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Surviving IEP Season

IEP season usually runs from late March through early June, and it’s a time when parents and teachers meet with the IEP team to assess the past year’s progress and also plan for changes that should take place for the upcoming year.

Be aware, too, that we have a new Supreme Court decision that is […]

GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

A GREAT Supreme Court Unanimous (8-0) was handed down today that states that public schools must provide more than ‘de minimus’ or the bare minimum to benefit students with disabilities.

The fact that some school systems (in this case, Douglas County) were fighting the case all the way to the Supreme Court tells you that […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Categories: 504, Accommodations, dyslexia, Dyslexia Laws, Education|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on GREAT Supreme Court Decision – Schools Must Provide More Support for Students with Disabilities

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Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

New from the College Board: 

“Beginning January 1, 2017, the vast majority of students who are approved for and using testing accommodations at their school through a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan will have those same accommodations automatically approved for taking the SAT®, PSAT™10, PSAT/NMSQT®, SAT Subject Tests™, and AP® Exams. Most private […]

By |December 5th, 2016|Categories: 504, Accommodations, College, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, dyslexia, IEP, School, Testing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Breaking News Dyslexia: Improved College Board Guidelines for Test Accommodations – Starting Jan 1, 2017

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New US ADHD Guidelines from Department of Education OCR – Schools

 In breaking news, the US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights have released their a letter from Asst Secretary Catherine Lhamon and its Students with ADHD and Section 504 Resource Guide HERE. For your convenience, we also include them below  – including a highlighted version which spotlights key passages for parents and […]

Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

“My daughter currently has an IEP. We asked that we keep her accommodations of the IEP in place but take a break from the support she is receiving from the resource teachers, with both pull out and push in. We were told that we need to revoke her IEP in order to do this. […]

By |May 18th, 2016|Categories: Accommodations, IEP, Reading, School, Writing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Do We Need to Revoke the IEP? – School Q & A

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New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

Newly minted Department of Education Secretary John King answered questions about Dyslexia with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) at Capitol Hill. King states that states and school districts must ensure at the IEP level that the educational needs of dyslexic students are being specifically met. He mentions Orton-Gillingham and Wilson method specifically by name.

Hopefully this is […]

By |April 27th, 2016|Categories: Dyslexia Laws, Education, IEP, Parents, Reading, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New Education Secretary Answers Dyslexia Questions in Congress

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Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child

There’s a viral post circulating on the Internet from a Texas special education professor: “It’s OK to say dyslexia!” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan tweeted shortly before his agency released guidance targeting the needs of the 2.5 million students with a learning disability. But while the government highlights the unique needs of students with learning disabilities, they are […]

By |January 27th, 2016|Categories: Accessibility, Accommodations, IEP, Premium, Premium Content, School|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dyslexia and the Illusion of Inclusion – Making Education Fit the Child

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5 Must-Know Facts About Dyslexia & ADA

Important Update for All Students!

What are the 5 Facts about Dyslexia and ADA that you must know ? (from a newly released document from the US Department of Justice):

#1. Proof of Past Testing is Generally Sufficient to Support a Request

This is a huge decision – and certain to ease the financial burden for many […]

IMPORTANT! Dyslexia at School Survey – Take and Share!

We have been asked by Ollie Cantos of the Office of Civil Rights to assess the current status of students with dyslexia in US Schools. Are students getting appropriate or inappropriate education in their schools?

Please take our Dyslexia at School Survey . There have been no large scale surveys of dyslexic students in schools across the United States. […]

Gifted with Dyslexia – Twice Exceptional Student at School

Thanks Dr Dan Peters for his excellent reminder at Huffpo, Sorry But Your Child is Too Bright to Help, excerpt: “..he has trouble reading fluently and has trouble with writing and
has been diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia, but he is meeting minimum grade expected levels…”
As Dan points out, RTI was designed to provide additional […]