IDEA Equity Regulation Changes

Education – The Arc Submits Comments on Proposed Delay of IDEA Equity Regulations; Disability Advocates are Encouraged to Submit Their Own Comments

The Arc submitted comments today in opposition to the Department of Education’s proposed two-year delay of regulations to address significant racial and ethnic disproportionality in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) identification, placement, and discipline. In 2004, the requirement to collect and report data on significant disproportionality, and take certain action if it is found, was added to the IDEA. However, in the 14 years since the law was changed, few states and school districts have reported any such significant disproportionality. This fact was documented in a 2013 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study showing that most states had set thresholds for identifying disproportionate districts so high that no districts ever exceeded them, and, therefore, none were ever identified or the issues resolved. Following the GAO’s recommendation, the Department of Education issued regulations in 2016 that are set to take effect in July of 2018. These regulations provide a standard methodology for determining significant disproportionality, but permit each state to set its own thresholds so long as they are reasonable. See The Arc’s comments here. Disability advocates are encouraged to submit their own comments. See shorter sample comments here which can be submitted by clicking here. Comments are due by midnight on Monday, May 14.

To help understand what disproportionality is, how it harms students with disabilities who are students of color, and what advocates can do to ensure equity in education for all children, the National Disability Rights Network has made this short video.

DCBS Waiver Town Hall Meetings

The Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services invites you to learn more about the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs.

The Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities would like to support self-advocates in attending the meetings for the Medicaid Town Hall meetings. Please contact Nicole Maher for more details.

Cody Clark-A Different Way of Thinking Performance

Shively based magician/autistic self-advocate Cody Clark will be doing an autism awareness month performance of Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking at The Bard’s Town Theatre on Sunday, April 29th at 7 PM. His show combines magic, comedy, and storytelling to give audiences a first-person account of being on the autism spectrum.

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Cody Clark at The Bard’s Town Press Release