely to be victimized.
June 24, 2014 - Education Week
Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
June 18, 2014 - Teacher
June 3, 2014 - Education Week
A measure passed by the Louisiana legislature would give teams of teachers, administrators, and parents wide latitude in setting graduation and promotion requirements for students with disabilities.
May 30, 2014 - Education Week
Fueled by a federal "innovation" grant, the initiative aims to improve the academic, socialization, and communications skills of students with severe cognitive and behavioral needs.
May 20, 2014 - Education Week
Schools are using a variety of approaches to improve social interactions between students with developmental disabilities and their typically developing peers.
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
May 6, 2014 - Education Week
But the two state consortia both aim to provide a more-inclusive experience for English-language learners and students with disabilities.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week
The two organizations, both federally funded, are developing alternate assessments for students with severe cognitive disabilities, but are working under very different theories of learning.
April 21, 2014 - Education Week

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