As a parent of a special education child you may find yourself burdened with extra costs for providing therapies, related services, specialized medical services, or even modifying your home to accommodate your child's physical needs. These costs may now be a medical-expense deduction. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal on November 12, 2011, costs that should be borne by a school district under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004 or costs related to the "diagnosis, cure, mitigation, or treatment...primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness" (IRS publication 502) may be deductible.
In a tragic turn of events, a 13-year old special education student, Ben Barnhard in Kensington, Maryland was shot and killed by his distraught mother. Margaret Jensvold then killed herself.
Bullying is a major issue and has garnered closer public attention with the tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999. There is no question that bullying is endemic on our school campuses and impacts all those involved. No child should be bullied and the schools have an affirmative duty to prevent and address bullying. When a victim of bullying is a child with a disability, the failure of the school to properly address the problem can be seen as a denial of a free and appropriate public education (F.A.P.E.).