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April 12, 2017 by Mir Ali
Categories: Education & Teaching
March 23, 2017 by Mir Ali
Categories: Education & Teaching, Uncategorized
March 22, 2017 by Mir Ali
According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) must gain an educational benefit while in school. However, how much of an educational benefit has varied from district to district - until now.
On Wednesday, March 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a major decision. In a unanimous ruling, the high court rejected the "merely more than de minimis" standard set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, in Denver.
Instead, the Supreme Court ruled that schools must offer an individualized education program that is "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress in light of the child's circumstances."
This ruling comes from the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case. At the center of this case is "Drew," a student who has autism and ADHD. Drew had an IEP at his public school in Colorado. After attending the school from Kindergarten through 4th grade, his parents say he made minimal progress and his IEP goals were largely unchanged. Drew's parents placed him in a private school that focuses on autism, and they say progress began. Drew's parents felt he was denied a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) due to the lack of progress. The school district argued that the small progress Drew made was enough under the law. Today, in a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said that in order to meet obligations under IDEA, a school must offer an IEP that is "reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress in light on the child's circumstance."
Read the full report from the Supreme Court here.
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Categories: Featured, In the News, Public Policy/Advocacy
March 21, 2017 by Mir Ali
I felt like everyone was judging me and hyper focused on how different I was. Everybody could read with their eyes, so what did they think of my Braille Note? Everybody could read the numbers on the classroom doors, so didn’t they judge me for asking another student in the hallway for directions to a room I was right beside?
Categories: Blind or Visually Impaired, Disability Type, Students, Uncategorized
March 13, 2017 by Mir Ali
I went from hating books to loving to read with Learning Ally.
Categories: Disability Type, Learning Disabilities, Students