Month: November 2012

Court: Districts Must Repay Parents for Special Ed. Evals

A federal appeals court has upheld a longtime U.S. Department of Education regulation requiring school districts, under certain circumstances, to reimburse parents for independent educational evaluations of their children with disabilities. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals

Elementary school locks kids who misbehave in therapeutic box

Controversy abounds in southwestern Washington after a mother posted photos on Facebook of a padded, cell-like room not much larger than a telephone booth at Mint Valley Elementary School in Longview. The school principal said the school uses the room,

Why Parents with Disabilities Are Losing Custody of their Kids

Two years ago, Erika Johnson gave birth to her first child. When she had trouble breast-feeding, a nurse soothed her by saying that many mothers find nursing hard at first. Then the nurse called social services. Johnson and her husband

Oklahoma Supreme Court Throws Out Challenge to Special-Needs Scholarship Program

Rachel Sheffield – Last Tuesday, Oklahoma’s special-needs students received a pre-Thanksgiving win. The state’s Supreme Court ruled that two school districts that had challenged the legality of the Lindsey Nicole Henry Scholarship Program—a voucher program for special-needs students—were out of

Psychiatry Set to Medicalize Hissy Fits

Every decade or two, the American Psychiatric Association reworks its Diagnostic Statistical Manual, or DSM, to try to have diagnostic categories reflect the current state of theory and practice. Given enormous evidence that we’re currently overdiagnosing things and medicalizing normal

Class-action lawsuits demand equal coverage for autism

Should insurance companies cover autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities like a chronic disease, with no limits on the number of visits for treatment? Class-action lawsuits filed against insurers demand equal coverage for mental-health conditions. When it comes to health insurance,

Who decides what constitutes adequate special education?

EDMONTON – Heather Wall has spent years fighting to get her learning-disabled sons, now nine and seven, the support they needed to read.But the Fort Saskatchewan mother is frustrated. The Elk Island Public School Division, squeezed by rising costs, recently

Autism research progress is being questioned at upcoming congress hearing

An autism hearing in Congress is to be held this month to evaluate the federal government’s response to the cause of the disorder over the last decade. The Combatting Autism Act (CAA) was passed as a result of collaborative efforts

Child Prodigies: A Unique Form of Autism?

A study of eight child prodigies suggests a significant link between their special abilities and autism. “The link between child prodigies and autism is strong in our study,” said Joanne Ruthsatz, Ph.D., lead author of the study and assistant professor

Educational programs help learning disabled succeed in college WITH VIDEO –

For example, OCC’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2007, Dr. Robert Reid of Beaumont Hospital graduated from OCC with the assistance offered by Project BOLD and credits the program with his success, Cartsonis said. In addition, OCC’s ACCESS program offers services to