ADA Guidelines for Testing Accommodations

High-stakes tests are stressful for everyone (hence the name “high-stakes”), but for students with learning and other disabilities, getting approval for test accommodations that level the playing field has historically been its own stressor. Thanks to newly released ADA guidelines… Read the rest

Transition Planning for College

For students with learning differences, the law recognizes that transition to adulthood may require specialized services to help them attain the skills and education they’ll need to succeed after high school. The IDEA requires that transition planning must begin, at… Read the rest

Private Schools and IDEA

If you have a child in private school—including religious school—and you suspect he may have learning disabilities, it is critically important that you understand how the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) applies to your child’s situation. The IDEA draws… Read the rest

Resolving Special Ed Disputes

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) guarantees all children with learning and other disabilities equal educational opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. To help implement this federal law, the IDEA includes a number of so-called procedural safeguards… Read the rest

What Is An “Appropriate” Education?

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), every student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is entitled to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). But what exactly is an “appropriate” education? There is no simple answer, but the… Read the rest