In Nation’s Largest District, 1 in 3 Suspensions Handed to Kids in Special Education (News Roundup)

The following appeared in TASH in Action, TASH’s bi-weekly electronic newsletter. In Nation’s Largest District, 1 in 3 Suspensions Handed to Kids in Special Education – Disability Scoop A recent report indicates students in special education programs account for 1 in 3 of all student suspensions in New York City public schools despite the fact that… read more

More Autism Schools Proposed in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in favor of creating additional public schools for educating children with autism in the state, a clear departure from the practice of integrating students with disabilities into neighborhood schools. Many organizations and parent advocates have spoken out about the proposal, pointing to the value of academic and social skills… read more

Join the APRAIS Pledge to End Restraint and Seclusion

The following is an important notice from the Alliance for the Prevention of Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS) The APRAIS coalition is committed to ending abusive practices. Together, we have an opportunity to continue an effort to pass federal legislation to reduce and prevent restraint and seclusion use in schools. The practice of restraint… read more

2010: A Year in Review

Yes, it’s 2011 and we’ve already posted on some of the things ahead for TASH, but I’d like to take just a moment to review just some of the milestones from 2010! TASH Launches the National Agenda TASH identified five core areas of focus as a means to rededicate ourselves to key issues and affect… read more

It’s a New Year … Let’s Talk Resolutions!

Happy New Year! Can you believe we’re already half-way through January? We’ve had such little time to reflect on all that happened in 2010, from work on restraint and seclusion issues, TASH’s first ever Symposium for Change and the national family support training initiative, to everything that went into and came out of the 2010… read more

Justice Department Settles ADA Violation Suit Against Nobel Learning Communities

The Justice Department recently announced the settlement of a lawsuit filed against Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Nobel Learning Communities is a for-profit, nationwide network of more than 180 preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools. The company operates in the District of Columbia and 15 states (Arizona, California,… read more

TASH Wraps 2010 Family Support Training ‘Texas Style’

Thanks to funding from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, TASH has been running a Family Support Training Project throughout 2010. The Family Support Training Project provides culturally and linguistically competent training to self-advocates and families around the country. The initiative has a focus on persons of diverse backgrounds, are these individuals and families are least… read more

New State Laws Mandate Health Coverage for Children with Autism

For some people with autism and their families, the New Year ushered in new options  for health insurance. Beginning January 1, 2011, six states – Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada and New Hampshire – began mandating insurance plans that cover autism diagnosis and treatment. These state mandates go beyond federal health laws in ensuring… read more