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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...

"How to Get People to Like You" and Revisiting the Transition Plan

The Behavioral Analysis Program in the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division is responsible for the “thoughtful process of creating a positive interaction and possible relationship between two individuals, whether the goal is an interview, confession, or development of a confidential source.” You...

Law Enforcement Officers in Our Schools

Just a few months after the December 2012 Sandy Hook shootings, a school safety project funded by the National Rifle Association urged the arming of trained school staff to protect against future school shootings. Although many of us scoffed at...

Let's Not Demonize Persons on the Autism Spectrum

In these days of mass media, we all wince whenever the dreaded words “Breaking News” flashes across our TV or computer screens because we know somewhere there has been a tragedy, accident, disaster, attack, or some other dreadful event. And...

When Does an Assessment Test Become Obsolete?

The IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) pretty carefully lays out the ground rules for a special education assessment. Among the various regulations related to administering a case study evaluation are that assessments “are used for the purposes for which...

Top Jobs for the Disabled

This post is the third in the series related to employment for people with disabilities. All too many of the students I represent have unrealistic career goals. Students who have never been on a Little League baseball team think the...

Jobs for Persons with ASDs

This post is the second in the series related to employment. Springtime graduations are exciting times in a family’s life. Whether the student is exiting high school or receiving a college degree, the family’s pride follows their loved ones as...

Why Companies Hire the Disabled

This post is the fourth and final in this series of posts related to employment for people with disabilities. Most of us are familiar with the grotesque inequities which confront persons with severe disabilities in sheltered workshops where due to...

Employment and the Disabled: Extent of the Problem

I am publishing a series of blogs on employment related to people with disabilities. This is the first of 4 posts. The Code of Federal Regulations states that the purpose of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 is...

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