Severe Disabilities

Assessment Vermont Questions Price Hike for Common-Core Aligned Alternate Test
The board overseeing Dynamic Learning Maps created a price structure that dramatically raises the cost of the common core-aligned test, which is intended for students with severe cognitive disabilities.
Christina A. Samuels, September 23, 2016
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Special Education Alternative Education Track Would See New Scrutiny Under Federal Bill
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, wants to ensure parents are given more information before allowing their children to be placed in an educational track with less rigor than the general education curriculum.
Christina A. Samuels, February 18, 2015
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Law & Courts Landmark Special Ed. Case Confirming 'Zero Reject' Rule Marks 25 Years
In Timothy W. v Rochester, the court confirmed that children with the most severe handicaps are entitled to services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Christina A. Samuels, December 8, 2014
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School & District Management Nationwide Survey Offers Data on Sexual Abuse of Students With Disabilities
Survey respondents reported that many students with disabilities were subjected to sexual abuse many times, often by adults in the school setting.
Christina A. Samuels, June 6, 2014
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Special Education PBS Documentary Explores Life After School for Students With Autism
'Best Kept Secret' explores the postsecondary options available for six youth with severe autism in Newark, N.J.
Christina A. Samuels, September 23, 2013
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Special Education Series on Group Home Abuses Earns Journalism Honor
California Watch's reporting on problems with the state-run police force tasked to protect the vulnerable residents of California group homes was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for public service.
Christina A. Samuels, April 17, 2013
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Special Education Education Department: Testing Policy Does Not Violate Student's Rights
Mary Washer, an Oklahoma high school student with severe disabilities, was not able to use a particular accommodation to pass required state tests.
Christina A. Samuels, April 15, 2013
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Special Education Moving On From 'On Special Education'
Starting now, my focus is shifting to writing exclusively about student health, discipline, and safety and school climate.
Nirvi Shah, January 7, 2013
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Special Education Fla. Records Reveal Little Education, Much Neglect of Children in Nursing Homes
A newspaper report delving into Florida's practice of housing some children with severe disabilities in nursing homes corroborates U.S. Department of Justice concerns about the children's care.
Nirvi Shah, November 13, 2012
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Special Education Outcomes for Students With Severe Disabilities Can, Must Improve
The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination today shared a set of recommendations to better prepare students with significant disabilities for the workforce and continue their education after high school.
Nirvi Shah, September 17, 2012
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Special Education Fla. Children With Severe Disabilities Relegated to Nursing Homes
Among other things, the state turned down about $40 million that would have helped care for these children at home because the money was associated with the Affordable Care Act.
Nirvi Shah, September 12, 2012
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Special Education Military Families Overseas Struggle to Get Services for Children With Disabilities
The Government Accountability Office found shortcomings in the way Department of Defense schools provide special education services.
Nirvi Shah, September 11, 2012
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Student Well-Being Talk Therapy an Option for Those Using Assistive Technology to Speak
Psychologist Amy Szarkowski figured out provide therapy to work with clients who use communication devices to replace their own voices.
Nirvi Shah, August 22, 2012
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Special Education GAO: Transition for Students With Disabilities Can, Must Improve
The different agencies only coordinate their activities to an extent and don't ever reflect on how effectively they work together, the Government Accountability Office said.
Nirvi Shah, August 6, 2012
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