Monday, July 31, 2017

Special Education Workshops for Parents

We conduct over a dozen trainings and workshops in Arizona and around the country each year to parents, attorneys, advocates, educators, and others. What topics do you want more information on, and what do you wish schools understood better?
Take the poll below, and choose from the topics listed, or add your own.  
Poll: What topics do you want to know more about?

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rosa's Law changing term from "mental retardation" to "intellectual disability"

The term "mental retardation" has been changed to "intellectual disability" in federal laws, including the IDEA, the Rehabilitation Act, the ESEA / ESSA, and the Higher Education Act.  The change was made in accordance with Rosa's Law.  The law is named in honor of an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome.  The change in terminology does not change the technical meaning of the disability and the change does not affect any types of disability coverage or rights.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

What is the IDEA?

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (the IDEA)?  Here is a snippet from a presentation by Arizona education attorneys Hope Kirsch and Lori Kirsch-Goodwin of
Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC
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