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PRESS RELEASE – West Virginia, National Disability Advocacy Groups File Complaints Alleging Systemic Disability Discrimination in Kanawha County Schools

Back-to-School: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Special Education Rights Training

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative

U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative May 17, 2018 Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced it is launching a new technical assistance initiative to assist schools, districts, state education agencies, libraries, colleges and universities in making their websites and online programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Through webinars, OCR will provide information technology professionals with vital information on website accessibility, including tips for making their online programs accessible. The initiative announced today, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, builds on OCR’s history of providing technical assistance on this issue to hundreds of stakeholders. “As more educational opportunities are delivered online, we need to ensure those programs, services and activities are accessible to everyone,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, “OCR’s technical assistance will help us continue to forge important partnerships with schools for the benefit of students and parents with disabilities.”… Read More > U.S. Department of Education Launches New Website Accessibility Technical Assistance Initiative

SSA Blog Post: Considering College? Attend a College Fair!

Attending a College Fair Mar 6, 2018 If you’re a young adult who’s ready to graduate from high school, you may be thinking about going to college. If you’re not sure where you’d like to apply, a college fair may help you set goals and make decisions. Similar to a career fair, a college fair offers you the opportunity to learn about many different colleges and universities and ask questions about campus life, academics and accessibility. Admissions representatives are there to talk with you one-on-one, answer your questions, and offer you an idea of what you can expect from the college where they work. Today, we’re sharing some advice on how to make the most of a college fair. Where to find college fairs College fairs are held throughout the year, but many take place in the spring and fall. To find and attend one near you, check out: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC): In addition to offering… Read More > SSA Blog Post: Considering College? Attend a College Fair!

AT in IEPs

AT in IEPs -by Staff Attorney Erin Snyder The Individualized Education Planning (IEP) process is a great opportunity to collaborate on the delivery of supports and services for students with disabilities. School districts are responsible for providing assistive technology (AT) devices and services a student needs to benefit from their educational program. The IEP team will make a determination of what these needs are through evaluations and assessments. It is important to take into consideration the student’s disability, environment, technology options, and preferences when considering AT devices and services. Playing an active part as a member of the IEP team during the AT evaluation, eligibility and determination processes, will help students succeed from school to the workplace. The West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council (WVDDC) and Disability Rights of West Virginia (DRWV) have developed: A Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education for family members, students, educators, and advocates for students with disabilities. This Companion Guide to the WV Department of Education… Read More > AT in IEPs

Campus Mental Health: Know Your Rights

Special Education Gives Voice to Children with Disabilities

Chris Ulmer used to be a special education teacher who now travels the world giving a voice to children with disabilities. #childrenareamazing

Annual IEP Goals: What you Need to Know

Annual IEP Goals: What You Need to Know By Kristin Stanberry At a Glance Your child’s IEP goals should be reviewed and updated annually. These goals should focus on helping your child succeed in his school subjects and with everyday life skills like socializing. Once your child’s new IEP goals are set, the IEP team decides what supports and services will help him reach those goals. During each annual IEP meeting, you and the rest of your child’s IEP team will review your child’s progress toward meeting his annual goals. You’ll also develop new goals for the coming year. Setting annual IEP goals is much like planning the next “destination” in your child’s journey. First, you need to figure out how he’s doing now. (Where is he now?) Then you can decide what help he needs to reach his next set of goals. (Where should he go next and how can he get there?) Here we explain the process of… Read More > Annual IEP Goals: What you Need to Know

Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College

Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College The transition from high school to college can be a confusing time for any student. Deciding which school to attend is one of the biggest decisions a student will make. But for students with learning and attention issues, there are some additional hurdles to navigate. NCLD recently released The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5, the fourth edition of NCLD’s powerful, data-filled publication. The report explores many facets of being a student with learning and attention issues, including the transition from high school to college and the workforce. One of the most important decisions a student makes in their academic career is whether or not to go to college. Yet, while students with learning disabilities are just as smart as their peers, they attend four-year colleges at half the rate. And those who do attend college are less likely to complete it. So what is getting in their way?… Read More > Life with LD: Navigating the Transition to College