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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)

Spotlight on Special Education

This Spotlight examines major trends in special education including how schools can work to improve their instructional cultures.

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03/27 04:30 pm | Report: More States Adopting Restrictions on Restraint and Seclusion | Many states lawmakers are modeling their policies after federal legislation that was introduced in 2010 but never passed Congress, according to an advocacy report.

Unwrapping the Gifted Blog

09/04 07:12 am | Medical Misdiagnosis in the Gifted | Tamara Fisher interviews three experts about the individual and societal impacts of medical misdiagnosis of gifted youth.

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Differentiation: Moving Away from One Size Fits All
Students use technology to customize many aspects of their lives, and schools are now finding technology can also help teachers customize, or differentiate, instruction for each student.

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Tying Technology to Literacy for Students With Special Needs
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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E-Learning for Special Populations
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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As schools rewrite curricula, the timing is right for UDL, RTI, according to experts.
April 23, 2012 - Education Week
A Catalyst Chicago analysis finds the city's charter schools serve fewer special education students than regular public schools, and some charters have trouble melding their philosophies with those students' needs.
April 13, 2012 - Education Week
The U.S. Department of Education took back an offer it made to school districts that would have let them cut special education spending permanently.
April 11, 2012 - Education Week
What goes on in the mind of a student with Asperger's syndrome during the school day? Anita Charles shares her insights.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
Both gifted and learning disabled, high school senior Andrew Edward Collins writes that his public school experience has been a struggle.
March 27, 2012 - Education Week
Claims of enrollment hurdles for special education students seeking private school vouchers prove hard to nail down.
March 13, 2012 - Education Week
New statistics show that students with disabilities and black students are most likely to be restrained or isolated in school.
March 13, 2012 - Education Week
Teachers are among those who have to cope when the medications used to treat students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder run short.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
New technology is changing how children with disabilities learn and educators are scrambling to keep up with the latest developments.
March 6, 2012 - Education Week
A new digital book-sharing service gives students with disabilities access to books in alternative content formats.
February 29, 2012 - Teacher PD Sourcebook

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