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Update: School Refuses to Allow Service Dog

Remember the little girl with cerebral palsy that wasn’t allowed to bring her guide dog to school in Michigan? The family sued the school district and the case was thrown out because the family didn’t first try to resolve the matter administratively by filing due process under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) laws. The family […]

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Transgender Student Restroom Policies in Schools

Should a transgender student be permitted to use a restroom or locker room consistent with his/her gender identity? Is a school district permitted to establish a policy that would require students to use restrooms/locker rooms consistent with only their birth gender?

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Golden doodle service dog

School Refuses to Allow Service Dog: US Supreme Court Takes the Case

The US Supreme Court has decided to hear a case about a school that refused to allow a service dog to accompany a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy to school.  Wonder, a goldendoodle, found a home with Ehlena Fry when the girl was just five years old and is trained to help Ehlena by picking […]

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Cool Adaptive Clothing for Kids

Anyone who buys clothes for someone with special needs knows how difficult it is to find fashionable clothes that work.  The good news is that another big retailer, Tommy Hilfiger, has introduced a line of apparel that is made specifically for those with special needs! Their adaptive clothing line is just as fashionable as the […]

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Special needs students in the classroom

When Is Modified Curriculum Appropriate and How Modified Should It Be?

Is your child’s IQ is well below average? Does your child’s IEP exempt your child from standardized tests or note that she should take modified assessments? Is she “pulled out” into a resource room for any academic subject, such as Math or Language Arts? Is it clear from her homework that she is unable to […]

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Sonja’s Suggestions: Dancing

Greetings!  Warmer weather has finally arrived and folks in our reception area are feeling a bounce in their step.  So let’s celebrate the season that is providing us with some exuberant energy by dancing!  Yes, dancing.  It’s a good form of exercise, a lot of fun, and a great way to go out and socialize […]

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Accessing ABA Services Under Health Care Reform

The Affordable Care Act, as implemented in Ohio, requires covered health plans to pay for up to 20 hours per week of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) or other comparable evidentiary based services. This is an extraordinary advance for families with children with autism. While the implications and implementation of this directive are not fully realized […]

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