News articles of interest to the MAC community.
Disabilityscoop reported that preschoolers with disabilities were inordinately suspended. Though preschool children with disabilities are only 13% of the nation’s preschoolers, they account for three- quarters of all suspensions and expulsions. An analysis came out in January of 2018 from the Center for American Progress that looked at data from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health. Parents were also surveyed. Children ages 3-5 with behavioral problems were 43 times more likely to be suspended or expelled that their non-disabled peers. Those with autism were 10 times more likely to be suspended, while those with developmental delays were 7.5 times more likely. Children with disabilities and children of color have the most to gain from preschool instruction and yet the most likely to lose it. The Center recommended that states implement laws prohibiting suspensions or expulsions of preschoolers. Nothing was mentioned in the report about the rights of these children under IDEA to have their unique needs met and which prohibits suspension for behavior related to their handicapping condition. (Preschoolers With Disabilities Inordinately Suspended, Report Finds, Shaun Heasley,1/22/18).
As a result of a recent fundraiser, MAC is able to offer 2 children 2 free sessions per week of specialized instruction to meet their special needs. Parents are required to provide transportation and to attend the sessions with the child. Referrals are open until the end of March 2018., at that time the selection will be made. An in person interview is required, as well as the provision of all records and reports on the child. For more information call MAC at 201-692-7908.