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Maryland parents say they aren’t getting due process in special education disputes

In the United States, public schools are required to pay for a variety of special education services in order to ensure that all students receive a “free and appropriate public education.” Among other things, these services may include the help of a paraprofessional, accessible transportation, occupational therapy, or even private school tuition (in cases where…

Supreme Court Nominee May Spell Trouble for Disability Rights

On Monday, July 9th, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (1). Because Justice Kennedy was often a swing vote in cases involving civil rights, many have noted that his replacement could greatly impact future rulings related to minority groups. Since Kavanaugh’s nomination, several major disability organizations…

Back-to-School: Scholarships and Grants for Students with Disabilities

As the back-to-school season begins, many students are looking for scholarship opportunities. As part of our Back-to-School series, we want to highlight foundations that offer scholarships for students with disabilities. Scholarships for Students with Disabilities The 180 Medical Scholarship Program helps young adults with spinal cord injuries, transverse myelitis, spina bifida, neurogenic bladder, or an…

Michigan Is the Only State That Needs Intervention in Special Education, According to Recent Federal Report

A recent evaluation by the U.S. Department of Education concluded that the state of Michigan requires intervention due to its failure to meet the federal special education requirements outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In fact, Michigan was the only state slated for intervention (although some other states also failed to meet…

Texas Is Failing Children with Disabilities

In recent years, the Texas government has been shockingly indifferent to the needs of children with disabilities. The state legislature has greatly restricted access to vital educational and medical resources, leaving thousands of parents in a quandary – to put it very mildly – over how to provide for their children. Moreover, the state government…

Early Intervention for Developmental Delays

The Importance of Catching Developmental Delays Early Children with developmental delays of any kind (especially those due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other preventable birth injuries) require significant support in early childhood and throughout life. As soon as parents suspect developmental delays, they should consult with a pediatrician or specialist to determine the best plan…