Advocates for disabled people in Oregon say they’ve won a significant settlement from the state’s largest school district. It’s aimed at improving academic services for young people leaving high school.
I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the businesses and individuals who have supported the inclusion movement over the past few years. We would not have achieved all that we have without the trust and support of some fabulously talented individuals.
We all come into this world the same way -- naked, new and full of potential. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities experience exclusion and segregation as they move through life, pushed out of their communities by the attitudes of the people around them.
Cohort members from the class of 2010 found the experience to be incredibly helpful and well worth the investment of time. Here are a few reflections from the group.
Our office continues to receive calls and letters of concern from families all across the state unable to access a full time transition program for their students, despite the passage of HB 2283.
Did you know that HB 2283, which went into effect on July 1, 2011, requires all school districts to make full time transition services available to students with disabilities between the ages of 18 – 21?
Angela Jarvis-Holland, Michael Bailey, Alicia Delashmutt, and others presened for the Portland Public Schools’ Long Range Facilities group. You can check out the incredible and dynamic presentation for yourself!
Eleanor is thrilled to be earning her own money and lending her talents to a great company!
Unintended consequences can arise when we pursue purposive social action. These are consequences that we did not necessarily foresee, that are not the central goals of our action, and may be either positive or negative.
Did you know that a fully certified segregated special ed. class is not required to offer a single hour of general ed. content throughout a student’s time? Teachers and staff would not like everyone to be included because, frankly, it’s a hassle.
All of us have the legal right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. That means a real education that prepares us for a happy, full and independent life.
Like many school districts across the area, the Beaverton School District recently announced deep budget cuts, with the Special Education budget taking a disproportionate hit. There will be a Budget Committee Listening Session open to parents and community members this week.