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Boosting Success for Exceptional Needs Students

By Susan McLester
[October 2009 whitepaper for Variquest]

"Through education, we can help people with disabilities build a strong foundation of knowledge and marketable skills with expectations for employment and the ability to give back to others in their communities."

U.S Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, in a statement issued on October 6, 2009 in recognition of President Obama’s proclamation of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

There is certainly no ambiguity in the message coming from our nation’s highest offices today. Americans with disabilities are a front and center priority. And with upwards of $22 billion now allotted to education via the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), there is an unprecedented opportunity for schools across the country to focus attention and resources on students with a range of special needs.

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