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In Memoriam of John Gutierrez

John Gutierrez is the example of the person that we all want to be. Someone who loved his family and friends and dedicated his work to helping others. John’s hard work, dedication, and sense of humor is something we will always carry with us and we hope that we can display those same characteristics, especially in trying times. John was a leader in the […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities: How Can I Ensure My Child Graduates in 4 Years?

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO If you and your student’s goal is to graduate high school in 4 years with their peers, this post discusses what is required for students with disabilities to graduate and how families can ensure that their student is on-track to meet those requirements and earn a high school diploma. Requirements to Graduate To receive a […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities – Common but Invalid Reasons Schools Give for Forcing Students with Disabilities to Graduate

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO As explained in our earlier blog posts on this topic, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arizona law, IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from ages 3 to 21 (or to age 22, if their birthday occurs prior to the end of the school year). A […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities – Transition Services

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO As explained in the past two blog posts, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arizona law, IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from ages 3 to 21 (or to age 22, if their birthday occurs prior to the end of the school year), or until they […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities – Graduation Requirements

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL ASL VIDEO Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Arizona law, IDEA-eligible students are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) from ages 3 to 21 (or to age 22, if their birthday occurs prior to the end of the school year). A student’s receipt of FAPE is directed by their Individualized Education […]
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Graduation of Students with Disabilities

By Amanda Glass, Staff Attorney EN ESPANOL  ASL VIDEO For years, public school districts and charter schools in Arizona have proposed that students with significant disabilities graduate before they turn 22 years old, even when they have not earned a regular high school diploma or have not received adequate or appropriate transition services. This post is the first of a series about graduation for […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized: Legal Options

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney This is the final blog post in our three-part series discussing the rights of students to educational services while they are in the hospital. Today’s blog post focuses on the educational rights of students in the hospital and how to assert those rights. What education is my child entitled to when they are hospitalized? Even […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized: Arizona’s Chronic Illness Law

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney This blog post is the second in our three-part series discussing the issue of students being withdrawn from school and not provided educational services while they are in the hospital. Today’s blog post addresses protections under Arizona law for students with chronic health problems. What is a chronic health condition? Under state law, students with […]
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Right to Education for Students Who Are Hospitalized

By: Natalie Trouard* and Amanda Glass, ACDL Staff Attorney Children sometimes require hospitalization for acute medical or behavioral healthcare treatment. Students with disabilities may require more frequent hospitalizations than students without disabilities. Even while in the hospital, students are entitled to an education. Many Arizona students with disabilities encounter interruptions in educational services while they are hospitalized for medical or behavioral health treatment because […]
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The 2021 African American Conference on Disabilities: 3 Sessions, 8 Workshops, 11,000 Attendees in February, 2021

African American Conference on Disabilities
The 2021 African American Conference on Disabilities featured outstanding content delivered by leading disability experts, lawyers, advocates, academics and others from across the country. You will hear stories that will move you. One of the highlights of this conference is the sharing of lived experiences and how disability and race intersect in all areas of our lives, including the classroom, the workplace, marketplace—especially during this time of COVID-19.
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