Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SCOTUS and IEPs, Unemployed with ASD, Policy, and More

ENDREW F DECIDED. The Supreme Court has handed down a decision in the case of Endrew F affirming that an IEP must enable a covered child to make progress under IDEA. Special ed attorney Matt Cohen calls it a "huge win" for parents and advocates, and says, "Although it will likely require years of litigation to fully understand what the new rule means, it can only mean that the schools must do much more than the minimum required by standards that have been used in the past." Find our more at the Supreme Court blog; Education Week; or via the AP. Wrightslaw has some material on its site and is likely to add more.

SMART, ASD, UNEMPLOYED. Crain's Detroit Business profiled Steven Glowacki, a man with an IQ of 150 and three degrees but who is apparently unable to hold jobs because employers don't understand the needs of employees with autism. Quoted in the article, the president of the Autism Alliance of Michigan says, "Steven is wasting away. He's brilliant, but employers can't see past his disorder — and he's not alone. We're inducing poverty and a poor quality of life for people that can contribute ... in big ways." Find the article, and thanks to Nancy M for pointing us to it.

DAVIDSON INSTITUTE. This organization's March eNews Update is out, featuring news of the various Institute programs, information on the Regeneron Science Talent Search, books on gifted ed, pointers to legislative news, and pointers to web-based resources of interest to members of the gifted community. Find the newsletter.

LANDMARK COLLEGE offers professional certificates and individual courses as professional development for those who educate students who learn differently. The registration deadline for a course titled "Self-regulation, Motivation, and Student Engagement" is coming up on April 9. Find out more.

TECA has announced the date of its fall conference, October 13 at Molloy College in New York. "More information coming soon," says TECA.

TiLT PARENTING has released Episode 49 in its podcast series, "Setting Up Your Home to Support Your Child's Growth," with Simone Davies, a Montessori teacher/consultant. Of the podcast, TiLT founder Debbie Reber says, "Today Simone and I are talking about the 'spaces' in our home—specifically how we can best design and set them up to support our differently-wired kids." Find the podcast.

POLICY 1. NAGC has released a statement on the U.S. federal government administration's proposed budget insofar as it affects the Department of Education. From the statement: "Voters overwhelmingly support providing federal funding for gifted and talented education," said M. René Islas, Executive Director of the National Association for Gifted Children... "It is our hope that the Administration's final detailed budget maintains funding for the Javits program and reflects the will of the voters. Supporting gifted and talented children, particularly those from underserved backgrounds, is part of the transformational change needed to ensure all students have the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential and personal best." Find the statement.

POLICY 2. The organization Understood has also issued a response to the administration's budget proposal, focusing on $9 billion it would "take away from our students and teachers." Understood urges readers to tell Congress to reject the budget. Find the missive.

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