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The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: Cause for Celebration and Renewed Resolve

July 1, 2015

In this report, we review the progress our nation has made since the historic enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. We highlight the critical role that P&As have in enforcing the ADA integration mandate, protecting and advocating for people with disabilities still trapped in institutions and ensuring those now living in their community of choice are able to access the supports and services they need to be successful. Our report calls attention to disturbing national trends that threaten to distort and weaken the promise of full community integration. Among them: Moving from Large Facilities to Smaller but Equally Isolating Settings A Proliferation of Intentional "Disability-only" Settings. Outsized Influence of A Small Minority of Individuals Over Olmstead Enforcement Activities Public Demand for Increased Use of State Psychiatric Hospitals and Involuntary Outpatient Commitment. School System Reluctance to Move away from Segregated Classrooms. Finally, the report provides recommendations for federal and state action to mitigate these threats and to vigorously promote community-based services and supports for Americans with disabilities.

Tools For Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency

January 1, 2007

Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency grew out of a joint initiative hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). The two organizations brought together a small group to develop what came to known as the "Juvenile Justice Shared Agenda" to address concerns about the over-representation of students with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. As envisioned, the Shared Agenda has two components: (1) an in-depth overview of the issues and (2) a series of "tools for success" -- best and promising practices that are being implemented with success in schools throughout the country and can be used in classrooms to prevent students -- including those with disabilities -- from being referred to the juvenile justice system because of their behavior in school. The Tools have evolved into the set of nine components or Steps that relate to various stages of a student's age, juvenile status or type of intervention.. The nine Steps included in the Tools document are: - Pre-school Early Intervention: Birth Through Age 5 - Universal Interventions - Targeted Interventions - Intensive Interventions - Transition from School to Post-School Activities - Children in the Child Welfare System - Court-Involved Youth - Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities and - School Re-enrollment and Transition from Juvenile Justice Facilities The Tools were researched and written by more than 60 individuals working together on the Share Agenda initiative. A list of the participants can be found in the document.