45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA

45th Anniversary of IDEA 1975 | Advocating for Full Funding of IDEA

On November 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed IDEA 1975 into law. Prior to IDEA 1975 taking effect, only 20% of children with disabilities were in the public school system. Most of the others were either institutionalized or being kept at home in a custodial care situation–parents taking care of them but they were not…

Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate

Interview: John Fetterman for US Senate

PA Lt. Governor John Fetterman for US Senate Today PA Lt. Governor began officially ‘exploring’ the idea of running for Senate in 2022. He ran in 2016, but lost in the primary to Katie McGinty. Much has changed since then–he’s now our Lt Governor. Back in 2015, when I interviewed him, he was Mayor of…

Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization

Why Every Parent Should Get Involved in Special Education Lobbying | IDEA Re-Authorization

Citizen and Parent Advocacy I think we’re in this for the long haul. I wrote this right after the 2016 election, in hopes of inspiring parents to step it up and get more involved. And so many have! That’s fantastic. I am updating this post as we head into a new Congress at the beginning…

Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Compliance Center.

Secretary DeVos Announces New, Proactive Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Compliance Center.

OCR OPEN Center I received this press release and felt it was worth sharing. I’ve often said that one of my main frustrations about disability civil rights law is that they are all complaint-based. That is, they are not proactive. Compliance is dependent upon someone filing a complaint. The OPEN center says it will change…

The Special Education Funding Crisis explained in 5 graphics.

The Special Education Funding Crisis explained in 5 graphics.

Special Education Funding I honestly cannot believe that this blog is almost 10 years old, and it just occurred to me this week to write about Special Education Funding. I was participating in a webinar and it just hit me. So often, parents ask me, “Why? Why does it have to be like this? Why…

What’s so bad about school choice? Lots, actually.

What’s so bad about school choice? Lots, actually.

Why School Choice is a Bad Idea. My heart sank. I screamed at my computer. I texted other advocate friends. We just couldn’t believe what we were reading. Seriously, a billionaire campaign donor with zero public education experience. That’s who he nominated? A woman whose family has dumped millions of dollars into school choice. This…

{Special Education Lobbying}  Testimony from Senate Education Committee

{Special Education Lobbying} Testimony from Senate Education Committee

Lobbying for Special and Public Education If you follow this blog, you know that my main passion is lobbying for changes to the very broken special education system. I learned early on that while it’s important work to be helping one child out of a situation, it’s necessary to be involved in systems change too….

7 Must-Read Facts about Poverty and Disability.

7 Must-Read Facts about Poverty and Disability.

Disability and Poverty This post is at the request of my readers, in particular those in my Facebook group. Many have repeatedly said that they want to do something and want to be involved and help. But, because of the dynamics in our Congress right now, there just are not a lot of actionable items…

Are you Upset about Special Education? Are there solutions to this mess?

Are you Upset about Special Education? Are there solutions to this mess?

Solutions for Special Education Bullying. Restraints. Seclusion rooms. Ostracizing our kids. Not being able to read. Refusing to go to school. Juvenile justice system. Zero tolerance. Is it any wonder that special needs moms are incredibly stressed out? Sometimes our kids encounter some of this stuff on a daily basis. And sometimes all of these…