Allison Freeman

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Autism rates are up, but is it really on the rise?

The number of U.S. school children placed in special education programs due to autism more than tripled from 2000 to 2010, to nearly 420,000. But a …

Autism

What We (Don't) Know About English-Learners and Special Education

English-language learners are one of the nation's fastest-growing student populations. But when it comes to English-learners who may also have …

It's time to re-examine inclusive education policies in our classrooms

<i>Chip in to keep stories like these coming.</i><p><i>Two separate instances (in June 2014 in the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and February 2015 in the</i> …

CPS stands to lose hundreds of special education positions

Hundreds of teachers and support staff assigned to students with disabilities could be laid off by Chicago Public Schools as the district cuts $200 million to deal with a massive budget deficit.<p>The district says it can save about $42 million by modifying services for the roughly 50,000 special …

Parents of special needs children face waitlist, scarce information for long-term care

Julie Cannon is the adoptive mother of Christopher, a 17-year-old who has intellectual disabilities due to prenatal issues and complications at birth. She and her husband, like many parents of special needs children, face a unique challenge in raising him knowing that there will soon come a day …

Autism

Rise in Autism May Be Due to Semantics, Study Finds

A new study suggests the idea that more kids are being diagnosed with autism not because something catastrophic has happened to U.S. children, but rather because they’re simply being classified and diagnosed differently.<p>Special education enrollment figures suggest 97 percent of the increase in …

Autism

Trudeau bucking Conservatives’ ‘not ready’ line of attack

In retrospect, the Conservative line against Justin Trudeau heading into this election campaign – the one in which Stephen Harper's Conservatives invested many millions of advertising dollars – may not have been quite as brilliant as everyone thought.<p>The point of the Tories' "not ready" attacks …