504 accommodations in after-school programs; judge orders day care
center to re-admit child with autism, train staff; high marks for
EducationNews.org; learn about Section 504, ADA, damages; free pubs
about IDEA, reading, paraprofessionals; From Emotions to Advocacy
Cruise II; info about advocacy training programs.
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1. Section 504: Accommodations & After School Programs by Robert Crabtree, Esq.
8-year-old son has been kicked out of an after-school program run
by a non-profit agency in his elementary school building. He has ADD
and behavioral problems and is on an IEP during his school day. The
director of the program said, "He has an oddness and intensity
about him that frightens the other children." Don't they have
to try to include him?"
2. Federal Judge Orders Day Care Center to Re-Admit Child, Train Staff
As a new school year begins, many parents find that some day care centers are unwilling to accept children with disabilities. What protections do laws provide to parents and their children?
In January, 2001, the doors to day care centers opened wider for children with disabilities who had been excluded from these centers.
Jordan Burriola, a young child with autism, was abruptly terminated from his day care center. In Jordan Burriola v. Greater Toledo YMCA,the Court issued an injunction against the YMCA, ordering the YMCA to reinstate Jordan and train staff to work with him.
As you read the documents in this case, you will see how Jordan's attorney Tom Zraik approached the case.
Meet Jordan's attorney, get documents in this case at:
U. S. Department of Justice, Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
13-page publication explains how ADA requirements apply to Child Care Centers; describes ongoing enforcement efforts in child care by Department of Justice; provides resource list of information about the ADA.
3. EducationNews.org - Subscribe!
Are you interested in education and special education? We encourage you to subscribe to EducationNews at http://www.educationnews.org/
In today's issue of EducationNews, you learn about the college board bombshell, Texas spending on education and prisons, school reform in Chicago, what happened to 3.5 million students who attend failing schools, Georgia's SAT rank, and much more.
You can submit comments on a proposed special education bill (S. 2883) that aims to increase parental choice and funding of IDEA.
EducationNews.org is a remarkable resource!
EducationNews.org provides links to education news around the world. Nationally recognized experts provide commentaries on various aspects of education. EducationNews.org staff writers cover the latest education issues and bring you a thorough, complete analysis of events, policies, and situations which affect education today.
Daily News: http://www.educationnews.org/daily_educationnews.htm
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4. Section 504, ADA, Discrimination & Damages
Section 504 of the Rehabiliation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. In cases brought on behalf of children with disabilities, several courts of appeals have ruled that parents must first exhaust their administrative remedies under the IDEA before they can bring a damages case under Section 504 and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Learn more about Section 504, ADA and Discrimination at:
Read articles and cases about damages at:
5. Free Pubs: IDEA, Reading, & Paraprofessionals
One obstacle in advocating for children with disabilities is finding time to do research. We spend hours collecting information so you can spend your time learning, not searching.
When you visit our Free Pubs Library at http://www.wrightslaw.com/links/free_pubs.htm
you can download free publications about IEPs, special education, reading, transition, discipline, bullying and harassment, high-stakes testing, retention and social promotion, teacher training, and more.
National Education Association, The New IDEA Survival Guide at http://home.nea.org/books/idea/
Written to help teachers understand their responsibilities under the IDEA - parents will learn from this publication too! Information is divided into five sections: each section includes scenarios followed by what the IDEA says and a discussion of myths and reality.
American Federation of Teachers, Teaching Reading is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do by Louisa Moats (1999). (36 pages, pdf)
is the fundamental skill upon which all formal instruction depends.
Research shows that a child who doesn't learn the reading basics early
is unlikely to learn them at all. Any child who doesn't learn to read
early and well will not easily master other skills and knowledge and
is unlikely to ever flourish in school or in life."
Regional Educational Library, Working
Together for Successful Paraeducator Services: A Guide for Paraeducators,
Teachers and Principals (2002).
6. From Emotions to Advocacy Cruise II - January 15-20, 2003
you want to learn more about special education advocacy? Do you
think you'll need a break from the winter doldrums in January?
On Thursday, participants will board Carnival Cruise Lines' "Fantasy" for a three-day cruise to the Bahamas. The ship will leave Port Canaveral, Florida on Thursday, January 16 and return on Sunday, January 20, 2003.
more information, visit the FETA
II Cruise Page at:
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