Education Law Tightens Testing Cap For Students With Disabilities

April 21, 2016

With a new federal law, the nation’s education landscape is getting an overhaul and advocates say they expect the changes are a step in the right direction for students with disabilities. President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act on Thursday, a rewrite of the nation’s primary education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. Years in the making, the new legislation grants significantly more power to states while continuing to require transparency from schools about...

Study: Kids Physically Active Just 23 Minutes a Day at School

April 21, 2016

A study published in Pediatrics used GPS devices to track where and when teenagers were getting physical exercise, and the results showed that they were physically active for just 23 minutes a day while they were at school. For the entire day, the average amount of physical exercise amounted to 39.4 minutes. Roni Caryn Rabin reports for The New York Times that Jordan A. Carlson, a research assistant professor at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and one of the authors of the study, say...

Hotel Centered Around Workers With Special Needs Set To Open

April 21, 2016

A first-of-its-kind, fully-functioning teaching hotel designed to provide job training and employment for people with disabilities is ready to open its doors. The 150-room Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind. will open with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 22. From day one, at least 20 percent of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel’s 129-person workforce will be people with developmental and other types of disabilities, according to Sally Morris with The Arc of Indiana, which sp...