Education

Top 5 Questions About Reopening School During COVID-19

Please refer to these handouts for this week’s Special Education Session #3: Top 5 Questions About Reopening School During COVID-19 English Spanish   If you were not able to join us for last week’s webinar, you can access a recording of the session here (link). You can also access a transcript of the webinar here (link). You can also access the PowerPoint presentations and […]
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Special Education Evaluations During COVID-19

En Español AQUI ASL Video HERE School closures related to COVID-19 have impacted all students, particularly students with disabilities. ACDL has received multiple calls from families of students with disabilities who have questions about their child’s right to be evaluated for special education while schools are closed as a result of COVID-19. This blog post is intended to provide families with general legal information […]
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Special Education during COVID-19-related School Closures (En Español)

ASL Video HERE School closures related to COVID-19 have impacted all students, particularly students with disabilities. It is important that our state education agency, the Arizona Department of Education, hear from parents and family members of students with disabilities about challenges and concerns related to distance learning. If you have a concern about your student’s special education at this time, and you have not […]
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Tips for Making and Evaluating Compensatory Education Proposals

This blog post is the third post in a three-part series offering tips and information to support parents seeking compensatory education for their child because of the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our last post provided information about compensatory education and tips for gathering useful data to share with the school to support a compensatory education request. […]
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Additional Information About Compensatory Education and Tips for Gathering Data to Support a Compensatory Education Request

This blog post is the second post in a three-part series offering tips and information to support parents seeking compensatory education for their child because of the denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Yesterday’s post provided tips and a template letter to request an IEP meeting to determine whether compensatory education is required.  Today’s blog post provides more […]
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Tips for Requesting an IEP Meeting to Discuss Compensatory Education When Schools Open Following the Pandemic

Both the U.S. Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Education have stated that if a free appropriate public education (FAPE) cannot be provided to a student during extended closures due to COVID-19, then the student may be entitled to compensatory education once school resumes.  This blog post provides information and resources for parents to act proactively to request compensatory education because of […]
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Update Concerning Special Education and COVID 19

ASL Video HERE There are several updates concerning special education during COVID-19.  This update may assist you in ensuring that a student with a disability continues to receive a free and appropriate public education. ACDL has additional self-advocacy guides that provide more information on the special education process. Today, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced Arizona schools will stay closed through the end of […]
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New Guidance from Department of Education during COVID-19

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released supplementary guidance for schools during widespread school closures as a result of COVID-19. This new guidance document clarifies that federal law protecting students with disabilities should not be used to prevent schools from offering distance learning opportunities to all students, including students with disabilities. The document goes on to encourage schools to collaborate […]
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Special Education Services: How are they impacted by this outbreak?

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted the day-to-day activities of all Arizonans. On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020, at which time the state will reassess the need for school closures. This measure will impact all Arizona […]
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World AIDS Day – Know Your Rights

By Sey In, Staff Attorney World AIDS Day was December 1.  In a recent blog post, we covered a brief history of World AIDS Day and summarized some important cases and settlements.  Today, we highlight selected rights of individuals with HIV/AIDS and how to file a complaint to enforce those rights.  This blog post is not intended to be an exhaustive discussion of all […]
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