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ERIC Number: ED450167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-17
Pages: 19
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The Legal Rights and Educational Needs of Homeless Children with Disabilities.
Rafferty, Yvonne
This paper highlights the educational rights and needs of homeless children under both the McKinney Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Section 1 explains the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act of 1987, which included the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program mandating a free, appropriate public education for all children, including those with special needs. This section also describes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which covers homeless children and homeless children with disabilities. Section 2 discusses the educational challenges confronting homeless children with disabilities, highlighting findings from a 1999 forum on the needs of homeless children and youth with disabilities. Section 3 presents strategies for addressing educational needs and service challenges, including: increase awareness about the educational needs and rights of homeless children, including those with disabilities; address mobility issues related to identifying homeless students with disabilities and provide continuity of services; provide timely, appropriate, and multidisciplinary assessment for homeless students; and increase valid and reliable data on issues related to homelessness. Implications for advocacy and action include: remember that only one-third of homeless children are in shelters; provide one champion for each homeless child; and foster collaboration with those working with the homeless and those working in schools. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987