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Furthermore, the new amendments prohibit the use of "mitigating measures," such as medication for ADHD, books on tape, and other assistive technology, in evaluating whether a person has a disability, except for the use of eyeglasses or corrective lenses if they fully correct the vision problem. School psychologists will find these handouts useful in explaining to parents the basics of the special education law including its purpose, key definitions, parental rights, the evaluation process, categories of disabilities, developing an IEP, parent participation, and answers to frequently asked questions.
IDEA IN PRACTICE B Y M A RY B E T H K LOT Z the educational barriers faced by home- Americans With less children and youth with disabilities Disabilities Act Amend- and potential strategies to improve co- ments Act of 2008 ordination of services and collaboration The Americans with Disabilities Act between special education and home- Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 be- less education programs. The brief, en- came eﬀective on January 1, 2009. The titled Homeless and Special Education Amendments Act broadens the interpre- Administrative Collaboration: Recommen- tation of disability, aligning it with the in- dations, synthesizes the issues into the tent of the original 1990 legislation. The following categories: overcoming prob- Act also makes important changes to Sec- lems caused by mobility, coordinating tion 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation between school districts/service areas, Act of 1973 that aﬀects the meaning of the determining where services are pro- term “disability.” The ADAAA restores vided, serving the whole child within the the original deﬁnition of “substantially school district or service area, and col- limited” meaning that an impairment lecting and using data. Recommenda- need only result in a substantial limita- tions address policies and practices to tion, rather than a severe restriction to expedite enrollment, and to coordinate a major life activity. The definition of programs and services. It is noted that “major life activities” was broadened to implementation of the recommenda- include for the ﬁrst time learning, read- tions would result in improved compli- ing, concentrating, and thinking. Fur- ance with legal mandates and would pro- thermore, the new amendments prohibit vide a stronger foundation for improving the use of “mitigating measures,” such the collaboration between homeless and as medication for ADHD, books on tape, IDEA administrators, therefore improv- and other assistive technology, in evalu- ing service provisions and outcomes. ating whether a person has a disability, Download the full report at http://www except for the use of eyeglasses or correc- .projectforum.org/docs/Homelessand tive lenses if they fully correct the vision SpecialEducationAdministrativeCollab problem. This change from prior law will oration.pdf. make it much easier for a student with LD or ADHD to qualify as a person with a IDEA Resources disability and receive accommodations; The National Dissemination Center for however, it must still be substantiated Children With Disabilities (NICHCY), that the accommodations are necessary a national technical assistance center and reasonable. funded by the U.S. Department of Edu- cation’s Oﬃce of Special Education Pro- Additional Resources on ADAAA
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