Parents Urge NYC Mayor to Improve Services for Students With Disabilities

At a rally this week, a group of New York City parents and educators came together to call for changes to services for students with disabilities in the city’s schools, including faster evaluations for children with special needs. This comes after a report released by New York’s education department found many of the city’s students with disabilities are vastly underserved. Read more

#NCDJChat: The National Center on Disability and Journalism’s First-Ever Twitter Chat

Heather Vogell

ProPublica reporter Heather Vogell

On November 30, the National Center on Disability and Journalism held its first ever Twitter chat with Heather Vogell, the winner of this year’s Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability.

A Mom in Brooklyn Fights After Her Son With a Disability Misses Graduation

The mother of an 18-year-old man with a learning disability is lobbying New York education officials to make changes to its policies, so her son can receive his high school diploma. Her fight is just one of many, illustrating how parents of those with disabilities often have to advocate their children “get the services they require.” Read more

The Washington Post

High school valedictorian has a 4.0 GPA, is headed to Towson University and is autistic

Montel Medley was the valedictorian of the Class of 2014 at Surrattsville High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His speech covered the standard topics of growth, support from great teachers and future plans but also addressed something less common in such remarks– his autism. Medley said having a disability does not have to be a disadvantage, in fact it can be an advantage. In his case, Medley graduated with a 4.0 GPA and accepted an offer to attend Towson University in the fall. Read more.

The Lancaster (Ohio) Eagle-Gazette

Berne Union senior adapts to life, softball with disability

It’s the best sleight-of-hand trick you’ll see on a softball field, and Alanna Sanborn has it down cold.

The Berne Union senior outfielder camps under fly balls, catches them with her left hand, and in one fluid motion tucks her glove under her right arm and comes up throwing with her left. It’s a technique that Sanborn has mastered not because she’s a show-off, but because she’s had to.