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Stuttering and Related Disorders

It is difficult enough for young children to be faced with a significant speech impairment like stuttering. As discussed in this blog, the effects of stuttering are often co-morbid with other learning issues. Most children who develop a stutter in...

Illinois Needs Do More to Protect People with Disabilities

The following is a statement from the Equip for Equality addressing the hate crime against the man with a disability that happened last week. I am reprinting the statement in full and please write to your Illinois Representative and state...

Ms. DeVos: Here Is The Trouble with Vouchers

According to the September 2015 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools, only 31% of Americans favor allowing vouchers to be used to pay for private and religious schools. Numerous other polls show higher ratios...

Teaching Your Child to Read: Read 180, System 44 and Beyond

It is remarkable to me how many IEPs provide for reading programs that are not individualized to the student’s needs and do not produce meaningful results. A one-size-fits all approach simply doesn’t work for students with reading disabilities. What may...

Defending Public Education under Secretary of Education DeVos

President-elect Trump offered few specifics about his education policy during the campaign other than promising $20 billion in federal money for school choice initiatives in response to our “failing government schools.” Where this money is to come from is unclear,...

Parental Guidelines for Access to Athletics, Field Trips and Extracurriculars

Parents frequently raise issues about schools denying access or failing to accomodate students who need support to participate in non-academic parts of the school experience including field trips. Frequently, children who require aides during the school day are told that...

Getting Informed for the Presidential Election 2016

I have always adhered to the adage that reasonable people can reasonably disagree, whether it is in the context of an IEP meeting or even our current political debate. With this in mind, I discussed in a recent blog how...

Best Cities for Persons with Disabilities

Where to live in future years is an issue never far from my mind especially living in Illinois that ranks close to the bottom for services for people with disabilities. Download Case-for-Inclusion-2016-FINAL-3. For families that do not have a loved...

It is Time for People with Disabilities to Show Their Collective Power Through Their Votes

Persons with disabilities now represent the single largest minority group in our country’s electorate. According to a report from the Rutgers School of Management, 35.4 million people with disabilities, which represents one sixth of the US electorate, are eligible to...

Parental Guidelines for Testing Accommodations

I have blogged previously about how essential it is for parents to ensure that any informal accommodations received by their child, particularly those related to testing, are documented in the child’s IEP or 504 Plan. Memorializing these accommodations will hopefully...

When Your Child Has Dyslexia

Parents frequently tell me that their school districts refuse to recognize their child’s diagnosis of dyslexia. One school psychologist defines dyslexia as “simply a fancy word for a disorder that involves reading.” Other parents are told by their districts that...

Supreme Court Grants Review in Fry v. Napoleon

In what could be a very significant break though in the law, the Supreme Court agreed to review the 6th Circuit decision in Fry v. Napoleon. Fry was a case involving allowing a service dog in school and whether parents...

School Choice Not Protective of Students with Special Needs

The following is a press release from COPAA regarding a recent study of school choice regarding students with special needs. It confirms what I have suspected for some time that school choice is largely ineffective for students with special needs...

COPAA Applauds FDA Ban On Use of Electrical Stimulation

I am reproducing this press release from COPAA. It is always great to have a reason to celebrate progress even if long overdue. Ban specifically prohibits use due to significant psychological and physical risks. There is much more work that...

Self-Employment for Persons with Disabilities

Our recent series of articles on the employment rates and work challenges experienced by persons with disabilities paid only a glancing look at perhaps one of the most viable employment options for persons with disabilities—that of self-employment. According to the...

Preparing for Housing Options

Housing for people with disabilities is an ongoing and evolving issue with many facets. I have a well respected friend and colleague, Terry Steinberg, who has just launched an online series on this important topic. I realize that this tele-class...

PTSD for People with Intellectual Disabilities

In recent years I have seen a disturbing trend of students with intellectual disabilities coming into my office with severe signs of PTSD, and in many cases given limited language abilities the issues can be very intractable. We are becoming...

COPAA Announces Inaugural Students' Rights Initiative Symposium

I am reprinting this announcement from COPAA. This symbosium is great opportunity to develop better self-advocacy skills for a more effective post-secondary outcome. The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates has partnered with the Student Rights Initiative to host the...

Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Student?

I am reprinting the following article that came to by way of google feed, ironic. Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Students? New FTC Complaint Says It Is Posted: 08 Dec 2015 12:35 PM PST Google Apps for Education has...

COPAA Statement on ESSA--Congratulations on Developing a Reasonable Compromise

WASHINGTON, DC – Denise Marshall, executive director of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) released the following statement regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). “COPAA appreciates the bipartisan...

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