Author: Jimmy Kilpatrick
Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

“Parenthood” and the charter school dream

“Parenthood’s” Kristina Braverman of Berkeley, CA takes up a cause New Yorkers are becoming all too familiar with This season on “Parenthood,” as a bold and arguably impulsive response to their autistic teenage son’s struggles, fictional parents Adam and Kristina

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Reaching My Autistic Son Through Disney

In our first year in Washington, our son disappeared. Just shy of his 3rd birthday, an engaged, chatty child, full of typical speech — “I love you,” “Where are my Ninja Turtles?” “Let’s get ice cream!” — fell silent. He

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Palo Alto Unified sued over autistic student’s placement in classroom

  The parents of an autistic student are taking the Palo Alto Unified School District to federal court over its refusal to allow him to be educated at home, as well as other alleged violations of the Individuals with Disabilities

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Receiving Testing Accommodations for Learning Disabilities

Many talented, bright high school students have diagnosed — or undiagnosed — learning disabilities. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately one in seven Americans has some type of disability, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and many

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For special education students, diplomas, jobs increasingly elusive

Four weeks into a medical assistant program at Antonelli College, Nikki Mclendon eagerly took her parents to the college’s student appreciation day. The 20-year-old looked forward to discussing her progress and pre-registering for the next term, but instead received devastating

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VIDEO: Cops Break Special Needs Teen’s Arm On School Bus

A surveillance video shows two cops in Rotterdam, New York breaking the arm of a special needs 16-year-old while trying to remove him from a school bus. In October 2013, Rotterdam Police were called by Mohonasen transportation because the 16-year-old

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Ohio parents’ lawsuit accuses teacher of duct-taping girl with disabilities to chair

CINCINNATI — The parents of five physically and mentally disabled children have sued their former teacher, claiming she abused them for months and school officials did nothing to stop it and later tried to cover it up. The parents in

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Is Your School Seclusion Proof? | Education News

Seclusion and restraint are highly dangerous interventions that have led to death, injury, and trauma in children. Jessica Bulter – My updated report, How Safe Is The Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies, has been

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Special Education Kids Easier Tests Like ‘The Old South,’ Advocate Says

Should students with disabilities be held to the same academic standards and tests as other kids their age? That decades-old question is being revived by a debate in New York. Some advocates charge that a proposed tweak to the state’s

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Student Exposes the Horrible Abuse Teacher Doled Out

Parents, teachers, and high school students often struggle to get on the same page, but we can all agree that anything that could be considered verbal, emotional abuse — coming from whichever direction — is always unacceptable. Hence why a

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