# Special education
Accusations Pile Up: Horry County Special Education in the Spotlight for Repeated Allegations Involving Teachers
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - In an unusual turn of events, Horry County Police have closed an investigation into a special education teacher from Socastee High School, Rachel Gray, who was accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. The case was dropped after the victim's parents opted not to press charges, despite clear allegations of sexual misconduct.
I Think My Child Has a Learning Disability - Now What?
Sometimes things don't go exactly as we hope with our kids. Maybe your child is really struggling in school. Maybe you think it's more than just not trying hard enough or having a particularly hard teacher.
Promoting Inclusivity: New Jersey Allows Official Indication of Autism and Communication Disorders on State IDs
"Autism" on toy tilesPhoto byPeter BurdononUnsplash. In a move to promote safer and more effective interactions between law enforcement officers and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or communication disorders, Governor Phil Murphy has signed a bipartisan bill allowing New Jersey residents to request an official indication of their diagnosis on their state driver's license or non-driver identification. The initiative aims to empower individuals with ASD or other communication disorders to communicate their needs comfortably and help law enforcement officers understand the potential challenges during encounters, such as traffic stops, reducing the likelihood of dangerous misunderstandings.
What's the difference between an IEP and a 504 Plan?
If your child is struggling in school, you may have heard that an IEP or 504 Plan can help. But before you rush into the school to ask for one of these, you should understand what they are and how they are used.
A Guide to IEP Meetings for Teachers and Parents
IEP facilitator (usually a school district representative) Anyone the parent invites to come along such as an advocate or private therapist. Depending on your state's rules, the student might be invited to attend too. There is usually a set age when the child is allowed and expected to participate (often 12 or 14 years old).
Making New Jersey Schools Autism Friendly Need Not Break the Bank
According to a recent CDC study, Autism impacts 1 in 32 school age children in New Jersey.Photo byChristopher Lotito | Lotito Earth Observatory. It's Spring and that means IEP season in New Jersey. An IEP or Individualized Education Plan is a document which ensures that students with disabilities receive their services and supports from a school district. IEPs are often updated in the Spring and the volume of these IEP meetings is high in New Jersey due to rate of Autism diagnosis above the national average.
Creating a Structured Learning Space for Special Needs Students: Tips for Teachers
In a few short months, we'll all be setting up our classrooms for our new students. When they walk in on the first day of school, you want your room to look bright and inviting, right? But if you're a special education teacher, that means more than just choosing a theme or picking out cute decor.
Classroom Accommodations Checklist for Special Education Students
If you are a classroom teacher, more likely than not you have at least one student with an IEP or Individual Education Plan. This plan is a written, legal document that outlines the student's disability or exceptionality, his present levels of performance, and educational and/or social-emotional goals.
The Truth About Dyslexia: Debunking the Myths and Misconceptions
If you have been teaching for any length of time, you most likely have had students who receive special education services. Many of these students have reading difficulties and will have SLD or "specific learning disability" listed on their IEP.
Signs of Dyscalculia: A Screening Checklist for Teachers
Most teachers are familiar with the more common learning disabilities. One of those, dyslexia, has gotten a lot of needed attention in recent years. But just as many, if not more, young people have difficulties with basic math - and there's a specific learning disability for that called dyscalculia.
How Paraeducators Can Save Time and Money with Library Resources
Are you looking for ways to save money and provide engaging learning experiences for your students? Look no further than your local public library! As a former student on a tight budget, I relied on the library to access books, educational resources, and more.
Stark Realities Behind the LAUSD Strike From a Former Special Education Teacher
What was once a noble profession has long been transformed into a danger zone. What follows is based largely on personal experience and the parallel experiences of former peers who have remained in the field. Most of those peers, who for this story have asked to remain anonymous, either now work or have worked until recently in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
The Unsung Heroes: How Paraeducators Can Support Students with Challenging Behaviors
Have you ever wondered how schools support students with behavioral challenges? It turns out that they've got a few tricks up their sleeves!. (This post may include affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these affiliate links, the author may earn a commission.)
Victory for Student with Disability as Supreme Court Rules Unanimously in Special Education Case
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of a student who is deaf, allowing him to sue his school for damages over lapses in his education. The case of Miguel Perez has far-reaching implications for the parents of students with disabilities, who may now have more leverage when negotiating the education of their children.
The Supreme Court case highlights the need for accountability in special education and schools.
Title: Deaf Student's Education Rights at Stake in Landmark Supreme Court Case. For years, Miguel Perez was a standout student, achieving top grades and regularly making the honor roll. However, despite his academic achievements, he was denied a high school diploma because his assigned school aide did not know sign language. After 12 years in school, he was reading at a 3rd-grade level, prompting his family to sue the school district for damages.
Disability Advocacy Day Planned for March 1 at South Carolina Statehouse
Columbia, South Carolina - The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations (SCPDO) is hosting the 34th Annual Disability Advocacy Day on the north grounds at the South Carolina Statehouse on March 1, 2023. The event will include an awareness walk, meetings with representatives, rally and speeches from community partners, member organizations, self-advocates, family members, caregivers and special guests.
Many DougCo parents say school choice doesn’t exist for them
(Castle Rock, CO) When one DougCo mom (who didn’t want to be named) learned her son had autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), she thought their current charter school would be a good fit.
Special education complaints rise, DougCo nonprofit can help
(Castle Rock, CO) The Arc Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert counties, a nonprofit advocacy group for children and adults with disabilities, wants families to know they can come to Arc for free support.
How to find the right occupational therapist for your child with sensory processing disorder
How can you find the best occupational therapy for children near you? If you want to get a motor or sensory evaluation for your child, it can be difficult to vet any medical professional.
Adams Administration To Extend Special Education And Increase Teachers' Pay
New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated on Tuesday morning that universal education for young children cannot be reached while leaving pupils with disabilities behind, citing his predecessor's grandiose promises of free preschool for all.