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NCLD Releases “Planning for Equity and Inclusion: A Guide to Reopening Schools”

The onset of COVID-19 has changed public education in many ways. As a result, the 2020–2021 school year will look very different from previous years. Students have lost valuable instructional time. Families have been left out of important conversations and decisions. And educators have been operating without much needed guidance, support, and resources. […]

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Calls on Congress to Follow Department of Education Recommendations, Preserve IDEA

WASHINGTON – April 28, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued a report to Congress on recommended waivers under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Secretary made clear her intent to preserve the core tenets of IDEA and reduce barriers to learning. The only substantive recommendation put forth related to IDEA […]

Policy & Practice Series: How to Serve Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Crisis

During this unprecedented situation, two things are clear: students with disabilities still have their right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE), and educators and families must work  together to ensure students with disabilities keep learning. It isn’t easy, and there is still much to learn. But we must work together to do as much […]

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Tell your Members of Congress: Oppose IDEA Waivers!

We need your help to protect students with disabilities and their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the COVID-19 outbreak!

The CARES Act directed the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to provide Congress (within 30 days) with a list of the waivers she is requesting under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If granted by Congress, these waivers would free states and school districts from their legal obligations, such as designing and implementing individualized education plans (IEPs), collaborating with parents, and providing equal educational access to students with disabilities.

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