Education

Overview of Schooling Options for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19

EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEOS This is the third in a series of blog posts on the Arizona Center for Disability Law’s website about school reopenings during COVID-19. If you haven’t had a chance to read the first two posts in the series, check them out: Post 1 and  Post 2. Today’s post will provide information for families about the different schooling options that exist […]
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Guidance from the Arizona Department of Education and Additional Information on Back-to-School 2020

EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO This is the second in a series of blog posts on the Arizona Center for Disability Law’s website about school reopenings during COVID-19. If you haven’t had a chance to read Monday’s post about the impact of recent executive orders from the Arizona Governor’s Office on the return-to-school process, you can check that out here. Today’s post will provide more […]
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Recent Executive Orders and Impact on Back-to-School

EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO This post is the first in a 3-part series on school reopening for Arizona students with disabilities during COVID-19. Back in March 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman jointly announced that schools would be closing for in-person learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. During that final quarter of the school year, […]
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Back-to-School for Students with Disabilities

EN ESPANOL As schools across Arizona begin the 2020-2021 school year, families of students with disabilities have questions and concerns about what back-to-school will mean for their children this year. The Arizona Center for Disability Law will be publishing a series of blog posts on this topic to help families understand school reopening and their options during this unusually challenging time. These posts will […]
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Guerra v. WLAC- Understanding the ADA after 30 years

ASL VIDEO HERE EN ESPANOL AQUI   By: William Townley* To celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) 30-year anniversary, the Arizona Center for Disability Law (ACDL) is posting blogs about recent wins advancing the rights of people with disabilities.  These stories remind us of the important principles of the ADA and how those principles affect the everyday lives of people with disabilities.   Today’s […]
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In Celebration of the ADA’s 30th Anniversary, Reviewing the Power of the ADA in Higher Education Settings

ASL Video HERE EN ESPANOL AQUI The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a powerful law that safeguards the civil rights of individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings, including in postsecondary educational institutions. This blog post discusses the application of the ADA to higher education.       Students with Disabilities in Higher Education Although institutions of higher learning were […]
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Guidance from U.S. Department of Education Clarifies Dispute Resolution Options Are Still Available During COVID-19

EN ESPANOL AQUI AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE HERE On June 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued a Question and Answer document about special education dispute resolution during the ongoing pandemic. Key points from this guidance include: IDEA Part B dispute resolution options, including mediation, state complaints, and due process complaints, are still available to parents and schools. Some dispute resolution timelines may be […]
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ACDL and Partners Present Webinar Series on Impact of School Closures on Students with Disabilities

This summer, the Arizona Center for Disability Law, Raising Special Kids, the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Arizona, and the Institute for Human Development at Northern Arizona University hosted a three-part webinar series intended to address the questions and concerns of families of students with disabilities and other high-needs students in light of COVID-19 school closures. Our first […]
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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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