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Students with autism adapting to new normal, different challenges during pandemic


Teachers and staff at the Heidt Center of Excellence in Madisonville are helping ease the transition for students with autism, who have trouble with change.

“With students with autism, you have to be very explicit with them and tell them things straight forward, and, right now, we don’t have all the answers. We don’t really know everything, so it’s really hard to explain everything in those black and white terms that they learn best with,” Shelby Yates, the lead intervention specialist at the Heidt Center of Excellence, said.

About 100 kids are enrolled in the autism program at the Heidt Center of Excellence.

Middletown: ICYMI Mike Diehl is an Inspirational Educator at MHS


In a recent article, Journal-News Staff Writer Michael D. Clark interviewed Mike Diehl, a classroom paraprofessional at Middletown High School. Diehl lost his arm in an accident when he was a firefighter. Now, he assists with the special education students at MHS and competes in international disabled strong man competitions.

Upper Arlington schools OK updated hybrid plan, but attorney says it’s not enough

Columbus Dispatch |

“We were under the belief the district was going to take a big step by getting many kids back to school, including kids with (individual education plans),” attorney Rex Elliott said in an email to The Dispatch on Tuesday night.

Elliott, who had said on Monday that the lawsuit might be withdrawn, said after the board’s Tuesday meeting: “Unfortunately, it appears they fell short and are only bringing back those with the most significant disabilities, leaving hundreds of learning-challenged kids to try and learn alone at home in front of a computer.”


How will special needs children thrive at school during a pandemic?


As school districts prepare to resume in-person or remote learning, attorneys say, they face unprecedented risks and liabilities which could turn into lawsuits. For special needs children, it could be missing out on therapies and one-on-one attention that they are legally required to receive from schools.

Stacey Spencer, director of student services for Sycamore Community Schools, said Individualized Education Plan teams will meet with families of special needs children to come up with a plan for face-to-face learning before classes resume. They will also discuss a distance learning plan in case the district has to move to remote learning.

Finding Alternatives To Face Masks For Individuals Who Are Deaf

WVXU | Cincinnati Edition

Many educators are wondering how to safely teach in-person classes with cloth masks, when this presents challenges for some students with disabilities.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss alternatives to cloth face coverings are St. Rita’s School for the Deaf President Angela Frith; and Sharonville Family Medicine Dr. Will Sawyer.

School law full of graduation, funding, religion changes approved

Journal-News |

Ohio legislators passed a wide-ranging education bill this week, affecting graduation rules for current high school students, restoring funding for some suburban schools, protecting religious expression in schools, but removing language that would have allowed schools to furlough staff this year.

Test/graduation rules: The bill says high school students whose state end-of-course exams were canceled this spring can use their classroom grades in those subjects toward Ohio’s graduation requirements.

Funding: A late amendment to the bill will restore $23 million in funding to school districts mainly in wealthy communities. House Bill 164 ensures that between state cuts, CARES money and “offset payments” in this bill, no school district ends up getting less than 94% of its original state funding amount for 2019-20.


In California, Some Schools Reopen for Vulnerable Students

Edutopia |

In one county in California, alternative education and special education students are starting to return to school with new heightened health protocols.

Families of Special Needs Students Fear They’ll Lose School Services in Coronavirus Shutdown

ProPublica |

In letters to parents of special education students, some Illinois school districts are asking them to accept scaled-back remote learning plans or waive their rights to “free appropriate public education.”

After ProPublica Illinois and the Chicago Tribune obtained copies of letters from the Sangamon district and two other school districts and asked the Illinois State Board of Education about them this month, the state agency told school districts to stop using such language. The federal law that governs special education, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, guarantees students access to school and services to help them learn.

Despite the state agency’s intervention, some parents of special education students, who number about 317,500 in Illinois, remain concerned. Those families often rely on a team of experienced school workers to help their children, and they have had to advocate for the services they receive.