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ADHD now classified as a specific disability under federal civil rights law

The U.S. Department of Education has issued guidelines aimed at preventing schools from discriminating against the growing numbers of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In a letter to school districts and a “know your rights” document to be posted

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“Response to Intervention”—An Excuse to Deny Services to Students with Learning Disabilities?

By Nancy E. Bailey. Response to Intervention (RTI), the program to identify children with learning disabilities early, was recently described by the Chalkbeat in Tennessee as having problems with implementation. In many places, like Tennessee, RTI has replaced —a model which has

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Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated

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New voucher program helps Florida students with special needs

Adriana Mantilla knew traditional school settings weren’t working for her gifted but autistic son. Ten-year old Armando had tried a private school, but the staff didn’t have the expertise he needed. Public school classrooms were too big and distracting, the

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Shocking secret footage reveals teacher aides slapping and choking special needs student before knocking him off a chair

A teacher handed police shocking secret footage which allegedly shows two colleagues slapping and choking a special needs student before knocking him off a chair. The video was filmed at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia, over four days by

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NFL wife says she won’t vaccinate her children for fear of Autism

Kristin Cavallari of MTV reality show fame and Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, have made a controversial decision regarding their one young child and their second, which Cavallari is carrying. At an appearance on Fox, Cavallari said she doesn’t intend

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Police Entrap Autistic Teenager in Drug Sting

An autistic teenager in Temecula, California, was caught up in an undercover drug sting in August 2012. Jesse Snodgrass, new to high school and looking to make friends, unwittingly befriended an undercover police officer who relentlessly pressured him to buy

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“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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