Disability Dispatch: What You Need to Know

Are you on the go but still want to be in the know? Take a look at these highlights for your guide to special education and disability news over the past few weeks. 

Education Secretary DeVos Argues for Funding to Follow Students

Consistent with her prior media appearances, Secretary DeVos argued on “60 Minutes” that funding should follow the child wherever that child wants to go to school rather than going to the school the child attends. This is problematic for the special education community. If students take their funds and move to private or religious schools with greater frequency, fewer resources will be available in traditional public schools. This could lead to fewer resources and larger classes, among other concerns. For a refresher on special education requirements and non-public schools, see our recent blog post, What Happens to My Child’s Special Education Rights in a Private School? 

Major Airline to Train Employees on Intellectual Disabilities

United Airlines announced that it will be working with Special Olympics to develop a training that will include possible scenarios that might occur for individuals with disabilities while they travel. United expects over 60,000 employees to participate in this program. Check out the press release here.  

Another Lawsuit Questions Uber’s Accessibility

Uber is in the news again for allegedly failing to provide wheelchair-accessible vehicles. A lawsuit filed in California claimed that UberWAV (Uber’s shorthand for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) is rarely available, and when the vehicles are available, the wait times are longer than they are for non-WAVs. While ride-sharing apps have the potential to create greater mobility for individuals with disabilities by requesting a ride on demand, the lack of access, according to the lawsuit, is discriminatory. Rather than seeking money from the lawsuit, those who filed the case want Uber to create a policy that will remediate the current exclusion of individuals with disabilities. Similar lawsuits have been filed in other states across the country.