One 15 minute presentation … after school was out

Dear supporter! The San Mateo Foster City School District Board of Trustees had its first and only presentation on Special Education for the 2018-2019 school year on Thursday 20 June 2019 – after school had ended for the year. We have found through our research that this is a sadly typical scenario for the […]

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No Governance of Us without Us

“Nothing about us without us” has been a rallying cry of the disability rights movement since the 1990s. For Deliberate Democracy for Disability Empowerment, it means something more specific: Disability advisory commissions for cities, counties, and other sizeable organizations. Disability and Special Education District Advisory Commissions for school districts. Active recruitment and involvement of disabled […]

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…When good men do nothing

On Tuesday, 16 April 2019, the state of California effectively decided that the San Mateo Foster City School District can hold my son, Geoffrey, back in preschool forever. This is an absurd decision.  We will challenge it – as long and as far and as long as it takes. You will lose eventually. But he […]

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The Endrews decision, 2 years later

As stated in this April 2018 article, “A year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools must offer students with disabilities an education reasonably calculated to enable them to “make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances,” what has changed? On the one hand, not much, if evaluating the dozens of special […]

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Grassroots Inclusion Manifesto – Call to Action

You are part of a movement. There are 703,977 students with disabilities in California. That means there are 1,407,954 special needs parents in California. And that doesn’t include your friends, extended family, and other people who believe in you, care about you, and believe in your child. It also doesn’t include younger kids with disabilities […]

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California School Dashboard – Students with Disabilities – 2018

California’s school dashboard for 2018 hides as much as it shows. Students with disabilities are present, but hidden (some would say “separate, but unequal). The following is the “Students with Disabilities” dashboard for California as a whole. It is taken directly from the main state summary (I’ve clicked on all the links and done a […]

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