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Inclusive education in India

Rooted in Rights welcomes articles by guest authors from across the globe to enhance understanding about the rights of people with disabilities. This piece about inclusive education in India is contributed by Dr. Anindita Chatterjee, Clinical Psychologist, and Director of…
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Student with disability excluded from school experiences

A well-known rite of passage in Oregon public schools is participating in Outdoor School. According to a study commissioned by the Oregon Community Foundation, in the 2011-2012 school year about 12% of Oregon fifth graders and about 50% of…
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Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies

Bertschi School, in partnership with Disability Rights Washington, presents Portrait of the Whole Person: Paintings and Biographies, to celebrate disability history and culture. Through the art show, we hope to heighten awareness of the disability rights movement and culture within the broader community.
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Report slams China’s educational system

Human Rights Watch released an extensive new report July 15, documenting the substantial hurdles faced by Chinese students with disabilities in their state-run schools. “Human Rights Watch calls on the Chinese government to make an explicit commitment towards a…
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What are We Talking About?

This holiday season, I dashed through links, videos and photos in my one horse open sled in order to find you interesting, insightful and inspiring items for your viewing pleasure. Happy holidays! 1. Recent news about the Sandy Hook Elementary…
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Supreme Court declines to hear “child find requirement” case

The Supreme Court has determined that it will let stand a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision that held that a school can be held liable under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for failing to identify…

Court: Washington is underfunding education

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled January 5 that despite the state’s budget deficit, the state must increase education funding in order to come into compliance with the state constitution. “To ensure that the legislature exercises its authority within constitutionally…

Florida charters lacking in special education opportunties

A recent investigation from National Public Radio and the Miami Herald found that the vast majority of Florida’s charter schools offer no opportunities to students enrolled in special education, mirroring a national trend seen in California, Louisiana, New York and…
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Supercommittee failure could hammer special education

While the recent failure of the Congressional Supercommittee means that major cuts to federal health care programs are unlikely in the near future, significant cuts loom for education programs affecting people with disabilities. For special education, that could mean $900…