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The  feds inicated that less than half the states meet the obiligations under the special education law. 

The U.S. Department of education just reported that 19 states qualified to meet requirements which was designations for 2013-2014 school year. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. It states that the education department must evaluate states on an annual basis. 

The ratings carry a significant weight. When a state fails to meet the requirements for two years or more. The department of education would step in and take action, which would include corrective action plan or withholding funds and among other steps to help correct all issues. 

This is the second year that the department of education relied on stricter measures to assess compliance. 

The previous states were graded based on adhering to procedural requirements like completing evaluations or due process hearing. The Feds are taking into account students preformance and functional outcomes for kids with disabilities. Which this would taken into account as well for an addition compliance. The states were notified by letters dated 30th of June. About there standing. 

This is the nineth consecutive year, the Feds said that Washington, DC “needs intervention.” The same designation was given to the state of Texas for the second year in a row. The states that were determined to “meets requirements” for 2013-2014 school year are Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

There’s still more to do to make sure all needs are met for all students and no matter if someone is in special education classes or not. Every student should have the ability to have a good education. It also doesn’t help that the department of education can take funds away from schools that maybe struggling to meet the obiligations there’s no excuse for the schools not keeping up with this obiligation to meet the special Ed requirements. I think there is other ways to go about correcting the issue of special education requirements. It can hinder students to learn. 

I recently read on Disability Scoop that some of the biggest tech companies are coming together with a new commitment that is designed to make their products more accessible for people with disabilities. The companies include: Facebook, Dropbox, Adobe, Microsoft, and Yahoo are signing on to the new initiative dubbed “Teaching Accessibility.”.

The tech firms have said  that they would begin start incorporating standard language when their job posting indicate that they prefer applicants with accessibility knowledge.

“The reality is that most recent graduates with computer science degrees do not have experience or appreciation for the need to build for disabled individuals. We recognize that we need talented engineers with experience developing accessible products to make our products available to everyone,” wrote Larry Goldberg, director of accessible media at Yahoo, in a post announcing the company’s participation in the effort.
In addition to businesses, the new collaborative also includes several universities and advocates at the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Stanford, Carnegie Mellon and a handful of other academic institutions are committing to better prepare their students to incorporate accessibility in engineering and design as part of the initiative.

“While making all tech products accessible is not mandated by law, Yahoo and our peers believe that it is simply the right thing to do,” Goldberg wrote. “We want to make sure that our users have equal access to the services we provide, whether or not they’re disabled.”

This announcement came days before the 25th anniversary of the ADA. This is great news that the tech companies are working to provide more accessibility when it comes to people who have disabilities. When it comes down to it more people should have the ability to gain access to products that are available to those who use assistive technologies to help benefit people no matter if you need to use assistive technologies to help them with working or using it to help in day to day lives. This leads me to believe that change will be coming for those who have disabilities like myself. We here at AMCPress&Co are thrilled with this news coming out. We will keep you updated on any new or interesting stories that comes along. In the mean time please check out all of our articles from past.

We know that they’re different series and plays that make an impact on many people in the world last night on the Tony Awards The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nighttime won 5 awards which brings up a discussion about disabilities and feeling like you are misunderstood. This show is one show that you should see if you haven’t already saw it. 

I feel like the show gives a view into people’s lives who have Autism. I myself have Autism it isn’t anything bad it is a different way of learning. The play gives the audience a view into what the struggles are for people who have the disability. This is one show you should definitely go and see. Simon Stephens adapted the book into a play and it was beautifully done and it shows that anything is possible. This can be a game changer for the entertainment industry. I’m looking at this from the prospective of having a learning disability which I knew from a young age I was different and it’s okay to be different. This show gives so much hope to those in the world who are different and are wanting to be accepted in the world.  

Last night on the Tony’s Alex Sharp speech was beautifully done and so empowering for those who are misunderstood.  This play will bring you into the world of the main character of the play who has Autism. This is one play that will lead to more focus on disabilities especially when there are so many sterotypes out there about disabilities no matter what disability you may have. There’re are so many people out there in the world who feel misunderstood. This play will leave you feeling like you can do anything and all things are possible.  If you haven’t seen The Curious Incident of a Dog in The Night Time please check it out. I highly recommend it. 

‘Norway Pavilion Fail’

Posted: April 19, 2015 by AMCPress & Co in advocacy, Defying Odds, Disney
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We all at least have been to Disney World in your life time if not that’s okay. We all have great time while on vacation at Disney World. I myself had a bad experience when I was on vacation this last time in Disney World due a waitress who didn’t like that I have a disability and a peanut allergy which is always concern for me when I go to eat different places. I myself felt very uncomfortable when I was there with my significant other due to the fact she thought we were annoying since we were asking questions about what they serve at the restaurant in Epcot which is based in the Norway pavilion. I have been to Disney twice before this and I haven’t had a bad experience other than this. I didn’t let the waitress’s behavior effect our time.  

When having food allergies there’s a point where waiters and waitresses should at least be understanding to the needs of those who are going to the establishment. This issue could lead more families to not go there especially if the wait staff doesn’t understand the needs to those who go to Disney World at any point in time. The situation that I experienced is considered discrimination because I not only have Asperger’s Syndrome and a peanut allergy. I don’t play the disability card. I myself advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. 

The peanut allergy if not addressed can cause death. If a waitress doesn’t understand that I was concerned and asking for suggestions for my meal that’s something that I wanted to enjoy my experience at Disney World which was unfortunately ruined on that night. For those who don’t understand peanut allergies you can’t catch them nor is it something that anyone can die from with the expection of the person who has the allergy would effected by potential death or going to a hospital. 

Don’t be afraid to let anyone know at any restaurant that you may have a food allergies since it’s something that needs to be known. If you don’t let anyone know it won’t be a good situation those have kids it’s a given that you are letting the severs know that you child has an allergy. There’s always room for improvement when it comes to restaurants to make it easier for families that kids with food allergies along with those adults to have food allergies too.