A major standardized test maker is taking steps to make it easier for students with disabilities to access accommodations. The nonprofit ACT, which makes the test of the same name, said it will automatically grant allowable accommodations that are included in students’ existing individualized education programs or 504 plans.
Becca Meyers, one of Team USA's most decorated Paralympians, withdrew from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after her request to bring a personal care assistant was denied. The deaf-blind 26-year-old wanted her mother to serve as her PCA, claiming the alternative was one PCA for all 34 Paralympic swimmers.
More than half of states are falling behind in meeting their responsibilities to students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, federal officials say.
Joy Chastek is 78 years old and still works up to 15 hours a day. An educator for 55 years, Chastek has devoted the last 40 to the special education students at Longfellow Elementary School in northeast Spokane.
The U.S. Department of Education today released more than $3 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to states to support infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities.
Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete an Ironman triathlon, will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at The ESPYS on July 10 (8 p.m. ET/ABC).
Zoe Hamblin's favorite place at the Toledo Zoo is somewhere full of her favorite hue. "I like to go to the greenhouse because it's really warm in there," the 16-year-old said. "And green is my favorite color."
Rory Siwula is 9 years old and speaks quickly, as if she were in a rush to get all the words out. She’s confident and happy to answer questions about herself. She’s entering the fourth grade this fall. She uses a wheelchair. She is in the special education program at Killybrooke Elementary. She thinks of herself as pretty smart and said she knows generally what people think about when they see her.
Mortgage giant Freddie Mac is planning to issue millions of dollars in “social bonds” to support housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country. Freddie Mac Multifamily, which funds apartment loans, said it will offer $230 million in social bonds supporting 1,267 rental homes for people in this population across 39 states and Washington, D.C.
Many staffers are heading back to Capitol Hill, and official visitors aren’t far behind, but the return to offices is prompting questions about gaps in physical and digital accessibility in Congress for staff, lobbyists, constituents and lawmakers with disabilities.