More than half of vocational rehabilitation agencies have added specialists to help students with special needs transition to the workforce, according to the Government Accountability Office. In 2014, a federal law began requiring these agencies to spend 15% of their funding on transition services, and, so far, 21 states have reached the goal.
A high-school special-education teacher has created a four-step approach to help her students develop resilience and cope with stress. In this blog post, Michele Lew shares a worksheet she created that helps students identify what is stressing them out and develop healthy responses.
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One Kansas school district this week held its first-ever college fair aimed at attracting students, substitutes and community members to become teachers through programs at state and regional colleges. The high school already has a "Grow Your Own" program and Deputy Superintendent Heath Hogan said long-term shortages could be curbed if 10 to 15 students completed the program each year.
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Samsung is developing television software that can be controlled using a person's brainwaves using a headset with sensors and eye-tracking software to change channels and adjust the volume. The technology is aimed toward use by people with physical disabilities who would face limitations in traditional ways of changing channels and watching TV.
The Texas Education Agency lost its appeal to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals this week over a $33.3 million federal penalty for cutting special-education state funding in 2012. Advocates from Disability Rights Texas have discovered documents that show Texas also spent $41.6 million less in 2017 than the previous year, which could lead to more penalties for the state.
Students with physical disabilities need more accessible footwear to help them gain independence and to improve their mobility when using orthotic braces, parent and advocate Cassi Young writes in this commentary. She shares her journey looking for shoes for her son with spina bifida and how well the Nike FlyEase line meets her son's needs.