This is my op-ed on recent Department of Education guidance regarding students with disabilities and athletic opportunities.
The link above takes you to all the District Court documents in Rowley v. Board of Education, No. 79 Civ 2139 (September 26, 27, 28 & October 5, 1979). This is an amazing resource that has never been publicly available before. It includes notes and testimony from the various participants in this famous Supreme Court case. Anyone interested in the history of special education law in the United States should devote time exploring these archives.
Some of the news reports have focused on the need to improve public health so that those who suffer from various kinds of mental illness can receive better treatment. I certainly agree on the importance of everyone, including those with mental illness, receiving high quality health care. But I would also note that it is important that we ask ourselves how we, as members of society, help construct disability through our response to those who we perceive as “different.”
|“A shocking, important, and even frightening book that unveils the mistreatment of disabled learners seeking an appropriate education in public school settings. We meet innocent children and desperate parents trying to navigate an entrenched bureaucratic and uncaring educational system that is further enabled by inept hearing officers who turn a deaf ear to the needs of the children and to the law. A must read for parents, educators, policy-makers and anyone who cares about the future of education in America. Scientific knowledge has progressed too far to accept this shameful treatment of children from all backgrounds and socio-economic groups; this book is a wake-up call for up-dating policies, procedures and laws affecting children who struggle in school.”|
|-Sally Shaywitz, MD, author of Overcoming Dyslexia|
The APA has not yet published their revised criteria for the definition of learning disabilities. I hope their revisions take into account the comments we offered in June 2012. The final revisions are to be published in May 2013.
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