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CEC Today (Sept 2012)
Common Lore of Section 504
By Perry A. Zirkel
This article uses a Lore/Law format to clarify misunderstandings about Section 504. Did you know that a parent does not have to prove an educational need in order to qualify for 504? That a medical diagnosis of ADHD is NOT required? That a written 504 plan (similar to an IEP in appearance) is a “convenience for administration and enforcement”, but not required? Read this article to clear up the myths!
Education Week (August 20, 2012)
Court Upholds N.Y. Bar on ‘Aversive Interventions’ for Students
By Mark Walsh
Despite current trends toward positive behavior supports and away from physical restraints and seclusion, some parents with severely disabled children who engage in repeated self-injurious behaviors, fight FOR the use of restraint. “The parents contend that the New York state education regulation undermines their children’s right to a free, appropriate public education under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. A federal appeals court has upheld the state of New York prohibition on ‘aversive Interventions’ - even when children attend an out-of-state facility.
The Hechinger Report (August 2012)
More States Requiring Students to Repeat a Grade: Is it the right thing to do?
Retention is a controversial topic with research supporting all sides. This article is specific to students who need more time to gain reading skills. All sides of the argument are addressed, although the basic thought is that retention—in some cases—is beneficial.
NurseWeek (March 1, 2011)
Moderate Sleep Loss has Substantial Impact on Kids with ADHD
This article discusses a study reported in the March 1 issue of Sleep which suggested that even moderate sleep loss can have a negative impact on neurobehavioral functioning of children with ADHD and lead to decline in academic performance.
Education Week Teacher (February 23, 2011)
Solving Common Classroom Problems: Sign Language Lends a Hand
By Rebecca Friedman with Eleanor Grewal
Help keep students attentive and excited by using American Sign Language in your classroom. Introducing five basic signs helped this teacher eliminate some key daily challenges.
Education Week (February 1, 2011)
Agency Releases Free Resources on Restraint, Seclusion
By Christina Samuels
Lessons learned in mental health settings that prevent & reduce seclusion and restraint can also be used in schools. Although lawmakers in Washington have yet formally addressed this issue, there are free resources available. Get video “Leaving the Door Open” and download the training manual—both from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
The Boston Globe (February 10, 2011)
Activists Urge Lawmakers to Expand Bullying Law
By Sarah Schweitzer
“The former prosecutor who brought criminal charges in the state’s most high-profile bullying case recommended yesterday that the state beef up antibullying laws by imposing fines or other civil sanctions on school employees who fail to report such activity.
Latest update on Keeping All Students Safe Act H.R.4247:
3/3/10 This bill passed the US House of Representatives 262-153 and will now move to the Senate. The proposed law outlines specific limitations and procedures for RESTRAINT and SECLUSION in schools as well as prohibiting schools from denying students water, restroom, or food.
This bill never became law. Sessions of Congress last two years. At the end of this time, if a bill has not passed it is cleared from the books until reintroduced in a future session. A senate vote did not occur on this bill in time.
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