Special Needs Education

School specializing in celebrating unique abilities expands to serve more children

Editor’s note: To learn more about LiFT Academy, read reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie’s earlier story here. A Florida school specially equipped to teach students with neurodiversity – variations in the human brain associated with sociability, learning, mood and other mental functions – is expanding to help more children reach[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Thankful that Florida’s school choice programs offer hope to special needs students

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Stephanie Rodriguez was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have three children. My younger two, Giana and Javier, have autism. I am thankful for the scholarship my children received to attend STARS Autism School. Before STARS, Giana was in a[Read More…]

Nevada launches new family-friendly education program for special needs learners

Editor’s note: This commentary from Don Soifer, president of Nevada Action for School Options, is an exclusive to reimaginED. Families of special-needs learners across Nevada recently received notification that they have received grant awards under what may be the Silver State’s most family-friendly education program to date. The Transforming Opportunities[Read More…]

Former high school dropout perseveres, overcomes, and will open inclusive school that welcomes students with autism

“There was one event that triggered me to create the private school I had always thought about over my career. It came one day when my son came home and said to me, ‘Mom, I’m a weird kid.’ That broke me, and for a time, it broke him too. ” [Read More…]

Two women with a vision launch unique school for children with autism

CLEARWATER, Florida – Inside the walls of a sky-blue building surrounded with shade trees dwells a story of hope and inspiration and the shared dream of two women determined to help a special population of children. For Liz Russell and Cher Harris, co-founders of Autism Inspired Academy, the school offers[Read More…]

An Arkansas mom’s story about the power of education choice

Like many parents of a child with special needs, Erica Boucher was frustrated at the lack of educational options available for her son Hayden. Diagnosed with autism, Hayden was labeled a “bad child” by school administrators who concluded that his difficulty in the classroom stemmed from Boucher not disciplining him[Read More…]

Small-town parents leading on education choice

Surrounded by orange groves, Wauchula, Fla., the Cucumber Capital of the World, would seem an odd perch to check out the future of public education. But that’s exactly what little Florida towns like this one are offering. Wauchula, population 5,001, is home to homeschool mom Sandra Shoffner and her 6-year-old[Read More…]

New Brookings study on Texas special education cap disturbing on multiple levels

President Harry Truman famously opined that incoming president Dwight Eisenhower, a former five-star general, would have a rough go of things. Observed Truman: “He’ll sit here, and he’ll say, ‘Do this! Do that!’ And nothing will happen. Poor Ike—it won’t be a bit like the Army. He’ll find it very frustrating.” State[Read More…]