Public Benefits Articles


Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Special Education Funding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether federal law requires parents to try their public school's learning disabilities program before turning to private schooling.

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New U.S. Edict Requires Schools to Give Equal Opportunity to Student Athletes with Disabilities

In a move that is being compared to the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, the U.S. Department of Education has issued guidance to all elementary and secondary schools explaining that they must provide students with disabilities equal access to athletic programs.

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Act Immediately If You Think Your Child May Require Special Education

If your child is having trouble in school but has not yet been diagnosed with a learning disability, or if you think that your child's special needs may require help at school, it is never too early to request an evaluation to determine if the child is eligible for special education services provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Federal Legislation Aims to Reduce Use of Restraints in Schools

After the Government Accountability Office found numerous instances of abuse and neglect when schools employed restraints and seclusion to "control" children with special needs, legislation was introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate aimed at reducing the use of these practices in schools.

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Supportive Housing Programs Offer Integrated Solutions for People with Mental Disabilities

One of the programs on the cutting edge of community mental health is called "supportive housing," and it incorporates not only housing but social services and medical care as well.

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It Could Be a Busy Season for Federal Special Needs Legislation

After two years of almost complete inaction, the current U.S. Congress is considering several bills benefiting people with special needs.

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Supreme Court Rules School System Must Pay for Private Special Ed of Child Who Did Not Try Public Option First

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a public school district must pay for a special needs child's private school tuition even though the child had not received special education at the public school before transferring to the private one.

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MMSEA: New Teeth for the Medicare Secondary Payer Act

Section 111 of the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act of 2007 (MMSEA) adds new mandatory reporting requirements for insur...

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