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Stories That Inspire Our Call To Action

We know this community works hard to get their efforts and struggles noticed by the media. We are so proud when this goal comes to fruition for them. A well informed community is an empowered one as well. Take a look at some of the latest coverage highlighting the obstacles families must overcome for a free appropriate public education, guaranteed for every disabled child under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

February 9, 2019

Two boys with learning disabilities grew up just blocks apart in New York City. Public schools couldn't teach them. So their parents battled to place them in private schools, on the taxpayers' dime.



December 16, 2019

A Fairfax County school principal, a former teacher and a former teacher’s aide are all facing charges of child abuse and failing to report the abuse for incidents involving non-verbal special needs children.

*Ruth Ann Jimenez, SELRRS CEO/President is interviewed by Jackie Bensen, NBC4 Washington. 

October 26, 2019

"The racial and economic disparity is there, no matter what," said Matt Cohen, an attorney who focuses on disability rights. "But kids with disabilities and their families, it's like they're doubly disadvantaged."

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October 23, 2019

"As an Albuquerque Public Schools resource officer himself, Ruiloba has seen problems within the schools involving suspensions and incarcerations of students, especially those in special education."

October 22, 2019

"Davenport Schools were cited for disproportionality, which includes over-identifying students of color for special education services, and giving harsher discipline to students of color and students receiving special education services."

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October 15, 2019

"In well-meaning attempts to prevent gun violence and keep students safe, districts around the country have implemented threat assessment procedures that can stigmatize whole groups of students, most notably kids with disabilities."

October 5, 2019

"One thing that stood out to me in my reporting was how much work many parents have to put into advocating for their children with disabilities. I talked to parents who have taken time off work or quit their jobs because they were spending so much time advocating for and taking care of their children. The language and laws in special education are extremely complicated, and there’s a lot that parents can miss if they don’t get a special education advocate, attorney or somebody else to help them."

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October 6, 2019

"“The parents get blamed for the legal fees when, in actuality, the district is choosing to fight them so much that it’s costing everybody. The general public doesn’t fully realize that this is the only way that we can create change and get what our kids need.”

August 22, 2019

"Dysart Unified’s preschool program for students with disabilities, which is offered at each of its elementary schools and staffed with teams of teachers, therapists and paraprofessionals, has become a model for Arizona. It’s the kind of inclusive, widespread program that experts say is ideal for young children with disabilities and can lead to impressive outcomes."

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February 18, 2019

"As families push to get their children with disabilities the resources they need to succeed in school, some school districts dig in their heels."

January 23, 2019

"Advocates say attending school for only an hour or two per day, week after week, sometimes for years, can provide even greater barriers to meeting the academic and social needs of children with disabilities. "


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April 16, 2018

"I just think there are so many people that cry in their cars after IEP meetings because they are so frustrated," Blizzard says. She adds, "What do you do? What do you do when you have a kid who is intelligent and beautiful and has a mind like no other?"

March 24, 2017

"The Tenth Circuit standard’s true harm was that it normalized failure. In effect, it announced to students that their education did not matter. In broad terms, it became inconsequential whether or not they made progress toward their goals simply because they had a disability. The Supreme Court rebukes that notion, and encourages students with disabilities to expect more of themselves and their schools."

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